September 4, 2010

Wedding Blessings..Fall in Love and You Will Fall Forever

The greatest gift friends and family bring to the wedding couple is their hopes and dreams for the couples future. Express those wishes to the bride and groom..Share your thoughts, your prayers and words of wisdom…it can be the most perfect gift to share on their special day.

"Here’s to you both…a beautiful pair…..to celebrate your love affair"

First…..get a keepsake book….record your ideas, your inspirations..Famous quotes that have become your favorites or have been meaningful to you as a couple. This will keep you organized and help you remember your appointments and your “to do” lists. This will also be fun to look back on in future years….it will probably make you laugh or cry at the sentiments….

I find that weddings today are more lavish, more over-the-top than ever before. When I married my high school sweetheart in 1972, we had a church wedding, were married by two ministers who knew us and had a cake and punch reception in the banquet room of the church. It was rather simple, yet elegant. And you know the very best part of all…we enjoyed our wedding…the entire ceremony! My parents hosted a lavish party at their home afterward, which we skipped. My new husband and I left the church and began our honeymoon right after the church reception was over. Now this…we regret. The party stories were so good that we felt we missed in on much of the after-wedding fun and celebrations!

One of the first things that comes to mind when planning is probably…the season! What is your favorite month out of the year? My favorite season is fall…..the colors, the cool weather, the food and festivals…so we were married in November!

When your month has been chosen…you can then begin to think about your venue….do you define your personality as elegant country club, country-inspired, a Tuscany vineyard setting, or saying your vows on the beach under a white gauzy tent? Whatever your personality…this will guide you toward your vision of selecting the proper location.

What colors are you drawn to? Professional decorators always recommend using three colors…my favorite color is pink..we used a warm carnation pink, along with various shades of pink, which was in vogue in 1972…..if I were planning this today, in 2010, I would choose autumn colors that are in fashion….eggplant or deep shades of purple, pumpkin or deep orange tones and olive greens. Your colors will set the palate for dressing the wedding party, floral arrangements and wedding cakes.

This week, we will have fun exploring the options of seasons, colors, favorite florals and their meanings and yes, food and recipes.....we will have fun and dream together of weddings past, present and future!

Wedding guest favor inspiration....

Maple Leaf Gingersnap Cookies
1 cup(s) (2 sticks) butter, softened

1/2 cup(s) brown sugar
1/2 cup(s) sugar
1/3 cup(s) molasses
2/3 cup(s) light corn syrup
4 1/2 cup(s) sifted flour
1 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground ginger
1 teaspoon(s) salt
1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cloves

1.Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.Beat butter and sugars together, using a mixer on medium speed, until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and corn syrup until well combined. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir until a smooth dough forms. Chill for 30 minutes.
3.Roll out on a lightly floured surface to less than 1/8-inch thick. Cut with floured cutters. Bake on greased cookie sheet for 8 minutes.

Also, this week, I would like to feature wedding cakes....this is probably a very personal taste. I found that so many were too much....too fussy.....almost busy looking....I hope the cakes that I will feature may inspire you for your own or give you an idea of design and color....blessings !

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