Warm Up with these Coffee & Hot Cocoa Wedding Details

When we think of fall, we think of: crisp cool weather, bright orange and yellow leaves, and a warm beverage shared with the person we love most.

Invitations

Here is your chance to get creative by adding the “warm and fuzzies” you get from your favorite cup of coffee/cocoa to your wedding invitations! Want to stick to your theme but want a subtle coffee/cocoa inspiration?   Choose a rich brown hued envelope or color palette to bring a comforting and classic look to your invitations. Looking to get cocoa/coffee crazy for your invites? Add your favorite hot chocolate/perfect cup of recipe to your invitations and package them in mini coffee bean bags. This will not only look aesthetically pleasing, but will also give your guests an opportunity to share your favorite fall beverage before your big day!

 

Décor

Wedding décor sets the tone and mood for your wedding day, and when you decide to have coffee and cocoa- make sure the décor speaks of it! Here are some great coffee/cocoa details to add:

  • Coffee/Cocoa beans used as centerpieces.
  • Coffee/Cocoa beans used to hold name cards upright for guests at tables.
  • Burlap! Since coffee/cocoa beans are traditionally packaged in burlap bags- incorporate burlap throughout your setting! Examples could be: table runners, burlap bows behind chairs, and placemats.
  • Consider adding a vintage inspired coffee/cocoa bar for guests to customize cozy and delicious beverages! If you really want to up-the-ante, hire a professional barista to serve guests!
  • Add delicate espresso shot glasses to silver serving platters to use as a touch of décor and to also to surprise your guests with a twist on a traditional “shot” at weddings by replacing it with warm espresso.

 

These details will not only incorporate your shared love of coffee/cocoa, but will also compliment the fall season!

Wedding Favors and Bridal Party Gifts

Coffee and cocoa are not only perfect for staging and adding warmth to your wedding, but they also inspire wonderful and creative wedding favors and bridal party gifts!

For Guests

Coffee and cocoa are the wonderful wedding favor for guests to leave with after celebrating your big day! Create the “perfect blend” or custom coffee/cocoa mixture for guests to enjoy at home.

For the Bridal Party

Consider having customized mugs created for your bridal party! These mugs will not only remind them of your beautiful fall wedding, but will double as the perfect vessel to enjoy warm coffee and hot cocoa in!

 

We hope that you have fun planning your coffee/cocoa inspired wedding! Now grab a latte and get to planning!

8 Pieces of Wedding Advice

Looking for some inspiring wedding and marriage advice? Look no further! We have made a list of our top eight favorite pieces of wedding & marriage advice from all walks of life!

 

  1. Never lose the fine art of dating. Setting aside a romantic evening on a regular basis can rekindle the magic of a long-term relationship. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just special time for the two of you to remember how and why you first fell in love. – John Sovec, LMFT

 

  1. “Have a life outside of the relationship—and enjoy it. While it’s easy to fall into a regular routine with your partner of work, home, sleep, repeat, it’s important to make time for your solo self, whether it’s a date night with your best gal pal or volunteering at a local shelter. Too much focus on your relationship can actually harm it, so step away every now and then—you’ll be surprised at how satisfying it can be. Bonus: it’ll give you something to talk about when you get home other than what to do for dinner.” — Brittny Drye, Love Inc. Magazine

 

  1. “Make a vow from the start that you’ll always be on the same team. When a conflict arises, we try to remind each other that we have each other’s backs and that ultimately we’re working towards the same goal—then we can work toward finding a solution together instead of being in opposition.” — Camille Styles

 

  1. “The venue, the flowers, and decor are all a wonderfully pretty and romantic backdrop to your day, and I wholeheartedly believe that you should go all-out to prettify your day as much as you desire. But when you’re standing next to your new husband, surrounded by family and friends and an awful lot of love, everything else really is just a backdrop.” — >Louise Beukes, bloved

 

  1. Lean in. When it gets hard in a relationship, our tendency is to protect ourselves, to retreat, to “lean out.” Leaning out when your partner reaches out creates distance and dissonance. If instead you “lean in” to the uncomfortable feelings, to the unknown and your own vulnerability, and meet your partner, you can actually strengthen your relationship through the struggles you face together. – Christine Arylo, Life Coach

 

  1. “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” – Mignon McLaughlin

 

  1. “Throughout your marriage, you will inevitably encounter many joys but some sorrows, too, so regarding your union as sacred and tackling decisions as a team will help you navigate even the most trying of times. Make a concerted effort each day to be the best-possible wife or husband you can be. Even small things like taking care of a chore they dislike doing, giving them a kiss each time you enter or leave the house, and slow-dancing in the kitchen can make all the difference. Often times, these little defining moments are the best part about being married.” — The Bridal Guide Editors

