For Your Wedding – Black and White Is Always Right

Ice BucketPlease forgive the cutesy title! But it really IS true …. black & white is always right! Whether you are having a formal wedding, a casual wedding or something in between, a black & white theme works!

If you’ve been stressing out over which color to choose, black & white may just be your answer. There is a certain sophistication to a black & white theme. Its timeless style means you are likely not to get tired of it or it looking dated in your photos. And you won’t have the stress of trying to match one particular color with your wedding accessories.

Some couples even go all out with the black & white theme by asking their guests to wear black or white, as well.

And Black & white is especially nice if you want just a pop of color. You can use just about any accent color with black & white.

We hope the photos below will give you some ideas and inspiration for your own black & white wedding! The first photo is from the fabulous San Diego photographer Darin Fong, used with permission.

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It’s easy to add a pop of color to a black & white theme. Just about any color and shade will work, from bright colors to pastels.Black & White 4
All product photos are from Exclusively Weddings.
Links to photos:
Black and White Theme Wedding Accessories
Black and White Wedding Invitations 
Personalized Napkins
100% Free Wedding Invitation Samples
Wedding Invitations from Exclusively Weddings

Wedding reception and cake photos are from our Pinterest Boards. Follow us to keep up with our new photos daily.

For lots of wedding ideas from amazing wedding photos, check out photographer Darin Fong’s blog and Web site.

The last photo (round tables) in the second collage is from The link includes many photos from a wedding held in Florence, Italy.

A Wedding Dream Comes True

AliSix weeks before her wedding, bride-to-be Ali was asked by HuffPost Weddings to write an article for them on the subject of planning her wedding. Ali, the product manager at Exclusively Weddings, wrote in her article that what she really wanted her wedding to be almost got side tracked. She took a step back to re-evaluate and re-group, and in the end, she got the exact wedding she had been dreaming of.

Ali was married to Hill on April 28. In looking at her wedding photos recently, I saw a radiant bride who had a big, natural smile in almost every single picture. This was a bride who was relaxed and who obviously enjoyed every minute of her big day. The statement from her HuffPost story, “I just want to marry the man I love in front of the family and friends that I adore” is exactly what happened!

Her HuffPost article is shared below, along with photos.

Reprinted from HuffPost Weddings  –  May 1, 2012: The Pressure To Have A ‘Unique’ Wedding – By Ali Besaw — Some may say I am your typical bride-to-be. I’m a young professional juggling a multitude of things every day. Now one of those items being juggled is finalizing the details of my wedding because I’m getting married in six weeks. The good news — all the major things are done and checked off of my list. I’ve booked my ceremony and reception location, hired a DJ and finalized the menu. But now is the time when those little details have to be addressed which include the question, how can my wedding be ‘”different” or unique? The details I’m obsessing over include: What am I going to decorate my tables with? What about wedding favors? How do I want the bridal party introduced? These small details are taking over my mind. Crazy? Not yet.

Now, some of my friends say I have a slight advantage because I happen to be a product manager for a great little wedding supplies company — Exclusively Weddings. So, I know stuff. I have contacts. But, that certainly does not alleviate the pressure I feel to be unique.

So I search the internet for ideas. Like every other twenty-something year old female, I check out Pinterest — but I do it relentlessly. And I obviously look to my friends and family for help. We can all find great ideas like those crafty DIY projects that could really make your wedding unique. There’s just one major problem: Who truly has the time to do that? Plus, I live and work in North Carolina while my wedding is taking place in Georgia!

Although my fiancé is quite special, he isn’t much help besides answering, “Whatever you want,” in response to my need for his opinion. And, though I’d like to pretend they don’t, my bridesmaids do have lives of their own. In my wedding-consumed mind they can easily dedicate their evenings to hunting down old vintage books that I can set an antique clock on for my center pieces, but in reality, they can’t.

So I have to ask myself, how important are these “unique” touches? Sure, if I had all the time in the world and a never-ending budget, I could pull off a David Tutera-esque wedding. But I don’t. And do the guests really care if I provide them with handmade favors that took hours to assemble? Aren’t they there to witness the “soul’s recognition of its counterpoint in another,” as John Ryan would say? Aren’t they there for the free food and beverage, not to mention witnessing some interesting events such as the guaranteed long-distance relative that has too much to drink? I think emphatically, yes. I just want to marry the man I love in front of the family and friends that I adore.

