Tuesday Tips { Wedding Progams }

For those of you who may not know, a wedding program is a basic run-down of all the details of your ceremony. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing some helpful tips on how to create the perfect program for your special day =)

What to include:

  • Introduction – includes full names of the bride & groom, wedding date, and location.
  • Ceremony proceedings – this serves as a step-by-step guideline of the service, from processional to recessional. This is the perfect place to list any special customs or traditions that are part of your ceremony.
  • The names of those in the wedding party – make sure to include their names and how they are related to the couple {mother of the bride, best man, etc.}

Don’t include:

  • A full biography of the bride & groom.
  • A list of your wedding vendors.

Real Wedding Wednesday { Grand Bohemian }

Our fabulous clients Sophia & Marty tied the knot earlier this year at the stunning Grand Bohemian Hotel in Downtown Orlando. They featured lots of rich colors and some pretty amazing floral decor at their reception =)

From the groom {on the proposal}: “I had known for a while that I wanted to propose, and had booked a vacation to Atlantis for July 2011. After dinner our first night there, we were on our balcony looking out at the ocean. I told her I saw dolphins to distract her, and then when she turned back around I was on my knee.” How cute is that!!!

Vendor Team

Photograhy: ArtPhotoSoul
Planner: RW Events
Cake: The Sugar Suite
Florist: Lee Forrest Design

Tidbits & Tips { From the Fitting Room }

Wedding dress shopping should be fun and full of laughter & excitement! Here are a few quick tips to make your shopping experience what it should be.

  • Do your research – Research different styles and fabrics you like, and try to check on prices before trying a dress on. If you want to head to a particular bridal boutique {like Kleinfeld, Solutions Bridal, etc.}, call ahead to make sure their dresses will be in your price range.
  • Stick to the budget – make sure you’re honest with the consultant about your budget. If you say it’s $5,000 when it’s really $2,500 you may end up getting frustrated during your appointment. I hate seeing a bride try on a super expensive gown, fall in love with it, and then not be able to get it because of budget =(
  • Keep guests to a minimum – dress shopping should be fun, not stressful. You may want to take your entire group of girlfriends, your mom, and your soon be to mother-in-law, but I definitely recommend limiting it. If you’re out just browsing, take a close friend, your mom, or go on your own. Once you’ve narrowed down what you’re looking for, then it’s okay to take a few people shopping {but I’d still say no more than three}.
  • Sample sales – these are not for everyone. They’re great if you’re short on time {like less than 6 months} or if you’re trying to be super cost effective. If you’re looking for something really specific {3/4 sleeves, lace with a v-neck, etc.}, then you’re not likely to find it at a sale. Sample sales usually consist of dresses that have been discontinued by designers or ones that haven’t sold well in stores.
  • Trust the consultant – no one knows the gowns in the store better than your bridal consultant. Tell her what you’re looking for and she should be able to pull gowns in a similar style AND within your budget.

Tuesday Tips { Caribbean Inspired Cocktails }

Just because you may not be getting married on a tropical island doesn’t mean you can’t make it feel that way =) These colorful and fruity cocktails are sure to help get the party started!

Strawberry Faujito

  • 6 large strawberries, hulled and cut in half
  • 8 large fresh mint leaves
  • 2 mint sprigs (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. agave nectar (or simple syrup)
  • 3 oz. Bacardi Razz Rum or white rum
  • 8 – 12 oz. sparkling water
  • Ice
  • Place 6 strawberry halves in the bottom of two (8 to 12 ounce) glasses. Add 4 mint leaves to each glass. “Muddle” the strawberries with the mint (i.e. lightly crush the strawberries and mint). Add 1 Tbsp. agave nectar or simple syrup to each glass. Add 1 shot (1.5 ounces). Add ice. Pour about 4 ounces (or less depending upon size of ice cubes and glass) into each glass. Stir briefly. Garnish with mint sprigs if using.

Honey Rum Fizz

  • ½ bunch mint leaves
  • ½ lime cut into wedges
  • 6 ounces gold rum
  • 3 ounces honey
  • 1 ½ limes zested and juiced
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups of tonic water
  • Divide and muddle mint leaves into each glass, with a lime wedge or two, and set aside. Place rum, honey, lime zest and juice into a shaker with ice and shake together. Add the egg whites and continue to shake until the mixture becomes frothy. Pour mixture into the prepared glasses. Add the tonic. Then top each glass off with any remaining froth and serve.

Melon Rumbella

  • 3-4 ripe melons, depending on size
  • 1/2 liter white rum
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, cleaned and stemmed
  • 3 limes juiced
  • 8 oz. ginger soda
  • 8 oz. coconut water
  • Whole vanilla beans
  • Candied ginger (for garnish)
  • Sugar for rimming the glasses
  • Ice
  • Use a melon baller to create melon balls, and freeze an hour before you plan to serve. Muddle lime and mint. Combine mint, lime, rum, ginger soda, and coconut water and stir.
    Sugar the rim of the glasses, add melon balls, and enjoy! (Serves eight.)