Men’s Wedding Style: Necktie v. Bowtie

I am guilty of being one of those girls that is a sucker for a guy in a bow tie. I always have been and always will be. However, Neckties are classic. They’re like the Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s of a grooms outfit. I think they might be giving the Bow Ties a run for their money.

Couples are getting clever with the accents to suits and tuxes. It’s no longer just a Black and White tux that the fellas are wearing. It’s the whole kit and caboodle, baby. So get ready, place your bets (no scrolling to the bottom, cheaters!) and let’s see these two ties duke it out..
 

 

Embroidery: The Necktie

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Okay, so embroidery is a special touch that you can add to either a necktie or bow tie. Though it pains me to break loyalty to the bow tie on this particular subject, I have to give this round to the necktie. I mean, leaving a surprise message for your fiancé before you both say “I do”? I’m sold.

 
 
Wooden: The Bow Tie

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This round is really difficult for me. I love wooden bow ties, they’re quite ingenious and they also paved the way for the necktie to go au natural as well. However, though the necktie looks a little too modern and forced in a wooden texture, I’m kind of loving it. Even though it’s growing on me, I have to give this one to the bow tie. It paved the way for the necktie to go wood.

 
 
Metal: The Bow Tie  

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Due to the fact that was nearly impossible to find a decent metal/wire necktie, I have to give this one to the bow tie. Though the metal knot on the necktie is stunning, the bow ties are colorful and the variety (though slim) is much larger than the necktie. Plus look how fun those bow ties look!

 
 
Knots: The Necktie

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(Poor bow ties didn’t even stand a chance during this round. I mean really, the Eldridge and The Trinity Knot? Wowza!)

Okay, now for the tie-breaker! Yes, I have been waiting to say that this entire time. The last category…

 
 
Attractiveness: The Bow Tie & The Necktie!

 (You didn’t actually think I was going to pick a favorite did you?)

Photo Credit: Modern Weddings Hawaii

Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty

 

When it come to choosing a winner, I can’t. And If you are like me and you can’t decide which is the superior tie, don’t! Use both! The guys above are wearing both and wearing them very well. So can you! Mismatching is cool, I dig it. Once again I am pushing you to step out of the wedding comfort zone. Trust me, it won’t be the last time either.

 

Stay Tuned!

-G

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Wedding Etiquette 101: The Difference Between Escort and Place Cards

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Photo Credit: The lovely Katie Noble

 

Escort cards and place cards…you have probably heard these names thrown around, but what do they mean? Escort cards and place cards tell your guests where to sit during your dinner service. This applies to any type of event, such as dinner parties or anniversary parties, not just weddings.

 

So now that you know these cards help guests find their seats, now what? Let’s dig a little deeper. Did you know that there IS a difference between escort cards and place cards? Many people use them interchangeably- which is fine- but in the event planning world, there is a big difference.

 

Escort cards identify the table number at which a guest will be sitting for dinner. These cards are generally placed at one large table near the entrance to the dining space. Place cards, on the other hand, are…you guessed it, at the place setting for each guest! This means that at each individual table, every seat or plate has a card stating the name of the guest who is designated to sit there.

 

I have seen both escort cards and place cards used, as well as hybrid versions of the two. The success of each really depends on the guests. If many of your guests are from out-of-town and different stages of your life, only providing escort card (assigning tables only) can make individuals feel left out. On the other hand, some guests may feel hurt if they were assigned to sit in the back corner. Over time, I have learned that there is no right choice, only you can decide what will work for you and your guests!

 

To recap, guests receive escort cards to guide them to their table. Once at their table, place cards identify their specific seat. These are tiny details I learned about while in school, so don’t feel bad if you didn’t know. With that said, it is helpful to know the difference between escort cards and place cards. Not only can it strengthen your communication and clarity among vendors, but it can make your guests feel more comfortable in finding their appropriate seats.

 

You can choose to use both escort and place cards, just escort cards, or neither and opt for a completely open seating plan. The choice is all yours!

 

Good Luck!

Shannon

 

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Mocktail Recipes for Your Cocktail Hour

While I know this may be a hard concept for some to grasp, there are ultimately going to be a few guests at every wedding who won’t drink. Yes, I know, but let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.. maybe they’re the DD, maybe they’re pregnant. At any rate, you’ll want to be a mindful host and provide a few non-alcoholic drinks – specifically during cocktail hour. So, to make your life a little easier, here are five recipes for mocktails that are a great alternative to lemonade or water:

 

1. Shirley Temple

 

 

Ingredients:

Sprite

Grenadine

Cherry garnish

 

Why it rocks: The Shirley Temple is a classic; it’s sweet, bubbly and everyone is familiar with it.

