Friday Floral – Wreaths


One trend I am falling for little by little are wreaths. They can be used for the doors of a church, hanging decor around the room, your alter structure, the chair backs for the Mr. & Mrs, and much much more. Wreaths can also vary in size from two inch escort cards to ten foot ceiling decor, it just depends on the type of space you are looking to create. Here are some of my favorite wreath examples including all shapes and sizes.

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This french inspiration design hits my soft spot. For a standard 12″ wreath there are many tools that you can use to create a base before attaching flowers and greenery. You can use a three ring metal base or a foam base and also make sure to have floral wire handy to secure each piece. The picture to the left shows a cluster of four roses, in this instance if you were using a wire base you can use a pomander floral foam ball to attach to your base to create height.

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Sometimes a church can limit the amount of decor you area allowed to bring on site. Wreaths can easily be hung with a no damage hook and can introduce your guests to the floral design used throughout the evening. Your designer can even remove them and re-use them in another aspect of your reception.

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If you are planning to have an outdoor ceremony here are two ways that you can incorporate wreaths in your decor. The left wreath is more of a structure than a wire 12″ wreath… might want to leave that up to the professionals. The right photo is an excellent example of accent wreaths that can be hung from trees where your guests are seated. In this case they used fishing wire to hang the wreaths to give your guests a floating appeal.

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When hosting your wedding in a tent you often want to find ways to jazz up the ceiling. Adding lights and floral aspects as seen above can help create a welcoming vibe.

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You can use a chandelier hook and chain to hang large wreaths as well. This will give you the peace of mind that it will be secure throughout the entire event.

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When creating a look for your room that consists of the same center piece look using wreaths are a great way to confirm they will be the same size and shape. You can always add extra votive candles and a nice table runner to spice up the table a bit more.

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Using hydrangeas will be a great way to fill up space. You can use multiple flowers (not just the rose shown above) to create clusters of hydrangea instead of it being the focal point.

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You can re-shape your wreath to become a heart! When using a floral foam base you can cut it and re-wire into the shape of your desire.

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I absolutely love the dried grape vine look. This would be a nice addition to any cake or dessert table. These can be purchased in the shape of a heart of again you can cut it and wire it to be the shape you desire.

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Here are two more examples of dried grape vine. When attaching individual flowers, as shown in the photo to the left, it would look the most natural to use floral wire to attach them. If you were to use a pomander ball it might end up being too heavy to stay attached to the grape vine in a secure way.

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Mr. & Mrs. chairs can easily be spruced up with wreaths or as shown above chair swags. In the photo to the left the designer took pieces of greenery and wrapped the floral wire around each individual piece until it created one long swag. Then using more wire, they attached it to each chair end and used ribbon to hide the wire. This is when you can get creative and wrap it in the shape of a wreath or switch things up as shown in the right picture.

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This is an example from our New Years Eve wedding that Jordan Weiland captured. The bride and groom had a Magnolia wreath over the fireplace which we pulled pieces from and using the technique explained above created swags that resemble wreaths.

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Whole Magnolia wreaths can be purchased in which you then use wire to attach accent pieces.

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Using a wreath with a thank you sign creates an excellent photo to send your guests.

 

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When the bride and groom went riding off into the sunset think about the adorable pictures this swag and wreath created.

Wreaths can be used as a design staple that stays throughout your floral design in each room or it can be used as accent pieces for specific parts of your day. This strays from traditional center piece look and gives a floral switch up that your frequent wedding go-ers will appreciate.

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Thirsty Thursday: Signature Cocktails

Couture cocktails has become a staple of many modern weddings. They make an everlasting impression about your style, it becomes part of your wedding ambience, and it gives you the opportunity to share something about yourself with your guests. There are so many ways to personalize your signature drink by incorporating colored sugar or salt, adding flowers or fruit, or using candy sticks or lollipops as stirrers. Best of all, signature cocktails can be cleverly arranged to curb your bar tab.  Don’t forget to give your signature cocktail a name and feature it on a tented card at the bar.  Here are some of my favorite couture cocktails….

