5 Festive Details to Add to Your Winter Wedding

Happy Wednesday Lovebirds!

With winter in full swing and the holidays right around the corner, you are probably preoccupied wrapping presents and baking cookies. To take some of the stress you might be having about your upcoming big day, here are some easy details to help elevate your festive soiree worthy of the most magical time of the year.

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1. Bridal Accessories

From faux fur shawls to a seasonal bouquet of holly, berries or soft blooms, winter bridal accessories are sure to spice up your special day. Even choosing to do a long sleeve lace dress or a bold red lip will add a holiday inspired style and add an element of glam.

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2. Decor, decor, decor!

There are endless options when it comes to decor for a winter wedding. By simply hanging twinkling lights, lighting candles or fireplaces, you will make your space feel cozier and full of warmth! Also, adorning your tablescape with a seasonal color scheme of burgundy, white and green paired with gold flatware is one of the best ways to create festive details at each place setting. Simply adding garland or mistletoe will give your guests a wintery, forest-grown ambiance.

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3. Invitations

Sending out a themed invitation is one of the first ways to impress your guests! Snowflakes and dainty ice detailing are among the most popular for winter wedding invitations.

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4. The cake

Incorporating winter touches into your cake design is fun and elegant. By decorating your tiers with greenery, berries, frosted pine cones, snowflakes or festive florals you will give your guests that same holiday cheer they get from warm homemade cookies. If you are opting for a simple white cake, you can opt for a festive cake stand, tablecloth or choose a flavor such as gingerbread or red velvet to give off that merry vibe!

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5. Cocktails

Another way to get your guests in the holiday spirit is by serving festive cocktails. Whether it’s a cranberry margarita, peppermint martini or designing your own unique drink and naming it the nutcracker, your guests will love a holiday twist to their cocktails! Check out our blog on holiday cocktails for some inspo!

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There is something magical about Christmas time, so what better season to capture the magic of your wedding day than in December near the holidays. We hope these tips can help transform your soiree into a festive (and dreamy!) winter wonderland!

‘Tis The Season…For Yummy Holiday Cocktails!

Happy Wednesday lovebirds!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, ‘tis the season to watch football, spend time with family, and indulge in the best foods of the year. And let’s not forget about the drinks! How else are we expected to get through the holiday season?! We’ve thought through Turkey Day, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years and have come up with six festive cocktails that are guaranteed to make you feel warm, fuzzy and in high spirits for the holidays!

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Thanksgiving: Cranberry Margarita

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, this is an easy drink to make while the turkey is roasting and the pies are in the oven. It comes together in a matter of minutes and will disappear just as quickly!

What you’ll need:

  • 3 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz orange liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 oz cranberry juice
  • Ice
  • Sugar as garnish (optional)
  • Fresh cranberries as garnish (optional)

First, mix the tequila, orange liquor, lemon juice and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker or in a big glass with ice and shake it up! Use the juice of half a lemon to moisten the edge of a glass, and place the glass upside down in a container with sugar. Lastly, garnish with fresh cranberries if you desire!

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Hanukkah: Manischewitz Spritzer

This boozy, pretty (and did I mention kosher?!) cocktail will prepare you for one of the eight fun-filled nights of Hanukkah.

What you’ll need:

  • 1½ cup of mixed frozen berries
  • Syfo Kosher Wild Cherry Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Water
  • Manischewitz Blackberry Wine

In a large pitcher, mix 1 part of Syfo Sparkling Water and 1 part Manischewitz Blackberry Wine. Then, mix in frozen fruit and add ice if needed. Mozel Tov!

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Christmas Eve: White Chocolate Peppermint Martini

This festive peppermint drink combines the smooth, sweet taste of white chocolate with the spicy taste of peppermint making it perfect for the holidays. This is as festive as it gets!

What you’ll need:

  • Marshmallow sundae topping
  • 2 peppermint candies
  • Crushed ice
  • 1/4 cup vanilla vodka
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint schnapps
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate liqueur

Start out by dipping the rim of a martini glass in marshmallow topping and then topping it off with crushed peppermint candies. Drizzle some marshmallow topping on the inside of the glass and place the glass in the freezer. Next, in a shaker with ice, add vodka, schnapps, and the liqueur. Shake until mixed and pour into the chilled glass! Lastly, sprinkle with crushed peppermint and enjoy!

