Monday, June 28, 2010

Look Out, Your Flare is Showing!

It can be difficult adding both a personal touch and a bit of flare to your wedding. Here are some tips from InStyle Weddings.

Party Flavors
When the reception lasts into the wee hours, guests often crave midnight snacks, which these days tend to be treats people remember from childhood. Sam Godfrey, of the Napa, California caterer Perfect Endings, has served up comfort food such as chocolate-chip cookies with milk shakes in shot glasses and Ding Dongs with root beer floats. Liene of Blue Orchid Wedding Planning says, “Serving comfort food at a wedding is a hot trend right now.” She suggests serving these delicious Pumpkin Cream Cookie Pies with a milk shooter. Talk about putting the mmm in "just married!"

Signature Cocktails
Want to punch up cocktail hour? A beautiful signature drink adds a festive touch to any reception. And by limiting other alcoholic choices to wine and beer, you can save up to 50 percent on the bar bill, says Scott Wolf's caterer, Vince Pianalto. But here’s a tip: make sure your signature drink is not an acquired taste. Your guests will only want to drink only one of something too harsh or too sweet.

Celebrity couples are pulling the plug on traditional music options and playing their iPods instead. Actress Kathleen Robertson rented a speaker system and designated Robertson's brother-in-law master of ceremonies. Actress Diane Neal didn't want to take a chance on a local DJ for their wedding in the Dominican Republic, so they also hooked up their iPods to a stereo system. Ari Abramowitz, author of Pockit Rockit (Music Guru, $13), suggests allowing plenty of time to assemble your playlists, making separate ones for the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. And since you're in charge, you can safely avoid "Macarena."

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