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Tuesday Tips { New Year’s Eve }

Happy New Year’s Eve! Our team is so excited for 2014 and all the {fabulous} things we have planned! For all the couples our there {married, engaged, or still dating} here are some of our favorite ideas for a fun date night on New Year’s:

  • Host a cocktail party – this is a great opportunity to bring together her friend + his friends and enjoy the company!
  • Spend a romantic evening in – if you’re like me and don’t really like parties, then this idea is perfect for you =) Pop some bubbly and spending a quiet evening enjoying dinner at home.
  • Be spontaneous – New Year’s eve is supposed to be fun and fancy free, so be spontaneous with your plans. Maybe plan to go to dinner and then leave the rest of the evening open. If you live in an attractions area {like Orlando} there are always fun things to do {like go-carting, putt-putt, etc.}.

Tidbits & Tips {Let the Planning Begin}

We want to wish a very happy “congratulations” to all the couples that got engaged over the Christmas holiday! Our team is so excited for each of you and we hope you’ll find our daily tips + inspiration helpful in planning your dream wedding! To get planning underway, check out these quick tips:

  • Start early – planning a wedding can be a full time job, so give yourself plenty of time to plan {at least 9 months}.
  • Make a guest list first – get together with your parents + your fiances parents and create a guest list. This will help you determine your budget + where you can actually hold the event.
  • Select the bridal party – once you’ve picked the bridesmaids + groomsmen you can pick a wedding date {that way you can make sure everyone is available that day}.
  • Find your vendors – start inquiring with vendors to ensure you’ll get your favs before they’re booked on your date.

Tuesday Tips {Warm & Cozy}

There’s nothing better than a cup of hot cocoa on a chilly winter evening. Except maybe these {deliciously} brewed drinks =) Check out a few recipes below for some tasty drinks that are sure to keep your guests warm:

Apple Pie Spiced Cider

Apple Pie Spiced Cider

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 quarts apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons firmly packed light-brown sugar
  • 7 whole cinnamon sticks, (6 sticks for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Ground cloves
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup Calvados, or other brandy (optional)
  • Directions

    • In a medium saucepan, whisk together cider, sugar, spices, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat; pour in brandy, if desired. Strain into a pitcher; discard solids. Serve in mugs, garnished with cinnamon sticks.

    Warm Vanilla Cider

    Warm Vanilla Cider

    Ingredients

    • 6 cups fresh apple cider
    • 2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
    • 2 whole nutmeg seeds
    • 1 vanilla bean (split and scraped)
    • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) bourbon, if desired
    • Whipped cream
    • Honeyed Walnuts

    Directions

    • Combine apple cider, dark-brown sugar, nutmeg seeds, and vanilla bean in a medium saucepan. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and add bourbon if desired. Remove and discard solids. Divide among 6 mugs or heatproof glasses, and top each with a dollop of whipped cream and a few honeyed walnuts.

    Peppermint Hot Chocolate

    Peppermint Hot Chocolate

    Ingredients

    • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 quart milk
    • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (3 ounces)
    • 7 peppermint sticks; 3 crushed (1/4 cup), 4 left whole
    • pinch of salt

    Directions

    • Place cocoa in a medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk until cocoa has dissolved. Add chocolate chips and crushed peppermint; simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate and peppermint have melted, 8 to 10 minutes.
    • Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Add salt. Ladle into mugs; serve each with a peppermint stick.

    Tidbits & Tips {Holiday Weddings}

    I just love the holiday season! The decorations, sweets, and family gatherings are the best =) Even though it’s a busy time of year, it can make for wonderful wedding memories. Here’s are a few quick tips for making the most out of your holiday wedding:

    • Plan further in advance – lots of people have long standing traditions with extended family, so send out your save-the-dates, and invites a month or so before you’d normally send them out. That gives your guests plenty of time to make arrangements for the holidays.
    • Don’t be discourage by “no” RSVP’s – the chances of getting “no” RSVP cards are going to be a lot higher around this time of year. For those that do have long-standing family traditions {plus airfare is much more expensive}, they may not be able to attend your wedding. Try not to take it personally, and keep this in mind when creating your guest list. Make a “B-list” so you can send out additional invites when someone else says they can’t attend.
    • Expand your color palette – winter weddings don’t have to be “Christmas-y.” Try using pale blues, minty greens, silver, or even pink + gold!
    • Embrace the season – have pretty pashminas or blankets available for guests {if your event is outdoors} or even a fun hot cocoa bar with yummy mix-ins!

    Tuesday Tips {Styling the Maids}

    Today’s post is all about styling the gals that will stand by you on wedding day =) Here are a few of my favorite ideas that will make your maids sparkle:

    Marbelized watercolor – this is totally perfect for a whimsical wedding! It’s fun and colorful, and looks amazing with a pretty hand-tied bouquet.

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    Tropical – the vibrant colors featured in this dress + bouquet are perfect for a destination wedding!

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    Modern – any dress with a simple design and clean lines would work for a modern wedding. Pair it with simple bouquet in a neutral color to complete the look.

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    Quirky – if you’re more of an eclectic bride, dress your maids in something with a unique pattern {but not too busy}.

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    Photos: Apryl Ann Photography