Learn how to make it at Recipe Boy!

 

2. Arnold Palmer

 

Ingredients:

Iced Tea

Lemonade

Lemon wedge garnish

 

Why it rocks: The Arnold Palmer is another classic and can very easily be made

in bulk. It’s refreshing and has that lemony kick that’s perfect for a summer’s evening.

Learn how to make it at Tablespoon!

 

3. Cotton Candy Spritzer

Ingredients:

Cotton candy of choice

Perrier

 

Why it rocks: This fun, sparkling drink brings back childhood memories of carnivals and county fairs! The cotton candy adds in all the flavor you’ll need, and guests can watch it melt into the Perrier right before their eyes!

 

Learn how to make it at Serendipity Soiree!

 

4. Watermelon Mocktini

Ingredients:

Watermelon

White grape juice

Tonic

Orange wedge

Watermelon slice garnish

 

Why it rocks: Who doesn’t love a nice cold slice of watermelon on a hot summer

day? With this drink, you can WOW your guests by turning that delicious snack into a crisp, refreshing drink!

 

Learn how to make it at Fit Pregnancy!

 

5. Passion Fruit Thyme Mocktail

Ingredients:

Simple syrup

Passion fruit

Thyme

Water

Lime juice

Pineapple juice

 

Why it rocks: If you’ve ever had any drink with passion fruit in it, you’ll know exactly why it rocks. For those of you who haven’t, it’s (in my opinion) the single greatest fruit flavor in the world. Passion fruit is sweet and slightly tangy, and makes any drink you make with it the absolute bees knees!

 

Learn how to make it at Fit Pregnancy!

 

What’s your favorite go-to mocktail? Or have you found a cocktail you can make non-alcoholic? Let us know in the comments!!

 

Cheers, y’all!

Sammi

 

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6 Boutonniere Alternatives for Your Fellas

Many people are sheltered when it comes to the options of a boutonniere. So I’m going to officially state something that everyone should know; A Boutonniere does not have to be a flower. However, if you find a boutonniere alternative make sure it does not get too kitschy or hokey.

 

Boutonniere alternatives are great for themed weddings or if the groom has a hobby/profession that he is passionate about. For example: golf; skiing; action figures; sailing; ect.

 

Here are a few examples of alternative boutonnieres done well:

Photo Credit: Flush Designs

 

Photo Credit: Jules Morgan Weddings

 

Photo Credit: Shay Brown Events

 

Photo Credit: Green Wedding Shoes

 

Photo Credit: Pinterest

 

Photo Credit: Etsy

 

There are many more unique boutonniere options out there so keep an open mind. Also, keep in mind that those wearing the boutonniere will be doing a lot of hugging which in turn destroys a floral boutonniere within a matter of hours. Now I am not dismissing the idea of a traditional floral boutonniere, after all they are one of my favorite things to make and they can look absolutely stunning on some handsome fellas. I just ask that you rethink the Bout and get creative with it! If these examples are too far-fetched and you decide to spice up the suits with a colorful tie or vest and need examples of how to do so..

 

Stay Tuned!..

 

-G

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6 Ways to Add Sparkle to Your Wedding

I choose to believe that all of us have a little Ke$ha within us, maybe some (me) more than others, but either way adding glitter to your wedding can be fun AND gorgeous! So, how does one incorporate glitter into their wedding without giving off the exploded-craft-table look? The key is not to over-do it, unless that fits your style in which case I say go for it!

 

1. Shoes

Photo Credit: Wedding Bee

 

Glam up those pumps by adding a layer of glitter to the bottom, heel or toe. This look is perfect for any dress type because it could compliment a – as my mother would say – “bling bling” dress or bring sparkle to a subtle, classic dress.

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2. Aisle

Photo Credit: La Mariée en Colère

In lieu of flower petals, sprinkle sequins either along the sides or down the whole aisle. I HIGHLY recommend using larger glitter for this, in case you are unfamiliar with the adhesive ability of tiny glitter just know it will get EVERYWHERE. You’ll be dusting glitter off your dress for years to come.

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3. Vases

 

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Having trouble deciding what vases to use for centerpieces? Turn a plain, glass vase into a glitzy masterpiece with just some Mod Podge and glitter. Plus, since glitter goes with everything, you don’t have to worry about matching your flowers to your centerpiece vases!

