5 Ways To Make Bacon Part Of Your Wedding Day

December 30th is National Bacon Day. In honor of this special day I present five ways ways to include this tasty meat in your wedding day: from procession to reception.

1. Bacon Bouquet. Want something different from the traditional wedding flowers? How about walking down the aisle clutching a bouquet of bacon roses.

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2. Bacon hor’doevres: offer your quests these petite hor’doevres to snack on while your wedding party is out taking wedding photos.

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3. Bacon with bourbon chasers: because nothing goes together like bacon and booze.

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4. Bacon Bar: Having a morning affair? How about pairing a bacon bar with an omelet bar and waffle station?

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5. Bacon Wedding Cake And finally, the piece dela resistance! The bacon infused and decoraed wedding cake.

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11 Winter Wedding Ideas

Summer may be the traditional wedding season, but winter presents its own charming reasons for being your wedding season of choice. This season is both the most wonderful time of the year and the most romantic. Winter is the heart of engagement season bringing kisses beneath the mistletoe and at midnight on New Year’s  Eve followed by Valentine’s Day. Indeed the long, cold nights of winter are made for romantic times spent snuggling under cozy quilts and blankets and in front of warm fires 

Ideas for winter wedding themes abound, from all out Christmas and New Year’s Eve flavored ceremonies and receptions to simple seasonal touches such as pine cones and snowy white bouquets. Here is a list of 11 ways to winterize your wedding.

  1. Have a hot beverage bar. Serve hot coffee, cocoa and tea to your guests either before the ceremony, during the cocktail hour or after dinner. As an added touch, offer special coffee and tea blends that represent your heritage or the places that you’ve traveled together.Wedding Coffee Bar
  2. Take advantage of winter signage. Create signs that highlight popular winter songs and sayings. Have fun with this one and let your creativity be your guide. You can create this sign with the chalkboard printable from Pen + Paper Flowers.
  3. Nothing says winter like pinecones. Use these little gifts from Mother Nature for everything from aisle decorations, to centerpieces wedding bouquet accents and escort or place card holders.
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  4. Speaking of wedding bouquets, your florist can use cotton bolls, fluffy white feathers and crystals to simulate the look of snow and ice . I personally would finish of this bouquet with a silver ribbon. Photo property of Dixie Pixel Photography.
  5. Is there anything more romantic than a winter landscape? Whitecapped mountain peaks, icecycles dancing from bright evergreen branches and gently falling snowflakes all combine to create winter wonderlands worthy of a Hallmark card,  Add a bride and groom and you’ve got wedding magic. How perfect is this snuggly wedding photo? Speak with your photographer ahead of time about creating something similar to this photo by Aaron Delesie.Winter wedding photo
  6. Blame it on Solange but wedding capes are a major trend right now. Take a cue from Ms. Knowles and wear a beautiful fur trimmed cape for your wedding. This lovely  number is the creation Wonderful Wraps and will leave you feeling warm, fashionable and like a true WinterQueen. Fur trimmed wedding cape
  7. Pale, frosty nails suitable for an Ice Queen are a wintry trend on the catwalk. This look was created by nail techncian Rebecca Jade Wison for British designer Sophia Webster’s wedding fashion week using Orly’s Rose Colored Glasses and a top coat of frosted glittery nail polish.Winter wedding manicure
  8. Having a Christmas wedding? Your wedding cake could be the perfect touch to express the spirit of giving that we feel this time of year. Have your baker to create a square cake bedecked with festive ribbons, bows and Christmassy colors, Cake from Wedding Cakes For You.Christmas wedding cakes
  9. If Christmas is not your thing or you want  your wedding cake to express the beauty of winter rather than a specific holiday, consider having your cake decorated with pine cones, sprigs of evergreens or other winter foliage.
  10. Who wouldn’t be awed by these sparkly ornaments serving double duty as escort card holders. Not only will they help your guests find there seats, but ornaments personalized with your names and wedding dates make a lovely wedding favor that can be used for many Christmases to come.Christmas escort card holders
  11. Elope on the Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice is not only the longest night of the year; It is also the point in time that we have made it halfway through the dark half of the year and the days start to get longer. For these reasons the Winter Solstice represents a time of rebirth and renewal. It is said that on their wedding day, a couple is reborn. They are given a clean slate and a future filled with bright possibilities. Therefore a Winter Solstice elopement is a wonderful option for the couple who wants a meaningful and intimate marriage ceremony. Photo by Julia Luckett

