Late Night Wedding Snacks



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Late Night Wedding Snacks ?  Will you provide them for your wedding guests?  The pressure is on to be the host with the most.  For many couples this includes “Late Night Snacks”.  Most caterers offer a variety of options, but this just piles on the cost to you per guest.  Is it necessary?  No, but it depends on your budget and what is important to you.  Feel it’s a must?  There are ways around the huge per head cost.  This OF COURSE, involves some DIY projects. Love, love the beverage above. It’s cute, sweet, and I’ve yet to see another like it.


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The “S’Mores” above, usually with a tag that reads, “S’ Mores to Love” have been done and done again. But there’s a reason, it’s a nice snack and relatively inexpensive; and easily to assemble yourself before the wedding.


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I adore the treat above, which in it’s beauty can also act as a wedding favor.  I remember the first wedding I attend at the tender age of four.  At the end of the evening, each guest was offered a piece of wedding cake in a pristine little white cake box.  My mom told me that if I placed it under my pillow at night, I’d dream of my husband. It was a hard decision to refrain from eating the cake, and save it to place under my pillow, but I did it!  Did I dream of my future husband? …No… 🙁  And as the photos above show, it doesn’t have to be cake you send home, but a treat such as fudge.


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The next photo offers a light treat that presents a beautiful display and would be relatively inexpensive.  All you need is a stand, some chocolates and a creative eye.  Sometimes all guests need is just a little nibble to tide them over.


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Of the opinion that your guests need more of a hearty snack?  The pies above would surely be filling, and if your theme is country based, fit in nicely.  You could even bypass the caterer, (provided he/she is not contracted along with the reception venue), and purchase the pies at a reduced price yourself!




Update on KK and Tyler’s Reception!



It’s past time for an update on KK and Tyler’s reception!  The professional pictures are rolling in.  All photos are from the most talented Hannah Colt, unless otherwise noted.  A brief word on Hannah.  She was fantastic.  She was professional, creative, prepared, came early, stayed late, and was kind — even to me, a pain of a ‘Mother of the Bride’!  🙂

The top photo and the one below are of Tyler and KK’s “Sweetheart Table” – of special note – the champagne flutes are family crystal I hope each of my daughters will use for their toasts…  I have discussed “Sweetheart Tables” in other blog posts.   If you’d like to read about them, just click on the link!


The third photo highlights the table centerpieces.  I wish I could take credit for the beautiful flowers, but Janice, the lovely mother of the groom, is responsible – with a little help from KK.  🙂  It was a real treat for me to walk into the church and then the reception and see the gorgeous creations.  It was one area of the wedding that was a surprise for ME!  I loved it.  Thank you again, Janice.


And the jar next to the oil on the table?  They are “Glow Jars”, a DIY project KK and Tyler made for the “After Dark” part of the reception.  Very, very pretty.


The next picture showcases a guest favor.  The “For Richer or Poorer” envelope, embossed with KK and Tyler’s names and wedding date, contains a lottery ticket and a shiny penny.  There were quite a few winners, and no one left their favor behind, as I’ve heard sometimes happens at weddings…


Although we had a fully stocked open bar, the bride and groom also had a “Signature Cocktail”, although not for the usual reasons.  The most common reason is to have drinks readily available for guests – but the Pavilion on Crystal Lake had an amble supply of bartenders.  They chose to have the special cocktail to incorporate the juice from the oranges my parents sent from California.  Which brings us to the next two pictures…  I believe I’ve mentioned the guest place cards before.  (If you missed that blog post just click on the following link: Place Cards.) They were made from Dad’s oranges. image

And tucked in the upper left of these photos?   The gorgeous “Card Basket” which Janice decorated.  It’s an antique picnic basket on loan from Tyler’s Aunt Janet.  Perfect for their wedding vibe!




KK and Tyler’s Reception Venue



I have yet to unveil my daughter, KK and Tyler’s wedding reception venue on THIS blog.  So…drum roll, please…They will be holding their wedding reception at the Pavilion on Crystal Lake in Middletown, CT.  It is absolutely perfect for them.  They wanted a outdoorsy, rustic feeling and this delivers.  .  And…it’s on a lake with a tiny beach.  If you check out KK’s wedding website, you can see how a lake ties into Tyler’s proposal… I’m very excited.  All photos on this blog were taken on site.  Let’s only hope we can have a spectacular sunset like the one above!



In the next two photos, you see the dance floor and table settings.  As with any wedding venue, the bride is able to choose linens to go with her color scheme.  Flowers, from your choice of florist, will complete the vision to customize your look.  Will we choose to use the fairy lighting in the pictures?  I can’t tell…I do think it adds a nice romantic feel.


Notice the fabulous wood-sided walls.  It give the barn feel both KK and Tyler coveted, without the barn.  The main building has all the amenities so as to not inconvenience the guests for everyday necessities.  I thought at one time of choosing particularly  gorgeous venue, but it was quite out of the way and would require port-a-potties.  While sometimes this sacrifice is worth it, I just couldn’t see it, especially for a bride…


The local scenery at the ‘Pavilion on Crystal Lake’ is not limited to a nice gazebo and tiny lake.  I love these gorgeous mature trees.  But once again, pictures as gorgeous as these will be dependent on the weather.  Even IF it doesn’t rain on KK and Tyler’s wedding day, if it has recently, it would be far too muddy to take advantage of this beauty.  Ah…the trials of living in New England…  🙂

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Family Style Wedding Dinner



What’s old becomes new again…and this is the case with a family style wedding dinner.  In days of old, weddings were not the grand affair they have become today.  Two people decided to marry, join their families, create their own.  Yes, a celebration took place, and it was a party.  But really…no one

cared if bubbles were blown, sparklers flashed, or butterflies released when the bride and groom made their get-a-way.  Nor was the emphasis on guest favors, chocolate fountains, or photo booths…photos booths?


But weddings, maybe because brides are always looking for a new angle, are constantly morphing.  Weddings are circular. I’ve noticed some new trends, that are really not new at all, but from my generation or my mother’s.  One example is the “all the rage” rainbow color scheme for the bridesmaid’s dresses.  Maybe what’s “IN” for weddings NOW will be in fashion when my grandkids are getting married.


I LOVE the family style ‘wedding dinner table’.  Of course if you have a large guest list, you can’t seat EVERYONE at the same table, but you could try…  Instead of 24 tables of 8, just think 5 of 40.  If you go this route, consider an outside reception.  More room for those LONG tables…


You CAN accommodate long family style tables indoors, but an outdoor affair will make the arrangement feel less cramped.  And what about the food?  How is IT served?  Well…just like it sounds…family style. Dishes are placed in any free space in front of guests at the table, and they in turn take their own serving and pass the dish along.  Brides who have used this arrangement claim it lends an immediate air of intimacy and camaraderie.  I think it just sounds like a party.  🙂



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