Think Pink! Our Top Wedding Drink Station Picks

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View More: http://jennadavis.pass.us/pottery-barnWhen it comes to weddings, every little moment counts. Whether you’re planning a bridal shower, bachelorette party, wedding or day-after brunch, the little details will make your guests happy and add personality to the event.

Drinks are a great way to do this! Signature cocktails, a themed cocktail menu, or — our personal favorite — a drink station will bring something special to the party. Don’t know where to start? No problem — the oh-so-talented Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers and Camp Makery has compiled some of her top tips for putting together a truly stellar drink station, along with photos of her latest inspiring set up.

Read on for Christy’s drink station essentials!

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1. Drink dispenser. Clear jugs or dispensers are perfect because you can see the color of the cocktail. This classy dispenser makes the drinks really stand out and sets the mood. Reminiscent of a vintage bell jar, it’s all kinds of Old World beautiful.

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2. Colorful beverage. With a little inspiration and research, you can whip up a signature cocktail in no time. See some of our favorite cocktail recipes here. Whether you decide to serve champagne, a liquor-based drink, cocktails, mocktails, or water — I suggest sticking to the entire event’s color palette and vibe. This pink drink goes perfectly with the display’s florals and overall style.

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3. Great glassware. When you’ve chosen your drink, decide what sort of glass it will be served in. A tumbler, flute, wine glass like the one I chose or other unique drinkware should match the event’s aesthetic.

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4. Fabulous florals. Want to take your beverage station from pretty to pretty fabulous? Just add flowers! It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for florals — they’re quite possibly my favorite detail. It’s a simple as popping a few stems in bud vases, or if you have more time you can make your own centerpiece.

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5. A little something special. Ribbons, banners and candles are other elements that add charm. I chose these votives to add to the drink station’s charisma. Plus the driftwood garland adds a bit of texture and interest.

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6. Stylish stationary. For whatever reason, calligraphy is my most cherished thing in the wedding world. I attended a welcome dinner the other night with a menu card that made it so easy to get in the mood of the night. It doesn’t get much prettier than this one from Ink & Honey! Again, you want your event stationary to match the style of the entire night.

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Credits:
Concept: Lauren Weems, Camp Makery
Calligraphy: Ink & Honey
Floral Design: Colonial House of Flowers
Flowers inspired by my day with Amy Osaba
Location: Savannah, Georgia, Lost Plantation Golf Club
Menu Card: Amy Osaba Events
Photography: Jenna Davis Photography
Tablecloth: Anthropologie

Fanny & David’s Palo Alto Wedding

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“I loved the rustic, yet feminine feel of this whimsical wedding,” says photographer Vero Suh. The bride, Fanny, donned a feminine Monique Lhuillier dress, paired with a light pink Gucci heels to match the color theme of her wedding. From the romantic indoor ceremony, the overflow of pretty details and a Pinkberry bar at the end of the night, this wedding has all the element of a beautiful day, with just the right amount of fun.

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Photography: Vero Suh Photography | Event & Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin | Ceremony & Reception Location: Rosewood Sand Hill | Cupcakes: Sprinkles Cupcakes | Dessert: Pinkberry | Hair & Makeup: The Glamourist | Shoes: Gucci | Dress: Monique Llhullier

Easy & Adorable Coaster DIY

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Looking to add a special touch to a shower or bachelorette party? We’re loving this adorable do-it-yourself project from the girls at Inspired By This. Follow their 3 easy steps and you’ll have the perfect decorative accent in no time.Easy & Adorable Coaster DIY

Written by Inspired By This and republished for Have and Hold. 

These drink coasters are the perfect fit and easy enough for an afternoon DIY! Pick your pattern and your paint and you’re all set! It really is as easy as it sounds! We love this gold and white combination on the cork background, making the coasters fit easily into any space or entertaining decor. This is a fun, cute way to get exactly what you want with just an inexpensive trip to the craft store! And when all your friends ask about them, you can proudly claim them as your own! After you’ve made them for yourself, spend just 5 minutes more to give as the perfect hostess gift!

Supplies:
Paint brushes
Sponge circle brush
Painters tape
White paint
Gold spray paint
Cork squares

Easy & Adorable Coaster DIY

Step 1 

Place the painters tape on the cork squares in the desired pattern.  This might require you to cut the tape in half to get thinner lines.  Feel free to try anything and everything…this is where you get to be creative!  Press the tape hard into the cork so no paint can seep through (this is especially important when trying to get crisp stripes).

