Inspired by Olive Oil for Your Destination I Do

Today we’re inspired by olive oil!  Yep, you read that right!  Whether you’re getting married in the hillsides of Tuscany or the rolling greens of California, infusing local finds (like olive oil) make great wedding day details.  Consider giving your guests something from the region as the wedding favor – like these bottles of olive oil.  Or dress up your table with a collection of bottles repurposed as vases for flowers.  Serve up an olive oil tasting bar during cocktail hour or give guests a station during the reception to enjoy.  We know how great olive oil is to cook with, no try decorating to reflect the region on which you wed too!

olive oil themed wedding Inspired by Olive Oil for Your Destination I Do

{Photos: Top Table: Pretty Stuff, Favors: Live View Studios via Wedding Chicks, Second Row Table: OneLove Photography via SMP, Mantle: Indulgy, Third Row Left Favors: Dream Delicate Kisses, Right: Peaches and Mint, Forth Row Tasting: Adrift Photo, Right: Pinterest, Bottom Row Table: Pinterest, Bottles: Just Putzing}
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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!

thanksgiving wedding Happy Thanksgiving Travelers + Friends!

{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!

wedding+cocktails Refreshing Destination Wedding Cocktails

{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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