Paris Wedding Details

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Paris. How do I even begin to talk about the city of lights? Paris is known as one of the most romantic cities in the world! So of course it comes as no surprise that hundreds of couples jet off to Paris to get engaged, married or to celebrate anniversaries. If you can’t quite make it to Paris, there are plenty of ways for you to have a Parisian themed wedding wherever you may be! Of course no French wedding is complete without a decadence of deserts! From macaroons to truffles, a dessert table is a must! One of my favorite ideas is using a favorite French perfume like Chanel No 5 as a vase to hold flowers. Wherever your ideas may take you remember that French decor is elegant but simple! Have fun!

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{Cover Photo: Clary Pfeiffer Fine Art Photographer via Elizabeth Anne Designs,Le Mariage: Pitch Engine, French Cake: Globe Trotting Bride, Invitation: Le Secret D’Audrey via Wedding Chicks, Chanel Centerpiece: Bridal Guide, Eiffel Tower: Agaton Strom Photographer via SMP, Photo Booth Props: Etsy}

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Happy Thanksgiving Travelers + Friends!

Today is Thanksgiving here in the US and we just wanted to say how thankful we are for each and every one of you who read this blog, submit to the blog and share your stories with us.  We love seeing the world with you!  Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving with your families and fiances!

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{Photos: Wreath: Just Another Day in Paradise, Place Card: Minted, Table: Savvy Southern Style, Cookies: Glorious Treats, Pies: MS}

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Refreshing Destination Wedding Cocktails

I don’t know about you, but sometimes my favorite part of the wedding is the cocktail hour/just getting a drink.. So many couples have great ideas when it comes to creating a specialty wedding cocktail, while others just stick to the basics. Today we’ve come up with some neat ideas to reflect your destination wedding into the drinks you serve!

If you’ve chosen a tropical land for your destination nuptials, then try out the different and exotic fruits that are found in the area. Also, when thinking of the type of alcohol to use (unless you decide on a dry reception, of course) rum is usually a great type to pair with say pineapple, coconut, and mango juices. Married in Mexico? I’m sure you know the answer to this one: Tequila! Margaritas, lime juice concoctions, or just straight shots of this liquor would be an appropriate nod to the Latin country. Ceremonies and receptions in Europe call for wine, champagne, and sangria! Or if you are in the UK, Irish whiskey is a great liquor of choice to be paired with cream: Irish coffee anyone? Finding local bottles of these while anywhere in Europe would really make your wedding seem culturally authentic and you and your guests will be as happy as Bacchus (the Roman God of wine!)

If you’re staying in the states, but taking your crew down South then whiskey would be your best choice! I won’t leave out vodka here, because you can also use that with more common fruits/juices to the South like oranges, peaches, and strawberries. To reflect your location even more, use mason jars as cups and you’ll have chic little Southern drinks. You see, there are many great ways to tribute your wedding destination into your ceremony or reception, and presenting that through drinks can make for a truly fun (and maybe crazy?!) night!

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{Photos: Pink sugar rim, Brides of North Texas; Striped straws, Martha Stewart; Blood orange mojito, Once Wed; Beer and burgers, The Knot; Herb and berry spritzer, The Sweet Occasion; Vanilla pear vodka cocktail, Preston Bailey Bride; Watermelon cocktail, Skirt.com; White strawberry-lemon sangria, Kitchen Treaty; Pineapple-cranberry-pear vodka, Intoxicology.net; Kaluah eggnog and Jameson whiskey, Creative Culinary; Champagne apricato, Brides}

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Chocolate Wedding Favors from Around the World

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching…it’s on pretty much everyone’s mind (don’t deny it!) and we’re all dreaming of heart felt cards, bouquets of roses, romantic candlelit dinners, and boxes of luscious chocolates. And, I’m sure many of us are trying to stay true to our New Year’s resolutions of eating less sweets (especially with a white dress on the horizon), but chocolate is actually good for your heart – Ha! No, I’m not just saying that because Valentine’s Day is obviously associated with hearts, but chocolate (especially dark chocolate) is a great source of flavanol antioxidants. With that said, for those who are having a Valentine’s wedding, why not give your guests a favor that will please their taste buds and their hearts?