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Cherry Sake Cocktail

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1)    2 Small handfuls frozen dark sweet cherries, thawed (2/3 cup)

2)    Ice

3)    Ginger Ale

Directions: Divide cherries between two tall glasses. Gently muddle cherries with the back of a wooden spoon in the bottom of each glass. Top with plenty of ice. Add 2 shots of sake to each glass. Fill to the top with ginger ale. Add a drop or two of red food coloring for extra color, if desired. Sip and let it be.

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Blood Orange Mojito

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1)     8-10 Fresh Mint Leaves

2)     ½ Lime

3)     1 Blood Orange

4)     1-2 tbsp Sugar (to taste)

5)     ½ Cup Club Soda

6)     ½ Crushed Ice

Directions: Cut the blood orange in half, cut off one slice to save for garnish, using the rest for juice. In a cocktail mixer, ass mint leaves, sugar, and juice of half of a lime. Muddle several times to release flavor from mint. Add juice from blood orange, rum, crushed ices and finish with soda. To top it all off garnish with a wedge from the blood orange and a mint leaf.

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Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1)     6 ounces bourbon

2)     6 Strawberries, pureed in a blender

3)     Juice from 2 Lemons

4)     1 Tablespoon maple syrup

5)     4 Dashes of Peychaud’s bitters

6)     Dash of McCormick Cinnamon

7)     Club Soda or Prosecco, for Topping off.

8)     Slices of Strawberries, for garnish

Directions: Add your bourbon, pureed strawberries, lemon juice, maple syrup, bitters, and cinnamon to a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake for 10 seconds, then strain through a mesh strainer into chilled champagne flutes. Top off with club soda or prosecco and garnish with a strawberry.

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Candid Grapefruit Cocktail

Ingredients:

1)    1 Ounce Gin

2)    4 Ounces Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice.

3)    1 teaspoon Agave Nectar

4)    2 Candied Grapefruit Peels

5)    Dash of Cayenne, depending on how spicy you like it

6)    Grapefruit Wedge and Sugar for Rimming.

Directions: Mix cayenne and sugar, rim glass with a grapefruit piece then dip in sugar mixture before filling with ice.  The touch of cayenne compliments the gin nicely.  In a cocktail shaker, add ice, grapefruit juice, agave and gin. Shake several times. Pour over a 4oz glass filled with ice. Slide two candied grapefruit peels onto a wooden skewer (cut in half) and place on the rim of the glass.   Now be prepared to taste one of the best drinks you have ever had!

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Cherry Beer Margaritas

Serves 3

Ingredients:

1)    1 -12 Ounce Can Frozen Limeade Concentrate

2)    12 Ounces Cherry Flavored Soda

3)    1 -12 Ounce Bottle of your Favorite Beer

4)    12 Ounces of your Favorite Tequila

5)    Kosher Salt, for Rimming Glass

6)    Lime for Garnish

7)    Cherries for Garnish

Directions: Rub lime wedge around rim of each glass; dip in kosher salt. In a large pitcher, mix all ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Serve over ice (if desired) & garnish with a lime wedge & cherry.

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Caribbean Mist

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1)    1 Part Mango Rum

2)    1 Part Pineapple Juice

3)    1 Part Soda Water

4)    Dash of Blue Curacao

5)    Sugar for the Rim

Directions: This drink is very easy to make as you can see from the ingredients. The Cruzan Mango Rum is what makes it interesting. My favorite thing about this drink is the color: when you combine the yellow pineapple juice and the Blue Curacao it makes turquoise magic! First sugar the rim of each glass by dipping the rim in either lemon or limejuice and then into sanding sugar. In a shaker with ice; combine the rum, pineapple juice and blue Curacao and shake. Pour the mixture into and ice filled glass… then fill the rest of the glass with soda water! Easy, delicious and the most gorgeous color on the planet!