 

  1. “A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.” — Dave Meurer

Tips for Planning Holiday & Themed Weddings

So, you’ve decided to have a themed or holiday wedding? Great! Not only are you creating a fun and unique environment for your guests, but you are also making your wedding stand out from the rest! No matter what type of themed or holiday wedding you are planning, follow these rules to help organize and plan for your big day:

  1. Themed Weddings Decide where you are having your themed wedding. Location truly is key! For example, if you are having a beach themed wedding, plan on getting married by the shore! If you are having a harvest themed wedding consider an outdoor ceremony surrounded by nature in the countryside. Whether your event will be held indoors or outdoors, try to make sure the setting is cohesive with the theme you have chosen.
  2. Choose wedding colors or accent colors that will complement the holiday or theme. This can be done using flower arrangements, décor, and even the colors of the bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s attire.
  3. Select décor that highlights the holiday or theme. For example, if you are planning a wedding to be centered around Christmas, consider decorating with angels or poinsettias. Tie the theme in with any and all tools you have! Décor may be the best way to communicate what your theme is, so take time on this one.
  4. Pick wedding invitations that showcase your special and unique day! Your invitations are your guests’ first impression; make sure they get a taste of your theme by showcasing it on your invites!
  5. Consider food and beverages that complement the holidays or your theme. For example, for a winter themed wedding, treat guests with hot chocolate or peppermint spiced cocktails!

 

Most importantly… Have fun planning for your wonderful and big day!

MOH Duties: How to Pack the Perfect Emergency Kit

So you’ve been asked to be the maid-of-honor for a dear friend, but you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed with all your new duties. One of the big MOH responsibilities is taking care of little things on the big day so that the bride can relax without worrying about where extra tissues/lipstick/blotting papers are stashed.

With that in mind, here’s a list of everything you need to pack the perfect wedding-day emergency kit:

● A large tote (in which to pack and carry your stash!)
● Tylenol or other pain reliever
● Band-Aids (useful for blisters or cuts)
● Neosporin
● A few bottles of a water
● Clear nail polish (fixes stocking runs and nail touch-ups)
● Chalk (to cover any last minute smudges on the dress)
● Corsage pins
● Extra earring backs
● Extra panty hose
● Eye drops, spare contacts, and/or glasses for yourself, the bride, and bridesmaids
● Miniature sewing kit w/ safety pins, basic needles & thread, scissors, hem tape
● Scotch tape
● Easy spot remover (Tide To-Go pen or other)
● Static cling spray
● Used dryer sheets (these remove static from hair)
● Granola bars or other simple snacks
● Sunblock
● Bobby pins
● Tums
● Cough drops
● Lint roller
● Hair ties
● Slip-on shoes for the you, the bride, and the bridal party if desired
● Playing cards
● Mirror
● Straws (to keep lipstick looking perfect)

In a smaller bag, you might consider packing the essentials, which the bride might want throughout the wedding:

● Blotting paper (especially for summer weddings)
● Cell phone
● Comb/brush
● Hair spray
● Powder and lipstick for touch-ups
● Tissues
● Nail file
● Perfume
● Tampons/pads

It’s a long list, but keeping the items above handy will help make sure no one’s scrambling around last minute because Michael broke his corsage pin or Christine accidentally stepped on the dress. And you’ll be able to relax, knowing that everything you could possibly need is somewhere in your bag!

Weddings & Kids

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For most couples, it’s important that special loved ones, friends, and family are all present for their wedding days. However, many people are often divided on the childcare situation at weddings. Do you have a child-free wedding, offer childcare, provide accommodations for certain age groups? Or some combination of those options?

We’ve put together some ideas for keeping kids entertained or occupied on your big day, as well as ways to share that information to parents or guardians who plan to attend.

During the Ceremony

Nobody wants a baby to cry through the “I Dos”! Offering a Nursing/Changing Room near, but separate from, the area in which the ceremony takes place can help alleviate this concern. With your wedding planner or day-of event coordinator, discuss making an announcement about where this Nursing/Changing area is prior to the ceremony, so that guests know the option is available if their children become uncomfortable or upset.

For the Reception

Consider setting up a different area or activities for children and/or teenagers, depending on how young some of your guests may be. Teenage guests may enjoy a small café area that can easily be manned by a member of your wait-staff. For younger children, consider having a separate room in which they can do arts and crafts, play games, nap, or otherwise be entertained.