Try searching for chocolates from different countries like Belgium, Switzerland, and many countries within Latin America and the Caribbean. These mentioned locations are well known for producing the best chocolates in the world. European chocolate has more of the milk chocolate types for those who enjoy that rich sweet taste, while in Latin America and the Caribbean you will notice more bittersweet dark chocolates, which also hold the most antioxidants!  Gifts that reflect where you will wed are that much sweeter so why not consider chocolate?!  Some cute ideas for using chocolate as favors include Venezuelan “hot chocolate on a stick”  chocolates, dark chocolate covered coffee beans, and a little goodie bag or box of assorted gourmet Belgian chocolates. These ideas would be perfect if you’re also having a destination wedding in one of these chocolate producing countries. However you choose to serve chocolate favors, your guests will love it and their hearts will too!

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{Photos: Venezuela chocolate, Giver’s Log; Chocolate jewel + Bonbons + pink background, Martha Stewart; Salted chocolates, Gilt Taste; Chocolate covered coffee beans, Etsy; Assorted chocolates, Examiner}

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Exotic Wedding Appetizers

So, maybe all your life you dreamed of having a beautiful, luxurious destination wedding, saying “I do” on the beaches of Mexico, or the Mediterranean, or in a zen garden in Asia, but now that you’ve gotten the ring, your dream seems a bit out of reach. Well, here is just the thing to do at your nuptials to make up for the not-so-destination location! Why not incorporate the local foods that you would have enjoyed in the country of choice as appetizers for you and your guests during cocktail hour? This way you’ll feel like you have brought a bit of that destination home. There are tons of great and different exotic apps out there to choose from even if you were just craving something cool to eat! If you wanted to be in Mexico, serve stuffed jalapenos, guacamole, and quesadillas. Asia? Try some pot stickers, sushi, and spring rolls. United Kingdom? Scotch Eggs are a swanky British version of deviled eggs, and have colcannon, a potato, cabbage, ham and butter dish. Or maybe you have a Cuban themed reception, you could never go wrong with tostones, these absolutely delicious fried green plantains. Whatever part of the world you wanted to be in to exchange vows, you can bring them home to you, served on a silver platter!

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{Photos: Stuffed jalapenos + Pot stickers, Martha Stewart; Baba Ghanouj, Simple Recipes; Tostones, Scrumpdillyicious; Scotch Eggs, iVillage; Colcannon, Food Network }

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Tequila Bar

Since it’s a holiday week here, I’m feeling festive so why not start the weekend off early with a tequila bar?!?!  A great way to educate your guests in a fun experience at your Mexico destination wedding, bring in a variety of tequilas and teach and taste during your cocktail hour.  What better way to get the party started and infuse the local offerings into your event?!

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{Photos: Tray: Etsy, Second Row: 410 Studio via Bride & Chic, Red Drawers: Chelsea Boatwright via SW Mag, Bottom Left: Les Loups via Alchemy Fine Events, Right: Wedding Vibe}

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Croquembouche Wedding Cakes

Croquembouche cakes Croquembouche Wedding Cakes{Photos: Left: Gourmet Traveller, Right: Martha Stewart Weddings}

Ahh the French wedding cake – the croquembouche – delish!  But what is it?  If you’re planning a destination wedding in France then consider serving up their traditional wedding dessert – this tower of puff pastries perfect for a dessert bar!  A croquembouche is a tower of stacked (in a cone shape) profiteroles filled with creme.  Ummmmm.  Caramelized sugar or caramel holds the tower together and makes a crunchy element to the pastry creation.  Fill it with chocolate, cover in and dip the profiteroles in chocolate, stick lavender sprigs inside and around the puffs, serve it individual or as part of a larger dessert sampling – there are many options to serving up this sweet treat.  And if you still love that traditional American wedding cake (easier to cut into for a photo op), then serve them both!  There are no rules when it comes to the desserts you love and share with your guests!

Croquembouche Croquembouche Wedding Cakes{Photos: Top Left: La Cerise, Top Right: Martha Stewart Weddings, Middle Left: Karen Mordechai via Grey Likes Weddings, Middle Right: Southern Weddings, Bottom Left: Sprinkle Bakes, Bottom Right: Martha Stewart Weddings}

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Chocolate Desserts from Around the World

There’s less than one week until Valentine’s Day and that means we have chocolate on the brain! Since chocolate should by no means by relegated only to February 14th (The horror!) it got us thinking about how chocolate is used and consumed around the world, and how you can incorporate those local delectable desserts into your destination wedding!

chocolate destination weddings Chocolate Desserts from Around the WorldPhoto Credit: Zachary Zavislak via Details

