Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dessert and candy buffets: Sweet!

While creating my posts for this blog, I always sift through the World Wide Web to look for pretty pictures to post, probably as a stand-alone post or as part of an inspiration board. And one of the things I've been enjoying seeing are dessert and candy buffets in wedding receptions.

I remember my cousin doing this, using sweets that are found in Goldilocks, one of the Philippines' bakeshops. I thought, being one with a sweet tooth, I should've done this in my own wedding! (Well, we had music CDs as souvenirs, which is also one thing about us: hubby and I are also audiophiles.)

And any bride or groom with a sweet tooth should have one in their wedding, too. Dessert and souvenir in one -- and something that everyone will absolutely love.

One of my favorite dessert buffet creators is Amy Atlas. Just looking at her pictures makes me swoon! And just like this dessert buffet she created for Martha Stewart Weddings, all her buffets are works of art -- they're so nice to look at!

Part of designing the dessert and candy buffet is to keep in mind the theme and the decor that should go along with it. I like this dessert buffet from Sweet & Saucy Shop that they made for an actual wedding. Looks fun and yummy at the same time.

Here's another dessert and candy bar I found on Yummy Piece of Cake's Flickr. Aside from candies, they also have cupcakes. I like the elegant white theme and how all the food was arranged.

What's nice about a dessert and candy buffet is that you can match it with your color motif. Since candies come in lots of colors, you can just choose what you want and put them in nice jars like this candy buffet arrangement from Classic Candy Buffet. And it's also okay to buy a lot of candy. The more, the merrier, and the better it looks on photos.

For your dessert and candy buffets, also consider the packaging where guests will put the candies. You can put your names or monograms on it, similar to the paper bags found in this candy bar from Inspired Goodness.

Aren't all these gorgeous? And I think they're practical, too. As a guest, you won't be bothered by favors that you'll just keep in a shelf. You'll actually enjoy this one. Dessert and candy buffets will surely be loved by people of all ages. It's one idea to consider for your wedding.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Inspiration board - White

My apologies for not posting for quite a while. Just had to move from Photoshop to Gimpshop, which meant I had to learn something new. But I digress...

In wedding etiquette, it's been said that it's the bride who should be the only one wearing white, the color of purity and chastity. But what if the bride wants an all-white wedding? As in with everyone in the entourage wearing white?

It's actually possible, but can be quite a challenge since everyone would be wearing the same color -- and that may steal the limelight from the bride. But it can be pulled off, if planned carefully.

If you require your bridesmaids to be wearing white and your gown is also in that color, make sure that the design of your wedding dress would tell everybody that you are the bride. Make your wedding dress a little bit intricate compared to your maids' (but remember not to go overboard on the design and fabric, either). Let the surroundings add the accent to your color motif, such as the leaves of your bouquet, the warm wood hue of the pews, the chrome finish of the chairs in your reception, or even your gold jewelry.

When done right, an all-white wedding exudes of pure elegance. Here's an inspiration board to give you an idea on how to pull off a wedding with white as the color motif:


1st row, from left: Adorned in Pearls wedding invitation by InvitationsGalorePrinting.cceasy.com; Cotton Cady Serena Dress from JCrew.com;Style FGD 2013 by HeleneBridal.com; Nerissa hair accessory by JenniferBehr.com.


2nd row, from left: Aisle decor photo from DelesieBlog.com; Style #5392 wedding dress from StPucchi.com; Corsage, Victorian Triple Strand Ivory Pearl Bridal Necklace from Etsy.com.


3rd row, from left: Love Birds Salt and Pepper Shakers by Beau-Coup.com; Bridal Brunch Dessert Table from AmyAtlas.com; Mixed Whites Wristlet from PembertonsFlowers.com.


4th row, from left: Lovett Hall tablescape from Jessica-Johnston.com; Dainty Blossoms from CharlotteWeddingCakes.com; Roses with baby's breath by BloomeryWeddings.com; RSVP Ivana from Zappos.com.

Monday, August 9, 2010

A simple guide on whom to invite on your wedding

A wedding is truly a big occasion, and sometimes you can't help but invite everyone to your big day. But costs are high nowadays, and one solution to stay within the budget is to trim down the number of guests. So how do you determine who are the people in your guest list's priority?

Let this simple flowchart I found over at Tumblr help you:


Hope this makes it easier for you to create your guest list for your wedding day!

Monday, August 2, 2010

J. Crew Fall 2010 Wedding Lookbook

J. Crew's Wedding Lookbook for Fall 2010 contains 20 new dresses for the bride and her, well, crew. Take a look at the wonderful wedding dresses in this collection:


They also have formal/ party dresses that are great choices for bridesmaids or for wedding guests:


Other beautiful dresses can be found in the J. Crew Fall 2010 Wedding Lookbook. For more bridal looks for you and your bridal party, you can check out their online boutique for more dresses and accessories.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

High-profile wedding: Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

I guess this is one of America's most awaited weddings. And why not? Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former US President Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, recently wed her longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky in Rhinebeck, New York.

Chelsea walked down the aisle wearing a Vera Wang strapless gown with a silver beaded belt and full skirt with a wavy pattern. Cute!

The ceremony, held in Astor Courts, was presided by a rabbi and a priest, as the groom was Jewish and the bride was a Methodist.

The wedding was attended by family and close friends. It seemed like both the bride and groom wanted a very intimate wedding.

Congratulations to the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Marc Mezvinsky!

News and photo courtesy of Today at MSNBC.