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Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1)     2 ounces ginger flavored vodka

2)     2 ounces apple cider (store bought or homemade)

3)     Juice of 1 small lime wedge

4)     Good quality ginger beer to top off (about 1/2 cup or so)

5)     Cinnamon to sprinkle

Directions: In a copper mug, add the vodka, apple cider and lime juice. Fill the glass with ice, sprinkle cinnamon over the ice, then top off with ginger beer. Stir well and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

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Tangerine or Mandarin Mojito

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

1)     2 cups of mandarin or tangerine juice, from about 8-10 mandarins (depending on the size)

2)     ¼ cup fresh lime juice

3)     1 cup sugar cane juice (guarapo), or ½ cup simple syrup/sugar, adjust to taste

4)     8 oz of mint leaves

5)     1 ½ cups of chilled sparkling water or club soda, adjust more or less based on your preference

6)     1 to ½ cups of rum, adjust to taste

7)     Ice

8)     Sugar to decorate rims, optional

Directions: You can make the mojitos in individual glasses or in a pitcher. Make them in a pitcher and only add a bit of sparkling water. Then in each glass, place ice cubes, mint leaves and fruit slices, pour the drink into the glasses and then top it off with some sparkling water. Gently muddle or crush the mint leaves with the sugar cane juice (or sugar or simple syrup). Add the rum, lime juice, and mandarin juice, mix well and taste. Add sugar or rum if needed – remember than you will still add sparkling water. Add a few ice cubes and some mandarin slices. Then top off with the sparkling water and mix gently. As mentioned above, to serve in each individual glass: put ice cube in the glass, then add some fresh mint leaves and mandarin slices, and pour the drink into the glasses. Top off with additional sparkling water or club soda if needed. Serve immediately.

There are so many options when it comes to deciding your favorite cocktail. If you have some ideas and are unsure, contact your caterer, bartender, or planner to brainstorm more ideas.  Don’t forget to stir gently, and drink responsibly!

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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Pantone’s Spring 2015 Color Collection

With Spring around the corner it’s time to start thinking about the HOT  new colors for spring season. Pantone just released Spring 2015 colors, and I am so in LOVE! In case you are wondering who Pantone is, let me give you a brief recap. Pantone is a world-renowned authority on color. They inspire designers all around the world with products, services, and leading technology through the expressive world of color. If you are a bride who has just found your venue and are starting to think about your overall vision, take a look through these color pallets, as it might just give you the inspiration you’ve been looking for.

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Aquamarine

Pantone Says: Aquamarine is an airy blue with a dreamy feel. Cool and calming, ethereal Aquamarine is a shade with a wet and watery feel. Open and expansive, this restful blue also acts as a stress reducer.

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I say: Aquamarine would pair well with a blush pink, peach, navy blue, or gold.

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Lucite Green

Pantone Says: Generally not thought of as a fashion color, though it does come back from time to time, Lucite Green is a soothing green shade whose time has really come again. Fresh and clarifying, cool and refreshing, Lucite Green has a minty glow. Light in weight and also in tone, Lucite Green seems almost transparent.

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I say: Lucite Green would be stunning paired with peach, gold, light-yellow, or tangerine.

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Marsala

Pantone says: Interesting on its own and a wonderful contrast for other hues, Marsala serves as the foundation to the Spring/Summer 2015 palette. Sensual and bold, delicious Marsala is a daringly inviting tone that nurtures; exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind and soul. Much like the fortifies wine that gives Marsala its name, this robust shade incorporates the warmth and richness of tastefully meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness. 

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I say:  This color is amazing! Marsala could be paired beautifully with natural green, navy, light-gray, or blush pink.

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Scuba Blue

Pantone says: An invigorating turquoise, Scuba Blue conveys a sense of carefree playfulness. Even though a cool shade, the vibrancy of Scuba Blue adds a splash of excitement to the palette. Scuba Blue offers a feeling of escape as it is reminiscent of a tropical ocean. This stirring and energizing shade takes us off to an exotic paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.

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I say:  Scuba blue could stand as the main color, or it would be beautiful accented with any shade of pink, light-yellow, or peach.