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Step 2

Paint the exposed cork with either a white paint or the gold spray paint.  Make sure to coat the entire surface evenly.  You will probably want to give the paint a couple of layers to make the color really stand out against the cork!

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Step 3

Once the paint is dry to the touch, gently peel the painters tape off of the cork squares.  Make sure to go slowly, you don’t want to pull pieces of the cork up!  With lines we recommend waiting a little longer than necessary to ensure the paint doesn’t bleed.  That’s it!  Now you have some fun drink coasters that are sure to impress all of your guests!

Photography: Leila Brewster

Lizzie Post’s Advice For Thank You Note Etiquette

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Etiquette maven and co-author of Wedding Etiquette, 6th EditionLizzie Post takes on the task of helping us write thank you notes! Follow her Q&A and learn her quick tricks for dividing up the list, when to send and whom to thank. 

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Q. When you receive a gift, when should you send a thank you note?

A. As soon as possible! For wedding gifts, you should send a thank you within three months of the wedding. If you have been receiving gifts before your wedding, write a note as soon as you open the gift. It will be one less note to write after the wedding!

Don’t forget, your new spouse can be the person to also write thank you notes! An easy way to divide up the list is by whom the gift giver was invited by. If the gift came from someone my spouse invited, then he or she should write the thank you note. It makes it more personal that way.

Q. We know that thanking people isn’t limited to gift-givers. Who else should you remember to thank?
A. I think you should take the time to thank your bridal party for all of their contributions to your big day. It doesn’t have to be a note, it could be a phone call to let them know you appreciate them. I would continue that same sentiment to family members who are helping you with the wedding.

Q. Should couples invest in personalized stationery or are store-bought cards okay?
A. Store bought cards are fine; it’s really a matter of preference. I do think it’s nice to get something on more formal stationary, but it’s certainly not necessary. What you want to avoid is a generic printing that says, “thank you so much for the lovely gift” or something of that nature. Make sure it’s a heartfelt, handwritten thank you note.

Q. Any words of advice for writing the perfect note?
A. Three little sentences, a greeting, the thank you and a close.

Q. What’s the most common thank you note faux pas and how do you avoid it?
A. The most common mistake is that people forget to write them! Make sure you have plenty of stationary and stamps so it won’t slip your mind.

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Need more advice? Pick up the 6th Edition of Wedding Etiquette by Anna Post and Lizzie Post. Be sure to check back in with us for more etiquette tips from Anna and Lizzie, too!

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Lindsay & Stephen’s Beachside Engagement

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Lindsay and Stephen both grew up vacationing on the coast. So, when it came to planning their beachside nuptials they chose WaterColor Inn & Resort to say “I do.” Since they were already planning their big day by the sea, they wanted their engagement shoot to capture some of their favorite spots along Florida’s 30A beaches. Photographer, Dear Wesleyann walked the couple through the beautiful streets of Alys Beach, took them on a tandem bike ride through Rosemary Beach, all with just enough time to catch the sunset.

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From the bride: We started our shoot with Wesleyann walking through the streets of Alys beach. All of the white architecture and greenery made for such a beautiful backdrop. We found an outdoor seating area on the beach side and popped some bubbly — as it also happened to be my birthday! Wesleyann made it so easy for us to just be ourselves and have fun. Her pictures capture that joy perfectly. 

Our next stop was in the town of Rosemary Beach, where Wesleyann somehow worked her magic to get a tandem bike for us to shoot on. It’s an understatement to say we had fun with that! We hurried down to the beach right as the sun was going down to take some sunset shots and we could not have asked for a more beautiful ending to the day.

Photography: Dear Wesleyann

Weekly Roundup: July 14th – July 19th

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We’re rounding up another week of great posts. Here’s what you may have missed:

Monday: Laura Hooper Calligraphy Giveaway!

Tuesday: DIY: Chalkboard Wine Tags

Wednesday: Gold Inspiration From Occasions Magazine

Thursday: Into The Wild: Animal Print Items For Your Registry

Friday: Julia & Jonathan’s DIY Block Island Wedding

Saturday: Find Your Style: Inspired Romantic

Photography: Katie Slater Photography, Julia & Jonathan’s DIY Block Island Wedding