#WeddingWednesday Cake Trends 2016

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Choosing your cake design is probably one of the most enjoyable tasks on your to do list. Probably because of the many cake tasting visits. As a caker, I would be shamed if I didn't share with you this year's cake trends! The world of cake has gone into new directions in cake design but has also gone back to a few classic traditions...a little something old and little something new! Here's a few of my top picks from The Knot's 15 Hot Wedding Cake Trends.

Metallic Cakes

The best part about metallics? They can adapt to any style; delicate embroidery in gold feels opulent while geometric shapes give off a fresh, modern feel. If an entire tier is too much glitz for you, consider adding a little sparkle all over. Fine edible glitter (think: pixie dust) can add a decorative sheen to your cake without overpowering the whole design. Gold leaf can also be added to give a touch of glam here and there on the cake.

Buttercream Cakes

Move over fondant, brides are starting to ask for more traditional cakes with a buttercream finish. "We get lots of requests for rustic iced buttercream layers with flecks of vanilla bean in the icing or textured piping that looks and tastes delicious, but isn't perfect," says Mary Maher of Cakegirls in Chicago. If you're going for a homespun, relaxed vibe, ask your baker to smother your wedding cake in delicious buttercream frosting. For the more polished version, opt for buttercream with a pleated, smooth finish.

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Naked Cakes

Yep, you read that right. With the deconstructed cake, you get to show off the inside. For a summertime wedding, berries work well; in winter and fall, ask your baker to fill the layers with seasonal fruits, like apples, pears, persimmons or even blood oranges. Not only are these cakes simple and effortless but also practical if you aren't a fan of a lot of icing. Naked cakes are perfect for rustic styled weddings.

Wedding Cake Trio and Quintet Tables

Inspired by dessert tables; cake trios, quartets and quintet tables come with a couple big benefits. Having more than one cake also makes it very easy to choose multiple cake flavors (so you don't have to decide between traditional vanilla, decadent chocolate or carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting). "Guests love to have a mini-bite of lots of different desserts," says Melody Brandon of Sweet and Saucy Shop in Newport, California. Give guests choices, but don't overwhelm them. "I recommend between two to four mini-desserts per person," says Brandon. "Try not to choose more than eight options of desserts—too many choices can overwhelm your guests."



Painted Cakes

Marbleized cakes, stained-glass painted cakes, watercolor cakes and even Monet-inspired wedding cake designs. Pair those hand-painted tiers with solid-colored layers or even simple flower accents; like the one featured here. Quick tip: For a cake design that's so intricate, keep the tiers simple and stick to all one shape (either all classic round tiers or all square).

Illustrated Cakes

Did you know you can actually have anything you want printed onto your cake? It's true. Pick anything you like -- from the design on your invites to the quote from your first-dance song or even your wedding motif, like a bicycle, oak tree, or anemone flowers – to have showcased onto your cake tiers. First, the cake gets covered in fondant, then the design is hand-painted on the cake or printed on top sugar paper with edible ink.

More styles featured:

  • Ruffled Cake
  • Monogrammed Cake
  • White on White Cake
  • Lace Cake
  • Woodland Whimsical Cake
  • Geometric Shapes Cake
  • Rosette Cake
  • Sugar Flower Bouquet  Cake
  • Ombre Wedding Cake

Wedding Wednesday: Cherelle + Donald


In honor of Wedding Wednesday, I had to share this fabulous slide show from our favored couple Cherelle & Donald who got married on 12/18/15!! 
Such a stunning couple! So blessed to celebrate love all year long. 
Special thanks to Nessa K Photography for capturing their love and all of our details so perfectly.
Watch their wedding slide show and see their full gallery here: http://www.nessakphotography.com/slideshows/cherelledonald/


Favored by Yodit Featured In Washingtonian Bride & Groom 2015 Best Wedding Vendor List

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We are pleased to announce that Washingtonian Bride & Groom has named Favored by Yodit as "Best Wedding Vendor 2015" in the category of event planners and designers. There are no words to describe how thankful and blessed we feel to be recognized by the magazine and to be among such a distinguished group of talented event planners and designers.

We love what we do and will continue to provide multicultural couples & clients event design, event planning and coordination services to infuse ethnic traditions and customs for all their unique life occasions. Thank you for all of the continued support from our clients, vendor community & Favored team.

Favored by Yodit Events is a luxe boutique event management & design company serving the Atlantic East Coast and International Destinations.

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Wedding Wednesday: 14 Questions to Ask Photographers


When planning your wedding, one of the most important vendors you will hire (outside of your wedding planner) is your photographer. When your first kiss as husband and wife is over, the cake is gone, and the flowers have wilted all you will have left are the pictures. Make sure that you hire someone that understands your vision and will be able to capture all of your once in a lifetime moments. How do you do that? Well I am glad you asked! Check out “14 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer” put together by WeddingWire.

How would you describe your style of photography and can I see examples?

You’ll likely hear words like “photojournalistic,” “traditional,” “formal,” “documentary,” or “creative” but frequently these mean different things to different people. Ask a photographer to walk you through his or her work to help illuminate a description.

Have you ever photographed a wedding in my venue before?

