Interactive Food Bars That WOW!

If you’re looking for a creative way for your guests to mingle at your wedding reception, there is no better way than to incorporate a food station offering tasty make-it-yourself treats. It’s also a way to surprise your guests and put a personal stamp on your wedding festivities.  Depending on your tastes I have provided you with some of my favorite interactive bar ideas that will surely have your guests wanting more.  And not to mention some of these food bar ideas can also double as take-home gifts for your guests to enjoy after your wedding.

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POPCORN: This fun, interactive bar is a great idea for any summer wedding. Incorporate your favorite sweets and seasonings to add a personalized touch.

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SPUD BAR: As a foodie, this food bar has my mouth watering. Add all your favorite ingredients and your guests will be talking about it months after your festivities.

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WAFFLE BAR: A waffle bar is a great idea for those couples that have a sweet tooth. It can also be a fun-interactive idea for a farewell brunch.

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HOT COCOA: I love hot cocoa bars for winter weddings. If you want to take it a step further add some liquor. Your guests won’t be disappointed.

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COOKIE BAR: If you have a major sweet tooth, incorporate all of your favorite cookie recipes and provide take home boxes for your guests.

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S’MORES BAR: Love is definitely SWEET with this creative S’mores bar!

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CANDY BAR: A candy bar is a sweet treat your guests will be happy they can take home.

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PIZZA BAR: A pizza bar is a great idea for a wedding that will have multiple food stations. Talk to your caterer about letting your guests create their own pizza! Talk about a hit!

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DRINK BAR: A Bloody Mary or Bellini bar will be a hit and makes for a great hospitality table.

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MAC & CHEESE: This food bar has my mouth watering. If your a kid at heart this interactive food bar will be the perfect fit.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to deciding which food bar is best for you. Whether it be sweet treats or savory specialties, your guests will be impressed by the thought that went into creating the perfect reception. Don’t limit yourself to just reception, these bars are also great for rehearsal dinners or farewell brunches.

Stacey B.

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Wedding Dress Codes 101

In more formal days, you didn’t need to specify a dress code. A wedding after 6 P.M. was always black-tie, and a morning wedding called for a morning coat. These days, few people are even aware of the old rules, if you want a casual evening where your guests wear white linen, that’s your choice. Likewise, no one would bat an eye at an 11 A.M. black-tie wedding. But with all these options comes a certain degree of uncertainty, and that’s where the dress code comes in.

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Black-tie optional; Black-tie Invited; Formal attire. A very common middle ground, this indicates that the bridal party will be in formal dress, and it’s optional for the rest of the guests. For men, dark suits or tuxedos are appropriate; women wear dresses or formal evening pants in colors of their choice.

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White-tie. Tails for the  men and full-length gowns for the women; it’s rare to see this most formal of dress codes at wedding these days.

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Black-tie. Men wear tuxedos and women wear formal gowns of any length.

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Cocktail attire. Men wear suits of sports jackets and pants. Women wear dresses or dressy pants.

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Strive to make your dress code helpful and clear.  One of my pet peeves is the cryptic dress code: resort formal, country club casual, beach-side chic, retro Hawaiian dress, post-modern picnic attire.  All designations like these do is leave guests scratching their heads and calling other guests or the hosts for clarification.

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If you’re going to use a nontraditional guideline, make sure it’s clear, like “casual picnic attire.”

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A line that guests will thank you for is this: “The service will be held on the Beach. Please wear appropriate shoes.”

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If your ceremony and reception are in the same location, the dress code goes at the bottom right or center of the invitation.

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If the reception venue is separate, attire is specified on the reception card. It’s not considered proper to tell people what to wear to the ceremony, which is a legal or religious proceeding as opposed to a social occasion.

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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Friday Floral – Green Escort Card Displays

One of my favorite production steps of our weddings are the escort card tables. I created one similar to the examples below and I wanted to share with you this trend and how simple yet adorable it is! These truly don’t take too much time or effort to create you just need the right materials and you can make them as big or small as you would like.

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Simple printed escort cards can be made by your invitation designer to have the same style and font used throughout your wedding day.

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Add a pop of color by having your calligrapher write your guests names. To save money on the amount of escort cards have one card made per couple.

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You can either use fake grass or real grass and you easily push the cards down into the grass to hold them in place. But if it is windy you might want to consider stands as shown to the left.

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Here are some other fun ideas, we are actually doing something similar to the one on the left this weekend!

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To add height to moss in a box instead of buying more product fill the bottom of the box with bubble wrap, tissue paper, or floral foam if you have it!

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What a cute display using a frame with moss in the back! It would also be easy to transport to your wedding location.

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Here are some fun cards to add a pop of color! You can easily buy an inexpensive tray and spray paint it any color you would like.

This can also be used at a bridal shower or fun get together. They are simple and easy to make but if you are like me an have slight OCD about straight lines that just might be the most difficult aspect to perfectly line the cards up in uneven grass. There are so many ways to make this your own so be sure to talk with your planner about fun ways to keep this within the design of your flowers and decor!

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Real Weddings – Courtney + Jon

The Blanc is one of the most unique industrial venues in Denver, making it the perfect spot for Courtney and Jon’s eclectic urban wedding. The Arizona couple fell in love with Denver a few years back and wanted to share their love for the city with the rest of their family and friends. From the tabletop succulents, to the specialty cocktails and hanging floral, this wedding was nothing short of amazing.  I can’t get over the gorgeous, awe-inspiring photos Jordan Weiland Photography captured of this beautiful couples special day.

The Wedding Team:

Event Planning  – Alexan Events

Floral & Decor – Alexan Events

Rentals – Alexan Events | Yonder House

Photography – Jordan Weiland

Ceremony & Reception Venue – Blanc

Getting Ready Location – Renaissance Downtown Denver

Hair Stylist – Eva Verdugo

Makeup Artist – Jessica Weemala

Cocktail Entertainment – Los Fear of Shrimp

Reception Entertainment – Elite DJ

Catering – Epicurean Catering

Beverages-  Peak Beverage

Dessert – The Bundt Shoppe | Happy Cakes

Transportation – Avi Limo

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Essential Items to Include in Your Emergency Kit

Touch-up and emergency kit in one, this troubleshooting stash has saved many days, we bring one to every wedding. Over the years, we have found that some items have unexpected uses, in a pinch, hairspray can make a sticky zipper glide, and baby powder is the best remedy for a splash of red wine on a white gown. You can buy most of these components at a drugstore, or you can purchase ready-made kits. In case your stuck on what to bring, here is a list of some of the essential items that we find useful.

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Makeup, including powder, blotting papers, lotion for shine, lipstick, concealer, and mascara.

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Baby wipes and Q-tips are great to remove smudges.

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Manicure set, including an emery board, nail scissors, and a nail clipper.

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Extra pads for shoes, or moleskin for uncomfortable shoes.

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Clear nail polish to repair runs in your stockings and extra nail polish just in case yours chip.

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If you have buttons on your gown or on the bridesmaids, include a crochet hook.

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Hairpins, hairspray, gel, comb and a brush.

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Sewing kit, small scissors, and superglue.

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White chalk or baby powder just in case you get lipstick or wine on your wedding dress.

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Double sided fabric tape for any fallen hems and holding bra straps in place.

 

You can stash your touch-up kit in a hotel room, the ladies’ room, or wherever you are getting dressed on the premises for your wedding. Or ask your mother or maid of honor to keep track of it for you.

Stacey B.

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