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!

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.

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!