If the answer is yes, ask to see the images that were shot at your venue to make sure they mesh with your vision. If the answer is no, it’s certainly not a deal-breaker, but see if the photographer would be willing to “scout” or check out your location in advance of the wedding to pick backdrops, etc.

Will you be the one photographing my wedding?

If the photographer works solo, the answer would be an obvious yes. However, if you’re interviewing a photographer from a bigger company, make sure that the person you’re talking to will be the one who will show up on your wedding day.

What if you get sick or an emergency comes up and you can’t photographer my wedding?

A photographer who works alone should have a good back-up plan in case of emergency, one that makes you feel comfortable and secure.

Are you insured?

A professional photographer should have insurance in case their equipment breaks, is stolen, or an accident occurs.

Can I see the album from a full wedding?

Some photographers will just show you a collection of their best images, instead of the full set of images from a wedding, start to finish. You’ll want to see images from every part of a wedding – getting ready, the ceremony, first dance, etc. – not just the most creative or dreamy portraits.

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How long did you date before the question was popped?

S67_1178 Statistics show that the average couple will get married after about 2.5 years of dating. While that may be true, the good folks at Bride Box want to know why 2.5 years is the magic number for brides and grooms. We have a hunch that age and location do play a contributing factor to why couples get married around 2.5 years of dating, but we would like to do a little digging.

Bride Box is conducting this survey to answer the following questions:

1: How long does the average couple date before they get married?

2: Do couples in different geographical locations tend to date more or less than others?

3: At what age were they proposed to?

With this information, they will create a blog post and infograph to inform brides and grooms. For answering this survey, you will be the first to know the answers to the stated question.

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Do You Have New Year's Eve Plans?

Looking to have a nice New Year's Eve Party at Home or at a Special Event Venue?

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As December 31st fast approaches, bring in the New Year with family and friends and leave the details to us. 

Whether its assisting with design details, vendor selection or just coordinating all the fun we can make sure you are enjoy all the festivities in style!

We look forward to hearing from you and making 2015 your best year yet!

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#WeddingWednesday: Koyal Wholesale

andaz collection Adding simple personal touches to your wedding isn't as complicated as you may think. The smallest detail can make the world of difference to your guests. For inspiration check out the Andaz Collection at Koyal Wholesale. No matter what the occasion, Koyal has something to take your special event to the next level.

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#WeddingWednesday: 10 Things Your Bridesmaids Need to Do on Your Wedding Day

bridesmaidFor your bridesmaids, many responsibilities come before the actual big day – planning the bridal shower and the bachelorette party, dress shopping, helping with wedding-related projects, and more. And even though the wedding day is a time to celebrate, the bridesmaids do have several important tasks to do and roles to play. Check out the 10 things your bridesmaids need to help out with on your wedding day. Help keep things on schedule Usually, a wedding planner or venue coordinator will be make sure that everything is running smoothly, but it’s a good idea to give your wedding party members a copy of the wedding-day timeline just in case. That way, the bridesmaids can gently nudge the appropriate people if things start to get delayed.

Always stay calm There may be some stressful moments throughout the wedding day, and it’s a bridesmaid’s job to make sure you don’t get swept up in the potential madness and remembers why you are there in the first place. Whether it’s telling jokes, dancing around, or simply being a listening ear, your nearest and dearest should best know how to calm you down if you get those pre-wedding jitters.

Hold your stuff Even if you do have the forethought to prepare a clutch filled with your essentials (phone, lipstick, dental floss, etc.), there’s no way you’ll be able to keep track of it during the ceremony and reception. Assign a responsible bridesmaid to hang on to your “emergency kit.” If you need any of the items during the wedding day, you’ll know exactly who to turn to.

Be the personal mirror The sign of a true friend is someone who will immediately pull you aside and tell you that you have food stuck in your teeth. And that’s exactly what a bridesmaid needs to do for the bride, who should look her best at all times. So whether it’s a lipstick smudge on your cheek, your dress is out of place, or your hair needs a bit of smoothing, your ‘maids should let you know - ASAP. Because come on, you know you’d do the same for her.

Help the bride go to the bathroom Going to the restroom in a big ol’ wedding gown isn’t easy – so you’ll certainly need an assistant or two to help you, er, relieve yourself if necessary. There’s no need to be shy – these are your best pals and are there to help you no matter what!

Run interference There are going to be a lot of people who want to talk to you on your wedding day, but your focus should be on your new spouse and guests. Your wedding party members should serve as point people for questions (for example, “Where’s the restroom?”) or help move you away from anyone who might be causing you stress or anxiety.

Dance like no one’s watching

Your bridesmaids and groomsmen act as the epitomes of “party people” throughout the celebration and serve as examples to your other guests. They should be mainstays on the dance floor, but also listen attentively to the speeches and be present for the cake cutting and other important events.

Make sure you eat Eating may be the last thing on your mind during the reception, but it’s important that you not party on an empty stomach. Your bridesmaids should steal you away for a few moments to make sure you get a few bites in, and of course, sample the delicious cake!

