Top 10 Fun and Unique “Face-in-Hole Wedding Photo Opt Ideas!

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Wedding photos are EVERYTHING! It starts with the professional photographer capturing your every move from the YES! to the I DO! and goes on with guest photos, hash tagged on facebook, twitter, instagram, snapchat, etc..

Depending on your wedding budget and space a “face-in-hole” wedding day cut-out could be just what you need to give your guests some magic photo fun on the big day.

Check out our list of top 10 fun and unique face-in-hole photo opt ideas! 

CLASSIC BRIDE & GROOM:

What fit’s a wedding better than the classic Bride & Groom!? This classic cut-out can be modeled after the actual bride and groom with hair color, style, venue touches … down to the type of earrings the bride is wearing! Or more generic with personal touches sprinkled throughout. Give this photo opt the right context by adding a ribbon across the top or bottom or give the bride or groom a sign that shows the bride and groom’s names and wedding date!

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BRIDE & GROOM – QUIRKY:

Make your guest laugh with a quirky guest photo opt! For couples known for their sense of humor or fun personalities, this is a natural fit but it can be a great addition to any wedding day because, who doesn’t love to smile?! Endless ideas from showing who really wears the pants in the relationship to the bride carrying the groom (a little too much champagne… wink wink) so have fun with it!

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“JUST MARRIED” CAR:

Give your guests a fun way to pile into your getaway car! Face cut-outs for the bride and groom add fun context but we recommend cutting out the entire window to set up the perfect backdrop for group photos.

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DESTINATION WEDDING SNAPSHOT:

The who, the what, the WHERE and the when – this wedding photo opt has it all! Great for destination weddings … but then again, anywhere can be a destination? Just depends on where your guests are coming from. This is a great way to “postcard-ify” your photo opt and give your guests a unique way to remember your special day.

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SUPERHERO:

To infinity… and BEYOND! Pick your favorite superheros or what dynamic duo describes you the best and let your guests jump in on the fun!

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FOOTBALL/SPORTS TEAMS:

This can be a lot of fun with sports enthusiasts – but our favorite is the bride and groom with rival loyalties! The groom half in his favorite jersey and the bride in hers. Your guests will have fun adding in their own reactions … as long as they remember it’s all in good fun!

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“WANTED” REWARD:

There are so many ways to have fun with this one! Add personal touches for the bride and groom or add a description of the crime committed to make this photo opt extra cute.

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CIRCUS:

Whether it fits the time of year, your personalities or it’s in line with your wedding theme – this circus cut-out is incredibly adorable and splashed with beautiful colors that make it fun for everyone!

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VINTAGE:

Vintage is hot, hot, HOT and adds a unique touch to your wedding day. Keep it classic, add some humor, or pick your favorite vintage couple for guests to pop into. Another option is to pick your favorite vintage magazine cover and make it life size!

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CLASSIC HANGING FRAME:

A fun and easy option for your wedding day which covers all the essentials. Add the bride and groom names and wedding date  around the border and include some props to make it extra fun for guests to play around with!

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Whatever you choose, just remember, have FUN!

 

SOURCES:

CLASSIC: http://photocutouts.co.uk/blog/calling-wedding-suppliers-add-business/

CLASSIC: https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fs-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com%2F736x%2F84%2F95%2Faa%2F8495aa4e40239f9f6e9a9e5abcc470f4.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fjaidendennis%2Fcardboard-cutouts-diy-ideas%2F&docid=jEIcMs9yXCgCKM&tbnid=W87thj9O74FnhM%3A&vet=1&w=720&h=960&bih=605&biw=1034&q=wedding%20day%20photo%20cut%20outs&ved=0ahUKEwjwrbjboMDRAhXC0FQKHcPXCOMQMwhhKAIwAg&iact=mrc&uact=8

QUIRKY: https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fs-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com%2F736x%2Ff4%2F59%2F7f%2Ff4597f8d181675c8bf29b5454182505d.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2F443182419556012560%2F&docid=Q7rwews23ZVkYM&tbnid=_yb1oJKMLkq3QM%3A&vet=1&w=736&h=490&bih=605&biw=1034&q=wedding%20face%20in%20hole&ved=0ahUKEwiu3q2jqsDRAhUFwVQKHTjWBoUQMwhkKEEwQQ&iact=mrc&uact=8

“JUST MARRIED” CAR: https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.omgimgettingmarried.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2013%2F03%2FVillage-Fete-Wedding-Oakwell-Hall-22.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.omgimgettingmarried.com%2F2013%2F03%2Fa-village-fete-wedding-at-oakwell-hall-sarah-chris%2F&docid=PVClrtwF-Yu8cM&tbnid=mUNEzdGAId8s0M%3A&vet=1&w=620&h=465&bih=605&biw=1034&q=wedding%20face%20in%20hole&ved=0ahUKEwiIzOvHqsDRAhVIjVQKHSXmBLY4yAEQMwgxKC8wLw&iact=mrc&uact=8

DESTINATION: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ilike/2836478176

DESTINATION: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/d6/aa/e4/d6aae4b344fc74b7bbb968261fba1a7f.jpg

SUPERHERO: http://offbeatbride.com/washington-pin-up-wedding/

FOOTBALL: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/c4/58/d1/c458d1e18bdb1c918ad250b50c049f6a.jpg

“WANTED” REWARD: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/56928382766012778/

CIRCUS: http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2013/08/bohemian-circus-wedding-niki-andrew/

VINTAGE: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/319544536032005688/

VINTAGE: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/260364422181748093/

HANGING FRAME: https://lauralikes.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/real-wedding-ath-liz-august-2013/

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Top 10 Groomsmen Gift Ideas

Here at Gourmet Wedding Gifts we offer many gift options that can be personalized with almost anything you like to serve as gifts for your groomsmen, best man, ushers, and more. We have chosen a select 10 of our favorites to share with you today.

1) Personalized 25oz Beer Mug

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What groomsman doesn’t like a big mug of beer? This one will go over great with your beer-drinking buddies. They get a personalized glass beer mug which can hold 25oz (that’s 2 normal beers).

Personalize with your groomsmen’s names, your wedding date and their title (e.g. groomsman or best man). Or you can craft any custom message you like – have up to 3 lines of 20 characters each with 10 different font options.

This one is a definite winner! Also makes for a nice gift for the groom himself.

Click here to purchase the Personalized 25oz Beer Mug

2) Personalized 2.5oz Square Shot Glass

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Nothing kicks off a wedding weekend like getting your own customized groomsman’s shot glass! Perfect for the partying crowd, these square shot glasses are memorable and useful and will come in handy for the late-night partying after the wedding reception.

