Recently a bride mentioned that since her wedding was in January that she wanted to serve hot cocoa. Truthfully I had a hard time wrapping my mind around that idea but I began to do some research and came about this article thanks to The Bride and Groom. So I am sharing it with you all. Enjoy!
We all know how much people love chocolate, and when its cold outside we all love our chocolate hot. One of the more unique things we have seen at weddings and other holiday parties and events during the cold winter months is Hot Cocoa Bars. What a fun and fantastic way to entertain at your reception. Not only do the kids love it because it is hot chocolate but adults love it as well because it kind of brings out the kid in us. And when you get creative with some pretty gourmet recipes it can become a big conversation piece at your reception, or any winter party you have for that matter.
Here are some tips for creating a fun hot cocoa bar.
- Color Coordinate~Adding your wedding colors not only to the table scape but to all the fun add ins you choose is a perfect way to keep your colors flowing.
- Use fancy mugs. This can be an fun, attractive way to tie in your colors.
- Have a few assortments of flavored hot cocoa. Some favorites that would also act as a perfect base for your guests’ creations would be peppermint, white chocolate, and dark chocolate. Make sure the liquid starts out HOT. The room temperature add-ins will cool the cocoa quickly.
- Be creative & add your personal favorites to your add ins
- Finely chop your chunky add-ins so they will melt well.
- Have both liquid and dry options for add-ins.
Here are some of the fun items you could include as add ins in your hot cocoa bar:
- Marshmallows (what hot cocoa isn’t complete without this staple?)
- Peppermint sticks
- Flavored syrups
- Flavored whipped cream
- Cinnamon sticks
- Orange twists or rinds
- Chopped up candy bar
- Chocolate chips
- Chocolate truffles
- Caramel squares
- Candied ginger
- Raspberry or Orange Sticks
- Macaroons (these are great as you can pull in fun wedding colors with these, plus they are great)
Basically if it tastes good when added to chocolate the sky is really the limit. This is really a fun unique thing that you can add to your wedding reception and the cost for it would not be very expensive.
Exciting times and a great opportunity has come our way. Today we were called by ABC – 4 “Good Things Utah” to step in and decorate the set for their 10th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, October 22. Many thoughts of what we thought would be a great way to enhance their sets flowed as we went to the studio to assess what would actually be possible to show that a party was in progress. We were given the go ahead to do a balloon drop but because of all the stage lights (too much heat would have the balloons popping) we aren’t able to proceed with a balloon drop (too bad because they are so fun to assemble and release). So a multi-colored arch, balloon bouquets and a “wall of balloons” will set the stage for their celebration. Will post pictures tomorrow.
There are so many combinations of colors to choose from and we are often concerned that what we visualize in our mind just may not work the best together. When someone says “purple and orange” then immediately I envision The Joker from Batman. But, thankfully, there are so many shades of purple and orange that it truly ends up being a beautiful combination.
So I have been searching on the internet and stumbled across an amazing site that can truly help you in your planning. Take the time to review what they have to say. Here is the link: http://www.theperfectpalette.com/.
Here is a palette that you can look at:
Have a great day and if you have any questions or need assistance please give us a call.
While searching the web I came across this article from TLC page on Weddings and thought it would be interesting to share on the top 5 reasons to hire a wedding planner. So here are excerpts from that article:
“You’ve been dreaming about your wedding ever since you can remember, and now that you’re engaged, you’re excited to start the planning process. But planning a wedding isn’t all fun and games — there’s a lot to do to prepare for your big day! If you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider hiring a wedding planner.
“A wedding planner is a professional consultant who will help you with most (if not all) of the tasks involved in planning your wedding. From vendors, accessories, etiquette and even the smallest of details, this expert has the skills and contacts necessary to make your day come together seamlessly. Not to mention that hiring a wedding planner will help you enjoy the planning process more by taking stress out of the equation!
“Is a wedding planner right for you? If you fit into one of these five categories of brides, then the answer might be yes.
5: You’re Just Too Busy … Do you have a job that requires a lot of your time? Or do you just have a lot on your plate in general? A wedding planner will help you schedule meetings with vendors (or even attend the meetings for you!), pick out linens and invitations, and take care of the other tasks that you just don’t have time for. Since wedding planners are professionals, they know the industry much better than the average person. With that in mind, they know exactly where to go to get the services and products that you want, which will cut down on the time you spend searching for what you like.
