Calming Wedding Morning Breakfast

You already know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day -- but did you know that eating certain foods can actually help you relax? Unless you are just too jittery to eat, or have the Jewish custom to fast on your wedding day, you can treat yourself and your bridesmaids to a simple brunch that will keep everyone calm, cool, and well-fed. * * * * With this in mind, a perfect wedding day breakfast would include some of the following good-for-you foods: Blueberries … [Read more...]

Eat your Way to Gorgeous, Healthy Skin, Hair, Nails!

Getting gorgeous for your wedding means more than just what makeup you wear or how you do your  hair. The foundation of  beauty is good health, and that requires as much attention to what you put IN your body, as what you put ON it! Here are some important nutritional guidelines from Martha Stewart Wedding on how to achieve that inner glow, signalling true beauty! Antioxidants Glowing Skin! Antioxidants keep your skin healthy by blocking out cell-damaging free radicals from pollution and UV … [Read more...]

Wedding Dessert… in a Jar!

Mini-desserts are cute, but mini desserts served in mini jars are  just too cute not to share with you! They'd look great on a dessert buffet, and even better as take-home wedding favors! If you're a do-it-yourself bride, these look deliciously easy to put together, and the best part is how simple they'd be to stack in a box and transport to your wedding venue (no worries about smashing the cake on the way!). You can buy jars such as these from Amazon (found via Our Best Bites): Slap … [Read more...]

Wedding Desserts Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

Wedding desserts... it's not just about cake anymore! Brides, grooms, and their caterers are stretching their imaginations to the limit when thinking up new, creative, decadent, delectable desserts for their guests. (And they've been good guests... they deserve a special treat, don't you think?!) Think of anything you'd like-- candy bars, ice cream sundaes, even rice crispy treats-- and then take it to the next level! Here are some ideas that your sweet tooth (and your inner child) are sure … [Read more...]

9 Easy Homemade Valentines

Valentine's Day is just a week away! Make this year's celebration of love truly memorable with a new twist on old traditions! The Valentine's Day tradition started in the early 1700s, and for centuries it was celebrated with an exchange of handwritten notes and handmade tokens of affection.  (You can thank the Victorians for today's Valentine's Day style—they liked their paper goodies dolled up with lavish images of lovebirds, cupids, and flowers!)   When printing technology began to improve, … [Read more...]

DIY Wedding Catering: Is it possible?

Catering your own wedding?! That seems like a monumental-- if not impossible-- feat, but if it's something you're thinking about doing,  FoodServiceWarehouse has just made it a lot easier. FoodServiceWarehouse provides restaurant supplies and equipment, but they just recently put together a new catering resource loaded with information about equipment and supplies, photos, and educational articles.  If you want to learn more about catering your own event, this might be a good place to start.  In … [Read more...]

Budget-Slashing Wedding Planning Tips

Martha Stewart Weddings presents 65 Ways to Trim Your Budget... and who's budget couldn't use a little trimming, right? Here are some of their best wedding planning tips. If you have any other great budget-slashing ideas, please add them in the comment section! Save on Alcohol Instead of providing a full bar, serve a signature drink, such as punch or a favorite cocktail, instead of providing a full bar.  Another option is to limit alcoholic beverages to wine and beer, choices that will … [Read more...]

Have your wedding flowers and eat them, too!

It is pretty common to see wedding cakes decorated with edible flowers like violets, roses, or lilacs, although most floral embellishments are removed before serving (those flowers probably don't taste that good on wedding cake).  But a great post by Manolo points out that: Cooking with flowers is coming back into vogue and has a long history. Flowery cookery can be traced back to ancient Rome, China, India, and the Middle East. Edible flowers were particularly popular in the Victorian era … [Read more...]

Sweet Wedding Breakfast Ideas

A wedding breakfast... doesn't the thought just make you happy all over? I'm imagining white picnic benches covered with lacy tablecloths, real china, and fresh flowers... Set out in the yard, under the oak trees, behind the old family mansion... With guests arriving in exquisite pastel-colored frocks and drooping picture hates... and fresh squeezed juice and mouth-watering pastries, and strawberries and cream... and sunshine and blue skies and butterflies and birdsong... Could anything be … [Read more...]

Wedding Planning: Questions for the Caterer

When your guests arrive at your wedding, they are, of course, there to share in your happiness... but they'll probably be hungry, too! Having five star cuisine is one way to keep your guests in a good mood, but hiring a caterer goes beyond that. What are some important things to know before you hire a wedding caterer? photo from MLive You will need to meet with a potential caterer during the event-planning process.  He or she will help to make your big day a … [Read more...]