Your groomsmen will love you for these – personalized with their names and up to 3 lines of 20 characters. Add your wedding date or a special message, and you can even vary it for each groomsman.

This is a very affordable way to get your groomsmen a lasting and thoughtful gift.

Click here to purchase the Personalized 2.5oz Square Shot Glass

3) Personalized Black Leather Flask

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A high quality, Personalized Black Leather Flask is a perfect groomsman’s gift. This will delight your groomsmen – have a quality spirit at hand when you hand them out so they can fill ’em up right away to be able to use later in the evening.

Customize with each groomsman’s name and a choice of 3 font styles. Slick and modern design with a nod to classic style, this flask holds 6 ounces of your (or their) favorite liquor.

Click here to purchase the Personalized Black Leather Flask

4) Personalized Silver Groomsman Flask Gift Set

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Step up the gift to your groomsmen from a standalone flask to this classy Personalized Silver Flask Gift Set, complete with 4 silver shot “glasses” and a funnel to make it super easy to fill the flask with your favorite tipple.

This is a truly memorable keepsake and the guys will love you for it.

Click here to purchase the Personalized Silver Groomsman Flask Gift Set.

5) Personalized Black Tactical Knife

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This sleek, stylish Personalized Black Tactical Knife makes for a very cool and super useful groomsman gift. Customize it with up to 2 lines of text with 10 different font options, and honor each of your groomsmen with this memorable and functional tool.

For the outdoorsman, active do-it-yourselfer around the home, or really in countless situations when you might need a quality knife, this custom knife is a perfect gift for your groomsmen.

Click here to purchase the Personalized Black Tactical Knife.

6) Personalized Credit Card Bottle Opener

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This Personalized Credit Card Bottle Opener is a great option if you’re on a budget for groomsmen gifts. At just $14.99 each, this is a very cool way to give them something personalized, useful, and compact.

This thin metal bottle opener slides easily into a wallet. Add up to 3 lines of text in 3 different font options.

Click here to purchase the Personalized Credit Card Bottle Opener.

7) Personalized Square Rocks Tumbler Glass

This Personalized Square Rocks Tumbler Glass makes for a really nice gift for your groomsmen at you wedding. Add each groomsman’s name, wedding date, their title, or any other customized text you like. This is a great keepsake and it is useful on a daily basis. Don’t forget to have a nice bottle of Scotch at hand to help them christen their new rocks glasses!

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Click here to purchase the Personalized Square Rocks Tumbler Glass

Upgrade: If you want to seriously wow your guys, consider either a customized Whiskey Decanter or Whiskey Decanter Set. Either of these are truly classic, wonderful gifts for the modern groomsman with old style sensibility.

8) Personalized Whiskey Decanter

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This one is a definite winner. There are few things more thoughtful to a dedicated groomsman as a gift than a Personalized Whiskey Decanter. This shows that you took the time and effort to select and customize something truly unique for each of your groomsmen, and they will surely treasure this for years to come.

Or, consider this as a standalone gift for your best man as he has the extra special duties for the day, and choose something else from this list (or our full selection) for your other groomsmen. (But be sure to share with them a bottle of Scotch in any case!)

Click here to purchase the Personalized Whiskey Decanter.

Upgrade alert! If you want to kick up your groomsmen gift game , you can really rock their socks with these Personalized Whiskey Decanter Sets complete with 4 rocks glasses.

9) Personalized Pilsner Beer Glass

Top 10 Groomsmen Gift Ideas Gourmet Wedding Gifts Personalized Wedding Gifts and Edible Wedding FavorsIt’s hard to go wrong with this Personalized Pilsner Beer Glass as a groomsmen gift. Your best man and groomsmen will really love this thoughtful addition to their beer glassware. You can customize it however you like with your own text and choose from font and design options – include each groomsman’s name, their title, wedding date, or any other particular message you would like to include.

Get a few craft beers ready to pout into these babies when you hand them out – there won’t be a dry eye (or mouth) in the room!

Click here to purchase the Personalized Pilsner Beer Glass.

10) Personalized Wooden Beer Flight Set with Natural Finish

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This is a truly cool idea for a groomsmen gift – a Personalized Wooden Beer Flight Set. These are available in both Natural wood finish (shown above) as well as a deep Red/Brown finish to accommodate any style preference.

Give your groomsmen something unique and functional as well as a nice conversation piece for the home at their next beer tasting party.

Bring a selection of quality craft brews when you hand these out to your groomsmen and have an impromptu tasting on the wedding weekend!

Click here to buy the Personalized Wooden Beer Flight Set.


Remember that Gourmet Wedding Gifts has a ton more gifts available for groomsmen, best men, grooms, ushers, as well as brides, bridesmaids, maids of honor, and more.

Click here to see all customizable gifts.

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5 Gifts for Brides with Attitude!

Wedding planning shouldn’t be all about churches and lace – sometimes you need to let your badass bride attitude shine through! Especially after you get engaged, when you are cruising in that wonderful zone between one of the highest points in your life and planning for yet an even better event; you need the proper gear to be able to shout it loud and proud from the rooftops.

Whether you want to pick up a little something for yourself, you are a friend or family member of the bride-to-be, or you’re the guy to whom she said “YES!” (lucky for you), these gifts for the newly engaged, brides-to-be or even recently married have enough style and sass for you to show off to the world.

These are brand new gifts with unique designs available only on GourmetWeddingGifts.com. Take a look!

1) “I SAID HELL YES” Engagement Mug

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Busy brides need a lot of coffee to keep going – this mug is the perfect vessel for your morning java. There is no mistaking this message – he put a ring on it and you are excited to share!

Available in white or black.

Click here to buy your “I SAID HELL YES” Engagement Mug

2) “Hint Hint Hint” Coffee Mug

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This one is for the ladies out there whose men are, shall we say, dragging their feet a bit. Sometimes it’s worth dropping just a tiny, subtle hint – and sometimes you need to make sure your feelings are known! This amusing mug is both great for your morning coffee as well as letting your man know that you are ready for the next step (and that ring)!

Available in white or black.

Click here to buy your “Hint Hint Hint” Coffee Mug

3) “Married to My Best Friend” Racerback Tank Top

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Say it with us: “Awwwwwwww!” This cute tank is perfect for the newly minted Mrs. Go about your day showing off your status to the world. Comes in over a dozen color options!

Click here to buy your “Married to My Best Friend” Racerback Tank Top

4) “Wifey” Coffee Mug

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Rock your new or upcoming status as a married woman with this stellar Wifey Coffee Mug. This is available in several different font options and design styles so be sure to take a look at what is

Click here to buy your Wifey Coffee Mug

5) “Future Mrs” Tote Bag

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Sport this trendy tote as you go about your wedding planning. Convenient way to hold all those bridal mags and vendor handouts (and perhaps some emergency chocolate). This makes a great gift at an engagement party or bridal shower as well.


