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Hostess with the Mostess: Coffee and Dessert Bridal Shower

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess If you’re planning a bridal shower, or other get together, one way to save money without looking like your skimping is to invite people for coffee and dessert. With dessert, you need less food per person than you do with appetizers. Coffee and dessert don’t have to wait until night time, with the right decorations you can have a mid-day sweets fest. To make the cheerful decorations above, just take 4 glass cylinder vases, line them with your...

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Inspiration for Your Wedding Menu

by Azure

Happy Monday! Last month the New York Times did an interesting article on how a lot of people, especially in California, are trying to make their weddings look less expensive than they actually are. I had to laugh about people spending money to make it look like they weren’t spending money, because looking like you have money is out of fashion. To me it's sort of like spending extra money for distressed furniture or jeans. But, my favorite part of the article was an interactive...

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Calling All Atlanta Brides

by Azure

It is easy to feel overwhelmed when you start planning your wedding. Well, Bridal Bar opening today in Atlanta is the perfect place to start for discerning brides. Bridal Bar prescreens all of its wedding vendors and products simplifying your planning process. Relax at Bridal Bar’s boutique and enjoy a glass of champagne while perusing only the best wedding offerings in Atlanta. Sound too good to be true? It gets even better, all of Bridal Bar’s services are FREE. For you...

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Hostess with the Mostess: French Bridal Shower Ideas? Mais Oui!

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess Happy Bastille Day! The French may have gained their independence, but we’re still hopelessly addicted to French style! There’s nothing like a little Parisian accent to make a party seem both sophisticated, and a little naughty. The bride being honored here met her French fiancé at the France pavilion at Epcot, where they also got engaged. But this theme would be perfect for any bride who dreams of a honeymoon in France! For more pictures from...

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It’s A Jaime Thing: Life After The Wedding…

by Azure

...Should Still Include Time For Friends! About It's A Jaime Thing You get a bridal shower, a bachelorette party, a wedding and then maybe go on a honeymoon. We all know how it goes... but what about after the wedding? Sure, you're "Coo-Coo For Cocao Puffs" for each other so of course you'll want to spend every waking minute together... but don't forget margaritas with the girls! As we get older, we get married, have kids, become work-a-holics, ya-da, ya-da, ya-da.... sometimes...

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A Fabulous Wedding Favors & Gifts Idea for the Charitable Couple!

by Azure

Wanting to include a small take-away favor for your wedding guests, but finding it difficult to settle on something? A lot of the wedding favors out there feel more like a throw away than a keepsake, an extra expense adding little to the overall fabulousness of the wedding. There are two things that most people have in common, though- a love of chocolate and an affinity for philanthropy. Truffles for a Cause combines the two into beautifully packaged wedding favors, donating two...

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Amazon Gift Registry: How to Set a Table

by Azure

I’m really loving browsing through Amazon’s new gift registry information. My favorite parts are the helpful illustrations they have to explain terms you think you’re supposed to know! Check out these photos for setting formal and informal tables. Are you registering for china, or just everyday dishes?

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Hostess with the Mostess: Signature Drinks for Non-Drinkers

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess There’s been a lot of talk about creating a“signature cocktail” for your wedding reception; some of that talk has even come from me! But don’t forget about the non-alcohol drinkers at your wedding as well. Having plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available is especially important if you’re having a summer or outdoor wedding, to keep people from getting dehydrated. An appealing and unusual non-alcoholic drink will ensure that everyone is...

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DIY Decorating Idea for a Casual Event

by Azure

Happy Monday, hope you enjoyed your long weekend! Remember a few weeks ago when Jamie pointed us toward paint cards as a way to get inspiration for wedding colors? In Real Simple, one of this month’s “New uses for old things” has an idea for folding the paint cards over and making place cards out of them. I tried it this weekend for a family brunch, and it really brightened up the table. Obviously, not the way to go for a formal event, but it could be a fun touch for a...

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Ask the Wedding Maven: Potluck Wedding Reception, Can it Be Done?

by Azure

In this week's column, the Wedding Maven looks for a way to combine: a tight budget, a desire to feed people, and good manners. Do you have a question about wedding related traditions, etiquette, or relationships? Why not write the Wedding Maven at weddingmaven@onewed.com

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Hostess with the Mostess: Summer Spirit featured in People Style Watch!

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess HWTM got a little mention in the new June/July 09 issue of People Style Watch! Enjoy this fabulous and fruity cocktail recipe- perfect for your outdoor bridal shower, engagement party, or bachelorette party! Or... especially perfect to kick back with after a long day at the office!

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It’s A Jaime Thing: Sweet Home Chicago Weddings…

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing ...Planned All The Way Down To The Last Detail! They say, "If you've got it, flaunt it" - and Chicago's definitely got it! If you and your love are planning a Chicago wedding, consider flaunting this gorgeous city of ours at your wedding, all the way down to the very last detail. Adding a lil' Chicago into your wedding has never felt so good! Below are a few ideas on how to celebrate your love of the "Windy City" by incorporating it into your big...

