Wedding Planning Tips


Tuaca Apple Martini

You want your wedding reception to be a happy memory for your guests. Serving tasty food and unusual drinks is one way to make a positive lasting impression. Here’s a wonderful martini recipe to include in your beverage list that is sure to distinguish your wedding reception. The drink is a variation of the classic Washington Apple Martini only it uses Tuaca, a honey-sweet Italian liqueur made from brandy, orange and vanilla. This delightful concoction has a complex sweet, tart and full-bodied flavor your guests won’t forget. You’ll start a new wedding beverage tradition.

1 oz Tuaca
1 oz Sour Apple Pucker
1 oz Cranberry Juice

Mix and shake with crushed ice. Serve in a chilled glass rimmed with sugar and cinnamon.

This drink recipe is courtesy of the Eventi Hotel, a great location for New York wedding events.

A Collection of Maternity Wedding Tips for the Pregnant Bride

Getting married and being pregnant should be joyful times. However, when the two occur at the same time, it is easy for the situation to escalate and cause you to max out on the stress meter. Below is a collection of our articles focusing on tips to reduce the stress related to a maternity wedding. The articles will hopefully give the pregnant bride some ideas on how to add joy to your special time, both of them.

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purpleflowers1By Barbara Wade

When anything less than perfection simply won’t do, there’s no better place to host your wedding reception than at a luxury, boutique hotel in Dallas. Wedding receptions throughout Texas are known for their grandeur and flair. If you have visions of creating the most elaborate event ever seen in Dallas, look for a hotel that offers majestic ballrooms, elegant dining areas and an experienced staff ready to attend to your every need.

To ensure your wedding reception is everything you’ve dreamed of, take note of these tips for booking distinctive amenities and services that are unequaled elsewhere.
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Stunning scenery, abundant sunshine and an idyllic atmosphere are among a host of reasons couples choose to have a Colorado mountain wedding. But, with so many attractive locations and so many options available, choosing the perfect place to exchange vows can be a daunting task. There is, however, one Colorado mountain location that rises above the rest with all it has to offer.

Aspen Hotel - The Sky Hotel

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Looking for a way to move beyond the typical favors such as hearts and candy? Unique wedding favors based on the season in which you’re married really strike a chord. Each season gives you a variety of ideas to choose from. By bringing the outdoors in, you add natural beauty to your decorations and provide a one-of-a-kind gift for your guests.

Winter Snowflakes Add a Little Magic

Winter brings thoughts of the holidays as well as the joy and excitement that come with them. A tree and stocking might remind you of Christmas, while a menorah conjures visions of Hanukah. But no matter what holiday you celebrate, the snowflake is traditionally a symbol of the winter season making it perfect for inclusion on unique wedding favors. Snowflake candleholders with frosted glass add a touch of elegance and create a warm glow whether at your reception or in the homes of your guests. Glass coasters with delicate etchings of snowflakes are both useful and beautiful. There are also dainty snowflake bookmarks, functional bottle stoppers and handy key rings.
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By: Alexine

Bridal flowersChoosing the perfect wedding flowers is quite an obstacle when narrowing down the details. Every flower has a specific list of colors it is available in and depending on the season flowers can be hit or miss. Not to worry my dear! There are plenty of beautiful flowers available in the flower market and most florists can get their hands on prime pickings.

Flower Colors:
When it comes to wedding flowers and color coordination I recommend that you have your wedding colors picked out and then choose flowers that compliment or accent the overall wedding theme or color of the linens. For example at my wedding there was a beach and nature theme so the flowers were in square glass vases with seashells. The flowers were in greens, purples, pinks, and ivory that all blossomed with natural beauty and had the beach garden look.
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Wedding BellsWhether you can’t find just the right wedding favors for your reception or your budget won’t allow you buy the ones you want, you’ve got a wonderful alternative. Make unique wedding favors yourself!

Do-it-yourself wedding favors add a personal touch and give your guests something truly original. Not the crafty type? No problem. You don’t need to be. With these simple suggestions anyone can quickly make impressive, unique wedding favors your guests will rave about.

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By: Alexine

Wedding Champagne glasses1. The Idea of Marriage:

• For most people the day you say “I do” is the day everything changes. You no longer view yourself in just a relationship but a marriage. Marriage to some can be a very important and sensitive matter because of a past experience with divorce or a religious commitment with their purity.
• Saving yourself for this one person to spend the rest of your life with is quite an honor and although it is less common in today’s society, there are expectations behind the commitment.
• I cannot emphasize this more: Make sure you discuss what each other think of marriage. What do the wedding vows mean to you? How do you plan on addressing the commitment? This will help eliminate a last minute cancellation or future divorce.
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By: Alexine

Bride and groom pictureRight now you are going through one of the most emotionally draining processes you will ever experience. The six moths leading up to your wedding seem to go by very slow. Decisions need to be made and feelings tend to get the best of you. Don’t worry and relax. The best way to get through this is by taking it one day at a time.

