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Entries from October 2010 ↓

Peacock Wedding Theme – Not just a symbol of beauty

Peacock Wedding ThemeIt is no wonder the peacock wedding theme gained such popularity this year, as was predicted on many wedding blogs. You can find peacock wedding invitations and accessories, not to mention dresses with fit right into the theme.  Peacocks are such regal birds, and just a glimpse of one tail feather automatically brings to mind extraordinary beauty, elegance and glamour.  Which most of us would love associated with our wedding. But, I have learned the peacock theme can mean so much more. So I am going to share with you why I associate this theme with a little more than the obvious, and why I think it is a perfect choice.

I have recently become acquainted with a peahen and if you are not familiar (I wasn’t before now) it is a female peacock. This frumpy female bird is definitely not as glamorous looking as the male, but she has other appealing attributes.

A few months ago a peahen chose my little “barnyard” to lay her eggs, which by the way, without the presence of a peacock, will never hatch. Despite that fact Ms. P (shown above), as we have so affectionately named her, diligently cares for these five eggs. Her dedication and strength is unending. She leaves her nest only once a day to eat and drink, as fast as she can so her nest is not left unattended for very long, and then right back on, for another grueling 24 hours. My husband and I have witnessed her carry out her routine for weeks in the intense Florida heat and sun and once through a horrible thunderstorm. We have both become so impressed by her amazing dedication that I just felt compelled to share this story. So while you are deciding where to strategically place these gorgeous peacock feathers, perhaps in the centerpieces or attached to the invitations, remember Ms. P and her enduring strength and commitment, and know you couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate symbol for a wedding theme.

peacock themed wedding ideas

It is an awesome theme choice for an outdoor wedding or a vintage theme, and what a color palette it inspires, the vivid greens and teals and blues, oh my. Now keep in mind, as with any theme less is more. You don’t want to over do it.

Peacock Themed Wedding Invitations

Here’s a great peacock themed wedding invitation from Minted.  You can find our more about it here.  The inspiration board shown above came from the following sources:

Shoes from Etsy
Cupcake banners from Blush Printables
Table Setting from Hostess With the Mostess
Alfred Angelo Bridal Gowns from our own blog!
Man’s suit and tie picture from Andrew and Jessica’s Photography Blog

5 Table Name Ideas I Found on Weddingbee

Table numbers are so 20th Century! Okay folks it appears there are no limits on how you can name your tables. Here are five ideas I found on Weddingbee that run the spectrum from sophisticated to geeky or stick to the theme or want to be more personal.

1. Back in 2008, “Miss Green Tea” named her tables after Chinese Teas in line with her wedding theme in spite of her ministers thoughts of being more personal, like using names of places they visited. 

Wedding Table Name Ideas

2. In 2007, “Miss Hummingbird” named her tables after video games. She admits to being a geek and apparently this was in the theme of her wedding.

Wedding Table Name Ideas

3. In 2009, “Miss Cowboy Boot” used different horse pictures as the way to distiguish her tables for her horse themed wedding.

Wedding Table Name Ideas

4. In 2007, “Mrs Hibiscus” used pictures of places they visited as table names. To keep it in their theme they made them in the color of their wedding theme.

Wedding Table Name Ideas

5. In 2007, “Mrs Apple” had a unique idea of using “Great Pairs” Lucy & Desi
Laverne & Shirley
Luke & Leia
Mario & Luigi
Tom and Jerry for the kids table.
Meat & Potatoes

Wedding Hair Styles – The Updo

Wow the high-bun version of the updo trend is certainly a hot topic not only as a wedding hair style but also in Hollywood. Do we like it? Do we not like it? Who did it best? Who should never do it again?  Comparisons of the runway versus the red carpet and the list goes on.  One thing is clear, it is popular, whether you love it or hate it.   Here’s my two cents: I think it’s a beautiful style, but not for every day, but for a formal occasion, like a wedding it’s perfect.   There are a variety of different ways to wear it, ultra-sleek or mussed up a bit, high on the very top or a little set toward the back, choose what version suits your features the best.

Here’s a couple of examples you can use as inspiration for your wedding hair style along with a tiara, hair comb, or hair bands that I think would go great with it.

Everyone knows Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.   This is a great example of classic beauty, 50 years later she still looks great!  I’ll tell you, finding an equivalent wedding comb is difficult but I think this one would work with this style.  You can find this wedding comb in our Wedding Shop.  What do you think?

Wedding Hair Styles Updo

Then you have the beautiful Catherine Zeta-Jones.  Look at that mountain of hair.  This wedding hair style calls for a wide tiara.  Once again, while not the same this one does the job well.  You can find this wedding tiara here.

Wedding Hair Styles

Here’s a look that seems to be the rage. In these pictures you have Jessica Alba with a bun and a black hair band and on the right from a Vera Wang show of her Spring 2011 Wedding Line (a picture I found on WeddingBells.ca) you see the model has a French Twist with a black hair band.

wedding hair styles french twist

From Vera’s blog (also a tip from WeddingBells.ca) you can see a close-up of the model’s French Twist and a black hair band. What do you think of the black hair band verses the white hair band for a wedding? Here’s also an example of a white wedding hairband.