Cannabis Ceremonies Are A “Budding” Wedding Trend

Cannabis ceremonies, aka weed weddings, are becoming quite the thing in states such as Washington, Oregan and Colorado where the sale and usage of recreational pot is legal. Interest in these ceremonies is also growing in California. However, despite the passage of Prop 64 in 2016, the sale and use of recreational pot will not be legal until January 1, 2018. That means that all you California brides and grooms who are looking forward to replacing the unity candle with a hit off a unity bong will have to wait a few more months, that is if you want your ceremony to be above board.

Marijuana no longer carries the social stigma that it once did. Not only is it going mainstream, it’s going upscale and wedding vendors around the country are tailoring their services to accommodate clients who want to view their nuptials through a purple haze. Indeed, there are vendors offering everything from cannabis accented floral arrangements, to bud bars & budtenders, to favor bags filled with edibles and joints.

A word of caution about edibles: Part of California legislation going into effect in January prohibits the sale of edibles that might entice children. Specifically, the law prohibits the sale of edibles that resemble animals, fruits or people or those that look like children’s candy. So hold off on those edibles that look like lollipops and gummy bears.

Due to current California law, weed weddings, marijuana marriages or cannabis ceremonies are currently not a feasible option in this state. Therefore I reached out to Elizabeth Corr Sheils of Bridal Bliss a wedding planning service that offers these ceremonies in Washington state and Oregon where the use of recreational cannabis is legal.

So Elizabeth how many weed weddings has Bridal Bliss coordinated?

We have coordinated three weed weddings over the past couple of years. We have loved each wedding as they are all unique and fun in their own ways.

What special considerations go into plsnning weed weddings??

When planning weed weddings we have to carefully take into consideration Oregon’s tobacco and smoking laws. Because of these laws our past weddings that incorporated weed were all held on private properties. We set up the weed tents away from the general reception area as we wanted to be mindful that not all guests at the wedding would partake in smoking.

Is alcohol allowed at these weddings?

Alcohol is allowed to be served at weddings where weed is also present, but they must be administered by two separate companies. When weed is being distributed we always rely on the services of experienced “budtenders” who are able to make educated suggestions and control distribution.

Aside from weed, do you offer edibles to the guests?

None of our guests have opted to offer edibles to their guests.

How do you handle the presence of children at these weddings?

The presence of children at a weed themed wedding is no different than the presence of children at weddings where alcohol is served. Part of the budtender’s service is to ensure that minors are not being administered weed.

Have you received complaints from guests at any of your weed themed weddings?

We have not received any complaints from guests. When planning a wedding that incorporates weed, we try to be as thoughtful as possible as we know that not everyone will partake. We always recommend our couples to design an area that is a little more inconspicuous and away from the main reception area.

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Photo of the bud bar from John and Whitney’s 2015 wedding. Photo credit: Jessica Hill Photography

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John and Whitney’s budtender about his craft. Photo credit Jessica Hill Photography.

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Liesl and Eric’s weed tent at their June 2017 wedding. Photo credit Brittany Lauren Photography.

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Reading material from Liesl and Eric’s wedding. Photo credit Brittany Lauren Photography.

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The area of the weed tent is discreetly identified by a sign bearing the green cross. Photo credit Jessica Hill Photography.