Remember that these gifts can apply to the recently engaged, those brides in the middle or their wedding planning, as well as the newly or not-so-newly married.

We have many more gifts available, so be sure to click to check out all the bride gifts here.

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Month By Month: The Perfect Mimosa Recipe For Every Wedding Season

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January – Grapefruit Mimosa

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Photo credit: http://blahnikbaker.com/grapefruit-mimosa/

INGREDIENTS:

  • Grapefruit juice
  • Champagne
  • Pink sanding sugar (for rims)
  • Thyme (garnish)

SUGAR RIM:

  1. Pour the pink sanding sugar on to a small plate
  2. Dip the top of each champagne flute in water
  3. Once the flute rim is wet, dip it in the sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Fill 1/4 to 1/3 of the champagne flute with grapefruit juice
  2. Fill the rest of the flute with champagne
  3. Garnish with thyme and enjoy!

February – Raspberry Mimosa

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Photo credit: http://theeveryhostess.com/easter-cocktail-raspberry-lemonade-mimosa/

INGREDIENTS:

  • Fresh raspberries
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Champagne
  • Pink sanding sugar (for rims)
  • Additional whole raspberries (garnish)

SUGAR RIM:

  1. Pour the pink sanding sugar on to a small plate
  2. Dip the top of each champagne flute in water
  3. Once the flute rim is wet, dip it in the sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place raspberries in a blender and puree. Optional: Add sugar for additional sweetness
  2. Fill 1/4 to 1/3 of the champagne flute with fresh raspberry puree
  3. Fill the rest of the flute with champagne
  4. Garnish with whole raspberry and enjoy!

March –  Pear Mimosa

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Photo credit: http://bonappetitbox.com/bottomless-pear-mimosa/

INGREDIENTS:

  • Pear Nectar or Pear Syrup (recipe below)
  • Champagne
  • Pear (garnish)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Fill 1/4 to 1/3 of the champagne flute with pear nectar or syrup
  2. Fill the rest of the flute with champagne
  3. Garnish with a slide of pear and enjoy!

Pear Syrup Recipe from Robust Recipes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 ripe pears, cored and roughly chopped
  • ¼ to ½ cup raw honey (can use regular honey, but the raw honey helped to thicken the pear syrup)
  • 1½ cups filtered water
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 star anise (optional)
  • 4 whole cloves (optional)
  • 1 to 2 cinnamon sticks (depending on how strong of a cinnamon flavor you want. I used 2 and mine had a definite cinnamon flavor, which I liked)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. In a small sauce pan combine pears, honey, filtered water, salt, star anise, whole cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Cover and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce to a simmer and stir until the honey has fully dissolved. Use a wooden spoon or potato masher to crush the pears. Continue to simmer covered for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow to steep, covered, for at least 30 minutes. The longer you allow the mixture to steep, the stronger it will be in flavor.
  4. Once you are done steeping stir in the vanilla.
  5. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh siv to filter out the spices and the pear pulp. Use a spoon to mash the pulp down to help squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Discard the cooked down pears and spices.
  6. Chill the pear syrup in the fridge for at least 8 hours, or overnight.The pear syrup can be made for several days ahead of time.

April – Classic Mimosa

INGREDIENTS:

  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Champagne
  • Grand Marnier (optional)
  • Orange peel (garnish)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Fill 1/4 to 1/3 of the champagne flute with fresh squeezed orange juice
  2. Optional: Add a splash (roughly one table spoon) or Grand Marnier
  3. Fill the rest of the flute with champagne
  4. Garnish with a thin orange peel twist and enjoy!

May – Cherry Mimosa

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Photo credit: http://pizzazzerie.com/recipes/drinkscocktails/perfect-brunch-cocktail-cherry-mimosas/

INGREDIENTS:

  • Tart cherry juice
  • Champagne
  • Sugar (for rims)
  • Whole cherries (garnish)

SUGAR RIM:

  1. Pour the sugar on to a small plate
  2. Dip the top of each champagne flute in water
  3. Once the flute rim is wet, dip it in the sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Fill 1/4 to 1/3 of the champagne flute with tart cherry juice
  2. Fill the rest of the flute with champagne
  3. Garnish with a cherry and enjoy!

June – Strawberry Lemonade Mimosa

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Photo credit: http://cookswithcocktails.com/strawberry-lemonade-mimosa/

INGREDIENTS:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Lemons, juiced
  • Sugar
  • Champagne
  • Whole strawberries (garnish)

SUGAR RIM:

  1. Pour the sugar on to a small plate
  2. Dip the top of each champagne flute in water
  3. Once the flute rim is wet, dip it in the sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place strawberries, lemon juice and sugar in a blender and puree.
  2. Fill 1/4 to 1/3 of the champagne flute with strawberry/lemon puree
  3. Fill the rest of the flute with champagne
  4. Garnish with a strawberry and enjoy!

July – Watermelon Mimosa

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Photo credit: http://laylita.com/recipes/2008/06/06/watermelon-mimosa/

INGREDIENTS:

  • Whole watermelon
  • Sugar
  • Champagne
  • Fresh mint (garnish)

SUGAR RIM:

  1. Pour sugar on to a small plate
  2. Dip the top of each champagne flute in water
  3. Once the flute rim is wet, dip it in the sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut the watermelon into chunks and remove all of the seeds
  2. Place the watermelon chunks into a blender and puree. Taste the puree and if you find that it’s not sweet enough, add sugar and blend some more
  3. Strain the watermelon puree into a bowl or pitcher using a fine mesh strainer
  4. Fill 1/2 of the champagne flute with watermelon puree
  5. Fill the rest of the flute with champagne
  6. Garnish with a fresh sprig or mint and enjoy!

August – Peach Mimosa

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Photo credit: http://bestfriendsforfrosting.com/2014/07/peach-mimosa/

INGREDIENTS:

  • Peach nectar
  • Peach juice
  • Champagne
  • Sugar (for rims)
  • Raspberries (garnish)

SUGAR RIM:

  1. Pour the sugar on to a small plate
  2. Dip the top of each champagne flute in water
  3. Once the flute rim is wet, dip it in the sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In equal parts, combine the peach nectar with the peach juice
  2. Fill 1/4 to 1/3 of the champagne flute with peach nectar/juice mix
  3. Fill the rest of the flute with champagne
  4. Garnish with a raspberry and enjoy!