With all that said. I love the idea of creating something new and unique. But it’s not the handmade center pieces and wedding favors at the reception that will make it so. I know my wedding and reception will be unique because it will be a reflection of me and my fiancé, as well as our family and friends. So, I’m looking forward to providing my guests with yummy brownie pops and having lovely floral center pieces in crystal vases. I’ll be sure to send pictures of how “unique” everything was!

Ali and Hill

Ali and Hill’s wedding was photographed by Kelly Rae Stewart Photography and all photos shown here are from her portfolio. Used with permission. Additional wedding photos can be seen on the photographer’s blog.

Serve Your Guests in Shooters!

Lemon Meringue ShootersServing party food in shooters is becoming popular for social events and wedding receptions … from hors d’oeuvres to buffet dinners. Serving in shooters can give a special elegance to any food. For example in the first collage below, the French Fries look much more appetizing than if they were in one big container. In the shooters they are “elevated”! And tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches are taken to new heights, as well.

Serving beverages in shooters is something you’ve probably seen before, but there are ideas that are new, as well. Strawberry milkshakes with a decorative straw look elegant and hot chocolate shooters with mini donuts make an original treat. The last photo in the second collage is a different twist on a shooter … using a salt-rimmed lime to serve a Margarita shot! That will be a treat that your guests will likely talk about long after the wedding day!

Desserts are perfect for being served in shooters. Sometimes a huge piece of cake is more than most people want, nowadays. But a small shooter-filled goodie can be just the right size!

Shooters work well for vegetables, soup and shrimp

Mini Burgers and Fries, Vegetable Beef Soup, Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Shrimp, and Variety of Vegetables.

A Variety of Beverages in Shooteres

Strawberry Milkshake, Chocolate Milkshake and S’Mores, Hot Chocolate and Mini Donuts and Margarita Shots in Lime Shooters.

Dessert shooters

Banana Pudding, Dark Chocolate, Lemon Meringue Pie, and S’Mores.

Update 2014: I have added a new post on this subject … more ideas!

For more ideas for wedding reception food and beverage, see our Wedding Food and Beverage Pinterest Board.

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Photo Credits:,,,,,,, and, Source for Last Photo in First Collage – Vegetable Shooters from Nieta Gates at NJ Gates Events, Chicago, IL

Milk and Cookies for Your Wedding Reception

Milk and CookiesYour wedding reception guests have been treated to a fabulous evening. The food and drinks were perfection. Now it is almost time for everyone to go home and they need a special treat before departing. So, what do you give them …. How about Milk and Cookies!

Milk and cookies are “on trend” for weddings and are perfect for the more casual weddings that are so popular. But don’t rule this treat out for more formal affairs! Milk and cookies can be an elegant wedding reception food when the milk is served in stemware or in shooter-sized glasses. And when on a silver platter served by gloved waiters, this yummy snack is taken to a new level!

The perfect comfort food, milk and cookies will send your guests on their way home with a feeling of well being and maybe they will even have sweet dreams about the beautiful bride, the handsome groom and the lovely wedding they attended!
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See our Wedding Reception Food and Drink Pinterest board for lots more photos.

Instructions for adding sprinkles as shown in the photo above:
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“Using two plates, place a few tablespoons of agave nectar or honey on one and coloured sprinkles on the other. Dip the rim of the glass into the honey, allowing the excess to drip off before dipping the rim into the sprinkles. Leave the glasses upside down and allow the sprinkles to adhere before turning the cups right side up (or the sprinkles will run down the side of the glass). Make your favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe and shape some of the dough into small balls, approximately 1″ in size. Place a lollipop stick in the middle of the dough ball and press down to ensure the stick is covered by dough on all sides. Bake as per your cookie recipe. Fill the glasses with milk and rest a cookie garnish on the rim of the glass.”

Photo Credits: Audrey Magazine, Belle the Magazine, Snapari, A Thoughtful Place, Style Me Pretty, A Bloom Affair, One Charming Party