Edible…Wedding Bouquets?

The concept for “Edible Bouquets” is not new.  Isn’t there even a chain store that specializes in such things?  But Edible…Wedding Bouquets? That’s a new one for me.  What do you think of the idea below?  Cotton candy as a wedding prop instead of flowers?  Novel, yes, attractive (in my humble opinion…no).  But it does create a cute scenario for a photo op.

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Seriously??  A PIZZA bouquet?  This bride must know the way to her groom’s heart!  I think sometimes people are searching for something new to do to make their weddings stand out, but they run the risk of doing something silly….like this!  🙂  I bet this bouquet wouldn’t make it to the reception’s end.

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Ok…the bouquet below is kinda cute.  And the upside, it could be a delicious late night treat for the bride and groom after the wedding!

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Ditto the bouquet below.  But there is nothing particularly special about a bunch of donuts together.  Is there?  The burlap wrapper doesn’t help.

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While not a bouquet the bride or her attendants would carry, the creation below would make a very colorful/pretty centerpiece.  And just think, each person could take a section home as a favor!  I bet not many of these pretty centerpieces would be left at the end of the reception!

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Perhaps the lovely apple centerpiece wouldn’t be such a big hit with the guests but I rather like this one.  And while labor may be the same to create this time of decoration as a floral one, I imagine the supply costs would be less expensive.  And who knows?  I bet it could be a great “do ahead” DIY project for the bride and her family.  Anything to save a few dollars for the shocking cost of weddings these days!

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Cookies For Your Special Event?

Cookies for your special event?

Many brides these days are choosing to have alternative desserts at their weddings. While a wedding cake is still my favorite, (click here to see some crazy beautiful cakes from a pervious blog), I think gourmet cookies are the next great thing!

Cookies are already the ‘go to’ for tea parties, like the gorgeous ones above, and birthday parties, but they are riding a new wave of popularity for multiple functions.

The cookies above are perfect, obviously, 🙂 for a grad party.  Or what about the flower and mermaid cookies below for a little girl’s birthday party?

Cookies can be made by special order for every event, as long as you’re lucky enough to find an artist/baker to create your order and you give him/her enough advance notice.  Seriously…check-out the adorable ones below.

And it’s not just little girls who love cookies!  I love these baby shower works of art above.  I’m not sure I could eat these, they are just too beautiful.  This raises a good point.  Cookies this cute can also serve as decoration for your events.

Not sure what to give that ‘hard to buy for’ father or uncle?  Cookies made for his favorite hobby could be just the thing!

Obviously, not every bakery has an artist who can create such works of art.  It takes skill, patience and natural talent.  My long time friend is just such a baker.  She can make almost any cookie for any event – just give her some time to obtain the cutters.  If you’re in Southern California, great, “Bunny’s Cookies” are easy to get.  If not, she ships!  Her contact info is: bunyportillo@icloud

Even the icing bags below are pretty!  If you’re ready to ride the wave of the latest trend in wedding dessert, give gourmet cookies a try.  They’re sure to be a hit with your guests.

DIY Wedding Florals

DIY Wedding Florals…We are almost entering “Engagement Season”!  ‘What is engagement season?’ You may ask.  Well, on the calendar, it’s Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day.  It’s the time period most engagements are made.  If you get engaged this fall, you just may want to get married next.  Looking for some fun DIY fall arrangements for your wedding?  Look no further!  Please enjoy a post written by a delightful FTD associate.  And her ideas… spot on! Do you have that, “Wish I could do that feeling?” Well, you’re in luck.  Alexandria has included a wonderful tutorial!  Enjoy!
“Fall weddings capture the season in its most beautiful form. From jewel-toned color schemes to bountiful tables of delicious food, the cool weather does not get in the way of a couple’s love and celebration of it.”

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Above: just one of the beautiful arrangements you can order from FTD for your fall floral pleasure.  Click on the link for more info.

“If you are embracing fall elements in your wedding, try including a chic succulent pumpkin display. Trendy succulents have been everywhere in summer weddings, but why not include them in your fall wedding?

To help you get started, FTD has a DIY pumpkin succulent tutorial that walks you through each step. Not only will these pumpkins look stunning on your wedding tablescape, but they can double as wedding favors when the night is done.
Let’s get started!”

Succulents are especially dear to my heart.  Growing up in Southern California, I never appreciated their beauty as I do now.  I just know that if I were getting married today, I’d have oodles of them at my wedding!

Wedding Disasters, Natural and Otherwise…

Wedding disasters, natural and otherwise…are you prepared?

You can look at the weather, and plan for the inclement.  You can call all your vendors and try to make sure all are on-point.  But no matter how much you plan, there is usually something at every wedding that strikes the  unexpected cord.

Take the royal weddings for example.  Below, we have a photo of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding to Philip of Greece.  The then Princess  Elizabeth had her heart set on wearing her Grandmother’s Fringe Tiara.  But as she was putting the finishing touches on her wedding ensemble, including the tiara, the tiara frame broke. Who would have known?  The royal jeweler was called in, and it was repaired, rather imperfectly.  If you look closely at the tiara, you’ll see it’s slightly off kilter.

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What about the wedding of Prince Charles to the Lady Diana Spencer?  When saying her vows, she flubbed his many names and said them out of order.  Oh well, what are you going to do?  It mattered not.  They were still married.

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On a more serious note, what to do when there is a medical crisis at a wedding?  I have had to call an ambulance only once at one of my weddings.  It was for a vendor, which raises a crisis situation all it’s own.  Who covers when a vendor is unable to fulfill his duties?  This is something you may want to look for in the contract the vendor asks you to sign. Is a contingency provision outlined in case of a medical or natural disaster?

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The biggest, unexpected problem I have at weddings is with deluxe portable-potties.  There always seem to be some sort of issue… water not turning off, smells, power not turning on.  Be prepared if you have a venue which requires porta-potties, and know whom to call if service is needed.

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Weather is your great unknown.  All you can do is prepare for the worst case scenario.  You can’t change the weather by sheer worrying.  Your take-away for this?  Worry about what you can change, and prepare for, not about what you can’t.