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Open Bar (of sweets!)

10 September 2011

I can't decide whether moving away from the traditional wedding cake is sad or not. On one hand I love traditional and also cake but on the other the empty void of dessert allows couples to get creative which I LOVE. Dessert bars and funky presentation of non-traditional wedding treats has swept the wedding industry, I've noticed. Here, I've picked out a few of my favorites.

Monochromatic Color Scheme in Wedding Colors
Why do we choose wedding colors if all they are used for are flowers and little ribbons. Why not candy? Well a candy bar featuring "your color" M&M's, candy wrappers etc. in funky glassware or other containers just looks 

Smore's, Gooey, and Anything Chocolate
How could you not end the night with the most creamy and succulent treat, chocolate. Smore's bars are super trendy right now that extend beyond the traditional triad of ingredients. Coconut or flavored marshmallows are dipped in melted chocolate (dark, white, peppermint, etc.) and smushed between two cookies or the traditional graham crackers. Think of your guests dressed up to the nines and eating chewy gooey smores! Definite picture opportunity!

Things on Cake Stands
Imagine all of your childhood desserts together once again. Some brides and families bring treats for the wedding dessert such as "grandma's secret bunt cake recipe." Not only is this personal but I love the idea of placing said treats on adorable cake stands. I recently saw a post on that instructed one how to make a cake stand from a plate and old cocktail glass from thrift store. You can read more about it here

Ice Cream Bar
Who doesn't go crazy over ice cream on a hot day? Perfect for summer weddings, ice cream bars can be rented from places like Maggie Moo's in some states and locations but can be easily done via DIY. The trick is to keep the ice cream cold. Everything else is a breeze. No doubt that the children of all ages attending the wedding will go gaga! 

Wedding Band Ring Shopping!

08 September 2011

With less than 5 months to go on the wedding Mr. Collier and I have been thinking and talking about wedding rings. The wedding band itself has quite a history dating back to the ancient Egyptians who bound twine, leaves and papyrus together to create a ring for married couples to wear. Clearly designed as a circle with no beginnings and no ends the wedding bands reveal a deeper love and commitment as two individuals join their lives together.

With so many styles to choose from, we began with a simple search. I don't know if you have looked at wedding rings lately but some novel and unique possibilities are out there for all types of couples.

Tungsten and titanium rings seem to be all the rage when it comes to the men's selection. These rings are for the traditional man but are perfect for men who work with their hands. Since gold is a softer metal tungsten and titanium are scratch resistant and can sustain some torture. 

For the environmentally conscious couples, natural material rings are also a cool possibility.

Some love writing scripture or the date in the inner side of their wedding bands but what about a fingerprint? Fabuluster on Etsy offers oxidized sterling silver rings with your significant others fingerprint!
Mixed media rings are also really popular in terms of metal style, color, texture, etc. 

Choose a ring you love, that fits your personal style both now and as time passes. 

Good for Us and Good for Others: Wedding & Charity

05 September 2011

According to a 2006 report, 61% of 13- to 25-year-olds feel personally responsible for making a difference in the world, suggests a survey of 1,800 young people. It says 81% have volunteered in the past year; 69% consider a company's social and environmental commitment when deciding where to shop, and 83% will trust a company more if it is socially/environmentally responsible. The online study — by two Boston-based companies, Cone Inc. and AMP Insights — suggests these millennials are "the most socially conscious consumers to date."

Why wouldn't this outlook on life transcend the wedding industry? In addition to starting a new life as a couple vendors are now offering a variety of options that are good for the wedding and good for others too.
Who doesn't love TOMS? They are canvas, green, comfy and as a company, TOMS has an awesome mission of providing shoes to those in the world that don't have any. Well, now TOMS has a new green line that is directed at weddings.

Treats are a common avenue for favors at weddings and to save time and help others why not explore Baking for Good? Started out of the owner's apartment, Baking for Good shares 15% of the profit with charitable organizations across the country. Choices include cookies, brownies, custom favors, and gluten/vegan treats.
Finally, for more trinket and free trade items, without a doubt I turn to the Greater Good Network. Visiting on a daily basis and clicking a button contributes percentages of mammograms, cups of food around the world, supplies for animal shelters, contributions to the rain forest, autism, veterans, and child's heath or literacy. Seriously, the greater good network is fantastic! Think of "Save Tibet" woven bracelets, welcome bags, or even soaps from around the world awaiting your guests and demonstrating your appreciation.