September – Pomegranate Mimosa

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Photo credit: http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a46968/pomegranate-mimosas-recipe/

INGREDIENTS:

  • Sweetened pomegranate juice
  • Champagne
  • Pink sanding sugar (for rims)
  • Pomegranate seeds (garnish)

SUGAR RIM:

  1. Pour the pink sanding sugar on to a small plate
  2. Dip the top of each champagne flute in water
  3. Once the flute rim is wet, dip it in the sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Fill 1/4 to 1/3 of the champagne flute with sweetened pomegranate juice
  2. Fill the rest of the flute with champagne
  3. Garnish with pomegranate seeds enjoy!

October – Apple Cider Mimosa

Photo credit: http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a46963/apple-cider-mimosas-recipe/

INGREDIENTS:

  • Apple cider
  • Champagne
  • Sugar (for rims)
  • Ground cinnamon (for rims)
  • Apples (garnish)

SUGAR RIM:

  1. Combine and pour the cinnamon and sugar on to a small plate
  2. Next, dip the top of each champagne flute in water
  3. Once the flute rim is wet, dip it in the cinnamon/sugar mixture

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Fill 1/4 to 1/3 of the champagne flutes with apple cider
  2. Fill the rest of the flute with champagne
  3. Garnish with a thin apple slice wedge on the side of the rim and enjoy!

November – Cranberry Orange Mimosa

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Photo credit: http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2016/12/cranberry-orange-mimosa-bellini/

INGREDIENTS:

  • Cranberry juice
  • Orange juice
  • Champagne
  • Sugar (for rims)
  • Whole fresh cranberries (garnish)
  • Orange peel (garnish)

SUGAR RIM:

  1. Pour the sugar on to a small plate
  2. Dip the top of each champagne flute in water
  3. Once the flute rim is wet, dip it in the sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. combine 2 parts cranberry juice with on part orange juice in a pitcher for easy pouring
  2. Fill 1/4 to 1/3 of the champagne flute with cranberry/orange juice
  3. Fill the rest of the flute with champagne
  4. Garnish with cranberries and an orange peel twist and enjoy!

December – White Cranberry Mimosa

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Photo credit: http://blog.vickybarone.com/2014/12/15/white-cranberry-mimosas/

INGREDIENTS:

  • White cranberry juice
  • Apple juice
  • Champagne
  • Whole cranberries (garnish)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Fill 1/4 to 1/3 of the champagne flute with white cranberry juice
  2. Add a splash of apple juice
  3. Fill the rest of the flute with champagne
  4. Stick 3-4 whole cranberries on a toothpick and rest on the rim of the glass as garnish and enjoy!
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4 Delicious Chocolate Wedding Favors for Chocolate Lovers

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4 Chocolate Wedding Favors for Chocolate Lovers Gourmet Wedding Gifts Personalized wedding guest favors and customized gifts

Wondering what you should have as favors for your wedding guests? This can be a tricky question as there are plenty of options out there. However, you can never go wrong with chocolate!

For the chocolate lovers out there, we have highlighted some tantalizing and delicious edible treats that would all make perfect wedding favors. Note: All of the chocolate favors below are available at Gourmet Wedding Gifts (You can also save up to 20% on orders):

1) Organic Craft Chocolate Bars

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These delicious Organic Craft Chocolate Bars by Undone Chocolate are sure to delight.

The cocoa beans come from from the fruit of Theobroma Cacao, meaning “food of the gods” and are produced by farms using eco friendly and organic practices. The cocoa beans are harvested from the fruit pod and fermented for up to five days before they are shipped directly from the farm!

Each chocolate bar is 2oz, measures 4″x7″ and comes in your choice of 3 flavors:

  • Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Roasted Almonds and Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Cardamom, Cinnamon and Chili

Yum…what amazing flavor combinations!

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2) Organic Dark Chocolate Munch

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After a big wedding dinner, let your guests indulge in some tasty, organic dessert snacking with Organic Dark Chocolate Munch by Nicobella Organics.

This delicious munch is organic and vegan-friendly!

Conveniently packaged in 2oz bags, it’s perfect to enjoy anytime and anywhere! Your guests will LOVE this chocolatey mix of good stuff almost as much as they love you! 😉

Choose from 3 flavors:

  • CHOCOLATE COCONUT: Organic, Fair Trade 75% dark chocolate, unsweetened toasted coconut and whole roasted almonds.
  • CHOCOLATE MAPLE NUT: Organic, Fair Trade 75% dark chocolate, maple coated roasted pecans and just a touch of sea salt.
  • CHOCOLATE OMEGA MUNCH: Organic and Fair Trade 75% dark chocolate is blended with crunchy candied walnuts and toasted flax to provide you with a rich natural source of omega-3 fatty acids

Healthy and delicious snacking – even on your wedding day!

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3) Organic Dark Chocolate Truffles

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What is better than a dark chocolate truffle? A gift box with several dark chocolate truffles!

These decadent Organic Dark Chocolate Truffles, also from Nicobella Organics, are sure to put smiles on the faces of your guests. These treats are lower in sugar than typical truffles, organic and vegan-friendly.

These truffles are available in either single pieces or in 2, 4, or 6 piece boxes, as well as a host of different tantalizing flavors:

  • Blueberry Almond
  • Green Ginger Tea
  • Pumpkin Chai
  • Pure Cocoa Bliss
  • Walnut Flaxseed
  • Sunflower Butter Banana
  • Lime Basil (available March-September)
  • Lavender Mint (available March-September)
  • Cinnamon Turmeric Spice (available March-September)

You can also get an assortment of mixed flavors – surprise your guests!

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4) Chocolate Dipped Stroopwafels

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What’s a “stroopwafel”? That’s what most people say when we talk about these favors. These are authentic Dutch treats best enjoyed with a mug of hot coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

A stroopwafel starts with a cinnamon cookie, made by hand in a waffle iron, with a layer of homemade caramel sauce inside. Traditionally, the stroopwafel is placed on top of a hot cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate which warms the caramel sauce creating the perfectly sweet and ooey-gooey bite that melts in your mouth! 

And it gets even better when coated in dark chocolate and paired with several amazing flavor combinations.

Available Flavors:

  • Classic
  • Classic (Gluten Free)
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate (Gluten Free)
  • Dark Chocolate Pecan
  • Dark Chocolate Espresso
  • Dark Chocolate Peppermint
  • Dark Chocolate Coconut
  • Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel
  • Dark Chocolate Crystalized Ginger
  • Dark Chocolate Habanero Sugar
  • Dark Chocolate Cherry Sprinkled
  • Dark Chocolate Lavender

These are unique and extraordinary delights and go perfectly with the after-dinner coffee and tea service! Click here for more details on these stroopwafels.