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Classic Blue

Reliable and thoughtful,  Classic Blue inspires calm, confidence and harmony. Serving as an anchor to the Spring/Summer 2015 palette, Classic Blue is a shade that is strong and reliable. Just as with the sea, because of its waterborne qualities, this Classic Blue is perceived as thoughtful and introspective.

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I say: Classic Blue would complement blush pink, peach, light-gray, or tangerine.

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Toasted Almond

Pantone says: Bringing balance to the coolness of the Spring/Summer 2015 color range is  Toasted Almond. A sun-tanned neutral, Toasted Almond offers comforting warmth and is indicative of a spontaneous spring, summer feeling. Timeless and versatile, Toasted Almond is an organic shade that speaks to authenticity and all that is natural.

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I say: Toasted Almond is a neutral color, so it could be paired with just about anything.

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Strawberry Ice

Pantone says: Aptly named,  Strawberry Ice is suggestive of a cooling and refreshing delicacy, yet its warmth as a color is quite appealing. Subtle and charming, Strawberry Ice is an ideal shade for Spring/Summer 2015. Both tasty and tasteful, Strawberry Ice is a confection color that evokes a feeling of being “in the pink,” emitting a flattering and healthy glow.

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I say: Strawberry Ice would look great paired with any neutral shade of gray, tan, or beige.

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Tangerine

Pantone says: Spontaneous and gregarious, Tangerine is a juicy orange shade that is energizing, yet not jarring to the eye. Versatile Tangerine is striking enough to stand on its own and adds vitality to a printed pattern. Good natured and friendly, but with a tangy edge, this fun-loving color invites a smile.

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I say: Tangerine would be beautifully accented with any shade of blue or gray.

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Custard

Pantone says: Just as the name implies, Custard is a delicious and delectable yellow. Sweet and sunny, Custard is a cheering tone that brings thoughts of pleasant relaxation and comfort food. Engaging with its soft and mellow warmth and full of good feelings, subtle Custard has an affable and easy disposition.

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I say: Custard would look great paired to a navy blue, gray, or vintage green.

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Glacier Gray

Pantone says: More dominant for men than women in Spring/Summer 2015,  Glacier Gray is an unobtrusive gray that contrasts and enhances; bouncing off other shades without taking away from them as it slips into the background to allow other colors to take center stage. Nature’s most perfect neutral, Glacier Gray is a shade that is timeless. Quietly assuring and peacefully relaxing, Glacier Gray, is above all, constant.

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I say: Glacier Gray is also very neutral and would complement almost any color.

Choosing the perfect color pallet can be a daunting task, especially for those who don’t have a whole lot of background in fashion and design. I usually recommend working with two main colors, and sometimes bringing in a third accent color. Once you form a vision clip out your favorite pictures in magazines, or save on Pinterest, and give it to your vendors. It will allow them to help you create exactly what you’ve been envisioning.

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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Content You Should Include in Your Wedding Website

Creating a wedding website is a great tool for your guests to get information on travel accommodations, activities around the area, and the wedding itinerary, and it also serves a personal purpose.  It gives you a forum to let everyone know how you met. Websites can be free, paid, or do-it-yourself and all can serve you very well. If you’re confused of what content should be on your wedding website, here is some elements you should consider.

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You should include at least one picture of the soon to be married couple. The photo should be the first thing someone sees when they are visiting your website, and it leaves a big impression!

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Include detailed attire guidelines for each event.  Your guests will want to know if it’s black tie, semi-formal, or casual.  Also, if your wedding is on the beach, let the guests know, most women won’t want to wear heels.

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Adding an RSVP list, gives the guests the option to RSVP to the wedding, or any other activities you have planned. It can also be set up so guests can choose their entrée option if you are offering different choices.

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Adding weather guidelines is a great tool for your guests if you are having a mountain wedding. As we know in Colorado, the weather can change in a matter of seconds.

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With old-fashioned etiquette, you should never enclose anything in wedding invitations that alludes to gifts.  So when it comes to letting people know where you’re registered a website is the best place to do so.

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Add your love story, your proposal story, or the story of how you met, it will get the guests excited for your wedding.

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Adding a detail itinerary of the all the events is a must do!

