Fun & Fabulous Favors

Happy Thursday!

Wedding season is almost here and now is the time to start working out the smaller details of your day. One of those fab details that we love to make super personal are your guest favors! Proper etiquette dictates that your guests have something to take away from your wedding as a “thank you” for celebrating your marriage and marks the love you and your future spouse share. We get it, not having guest favors is an easy way to cut costs, but we think that it should be a priority. There are many easy, fun, and cute ideas that will not break the bank. To ensure your favors are worth the money and the effort, choose something that is really personal, not necessarily personalized. Here are some of our favorite guest favors that your guests will actually use or consume!

Photo Credits: Clary Pfeiffer Photography

Favorite Ingredients

Your guests will love something they can keep in their kitchen and an ingredient that they can use often. Pick you and your spouse’s favorite ingredient that has meaning to you. Maybe you put hot sauce on everything or maybe you both have a favorite coffee that gets both of you up in the morning or maybe you love to sweeten your day with a special type of honey!

Photo Credits: Dennis Kwan Weddings

Favorite Snacks

Do you and your spouse have a favorite snack for when you are watching your favorite movie? Or maybe there is a snack that goes with your theme or location of your wedding. Making snack bags are a cheap and easy way to give your guests a little something that they can snack on after a long night of dancing.

Photo Credits: Becca Rillo Photography

Flowers

Let love grow! We are huge fans of the idea of sending your guests home with flowers or succulents. Your guests can easily put them in their kitchen or living room and will for sure be enjoyed!

Photo Credits: Iris & Light

DIY Publication

Compile a list of 10-15 of you and your fiance’s favorite songs that have a special place in both of your hearts. Music is what can bring people together. Have your guests understand the music that puts a smile on your face and what brings you two together. Another idea is to make a mini cookbook of recipes you two love cooking! As they do say, a way to someone’s heart is through his or her’s stomach!

Photo Credits: La Vie Photography (Left) Seriously Sabrina Photography (Right)

Alcohol

We all know that alcohol never goes to waste! Give your guests the gift of libations, maybe pick out your favorite hard alcohol and give out little bottles with a cute tag on it. Or if you and your fiance are more into wine, hand out mini wine or champagne bottles. Honestly, you cannot go wrong with this one!

Photo Credits: Etsy (Left) The Perfect Palatte (Right)

Thanking your guests for coming to celebrate your love story is very much appreciated. It does not have to be anything too big or expensive, just keep it personal! You want your guests to be reminded of how beautiful your wedding was and how much you are thankful they were a part of your special day!

Photo Credits: Logan Cole Photography

 

Green, Gold & Gourmet: St. Patty’s Shenanigans

Hello Lucky Lovelies!

2017 is flying by and it is time to think green and gold! St. Patrick’s day is this week and lucky for us it is on a Friday… PARTY! We at Marisa Nicole Events love having any excuse to gather and celebrate with friends! Therefore, we encourage you to invite people over to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with a potluck dinner (no pun intended), fun cocktails and sweet treats! Here are some of our favorite St. Patty’s day inspired drinks and desserts to make sure you and your friends enjoy this lucky holiday!

Photo Credits: Food.com

Guinness Jello Shots

Irish beer is pure gold (or tastes like it). These jello shots will impress your guests with this fun spin on classic jello shots.

What you need:

  • Guinness Stout
  • Unflavored Gelatin
  • Patron Cafe
  • Creme de Cacao
  • Hot Water
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream

Add ½ cup Guinness to a medium bowl, sprinkle on 2 envelopes of gelatin, and allow to sit for 1 minute. Then stir in ¼ cup Patron, ¼ creme de cacao and 1 cup hot water until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Divide the chocolate Guinness jello shot mixture into 15 individual shot glass cups and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. Once chilled, Add ½ cup Bailey’s Irish Cream to a medium bowl, sprinkle 1 packet of gelatin, and let it sit for one minute. Pour ½ cup hot water into the Bailey’s jello shot mixture and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Pour the Bailey’s jello shot mixture over the chilled Guinness mixture. Lastly, refrigerate for 3 hours or until completely set.

Photo & Recipe Credits: Slim Pickin’s Kitchen

Shamrock Sour

This drink not only is green, but it has some Irish whiskey to tickle your tastebuds. Rumor has it this drink is the leprechaun’s favorite!

What you need:

  • Lime juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Irish whiskey
  • Green food coloring
  • Lime wedges for garnish

Combine 2 tablespoons lime juice, ½ tablespoon lemon juice, ¼ cup simple syrup, 2 ounces Irish whiskey and 1 tiny drop of green food coloring and shake well. Strain over ice and garnish with lime wedge and add a fun shamrock stirrer!

