Ways to Sip and Save

September 18, 2011 |  by  |  Tips & Trends, Wedding Etiquettes  |  No Comments  |  Share

I’ve done a little research on the best and worst ways to save on your bar tab. While nothing is worse than an angry crowd since you ran out of alcohol, you don’t want to go broke in the process.

DO limit the liquor. You’ll save big if you reduce the main ingredients to just, say, vodka. Be sure to stock an assortment of mixers.

DON’T blow your budget on a champagne toast; swap in a less pricey sparkler instead, like a Spanish cava or an Italian prosecco.

DO ask your bartenders to use bottle pourers, which dispense a set amount of alcohol so they wont go over the top.

DON’T go nuts with rentals. If you want more than one all-purpose glass, I suggest renting three at most: a water goblet, an all-purpose wineglass, and a rocks (or old-fashioned) glass.

DO cater to your crowd. If you have big drinkers, go for an unlimited bar, for which you pay a set fee. Otherwise, pay by consumption, meaning only for what guests drink. (Regardless of which option you choose, ask that servers clear only empty glasses that way you won’t waste any alcohol in the process)

Hope these helpful tips come in handy when trying to save on the bar tab!

What Does White Tie Even Mean? Decoding Wedding Dress Codes

July 12, 2011 |  by  |  Bridal Fashion, Tips & Trends, Wedding Etiquettes  |  No Comments  |  Share

Now that wedding season is in full swing, those invitations are beginning to pile up. While wedding dress codes will forever be confusing, summer dress codes become complicated by the scorching sun. Questions like, “Are cocktail dresses appropriate for a formal wedding?” and “How casual is this beach wedding going to be?” will frequently arise. Use the lingo given to you on your invite and follow these few pointers so you aren’t that one who shows up to a daytime semiformal wedding in a beaded black ball gown.

Formal

  • long gowns
  • tuxedos or black suits
  • silk chiffon or silk crepe material floor length dress
  • usually held in a ballroom

Semiformal

  • knee length cocktail dresses
  • matching suits
  • “big night out” dresses

Daytime Semiformal

  • knee length dresses
  • lightweight cotton dresses
  • country club attire
  • sport coat and dress pants
  • usually held at a country club or garden

Informal

    • sundresses
    • separates
    • blazers and khakis
    • usually held on the beach, backyard or barns

A summer formal gown at its finest

 

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

June 24, 2011 |  by  |  Tips & Trends, Wedding Etiquettes  |  No Comments  |  Share

 

It’s a tradition for every bride; finding something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Something old speaks of continuity and something new brings optimism and hope. Something borrowed spreads happiness and something blue bears fidelity, love, purity and fertility.Incorporating something new and old never seems to be a challenge for brides but here’s a few ideas on how to make the something blue for your wedding a little less daunting.

1. Try a comfy tracksuit to change into after the reception

2. For the more daring brides, try some fun blue toe nail polish

3. Break out of the ordinary and wear some amazing blue high heels

4. Consider a blue crystal charm on your bouquet

5. In the midst of all the clear glassware, give your first toast with blue stemware

6….Don’t forget the classic blue trimmed garter belt

Welcome to Boston Bags

June 20, 2011 |  by  |  DIY, Tips & Trends, Wedding Etiquettes  |  No Comments  |  Share

Do you have some out-of-town guests coming to the wedding? We’ve seen guests fly in from Florida, California, and even as far as around the world for weddings. Just think, these out-of-town guests fly in from another state so they have no idea where to go, what to do, or the history of this place you guys call “home”. To show your out-of-town guests how much you appreciate them traveling for your wedding, a welcome bag would be a perfect gesture. Most hotels charge for welcome bag deliveries to guestrooms. A way to avoid the fee is to ask if you could have your day-of-coordinator deliver the welcome bags or just have guests pick them up at the front desk as they check-in. So, what should you include in the welcome  bags? Well just about anything you’d like – candy, maps, water, postcards, disposable cameras, pens, t-shirts…etc. This is what I would like to fill mine up with for guests visiting:

  1. Although I have never been on a Boston Duck Tour, this is the ultimate To-Do while in Boston
  2. Wicked Good Cookies
  3. Hello Mr. Lobster
  4. Official welcome to the Beantown with a clay pot of Baked Beans
  5. You can’t walk a block in the city of Boston without running into a DD so treat your guests to a Dunkin Donut’s gift card for an iced coffee
  6. MBTA Charlie Card – they’re free and rechargeable + Map of Boston to get around the town
  7. Massachusetts Mug
  8. Boston Skyline with the Charles River Magnet
  9. Boston Red Sox Koozie would go great with a bag of peanuts and some information on a Boston Fenway Park Tour*Actual tickets sold at ticket office (first-come, first served basis)
  10. Gotta include some American Revolution history! Cute little pillow box with 5 individual Davison, Newman & Company tea bags – the producer of the same tea thrown at the Boston Tea Party!
  11. Lobster Tin Mints
  12. All this to be thrown into a Boston’s Zakim Bridge Tote

A little “Thank you”

December 26, 2010 |  by  |  Wedding Etiquettes  |  No Comments  |  Share

Happy Holidays to everyone during this timely snowstorm that brings us that much closer to our winter wonderland.  Now that Christmas has passed us by, what better way to thank your guests for attending your wedding during the holiday season then with a personalized “Thank you” card from Kodak.  Remind your friends, family and guests what they were a part of during one of your most special days and let them know how much you and your partner appreciated them for coming to your wedding ceremony and/or reception.

www.kodakgallery.com

www.kodakgallery.com

and remember, never be afraid to add a little color

www.kodakgallery.com

Happy Holidays!