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It’s beneficial to add travel information on flights and hotel details for guests that are visiting. If you are having out-of-town guests add links to local activities, attractions, and restaurant recommendations.

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Add directions to the wedding, reception, and any other events you have planned.

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Incorporate links for local transportation, directions from the airport to the hotel, car rental agencies, and also provide any transportation that will be offered.

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Introduce your wedding party on your website. This gives your guest the opportunity to read a brief story of how you and your best friends met.

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Include a guest book. Visitors can sign in and leave messages for the happy couple, and it can allow you to see if people are checking the site or not.

It’s best to have the site up and running, at least six months before your wedding. Make sure to keep the look of your website clean and uncluttered as much as possible. Fonts should be easy to read, and it might not hurt to even have your “spelling-bee” friend proof read it.

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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Cocktail Hour 101

Cocktail hour is the time for guests to get a glass of wine, beer, or a mixed drink, and it also serves as the buffer between the ceremony and reception. If the bridal party hasn’t taken photos prior to the ceremony, this is the best time to get those perfect shots.  For the guests this is the time to find their seating cards, and to pick a few snacks to keep their hunger at bay until the big celebration. Since it’s the stepping-stone between the ceremony and reception, the music, food, and drinks should ideally introduce the mood your guests will see next. Here is some of the best advice to make sure your cocktail hour go without a hitch.

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Make sure you have music at your cocktail hour. Music instantly lifts the mood and sets the tone for the rest of night. Generally, cocktail hour music should be more low-key than the reception. If you don’t have the extra funds for cocktail hour music, talk to your caterer or wedding planner about setting up a MP3 player.

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You don’t want your guests’ first impressions to be a 20-minute wait at the bar, so have drinks ready when they arrive at your cocktail hour. Having waiters welcome guests with trays of sparkling water, wine, or champagne, is a great first impression.

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It’s very important to have a least a few tables and chairs for older guests. An hour is a long time to stand, so incorporating a few lower tables with four chairs at each will make the older guests happy. Also, incorporate a few high-top cocktail tables for other guests to set down their drinks. For those weddings that have a higher budget, adding lounges with upholstered seating creates a fun, modern living-room vignette that instantly makes people feel as if they’ve come to a great party.

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In addition to setting up passed hors d’oeuvres, set up at least one food station. Stations let you create a visually attractive presentation and it gives people a place to congregate, which is key to the flow of a party.

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It is recommended to have two bartenders for every one hundred guests. Depending on the floor plan, it is best to put one of the bars away from the front entrance, so that guests will fill out the room.

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Adjust the cocktails and food choices to go with the season. Mojitos in the summer, and hot cocoa in the winter makes the party feel more festive than a standard selection of bar drinks.

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Design the cocktail hour as an extension of the ceremony, so it creates a cohesive transition into the reception. For example, if the wedding color is pink, cocktail hour should retain the pink-and-white color scheme but introduce more pink, using pink cocktail napkins and serving a signature pink cocktail.

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Instead of having wine poured, set-up a wine tasting station or have an awesome wine truck.  Creating an unexpected twist to your cocktail hour will set the tone for an incredible evening. You can even rent special glasses for drinks or garnish them with striking flowers, or fruit skewers. Outstanding presentations make a big impression, so gussy up what you can.

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It’s better to spend more on quality mixers and less on liquor. Good mixers can boost so-so alcohol, but a bad mixer will bring down a good alcohol.

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Have pitchers or premixed drinks like a white sangria or rum punch to speed up the bar lines. It is also recommended to set up a table with glass decanters of nonalcoholic drinks such as lemonade or ice tea. Put out cards identifying the drinks so the guests can help themselves.

The typical cocktail hour lasts for 60-minutes, although it doesn’t have to. If your having a daytime wedding, cocktail hour can last 45-minutes instead. This is a good time slot because people tend to drink much less at a daytime reception. Trimming the cocktail hour can also cut down on costs, as guests typically consume one less drink. If the room where you had your ceremony is being transformed, the staff might need longer than an hour. If this is the case, incorporate activities to entertain your guests for that time period.

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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