4: Your Wedding Is Out of Town … Hiring a wedding planner is a great idea for brides who are having an out of town wedding, whether it’s in a different city or country. If you’re miles or time zones away from the location, it’ll be helpful to hire someone who’s familiar with the area as well as local vendors and venues. Not only will a wedding planner help you get more bang for your buck, he or she will also be able to represent you at meetings with your vendors before the big day. A planner who has knowledge of the area is also handy for helping organize all of the details you’ll need to cover for your guests, such as hotel accommodations, welcome baskets, maps and directions, and a list of fun things for them to do during their downtime.
3: You Have a Small Budget … Trying to plan a wedding on a small budget? Although it seems like hiring a wedding planner is counterintuitive, it will actually help you save money in the long run.
Your wedding planner will work with you to set a budget and then help you stick to it, stretching your dollar as far as it will go. Not a big fan of monogrammed napkins but can’t do without an ice sculpture as the buffet centerpiece? By understanding what’s important to you, a wedding planner can also help you determine what items can be cut from the budget so you can afford to get what you want. Because most wedding planners have special relationships with vendors, they won’t just get you the best deal in town — they’ll also help you rest easy knowing you’re working with reliable companies. If you can’t afford to hire a planner to help you during the entire process, it’s acceptable to bring one in halfway through your planning period or even just on your wedding day. This way, you can still benefit from the services of a wedding planner without the total expense. (bold added)
2: You’re Just Not That Into It … So, your best friend spent days picking out the perfect shade of Tiffany blue for the fondant on the wedding cake. And your sister interviewed six seamstresses before choosing one to alter her wedding dress. But you just aren’t the kind of girl who’s excited about hopping from store to store picking out party favors and centerpieces. That’s OK! A wedding planner is sure to take the things off your hands that you’re not interested in doing yourself. Your planner will get to know your tastes so the wedding is tailored around your personality from the start. It’s your planner’s job to take care of as many details as you want, and since you’re paying for the service, take advantage of having the professional help. The key is to have fun while organizing your wedding, so have a planner take care of the dirty work so you can enjoy your engagement.
1: You Get Easily Stressed … Does the thought of planning a wedding stress you out? Sure, there are a lot of details and things to think about, but planning a wedding should be fun! Having a wedding planner can ease the stress that you may feel during the planning process. A wedding planner will help you keep a timeline, stick to your budget and do the heavy-lifting so you can spend your time at hair and makeup trials or clinking champagne glasses at wedding showers. Especially on the actual wedding day, it’s convenient to have someone on hand to fix any issues that come up (and there are bound to be a few!). You shouldn’t have to worry about sewing a button on the groom’s tux or finding your grandmother’s corsage — you should be having the time of your life! After all, planning your wedding (and enjoying it) is the No. 1 priority on your to-do list.”
I hope that you have found this as informative as I did. Have a great day.
It seems that when you are planning a 2nd marriage the couple wants to do something special and unique from their first marriages (not that 1st marriages can’t do the same!). So here are some favorite locations to have your wedding and honeymoon all in one trip! We, at Merry Bee’s Events, can help you plan that get-a-way wedding/honeymoon. They are fun, exciting and exhilarating.
#1 Mexico … Mexico entices couples with its warm, sunny weather, colorful culture, extensive coastline, spicy cuisine, and wide choice of accommodations.
#2 Jamaica … A lush island, Jamaica has beaches, waterfalls, mountains to explore. Add in more all inclusives than anywhere else in the Caribbean and a reggae beat, and it’s no wonder it’s so popular with couples who want a destination wedding followed by a beach honeymoon.
#3 Dominican Republic … The Dominican Republic has both fine boutique hotels and price-competitive all-inclusives.
#4 Bahamas … The beautiful Bahamas, just off the coast of Florida, offer couples everything from 24/7 excitement to total laid back bliss, depending on whether they opt for developed Nassau, Freeport, Paradise, and Grand Bahama Island or one of the low-key Out Islands.
#5 Hawaii … It’s a long flight to Hawaii from just about anywhere, yet couples flock to the state’s gorgeous islands in order to have a memorable destination wedding in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Pictured: Wedding couple at Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii. The property contains the first free-standing, resort wedding chapel in Waikiki. It is surrounded by lush landscaping, romantic waterfalls, and a lagoon.