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Christmas Day: Peppermint Bark Mimosa

Give your brunch on Christmas morning a festive upgrade. This peppermint bark mimosa will make everyone merry!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 3 candy canes, crushed
  • 6 oz. peppermint schnapps, divided
  • 1 bottle champagne or prosecco
  • 6 candy canes, whole

First, pour the melted chocolate onto a small plate and pour crushed candy canes onto a separate plate. Dip the rims of your champagne flutes first in chocolate, then in crushed candy canes to coat. Next, add in an ounce of peppermint schnapps to each glass, and top with champagne or prosecco. Garnish with full candy canes and voila!

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New Years Eve: Midori Melon Ball Drop

What better way to ring in the New Year than with a fruity green cocktail that everyone is sure to love?!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 ounces melon liqueur (Midori)
  • 1 ounce citrus vodka
  • 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
  • 1/2 juiced lemon
  • Sugar (for rim)
  • Melon Ball (as a garnish)

First things first, gather all of the ingredients! Then, rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar. Pro Tip: use a piece of lemon to wet the rim before dipping it in sugar. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the citrus vodka, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice. Shake well, strain into prepared glass and garnish with a melon ball, serve and enjoy!

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New Years Day: Bloody Mary

What better way to ease the pain of ringing in the New Year a little too hard the night before than with a famous cocktail that dates back to the 1920s?! January 1st is conveniently National Bloody Mary day so, it’s perfectly fitting to have one (or two) to start off your New Year!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup tomato juice
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated horseradish
  • 3 dashes hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper
  • About 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 lemon wedge (optional)

In a highball glass, stir together the tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Fill the glass with ice, then pour mixture into a second glass. Pour back and forth 3 to 4 times to mix well, then sprinkle lemon juice over the mixed drink. Garnish with some celery stalk and lemon wedge (if using) and drink up!

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Okay, I think it’s about time for a toast. We hope you enjoy these festive drinks throughout the entire holiday season – we know we will! Eat, drink and be merry, friends – cheers!

Show The Earth Some Love: Eco-friendly Wedding Tips

Hello again, lovebirds!

Congrats! You are engaged! Now it’s time to get down to the wedding business. As we all know, weddings cost a lot! But what if we told that your wedding money could help out your community and the environment? We’re here to help you keep the Earth (and of course your budget) in mind when planning for your special day!

Save the date… and Earth


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Don’t want all your wedding paper goods to end up in a landfill? Think about emailing invitations or emailing your wedding website to all your guests so, all the info is available for them. Not only will this save our trees but you’ll save a lot of time and money. If you love how stunning paper invites look, consider using eco-friendly paper, or biodegradable seed paper instead.

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Wearing a pre-owned dress means you are giving an old wedding dress a second life. Not only is this a form of recycling, but it will save fabric and, by going with a vintage wedding dress, you will truly be a unique bride.

Eco-Friendly Favors

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Consider plantable favors like seed packets, potted succulents or plantable seed paper! You can also give your guests eco-friendly tote bags, organic soaps, coffee blends for all the coffee lovers, or organic honey which you can buy from your local farmers market. These favors are meaningful and green, all while helping out your community and the environment.

Sustainable Eats

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Look for a caterer who uses organic produce and fish and meat that are sourced ethically. You also want to make sure to keep any cocktail hour snacks thoughtful yet light. To minimize any potential food waste, opt to do plated portions instead of buffet style and have a plan for what to do with leftovers like composting them.

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Consider registering for eco-friendly items like organic bedding, composting bins, or natural kitchen and bath products. If you want to opt-out of the traditional registry, create a honeymoon fund on your wedding website or at your wedding so you can easily accept money for a memorable and affordable honeymoon.

Dress Spaces with Reusable Decor

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Renting decor for your wedding means no waste or responsibility for the items at the end of the night. You’ll not only be saving tons of money by not having to buy new products that you may toss out, but you’ll also be helping out the environment and resources.

