Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Beginners Guide to Wedding Cake Tasting

We recently went to sample wedding cakes over the weekend and were shocked at how overwhelming the experience was! The sales woman definitely does this every day so she fired questions at us quicker than we could have ever imagined.

Soon we found ourselves swimming in delightful cake slices, stress eating over whether we wanted rolled chocolate or buttercream, sugar flowers or none..... And then I thought, well this would just make a great blog article.

Here are some useful tips and tricks to make your wedding cake tasting a relaxing and delicious experience.

1. Determine your budget. Like everything else, do your research and formulate your budget based on that. Some bakeries will try and upsell you through the entire process, so be prepared.

2. Pick out designs you like before you go and bring them with you. These inspiration pieces can be elements of design such as color, patterns, flowers/embellishments,etc. Don't be afraid to mix different elements from different cakes. This will help give your sales person an idea of what you are looking for and can help them quote you more accurately.

3. Ask questions. Most of us aren't bakers so if you have questions about different frosting, flavors, etc just ask!

4. Ponder your options. Do you love three different types of cake? Think out of the box and ask the baker if you are able to choose different cake for each layer. Having different flavors gives you and your guests options.

5. Figure out the details. Will you have a cake topper or are you expecting them to make accommodations? How many people are you expecting to attend your wedding? This will help them gauge how large your cake will be. Do you or your guests have severe dietary restrictions that need to be kept in mind? Having these answers readily available are key.

6. Don't eat all the cake! This might be the hardest step so far, right? Try a bite or two of every cake before going back for seconds. Give them all a fair shot and take a nibble before jumping in with both feet.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Lauren and Marcy Marry In Cambridge, MA

It is such an honour when a friend approaches you to ask for assistance in planning the biggest day of their life. Marcy and I have been friends for many years and I couldn't have been more excited when I got the phone call that she and her new fiance were going to plan a Boston destination wedding.

The two chose the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, MA set along the beautiful Charles River. The venue is sleek and sophisticated with a twist of bold prints and unexpected decor. The wedding was intimate with just 30 family and friends watching as the pair said "I do." Everything from the food, to the flowers, the music, and everything in between was simply amazing. Here are just a few of my favorite shots of the day. Thank you Marcy and Lauren for letting me share in your day!


Hair & Makeup: Make Me Up Bridal
Officiant: Michelle Lydon
Flowers: Petals By Patty
Venue: Hotel Marlowe
Cupcakes: Wicked Good Cupcakes

Monday, February 17, 2014

Those Who Can't Wed Plan

To quote on of my favorite movies, "those who can't do, teach...those who can't wed, plan!) Luckily for me, I have found someone who wants to marry me and now I am on to the planning stages.  

It’s a very interesting (and wonderful) predicament being a wedding planner who is getting married. As you can probably see, I don’t typically post about my personal life on here but it seems that my brides are interested in what wedding planning is like from my perspective!

I have been planning weddings for over six years- I started by planning upscale weddings in Newport, RI with a different company before branching out and doing it on my own in Boston.  I have experience the most beautiful weddings; from the simple and elegant to the over-the-top unbelievable, and I absolutely love them all! Now you can see my                                                                                   predicament right?

I got engaged to my amazing fiance in September and began planning in October. I am part way through the process now and this is what I can tell you so far:

  •  The guest list formulation is NEVER going to be easy.  Just expect it. Who gets a date? How much of my family do I have to invite? How much input do our parents have? There are so many questions and so many strong feelings about who will enjoy your special day with you. My advice, respect your family's wishes but find a compromise.  Whether that is by giving them a certain number of people they can invite, or by having that awkward conversation about how it's  "your" day- do whatever you need to do to be happy!
  • Determine what elements are the absolute must haves for your wedding day and what you can do without (or DIY!) In our case, we have chosen to have our bouquets professionally made but to DIY our own centerpieces.  I estimate that this is going to save us about $40-80 per table! I also designed and printed our save-the-dates.  This saved us about $70.
  • If you want to get married in a religious establishment, book early. Because I am planning a summer wedding, I had a very hard time finding a church. Most churches only took 2 weddings per day (and at really weird times!) so take that into account when beginning the planning process.
  • Keep an open mind through the planning process. Sometimes the elements of your wedding you love the most will be the ones that you never even expected to like.
  • Life will almost definitely get in the way.  Things come up, wedding planning gets put to the side. 
  • Be creative. You never know what deliciously beautiful  things can happen.
  • Your own wedding is very different than any other wedding you will ever plan. Maybe you have helped a sibling, friend, or relative but I can guarantee it is such a different experience.  Your wedding is a beautiful expression of you and your partner. It suddenly means so much more.