Keep track of gifts Whether you set up a gift table or not, there is a strong likelihood that guests will be handing you gifts throughout the day. Assign a bridesmaid the role of “gift keeper,” making sure that all the gifts get to a safe place. You can give her any gifts you receive, and trust that they’ll be stored safely and properly so you can easily get them home later on.

Be there ‘til the end If possible, your wedding party members should be among the last to leave the celebration and should make sure any end-of-the-night details are taken care of before heading home.

Source: Weddingwire.com

#WeddingWednesday: Fall Outdoor Wedding Tips and Ideas!

Fall is just around the corner and that means bonfires, apple cider, pumpkins and yes...pie! Fall colors are gorgeous and make it a great season for an outdoor wedding. Here are some fun creative ways to incorporate some of your favorite fall festivities into your big day! I don't know about you but when I think Fall I think pumpkins and hayrides. Orange might not be your fist choice for decor so consider painting or even decorating pumpkins to add that fall feel to the scene. Switch things up a bit by getting rid of traditional ceremony seating and going instead with hay barrels. As beautiful as an outdoor wedding might be we all get a little chilly after a while. Help guest combat the cold by offering blankets to keep them warm. If you really want to heat things up bonfires are the way to go. They will get your guests warm in no time and can actually be quite romantic. And if you do choose to have a bonfire then its only right that you have s'mores! Pre-made kits make the cutest favors! If your venue doesn't allow open pits of fire or if you just don't have the extra space you can still have a s'mores bar. Just use small burners to roast the marshmallows. Its a great substitute for a sweets bar. Speaking of sweets; instead of going with the usual cake for dessert try offering up some fall flavored pumpkin and apple pie. painted pumpkin Hay seating

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Real Wedding: Helen and Dawit say "I Do!"

Helen wedding 1Favored Bride Helen and groom Dawit tied the knot last month in true elegance. Helen wedding 2The couple exchanged vows at the Vincent de Paul Church in Washington DC. The church's gorgeous painted ceilings created a warm and romantic ambiance. The wedding ceremony was followed by a candle lit reception at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria Virginia.The couple had a stunning mint and gold cake was baked by Swiss Bakery. The couple added a personal touch to the decor by having custom cocktail napkins made by Wedding Paper Divas The rest of the night was filled with music, dancing and love. The Favored team would like to once again congratulate the newlyweds on their union! Helen wedding 3 Helen wedding 4 Helen wedding 6 Helen wedding 7 Helen wedding 8 Helen wedding 5



#WeddingWednesday: McDonalds Wedding in Hong Kong

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Are you planning a wedding but money is tight, have a love for burgers and French fries so great that you can't imagine having a reception without them? Well a popular fast food chain has the perfect package for you! CNBC revealed this week that McDonald’s wedding parties are so popular in Hong Kong that the fast food empire has a dedicated wedding service there, available in 15 venues.

Customers can choose from four different wedding packages, ranging from around HK$2,888 (£218) to HK$9,999 (£753). The most expensive offering include a pair of “McDonald's balloon wedding rings", “character gifts” for up to 50 guests and a McDonald's apple pie display (well, I suppose it saves choosing a wedding cake). McDonald's spokeswoman Jessica Lee said that the program, which started in 2011, had been launched "because many customers tell us that McDonald's is where they first started dating... McDonald's is where their love stories grew. “This connection is exactly why they want to hold their wedding parties and even anniversary parties at McDonald's—to relive sweet beginnings and bring their romantic story full circle." A spokesman for McDonald's said that it had no plans to roll out the service in other countries, but Hong Kong is not the only place that has witnessed nuptials among the chicken nuggets. Last year, a couple from Bristol made headlines when they held their wedding reception at a McDonald’s they ate in twice a week. It was certainly a brave decision: due to the firm’s alcohol ban, they had to make do with soft drinks instead of fizz.

You would probably raise a few eyebrows among friends and family if you announced you were holding your wedding reception at McDonald’s – but in these straitened times, you would certainly save a few pennies. And at least there would be no worries about running out of napkins.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/10970881/McDonalds-weddings-are-all-the-rage-in-Hong-Kong.html

Myaa and John's Cardinal Room Wedding Photos Are Here! Check Them Out!

Rocking-Red Myaa and John's Wedding Love is in the details and this wedding had a ton! Not only were Myaa and John such a fun couple to work with, they also wanted the wedding to stay true to their personalities. Myaa is African American and John is Vietnamese.


Four words they described for their wedding day were fun, blended, family-oriented and unique! Some notable details from the wedding were their love of Maryland (check out the groomsmen fun Maryland flag socks), relaxed style (groom and groomsmen wore Vans shoes), to the bridal and bridesmaid paper bouquets! The selected color palette was red, black & white. It was the perfect fit for this beautifully blended new family. This day was a blast to coordinate with the assistance of Favored team, Carol, Helen & LaToya! Big thank you to all the great vendors we worked with for Myaa & John's Wedding!

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#WeddingWednesday: Brunch Wedding Sweet Bar Ideas

smoothie truffles Trending this year in the world of weddings, are brunch receptions instead of the traditional sit down dinner. Brunches are a great alternative if a bride wants to do something different but still classy. A brunch can also save on costs to accompany a Sunday wedding.  For some sweet brunch bar inspiration, check out the pictures below.