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Bubbly Bride: Early Morning Wedding

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride Not every bride has dreams of her wedding lasting late into the night. Some morning brides love a delicious brunch served along with a desire for early morning vows. This is a great way to save money and some couples have traditions of brunch every Saturday or Sunday morning and want to share this with their friends and family. The menu will obviously offer much different fare with items such as eggs benedict and fancy french toast ending with a delicious...

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Pre-Wedding Party Idea: A Wine Tasting

by Azure

Are you looking for a way to make some of your wedding planning decisions a little more fun? Why not involve your friends? When my friends Michael and Matthew were getting married they were lucky enough to have a venue (Chicago’s Newberry Library) that allowed them to provide their own bar. We’ve written about this idea before, because it’s a great way to save money. Michael and Matthew both like a nice glass of wine, but neither of them are exactly Alpana Singh. So, to...

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Specialty Drinks for Your Summer Wedding Reception

by Azure

Happy Monday and Happy Memorial Day! Welcome to the start of summer. One of the best ways to cut down on bar costs is to serve one or two “specialty “ or “signature” drinks instead of a full-service bar. If you’re having a summer wedding, you’ll want your drinks to have a summer flavor. Here are five classic summer cocktails to consider: Daiquiri Margarita Sangria Long Island Iced Tea Mojito Here are five more you may not have heard of, but are just as...

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Couture Lollipops from SugarFactory- Oh So Sweet

by Azure

Lolli licking just got a whole lot sweeter! These Couture Pops from SugarFactory pretty much speak for themselves. And with the likes of Britney Spears, Nicole Scherzinger (who is ready to tie the knot) and Kim Kardashian loving these jewel-encrusted lollis, they wouldn’t even have to taste good to sell. But… They do. They are delicious! I tried the Opaque Blue Raspberry flavor the other day, and it satisfied my sweet tooth in a very big way. How cute would these be as...

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A Gift Registry Anyone Will Love

by Azure

Are you (or your guy) tired of walking around department stores looking at china patterns? Here’s a gift registry idea that anyone can appreciate, WINE! Lux Wines lets you register for wine. You don’t have to be an oenophile (bonus points if you can define the word), the site is so easy to navigate and understand you’ll be choosing wines like an expert in no time. Hmmm, can I start a registry even if I’m already married?

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A Sweet DIY Wedding Idea: Cupcake Stands

by Azure

Happy Monday Savvy Scoopers! If you’ve been following Savvy Scoop you know that serving cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake has become a hot trend. A lot of cupcake brides aren’t going with a traditional bakery, they’re having friends create the tasty tidbits. Here’s a question though, how are you going to display the wedding cupcakes? I mean, this isn’t 2nd grade, you can’t just have your mom bring them in a Tupperware! The simple, but still necessary answer:...

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A Tea-riffic Idea for Bridal Shower Favors

by Azure

The words “party favor” can bring up images of useless knickknacks. For your bridal shower or bridesmaids’ lunch, why not go with something a little more sophisticated, not to mention yummy. Todd and Holland Tea Merchants not only makes yummy teas (my favorite is Morning Dew, a green Sencha with hints of rose, cornflower and sunflower) but they’ll also custom design a tea label for your event at NO additional charge! Pick a tea to serve at the bridal shower, then order extra to...

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Featured Wedding from a Fabulous Caterer!

by Azure

Special Feature by Jody Wimer ofJody's Pantry Catering This wedding took place at one of our exclusive catering venues The Buhl Mansion- a five diamond, Select Registry property that has won a bevy of awards! The lovely gardens showcased a cocktail and butlered champagne hour and then dinner was served in the tented courtyard with beautiful satin linens, charger plates and chiavari chairs. The wedding cake was created by our owner Jody in rolled chocolate fondant with hand...

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Custom Couture Wedding Cakes

by Azure

Yes, there's beautiful you and your handsome groom and the magical moment when you're finally married... But after those, your guests only have eyes for the cake. If you want a wedding cake or groom's cake that's truly one-of-a-kind, check out Custom Couture Cakes by A Bountiful Harvest. You get to choose every aspect of your wedding cake - they have no set designs. And if you have special dietary needs or preferences in the family, no problem. They specialize in delicious cakes...

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Top Ten Tips for Creating Your Kitchen Registry

by Azure

If your gift registry is leaving you wilted, check out our advice section. We sat down with personal chef Susan Hynes to get ten top tips on registering for your kitchen. Whether you're the second Martha Stewart, or a gal who doesn't know a sauté from a flambé, these ideas can help! If there are other areas of the registry process confusing you, let us know!

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Bubbly Bride: Bringing your Hometown to your Wedding

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride If you and your husband met in New York City, moved to Chicago but left your heart in NYC... why not remind your guests what you love about the city? You might not be able to return to your favorite location, but you can bring it to your friends and family! The best way to pull off this idea at your wedding, is to create food stations. I will use New York as an example since they are known for their famous food, found all over the different neighborhoods. ...

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Top Ten Tips for a Good Working Relationship with Your Wedding Caterer

by Azure

Getting ready to choose your caterer? We talked to some wedding reception catering veterans to get their very best advice. Check out our Top Ten Tips for a Good Working Relationship with Your Caterer for a wedding reception that's as effortless as it is delicious.

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