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Grooms Cakes

Though the main cake at your reception will be the center of everyone’s attention (outside of the bride of course!!! ). The groom can often feel left out with everyone marveling at his new wife’s beauty and the overall decor of the reception venue. However, things don’t have to be this way the bride can choose her own special way to make the groom feel special on their big day.

Groom’s cakes are usually funny reminder’s of exactly who the groom is and how much the bride adores those things or is willing to put up with them. It can also be something that they enjoy together and a reminder of how they first met if this was not already done for an engagement party cake.

For the most part everyone will be enjoying the main cake at your wedding but you want to assure that the flavor you choose compliments that of your main cake and doesn’t clash with it. Who know’s some guests may want to try both and it’d be better if they went down in harmony. The most interesting thing about a grooms cake is its extraordinary design being that they don’t have to stick to the rigid wedding uniform. Choosing this design will very likely be the most fun you will have with your cakes so enjoy every bit of it, especially if it’s going to be a surprise for your groom.

Grooms cake doesn’t have to adhere to anyone’s rules but its own, and there aren’t any! Your only limitation is your imagination. ENJOY!!!

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Maryland Wedding Venues

Finding the perfect wedding venue is usually half the battle when you start planning your wedding. It can set the tone for the entire ceremony and the party afterward. This is why the choice is almost as pain staking as picking the perfect dress ( well… Maybe not that hard) but close. In Maryland there are plenty of beautiful places to exchange vows but which one will be right for you?

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Tabrizi’s in Baltimore, MD

This venue has won the bride’s choice award for the years 2010 & 2011 , looking at it’s beautiful decor it’s not hard to see why. This locations features both indoor and outdoor venues to fit any couples lavish dreams. The mediterranean feel can give your guests the perfect exotic feel without straying to far away from home.

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 The Morning side Inn of Fredrick, MD

This inn is a great Maryland retreat for any great couple and their families. This renovated barn dating back to the early 1900’s is a jewel for historic themed weddings. Weddings and receptions are the main events held at this location since 1995 when the inn opened.

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Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore, MD

A lovely venue right on Baltimore’s inner harbor, this location is sure to give any couple exactly what they want. Boasting that they don’t specialize in the “cookie cutter” wedding , this locale and their wedding reps are sure to give you exactly what you’re looking for.

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La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie, MD

This spectacular venue is by far my favorite of all the Maryland venues! I am calling this venue a favorite due to it’s highly customizable decor and cake designs, all of the many variations they offer will allow one couples wedding and reception to look entirely different from the next, even if they were in the same room. Their newly updated chapel gives off a cozy and comfortable feel so that the couple can and will feel close to each other and their guests while not being cramped and overcrowded.

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Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville, MD

If you’re a golf lover this is the venue for you. While the bride primps and presses herself on the day before and day of the wedding , the groom can spend his time golfing a few rounds with his best man and even the brides dad. The great “Groom for a day” package is sure to make any groom’s feet nice and warm. During your reception the guests can enjoy the amazing clubhouse overlooking the entire golf course.

No, choosing a venue isn’t easy but it can definitely be fun for you and your groom. ENJOY!!!

Wedding Programs

Wedding programs are a wonderful way to help your friends and family follow the ceremony and understand the wedding traditions you’re incorporating, plus they can take theirs home as a keepsake. The key to crafting a good wedding program? Think practically and creatively.

What’s in them?

No matter what design you choose for your wedding programs, consider adding the following elements:

  • The full names of the bride and groom, the wedding date, and the city and state where the wedding is taking place
  • The order of the wedding ceremony, including the musical selections , the composers, and the performers, as well as readings, the source or author, and the readers
  • The name of the officiant
  • For both religious and non religious ceremonies , it’s important to keep guests aware by briefly explaining traditions, rituals, and ethic customs
  • If you wish to honor deceased loved ones, you can include a memorial on the back page with a photograph, a memory, poem, or quote.
Making Them Your Own

Your wedding program is an opportunity to tell guests a little more about you as a couple and to set the tone for the rest of the event. The easiest way to personalize your programs is to add special touches such as favorite poems, quotes, or photographs. Here are some creative examples:

  • Extending an old-world European theme with programs printed on marbled parchment paper rolled into scrolls and tied with a sage-green ribbon and a sprig of eucalyptus.
  • Two actors created a Playbill for their programs: a booklet complete with The Players (each attendant’s picture and a short bio), a description of Acts (the ceremony events), and a Producers’ Note (a letter to guests from the bride and groom).
  • High school sweethearts reprinted their senior prom picture on vellum and used it to top the program, setting a lighthearted, playful mood.

Making Them

Whether you choose to create a program that’s bound with a wax seal or a single sheet of paper, there are four basic ways to make your wedding day programs.

  • Set up an arts-and-crafts station in your home, complete with colorful papers, ribbon, and decorations, and host a bridal party DIY night.
  • Create them using template designs from a computer program. With the right program, you can create almost anything .
  • Have them crafted by a professional designer.
  • Purchase a DIY kit from a company like Paper Source. All you have to do is follow the directions and put the programs together.

Beware!!!! DIY programs can be a time-consuming and expensive process, especially if you get hung up on technical details, so do a test run. Time how long it takes to put together a single program before deciding to make them yourself

Handing Them Out

Because wedding programs can come in unusual shapes, sizes, and colors, they can be presented in various ways. Here are some ideas:

  • Fill baskets, tin pails, or antique trays (whatever fits your wedding best) with programs and place them at the entrance to your ceremony site. Guests can grab one as they arrive.
  • For an outdoor wedding, put a program on each chair and set something on top of them that again will accentuate your wedding decor so they will not blow away.
  • Have your ushers hand guests a program right before they’re seated.