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10 Weird, Wacky and Unique Wedding Themes

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1. Steampunk Wedding

Steampunk is a mashup of Victorian-era steam-powered technology and aesthetics in a science fiction world. This real wedding of Rachel and Adam showcases how interesting a steampunk-themed wedding can be, from the costumes to the reception details. With the added circus theme, this wedding truly checks the “unique theme” box multiple times!

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See the full wedding with more pics and details over at Offbeat Bride.

2. Star Wars Wedding

Time to geek out with Star Wars weddings! You can find inspiration for these weddings all over, as there are legions of fans of the beloved Star Wars universe who want to incorporate the aspects of that world into their wedding day.

LA couple Jennifer and Joshua put on a great show – even Dad dressed up as Darth Vader for the father-daughter dance! – with costumes and reception details that paid homage to the movies.

We especially loved the lightsabers for the couple’s dance:

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Take a look at the full wedding photos along with details of the wedding here.

3. Aquarium Wedding…with dinosaurs and dragons (of course)

Sometimes a unique venue helps make a fantastic wedding theme idea a reality. In the case of Danielle and Tony, they not only had an aquatic-themed wedding at the Albuquerque BioPark Aquarium, but they also added dragons and dinosaurs into their reception details because, well, why not?

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Take a look at the rest of this amazing aquatic wedding here!

4. Halloween Wedding

A Halloween theme works really well for fall weddings, even if it doesn’t fall exactly on October 31. For couples that love to be goofy, this offers both them and their guests ways to really go all out with costumes and crazy antics.

This post over at SnapKnot showcases some great ideas for weddings and engagement shoots. One of our favorites is this wedding party shot by J Clay Photo:

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See the complete post here.

5. Gothic Murder Mystery Wedding

Ok, this one is incredible. Keeping with the creepy Halloween theme, this wedding incorporated gothic themes as well an interactive murder mystery in lieu of the traditional rehearsal dinner.

This looks like such an elaborate and well-planned wedding it is making us dizzy:

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Take a look at the full photos and learn more about how this wedding came together here.

6. Harry Potter Wedding

We are loving this Harry Potter themed wedding between Cassie-Leigh and Lewis Byron in Manchester, UK. This Hogwarts wedding had incredible photos and details, from handmade wands and copies of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for the guests, to the bride’s Slytherin and Gryffindor heels, to Hogwarts House-themed tables at the reception:

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See the rest of this amazing Harry Potter wedding here.

7. The Walking Dead Wedding

Steelers running back Deangelo Williams pulled out all the stops for his atypical celebrity wedding. A huge fan of the post-apocalyptic zombie show The Walking Dead on AMC, Williams dreamed of having his wedding party made up as flesh-eating zombies or “walkers” from the show. Because of course, what else would you want on your wedding day besides zombies?

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See the full post and don’t miss the video Williams made with ESPN to document his weird and wacky wedding here.

8. Game of Thrones Wedding

Fans of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, inspired by the massive novels by George R.R. Martin, will appreciate this amazing wedding between Darren Prew and Kerry Ford of Hereford, UK.

Prew and Ford won a competition to have their wedding in true GoT style; they were helped by a professional team for costumes, styling and makeup, so this might be tricky for the average couple’s budget. You can take some inspiration from the result however!

That is quite the wedding party:

game of thrones wedding party

See the rest of the amazing photography here.

9. Minions Wedding

Remember the Minions? Those little yellow creatures from Despicable Me? Samantha and Bob Thomas LOVE those little guys; so much so that they wanted to make their entire wedding day Minion-themed: place cards, balloons, confetti, even a leg tattoo on the groom!

Getting sent off in style by a Minion:

minions wedding with bride and groom

See the rest of Samantha and Bob’s wedding here.

10. LEGO Wedding

LEGO is the best. We’ve all spent countless hours as children playing with those little multicolored blocks. Bostonians Jess and Mac REALLY love LEGOs and the incorporated them into their wedding at The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

lego wedding reception place cards

Check out the rest of the photos from Jess and Mac’s LEGO wedding here!


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10 Creative Ways To Serve Champagne At Your Wedding!

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1. Table Side Champagne Bucket:

Give each table an intimate celebration of their own with a table side champagne bucket! You can place the bucket off to the side, at the ‘head’ of each table or place it in the center and even incorporate it into your centerpiece.

Depending on your preference, you can leave the champagne sealed and let your guests have fun popping it open or have it open and ready on ice to pour as they sit down to dinner. Tip: Chill the bottles before dinner and wait till just before dinner to place bottles and ice in the buckets so the ice doesn’t melt before the guests sit down.

2. Champagne Wedding Favors – Mini Bottles:

Mini champagne bottles not only make great wedding favors but they also double as extra champagne for guests to enjoy, especially if chilled before dinner. Place a mini bottle at each place setting directly next to the toasting flute – your guests will figure out the rest 😉

The bottle neck allows you to hang a personalized tag around the bottle or tie it with your ribbon using your wedding colors. You can even create custom bottle labels with your names, wedding date and even a photo of your and your beau!

3. Champagne Escort Cards – Mini Bottles:

There are so many things that make a wedding gorgeous and unique, and one of our favorites is the display of guest escort cards! It’s almost like that beautiful cake you just hate to cut into! This is a great area to incorporate champagne!

A twist on the previous mini bottle wedding favors – instead of placing the mini champagne bottles at the tabes, use them as an escort cards to guide each guest to their seat. You can tie the guest and table information around the bottle neck with a hang tag or use a personalized label around each bottle.

4. Champagne Escort Cards – Flutes: 

Another twist on the previous idea – instead of using mini champagne bottles, guide guests to their seat with already poured and ready to enjoy flutes of champagne!

There are several ways to display seating information; use the lip of each flute to hang the information from, tie a tag around the stem, use a sticker … there are so many ways to get creative!

5. Champagne Jello Shots:

Who says jello shots cant be classy? This Champagne Jello Shots recipe from Delish is super easy to make and uses only a few ingredients… most notably, champagne! For a signature look, adorn them with sprinkles to match your wedding theme/colors!

6. Personalized Wedding Party Champagne Gifts: 

Your wedding party works extra hard to make sure your wedding goes off without a hitch… or should I say WITH a hitch! 😉 Give your bridesmaids and groomsman a personalized champagne flute – monogrammed or with their names and the wedding date on it. It’s beautiful and best of all, functional! You can even include a bottle of your favorite champagne as part of the gift package!

7. Champagne Soaked Gummy Bears:

These tipsy bears are the perfect cross between classy and fun and if anyone says differently, they’re lying to you! It’s always fun to put a new twist on a old classic – champagne soaked gummy bears do exactly that! Given the wide variety of colors, you can match the bears to your wedding theme or use a white/light pink mix to match the occasion.

