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Are you attending or hosting a cold weather winter wedding this season? Take a peek at etiquette expert Lizzie Post’s winter wedding dos and don’ts before you do:
Serve hot drinks before the ceremony and/or during cocktail hour. “My cousin had an October wedding, where they served hot cider with cinnamon sticks and orange right before the ceremony,” says Lizzie. “It was the perfect way to start the afternoon.”
Consider all of your guests’ comfort. “Take your oldest and youngest guests into account first so you don’t bust your budget,” says Lizzie. “Make sure guests know to come prepared for cold weather, too. Get the word out to your guests as soon as you know how the weather will be.”
Have a backup plan. Whether it’s a heated tent, an indoor option, or just plenty of blankets, you’ll want to have all of your bases covered. “Make sure you have some kind of company of facility on call in case of inclement weather,” Lizzie says.
Note appropriate attire for guests on your wedding website. “It really is okay to dress for a cold weather wedding — you don’t have to wear a summer dress,” Lizzie says. “You can be in a dress with long sleeves, you can bring a jacket — whatever makes you comfortable.”
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!
A romantic, sun-drenched engagement shoot in Greece — we can’t think of a better way to start down the path as a soon-to-be married couple, can you?
Kristin and Scott chose the talented Eric Kelley to shoot these special photos. We love how the couple embraced the environment’s bright hues and casual style (that coral maxi dress is amazing).
Take a look at their gorgeous engagement shoot in Greece, plus our quick tips for destination engagement shoots, below.
Our 3 top tips for destination engagement shoots:
1. Find a photographer that both of you are comfortable with. Whether he/she is traveling with you, or you’re meeting them there, it’s worth it to be picky here — your pictures will definitely reflect how much fun (or lack thereof) you were having that day.
2. Make sure either you or the photographer are familiar with possible locations at your destination. If your photographer is a local, make sure you tell him/her what you’re looking to get out of this shoot. If your photographer is traveling with you, do your research ahead of time and map out locations that you’ll want to visit/shoot at in advance.
3. Check the weather and plan accordingly. Weather is an issue for any engagement shoot, but if you’re doing this on vacation, you’ll want to be extra careful. Have backup indoor locations on your list, and plenty of weather-friendly wardrobe options.
What do you get when you combine one girly wedding shower theme with one crisp and classic cocktail? Just ask Melina Thompson from Sugary & Buttery. Today we’re featuring the final recipe in her amazing Perfectly Peach Bridal Shower Bar. Read on for her delicious peach gin and tonic recipe!
Peach Gin and Tonics
• 3-4 tonic water ice cubes (or regular ice cubes)
• 2 ounces gin
• 1 ounce clear peach schnapps
• 4 ounces tonic water
• Peach wedge for garnish
• Place the ice cubes in a Martini glass.
• Add the gin, then the tonic water, then the peach schnapps, stirring well.
• Garnish with peach wedge, and serve immediately.
See the recipes for Melina’s peach petit fours and peach vanilla bourbon cupcakes .
Although we’re certainly known for our love of parties, nothing can quite beat the intimacy of an elopement. Maybe it’s the romantic in us, but it’s just so special — don’t you think? This beautiful elopement in Texas — shot by the talented Amber Vickery — embraces the private, personal side of Becky and Austin’s elopement, while still capturing the festivity of the Tres Lunas Resort.
Photos: Amber Vickery
Dress: Galina for Davids Bridal
Flowers: Austin Flower Company
Hair and Makeup: Katelyn Tidwell
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
As any creative knows, inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places. We love wedding shoots inspired by nature, but it’s the hidden urban beauty that we love in this vivid and bold city wedding inspiration from Juli Vaughn and Vue Photography.
Instead of focusing on the rough edges of their local concrete jungle — Atlanta — this talented team focused on the happy, bright colors in Atlanta’s Living Walls. An adorable couple, cheerful flowers and one cute pup help soften the hard lines of the city, too.
Credits: Event & Floral Design: Juli Vaughn Designs/ Catering: Sun in My Belly/ Photography: Vue Photography/ Hair & Makeup: Andrea Carter Artistry/ Wedding Dress: The Sentimentalist/ Men’s Wear: The Modern Gent/ Venue: Westside Art Center/ Cake: Sugar & Slate/ Invitation Suite/Paper goods: Fresh Love & Co./ Coordination: Pretty Swell Parties/ Linens: I Do Linens/ Art/Canvas Placemats: Renee Bouchon Art/ Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited
A bridal shower just isn’t complete without cupcakes — but these special occasions require more than your average funfetti. That’s why we love this delicious peach cupcake recipe from Melina of Sugary & Buttery — it’s an elevated take on peaches and cream, thanks to a decidedly grown-up bourbon buttercream frosting.
PS: Get her peach petit four recipe here.
Peach Cupcakes with Vanilla Bourbon Buttercream
(makes about 16)
1.5 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
2.5 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
0.5 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 can peaches in 100% juice
1 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup bourbon
1/3 cup milk
½ vanilla bean
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• Heat oven to 350F. Line 16 cupcake tins with liners.
• In the bowl of a mixer, mix together the vegetable oil and sugar. Beat in the egg.
• In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
• Add half of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Then add ¼ cup of peach juice and add the remaining flour. Mix just until just combined.Cut the peaches into small cubes and fold into the batter. Fill the cupcake tins 2/3 full with the mixture and bake until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17- 20 minutes.
• Cool completely.
• Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until very pale and creamy.
• Gradually add powdered sugar alternately with bourbon and milk, beating at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in seeds of vanilla bean.
(Melina’s Perfectly Peach Bridal Bar is served with our Schott Zwiesel Martini Glasses, Great White Square Serve Platter, and Great White Cake Stand)