Although you are madly in love with your fiancé and so excited about the wedding, the reality of marriage and planning the wedding will sink in. Don’t stress yourself out about these feelings of uncertainty or questions. They are normal and most women experience this. I like to refer to them as pre-wedding jitters.
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By Alexine

Bride with flowersFinding the perfect wedding dress is one of the most difficult decisions the bride to be must make. You may fall head over heels for a dress in one of the many bridal magazines. But, please take into consideration every woman’s body is different and the possibility of the dress looking exactly as it does on you is very slim.

Get Experienced Advice
My number one piece of advice is to make an appointment with a bridal boutique near you to get help from women who tend to hundreds of other brides to be. They will choose dresses that accent your unique curves.
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With so much joy and excitement, the holidays can be the perfect time for weddings. With family and friends gathered near for holiday celebrations, a wedding can add yet another festivity that everyone can enjoy. Bring the magic of the holidays into your special day – from decorations to unique wedding favors – and you’ll see the spirit of the season spread to all who attend.

Christmas Ceremonies & Receptions

There are countless possibilities when it comes to making your wedding a festive event. If you choose a Christmas wedding, bright reds and greens make stunning colors for bridesmaids’ dresses. In place of ribbons and bows, try glistening white lights and garland streamed about the sanctuary.

A Christmas tree in the lobby, reception hall or sanctuary can be adorned with decorations from your childhood. What’s more, set up a tree that represents the beginning of your new life together. Pots of poinsettias from tiny to tremendous can be placed all about bringing in yet more holiday color including red, white, pink and more.

During your reception, serve warm, spiced cider rather than traditional punch. Also consider offering your guests Christmas cookies, sausage balls and other holiday treats. Planning a sit-down dinner? Nothing says Christmas dinner like turkey with all the trimmings.

Hanukkah Decorating & Food Ideas

For Hanukkah weddings, tradition will demand brilliant blue for the attendants’ dresses. White lights with blue ribbons also make striking decorations for the synagogue. Does your family have a menorah that’s been handed down from generation to generation? Using it during the ceremony is a memorable way to honor tradition. If there isn’t a family menorah, purchase a new one and begin your own family tradition.

Doughnuts, latkas and honey puffs (loukoumades) can all be made into individual-sized portions, perfect as hors d’oeuvres. If serving a meal, beef brisket, sweet and sour cabbage soup and other longstanding recipes will represent the holiday well.

New Years Weddings & Receptions

New Years is another option for a holiday wedding. Your wedding party will look fantastic dressed in a sharp contrast of black and white. Even if you don’t become husband and wife at the stroke of midnight, use bells during the wedding to symbolize ringing in the New Year and your new beginning.

The food selection is entirely up to you, as New Years doesn’t have “traditional” type foods. However, Champaign for toasting is certainly a must.

Unique Wedding Favors

The smells and tastes of the holiday season make for some of the most vivid memories, so make sure to include your favorites at the reception. Use candles scented with evergreen, cinnamon or baked goods to add to the holiday theme.

Unique wedding favors might include silver bells that can be used for decoration or personalized Christmas ornaments. There are also candleholders, bookmarks and key rings in the shape of snowflakes that go along with the holiday theme. Other unique wedding favors include personalized packages of coffee and tea that will help warm your guests.

It surely will be a season of celebration when you add your holiday wedding to the list of festivities. With friends and family drawn near, the memories you make will add to the joy of the holidays to come for years and years.

By Alexine

Wedding CakeChoosing the people responsible for creating mouthwatering delicacies for your wedding can be a real challenge. There are a few things you must consider before making your decision.

I wish there had been someone to warn me when I was going through this because the wedding catering business is quite diverse and quality of food can make the world of a difference.

With my experience in mind, I developed this article to hopefully help another bride to be.

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It was a day you’ll never forget. He dropped to one knee, presented you with a stunning engagement ring and you gleefully accepted with a resounding, “Yes!” The rush of adrenaline is relived each time you announce, “We’re getting married!” The excitement, however, can quickly diminish when the reality of wedding expenses hits home.

According to, U. S. couples spend approximately $30,000 on their weddings. To make matters worse, that figure doesn’t include the honeymoon, engagement ring, bridal consultants or wedding planner. Is it really possible to plan a memorable wedding without breaking the bank? Absolutely! These guidelines will help make your wedding day a success – from the wedding favors to the dress – without blowing your budget.

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Pick a Honeymoon Destination that will create a lifetime of memories.

Planning your wedding involves a great deal of decision making. There’s the ceremony and the dress. The attendants and guests. The music and the cake. Arggh! Suddenly you feel overwhelmed with questions and choices, and you still have one of the most important decisions to make… where to go on your honeymoon! How do you choose the perfect spot for you and your spouse to start your new life together?

Help is here! For the last 11 years, Modern Bride magazine has conducted a survey of 6,000 of the nation’s top travel agents. They were asked to pick their favorite honeymoon destinations based on such things as most luxurious hotels and resorts, romance, seclusion, affordability, adventure, nightlife, food and culture. Their top five picks are below.
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