Designer Cocktails for your Spring Soirée

Hello again, Lovebirds!

Spring is just around the corner, and many of you are excitedly putting finishing touches on plans for your big day. Signature cocktails have become a fun way to personalize your reception, and we want to make sure both you and your wedding guests are equipped with the most delicious, beautiful libations at your springtime celebration! No matter what your alcohol of choice is, we’ve got you covered! So find your favorite, then try out these flavorful recipes.

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Vodka: Tuscan Pear Cocktail

The only thing better than how good it looks is how good it tastes. For a decorative and unexpectedly delicious treat, try out this pear-infused cocktail!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 part Grey Goose La Poire pear-flavored vodka
  • ½ part Limoncello
  • ½ part Ginger Liqueur
  • ¾ part Blood Orange Juice
  • ¼ part Simple Syrup
  • Garnish (optional): Mint Leaves, Dried Pears, Lemon Confit

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake until fully mixed.
  • Rim serving glass with sugar and fill with crushed ice.
  • Pour mixed drink into glass.
  • Garnish with mint leaves, dried pears, or lemon confit.

Tequila: Strawberry Paloma

In the mood for something sweet and tangy? This drink is sure to please your guests and add a pop of color to your cocktail hour!

Strawberry Paloma for your Spring Wedding | Marisa Nicole Events

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Strawberry Simple Syrup
  • 0.5 oz Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1.5 oz Blanco Tequila
  • 4 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • Garnish (optional): Grapefruit Wedge or Strawberry

Directions:

  • Fill glass with crushed ice.
  • Combine tequila, lime juice, and strawberry simple syrup.
  • Top with grapefruit soda.
  • For a little something extra, garnish with grapefruit wedge or strawberry.

Gin: Elderflower Gin and Tonic

Here’s a delicious, fun twist on a classic. For a casual garden touch, we suggest serving this one in a mason jar!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz Gin
  • 1 oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 ½ oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 Small Sprig Fresh Rosemary
  • 6 oz Tonic Water
  • Garnish (optional): Juniper Berries, Rosemary, Sliced Grapefruit

Directions:

  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Combine gin, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit juice, and rosemary sprig in shaker.
  • Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Fill glass (or mason jar) with ice.
  • Pour combination over ice, and top with tonic water.
  • Add choice garnish, if you wish.

Whiskey: Blushing Whiskey Sour

Think pink with this delicious, beautiful rendition of a classic!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 blackberries
  • 2 oz Simple Lemon Syrup
  • 1 oz Irish Whiskey
  • Garnish (optional): Blackberries

Directions:

  • Combine blackberries, simple lemon syrup, and Irish whiskey in cocktail shaker.
  • Shake until blackberries begin to break apart (to ensure the beautiful blush shade!).
  • Fill glass with crushed ice.
  • Strain mixture into glass.
  • Top with a few extra blackberries.

Rum: Raspberry Rum Mule

A guest-favorite with a sweet twist… you can’t go wrong with this one!

Raspberry Rum Mule for your Spring Wedding | Marisa Nicole Events

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Rum
  • ½ of Lime, Juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Agave Nectar
  • 5 Raspberries
  • ½ cup of Ice
  • ½ bottle of Ginger Beer
  • Garnish (optional): Raspberries and Rosemary

Directions:

  • Fill cocktail shaker with rum, lime juice, agave nectar, raspberries, and ice.
  • Shake well, until completely combined.
  • Pour mixed ingredients into glass, and top with ginger beer.
  • To top it off, add some raspberries and rosemary.

Champagne: Blackberry Thyme Champagne

No celebration is complete without some bubbly! Prepare the syrup ahead of time, mix with champagne when cocktail hour arrives, and enjoy.

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Ingredients:

For Blackberry Syrup:

  • ⅓ cup Blackberries
  • ⅓ cup Water
  • ⅓ cup Sugar

For Cocktail:

  • 1 bottle of Prosecco or Champagne, your choice!
  • Garnish (optional): 8 Blackberries, 4 Sprigs of Thyme

Directions:

  • In small saucepan, combine blackberries, water, and sugar.
  • Bring to a boil, then turn to low and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain blackberries and let syrup fully cool.
  • In each champagne glass, add 2 tablespoons of homemade syrup.
  • Top with champagne.
  • Add sprig of thyme and a few blackberries to finish it off!

These cocktail mixes are guaranteed to have your guests coming back for more! Not only are they sweet and tasty, they will be the perfect, eye-catching addition to your springtime wedding. Cheers!

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Simple and subtle ways to make your Valentine’s Day wedding special

Hi Lovebirds!

Today we will be discussing how to gracefully incorporate Valentine’s Day into your special day. While the day is already special in itself, it is a popular day for people to tie the knot! Some may think getting hitched on Valentine’s Day can be cheesy and tired but we believe that there are so many subtle and fun ways to get into the holiday spirit! Whether it be your food and drinks, decor, or guest experience, we have some cute and simple ideas to decorate your wedding!

