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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!

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Candy bars are still in for 2011 and this boutique candy shop based in Southern California wants to help sweeten your set-up.

Have It Sweet specializes in gourmet caramels, nougat, and marshmallows, all of them handmade and infused with unique favors. Their caramel bars have gained notoriety with innovative flavors such as The  Earl, made with Earl Grey tea, and Mayan Chocolat, a unique mix of sweet and spicy. Their nougat collection is also worth noting, as the flavors incorporate a variety of nuts and, in the case of the Cherry Walnut variety, fruit.

Personally, I am enamored with their marshmallow collection. With their modern square shape and flavors that go beyond vanilla (a snickerdoodle marshmallow-just imagine!) are sure to give your sweets table an edge. I especially love their rainbow marshmallow option, especially for brides that want to add even more color to their festivities.

Have It Sweet is a delicious option, but the small quantities available for sale don’t lend itself well to budget-conscious bulk orders-stick to using them for smaller soirées (for now at least).

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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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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

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 Chow.com

The signature cocktail has become a popular enhancement to weddings. Customized to fit the tastes of the couple-and, possibly named by them-they add a fun, personal touch to the reception. However, don’t leave the teetotalers out! In addition to serving a signature cocktail, have a signature mocktail for those who aren’t too keen on alcohol. That way, they too can get in on the fun of having a customized, gorgeous, delicious concoction in their hands without compromising their stance. Have a virgin version of the signature cocktail on hand or create a separate drink entirely-just make sure it stays cohesive with the overall feel of the celebration. Showing consideration for your guests-that’s always in style.

Pretty-but is it potent? Photo taken from Brides.com.

Amid the brunch and cocktail receptions, several forward-thinking brides are turning towards family-style catering for their hungry guests. This method of serving a post-ceremony meal, in which large platters of food are set on guests’ tables so they may serve themselves, could serve as a great conversation starter and instills a sense of… well, family among guests at the wedding. It can also serve as decor if you choose to use serving dishes that complement your color scheme. There is only one word of caution: such a style of catering can be interpreted as casual and is only conducive to smaller guests lists-say, 100 people or less. Otherwise, stick to standard wait staff or buffet service.

Photo courtesy of TheKnot.com

Wedding cakes have gone far past their humble white buttercream beginnings into works of art. Tradition has given way to lavish cake decorations such as fondant flowers, 24 karat gold dusting, and sugar bling along with exotic new flavors being added all of the time. However, these cakes can cost thousands of dollars! So, what’s a bride to do if she wants the same impact for less change.

Brides Magazine teamed up with five noted wedding cake designers to conceptualize five wedding cakes that pull inspiration from their pricier counterparts without breaking the bank. With a few slight changes, the savings can be quite sweet.

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When it comes to weddings one of the details that rarely, if ever, escapes anyone’s notice (besides your fabulous gown) is the cake. Besides the fact it’s usually the last thing on the agenda, it’s also the highest anticipated aspect. The Knot has compiled a guide for stumped couples to follow including flavor advice, decor pointers, and ensuring that you actually get a slice (sounds crazy, but you’ll be surprised).

Click the photo to read "12 Wedding Cakes Dos and Don'ts" on TheKnot.Com

Click the photo to read "12 Wedding Cakes Dos and Don'ts" on TheKnot.Com