Don't forget, no matter how much stress it may cause or how many hours your will spend on those DIY projects...Enjoy every minute of the planning- after all, you only get to do this once! (and I am having a blast!)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Asian Wedding Inspiration

With Chinese New Year upon us, I thought it only appropriate to bring to light some of the amazing Asian wedding inspiration. From color to flavor, there is something here for everyone.  Here are some of our favorite ways to jazz up your nuptials with an Asian twist!

Food Inspiration offers beautiful flavors, vibrant colors, textures and the versatility of being transformed from a main course to a lovely finger food.

Colors: Who doesn't love vibrant reds, bold patterns, and gold as far as the eye can see? Use these beautiful silk patterned fabrics to add a twist to your table settings.

Lighting: Add some flair to your wedding reception with these soft, glowing lanterns suitable for both tents and brick and mortar venues.

Flavors: There are so many delicious ingredients and flavors that can be used to concoct a delicious cocktail.  Next time you mix up a drink try infusing it with thai basil, lemongrass, ginger, or coconut! Need a recipe? Try this delightful Asian Pear Martini.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Look for Less! Easy Floral Design that Packs a Punch

We recently had some fun creating a tablescape for an intimate gathering last weekend.  The wedding had less than 20 people but the bride and groom still wanted to create a beautiful room with a warm, holiday glow.  That's where we came in!  The  Bliss team created a lovely tablescape and room decor that was beautiful and festive without the classic (and tempting!) Christmas feel. Each guest was seated by the glowing fireplace and even got a crystal ornament to take home as a keepsake from the night.  Here's how we did it:

  • Candles from the Christmas Tree Shoppes: $2/piece
  • Various mercury glass candle holders from Marshalls: $40 total (4 pillar holders and 6 votive holders)
  • Ornaments: $20 for 20
  • Vases , cloth napkins, and lace: Free! We had them around the house from various other arts and crafts projects
  • Whole foods flowers: We chose to go with a soft, winter look so we bought tulips, hydrangeas, berries, eucalyptus berries, white roses and white calla lilies $80
That's just $150 for the entire room of decor!
Are you ready for the final product?

These are all all the flowers it took!

Keepsake napkin rings made from Christmas ornaments

The tablescape

Isn't it pretty?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pinecone Wedding Decor

Are you planning a winter wedding? Pinecones are a great decorating tool that is not only earthy and beautiful but also free! And let's be honest, who doesn't love free? Please remember that because pinecones come from outside, it is in your best interest to make sure that they are insect-free before your begin to construct anything! Whether you choose to wash, heat, or dry your pinecones, here are some helpful pinecone cleaning methods.

Now on to the fun stuff.  Here are some of our favorite DIY winter wedding crafts involving these little gems!

DIY pinecone garland.  Click here for a step-by-step tutorial
twigs & pinecones
Fill vases with pinecones for a dramatic statement piece
pinecone /Candles
Create a votive holder

Pinecone kissing balls.  Just glue pinecones to a styrofoam ball.
 Dust with paint, glitter, or leave them au natural

Pine Cone Boutonniere: Rustic Fall Wedding Decorations. - Examples of: Burlap Wrapped Letters, Pine Cone Bouquet, Getting Hitched Banner, Custom Fall Leaf Aisle Runner, Rustic Wood Heart Cake Topper & Pine Cone Garland.
Make a boutineer

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Ross and Julia's Essex Resort & Conference Center Wedding

Ross and Julia were married at the Essex Resort and Conference Center on August 31st. If you haven't had the pleasure of venturing up to see this place you are missing out!  It is earthy and eclectic but also so welcoming; a kind of grown up summer camp.  It just oozes fun, drinks by the fire and many memories!

Combine an awesome venue with even more awesome touches and what do you get?  Perfection.  Julia along with her mom, Peggy made the wedding truly personal and scattered these unique morsels throughout the day.  They spent hours handcrafting fabric banners, crafting seating cards, table numbers, hand-painted bricks...need I go on?  Together Julia and Ross created a perfect reflection of their bond: earthy, intellectual, and tons of fun!  A special thanks to Nir Landau for snapping and sharing these incredible photos.