Tidbits & Tips { The Perfect Statement Necklace }

You probably already know how much we adore statement necklaces =) Regardless of the feel of your wedding, there’s bound to be the perfect necklace style out there for every bride – some of our tops picks are below!

BHLDN & Vanda Vintage

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Trendy Thursday { Bridal Hair }

Finding the perfect hairstyle to complement your wedding gown can be tricky – so here are a few gorgeously simple ideas that will never go out of style!

  • Finger Waves: these gorgeous no-fuss waves are perfect for any bride! Great for a glam bride, or one who prefers something a bit more boho-chic.
  • Bouffant: this style flatters every face shape, plus it’s fits just about any theme/era!
  • Faux Bob: this style is more for the bride who wants something a little bit different than the traditional updo.
  • High Bun: my favorite of the four looks, the high bun is perfect for the bride that wants a classic, feminine look.

Real Wedding Wednesday { Winter Editorial }

This week I’ve decided to feature this gorgeous editorial shoot from Rebekah Westover Photography {shot at the St. Regis Deer Valley}. It’s got lots of fun and sparkly inspiration for your winter shindig {weddings and holiday parties included}.

My favorite part of this shoot are the signature drinks and yummy hors d’oeuvres! Signature cocktails add a super fun and personal element to any event – to give it a little something extra, give the drink a creative name and incorporate some signage. Oh, and don’t forget to feature some hot beverages during the winter!

Hors d’oeuvres pictured above: Market beets, local honey and goat cheese, with a Wasabi adornment and some cozy winter Demitasse of Lobster soup, Creme Fraiche, and basil oil.

Stop by next week for more from this editorial shoot!

Tuesday Tips { Tasty Toasts }

Merry Christmas!!! Today we’re sharing some delectable drinks that can be featured at holiday shindigs and weddings alike =)

Pumpkin Pie Martini
1/2 oz. Stoli Vanilla (optional to give it kick)
1 oz. pumpkin spice liqueur
1/2 oz. Kahlua
1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1/2 oz. half-and-half
Crushed graham crackers ?Cinnamon sticks (garnish)

Add all liquids in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into large martini glass rimmed with crushed graham crackers. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Candy Cane Martini
1 1/4 oz. vanilla vodka
1 1/4 oz. white crème de cacao
3/4 oz. peppermint schnapps
Garnish: peppermint candy

Combine vanilla vodka, white creme de cacao, and peppermint schnapps in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with peppermint candy.

Marti’s Hot Apple Pie Toddy

2 oz. Tuaca Liqueur
6 oz. apple cider
A little fresh ground nutmeg for garnish
Whipped cream
Cinnamon sticks

Warm apple cider in a saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat (and open flames) and add Tuaca. Pour into a large mug, add a big dollop of whipped cream, a little fresh nutmeg, and a cinnamon stick; tastes just like mom’s apple pie!

Favorite Friday { Sweet Maralyn’s }

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a major sweet tooth. So when I first got to work with the team from Sweet Maralyn’s Chocolates, I was beyond excited! They create amazing custom treats for all sorts of events {weddings included}. Some of my favorites are their Passion Cones – so delicious!!!

Trendy Thursday { 2013 Weddings }

We are so excited for the New Year! And with the new year come new wedding trends! Here’s a quick list of our faves:

• Patterns and prints – Even though monograms are still popular, lots of couples prefer to use a signature pattern or print in their wedding design. The pattern can be carried throughout many elements, creating a cohesive look from the stationery to the linens. Classic prints like damask and houndstooth are making a comeback, but clients are also creating their own prints, finding inspiration in things like lace on the bridal gown or wallpaper at the venue.

• Farm and vintage – Rustic farm settings and vintage wares will still be popular, but the trend is moving away from shabby chic and towards eclectic and more formal. Incorporating elements such as rustic wooden farm tables with the clean lines of ghost chairs or mason jars filled with orchids give an event an entirely different look and feel.

• Colors – Gray undertones combined with blushes and shades of ivory will be used in linens and florals.

• Baby cakes – Instead of a large wedding cake, brides are opting for a smaller cake to cut surrounded by a variety of sweet confections for dessert.

• Bar scene. Themed bars are hot! Grooms love the old-fashioned bourbon or scotch bar while ladies love the champagne or wine bar. Bars are designed to reflect the drinks, such as an ice block vodka bar or a white tufted champagne bar.

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Tuesday Tips { Hashtagging }

This is one of my favorite ways to see all the fun, candid photos from the wedding day! Create a custom wedding hashtag using your initials, wedding date, or “cue” words related to your special event =)

Here’s a few tips on how to spread the word about your wedding hashtag:

  • Put it on your save-the-dates
  • Post it on your wedding website or blog
  • Tell all your friends {chances are they use Twitter & Instagram}
  • Add it to your wedding program

A few examples:

  • #kandawedding
  • spwedding2013
  • #ourweddingrocks2013

Tidbits & Tips { Handmade Welcome Baskets }

Welcome baskets are perfect for out-of-town guests! Most tend to consists of water bottles, tissues, a few snacks, and some other simple necessities – but we’re putting a twist on these typical baskets by adding a few unique details )

  • Play up the destination- If you’re having an out of town wedding, chances are this will be a mini vacation for most guests. Design a welcome bag that will make guests feel at home. Pack a reusable tote with beach essentials, a map that highlights any must-see attractions, or anything else that represents the destination. Add a personalized touch with a luggage tag highlighting the wedding date or a monogram. Toss in a map and a list for must-see local attractions.
  • Share hometown favorites- Capitalize on what’s unique to your hometown with treats locally made or grown. Showcase special picks by creating a well-rounded assortment of delicious snacks, refreshing beverages, artisan soaps, and more.
  • Weave in your wedding colors- Start with a bag, basket, or box in your signature hue and use patterned paper for sealing clear candy-filled bags or lining envelopes. Add a refreshment and snacks that coordinates with your palette. Trust us, guests will appreciate the munchies.