S’mores Inspired Desserts

If you’re planning a winter wedding and love the idea of incorporating s’mores into your wedding somehow, check out these delicious, jaw-dropping ideas. Warm up guests with s’mores hot chocolate or feature a gourmet s’mores bar, where guests can add toppings like bacon or cookies. If you’re looking for more options, try the crescent s’mores roles, cheesecake, nachos, or cookies for a fun and unique take on these traditional desserts. Whatever you may choose, these yummy treats will be sure to be a crowd favorite and keep your guests coming back for more.

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{Top Row Left: Minimalist Baker, Right: Bakerita, Second Row Left: How Sweet it is, Right: A Cookie Named Desire, Third Row: Foodie Crush, Bottom Row Left: Krafted Koch, Right: Lemon Tree Dwelling}

Pink and Silver Weddings

Silver sparkles this time of year, especially on New Year’s Eve so if you’re hosting a holiday fete, a New Year’s I do or a wedding this winter, consider the palette of pink and silver!  A romantic duo that shines bright on your wedding night, we love the look the combination creates (especially with mirrors making smaller spaces or crowded rooms seem bigger).  Take a look at a few of our festive faves for this color combination!

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{Photos: Dress: The Lane, Mirror w/Flowers: Ambrosio Photography via SMP, Bridesmaid Dresses: Etsy, Bouquet: Art with Nature via Wedding Chicks, Invitation: Elfenpulver, Mason Jars: It All Started with Paint, Dessert Bar: Lee Bird Photography, Cake: Black Sheep Photography, Glitter Vase: Young Hearts Photography via Ruffled}

Green, Gold and a Pop of Red

‘Tis the season for sparkling golds, reds and greens!  But did you think to pair these holiday colors together for your big day before?  They aren’t as “holiday” as you might think, in fact, it’s super chic!  From gold sequin linens to sparkling invitations and bright red bouquets, we love the holiday season for oh-so fab winter weddings!

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{Photos: Bouquet: Christa Elyce via Bridal Musings, Invitation: Etsy, Shoes: Christian Oth, Hair Headpiece: Etsy, Table Number: Etsy, Bridesmaid + Menu: Chard Photographer via Ruffled}

Pantone 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

Every year, Pantone scours the world for trends in fashion, decor, beauty, and entertainment to find inspiration for an annual color. This year, inspired by richness and elegance, Pantone and X-Rite announced “marsala” as the signature color of the year for 2015. This deep, wine red hue brings a certain sophistication and refined look to any occasion. Whether you’re going for a rustic elegance, bohemian, or classic vibe for your nuptials, this timeless color is appropriate for all themes and decor.

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{Top Row:Emma Case Photography via Love My Dress, Second Row Left:Kate Foley Designs, Right: Sage Nines, Third Row: Lani Elias via Magnolia Rouge Bottom Row Left: Lani Elias via Magnolia Rouge, Right:Elise Cakes}

Engage!14 Cayman Islands – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we come to you from the Cayman Islands at the Engage!14 Wedding Industry Summit.  We chat with members of government and tourism board about what the Cayman Islands has to offer destination wedding couples and we take a look at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman while getting ideas and decor tips from Celebrations LTD.  Tune in!

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!

Emerald Green and Peach Weddings

Deep green, emerald green makes a great color for a winter wedding.  It pops with a white backdrop and even gives a slight nod to the holiday season.  He’ll love the masculine tone and you can pair it with peach for a touch of romance.  From emerald maids gowns to a Gatsby-esque wedding cake, the details are endless if you opt for a peach and emerald green wedding day theme!

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{Photos: Invitation: Chard Photographer via Ruffled, Bridal Party: When He Found Her via Wedding Chicks, Table Runner: via Brides.com, Menu: Peaches and Mint via SMP, Flowers: Hudson Nichols via Ruffled, Cake: Amalie Orange Photography via 100 Layer Cake}

Gourmet Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is a staple drink for every fall and winter season, and with winter soon approaching, we thought it would be nice to branch out from our usual hot chocolate recipes and opt for a little more excitement. These mouth-watering recipes include traditional hot chocolate flavors, but feature toppings that transform them into gourmet drinks for you and your friends. From fluffer nutter, to tiramisu, and black cherry (with a little kick), these recipes have something for everyone.