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Check out this Champagne Soaked ‘Drunken’ Gummy Bears recipe from The Skinny Fork and don’t forget to have fun!

8. Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes:


Pair well with … you guessed it, champagne! You can find the recipe for these Strawberry Champagne cupcakes in the video description or you can use your favorite cupcake recipe and add this Pink Champagne Buttercream from Wicked Good Kitchen for a signature champagne treat!

9. Mimosa “a la carte” Cart:

Who says mimosas are just for brunch? That’s to say, a mimosa bar IS great for brunch weddings and at brunch the day after – but if you’re going to be drinking champagne at the reception anyway, why not give your guests some fresh and delicious options? We love the mimosa “a la carte” cart – an actual cart or smaller side table by the bar or desserts – with fresh juices and a selection of pre-cut and beautifully arranged garnishes.

Alternatively, if you’re going with the “Table Side Champagne” idea above, you can use mini carafes and include a trio of your favorite juices for guests to mix table-side as well!

10. Champagne-Infused Macarons:

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What makes an already incredible luxurious dessert even better? Champagne-infused buttercream of course!  Starting with pretty pearly white macaron shells, these Champagne Macarons from Joanne at Eats Well With Others are the perfect compliment to your special day – Serve with champagne and enjoy!


Even more champagne-infused dessert ideas (thanks http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com!)

  1. Pink Champagne Cake Pops from Keep It Sweet
  2. Raspberry Champagne Cupcakes with Champagne Buttercream Frosting from The Curvy Carrot
  3. Strawberries and Champagne Cake from Flour Child
  4. Raspberry Cupcakes with Champagne Buttercream Frosting from Chasing Delicious
  5. Champagne Pound Cake from Crazy For Crust

 

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Top 10 Winter Wedding Tips You Need To Know!

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Top 10 Winter Wedding Tips Gourmet Wedding Gifts and Personalized Guest Favors

There are many reasons why you might want to have a winter wedding. Even though it is the “off season” for weddings, if you or your fiancé’s family are from a colder area, you are currently living in a cold-winter region, or you simply enjoy the winter months, having a winter wedding could be a nice option for you. We’ve collected a few helpful tips for planning a winter wedding below, along with the source website. Let us know your favorite tips in the comments below!

1) You Can Save Money on Most Vendors

A great insight for the off season wedding! This tip is from Kristen O’Gorman Klein at Bridal Guide  

“Since the winter isn’t a peak time to get married in most parts of the country, you can score some major discounts. We saved big on our venue, and we also got discounts on our photographer, videographer, DJ, and transportation. One area where we did not experience any savings: Flowers. Because there are fewer flowers in season, you may have to pay a premium or forego your first (or second or third) choice bloom.”

2) Keep Your Bridesmaids Warm!

Over at The Knot they remind us that it’s important to keep your girl squad as toasty as possible:

Remember, though, you can’t be overly picky about what they wear when your bridesmaids are outdoors (which they will be, even if it’s just to dash from the car to the ceremony venue). If you’ve opted for glitzy heels that could be hazardous in snow or ice, be okay with them toting along sneakers or boots to get from one place to the next. And obviously, coats are a must—in most parts of the country, it’ll take more than a pashmina to ward off the winter chill.”

3) Timing and Lighting

Very important to keep in mind the limited lighting with the winter seasons, and how that will affect the timing of photography and the general flow of events on the big day. Tip via Bridal Musings:

 “After the Winter Equinox, you will lose the light at around 3 o’clock in the afternoon so it’s important to be mindful of this when planning your day. Those intimate moments you spend together during your couple shots are incredibly special, so make sure that you build in time to your day to have those all important shots in natural light. That can mean planning an earlier ceremony time or perhaps working with your photographer for a First Look, to catch your couple shots ahead of the ceremony.

Remember, if you do opt for an earlier ceremony, this can make for a long day for guests so make sure that you’re providing enough food throughout the day to soak up all that alcohol, and plan in plenty of interactive elements and little surprises for them!

4) Offer a Seasonal Cocktail

Here’s a great one in this slideshow of tips from Stylecaster:

Drinking something that feels wintry will get everyone in the mood. ‘If you want to do a signature cocktail that taps into the spirit of the season, try a blood orange and St. Germaine champagne cocktail,’ says New York City-based wedding and event planner Andrea Freeman.”

Offering warm beverages such as mulled (hot & spiced) cider or wine is a really nice touch as well – something that is pleasant when it’s cold outside and which many people do not have frequently. Be sure to have regular hot apple cider or another fun non-alcoholic hot beverage for the non-drinkers, and offer sidebar options like bourbon or rum for those who prefer a spiked version.

5) Plan for the Weather

This one comes from Huffington Post. It might be obvious but it’s very important not to forget! You need to have some alternatives in place in case the weather does not cooperate: 

Rachel Hollis, founder of Chic Events, has produced events for Ivanka Trump, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Cuba Gooding Jr., among others. She says: ‘The most important thing to remember when planning a winter wedding isn’t the fashion, or the flowers, or even the food… It’s the weather! We all know that winter can turn harsh without much warning and if you’re not prepared, it can spell disaster for your nuptials. When you begin planning, imagine every possible scenario (wind, rain, snow, etc) and think of a plan in case those elements come into play.

If you’ve got a contingency plan, you won’t have to stress in the days leading up to your wedding. Think of your guests: Will they have to walk along a snowy path to get to the ceremony? Does the reception hall get chilly due to all the large windows? Should valet be stocked with umbrellas so no one gets drizzled on getting in and out of their car? These are all things you can think of in advance to ensure a flawless wedding day regardless of what Old Man Winter has in store!'”

6) Fashion for Photos

Over at Two Little Birds Planning they share an article they contributed to which recommended that amping up the fashion for the season is one way couples and wedding parties can make their photos pop:

“Jesse Deckard, a senior wedding and event design consultant at Chicago’s Bliss Weddings and Events, says one way couples can ’embrace the season you’ve chosen’ is through colors and fashion. Faux fur, bolero jackets, hand muffs, capes, cloaks and elbow-length gloves can be included in the bride and wedding party’s outfits and can pop in photos.

When it comes to photos, Natalie Pinney, co-founder of Whim Events, said couples can get ‘amazing pictures’ by taking the wedding party outdoors, writing a few words in the snow and dressing in earmuffs, mittens, cardigans and scarves. When it comes to colors for dresses and decor, Deckard said ‘gun metal’ tones are popular — pewter, rose gold, black, white and navy.