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Cuisine and Cocktails

A Valentine’s Day wedding often brings colorful food and drink items and sweet treats! Simple and popular red or pink treats can go a long way without being too tacky or over the top. Pink macarons or a non-traditional red velvet wedding cake are a few of the many elegant ways to incorporate a Valentine’s Day theme. When it comes to cocktails, fruits and grenadine can often fit the fun and flirtatious theme you are vying for.

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Decor

Valentine’s Day can often entail bright red colors however deep reds, burgundy or blush pink can help make your wedding elegant while staying on theme. By balancing these colors with white or leafy greens, you can get that elegance and simplicity you desire. These color themes can be gracefully incorporated into your bridesmaids dresses, invitations or table settings.

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Guest Experience

Getting to share this special moment with your nearest and dearest on the most romantic day of the year can call for some sweet and sentimental experiences to set the mood. By creating elegantly themed experiences for your guests you can also create that romantic vibe that Valentine’s Day brings. Some fun ways to include your guests can include casual seating areas, favors, or even a kissing booth photo booth!

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If you are considering a Valentine’s Day wedding, there are numerous ways you can create that fun and flirty vibe you desire. Valentine’s Day is one of the most romantic days of the year and we are so excited for you to share this day with your loved ones.

Ringing in the New Year: Expected Ring Trends of 2019

Hello Lovebirds!

As we begin 2019, we just love to stop and take a look at the major ring trends we are expecting to see throughout the year. We understand choosing a ring is an important, so to help you choose yours, we have rounded up the new and continuing trends for inspiration!

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1. Shapes

Diamonds come in all sorts of shapes in sizes. Some common shapes that you’ll see this year include the teardrop and the hexagon.

2. Two Toned Bands

Can’t decide between gold or silver bands? Why not choose both? This year we are expecting to see more two toned bands around. This unique style incorporates both silver and gold and can go with anything!

3. Horizontal Placement

Many oval or rectangular diamonds face north and south but this year we are expecting to see a lot more east to west facing diamonds. This unique type of setting gives us all the feels!

4. Two Stone Rings

Having two stones instead of one can be such a fun and unique touch on a classic single stone ring. Whether it be two diamonds or a diamond and a pearl, this is a style we think will last a while.

5. Colored Gemstones

Colored gemstones have become more popular over the past few years and we expect to see this trend continue throughout 2019. Colored rings can really emphasize your unique personality. We personally love a dark red or blue gem!

6. Halo Setting

This classic setting will never go out of style. There is nothing like setting your diamond within more diamonds! Choosing a halo setting will make your center diamond look bigger and bolder.

7. Band Twists

This type of band creates such a unique spin on the traditional band! It creates variation and allows you to be more creative with the number of diamonds that you choose. We can’t wait to see this band trend continue throughout the year!

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No matter what style you choose, it is important you choose what fits you and your personality. At the end of the day it’s what brings both you and your husband happiness and lasting memories for the rest of your lives.

Gracefully incorporating your favorite holiday into your wedding part 3: New Years

Hi Lovebirds!

This week we are finishing up our mini-blog series focusing on crafting a modern take on seasonally themed weddings with New Years Eve. A wedding celebration that goes strong until midnight can be difficult to execute, but there are many of fun ways to keep your guests partying all night long! We love a fun New Years celebration and have put together some ways that you can implement a NYE wedding without going over the top!

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Cuisine & Cocktails

A NYE wedding reception calls for some classic late night snacks and fun festive drinks! Whether it be a fancy carving station, tacos or fries, make sure guests have enough to snack on well into the new year. And don’t forget the drinks! There are many creative ways to incorporate the sparkling new year into your drink selection to keep guests hydrated (or dehydrated) all night long. Oh, and no NYE wedding would be complete without a toast at midnight!

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Decor

Your color pallet of choice can really emphasize that romantic yet fun New Years Eve wedding of your dreams. We suggest using metallics such as gold and sparkles to contrast the darker tones often used for new years or late night weddings! New Years Eve often calls for confetti and balloon drops. Without going all in on these items, we found creative ways to still incorporate them into your NYE wedding.

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Guest Experience

Lastly, we want to ensure that you and your guests have the best time at your wedding.. If you are trying to stick it out till midnight, the guest experience can be the most crucial. We love a long lasting dance party and photo booth! It can also be fun to incorporate traditional NYE festivities with party horns and sparklers! Another great idea would be to gift your guests with mini champagne bottles as your wedding favor.

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NYE can be fun, festive, and classy all at the same time. If you are planning your New Years Eve wedding we hope you take into consideration these fun and festive ideas. No matter what, route you take for your holiday wedding, we hope our ideas have inspired you and that you are on your way to crafting a celebration that is magical!