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Hire a Professional Beverage Service/Bartender

23 Apr

Even if you are having a “dry” wedding, your guests will still be thirsty.  Hiring a professional bartender or beverage service helps to make sure that you and your guests can enjoy the evening without having to pour your own drinks! Catering companies often supply water, tea, or lemonade but when it comes to champagne or cocktail drinks you are on your own.  With a professional bartender you can rest assured that your guests will be taken care of.

Make a statement, and treat your guests with signature cocktail drinks made special for your wedding. You will need to check with your wedding venue to ensure they allow outside alcohol for your event.  You can create signature drinks that match your theme, or plan around the season of your wedding.  White Russians for winter weddings and blended margarita’s or mojitos for the warmer months.

For our DIY brides out there, look for sales and deals on alcohol and drink mixes and stock up on supplies such as straws, cocktail napkins, stiring sticks etc. offers printable labels for your stirring sticks, which you can personalize with your monogram, intials or wedding date etc. Another way to keep your budget in check, is to only serve alcohol during the cocktail hour (which may also help keep your guests from getting over indulged.) Have a friend or relative that knows a thing or two about making drinks? Don’t be afraid to ask them to help out if you aren’t planning on hiring a bartender.

For local professional bartenders and beverage services check out our directory. Below are some cocktail drink recipe ideas, and keep in mind there are endless options out there. Use the recipes for bridal showers, bachelorette parties as well.  If you have a smart phone you can also download free cocktail recipe apps!

White Russian  
1 1/4 Vodka
1 1/4 Cofee Licquer
1 1/4 Heavy Cream
Directions: Stir together in a pitcher, then pour into ice filled glasses.

(serves one)
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Rose’s sweetened lime juice
1/2 oz Cranberry juice
Lime Wedge
Directions: Shake liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice, Place lime wedge on the rim of  Martini glass. Pour mix into the glass & Enjoy

Lemon Drop (Shots)
1 Shot Absolut Citron
1 Slice Lemon
1 tsp Sugar
Directions: Place sugar on lemon, take the shot and then bite down on the lemon!

2-3 oz of Light rum
Juice of 1 lime (1 oz)
2 tsp Sugar
2-4 Mint Sprigs
Soda water
Directions: Mix the mint and sugar with a splash of soda water in a mixing lass, until sugar is dissolved.  Squeeze the lime into the glass, add the rum and shake with ice. Top off with soda water, garnish with ming sprig and serve.

Let Them Eat Cake!

12 Apr

Awedding wouldn’t be complete without watching the bride and groom cut the cake, and of course waiting to see if they shove cake in eachothers faces.  After that, you finally get to the good stuff (the cake!) People will remember your wedding cake, not only what it looked like but how it tasted.  As fun as it is to go cake tasting, the important part is to make sure the cake tastes great and lives up to your expectations.

Some of the top cake flavors are Red Velvet, Traditional White, Fudge, Stawberry, Lemon, Cheesecake and many more.  You can also choose from various fillings such as White Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Raspberry Ganache, Chocolate Mousse, and Caramel.  Keep in mind that your cake decorator or bakery may have a whole list of specialty flavors for you to try!

Some things to consider are whether you want to have a fondant or butter cream cake, and what flavors you and your groom would like.  The cake decorator is going to need to know how many people you expect at your wedding so they can determine how large of a cake you will need.  If you need a cake to serve over 100 people it is often recommended to order your wedding cake and additional sheet cakes to cut your cost.  Sheet cakes are often half or even a third of the price of your wedding cake, and is used to feed more of your guests.  So ask your cake decorator if this option is available if needed.

You could have a multi-tiered round or square cake, or have a custom cake made into endless shapes and objects.  Check out some of these unique wedding cakes.

You can incorporate your theme into your cake, such as your wedding colors or monogram.  Or personalize your cake with some of the adorable and even hilarious cake toppers like the ones below.  The design options of cakes are endless and there are many talented cake decorators out there who specialize in bringing your dream cake to life.  Keep it traditional or go way out, it’s all up to you!

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