Bridal Bliss has a strong reputation as a leader in the Northwest wedding planning industry. The planners of Bridal Bliss are known for planning weddings that are innovative and fun. Bridal Bliss serves the areas of Central Oregan and Seattle, Washington, offering full planning services, day of coordination and elopement packages.

5 Ways To Serve Donuts At Your Wedding

September 14th is National Cream Filled Donut Day. Therefore today’s blog post is all about following the trend of including these delectable desserts as part of your wedding day festivities. Here are five ways that are sure to make a sweet impression on your guests.

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1. The donut buffet:  According to Carrie Lux of Details on Demand, designer of donut and wedding favor bags, donut buffets are super popular right now. Indeed this is a wedding trend that shows no signs of letting up. Many couples offer the donut buffet as a stand-in or alternative to the traditional wedding cake. However there are other ways to offer these tasty treats to your friends and family.

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2. As a welcome gifts: Have boxes of warm donuts delivered, in place of fruit baskets or other standard fare, to the hotel rooms of your out of town guests.

3. As a centerpiece: Use towers of donuts frosted with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry icing as a centerpiece for the kids table. Use paper coasters or flattened coffee filters between the layers to prevent the donuts from sticking together. Photo credit Martha Stewart Weddings.

4. As wedding favors: place donuts in donut bags and leave on place settings for your guests. You can also place the bags near the donut buffet for guests to fill with the pastry of their choosing.  Bags available from Details on Demand.

5. As appetizers: after the ceremony, offer donut holes or mini donuts to hold your guests over until the meal is served. I

Including The Kids in The Nuptials

Many of my wedding couples are older couples or couples who are walking down the aisle for the second (or third) time, so quite often one or both of them has children or grandchildren.

It’s understandable that these children sometimes feel some kind of way about getting a new parent, grandparent or set of siblings to contend with. The couple can start the new family out on a unified footing by including the children in the wedding ceremony. So on this National Sons and Daughters Day, let’s look at how some of my couples have included the kiddos in their wedding ceremonies

  • Vermyttya had seven children, aged late teens to toddlers when she married Douglas at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. Her oldest daughter was her maid of honor, her youngest children were the ring bearer and flower girls and her middle sons were groomsmen. The ceremony also included a nine person family sand blending as one of their unity rituals.
  • When Vilda and Gustavo wed at Friendship Gardens & Japanese Tea Room in Glendale, CA his daughters entered just before Hilda carrying a banner that said “Daddy here comes your bride”. They also had a family sand blending ceremony with sand in each person’s favorite color.
  • Right after Israel put the ring on Minata’s finger during their wedding at The Castaways Restuarant in Burbank, CA, he placed a small gold band on her daughter’s finger and promised to always be her dad.
  • Nelly’s teenaged son stood beside her as her best man when she exchanged her vows with Yamie in Long Beach, CA.
  • Carl and Jackie were grandparents before they rekindled their high school romance and decided to get married. They included their adult children as bridesmaids and groomsmen while their grandchildren took part as flower girls, ring bearers and broom bringers during their wedding at The Newland Barn in Huntington Beach, CA. There were so many tots involved that an adult daughter was appointed the official kid wrangler.
  • Last but not least, when my husband and I jumped the broom 11 years ago, his then 10 year old son was the broom bringer. I didn’t have any children but my three nieces served as bridesmaid, gift table monitor and mini-maid. We each had nephews serve as groomsmen.

There are many, many ways to include your children in your wedding ceremony. You could have them render a reading, sing a song or act as a “backup” photographer. Let your imagination along with their talents and interests be your guide.

 It’s  A Nice Day For A Cat Wedding.

Why should dogs get all the wedding love? That’s  probably the question on the minds of brides and grooms to whom cats and kittens give all the feels.

In celebration  of International Cat Day, this post is dedicated to those cuddly fur babies who made the Internet famous.

I’ll bet that even hardcore dog people will find these photos pretty gosh darn cute.

For more puuuurfect ideas on including your feline friend on your wedding day, go to Bridal Musings.

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