Put a spin on a classic breakfast staple but providing fruity topping and several different syrup options.

poptart pops

Serve this childhood favorite treat in its miniture form on a stick to keep guests hands free from mess.


French Toast Dippers are a perfect pairing to a "cocktail hour" mimosa before the main course.

coffee donut hole

For the coffee lovers, add a sweet donut hole to accompany their drink.

biscuit bar

Add a biscuit bar to your sweet table, and give you guests a few jams to choose from.

#WeddingWednesday: 19 Best Celebrity Wedding Dresses of all Time

celebrity-wedding-dresses While we can’t always count on a celebrity marriages lasting, we can usually count on some exceptional wedding gowns. From Grace Kelly to Audrey Hepburn to Kate Middleton, celebrity walks down the aisle turn into iconic style moments, inspiring bridal looks for years to come.

Along with your typical white and lace wedding dresses, celebs are known for their unconventional wedding style. Elizabeth Taylor opted for bright yellow for her fifth wedding ceremony, and Gwen Stefani’s pink ombre gown suited the rock star perfectly.

If you need some fashion inspiration for your big day, there is no better place to look than Hollywood.


Grace Kelly Grace Kelly is the epitome of old Hollywood glamour, and she became royalty when she wed Prince Rainer III of Monaco in one of the most iconic wedding dresses of all time. Designed by Helen Rose, a costume designer at MGM, the long-sleeved lace dress definitely inspired many wedding looks, including Kate Middleton.

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  Elizabeth Taylor For her fifth wedding, Elizabeth Taylor opted for a bright yellow dress with floral headpiece when she tied the knot with ‘Cleopatra’ co-star Richard Burton

rsz_audrey_hepburn Audrey Hepburn  Style icon Audrey Hepburn wore a tea-length Balmain wedding dress, with wide shoulders and a crown of fresh flowers, for a romantic and feminine wedding look.

Mick Jagger marries Bianca Jagger Bianca Jagger For her 1971 wedding to Mick Jagger, Bianca Jagger went for an unconventional look, wearing a YSL Le Smoking jacket, long white skirt and wide brim hat.

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Kate Moss Kate Moss’ wedding to Jamie Hince was featured in the pages of Vogue, and the John Galliano designed wedding dress was definitely the highlight.


Kate Middleton Kate Middleton got her fairy tale ending in a beautiful wedding gown with lace overlay designed by Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton.


Gwen Stefani Gwen Stefani is known for her one-of-a-kind style, which is why it is no surprise the No Doubt singer wore an unconventional ombre gown designer by John Galliano for Dior.


Anne Hathaway  Valentino came out of retirement to design Anne Hathaway’s amazing wedding dress. The gown, with an off-the-shoulder neckline and ombre tulle skirt, definitely showed Valentino’s love for the actress, who he has said is like a daughter to him.


Chrissy Teigen  Vera Wang designed three dresses for Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen when she wed singer John Legend. Her third dress, for the after party, was a red strapless mermaid gown with dramatic skirt.

rsz_keira_knightley Keira Knightley  For most brides, their wedding dress is the something new but for Keira Knightley it was her something old. In a interview with the Telegraph, the British actress admitted that she has worn the mini Chanel dress before. However, Karl Lagerfeld did design a jacket to go along with the strapless dress for her relaxed wedding look.


Christina Ricci  Christina Ricci couldn’t resist showing off her custom-made Givenchy gown, featuring cut-out shoulders and a dramatic train, captioning the Twitter pic, “I’m sorry I have to share what @riccardotisci made for me!! #iloveyouricky!”


Alicia Keys  An expecting Alicia Keys looked like a modern day Grecian goddess in her one-shoulder Vera Wang gown with crystal headpiece.

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Lily Allen Lily Allen’s bohemian chic wedding dress with lace all over was designed by Delphine Manivet. The British singer made news when she announced that she had lost, and then found, her second wedding dress by Chanel worth close to $300,000



Hilary Duff Hilary Duff wed hockey player Mike Comrie in a blush-colored mermaid gown by Vera Wang, made with organza and silk tulle.


Ivanka Trump  Another bride inspired by Grace Kelly was Ivanka Trump, in her lace Vera Wang gown.


Portia de Rossi  While Ellen Degeneres made an equally beautiful bride, Portia de Rossi took the cake in her backless Zac Posen gown with a ballerina-esque light pink tulle skirt.


Jessica Biel  Jessica Biel joined Reese Witherspoon, Gwen Stefani, Sharon Stone and Anne Hathaway when she wore pink for her wedding. The actress wore a gorgeous Giambattista Valli gown with a layered skirt to tie the knot with Justin Timberlake.


Nicole Richie  Nicole Richie may have had an elephant at her wedding, but her dress took the spotlight. The custom-made Marchesa gown, with a lace turtle neck and ball gown skirt made from 100 yards of organza and tulle, was just one of three designed for the bride.

jenna_tatum Jenna Dewan-Tatum  For her wedding to Channing Tatum, Jenna looked stunning in a Reem Acra gown with feathered skirt and sweetheart neckline.