Photo & Recipe Credits: Pizzazzerie

Irish Coffee Affogato

There is no better combo than coffee and ice cream but add some Bailey’s and this is a coffee lover’s dream come true!

What you need:

  • Mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Hot espresso
  • Dark chocolate flakes

Place 2 scoops of ice cream in each glass. Pour over 2 tablespoons of Bailey’s Irish Cream, followed by 3 tablespoons of espresso.Sprinkle ½ tablespoon chocolate flakes (or as much as you want!) and serve immediately before it all melts!

Photo & Recipe Credits: Brit + Co

Lucky Charm Rice Krispie Treats

Who doesn’t love rice crispy treats? And they are super easy to make! Make them green and add some Lucky Charms and your guests will be going back for thirds!

What you need:

  • Butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Rice Krispie cereal
  • Vanilla extract
  • Green food coloring
  • Lucky Charms marshmallows

First, melt ¼ cup of butter over low heat until completely melted. Then gradually add 4 cups of marshmallows and stir often. Then mix ½ teaspoon of vanilla and green food coloring. Remove from heat and stir in 5 cups of Rice Krispie cereal. Pick out marshmallows from Lucky Charms cereal. When the mixture is mostly combined, stir in ¾ cup Lucky Charms marshmallows.

Photo & Recipe Credits: Classy Clutter

Chocolate Chip Menthe Cake Pops

Mint (and alcohol) makes any dessert a little bit better! These boozy cake pops are cute, fun and delicious!

What you need:

  • Dark chocolate cake mix
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Eggs
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • Salted butter, room temperature
  • Powdered sugar
  • Creme De Menthe
  • Vanilla extract
  • Coating Chocolate
  • Vanilla almond bark
  • Shortening
  • Sprinkles for garnish

Cook chocolate cake following instructions on the box combining cake mix, 1 cup water, ⅓ cup vegetable oil, 3 eggs and 1 cup milk chocolate chips. While cake is cooking make buttercream with by mixing 1 stick of butter until creamed. Then add in 2 cups powdered sugar, 4 tablespoons of creme de menthe and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Mix until the buttercream is light and fluffy. In a separate bowl mix in cooked cake and buttercream until the cake turns into a ball. Scoop out balls and put on a sheet and refrigerate for an hour. While in the refrigerator, make coating chocolate by microwaving 7 squares of vanilla almond bark and 1 ½ teaspoons of shortening. Once cake balls are ready, put sticks in them and then dip in the chocolate and sprinkle some green, white and gold sprinkles!

Photo & Recipe Credits: Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

Leprechaun Bark

Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate!! This bark is a chocolate lover’s dream! Who needs a pot of gold when you got this dessert?

What you need:

  • Chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips
  • Mint M&Ms
  • Oreo cookies, broken into pieces

First microwave 2 cups bittersweet chocolate in 15 second intervals, stirring after each time until melted and smooth. Spread melted chocolate on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread into a thin even layer. After, do same thing with 1 cup milk chocolate chips. Carefully drizzle over the bittersweet chocolate. Repeat with ½ cup white chocolate. Carefully drizzle over the bittersweet and milk chocolate. Lastly, sprinkle ½ cup M&Ms and 6 Oreos over the melted chocolate and gently press into the chocolate. Set aside to cool completely and let harden before breaking into large pieces.

Photo & Recipe Credits: Countryside Cravings

And when all else fails, bring out the green food coloring for green beer and some mint chip ice cream! We wish you a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day and a lucky 2017!

Photo Credits: The Spruce

Relaxed Romantic Wedding: Stephanie & Eric Married!

Happy Flashback Friday!

Spring is just around the corner and it has us thinking of light hues, budding florals and romance. Today we’re excited to share with you another one of our favorite weddings from last wedding season!

Stephanie and Eric are a beautiful couple inside and out. One of the things that struck me about them was just how kind and considerate they were throughout the 18 months that we worked together. It was a pleasure to help make their dream wedding come to life! Their overall look & feel was super sweet, romantic and relaxed. There was an easy elegance about the whole wedding which we absolutely loved! Stephanie and Eric tied the knot last June at The Chateau Le Dome at Saddlerock Ranch, one of our favorite venues that is situated on a vineyard in the Malibu Canyon… Swoon.

The wedding took place on a beautiful Southern California day. There was no gloom, only blue skies and sunshine on this June day! Saddlerock Ranch is surrounded by the Santa Monica mountains that is 1,000 acres of rolling hills lined with vineyards, manicured lawns, ancient oaks, rose gardens, ribbons of white fences and horses grazing in the background.

Stephanie had a gorgeous dress that really captured the relaxed yet luxe theme that the couple had envisioned for their wedding. Her blue shoes were swoon-worthy!