Having a winter wedding? Try the kahlua hot chocolate as a signature cocktail to help warm up your guests, inside and out.

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{Top Left: The Hopeless Housewife, Right: How Sweet It Is, Second Row Left: Damn Delicious, Right:Living Better Together, Third Row Left: The Noshery, Right: Cafe Delites, Bottom Row Left:A Bitter Sweet Wife, Right: Always for Dessert

Blush Pink and Sparkle Gold Weddings

Pretty in pink (and gold)!  Today we’re taking our favorite color and pairing it with the sparkly goodness that is gold!  Great for the holiday time of year for a bridal shower or big day too, pink and gold makes for a festive color palette for anything bridal!  Whether to create a sequined table runner or simply ask your maids to wear the palette, pink and gold details are always picture perfect!

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{Photos: Frame: Lee Bird Photography, Runner: Kati Rosado via Ruffled, Chandelier: The Perfect Palette via Pinterest, Flatware: Wiregrass Weddings, Dresses: Genevieve Renee via Southern Weddings, Invitation: Etsy, Cake: Melissa Gidney Photography via SMP}

Hiring Your Wedding Florist – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we chat once again with celebrity wedding florist Nancy Kaye from the famed Mark’s Garden.  Nancy walks us through working with a florist, what you need to know and even what celeb weddings she’s been working on for some great ideas to incorporate into your own big day!

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!

Engage!14 Wedding Industry Event Recap

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It may be rainy and chilly here in Southern California but we’re still daydreaming about warmer climates in the Caribbean – the Cayman Islands to be exact!  I just got home from a week on Grand Cayman where the wedding industry event, Engage!14 was taking place.  If you’re in the industry, this is one event not to miss!  And if you’re getting married, then there’s plenty of great wedding inspiration that comes from it too!  The best of the best across the globe gather to learn, plan, party, and inspire one another so we can serve couples better and we’ve got some inspiration that we brought back for you.  Take a look at just a tiny bit of all the goodness that’s available to couples (especially those considering getting married in the Cayman Islands).

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This was how the welcome bags were displayed as guests arrived.  The talented duo from Gifts for the Good Life created all the perfectly branded goodies, from a custom ipod speaker system to all the beach accessories a gal could ask for!

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This is the Cayman Islands, so of course a beach party had to kick off the festivities!  Local event producers and designers from Celebrations LTD created this magic for us to enjoy as the sun set over Seven Mile Beach at the stunning Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman (where the entire week was held).

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I’ve been sooooo lucky to be a part of every Engage event to date and this time I got to give a speech with my good friend, the super smart and talented Editor-in-Chief of one of my favorite magazines, Jennifer Stein of Destination I Do.

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Kathryn and Rebecca are our fearless leaders and hosts of all the Engage Conferences.  They have created something so special, that no luxury wedding professional can afford to miss it and still be at the top of their game back home.  Hint: The next one is in Mexico in 2015!  Don’t miss out!

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And of course they couldn’t send us home without some WOW decor ideas to take to our couples.  The ending night gala was designed by Karen Tran Florals and she created an over-the-top fancy island wedding reception of sorts.  The flowers speak for themselves!

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Thank you Rebecca and Kath for an unforgettable experience, the trip of a lifetime, the most fun ever, and for your support and inclusion of The Bridal Bar for all these years!  Words (or a blog post) could never fully express my gratitude or love for you two!

If you want to see more from this amazing event, check out our sister site, Jet Fete all next week when we bring you amazing destination ideas from the Cayman Islands.

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Photographers for Engage!14: Carla Ten Eyck, Rebecca Davidson, Picture This Studios, David Wolfe Photography, Melissa Wolfe Photography, Better Angle

Bachelorette and Bridal Invitations

As you probably know by now, we love anything sparkly and pink here at The Bridal Bar. So why not show our love with these fun and flirty party invitations from Etsy. We were so in love with the black, gold, and pink palette with a touch of sparkle. No matter what your bachelorette or bridal party shenanigans may entail, these adorable invites are fitting for any occasion.

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{Top Left: Etsy,  Right: Etsy, Second Row Left: Etsy, Right: Etsy,  Third Row: Etsy, Fourth Row Left: Etsy, Right: Etsy,  Bottom Row: Etsy}