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#WeddingWednesday: Best United States Destination Wedding Spots

Ditch the passport and go domestic with one of these mainland United States destination wedding locales.

Napa Valley, California

Why: The Napa region is filled with stunning landscapes -- rolling hills, lush valleys, and acre upon acre of vineyards. Of course, the main thing that draws pleasure seekers to the area is the abundance of delicious wine produced here, and the world-class restaurants that make food worthy of accompanying it. In the rare moments when you and your wedding guests aren't savoring all that food and wine, explore the charming towns in Napa Valley (filled with chic boutiques, galleries, and gourmet stores), indulge in spa treatments, play golf, or even take a hot-air balloon ride.

When to go: Summer and October are the best times to visit the region. September can be beautiful, but you may have problems with availability, and rates will be at their peak because it's harvest season. Even though you're in California, temperatures can drop at night (mid-50s in the summer -- good for grape growth), so be sure your guests know to bring sweaters and wraps for the evenings.

Guest activities: You can't visit Napa without touring vineyards, sampling their products, and, more than likely, ordering a case or two to be shipped back home. The sheer number of vineyards in the area is totally overwhelming, so give guests an info packet filled with suggestions. One of the most popular wineries to visit is Rubicon Estate (owned by Francis Ford Coppola), which contains memorabilia from the famous director's movies as well as a store selling gourmet goodies and stylish home accessories.

Best Spots for Weddings:

Meadowood (Meadowood.com) Hidden on 250 private acres, this resort has eighty-five rooms in a variety of sizes, including freestanding cottages. And the hotel takes pride in their top-quality food, much of which (including the heirloom tomatoes, olives, and honey) is grown or produced on the premises.

Applewood Inn (ApplewoodInn.com) Lush gardens and sunny terraces abound at this historic bed-and-breakfast. Many couples opt to get married at the site's beautiful gazebo, tucked away in an enchanted "fairy circle," surrounded by whimsical statues and flowing fountains.


Why: The East Coast’s northernmost state is bursting with natural beauty -- a rugged, winding coastline complete with sheltered coves and wildlife-packed state and national parks. It also boasts lots of charming New England towns filled with antique stores, classic roadside diners, and an impressive selection of art museums and galleries. If you dream of swapping vows in an old-fashioned country church, you’re certain to be able to find one here.

When to go: Summer is when the state attracts the most visitors, especially in July and August, when the weather is warmest (average highs are in the high 70s, average lows in the high 50s), but you should consider having your wedding in September instead, when it’s less crowded and the crisp fall weather (highs around 67, nighttime lows in the 50s) lights up the foliage.

Guest activities: In the summer, the state offers the perfect chance to enjoy water sports such as sailing, canoeing, and kayaking. Nature lovers will want to hit the hiking trails in one of Maine’s many parks and nature preserves, such as Acadia National Park, a 35,000-acre spread of mountains, woodlands, lakes and oceanfront that contains 120 miles of hiking trails. Culture vultures will want to check out local art landmarks, such as Winslow Homer’s studio in Prout’s Neck, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland (which is chock full of work by the Wyeth family), and Portland’s Museum of Art. Everyone should dine on lobster rolls and blueberry pie, two of Maine’s scrumptious signature dishes.

Best Spots for Weddings:

White Barn Inn (WhiteBarnInn.com) New England charm at its most quaint and elegant, both the individually decorated rooms in the inn and the waterfront cottages two-tenths of a mile away from the main property are charming. The kitchen here is also a real foodie mecca in Maine.

Spruce Points Inn (SprucePointInn.com) Sitting on 57 acres of green lawns and gardens overlooking Boothbay Harbor, this lodge offers accommodations for more than one hundred couples. Whatever outdoor venue you choose as your ceremony location, the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean serves as your backdrop.

Newport, Rhode Island

Why: Newport offers the perfect mix of New England charm and old-fashioned glamour. This seaside community was the playground of the fabulously wealthy at the turn of the last century, when captains of industry from Boston and New York built huge mansions meant to rival the castles of Europe on Newport's cliffs. Today, Newport is still a favorite summer destination of the well-heeled, and it offers a plethora of activities -- from sailing to high-end shopping -- for wedding guests young and old.

When to go: As with Maine and most of the Atlantic coast, it's warmest, and busiest, during the summer months, when the highs average near 80. But the shoulder season months of May and September are beautiful times to visit as well. (In May, the average high is 63 and the average low is 48; in September, the high is 71 and the low is 58.) For a few days each August, the Newport Jazz Festival fills the town with musicians and music lovers -- which means you and your guests will have lots of great music to listen to, but the town will be more crowded than usual.

Guest activities: History and architecture bugs will want to tour some of Newport's historic mansions, such as the Breakers and the Astor's Beechwood. Outdoorsy types can take to the water in a sailboat or a motor yacht, or arrange to go fishing, sea kayaking, or windsurfing. And all of your friends and family will love Newport's evening scene, which involves sipping sunset cocktails while watching boats return to the harbor, dining on lobster and other seafood taken from the water just hours before it reaches your plate, and listening to live blues, jazz, or rock at one of Newport's many music-centered bars and lounges.

