How to Create the Perfect Dessert Bar

If you’re anything like me, your favorite course is dessert! Forget the margaritas bar, weddings are all about having the best dessert bars now-a-days, and honestly I’m not complaining! So, what should you do when creating a dessert bar? Well I’ve came up with five questions to ask yourself in order to have a fool proof dessert experience!

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1. Who’s coming to the wedding? You don’t want to serve anything your guests won’t enjoy as much as you do! If your guest list includes a plentiful of children you might want to include more kid friendly desserts like cake pops, suckers, and cookies. If you’re crowd consists of adults try out desserts like macaroons, cheesecakes, and eclairs. If your guest lists happens to be a mix of both, you can offer an array of both types of dessert or consider having a separate candy bar for the children.

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2. What is the theme? The fun part about your dessert bar is choosing the theme and how you will decorate it. The theme will be rather easy since it will be an extension of your overall wedding, and you definitely want to tie in details from your reception at the table. If you’re having a beach wedding consider tying that into the desserts like having caramel salted cake pops, or Krabby Patty inspired cakes. Play up your bar!

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3. What are you feeding your guests? Labeling is a crucial detail in creating a perfect dessert bar! Make sure your guests knows what there is to offer, you don’t want them sticking their hands into different plates and bowls to find out what everything is. Are there walnuts in your cookies? Make sure to label for guests who are allergic to nuts and for other common food allergies.

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4. How will you show off your personality? What’s going to make your dessert bar stand out from the pack? Add personal touches like quotes, photos, naming your desserts, or mixing in some of your favorite items like books or wine bottles. Whatever it is, have fun with it! A dessert bar is meant to be playful!

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5. What will you serve? So now that you have all the details down it’s time to decide what you will be serving. Make sure to have a finalized list of desserts with specific recipes to give to the baker.When it comes to a dessert bar you want to make sure you have a selection of desserts not  a buffet of sweets- don’t overwhelm your guests.

Enjoy!

{1: Cheryl McEwan Photography via South Bound Bride, 2L: Penelope-Photos, 2R: Chelsea Brown Photography via Love and Lavender, 3L: So-Eventful, 3R: Hostess with the Mostess, 4: Gabriel Ryan Photography via Green Wedding Shoes, 5+ 6: Flickr}

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Easter Wedding Ideas

This weekend is Easter and Easter weddings are Spring weddings on a whole other level – think everything adorably pastel, pretty flowers, and of course a plethora of eggs and maybe even some bunnies. Families usually come together to celebrate Easter anyways, why not give them an even bigger reason to celebrate? Here are some fun ideas to spark your imagination.

Color Scheme. Invite family and friends to a bright, cheery and colorful Easter wedding.

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Decor. Incorporate Spring and Easter ideas together! Include tons of florals and plenty of nods to the Easter bunny.

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Florals. Spring is a time for blooming so plenty of florals is a must!

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Other Details. Make sure to include traditional Easter symbols like eggs, candy, and the Easter bunny himself.

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{Garland: Etsy, Pink Cake: Flickr, Mint Cake: Sugar and Cloth, Center Piece: Tulipina, Table Name: Casa Trend, Cupcakes: The Gunny Sack, Bridal Bouquet: Miss Renaissance, Chapel: Flickr, Centerpiece: Lauren Conrad, Egg Place: Southern Weddings Magazine, Rabbit Cake Top: Mira Uncut, Bunny: Flickr, Foil Eggs: Buzz Feed}

Thank You Note Rules for Your Wedding

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Saying thanks is a big part of the wedding planning process – both before and after the big day.  Show your loved ones how much you care about them and appreciate all they did for you and your new spouse with these five tips to saying thanks for the big day!

1.  Thank you notes should be sent within three months of when you received the gift.  Write thank you notes as gifts arrive to keep up on the workflow and give yourself an additional eight weeks to get out the rest post-wedding day.  Don’t wait until that three month mark.

2.  Yes, they need a thank you!  If you received a gift for your shower, engagement party, a check, any form of a gift for any of your wedding related events – a proper thank you should be promptly sent.  Even those that gave you the gift of time to help you with your wedding details should receive a personal note.

3.  Don’t forget to thank your wedding vendors!  It’s customary to offer a gratuity to your wedding vendors and if you loved their service or product, go the extra mile and include it inside a personal thank you note.

4.  Get creative and prepare a photo op (possibly with a sign) at your wedding day to turn into a thank you note.  The more personal, the more memorable!