Wedding Hair Styles Updo

Wedding Cake Pops: Say Hello to my Little Friend

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to have had a cake pop, brace yourself, I am about to enlighten you on a scrumptious, golf ball size, chunk of heaven, on a stick!

Wedding Cake Pops

(photo credit:  all photos from cjmartin on flickr of Sweet Lauren Cakes cake pops!)

Granted I love cake, pretty much in any form, but these little pops are in a class all their own. It is cake mixed with frosting and then, get this, dipped in chocolate, all three of my favorite things rolled into one little “power ball.”  So what can you do with these delicious, little, magnificent creations, well for you brides too be, the options are endless. It just so happens that there is a Cake Pop expert who can help with recipes, inspiration and so much more and she calls herself Bakarella. Maybe you have heard of her before and if you haven’t I’m sure you will in the future.  Check out her book called Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats

And if you are searching for a DIY project perhaps for wedding favors or for the bridal shower I think the cake pop is a terrific candidate for such an undertaking. There is a great blog post from Roxy of Roxy Cakes which provides full instructions on how to make cake pops. And even if you are not looking for a DIY project go ahead and visit Roxy’s site her creations are absolutely beautiful, another great place for inspiration and expert advice.

Fall Wedding Signature Drinks

Fall Signature Drink

Fall is just about here and that means it’s time to start thinking about Fall Wedding Signature Drinks.  Once again we are honored to have a guest post by Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru and owner of Wedding Cocktail Design, a branch of his beverage consulting company that specializes in unique, one of a kind signature drinks for weddings. He is a frequent contributor to NBC’s Today Show, Martha Stewart Living Radio, and The Knot.   This picture is a cocktail he designed for Corzo Tequilia, the Corzo Ruby Red. Thanks again Jonathan!!!

The fall brings us some amazing ingredients: apples, peaches, pears, cranberries, figs, and more.  Little did I know that as a wide-eyed 5 year-old picking apples at the local farm in NJ that I would be using apples as ingredients in alcoholic beverages.

Playing off of all the colors, scents, and textures that we experience during these months is what invigorates me the most. I would have to say that it is my favorite time of the year when it comes to experimenting and coming up with new recipes.

The color of a signature cocktail is important. In the fall, colors like burnt sienna, burgundy, and caramel come to mind.

Apple cider adds a nice sweet fullness to a mixed drink. It also mixes well with almost anything…okay, maybe not cream. But you get the idea. Using whole apples and pears as garnish really add a great look to any cocktail.

Fresh cranberries…oh fresh cranberries – be still my beating heart. These glorious little berries literally burst with flavor and color. I am reminded of the bogs that dot the coast of southeast Massachusetts, where my wife is from. A simple blend of 1 cup fresh cranberries and 1 cup sugar heated over the stovetop yields a lovely puree that, once cooled, is a perfect accompaniment to a vodka, rum, gin, or tequila-based drink. Try it with Champagne or sparkling wine – it’s like drinking fall.

I tend to brainstorm ideas based on what works in the culinary world, which is why baking spices, like cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon always come to mind for me at this time of the year. Not only would I use freshly grated nutmeg (has to be freshly grated) and cinnamon sticks as a garnish, but I can also infuse these into a favorite spirit of mine.

I’ve included a couple of my favorite fall cocktail recipes below. Don’t forget to enjoy these months, take the air in, watch the leaves change colors, and close your eyes and imagine the smell of freshly pressed apple cider and aromatic baking spices gently kissing your nose.

Cranberry Spiced Sparkler

8 fresh cranberries
1 tsp. Pumpkin spice Agave nectar ***
Splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 oz. Champagne or sparkling wine
Directions: In the bottom of a mixing glass, muddle the cranberries, agave nectar, and lemon juice. Then add ice and the champagne or sparkling wine and gently fold. Strain out into a champagne flute. Top off with an extra splash of wine.

Garnish with 3 floating cranberries

***to make pumpkin spice agave nectar, simply combine 1 cup agave nectar with 2 tsp store bought pumpkin pie spice (comes ground), and stir.

Apple and Cinnamon infused Vodka

1) Core and chop 2 granny smith apples and 2 red delicious apples (or your favorite apples) and add them to a mason or infusion jar.
2) Add 3 cinnamon sticks to the jar.
3) Take a bottle of your favorite vodka (I like Russian Standard for this recipe) and empty it out into the jar.
4) Allow to infuse for 5 days, then discard the apples and cinnamon.
5) Refrigerated, this infusion can last up to one month.

For a twist on the classic vodka drink, a Moscow Mule, add 2 ounces of your apple and cinnamon infused vodka to a tall glass with ice, and fill with good quality ginger beer (I like Fever Tree, Barritts, or Regatta).