Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wedding Cakes Done Differently...

Cute idea I spotted in the Fall/Winter 2011 version of  The Knot Magazine New York ...Cake Push-up Pops.  Simple, easy and fun!  Check out Sprinkles CakeShooters for flavors and ideas for your wedding!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dear Spring...

Dear Spring,
We know we still have to wait a few months until we are going to meet again, but we wanted to tell you to please hurry up.
We have lots of pretty ideas we just can't wait to break out!
Hope to see you soon.
xoxo,
Your Friends at Coastal Gourmet




Tuesday, January 24, 2012

To DIY or Not to DIY... That is the Question

From the very first time I got my hands on a glue stick in Kindergarten, I have been known to have a love of crafting. Getting my hands dirty with everything from modge podge and cardboard to canvas and photographs is just something I enjoy. I love the idea of creating something myself and having it be (almost) as good as if I were to purchase it in a store somewhere. I have mastered a few signature projects of my own, however, my fiance will tell you that I yet to master the art of fully cleaning up after myself after a fun-filled crafts day at home. Like my art, I like to call my cleaning skills a work in progress...

DIY (Do It Yourself) Wedding items have always been popular among brides, and with the explosion of sites like Pinterest, DIY is bigger than ever. Throughout my career, I've seen everything from DIY menus to centerpieces, to bouquets and card boxes.

These items have mainly been popular for two reasons- for one, creating something yourself is usually easier on the wallet than purchasing that same thing; and beyond saving money, some people just really like the idea of getting hands-on with their wedding planning and enjoy feeling the satisfaction of creating something unique that they can call their own.

While I love the concept of "Do It Yourself" Activities, I must admit that I wince a little when my brides tell me their plans to DIY items for their wedding. I fully support DIY anything at an event, however, what many brides fail to completely realize is that while it may seem like ages until their wedding day now, that time is going to fly by quickly- and if they plan on making anything themself, they better start TODAY.

More times than I can count, I have encountered a droopy-eyed bride who comes to deliver all of her wedding decor with me a few days before the wedding and shyly admits that she was up until 3am the night before, finishing all of the last minute details on her projects. "Everything just took so much longer than I anticipated" is a sentence I hear often.


I recently came across this parody bridal video, that is quickly going viral. Created by the wedding channel, it is a humorous video about things bride say. Check Out This Link If You'd Like to See It. As a bride-to-be myself, I have uttered some of these sayings myself, but the part that hit closest to home was when the "bride" confidently states that she is going to DIY everything, and ends up having a major meltdown at the end surrounded by magazine cut outs on her bed.

My advice is that if you plan on doing anything yourself, give yourself more time than you think it will take to complete. Plan on having everything done at least a month to three weeks prior to the wedding, so you don't stress yourself out. Weigh your options... it might be $20 less expensive to make your own invitations, but what about the $40 worth of ink it's going to cost you to print them all off of your own computer? Sometimes DIY just doesn't add up to the savings that you think it will. Enlist family and friends to help you with projects so that they remain fun, and not a burden on your wedding plans, and sometimes Event Planners have packages that will assist you with some of these items. Above all, keep things in perspective and try to remember that your wedding day is going to be the absolute best day of your life- with or without those handmade napkin rings.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Holiday Engagements


So many proposals happen over the holidays...families are together, spirits are high..why not throw a ring on her finger with all of your loved ones around to celebrate? As soon as we ring in the new year, our phones start ringing with newly engaged brides excited to start planning their weddings! Keep an eye out for those new rings...and send the brides our way!

Photo Courtesy of Diamonds on the Avenue.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cheese Cake!!!!

I want to eat this...NOW!
What a unique idea in place of a traditional wedding cake - a cheese (and bread) cake! Love the figs, grapes and ivy...great idea!
Check out this wedding blog for more fun details...

Mimosa Bar...How Cute

Great idea for a Brunch or Afternoon Baby or Bridal Shower...love it!

Pinterest

So all of you that follow our blog know how excited I get when I find a new source of inspiration, whether it be related to food, design, fashion or anything else creative or event-related. My latest obsession is Pinterest, a virtual pin-board for anything and everything - photography, wedding and event ideas, DIY projects, hair styles, funny quotes, new fashion trends, fitness tips, great places to travel, recipes, interior design, architecture, science, cars and motorcycles, music, movies, books, holidays, pets, kids, and the list goes on and on...I highly recommend checking out this site if you have a creative personality...OR if you lack creativity and need some ideas to get your mind moving! Here are a few of my favorites photos that were pinned on today's boards. Click on the links below the photos and you will be brought to the originating site that the pin came from. This usually includes a complete recipe, blog posting, or website to purchase products!

Oreo Brownies...ummm, yes please!


Love the idea of different Bridesmaid dresses...and love these colors! Great blog about a Vineyard Wedding along with more photos from this inspiring Wedding!


The most elegant baby shower I've ever seen...Beautiful!

I can't get enough of this site...check it out!