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4. Tablecloth

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Now this may not be for everyone because it is a LOT of glitter, but personally I am obsessed with this look. Instead of trying to glam-up your tablescape, why not center the tablescape around glam? I’ve found that most party rental companies have at least one glitter tablecloth available for rent and they always look fab, amiright?!

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5. Champagne Flutes

 

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If you’re doing a champagne toast you can add sparkle to your flutes, or if you’re not having a champagne toast you can decorate your wine glasses in the same fashion. Not only will these look glamorous, but your guests will feel so swanky drinking fancy drinks out of a fancy glass!

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6. Glitter Send-Off

 

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Last but not least, at the end of the night – or after your ceremony – you can have guests throw glitter on you and your new significant other. This is another situation where you’re going to want to get bigger glitter pieces… unless you enjoy having glittery showers in which case get the finest grain glitter you can find!

 

-Sammi

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May and Peter’s Cambridge Wedding: Oleana + MIT Chapel

What do you get when you merge neutral colors, an organic style, pops of soft garden colors and place them in two beautiful venues? May and Peter’s wedding at the MIT Chapel and Oleana in Cambridge! The couple wanted their flowers not to feel too formal, but to have a natural feel accentuated with blues, corals, and pinks. First Mate Photography captured these elements perfectly! One of our favorite details of the day was the kumquats hidden among the reception centerpieces!

We just adore this wedding filled with lots of beautiful colors, seasonal flowers (ahh, those peonies!), warm garden elements and love. Thank you for letting Whim be a part of your big day, May and Peter!

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P.S. Here are some more stunning garden weddings!

 

xo

Shannon

 

 

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DIY Bouquets: Home Grown & All On Your Own

You know when you’re driving down a back road and you look over thinking about how the surroundings look like something Bob Ross would paint while saying “These flowers are happy little flowers”? Well, what if I told you, you could make something with those happy little flowers? What if I told you you could even make your own bouquet? Given the seasonal flowers are within your color scheme or the type of flowers that you’re looking for, you could do just that.

 

While visiting my family in Upstate New York I decided to pull the car over and gather those happy little flowers and make them into a bouquet.

 

But, before you go foraging for flowers off the back roads let me give you some tips:

 

1.) Wear proper clothing!

I’m not a bug person. Never have been and I never will be. However, bugs (particularly, ticks) aren’t the only thing you should shelter yourself from. Poison Ivy and Poison Sumac are also out and about (at least in our neck of the woods).

 

2.) Bring some gardening shears and branch snips.

I’m not encouraging you to cut down any small trees (you overachiever) but some of the flowers you might be drawn to may have branch-like stems.

 

3.) You’re going to need some gardening gloves.

I know you’re probably thinking “I’m not going digging for these flowers!” I know, but trust me when I say there will be thorns. Unexpected, pointy, blood-drawing thorns. Okay, they’re not that bad, but they aren’t fun when you aren’t prepared for them, and I was not.

4.) Bring a bucket of water.

Once the flowers are cut they will need a continuous water source.

 

 

5.) You will need a sharp knife, a string and floral tape.

The knife is for cutting off the thorns and extra leaves. The string is to tie your bouquet and the Floral tape is to wrap it. After wrapping it in floral tape you are free to wrap it in any material of your choice.

 

 

I picked some of the flowers from some side roads of my maternal grandmother’s hometown and some from my paternal grandmother’s garden to add some special meaning to the bouquet. This is a great way to utilize all the beauty that Mother Nature has surrounded us with! Have fun with it and don’t over think it. Whatever you make will look gorgeous. I have faith in you.

Your fellow flower child,

G

 

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Unique Wedding Backdrops: A Plethora of Pretty

I LOVE backdrops! I’m not really sure why I love them so much except that they add color, texture, and personality to any space or photograph. Let’s all admire my top 10 favorite backdrops. In no particular order, I present to you…

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Creative Ways to Add Your Wedding Colors

Looking for a way to integrate your wedding colors or theme into your day? Mix and match these 5 DIY projects to create a wedding that is cohesive, creative, and most of all, perfectly representative of you and your fiance!

1. DIY Dip-Dyed Candles

 

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

 

Supplies:

Pillar Candles

Bleached beeswax beads

Double boiler or crockpot

Peeler or sharp knife

Crayons (in your wedding colors)

Spoon

Plate or baking sheet

 

Estimated Craftiness Level:

Great for the not-so-hands-on beginners ;)

 

Find the step-by-step direction here.