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Whether you use all or just a few of these green wedding ideas, just know that going green doesn’t have to be so hard. You can still have your dream wedding while keeping the Earth, and your budget in mind. Even the smallest change in your wedding can eventually make a huge impact to save our planet. Happy planning eco-friendly lovers!

Tying the Knot Under Towering Pines: Liz and Matt Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday, lovebirds!

Today, we’re back with yet another beautiful celebration of love. Liz and Matt’s big day held a special place in my heart as I got to be a part of the process both as their wedding planner and as a bridesmaid! The day was filled with love and laughter, from start to finish, and we cannot wait to share it with you. Please enjoy!

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The day’s festivities took place at Pine Rose Cabins, located near Lake Arrowhead, California. Amongst the towering pines, an earthy feel that embodied clean, rustic romance was fitting. To complement the organic natural beauty, we went for a neutral color palette. This included varying greys, whites, and black, along with touches of dusty blush and greenery. To spice things up, we added in subtle warm metallic elements, sticking to copper, dull bronze, and rose gold. Bridesmaids wore floor-length black dresses of varying styles, which paired flawlessly with the groomsmen’s traditional black and white suits. Each member of the bridal party held a bouquet full of mixed greenery. Liz’s bridal bouquet was filled with ivory blooms and eucalyptus.

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At the entrance to the ceremony, we set up a welcome table at which we asked guests to snap a Polaroid picture and leave a personalized message for the couple as a keepsake! The table signage, as well as the signage throughout the rest of the venue, was hand illustrated by talented artist friends of the couple! Here we also gave a nod to the couple’s families by incorporating portraits of loved ones on their wedding days.

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The couple surprised guests with a welcome treat of yummy popcorn. Salted, cheese, or caramel-covered? Guests chose their favorite and surely enjoyed munching on this snack as the festivities got started.

Tying the Knot Under Towering Trees | Marisa Nicole Events

The couple exchanged vows within a custom Log and Branch gazebo. To incorporate a touch of the groom’s Hawaiian roots, Matt wore a lush lei of fragrant plumeria and greenery.

Tying the Knot Under Towering Trees | Marisa Nicole Events

Tying the Knot Under Towering Trees | Marisa Nicole Events

Tying the Knot Under Towering Trees | Marisa Nicole Events

For unique seating cards, guests were treated to delicious cookies. Both yummy and useful!

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Glowing bistro lights lined the reception space, creating an enchanting atmosphere for cocktail hour and the dinner party. We brought in round tables which we covered in light grey linens and paired with simple white chairs. Each white plate was topped with a folded grey napkin, completed with a menu and eucalyptus leaf. The copper flatware was mirrored by a copper table marker. To accent the tablescape, we included a blush-toned water glass at each setting, metallic rose gold candles, and blush blooms in the center floral arrangements. Designed and 3D-printed by the groom, himself, a detailed white lantern – in not only one, but three different styles – sat on top of the greenery arrangement. The finished look was simple and clean yet rustic.

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Tying the Knot Under Towering Trees | Marisa Nicole Events

Tying the Knot Under Towering Trees | Marisa Nicole Events

Tying the Knot Under Towering Trees | Marisa Nicole Events

At the sweethearts’ table, Liz and Matt got to enjoy some time together as the new Mr. and Mrs. The ornate vintage chairs added a rustic element, while the gorgeous chandelier offered a touch of romance. Swoon!

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The reception was nothing short of a good time! The couple wowed their guests with their choreographed first dance, as well as let loose for some good old-fashioned fun. To keep guests warm as the evening chill set in, we offered cozy pashminas.

Tying the Knot Under Towering Trees | Marisa Nicole Events

Tying the Knot Under Towering Trees | Marisa Nicole Events

Tying the Knot Under Towering Trees | Marisa Nicole Events

You can never have too much dessert, right!? Whether guests were in the mood for peach pie, apple crisp, blackberry crumble, or a traditional cake option, we had it all! The textured frosting on the cake complemented the easy, organic feel we had created throughout the rest of the day.

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Tying the Knot Under Towering Trees | Marisa Nicole Events

From leading the planning process to standing beside the lovely couple at the altar, I feel so lucky to have gotten to take part in this special and gorgeous celebration. Liz and Matt, I wish you all the best in your shared journey!

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