Best Spots for Weddings:

The Chanler at Cliff Walk, (TheChanler.com) Built in 1865 as the first mansion on the famed Cliff Walk, the hotel offers an oceanfront ceremony and a tented reception in its Japanese gardens, with catering by the highly-rated Spiced Pear restaurant.

Vanderbilt Hall Hotel (VanderbiltHall.com) This building -- a 1908 Georgian Revival mansion donated to the city by the Vanderbilt family -- features rooms decorated with antiques, armoires, and fabrics with period patterns. Your reception dinner at the hotel's restaurant is served on Wedgwood china, but this place is anything but stuffy -- the menu includes chicken potpie and macaroni and cheese.


Why: With its sunny weather and beautiful beaches, Florida competes with the Caribbean and Mexico in beach appeal and is likely to be cheaper and easier for your guests to travel to. In addition to sand and surf, it boasts world-famous amusement parks and great access to golf and other outdoor sports. Each Florida location is a unique experience: Head to Palm Beach for a preppy country club-style affair, Miami for an event with international flavor, and the Keys to soak up a laid-back island vibe.

When to go: North Florida’s high season runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, while southern Florida’s high season is December through April. The summer months are also beautiful and may be less expensive (although it can be very hot). Be sure to keep hurricane season in mind (officially June through November). And you may want to avoid spring break destinations such as Miami and Fort Lauderdale during February and March, when those cities tend to be overrun with partying college kids.

Guest activities: Coastal Florida is all about the beach, so guests can lie on it lazily or head into the water for waterskiing, fishing, sailing, and parasailing. Golf addicts will have plenty of greens to choose from, and the area surrounding Orlando is theme-park central, perfect if you have lots of little kids in your family and circle of friends. With its big-city sophistication and lengthy beaches, Miami has it all. The tropical setting is lush and the sunsets are romantic. From shopping to snorkeling, this famous honeymoon destination has you covered.

Best Spots for Weddings:

Delano Hotel, Miami (Delano-Hotel.com) For seekers of hip, chic surroundings, it doesn’t get more South Beach Miami than the Ian Schrager-designed Hotel Delano. Case in point: the underwater music piped into the pool, the all-white decor (how bridal), and the state-of-the-art David Barton gym.

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key (LittlePalmIsland.com) Arrive by boat to this beautiful, secluded island, which can accommodate weddings with up to 40 guests. After an afternoon on the beach or in the Indonesian-themed spa, retire to your private bungalow suite to witness breathtaking views of the setting sun.


Las Vegas, Nevada

Why: Drive-through chapels, Elvis impersonators as officiants, your first wedded moments spent at a blackjack table -- Las Vegas offers all of that, but there’s a whole other side to Sin City. You’ll also find elegant ballrooms, a destination your guests will love, and sophisticated, traditional receptions too.

When to go: You and your guests can have a ball just about any time, but try to avoid the hottest summer months (June, July, and August); spring and fall, however, are gorgeous. Prices spike and availability plummets on holiday weekends, big-deal sports weekends (like the Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four), and times when there are giant conventions or events scheduled.

Guest activities: Hit the Strip. (New York-New York, Paris Las Vegas, the Bellagio, and Caesars Palace are all centrally located resorts.) Casino buffets are a staple, so dig in before you head out for a show (Bally’s is the only one with the old-school feather girls), and on your way out, sacrifice some small change to one-armed bandits. Beyond the casinos are Elvis and Liberace museums and the roller coasters at the Stratosphere Tower. Vegas’ version of laid-back is found poolside.

Best Spots for Weddings:

Bellagio (Bellagio.com) Bellagio was one of the first hotel casinos to understand that Vegas needed more wedding options than the Little Church of the West and “Can’t Help Falling in Love” on a boom box. The amenities are vast, and the accommodations luxe. This is a place for a very grown-up Vegas wedding.

The Mirage (Mirage.com)

The exotic South Seas, complete with a regularly exploding volcano, have found a stateside home in Las Vegas. The hotel and casino are top-notch, the location is convenient for guests, and there’s an entire company within the resort devoted to event planning -- they sweat the details so you don’t have to.


Why: Due to its popularity and prime location, Cape Cod in Massachusetts offers a plethora of resources, from elegant catering to yacht clubs, clambakes, resorts, and gardens. This region can easily play host to small private gatherings, large elegant affairs, and everything in between. The Berkshires is home to several sophisticated, low-key mountain towns and some of the best regional music and theater that the country has to offer.

Guest activities: In coastal towns sampling a little authentic clam chowder and lobster is a must. Each of the Cape’s islands and towns has its own attractions, from the art scene in Provincetown to the Salty Dog Oceanfront Cottages near Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket ferries. The Freedom Trail in Boston is a walk through both history and the city. Inland hiking and biking and other outdoor activities take priority, and there’s almost always something worth seeing at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox.

Best Spots for Weddings:

Wheatleigh, Lenox (Wheatleigh.com) With a grand staircase, lit by Tiffany windows, and out-of-this-world service, the architecture of this mountain getaway was inspired by a French country chateau. Between the setting and the service, you’ll feel like a worldly princess.

