Archives : 2010 : November

2011 Wedding Trends: Bridesmaid Dresses by Badgley Mischka

Posted on November 30th, 2010 by Mandy Webster
Red Carpet in Bloom, bridal gown by Badgley Mischka

Photos by Dan Lecca/Courtesy of Badgley Mischka and

James Mischka and Mark Badgley of Badgley Mischka definitely had Evita in mind when designing their 1950s Buenos Aires inspired Resort collection for 2011.

The columnar silhouette is central to these retro-inspired bridesmaid gowns. Most of the bridesmaid dresses in the collection are simply elegant with clean, long lines designed to show off a slim body. Read more »

Wedding Cake Basics: Hiring a Wedding Cake Designer

Posted on November 21st, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Ordering your wedding cake may seem like a tiny detail at first, but this simple task can quickly overwhelm you once you realize just how many decisions there are to make. When I began researching this topic, I thought at first that it would make a nice, short blog post. Boy was I wrong! That short, simple wedding blog post is now expanding into a series. And, today I will be discussing how to hire the right baker who can provide the exact wedding cake designs of your dreams.White Wedding Cake with Purple and Yellow Flowers and Single Monogram Cake Topper

A search for wedding cake bakers in your area is bound to return a long, long list of bakeries and specialty shops. So, how do you choose the right one for your special day?

Well, first of all, let’s distinguish the difference between a cake designer and an ordinary baker. While your run of the mill, local baker is probably a great source for a variety of cakes and pastries, he may not be the best choice when it comes to choosing someone to prepare your wedding cake.

If you dream of a traditional, round tiered wedding cake with columns and white butter frosting adorned with red or blue roses, you may be able to get away with ordering your cake from your favorite bakery down the street.

However, if you prefer a fully designed modern cake with all the bells and whistles, you will probably need to choose an experienced wedding cake designer. A cake designer is more than just a baker. A wedding cake designer is an artist who happens to work with cake. A skilled wedding cake designer will first take your proposed cake design and sketch it out for your approval. The wedding cake designer will then take that sketch and turn it into the wedding cake of your dreams. Read more »

Wedding Inspirations: Silver Bells Winter Wedding

Posted on November 15th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Silver winter themed wedding with silver shoesThis silver wedding theme brings to mind that old Christmas song, “Silver Bells,” and really puts me in the mood for the holidays. I absolutely love the bride’s white fur wrap as a backdrop for these startling red calla lilies. And, the snowflakes and silver table dressings really pull the winter theme together.

Silver is a great color for the bride and bridesmaids’ shoes and handbags. The silver wedding shoes are also very versatile and can be worn again and again with a variety of evening gowns and other formal attire. And the delicate silver evening purse is an equally versatile piece.

Carry the silver wedding theme through all of your wedding accessories with a contemporary silver and rhinestone jewelry set or a more traditional string of freshwater pearls enhanced by a personalized silver pendant.

Silver unity candle sets, lettered rhinestone and crystal cake toppers and the Platinum Hearts wedding ceremony programs are all excellent complements to this silver wedding theme. Instead of the traditional wedding guest book, try a signature picture frame with an engraved silver mat.

For the reception, use silver picture frames featuring your favorite pictures of the bride and groom as wedding table centerpieces. Add a splash of color to your silver centerpieces with a crystal clear wedding reception vase overflowing with the same red calla lilies as shown in the bride’s wedding bouquet at left. Add silver holiday decorations and sparkling white snowflakes. Attach place cards to individual silver holiday decorations and give silver snowflake wine stoppers as wedding favors. Read more »

Simple Wedding Reception Menus: Buffet Bars Part 2

Posted on November 12th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

In my last Simple Wedding Reception Menus post, I discussed some of the many options available for a wedding buffet. As usual, I got a little long winded and had to cut myself short. So today, I will finish up this discussion by telling you all about a couple of the latest trends in wedding buffets: the dessert buffet and the brunch reception.

Photo Wedding Cake Topper

This photo wedding cake tTopper will look adorable atop a pile of cupcakes on your dessert buffet.

A while back, I was discussing wedding dessert menus with some Facebook friends, and pies were suggested in place of wedding cakes. A distant cousin, Jennifer, says, “I think if I ever get married, I’m going to have wedding cupcakes…?

Wedding cupcakes have actually become fairly common in recent years. And, I think a cupcake bar would be really cute in place of the traditional wedding cake. With a cupcake bar, you could offer several different flavors of both cake and frosting. The cakes can be arranged in tiers with a traditional wedding cake topper on the top tier. Read more »

Simple Wedding Reception Menus: Buffet Bars Part 1

Posted on November 9th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Wedding reception menus and event catering seem to be a major topic of conversation within my circle lately. Over the summer, my cousin’s fiancée was discussing the menu for her upcoming nuptials, and my sister suggested a taco bar. I thought this was a great idea, which got me to thinking about what other types of foods could be served up in the same way. It’s easy to please everyone with these easy recipes, as the foods are provided in a buffet style where your wedding guests may build their own main course.

Fancy wedding buffet warmersA taco bar can be a relatively quick and easy menu for the do it yourself bride. The food can easily be prepared ahead, with the taco meats being reheated just prior to serving. Provide a couple of different types of meat, including chicken, steak and pork along with the traditional ground beef. Some guests will expect hard shells for their tacos while others prefer soft shells in the form of either flour or corn tortillas. Another option is hard shelled salad bowls with plenty of lettuce for those who prefer to prepare a taco salad.

Then throw out a variety of ‘fixins’ in decorative serving dishes. Offer the basics, including chopped onions, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, a selection of shredded cheeses, refried beans and seasoned black beans. For sides, offer a couple of different types of rice, Calabacitas Guisada (Stewed Mexican Zucchini), Poblanos and a myriad of other authentic Mexican or TexMex dishes.

The pasta bar is another interesting catering idea your guests will love. Read more »


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