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With spring in full swing, wedding season is blossoming as the first warm weather nuptials take place. With that, the Aisle Say blog on Brides.com has compiled a list of 2011’s best wedding trends. Enjoy!

Click here to read the entry. Photo taken from Brides.

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As I have said many, many times on this blog, I am a sucker for Asian culture. With that established, I just want to give you something to consider for your reception decor. Enter: ikebana.

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging that uses minimalism and irregularity to create truly unique arrangements. Unlike traditional flower arrangements where the actual bloom is the star of the show, ikebana highlights the beauty of the other parts, namely the stems and leaves, focusing on line, shape and form rather than size and color. This could be a great alternative for modern, minimalist brides, or even brides with severe allergies as flowers are used very sparingly.

How awesome is this?! For more examples of ikebana, click the photo.

When it comes to drafting a guest list, some people quickly find that their network of family and friends is much larger than they anticipated-and, unfortunately can afford. So, unless they want to impose a cover charge on the guests, they must cut the list.

Fifth cousin (thrice removed) you just found out about yesterday? Gone

Coworkers (that, face it, you don’t even like to begin with)? Buh-bye.

Your friend’s boyfriend? Umm…

Yes, many couples balk as disinviting a friend’s significant other. After all, that’s their baby, their boo. They’ll be lonely without them-I mean, who are they going to dance with when the DJ starts playing the slow jams?

In my eyes, the babes deserves an invite if…

*They are in a committed relationship (a year together, living together, engaged themselves)

*They are also a part of a close circle of friends

*You actually like them

If this just so happens to be a flavor of the week, then don’t even bother extending an invitation.

Also, what if they break up during the planning phase? Well, that’s a case-by-case basis. In some cases, they may excuse themselves from the guest list. If, however, they still have a spot make sure that A) BOTH parties will act civil and not bring their relationship drama to your big day and B) reassign their seats so that they don’t have an awkward moment during the toasts.

If they have a problem with it? Well, maybe you’ll have room to invite that obscure cousin after all…

In keeping with my love for seasonal catering-and my recent 21st birthday!-here’s a list of several cocktails that would fit perfectly with a holiday season wedding taken from Chow.com.

Enjoy and happy weekend!

Applejack

Log Cabin

Fox and Hounds

Cranberry Culprit

Spiced Cranberry Sangría

Hazy Days of Winter

Canelazo

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In years’ past, bouquets that were made of anything but authentic blooms were considered tacky and tasteless. But, with a bit of innovation and creativity, paper bouquets have become a welcome sight at weddings. In fact, paper details of all sorts, such as napkin rings and hanging poms, are showing up at receptions with styles ranging from homespun to whimsical elegance. This economical option is best suited for the more crafty among us (or at least those of us with crafty friends) who want to make the seeming ordinary material of tissue paper and turn it into something spectacular.

The following photos and projects are taken from MarthaStewartWeddings.com:

Hanging Dahlia Poms

Crepe Paper Lily

Paper Pew Wreath

Paper Bouquet

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I know of a couple that got married several years ago in November and took advantage of the season. Instead of serving the usual chicken or filet mignon, they served a meal of turkey with stuffing and seasonal vegetables, presented elegantly and enjoyed by all. Perhaps they were ahead of the seasonal catering trend popping up this season. From what I can see, they came out on top (and under budget) for three reasons:

Guaranteed Freshness: So, it’s November and you’re hell-bent on having strawberries? Think twice, as these and other summer fruits are not at their peak season, ergo the quality may be sub-par. Instead, stick to fruits in season such as apples, figs, pomegranates, pears and cranberries, just to name a few, when they are at their best and can be incorporated into truly delectable dishes.

Cost-Effective: On the note of guaranteed freshness, I’m sure that you wouldn’t want to pay more for a lesser quality wedding meal, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Well, if you go for products that are out of season, that is exactly what you will be doing. Furthermore, holiday favorites such as turkey begin to cost less than chicken or fish during this time, making it a welcome alternative to the usual wedding meal suspects.

Comforting: There is also the comfort factor to consider. True, you and your guests may be eating a lot of turkey, stuffing, candied yams, pumpkin pie… but, is anybody complaining? These food tend to be comforting to most and rarely get complaints, thus making sure there is something for everyone. Besides, these food can be presented in an elegant, whimsical fashion (say pumpkin soup served in miniature pumpkins), lending a posh twist to a perennial favorite.

With that being said, here are my picks for a fall wedding menu, all taken from Epicurious.com:

Starters
Spicy Green Salad with Machego and Pears
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Main Course
Porcini Mushroom Turkey with Mushroom Gravy
Rustic Bread Stuffing with Bell Pepper and Fresh Thyme
Haricots Verts, Roasted Fennel and Shallots

Dessert
Harvest Pear Crisp with Candied Ginger
Cafe Au Lait Pudding
Pumpkin Custard Profiteroles with Maple Caramel

Signature Cocktails
The Autumn Orchard
Rosemary Martini
Flaming Brandy Punch

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I’ve already gushed about issue #4 of Nonpareil, an online wedding decor magazine. However, I would like to highlight one of my favorite articles. This Breakfast At Tiffany’s-inspired look is a lovely example of how to look equally fresh-faced and polished on the big day. especially since the shades used are easily adaptable to a wide range of skin tones. Besides, who doesn’t love Audrey Hepburn in this iconic role?

Click here for the tutorial.

Remember my post on Zazzle.com, especially the part about how it’s a great resource for creating DIY invitations for a low price?

Well, I have decided to open up my own Zazzle invitation shop! So far, my collection is limited, but I plan of expanding it in the coming months. Until then, please visit my shop and let me know what you think so far.

Click here to visit my Zazzle shop.

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 Chow.com