Winnetu Oceanside Resort, Edgartown (Winnetu.com) This new (for Martha’s Vineyard) hotel opened in 2000 and has been gaining rave reviews ever since. The charming seaside location and staff that’s ready and able to create a custom reception will make for a headache-free wedding weekend.

Aspen, Colorado

Why: This Rocky Mountain town possesses the perfect mix of natural beauty, rustic charm, and posh amenities. Aspen’s gorgeous mountains and valleys will thrill any outdoors enthusiast, while its ample selection of high-end shops and swank restaurants can keep indoors types more than entertained.

When to go: While many couples book their event sometime in November through early March to create the winter wonderland wedding of their dreams, keep in mind that summer and fall are also gorgeous times of year here also.

Guest activities: The main focus of the winter and early spring months in Aspen is skiing and snowboarding, though the daring can try more extreme activities, like paragliding and even dog sledding (and everyone can enjoy toasty après-ski drinks at the famous Ajax Tavern). But the less-crowded summer season actually offers a broader range of options -- cycling, horseback riding, hiking, fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, and just about any other al fresco activity you can think of. At any time of year, your guests will love Aspen’s nightlife options, especially the J-Bar, a Western-style saloon at the Hotel Jerome.

Best Spots for Weddings:

Hotel Jerome (HotelJerome.com) Located right on Main Street in the heart of town, this is Aspen’s ultimate old-school hotel. The ballroom accommodates 250 for dinner, and the adjacent garden terrace makes the perfect spot for your cocktail reception (it can be tented and heated during the winter months).

The Little Nell (TheLittleNell.com) This posh Relais & Chateaux property is situated right at the base of Aspen Mountain, but its biggest attraction for brides and grooms may be that it offers you the chance to say your vows at 11,200 feet.

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Wedding Wednesday: Word to the Brides

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Being a bridesmaid is an honor, but it’s also a commitment. Just like the bride, the a bridesmaid is investing in adress, setting aside time for wedding activities and playing a pivotal role in the wedding ceremony. Some brides appreciate the effort, and some (who shall remain nameless) take it for granted. For all you brides-to-be, make sure you’re in the former category with these tips from bridesmaids who have walked the aisle so many times they could practically star in 27 Dresses.

No, your bridesmaids will NOT wear that dress again.

“Never pick a dress that’s a fortune and justify it by saying, ‘Oh, but you’ll wear it again’—she won’t,” says Melissa, 28, from Minneapolis, who has been in six weddings. Yes, it’s your wedding and your chance to make a fashion call for all your friends, but you should consider the three C’s: cost, color and cut. Ask your bridesmaids for their budgets and pick a dress you love at a price they all can afford. Another tip from Melissa: “Don’t choose a dress that has 75 layers. It’s an alternation nightmare and will end up costing more than the dress.”

Don’t make unreasonable demands of your bridesmaids.

There are legendary war stories of outrageous bride demands. At all costs, avoid becoming a cautionary tale. “I have one friend who told us that we could not be pregnant at her wedding,” says Melissa. For Erica, 27, another six-time bridesmaid, the request was painful. “We were not allowed to take our shoes off and change into flip-flops during the reception!” Instead of mandating that your friends highlight their hair, dance in stilettos or postpone pregnancy, make a list of the top three things you value most and then run it by a non-bridesmaid friend for a reality check.

Before you say “I do,” say “thank you” to your bridesmaids.

An unofficial estimate for the cost of being a bridesmaid? About $1,000. Before you walk down the aisle, take the time to thank your wedding party. They love you, they’re happy for you, and they’re thrilled to see you get married. But don’t forget to acknowledge the time and expense of attending your shower, bachelorette party and dress fittings, along with the countless phone calls, e-mails and errands that come with the territory. Five-time bridesmaid Nicole, 30, says, “Recognize that your bridesmaids are doing something for you by standing up in your wedding. It’s so touching to be asked to be a part of someone’s wedding, but by agreeing to stand up, I realize it’s committing to much more than just one day—it’s promising to play a big part throughout the entire year, and it’s nice for that to be acknowledged.”

Let your bridesmaids express themselves.

As the bride, you’re entitled to ask for an identical appearance. But if you don’t care about cloned bridesmaids, why not celebrate their differences? When it comes to hair, shoes or jewelry, talk to your wedding party and figure out how everyone can look—and feel—her best. For Mary, 29, it was letting every bridesmaid pick a different color shoe. “I think it’s really important to let your bridesmaids show their personality. My wedding party was from across the country and it was fun to let that uniqueness shine through.” Nicole adds, “If everything is so specifically dictated, it can feel more like you are a prop in the room than one of the bride’s best friends.”

Don’t ask for too much of your bridesmaids’ time.

Be aware of how much time you’re asking friends to devote to your big day, from wedding dress shopping to a four-day bachelorette weekend. If your bridesmaids have to sync their BlackBerrys to keep up, scale back on the number of events and ask them to attend only the most important ones. “I’ve been in weddings where I literally was booked solid every weekend leading up to the wedding. I was dying to just have time to do what I wanted to do,” says Kirby, 27, a five-time bridesmaid. And after standing up in six weddings this year, Brittany, 25, begs, “Don’t expect your bridesmaids to go to multiple showers. They can handle only so many tissue-paper games and spatula discussions.”

