Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Winter Signature Cocktail Ideas

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Having your wedding this winter? Hopefully you live in a climate that does not have a winter season. If you don't, you probably won't have a lot of people traveling to your wedding. Winter weddings are a subtle way of saying, "I really don't want to pay for too many people" without actually having to say it. Lemme guess: you're probably having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday too?

What better way to beat the chill (and aggravation) of going to a winter wedding than with a menu of delicious winter cocktails? Sooner than you can say, "Dammit, my leather shoes are ruined from stepping in a pile of slush and road salt" you'll be rosy-cheeked and buzzed as you savor some of winter's classic flavors. If you recall, I wrote a post similar to this one that discussed the value of having a creative menu of fall signature cocktail ideas for autumn weddings. Well bust out the peppermint vodka because today I’m going to do the exact same thing, but for winter signature cocktail ideas.

Having a winter wedding? Check out these winter signature cocktail ideas.

Winter Signature Cocktail Ideas


Candy Cane Martini (from My Recipes)

When deciding on a winter signature cocktail menu, it would be a good idea to consider the proximity of your wedding to Christmas. If it's close enough to (but not after) Christmas, you can include holiday-themed cocktails in your menu. Not to say that there aren't enough cold weather winter warmers out there, but being able to include something like a candy cane martini would be delightfully festive.
  • 1.25 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1.25 ounces white crème de cacao
  • .75 ounce peppermint schnapps in an ice-filled cocktail shaker, shake vigorously, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with peppermint candy and BANG! Christmas in a glass.
Add the liquids to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake. Strain into a candy-cane rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a mini candy cane.

Spiced Apple Cider 

I don't know about you, but when I think of the New York winters I was subjected to for so many years, one of the first things that pops into my head (besides moving) is, "Warm cider would be great right now!" What would be even better is if that warm cider had some sort of alcohol and spices to turn it into spiced apple cider.
  • Half gallon apple cider
  • 1 ounce spiced run
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tablespoon lemon juice
Bring the cider and spices to a boil. Dissolve the honey. Pour into a mug. Serve. For convenience you can even make a big batch, and keep it warm in an electric coffee pot.

Hot Buttered Rum (from Esquire)

What discussion of winter cocktails would be complete without mentioning the age-old classic staple of all winter libations: hot buttered rum? To round out the list of what I believe are classic winter cocktail flavors, I leave you with the following simple and boozily delicious recipe.
  • 2 sugar cubes
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • Pat of unsalted butter
  • Hot water
Drop the sugar cubes in a mug of hot water. Add the rum and butter. Fill the rest of the mug with hot water.

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BRIDAL BABBLE: Which of these winter signature cocktail ideas would you add to your wedding menu?

Monday, November 13, 2017

White Wedding Inspiration Board

For the last few days, I've had Billy Idol's White Wedding stuck in my head. So, it seemed fitting that I would put together a White Wedding Pinterest board.

White weddings can be so classy. The best way (in my opinion anyway) is to have mostly white decor and then accent with shiny metallics (silver, gold, or pewter). It will look so classically romantic that way. Stick with baby's breath (which is really popular right now) and white hydrangeas. Your flowers will look beautiful, will match with your theme, and they'll be really cheap.

White Wedding Inspiration Board


white-wedding-inspiration-board


I picked six of my favorite pins from our White Wedding Pinterest board (there are a lot more on the board itself, so definitely take a peek). I labeled each of the photos above, then linked to them below, so you can quickly go to those pins and repin them to your wedding planning boards.

White Wedding Inspiration Board pins: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

I love this tablescape above. The gold accents make the white wedding look beautiful. And the gold chairs and gold silverware are a plus. Plus, if you look closely, the guy in the background is also wearing white so that's a bonus (the guy next to him in black, not so much). I love the white tent with the white lounge couches under it too.

I'm such a fan of Venetian hours. I mean, who doesn't love unlimited desserts? If I could have had a dessert-only wedding, that would have been the dream. That's not reality, though, so you just have to incorporate more desserts into your wedding, like these marshmallows. Dip them in white chocolate then in white nonpareils (while the chocolate is warm). Simple and delicious.

