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Think Outside The Wedding Cake

I have to confess I am personally not a huge fan of cake, so I love that more brides are moving away from serving a traditional wedding cake and offering more creative wedding desserts. I’ve attended a few “cakeless” weddings in the past year, and I really enjoyed how personal and unique these dessert presentations can be.

articles_altThe candy and chocolate buffet at my friend’s reception at The Monte Verde Inn in Gold Country was a huge success. All of the candies were in my friend’s pink and espresso wedding colors, and they were displayed in clear glass containers to add an extra splash of color. She even provided little monogrammed pouches for all the guests to stash their candy. The buffet looked amazing, and it was a big hit with the guests. There are so many variations you can do with this. Some people have done a cookie buffet, an ice cream sundae buffet or just a mixed pastry buffet.

To make your own candy buffet, go to one of these fun websites to get what you need:
Candy Favorites
Candy Warehouse
Groovy Candies
Hometown Favorites

Another idea that I loved was at a wedding I worked on with Maxine Andrew of Instead of You Coordination & Design. The bride and groom were both from huge Italian families and wanted to share some Italian culture with their guests, so they ordered cannolis from their favorite bakery for their wedding. It was their favorite dessert and a perfect way to share something special with their guests.

articles_altThe very best part about this idea was how it was presented: The guests were partying on the dance floor, and suddenly the music stopped, the lights went out and a drum roll started. Then, a spotlight turned on and followed a waitress holding a silver dessert tray. As a traditional Italian song came on, the waitress danced around the guests, weaving her way through the crowd to the bride and groom. She stopped, took a bow and served the couple their cannolis. After the bride and groom fed each other, the lights came back on and waiters entered the reception hall from all sides of the room with trays of cannolis and pass them around to all of the guests. The entire presentation took my breath away. I was lucky enough to have witnessed the entire thing from the balcony of The Bently Reserve, where I was cuing the lighting crew. It was so dramatic and the guests were enchanted.

I really think that some of the best parts of weddings are the individual touches that make them unique. Desserts are one idea, but personalizing a cocktail or sharing your favorite meal with your guests is another way to share something you love with your guests and make your wedding day even more special.

Denise Posted by Denise on Jan 21, 2008.
Filed under CakesReceptionsWedding Ideas

Bridesmaid Dress Hall of Shame

I posted a while back about a bridesmaid dress that fits all sizes, comes in flattering colors, and that you could tailor to your own personal style. Sort of the “anti-bridesmaid dress” bridesmaid dress, if you will.

articles_altBut because no one can get enough of looking at those mythical, terrifically terrible bridesmaid dresses (myself included), we found a link that might give you a fix. Yes, these faces were blurred out for a reason: friends don’t let friends wear ugly dresses, and when they do…well, making their fashion pain even more public is just criminal. What I can’t get over is how many of them are shiny. You’d think the goal would be to choose bridesmaid dresses that don’t upstage the bride, so making the bridesmaids shimmer and shine just seems…wrong.

We know you have better taste than this. After all, you’re using Here Comes The Guide to plan your wedding! If you’ve picked out some more tasteful dresses for your bridesmaids, help your fellow HCTG bride out! Post the link (after you’ve secured all your dresses, of course). We want to get a better idea of what’s really hot in bridesmaid fashion.

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Jan 18, 2008.
Filed under FashionStuff We Love

Calling All Hungry Girls

If you’re one of the lucky ones whose food cravings run towards celery sticks and tofu, then you probably are already your ideal size, and have no worries about “the camera adding 10 pounds” on your wedding day. No one wants to look back on their wedding video and see an over-sized version of their imagined self! I think it’s safe to say, however, that most brides are planning to lose a few inches before starring in their wedding video, in order to look their best for posterity (and also to pull off wearing that slinky Amy Michelson wedding dress they’ve got their eye on!).articles_alt

For me, most diets are pretty much useless—they advise you to avoid things like cheeseburgers and chocolate, items I find indispensable to joyful living. That’s why I love The Hungry Girl. HG is a wise woman who loves food—and has plenty of useful tricks up her sleeve, like guilt-free onion rings. Her fun, common-sense approach is refreshing and takes into account the reality that most women aren’t gifted with superhuman willpower. Under stress, PMS, or unscheduled emotional turmoil, we will absolutely, without question, reach for the Häagen- Dazs and ask questions later.

articles_altHungry Girl is for the food obsessed or just the food possessed; besides a wealth of recipe revisions (lifesavers, IMHO!), there is also a Q & A section, Girls Bite Out (tips for partying and dining), and a news section with the latest health and diet breakthroughs. And while I still can’t quite zip up my own figure-hugging wedding dress from 12 years ago yet, things are safely under control. And I still get to enjoy formerly forbidden foods, like HG’s Unpudged Fudge. Now that’s what I call livin’!

JOLENE’S RED ALERT: Under no circumstances should you purchase your wedding dress in anticipation of being successful in your wedding weight-loss ideals! Your seamstress can always take the dress in; it’s better to be safe than sorry (and out $3000 and with nothing to wear on your wedding day!).

Jolene Posted by Jolene on Jan 16, 2008.
Filed under Food and DrinkStuff We Love