Archives for the month of: June, 2010

I’m very impressed with Nonpareil’s latest issue. Issue 4 is devoted to wedding decor and fashion inspired by the big (and small) screen. Whether you’re looking to throw a Mad Men-inspired affair, have a face fit for Breakfast at Tiffany’s or bring Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland to life, this issue has something for you.

Click here to read the latest issue.


This tropical spirit is known for being a sugary base to refreshing drinks such as mojitos, daiquiris, and piña colada. While all of these are more than welcome at a wedding reception (especially one with a tropical theme), here are a few more rum-based cocktails that should be taken into serious consideration for a more sophisticated affair.

The Night Marcher

The Cradle of Life

The Nui Nui

The Sparkling Rum Runner

The Planter's Punch

Tequila is the quintessential Mexican spirit used in drinks that are meant for those who want a South-of-the-Border flair added to their celebrations. The following cocktails deliver just that. Serve these up at a summer wedding and your guests will ride off into the sunset with a smile on their faces.

The Añejo Manhattan

The Santa Maria

The Paloma

The Zapatos Nuevos

The Tierra Mojada

All photos and recipes taken from

With it’s festive, bubbly nature and crisp taste, it’s no secret why champagne is touted as the go-to drink for a celebration. And, with your wedding day being one of the biggest celebrations of your life, it’s no wonder that many couples feel the need to serve this up for toasts. But, there are many other ways to enjoy champagne. Including the popular Bellini, champagne is also the basis of many other delicious cocktails such as the one below. For a twist on tradition, consider serving these champagne-based signature drinks at your reception.
Note: Any of these can be made with non-alcoholic sparkling cider as well.

The Big Spender

The Elderflower Royale

The Lemonhead

The Plum Blossom

The Blackberry Kir Royale

The Mexican 75

The Kumquat Sparkler

All recipes and photos taken from

In keeping with my love for cocktails (and mocktails), I’ve decided to run a series of entries dedicated to delicious libations that can be provided for your guests at your wedding reception. So, stay tuned!

Get Married is a multimedia experience dedicated to showing brides how to feature their personal style in their wedding. Their influence can be felt online at Get, on their television show that airs every Saturday at 9:30 AM on WETV, or in the Get Married Magazine. I just flipped through the online edition of their Summer 2010 issue-and, I am thoroughly impressed! The cover photo showcases the results of their design challenge for event designer Jon Buick from Xquisite Events, a decor and floral design company based in Boca Raton, FL . To see how he came up with this and for a plethora of fashion, decor, and gift ideas, please check it out.

Bonus: if you sign up for the site (it’s free!) you’ll receive a complimentary copy of the magazine.

Click here to read the Summer 2010 Issue

The round cake and the square cake have had their moment in the sun. Now, a new polygon has joined the ranks at the go-to shape for wedding cakes. Hexagonal tiers have emerged as a favorite for brides who want the clean lines of a square, but with a little twist. Besides, more sides to decorate gives you and your baker a little more room to be creative with dimensions and decor. So, shape up your slice and go for this en vogue silhouette for a sweet take on your wedding cake.

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Tastefully Tropical

Oftentimes, brides need a ton of support when it comes to planning their big day. After all, encouragement can quell a multitude of fears. With Bride Chat, you can gain, and well as give, the support other brides need.

Bride Chat is an up-and-coming forum designed especially for the bride-to-be that is aching to share their story. Connect with brides from all over the country to discuss everything from decor ideas to cold feet, engagement stories to finding the perfect photographer, wedding bands to honeymoons. Who knows, perhaps your post on using peacock feathers in your bouquet may be the answer another bride was looking for.

Click here to visit Bride Chat

Blockbuster films such as Twilight, Sex and the City 2, and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland have influenced much more than fashion and trends among teenagers and adults alike. Lately, these three films have been the inspiration behind many themed weddings and bridal showers. Who knew that celluloid could be so chic?

Click here to see the decor used for a Twilight-inspired reception on Hostess with the Mostess

Green Wedding Shoes has tips on throwing the perfect SATC2 Bridal Shower

Throw a tea party fit for a queen as shown by The Wedding Chicks