5.  If guests traveled for your destination wedding, gift or not, send a thank you for making the journey.

Getaway Cars

Every bride and groom needs their perfect getaway car! Drive off in style and leave a lasting impression with you guests on your big day. A definite must do for a getaway car is to tie it into your wedding- so, if you’re having a beach wedding perhaps paddle off into the sunset on surf boards or if you’re having a ski lodge wedding take off in a ski lift like the couple below.  Or hey, going classic is always fabulous! Whichever car you decide to drive off in on your wedding night make sure it fits both of your personalities! Oh! and don’t forget your Just Married sign!

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{Classic: Jose Villa via Once Wed, Open Classic: SMP, Vespa + Carriage: Jessica Claire via Green Wedding Shoes, Vintage: Katie Stoops Photography via Inspired by This, VW: Jose Villa, Chevy Pick Up: Zank You, Ski Ride: Exquisite Weddings Magazine}

Something Blue Ideas

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Many brides get stumped when it comes to something blue ideas- especially when blue isn’t their favorite color. So how do you incorporate the good luck color in your wedding? Here are six of my favorite ideas!

1. Statement Necklace. Every strapless dress looks amazing when it’s paired with a great statement necklace. Your wedding dress is not different! Top off your gorgeous dress with a stunning sparkly necklace for a perfect big day ensemble.

2. Monogram Patch. As a monogram aficionado, this is one is definitely my favorite! This one is perfect for those who don’t like the color blue, since no one will see it but it’s still close to your heart. Plus it’s a perfect way to make use of your new last name!

3. Nail Polish. Add a pop of color to your wedding night outfit with some blue nails! Their trendy and look amazing on any skin tone!

4. Lingerie. A happy bride needs cute and comfortable under garments for her big day. So why not have them be your lucky charm and order them in blue? Don’t fret, the color won’t show through your dress as long as it’s lined!

5. Bouquet. You can always add a hint of blue into your bouquet. Whether you add a pop of color with florals like hydrangeas or you add a blue accent with a ribbon or broach on to the bouquet, it’s sure to look charming!

6. Shoes. For those who love blue, consider rocking some heels in your favorite color! They add a bold statement to your look and will be really fun to wear!

Have fun with choosing your something blue token! Always remember that blue comes in so many rich and beautiful shades you can choose from, don’t feel like you’re stuck with the same Crayola blue color. Happy Planning!

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{Cover Photo: Siri Jones Photography via Modernly Wed, Necklace: Something Turquoise, Monogram: Blue Grass Photography via Jet Fete, Nails:, Lingerie: Etsy, Bouquet: Anastasiya Abelik Photography via Burnett’s Board, Heels: Ugly Duckling Photography}

Destination Wedding Photography – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we talked to Laura Grier from Beautiful Day Photography about traveling with your destination wedding photographer and great ideas for on location shoots, engagement styling and other ways to enhance the experience!

We also connected you to some great resources to for photographers who shoot on location, including the Westcott portable beauty dish, the Lowel GL-1 Gun Light, and  the MeFoto Q1

And for our cocktail, we shared one of Laura’s favorites from the Food Network, the Lychee Martini.

Here’s what you’ll need:

6oz of vodka

4 oz of lychee juice

a splash of vermouth

2 lychees for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, fill ice, vodka, lychee juice, and vermouth.  Shake until it’s chilled and pour into two martini glasses and simply garnish with a lychee in each!

Happy Friday and we’ll see you next week!  And don’t forget, if you missed the episode you can tune in anytime on demand here!

Color Palette Inspiration: Pastels

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It wouldn’t be Spring without a pastel wedding! Why does everyone love a pastel big day? Well look at these photos! They are absolutely gorgeous! For the simple and sweet Bride, this color palette will be just perfect! This color scheme is also great for anyone who wants to have tons of color at their wedding but is afraid of how it will turn out. Pastels are easy to work with and you can pretty much mix any color and it will look lovely! Take a look at that yummy macaroon tower, how adorable would that be for a dessert bar? Your bridesmaids are sure to look beautiful in a pastel colored dress, not to mention they can re-use it as a spring cocktail dress.  From food to decor, paint your wedding in pastels!

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{Cover Photo: Carmen & Ingo Photography via Burnett’s Boards, Macaroon Cake: Eating Yummy, Bridesmaids: Sweet Little Photographs, Pink Ruffled Cake: Bobbette & Belle Artisanal Pastries, Balloons:, Cookie Table: Melody Gibbs via SMP, Blue Ruffled Cake: Wild Orchid Baking Co., Cupcakes: Vanessa Voth Photography, Paper Details: MADfotos via Wedding Chicks, Bouquet: Valentina Glidden Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs}

The White Dress in Color – New Book!