No matter what you choose to do with your programs and how you choose to present your wedding to your guests make sure that it will make you happy to look back on in the future. ENJOY!!!

Gifts for the Groom

Just like close friends and family of the bride, it’s going to be a hard task to find gifts for the groom alone. The newly married couple will be receiving plenty of new gifts to solidify their union and merge their homes. However, people like to give them individual gifts as well.

A New Watch:

Chances are, the groom spent a large amount of money on upgrading the bride’s jewelry collection with her engagement ring. So why not help him upgrade his own jewelry collection with a new watch, after all, a man can never have too many.

Engraved Cufflinks:

Most of the times, a tux is accompanied by cheap plastic cufflinks or studs, neither of them befitting a stylish groom. Upgrade the grooms tux by giving him a great pair of cufflinks so that he can properly escort his new bride.

At Home Poker Set:

Not everyone can afford to jet set out to the nearest gambling powerhouses when they feel the need to spend time and gamble with friends. So do the groom a favor and get him an at home poker set so he can get together with friends while still staying close to home with his new bride.

New PJ’s:

Why should the bride be the only one oozing sex appeal on their wedding night?Help the groom look his best with a new pair of pajama’s so that the bride has just as much to feast her eyes upon during the honeymoon.

Grooming Kit:

The groom is a grown man now, help him remember that by giving him a grooming kit so that he can remember to take care of himself. Looking good for the bride should be priority more than just on their wedding day and honeymoon.

Happy Shopping. ENJOY!!!

 

 

Gifts for the Bride

Giving the Bride gifts can be a hard task for those closest to her. It can be hard to differentiate between things the newlyweds may need as a couple and the things that will relieve that Brides stress after the big day is all over. There a few simple things to remember when doing your shopping and you’ll be on your way to the perfect gift in no time.

Digital Camera:

During their Honeymoon the bride and groom are going to visit many beautiful destinations and will want to remember their first days as a married couple for their entire lives. What better way to remember these moments then by having a sleek camera to snap shots with while these two love birds are on the go!

Gift Certificates:

There’s no better gift then a gift certificate, this way you can assure that the bride gets exactly what she wants and you will know she’s happy with it. You can fund things like a trip to her favorite department store or clothing boutique. Giving certificates to a spa is also a great idea, but with the honeymoon and all of the pre-wedding festivities your bride may want something more than to be pampered.

Personalized Goods:

If the bride is indeed changing her name, she will enjoy getting items that reflect her new initials. Most registries don’t feature items that are personalized so if you do purchase both the bride and groom personalized gifts they will be unique.

Honeymoon Gifts:

If you know where the bride will be jetting off to after the wedding it will be great to get her items that are a necessity for the location. You can even include pointers on must see places while she is away. More than likely she’s been so stressed out about planning her wedding that she hasn’t had much time to plan for the trip afterward.

Honeymoon Lingerie:

Every bride can use some new lingerie, especially for the honeymoon. If you’re not exactly sure about what to get her bring someone along that will know , maybe her future husband? If your shy you can opt for a conservative lingerie option that will still be a big hit on the wedding night.

Happy Shopping. ENJOY!!!

 

 

 

 

Guestbook alternatives

Sometimes a traditional guest book is not the best way for your guests to express their well wishes for your marriage. Brides like to receive advice and happy wishes from their guests as they enter into the reception venue. After all, they are more fun to keep and look back on if your guests wrote them with love and out of pure joy.

 

Substituting a photo book for your guest book will allow your guests to take wacky pictures to send you well wishes. It’ll give you a great memory to look back on.

This guest book alternative is great for any vintage-style themed wedding. Having your guests write you well wishes on a typewriter is classic. However, you have to think of another creative way to store these listings.

This idea is great for those having beach inspired weddings. Your guests will write their well wishes on rocks or seashells and you will collect them and keep them is a beautiful vase. You can choose to decorate a special room in your new home together with this timeless item.

This idea , though a great alternative, has seen a great run in many weddings so it’s not so unique anymore. However, it is still a very beautiful alternative to the pen and paper.

A poster board guest book is a great way for your guests to tell you how they feel. Just like the wish rock vase you can choose to frame your poster board and decorate a room in your new home with it.

Just like these ideas can spark inspiration for a bride many other things can as well. As long as what you choice fits the theme of your wedding, you and guests will enjoy helping you remember your big day.

ENJOY!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Wedding Ideas

Planning a winter wedding does not mean that you have to go with an over-used christmas or holiday season theme. You can find a simple way to incorporate the season into your wedding day without suffocating your guests with holiday season.

Cocktail Hour

Incorporating the season into cocktail hour is super easy, offering up some warmth as your guests arrive to the reception location is always great. You can do this by offering hot chocolate and warm apple cider or even special adult beverages that will surely keep your guests warm.

The Cake

Winter cakes can sometimes become uniform, but the bigger your bakers imagination the better the cake. Your baker can make a winter wonderland on your cake by using plenty of different elements to reflect any desired image.

The Favors

Your wedding favors give your guests a little piece of your big day to take home so make it good. Winter treats are always good but don’t limit yourself to food. Also try things like winter essentials that allow your guests to enjoy the winter season, try warm booties or luxurious bath salts.

The overall Decor

And of course if your just so in love with winter that you cant help but to immerse yourself and your guests into everything that is winter, then so be it. But please be sure to do it tastefully. Your guests will appreciate a beautiful winter wonderland if and when it is done right.

Incorporating the winter into your big day isn’t hard at all with a little effort and class you can pull it off.

ENJOY!!!