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2. Spray Painted Tins

 

Photo Credit: Shelterness

 

Supplies:

Tin cans

Spray paint (in a color that coordinates with your wedding colors)

Newspaper

Well-ventilated area

 

Estimated Craftiness Level:

If you can use hairspray, this is a piece of cake!

 

Directions:

1. Clean tin cans

2. Spray paint 1-2 even coats on cans

3. Let dry

4. Fill with beautiful flowers or use as decor throughout your event space!

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3. Fabric Garland

 

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Supplies:

Fabric (in the color scheme of your wedding)

Fabric Glue

Glitter

Thread

Sewing Machine

Estimated Craftiness Level:

Not sew (heh, get it?) hard, but knowledge of how to use a sewing machine is required

 

Complete directions are found here.

 

 

 

4. Clear Chairs

 

Photo Credit: Amy Nichols Special Events

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Supplies:

Clear window cling or film

Sharpies (in your wedding colors)

Clear chairs (rentals are okay)

Scissors

 

Estimated Craftiness Level:

Time and effort are needed with this project, so it is not recommended for the procrastinators or busy-bees :)

 

Directions:

1. Cut window cling/film to fit the back of the chair

2. Decorate with Sharpies

3. Use a variety or colors, shapes, and patterns to express your creativity and style

4. Stick on the back on clear chairs (watch out for air bubbles!)

5. Voila!

 

 

 

5. Signature Cocktail

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Supplies:

Water

Sugar

Dried Culinary Lavender

Vodka

Lavender Syrup

Page’s Parfait Amour

Lemon Juice

Soda Water

Lavender (for garnish)

 

Estimated Craftiness Level:

Perfect for the non-crafters!

 

The full recipe can be found here.

 

Good Luck!

Shannon

 

 

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Interesting Dessert Bar Ideas

It is no secret that I’m a dessert girl. I love baking, eating the batter and devouring the finishing product. You know those people who eat so much at dinner that they just can’t fathom eating anything else? That’s not me. I make it a point to save room for the sweet stuff. If you’re like me you know that whatever you choose for dessert is really important. So I am here to propose some really out of the box delicious treats for your guests to enjoy whether they saved room in their bulging bellies or not.

Milk and Cookies

Okay, so maybe this dessert isn’t as out of the box as you were thinking. But it is a classic that you know just about everyone will enjoy! I also suggest offering Silk (almond or soy) and chocolate along with the regular milk just in case a few guests don’t like regular milk (that would me be- I’m weird I know) or if they’re lactose intolerant. That also goes along with including some Gluten-Free Cookies.

Photo Credit: Chic Vintage Brides

Photo Credit: Wedding Chicks

 

Photo Credit: PopSugar

 

 

Coffee & Espresso

I know it is essential to have a Bartender or Bartenders at your reception, unless you’re having a dry wedding of course. But what about a Barista or two? Ever since I knew what coffee was and could comprehend its deliciousness I have been drinking it, maybe that is the reason why this dessert bar makes me so excited. An Espresso and Coffee Bar is probably the best dessert bar idea I’ve ever seen but I’m biased.

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Mini Pies

Yes sir, yes ma’am! Mini Pies is where it’s at. A Pie for you and you and you! I feel as if this dessert bar needs no further explanation because Pies.

Photo Credit: Ritzy Bee

 

Photo Credit: Swanky Recipes

 

Photo Credit: Pinterest

 

 

Trail Mix

This one is for all those Health Nut’s out there! I know your probably thinking about how boring this suggestion is. “Really? Trail Mix, Giovanna?!” Yes, really. Check out how delicious and fun these trail mix bars look!

Photo Credit: Upcycled Treasures

 

Photo Credit: The Knot

 

Photo Credit: Seattle Mag

 

Side Note: Before I have completely convinced you, make sure none of your guests have any nut allergies! That would be bad.

 

Floats and Milkshakes

Who needs a solid dessert? Not me. A delicious Float or Milkshake will suffice my dessert needs for the evening. Just make sure  your guests know they’re out because nobody likes a warm Float/Milkshake.

 

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Photo Credit: Weddings Illustrated

 

Photo Credit: Pinterest

 

I probably should have warned you all that this blog would make your sweet tooth alarm go off as well as make you super hungry because I don’t know about you but that’s where I’m at right now.  Regardless, these are some stellar choices for delicious treats to give your guests. Just remember to always cater to your guests and keep in mind any allergies or illnesses they may have when choosing which dessert best suits your wedding.

Now, I must go make a pie or eat some Ben & Jerry’s stat.

-G

 

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