And just because a wedding happens during cold weather doesn’t mean couples should exclude pastels. Kelli Sigmon, founder and principal consultant of Boston’s Swank Events, said more winter brides are choosing soft hues such as pale gray-blue, lilac and baby yellows and greens.

In addition, Pinney said a blush-colored palette of light pink, coral, ice blue, gray, and champagne ‘look really gorgeous together,’ for snowy weddings, but she said what’s more important than the season is for brides to be happy with the result.

‘This is your wedding,’ she said. ‘If you want to wear yellow, who cares if it’s in the winter?’

7) Provide Blankets or Wraps for Guests

Don’t let your guests freeze! Brides.com says:

They serve a practical need by keeping everyone warm and also make for a cute design opportunity styled up in a cozy corner, points out Los Angeles-based event planner Leslie Kaplan, owner of ENCORE. The softer and bigger the blankets, the better! Bonus points to brides and grooms that incorporate an area for guests to gather and warm up pre or post-ceremony: think a rustic fire pit or a more modern fireplace, suggests Kaplan.”

8) Winter Favors for Your Wedding Guests

Consider adding a memorable, delicious touch to your wedding with winter favors. This idea comes from Belvedere Banquets.com:

 “Every couple likes to send their wedding guests home with a little memento of the wedding day. Winter weddings offer a variety of options for fun and tasty winter wedding favors. A decadent hot cocoa mix, distinctly bottled and labeled for your wedding day, gives your guests a tasty memento to take home. Or perhaps, if you’re lucky enough to live in apple country, bottles of milled cider to celebrate the season as well as your wedding.”

Be sure to take a look at the wedding favors we offer at GourmetWeddingGifts.com

9) Holiday Themes

Thought Catalog lets us know that holiday themes are both appropriate and pleasant options if you are looking for color inspiration:

If you are getting married during the holiday season, you may want to consider using that as a theme for the wedding, complete with red and green in the decorations and bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s clothing. Just remember, a little bit of this goes a long way. Another option which will give your wedding a truly glamorous touch is to use silver as your main color.”

10) Consider Your Venue

Over at Street Tuxedo they remind us that it is especially important to consider how your venue (or venues) will fare in a cold weather scenario:

You may want to keep people out of the cold as much as possible, so maybe stay away from having two venues. Keep your reception and ceremony in the same place. It can be just as fun! Also, you may not want to pick a place that is going to have a huge outdoor area. In the winter, the ground can be moist, or even snowy. You don’t want your ladies sinking in the ground and ruining their precious heels!”

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10 LOVE-INFUSED New Year Resolutions For Couples

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Whether you’re married, recently engaged (Congrats!) or dating someone special, NYE is a great time launch a relationship campaign to grow stronger and longer with the one you love in the year to come! Maybe you’ve let routine and life get in the way of “us time” or looking for ways to rekindle, reconnect, and re-energize your love. What better time to start then January 1?

We could just tell you to love more, smile more, laugh more, etc.. but what good would that do? You want actionable ideas don’t you? Good! Below, we’ve put together 10 LOVE-INFUSED New Year Resolutions for you and your partner to make to together and FOR EACH OTHER!

Each resolution is tangible, actionable and are guaranteed to bring you closer together!

1. Eat Meals At The Table Without Tv

So many of us are guilty of eating on-the-go or on the couch or in the shower(?). This year, whenever you’re both home, commit to eating your meals together at the table and without any tech (no phones, no tv, etc.). This will give you real quality time together to talk about something… anything and share a dedicated moment wth each other! Don’t have time to slave in the kitchen? NO NEED! These meals don’t have to be fancy – They can be leftovers, or a pizza delivery or even a simple sandwich – as long as you’re sitting together and without distraction! Pro-tip: Play your favorite playlist to add some additional flavor to your meal moments 🙂

2. “Gratefuls” Before Bed

Too often we get too wrapped up in our problems that we forget to acknowledge and think about what we’re grateful and happy about. This can take a toll on any relationship! Take 5 minutes, each day, just before going to bed or first thing in the morning to do your “gratefuls.” Take turns and tell your partner what you’re grateful for aloud. Maybe it’s related to them, maybe it’s not, what’s important is that each day you spend 5 minutes telling each other GOOD and WONDERFUL things! You may be surprised to see how much you enjoy this time together each day!

3. Tech-Down

We don’t have to tell you how out-of-control some people can be when it comes to their technology. Guilty for being glued to their screens whether it’s their phone, tablet or laptop computer… it’s all a bit too much sometimes. You can end up in a room with someone for hours, never exchanging a single word! Use “tech-down” as strictly or casually as you wish. Maybe you designate a time frame each evening, 7PM-9PM, for example, during which time no one is allowed to touch your tech or maybe you use it as a cue – when you notice the other person detaching from the moment or when you’re “watching a movie together” but in reality, you’re scrolling endlessly through your Facebook feed – shout “TECH DOWN” as a reminder to snuggle up!

4. Date-velopes

Trying desperately to make time for date nights together but somehow they just never happen? Date nights are key, especially if you’ve been together for a while and let them fall completely by the waist side. Date-elopes are a quick and cute fix that you can do NOW to ensure a FULL calendar of date nights planned for every month of the next year! Too good to be true – believe it! You can get all the details on our “15 Super Sweet & Romantic Holiday Traditions to Start as Newlyweds!” post — #2 His & Hers Date-velopes!

5. Sexy-time-velopes

There is a good chance that your increased frequency of date nights (see above) will spark some needed sexy-time but if you need even more prioritizing or planning to make things happen, this might be just what you need! Your sexy-time-velopes will not only bring you closer together but give you the spice you need to “spice things up!” Similar to date-elopes, each partner gets 6 envelopes/cards to write a sexy-time plan/idea. Maybe it’s lingerie, or a role playing scenario, or maybe it’s a relaxing oil massage which you’ve always wanted to create at home … it’s totally up to you! Place each sexy-time card into an envelope, seal it up and write a date on each one – one for each month! Enjoy!

6. “You’re Annoying Me” Jar

No matter how much you try, you’re always going to run into disagreements with your partner. There are just certain things they do to GET UNDER YOUR SKIN, right? And no matter how many times you tell them not to, they keep doing it.. and you’re no more innocent! So why not use these moments to your relationships advantage? Take a simple mason jar and label it “You’re Annoying Me!” Next, make a list of the things you and your partner do to annoy each other that you know they just can’t stand and place it inside the jar. Lastly, set a dollar amount, maybe it’s one dollar or two or maybe you raise the stakes and make it $5 – either way, next time either of you “annoy” the other… you’re going to have to pay up! The good news is that once you’ve filled up the jar with enough cash, you can treat yourselves to a nice dinner out (or in!) together.

