Thursday, February 23, 2017

10 Vintage Wedding Invitation Ideas

If you're an old soul, a vintage wedding is probably what you're planning. If you're collecting lace for details, you probably don't have time to look for vintage wedding invitations. But don't worry. I'm here to help. I put together a great list of my top 10 vintage wedding invitation ideas. Just click the link on the invitations you like best to go straight to it to order.

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10 Vintage Wedding Invitation Ideas

  1. Wilton Vintage Ivy Pocket Invitation Kit
  2. Flourishing Joy Wedding Invitations
  3. Just My Type Wedding Invitations
  4. Antique Rose Invitations
  5. Lasting Lace Wedding Invitations
  6. Wisteria Wedding Invitations
  7. Vintage Embossed Tri-fold Wedding Invitation
  8. Vintage Ampersand Wedding Invitations
  9. Faded Scroll Wedding Invitations
  10. Earthly Paradise Wedding Invitations
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Spring Signature Wedding Cocktail Ideas

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If you're like me, your favorite temperature is the kind that's not too hot, not too cold -- like that story about those bears who eat oatmeal. Well spring is here and, depending on where you live, said temperatures have arrived. It's a great time to have a wedding too. In hot weather, wearing a tux is like hot terrible punishment ... unless you're looking to sweat off a few pounds. In frigid weather, you gotta wear long john's under your dress pants, a heavy jacket, maybe a hat or two, a couple pairs of socks, who knows. Then, if the couple wants to marry outside, you have to stand (or sit) and watch as your teeth chatter and your shivers go from a mild shake to all-out convulsions.

Good for you for choosing spring, the perfect weather to have a wedding! Spring is also my favorite time of year to drink ... because you can start doing it outside again. Spring also has the best seasonal cocktails and beers too. So without further ado, I'd like to provide you with a couple delicious spring cocktail ideas.

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Spring Signature Wedding Cocktail Ideas

Moscow Mule (from Dry Fly Distilling)

For some reason, the Moscow (and Kentucky) mule has blown up recently. Personally, I don't know what the heck took so long! It's freshness and deliciousness is undeniable. I put this one first for a reason -- I'm obsessed with it. It's so good in fact that I've dreamed of filling a thermos with it and sipping on it all day. If you're a vodka fan, go for the Moscow; if you're a bourbon fanatic (like me) then try the Kentucky. Here's how ya dooz it:
  • 4 ounces ginger beer (whose name seems like a misnomer; it's is actually non-alcoholic, like root beer)
  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 1/6 ounce lime juice
Fill one of those awesome silly little copper mugs or a highball glass. Pour in vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. Stir gently.

Strawberry Basil Margarita (from Creative Culinary)

If you're one of those people who read the Moscow Mule recipe and was like, "Oh goodness golly gosh ... oh my WORD ... oh boy ... but ginger is so SPICY!" ... you might prefer the strawberry basil margarita. You can get fresh with some seasonal fruit. You're just in time for strawberries. Basil too. Well, technically basil is a summer herb, but it's so easy to grow yourself any season (we're actually growing it with this kit) I'm gonna go ahead and just say it's in season. Here's how it's done:
  • 8 strawberries
  • 3 basil leaves
  • .5 ounce simple syrup
  • .5 tablespoon lime juice
  • .5 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1.5 Reposado tequila (you know, the one that isn't clear but isn't dark brown either)
  • .5 oz orange liqueur
Salt the rim of your glass. Muddle the strawberries, basil, simple syrup, lime juice and lemon juice in glasses. Fill with ice. In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, shake the tequila and liqueur. Pour into the glass.

Rum Punch (from Food Network)

Rounding out the list is a classic refresher. I mean, come on, ya gotta have rum. If you don't, people will probably leave your wedding. Okay, no, they won't. But, for me, rum conjures up images of islands, beaches, and just ultimate relaxation. It's also my other favorite liquor, taking a close second to bourbon. So rum punch is a perfect spring wedding cocktail. Here's how you make it:
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 2 ounces grenadine syrup
  • 2 ounces Jamaican white rum
  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces orange juice
Pour everything into a punch bowl. Let it sit in the fridge for one hour before serving.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Unknown Costs Of Church Weddings

I've told this story before, but it bears repeating.

A few years ago, my cousin Erica got married. In New York. In March. A week before her wedding, I was sitting with my grandma as it was snowing. "Text Erica and tell her to give the church a bigger donation so they will turn the heat on for her wedding," my grandma said.

I did and my cousin wrote back, saying she already paid the church a lot.

That was the first time I had heard about paying a church to have your wedding there. In fact, my cousin didn't know about that until the church asked for money during wedding month. And, really, you don't often have extra money lying around during wedding month.

So you don't get surprised, I put together this list of unknown costs of church weddings.

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Unknown Costs Of Church Weddings

This is a given. You have to pay for wherever you are having your ceremony, and a church is the same way. You are renting a space, which requires electricity, heat or air conditioning, someone to clean it up before or after, etc. So it makes sense that you have to pay for it.

We got married at the church I attended every week. When I set our wedding date, they asked if I was a parishioner. I was, but not officially. Well, the cost for parishioners was less than non-parishioners. And becoming one only meant I had to fill out a paper, since I was already coming every week.

You better believe that I filled out that form.

Oh, the priest. I always feel like the church takes care of his "salary" and "retirement," but yet, once a year I get an envelope to donate to the priest's retirement. So it should be no surprise (although it was) that weddings are not exactly just part of the priest's salary. Instead, you have to pay him.

Okay. Not pay exactly. They called it a suggested gift, one that was asked for at our rehearsal. So not so much suggested, as loosely suggested but most required.

Alter server.
The priest needs help performing the ceremony. And who better to help than an alter server who does it every week. Oh sure, maybe you have a friend or family member who can sub in. But if the church where your ceremony is isn't their home church, they might not know where everything is or how, exactly, the priest does things. So it's easier to just pay a server from the church and save everyone a headache.

If you're having music, someone has to play it ... and you have to pay it.

Same with the soloist (aka the singer). You may be able to bring your own, but that would mean coordinating with your soloist and the church organist. And the organist may charge you for that rehearsal time, so keep that in mind.

With a soloist the church recommends, you know she's probably sang these wedding songs a bunch of times. I really wanted Ave Maria sang, and our soloist had done it countless times at weddings before, so I knew it would be great. You don't want to have to worry that someone you choose will hit a few bum notes.

Liturgical assistant.
The rehearsal and wedding morning are a little hectic. The liturgical assistant is a pro and has done many weddings before yours. She is the reason everything will go smoothly and everyone will walk down the aisle when they should. Ours also was a big help with pinning on boutineers. But, yes, you have to pay her.

This is an odd one. You probably want to pay for flowers to go on the alter. We did.

After the ceremony, though, there was a suggestion (yes, same meaning of "suggestion" as before) to leave them behind as a donation to the church. We agreed. It made sense, though. I didn't feel like putting someone in charge of collecting them and the pew flowers, so we just left them as a donation.

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