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We are so excited for our friends over at The White Dress by the Shore for releasing this beautifully styled book, The White Dress in Color: Wedding Inspirations for the Modern Bride. Written by three amazingly talented women, Beth Lindsay Chapman, stylist and bridal boutique owner, Candice Coppola, and event designer, and Carla Ten Eyck, a wedding photographer, The White Dress in Color is filled with gorgeous eye candy meant to inspired the modern bride as she embarks on her wedding planning journey. We are loving this book because it celebrates true wedding couples, from various types of ethnic backgrounds to same sex couples. The White Dress in Color isn’t just another pretty book you can put on your coffee table, it provides brides with real information including fashion and photography tips, creative planning, as well as direct links to the companies featured in each photo shoot- how great is that?

Here’s a sneak peak at you’ll find inside the book!

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The book can be purchased at many independent book stores around the country, find your local book store at indiebound.org,  or on Amazon.com

{All Photos Provided By: Carla Ten Eyck Photography}

A Traditional Virgina Wedding with Lots of Color + Character

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Ann and George wed in Charlottesville, Virginia at a beautiful estate called Keswick Hall (which we’re obsessed with!).  This venue is the perfect spot for a swanky outdoor I do!  We asked Ann to share some special moments and details from the day and their planning process.  “We wanted an outdoor wedding that really showed off the beautiful mountains of Virginia so everything picked complimented the beautiful scenery.”

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“The entire day was a blast!  My favorite moments were getting ready and laughing with my bridesmaids, seeing our families have a great time, dancing to our awesome band and of course saying our vows!” 

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We asked the bride how her color palette and design came to be.  “This was hard as there are so many great colors to choose from!  We started off with all creams and green but added a pop of color on the bridesmaids with coral dresses.  At the end we had a difficult time picking the linens so we totally tossed the rules of choosing a color out the window and used light blue for the table cloths.”

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“Most of the ideas we got were from friends, family and pinterest.”

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 Ann’s advice for couples like you? “Planning a wedding will definitely have its stressful moments (they ripped up the entire golf course up which was our whole view for our wedding just 6 weeks before the wedding!) but remember it is about celebrating with your new husband, family and closest friends!  No matter what goes wrong it is guaranteed to be a blast when you are surrounded by your favorite people.  Don’t let all the stresses get to you.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Jack Looney Photography

Wedding Vendors: Makeup Artist: Elan On-Site Salon, Favors and Gifts: Jenny Commins Designs, Wedding Planners: Adam Donovan-Groves and Jenny Commins, Reception Venue: Keswick Hall, Cake Designer: Maliha Creations, Floral Designer: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs, Musicians: Terra Voce, Band: The Maxx / East Coast Entertainment, Rehearsal Dinner: Pippin Hill Farm, Cake: Anita Gupta (Maliha Creations)

Bridal Beauty + Fitness – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we talked to experts who help you get your sweat on and shape up for the big day.

A big thanks to our guests, Melody Ward and Quinn Smith from Club Pilates and Dr. Kaplan from Celebrity Laser Spa.

We also connected you to some great resources to help you get in shape and get healthy before you say I do including Cascade Ice Water, Nekter Cleanse, Toe Sox, and Philosophy.

And for our cocktail, we shared a Grapefruit Sparkler from Cascade Ice Water.

Here’s what you’ll need:

5oz of Cascade Ice zero-calorie Pink Grapefruit

2oz of club soda

1oz of vanilla vodka.

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Mix 5oz of Cascade Ice zero-calorie Pink Grapefruit with 2oz of club soda and 1oz of vanilla vodka. Squeeze in some lime wedges for a zesty twist. Garnish with small grapefruit wedges and you’re ready to serve!

Happy Friday and we’ll see you next week!  And don’t forget, if you missed the episode you can tune in anytime on demand here!

What to Tell Guests to Wear to Your Wedding

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Nowadays wedding invitations have gotten so creative that sometimes even the dress code requires de-coding.  Keep it simple and smart and of course oh-so you with these tips to planning what your wedding guests will wear.

1.  Be specific! Black tie is different from formal, casual is different from California casual, barbeque is different than country rustic. The more specific you can be the more helpful for your guests (and the more you’ll love the look of your wedding).

2.  Even if you painstakingly come up with a theme and let all your guests know in detail what to wear, be prepared for some to miss the mark (or even forget).  That’s ok – go with the flow on the big day!

3.  Your invitations will help set the tone for your event and give your guests the best idea of what to expect and what to wear so make sure they are a mini representation of your wedding in the tone and formality of the event.

4.  You can inform your guests with a post script at the bottom of your invitations, and your wedding website is a great way to elaborate on attire with photos and examples if need be.

5.  Themes are wonderful, but make sure they make sense with your venue, the weather, and the kind of wedding you’ll be having. The last thing you would want is your guests to be uncomfortable or unprepared for what awaits them –  such as extreme heat!  In addition, don’t theme so much so that you’re asking each wedding guest to go shopping; respect their wishes too.