We may all know and love the chocolate Switzerland and Belgium made famous, but many other countries have their very own chocolate specialties too! A great idea for incorporating plain old (fabulous) chocolate into your destination wedding is ordering some locally produced chocolate bars and turning them into your save the dates. Nobody’s going to turn that invitation down! You can also have your menus printed directly on chocolate… no need for a dessert course there! But if you desire chocolate in another of its many forms take a cue from some of these beauties. Spice up your evening wedding with Mexican hot chocolate or allow guests at your intimate reception to enjoy dipping local fruits in fondue (a cheese tradition originating in Switzerland then turned chocolate when brought to the US!). Use chocolate as just a dusting on individual tiramisu (Thanks Italy!), serve a chocolaty Swiss Roll which, despite it’s name, is actually a traditional German dessert, or make a statement with a unique chocolate pavlova, a meringue dessert developed down under!

chocolate desserts around the world Chocolate Desserts from Around the WorldPhoto Credits: Chocolate Bar Wedding Invitations by Uncle Pear via Behance, Chocolate Fondue Photo by Nancy Neil via Once Wed, Mexican Hot Chocolate via Gabby’s Gluten-Free, Chocolate Menus by Delysia Chocolatier via Jolie Jolie Design Blog, Chocolate Pavlova via Martha Stewart, Chocolate Swiss Roll via Martha Stewart, Tiramisu via Gourmet Traveller

If you don’t want the chocolate fest to end at dessert (and why should it!?) think about incorporating chocolate into your favors too. Brazilian chocolate truffles called brigadeiros are a perfect option for your South American affair, jars of Italian Nutella are a sure crowd pleaser, and chocolate dipped fortune cookies can even be customized with special phrases hiding inside. Of course, we can’t forget France in this chocolate tour of the world. How about a chocolate croissant for guests of your romantic Parisian getaway to enjoy “the morning after” or perhaps a chocolate macaroon? Or… both? And last but  not least, you may be hosting a destination wedding stateside and America certainly knows it’s chocolate too! Brownies go without saying, packaged in cute little bags for a midnight snack or if your nuptials have taken you to Hawaii, pick up some chocolate covered macadamia nuts to hand out. Oh, we could go on…

chocolate desserts for destination weddings Chocolate Desserts from Around the WorldPhoto Credits: Nutella Favors via Ruffled, Brigadeiros by My Sweet Brigadeiro via Serious Eats, Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies via The Cheese Thief, Chocolate Croissants via Dishing the Divine, Brownies via My Baking Addiction, Chocolate Macarons via A Little Bite of Everything, Chocolate Macadamia Nut Truffles by Peace. Love. Truffles.

With a little looking around your chosen wedding destination, you’re sure to find a local chocolaty delight to please everyone, and then some!

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Lavender Wedding Ideas

Lavender is known to soothe, relax, and can even be used as a remedy to sleep.  It’s lovely color and timeless beauty (whether fresh or dried) makes it a wonderful addition to a wedding.  Lavender has origins across the globe, from Africa and Asia to the Mediterranean and Southern Europe (in ancient times it was even considered a holy herb).  So with its worldly roots, we thought it would make an excellent accent to a destination wedding of course!  Whether in fields in the South of France or touching down in Greece, a little lavender goes a long way to make a lasting impression.

In your wedding ceremony, consider utilizing the herb in bouquets, boutonnieres, potted plants at the altar, or hanging from the pews of a church, the ideas are endless!

lavender wedding bouquets Lavender Wedding Ideas{Photos: Bride & Groom: Things I Love About Weddings, Bouquet: Ritzy Bee, Box of Boutinierres: Amy & Stewart via SMP, Men’s Boutinierre & Bridesmaid: Samm Blake via SMP, Pots in Aisle: Project Wedding}

For your reception, adorn your tables with centerpieces – potted or in a variety of styles of vases and dinner will smell as sweet as it looks.  Spice up your cocktails with a hint of lavender, infuse it into your menu options (think cheese), opt for lavender flavored macaroons or even dress up your croquembouche or traditional American wedding cake with the sweet smell of lavender.  Yum!  For favors?  Muslin sacks filled with lavender seeds to keep in drawers back home (or use these to toss at the ceremony); and when putting together welcome bags, why not include a lavender eye mask to help guests recover from that jet lag?  Oh how we love the look of lavender!

lavender wedding ideas Lavender Wedding Ideas{Photos: Potted Lavender: Helen Carter Weddings, Glass Vases Centerpiece: This is Glamorous, Multiple White Vases of Lavender: Samm Blake via SMP, Chair Tie: A Floral, Cocktails: This Side of Lovely, Croquembouche: Swoon!, Macaroons: Cut Out + Keep, Wedding Cake: Amy & Stewart via SMP, Sashet: Martha Stewart Weddings, Do Not Disturb: Centsational Girl}

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