7. Just-Add-Music

Do you ever think to yourself, “I always forget to play music!”? We’re guilty too! This year, optimize your sound system, speakers, or tweak your Spotify playlists and add music to your lives! Play it while you’re getting ready in the morning or in the evening while you’re prepping dinner! Alternate DJ assignments so that each of you can have fun playing your favorite songs. Who knows, you might learn something new about each other or spark conversation over your favorite throw back hits.

8. Walk Nights

Wakeup-work-home-dinner-tv-sleep … does your daily routine need a shake up? Commit to taking walks with your partner weekly or daily if you can. It can be a quick walk around the corner or down the street or around your favorite park! It can be 5 minutes or 10 minutes, fit whatever makes sense into your schedule and make sure it’s something you can stick to. Have a dog? Commit to taking your dog for his daily evening or morning walk together. It’s a wonderful way to connect and get your mind and body moving.

9. Create Your “Safe” Word

No, no, not for the bedroom – not this time! Create a safe word for yourselves to use in the heat of the moment – when you know things are going down hill fast during a disagreement. Your safe word is meant to help you NOT slip down the slippery slope! Whenever someone shouts the safe word during an argument, it means that you both have to zip it and physically walk away from the conversation for an agreed amount of time (10 minutes, for example). Take that time to cool down and breath!!! What you do after that time is up to you, maybe you agree to come back together (when you’re calmer) or maybe you choose to write out your feelings and exchange letters – get creative with what works for you.

10. Stay-cation Together

Getting away doesn’t have to be expensive or far! If you’ve never taken a weekend stay-cation, you are really missing out. It’s amazing how different your own city can appear when you look at it from a different angle! Book a local hotel or Airbnb in a part of town you enjoy the most and spend a weekend relaxing together as “tourists.” Sign up for a city tour or try a restaurant you’ve never been to – There are always so many hidden treasures we often look right past when we live somewhere. Discover then together!

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Our Favorite Blogs for Wedding Planning & Inspiration

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The modern bride has SO many great and wonderful resources for her wedding planning and inspiration – all accessible on the internet and most of it totally free!

In fact, there are SO many websites and blogs out there, that it can often be a bit overwhelming to wade through everything to find exactly what you need.

To help you break through the noise, we created our  list of our 12 favorite wedding blogs for wedding planning and inspiration. In no particular order, check them out below:

Style Me Pretty

– One of the classic modern wedding inspiration blogs started in 2007 by Abby Larson. This site is filled with gorgeous, well-curated images and features a network of blogs within it, covering certain geographic regions, within the US, Canada and Australia as well as Destination Weddings. Perennially a top fave in wedding planning blogs. A must-see!

Inspired By This

– A cute lifestyle site devoted to bringing you the best of every aspect of your life: work, travel, style, fitness, of course weddings – and more. This has a really nice wedding inspiration section and would be a good place to bookmark to help in other areas of your life as well. So often taste and style can spread across different lifestyle categories, it’s really nice to see a website in which they are integrated.

Loverly

– A bit of a different take on the standard wedding blog, Loverly is much more of a category-driven wedding inspiration website. Discover wedding inspiration by category, color, and/or event details all in a lovely – yes, lovely! – Pinterest-y style layout. When you are kicking back in wedding browsing mode, Loverly is the site to visit. It is easy to kill a couple hours with a glass (or two) of wine while browsing Loverly!

Martha Stewart Weddings

– Where would any self-respecting bride be without consulting Martha on wedding style? The Queen of elegant taste and style shares tons of wedding inspiration and ideas with posts like “How to Create the Perfect Decoy Story for the Proposal” (Pay attention, guys!) or “7 Reasons to Have a New Year’s Eve Wedding.” You will get lost (in a good way) on Martha’s site! (We wonder: When will Snoop guest-blog?)

The SnapKnot Wedding Blog

– Truly one of our faves, this blog by SnapKnot (a site to help you find your wedding photographer) focuses on wedding tips, inspiration, as well as high quality photographs submitted by the members of SnapKnot itself to showcase real weddings from all over the world. There are tons of ideas in here and it’s worth killing an hour (or several) browsing through some of the post categories like Wedding Planning + Tips.

Green Wedding Shoes

– With an emphasis on fashionable wedding style, this site is sure to impress with its categories of real weddings, entertaining, and fashion & beauty. Consistently up there in the top wedding blogs on the Web, GWS is worth not only a visit but to add to your “wedding blogroll.”

Wedding Chicks

– The Wedding Chicks are awesome! These ladies have been churning out quality and relatable wedding inspiration and advice for years now, amassing a huge following on social media along the way. Discover trends across all aspects of the wedding as well as connect with potential vendors – you must visit the Wedding Chicks!

Artfully Wed

– As the name implies, Artfully Wed specializes in publishing content for the style-conscious bride. Erika Pitera curates and updates the blog daily with posts in cateogories like real couple engagements, weddings, “love shoots,” as well as planning the details of your big day with decor and style guides. Definitely put this tasteful and elegant site on your to-do list.

The Budget Savvy Bride

– Jessica of The Budget Savvy Bride totally rocks on this blog! She’s been helping budget conscious brides put together dream weddings without breaking the bank. We especially like her series on Weddings By Budget, which shows you weddings that you can accomplish from anywhere from just $1000 up to $20,000. There should be something in here for everyone to accomplish her dream wedding.

Every Last Detail

– In the bio for Every Last Detail, site creator and former bride and wedding planner Lauren Grove shares that she launched in December of 2009. Lauren’s experience on both the personal and professional sides of both being and serving brides, as well as her keen eye for inspiration, has helped fuel the growth of this fantastic wedding website. Get inspired, find wedding vendors, and help check items off your wedding to-do list with Every Last Detail.

Ruffled Blog

– With a whimsical name, Ruffled is a fantastic source of digestible wedding inspiration for the modern, web-savvy bride. Source ideas from real weddings, take a look at honeymoon options, and get your hands dirty with some wedding DIY projects. Lots and lots of gorgeous visuals, including this Christmas themed wedding shoot on the blog today, make this a wonderful resource.

Junebug Weddings

– Junebug Weddings is a comprehensive site, providing both wedding inspiration and ideas on their blog as well as services like wedding planners, photographers, and venues. This will not only help give you some ideas you perhaps had not yet considered, but also help narrow down your choices for those oh-so-important wedding vendors. Junebug was co-founded by Blair deLaubenfels, Christy Weber and Kim Bamberg. Don’t miss out on Junebug Weddings!

 

We are always on the lookout for more wedding planning resources! What are YOUR favorite wedding blogs for inspiration? Let us know in the comments below!

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