#6 Aruba … Dry Aruba, south of the hurricane zone, welcomes wedding couples year-round. Its clean, wide beaches beckon lovers by day, and its dozen-or-so casinos keep the action going till the wee hours.
#7 Fiji … Exotic Fiji, with its gentle culture and castaway-island charm, is the choice of couples who want an unusual getaway-from-it-all wedding destination.
#8 Cruise … Not only are cruise weddings affordable, they give a couple an opportunity to sail on their honeymoon to a variety of ports immediately following the wedding. Many ships have dedicated wedding chapels and can also arrange port-side weddings.
#9 Europe … Historic and romantic, Europe’s great cities and small villages alike provide unforgettable settings for destination weddings. However, many countries within Europe have stringent requirements for marriage that can include a long residency period. For this reason, many couples who want a destination wedding in Europe first marry at home and then have a symbolic ceremony in Europe
The Meaning Behind The Myths
There are many wedding myths and superstitions most are based on events or omens that are said to foretell either good luck or bad luck. Ironically, some myths have both positive and negative connotations. Like all superstitions wedding myths have no scientific basis however, it never hurts to keep them in mind just in case!
Wearing pearls: this is one of those wedding myths with both bad luck and good luck meanings. The ominous version of this myth holds that pearls represent future tears; thus wearing them will bring many tears and heartache in the marriage. The luckier version of this implies that the pearls take the place of the bride’s real tears, thus she’ll have a happy, tear-free wedding.
Rain on the wedding day: this is another good luck – bad luck wedding myth. In the good luck version, rain is said to foretell the coming of children just as rain promotes growth in the farmer’s fields. In the unlucky version, rain drops represent the many tears a bride will cry throughout her marriage.
Time of day to get married: the couple should exchange their vows as the clock’s minute hand is moving upwards, therefore any time half past the hour, for example 2:30 or 4:45. The upward movement is said to bring blessings upon the couple as the minute hand is “ascending towards heaven.”
Tears on the wedding day: it is considered good luck for the bride to cry during her wedding. She will have cried all her tears away leaving none for the marriage. Another theory holds that a bride’s tears are good luck as they bring rain for the crops.
These are just a few of the myths that are out there. Just thoughts to ponder but not over dwell on.
On August 12, 2011 Katharine and Todd joined their two families in a beautiful backyard wedding for family and friends. Katherine wanted to make sure that the wedding and reception included not only her and Todd but also that their children would feel like it was their celebration also. The ceremony took place in her parent’s backyard in front of a waterfall. The wedding colors were eggplant purple, creamsicle orange and green accents. We researched and found an American Indian legend about whispering their wishes to butterflies who silently fly towards the heavens carrying their wishes. At the end of the ceremony each of the children and the couple then released Monarch Butterflies. It was really majestic and many gasps of surprise when the butterflies were released.
Following the ceremony there was a Dessert Bar reception with chocolate fountains, a variety of desserts ranging from cookies, candies and cheesecake along with fruit, cheese & cracker trays and also fresh vegetable trays. The couple chose a very unique style wedding cake. The evening was perfect with the warm weather and with a gentle breeze blowing.
To include the children in the reception we planned a “Fun Zone” for all the children (and adults alike) where there was face painting, popcorn stand and cotton candy. It was a great evening for everyone.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit Park City, Utah. While there we were taking the opportunity to ride on the Alpine Slide. At the top of the ride we noticed nestled back under the trees a gazebo and white chairs. Then along came the wedding party and the bride with her father. How magical it was to see this wedding taking place on the mountainside in a very unique wedding venue.
So, if you have ever thought about where you might want a wedding that is different than the norm…Merry Bee’s Events can help you discover that unique venue for your special day.
With only 3 weeks to bring together a wedding that our bride & groom would remember was exhilarating. There was the threat of rain as the afternoon brought thunder & lightening but providence was on our side and the sun came out with only a slight gentle breeze. One of the bride’s favorite places is the ocean beaches. So we incorporated many shades of blue and had seashells scattered around the orchid centerpieces, on the guest sign in table and on the wedding cake. One of her favorite activities is a barbeque so we had grilled ribs and grilled vegetables on skewers with Rosemary Garlic bread served on each table. As the evening came to a close the lighted pillars of the pergola provided a great ambiance for dancing under the stars.
Wedding Cake with Shaved White Chocolate & Seashells
Bride & Groom Head Table
Guest Sign In Table