You don’t need an army of bridesmaids.

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to your wedding party. You might feel obligated to include your best friend from preschool, your favorite coworker and your fiance’s cousin, but you shouldn’t pass the bridesmaid baton out of guilt. Instead, ask only the women in your life you truly consider your closest friends. “Be selective and ask only your very closest friends to stand in your wedding,” says Kirby. “There is nothing wrong with having only one or two attendants. More often than not, girls will be relieved not to be asked.”

Always give your bridesmaids a plus-one.

If you have single friends standing up in your wedding, be sensitive to their feelings and dating situation. Bridesmaid consultant and blogger Michelle advises, “As a bridesmaid, bringing a date should always be presented as an option.” Even if she’s unattached, it’s important to offer each wedding party member a choice. As the engaged friend, don’t forget to be sympathetic and see beyond the white dress to the friends holding your train along the way.

When it comes to bachelorette parties, keep your bridesmaids’ budgets in mind.

What started as one night of revelry can morph into a jam-packed weekend of activities, usually involving one or more of the following: lingerie gifts, multiple dinners, interactive classes, Jell-O shots, penis paraphernalia and a Sunday brunch. Needless to say, bachelorette parties also entail hours and hours of planning and hundreds of dollars. Ask most bridesmaids about bachelorette parties and they’ll admit it’s a double-edged sword. Raucous, raunchy and fun…but also stressful, time-consuming and expensive. “Know your bridesmaids,” says “Michelle. “If you have a really ritzy group of friends who love to party and have no problem dropping a couple grand going to Miami or Vegas, by all means let them spend their vacation time on something they’ll enjoy. On the other hand, if your friends are more low-key and budget-conscious, then you should keep that in mind as well.”

Feed your bridesmaids.

Even if you’re on a gluten-free vegan diet until you’re legally wed, keep in mind that well-fed bridesmaids are happy bridesmaids. “I almost passed out once from lack of food and water,” says Nicole. Sandwiches, snack trays and beverages are three must-haves, especially if getting ready is an all-day affair. For a celebratory touch, serve mimosas to lighten the mood—especially because at least one bridesmaid is guaranteed to hate her hair.

Remember what it feels like to be a bridesmaid.

Almost every bride was once a bridesmaid, so don’t forget what it felt like to stand in those pricey dyed-to-match shoes. Remember the weddings you enjoyed the most and how the bride treated everyone involved. As someone who has worn 10 bridesmaids dresses and once attended three weddings in eight days, I’ve seen bridal behavior run the gamut. My best advice is to cherish the friends in your life who were there before you met Mr. Right and the ones you want to be there after your big day. Make your wedding a priority—but not more than the people you’ve chosen to be in it.

Source: Glamor.com/weddings

Wedding Wednesday - All White Wedding Inspiration!

Hello Bride! (And Groom) Today we are clearing the color palette and going all white. Here is some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing. Click the items at the bottom of the post to find out where you can purchase pieces to achieve this fab look! Black-and-white-Rhode-Island-wedding-8


Transform your wedding dinner with these whimsical paper lanterns. Lightning is everything ladies!

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Using pearls instead of water in your floral centerpieces adds an elegant touch to the decor of your reception.


If you're having an outdoor ceremony, you might want to consider offering guests folding fans to keep cool.




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Wedding Wednesday Inspiration: Diamond Blue Decor!

Diamond Blue is a unique, vibrant color, characterized by class and elegance. Take advantage of that and dazzle your guests with our wide variety of diamond blue decor! Look to inspire readers with blue items like satin chair sasheschevron table runners and round table covers and more.satin chair sashtable cloth
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Your cake is an important part of your wedding and decor so choose wisely. Keep it simple and elegant with a solid blue cake. Add a little flair with a large white bow! Whether you decide to go with an eternity blue and transparent diamond wedding band, whether with a solitaire blue diamond wedding ring paved with white diamond stone accents, the final look is going to be absolutely amazing. Not only brides can opt for a beautiful and outstanding wedding ring with blue diamonds but a modern groom too! It all depends on the setting you choose for the blue diamond/diamonds. For guys, perhaps a scatter or a flush set type of blue diamond wedding band can make a more suitable selection. Hang blue paper lantern from the ceiling and create an enchanting atmosphere for your guests!
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Wedding Wednesday Chalk Inspired Wedding Trends!

Anyone planning on bringing in some chalk details for their day

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love the idea of incorporating chalk details in your wedding – such a modern + whimsical accent for your day! This super pretty shoot styled by Vintage My Wedding + photographed by Love Is A Big Deal is full of lots of ideas to bring this artistic trend into your wedding. I think it would look perfect for a loft or warehouse venue, right? Love the idea of using placemats instead of guest cards! A chalkboard backdrop allows for lots of fun options! From photo booth backdrops to leaving sweet messages to your dessert table backdrop, the options are endless!

Source: http://greenweddingshoes.com/chalk-inspired-wedding-ideas/