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You know that I LOVE me some David Tutera. Not only is he ridiculously handsome, he is a brilliant wedding planner and his reality series My Fair Wedding on WETV is a fabulous show full of touching moments and fabulous events.

I DVR all of his episodes, but his new book helps me literally¬†read into the magic behind… well, the magic. Tutera’s book chooses 10 of the most memorable weddings from the first three seasons of the show and allows readers an intimate look behind the scenes, detailing the challenges that were conquered, and it includes testimonials from the brides themselves, some of which will bring tears to your eyes. Along with the profiles, Tutera offers practical advice on fashion, decor, transportation, the ceremony and many other aspects of wedding planning.

Oh, and needless to say, the book is filled with gorgeous photographs.

Definitely a must-read for brides looking for inspiration-both with wedding details and a positive outlook on wedding planning.

Click here to buy on Amazon.com

 

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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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This RealSimple.com beauty article is meant to give women step-by-step makeup ideas for a night out on the town. Even so, I think that these looks can transfer nicely into the big day for a stylish bride or her ‘maids.

After all, I love a bold lip color going down the aisle could make a huge impact.

Click here to read the article.