When you're planning a white wedding, you definitely need white invitations. Sites like Minted make this really easy. You can search invitations by color, so that will limit what you have to look at. You can also create custom colors on the site too. There are invitations that allow you to change colors, so just pick white and whatever accent color you like best to create your perfect white wedding invitation.

I love the drapery on this chair, but even more, I love the pearl brooch that's holding it together. It so beautifully matches the silver chair. And I bet there are more silver accents on the table. With a white wedding, it's these simple accents that will stop your white wedding from completely looking washed out.

I love baby's breath for boutineers and bouquets for a white wedding. They're a lot cheaper than other flowers since they're generally just filler. Plus, it's easy to put these together yourself (since you don't have to worry about how various flowers will flow together). And baby's breath holds its white color when you dry it, so that makes preserving these really simple.

A white wedding wouldn't be complete without a white wedding cake. The one above is so simple from the back and beautiful from the front. Be sure to position it with a wall as the backdrop so none of your guests stare at the boring backside all night. If you wanted to dress it up a little, silver fondant pearls around the tiers would make this a bit more glamorous.

If white's not your thing, check out our other wedding inspiration boards below:

BRIDAL BABBLE: What pin from our white wedding inspiration board is your favorite?

Friday, November 10, 2017

DIY Lovebirds Wedding Countdown Sign

I love wedding countdowns. It's just such a fun way to get excited over your upcoming wedding. Okay, sure, maybe it also gets your a little nervous. I mean, watching that number go down while your amount of wedding tasks goes up, it can be a bit scary. But you're counting down to the day you get to marry the love of your life. That's the best.

You can purchase a wedding countdown sign, but I would advise against it. Why? Because I made a super adorable one that you can print and put together yourself. That's way more fun!

Want a wedding countdown sign? You can get this one FREE from www.abrideonabudget.com! Hang it on your desk, mantle, wall (or wherever you want) and count down to your big day!

Lovebirds Wedding Countdown Sign


You can display this fun sign anywhere. Put it on your dresser, hang it on a wall, put it on your desk at work. Just make sure you change it every day or you'll lose count -- and have to recount all over. That's easy if you have 30 days left, not so easy if you have 342 left!

Want a wedding countdown sign? You can get this one FREE from www.abrideonabudget.com! Hang it on your desk, mantle, wall (or wherever you want) and count down to your big day!

What You'll Need:
What You'll Do:

Print the photo. You can print it anywhere that prints 8x10 photos. Right now, I would suggest printing it at Walgreens. Now through November 12, you can get a free 8x10 photo print with the code GIFT8X10 here.

Put it in the frame.

Want a wedding countdown sign? You can get this one FREE from www.abrideonabudget.com! Hang it on your desk, mantle, wall (or wherever you want) and count down to your big day!

On the glass of the frame, use your dry-erase market to write the number of days left until your wedding in the white icon.

Every day, change the number in the icon. Picking a dry-erase marker with an eraser will make this just a little bit easier. If not, you'll end up saving a dirty paper towel and that's sort of gross.

Count down until you are happily married. Then, you can pass the sign to your next engaged friend.

Want a wedding countdown sign? You can get this one FREE from www.abrideonabudget.com! Hang it on your desk, mantle, wall (or wherever you want) and count down to your big day!

Now, about that printable.

All you need to do is right-click the image below and save it to your computer. When you are ready for it, just upload it to a site where you can print (like Shutterfly, Walgreens, etc.). Print it as an 8x10 (that's what it is formatted as) and you can fit it in a frame.

Want a wedding countdown sign? You can get this one FREE from www.abrideonabudget.com! Hang it on your desk, mantle, wall (or wherever you want) and count down to your big day!

You can print it at home too, if you want, but because the background is black and meant to look like a chalkboard, I wouldn't recommend that. It would be pretty ink heavy. Plus, I don't think the paper would look as nice in a frame as it does on photo paper.

For all of our free printables, be sure to check out this link.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you make this lovebirds wedding countdown sign?