You may even consider asking a teenage family member or close friend (or a few, depending on the number or children) to babysit during the reception so that the children will be looked after while the adults celebrate your special day.

If You’re Having a Child-Free Wedding

Choosing to have a child-free wedding can be a hot-button issue, so it’s important to consider the more appropriate way to let your guests know. For an easy solution, address your invitations specifically to each invitee, as some guests with children may assume the whole family is invited.

You can also consider writing invitees’ exact names on the response card, asking them to check “will attend” or “will not attend” beside each name, so it will be clear that “Mr. and Mrs. Peter Brown” are the ones invited. It’s completely fair for you to have a child-free wedding; it’s your day, and you get to decide exact who’s invited.

With the tips above, there’s no need to put “adults only” on invitations, but invited guests will still be made aware that your wedding will not include children.

Hottest Wedding Trends

Whether you’re in last minute wedding prep or just getting started planning your big day, here are some of this year’s most popular wedding trends:

1. Retro elegance
There’s a big return to formality and old fashioned romance this wedding season, and you can thank Hollywood. Smash hits like The Great Gatsby have brought the Roaring Twenties back in vogue, and this nostalgic look is manifesting in weddings with concepts like big bands, crystal candlesticks and fine china, and more formal wait staff.
Here are some fantastic ideas from Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/vividexpression/classic-vintage-or-retro-weddings/

2. Think pink
Shades of pink are increasingly popular in wedding color schemes—think nudes, blushes, and warm peach tones for bridal party attire. Pink flowers are also making a comeback, with peonies and garden roses as popular choices.
Here are some pink wedding ideas from the Knot: http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-colors/pink-wedding.aspx

3. Unique invitations
Couples are spending more time customizing their invitations. From completely original designs and freehand illustrations, paperie boutiques are helping couples create wedding invitations that channel their unique personalities. Invitations are also getting smaller—smaller even than the standard 5×7 letter.
Red Orange Weddings do some lovely work: http://www.redorangeweddings.com/

4. Spicy, family-style foods
Two trends in feeding the loved ones you’ve invited? Think spicy and intimate. Chili oils and sriracha are spicing wedding menus up, and the trend towards formality isn’t holding true for meal presentation. Though wait staff are likely to wear black dinner jackets and white gloves, more weddings are presenting food family-style, rather than plates. Family-style presentation seems more approachable, and allows guests to be more interactive, than the tradition plated option.
Family style wedding ideas from the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/02/family-style-wedding-menus_n_4855547.html

5. Seasonal cake flavors
According to wedding experts, cake flavors tend to be driven by season. Summer weddings often have cakes with light, fruity flavors like lemon or orange vanilla. In the winter, richer cakes like chocolate with accents of caramel or mocha become more frequent. This season, many wedding cakes are beginning to glitter, too—as faint as a fine fairy dusting or as bedazzled as a disco ball.
Some yummy ideas from YumSugar: http://www.yumsugar.com/Wedding-Cake-Flavor-Ideas-30442542

Remember, this special day is unique to you. Whether you go with the trend or stick traditional, be sure it feels good to you!

The Details (including Restroom Trailers) Can Make or Break Your Event

Whatever kind of outdoor event you are planning, take considerable time and effort in planning all the important details.

Here are some helpful tips for making your next outdoor gathering a huge success:

Balance creativity and sensitivity.

People tend to think of outdoor events on sprawling lawns or backyards, but you can also plan the perfect outdoor event at local historic sites, forest locales, and city parks. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination; just check to see if your ideal outdoor event location requires permits.

What great outdoor event doesn’t have food? Consider convenient snacks and finger foods that can be eaten without too much mess or utensils. Hors d’oeuvres, fresh vegetables, and stuffed savory or sweet pastries are delicious, and can be catered and consumed easily.

Don’t forget the amenities!

If you’re having an outdoor event, it’s important to think about lighting (for longer/evening events), trash, and toilets. Solar lamps are a great way to extend a daytime party for a few more hours without tripping over power cords, and can be easily found in home improvement stores. Trash receptacles are often overlooked but important to any outdoor event and, if your venue doesn’t provide them, it’s important to make sure you have enough bins to handle your party’s litter.

Last, but not least, consider what kind of restroom facilities your venue has, and when/where they are available. For many outdoor locations, bringing in luxury restroom trailers may be the easiest, most comfortable fit for your event and your guests. (click here to learn more about portable restroom trailers)

You want your guests to feel important and taken care of. Providing luxury right down to the restroom toilets can make your event one everyone will remember.