The couple stuck with neutral hues with slashes of blush, pink, gold and just a touch of blue. There were little pops of gorgeousness throughout! We love the elegant mirror seating chart (I even got stuck up in a tree hanging it… but that is another story for another time)! They made a collage of photos of them throughout the years they have been together that we displayed on a tree for everyone to view their romantic love story upon arrival at the vineyard. Another thing that we loved about this wedding was their sweetheart table. Tucked under a terrace made for two, here we crafted a backdrop of clustered fans, brought in luxe chairs, and hung a chandelier over the love nest to craft the perfect spot for the couple take a few moments together during the reception. Our absolute favorite detail was the blue calligraphed agate rocks at each place setting. Paired with a simple olive branch, this small touch really elevated the whole tablescape.

To start off the reception, refreshing cocktails were served. Stephanie & Eric are major foodies and made sure their food and drinks were nothing but the best. To top off their delicious dinner, they had a mouth-watering dessert table with to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth!

The night went on with many funny and tear-worthy speeches. Everyone had a great time celebrating the newlyweds! Congratulations again Stephanie & Eric!

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Wedding Registry Options for Modern Couples

Hello lovelies!

Wedding season is just around the corner and many of our couples are scrambling to get their gift registries together. It is one of the first things an engaged couple should accomplish on their wedding planning checklist. It is recommended to have your registry set about 7 months before the wedding. If that isn’t possible, just be sure to get it together prior to any invitations for showers that are thrown in your honor are printed, and for sure prior to your wedding invitations go out.

Photo Credit: Becca Rillo Photography

We at Marisa Nicole Events acknowledge that many aspects of weddings have changed from past generations and this has affected the wedding registry process. The whole subject of a wedding registry is one that our couples often struggle with (both internally and with their families). As millennial couples are getting married at an older age and often already live together before tying the knot, many couples already have the essential home appliances they need to live a happy life together! Registering for your wedding is very exciting and it makes you think about your future with your soon-to-be spouse. It is important to know what items you both really need before you start registering for everything. There are three different ways to receive gifts from your family and friends and today we’re walking you through each!

Photo Credits: Zazzle

Traditional

If you do want items for your home (think kitchen items, linens, appliances and decor), then sticking with a traditional registry could be perfect for you! Although there are endless numbers of stores at which you can register, we suggest sticking to two-three places, so you are not overwhelming either yourself or your guests. Registering at two to three spots will also allow for variety in terms of gift pricing and store location. If you decide to register at a high-end establishment for some fancy items, be sure the other store(s) on your registry is a more affordable option (you don’t want your college roommate feeling bad because all she could afford to gift you with was a fancy throw pillow). In addition, it is important that you avoid double registering for items at the various stores (for example, bath towels should only be on one of your registries). Lastly, remember to only register for things you actually want, not items that you think you should register for.

Photo Credit: Zola

Registering Online

Sometimes it can be hard to only register at a limited amount of stores so registering online or through an application that keeps everything in one place is a great option! This also allows you to register at a variety of different stores for various item types and price ranges, without committing any wedding etiquette faux pas. Your family and friends can also contribute to financing couple activities or other life stuff that you and your fiance enjoy doing together (think Soul Cycle)! Zola Registry is our personal favorite app because it is an all-in-one registry management system that can add items from any store on the web, have guests contribute to expensive gifts, as well as gift you an experience.

Photo Credit: Something Turquoise

Register for Money

Although traditionally a wedding etiquette “no no”, more and more couples feel like their home is already filled with enough stuff and want people to just give them money. Honestly, this practice is still frowned upon in much of the country and if you choose to go in this direction, there will be at least one guest at your wedding who thinks what your choice is quite rude. With that being said, the world is changing and there are apps and websites like HoneyFund and PayPal that allow guests to easily gift you with money without having to bring cash to your wedding. We like HoneyFund because if you take the time to structure your registry in this manner, it can mask as a traditional registry, allowing guests to gift money towards different hypothetical activities so your guests feel like they are contributing to something you value and will appreciate (whether or not you decide to get that couple’s massage on your honeymoon that your Aunt so proudly sent you money for, is up to you!). Be aware though, these sites do take a percent of each transaction.

Photo Credit: Iris & Light

Regardless of how you decide to receive gifts make sure that you do have the proper etiquette based on your cultural and familial background. It is unlikely that every one of your guests will gift you with something you specifically asked for or absolutely love. Even so, make sure that you are appreciative of your guest’s gifts and do try to get those thank you notes out within six weeks of your wedding (and for gifts received before the week of the wedding, be sure to send a note within two weeks of each gift’s receipt).

Photo Credit: Ronca Productions