The Secret to a Perfect Moscow Mule Cocktail

bride with moscow muleEven though the Moscow Mule cocktail first became popular in the 1940s and was the “it drink” for many years, it eventually lost its popularity. However, the Moscow Mule has made a comeback in a big way!

Soooo, you may be wondering  what’s the “secret” that is mentioned in my title. Well here it is… The “secret” to making the perfect Moscow Mule is the copper mug that has been associated with the cocktail since its inception. While the Moscow Mule is a delicious combination of vodka mixed with fizzy ginger beer (non-alcoholic) and tart lime, the use of a copper mug makes this great cocktail even better!

One reason the copper mug is such a great complement to the Moscow Mule is that copper becomes cool very quickly and your yummy cocktail will be extra-frosty! Just keep your hands away from the wall of the mug and it will stay icy cold.

And not only does the copper mug keep your cocktail perfectly chilled, it also makes a great presentation. And after all, when it comes to cocktails, the presentation is key. The signature copper mug takes the Moscow Mule to another level!

The Moscow Mule copper mug makes a great bridesmaid and groomsmen gift and you also might want to consider having this distinctive drink as your “signature wedding cocktail”. Exclusively Weddings added the traditional Moscow Mule mug (shown in photos here) to our product selection this year. There are two types of copper mugs: lined and unlined. Most of the best manufacturers line the interior of their mugs with a protective, food-safe nickel interior and that is the high-quality version that Exclusively Weddings sells. Moscow Mule at Exclusively Weddings.

Here is the recipe for you below. Some recipes call for a little more or little less of this or that but this recipe is my favorite. You can have fun experimenting.

moscow-mule-roundMoscow Mule Recipe:
Ingredients:
2 oz. vodka, 4 oz. ginger beer, 1/2 oz. lime juice, 1 lime wedge and 1 copper mug.

Preparation:
Add the lime juice and vodka to a Moscow Mule mug.  Fill the mug with ice cubes. Add the ginger beer. Stir. Garnish with the lime wedge. Tip: All ingredients should be cold. Chill the mug, also.

Below are images I created to make it easy for you to save the recipe to your Pinterest board or your computer. Enjoy!

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Photo of bride: Carrie Patterson Photography

Five Wedding Photo Ideas You Don’t Want to Miss

Your wedding photos will be treasured mementos of your wedding day for the rest of your life.  In most cases, your photographer will chronicle the day and you’ll have a photo of just about every detail as it unfolded. Some photographers do staged “fun” shots of the couple and/or bridesmaids. but I wonder how much those shots will really be treasured. To be honest, some can look a bit “cheesy” and they take a lot of time to organize, photograph, etc. And is the result really something that you will treasure?

When you meet with your photographer, you should have the opportunity to go over the shots that you want included, the special people you want photographed, etc. To help you narrow down the shots that will mean something to you long after the wedding, I want to share 5 photos that aren’t to be missed …  that aren’t “cheesy” and that will hold up over time … that will serve you now and for years to come.

1. Bridesmaid’s relation to bride
2. Bridesmaids in their “getting ready” spa robes
3. The couple with their pet
4. The guests forming a heart
5. An artistic photo of the couple

And the most important aspect of these photos is that they are perfect for framing … either in a typical 5″ x 7″ or 8″ x 10″ size but even bigger on canvas!

Bridesmaid’s relation to bride. I’m not much for gimmicky photos but I really think this is cute. The boards will indicate when the bride and bridesmaid met. Some add the date to the board, as well. Just be sure that it is shot in non-glaring light so that the words can be easily read.  I think this is a fun photo idea, but not cheesy!
Five Wedding Photo Ideas You Don't Want to Miss - How the Bridesmaids Met the Bride

Bridesmaids in their “getting ready” spa robes. Another bridesmaids’ shot that shouldn’t be missed is of your bridesmaids getting ready for the ceremony in their spa robes. This is a chance for your girls to be in a relaxed pose, having fun, yet not be wearing their bridesmaids dresses. I do like the technique used in the photo below of having the bridesmaids dresses in the photo, but not being worn.
Five Wedding Photo Ideas You Don't Want to Miss - Getting Ready

The couple with their pet. If you have a pet that means a lot to you as a couple, having him or her as part of your wedding in some way is a must! Here is a photo idea that will mean the world to you over the years.
Five Wedding Photo Ideas You Don't Want to Miss - Dog Paw

The guests forming a heart. Most photographers don’t try to get a shot of all wedding guests together! But if done as shown below, you have a great view of all your guests and a keepsake photo that is worthy of being framed. I’ve seen this type of shot done from all sorts of angles. Some are from very high up and while the heart shape does look good, the guests themselves don’t show up very well. I think there is a happy medium such as shown below. The heart is still visible but yet most of the guests can be  identified. Five Wedding Photo Ideas You Don't Want to Miss - Guests in Shape of a Heart

An artistic photo of the couple. And while you are looking your best and have a photographer at hand, why not do a once-in-a-lifetime artistic shot of the two of you. A keepsake that you will enlarge to a huge size and hang on the wall to be a lasting memento of your big day and serve as a work of art, as well. To be truly artistic and evoke emotion it needs a special touch and if you have a great photographer they should be able to capture this for you. This is not just a photo of the two you but one that has the right setting and the right emotional appeal.  It’s hard to explain what makes an artistic shot, but you will know it when you see it! And to describe it in one word: “EMOTION”!

We have a Pinterest board, Artistic Wedding Photos of the Bride and Groom for lots more ideas.
Five Wedding Photo Ideas You Don't Want to Miss - Romantic Photo

Five Fresh Ideas for Using Ribbon Streamers at Your Wedding

Decorating with ribbon is a relatively easy way to add lots of pizzazz to your wedding ceremony and reception. In this post I will share some ideas you may not have seen before. I won’t be talking about using ribbon on bouquets, aisle markers or on little boxes for your wedding favors … you probably know about that already!

I will focus on five fresh ideas for using ribbon streamers for:

  • Ceremony Backdrop
  • Ceremony and/or Reception Chairs
  • Reception Ceiling Décor
  • Reception Table Runners
  • Wedding Balloons

Ceremony Backdrop. If you are having your wedding ceremony outside, chances are you will need a backdrop for the area where you and your groom will stand for your wedding vows. This will be the spot where important wedding photos will be taken as you exchange rings, share your first kiss as husband and wife, etc. So, you want it to be beautiful! Using ribbon is less expensive than flowers and doesn’t require a professional to set up. This is something you can do by yourself … with a little assistance from a few friends and/or family.

The backdrop below is very simple and understated. Notice that the aisle markers coordinate with it.
Ceremony backdrop for beach wedding

This photos shows how the ribbons are attached. As you can see, your backdrop can be as elaborate as you want it to be!Ceremony backdrop with ribbon streamers

This backdrop  uses several types of ribbon which gives it a lot of visual interest.

Ceremony backdrop with satin ribbon

Ceremony and/or Reception Chairs. Decorating chairs can be a bit labor intensive and if you don’t have help, instead of decorating all of the chairs, you can just do the bride’s and groom’s chairs or the head table’s chairs.Chairs with ribbon streamers

Ribbons streamers on chairs - 3 views

All three of the ribbon designs below make great use of coordinating the wedding colors. Here is a link to show you how to do these techniques:
How to Decorate Chairs with RibbonThree Chairs Decorated with Ribbons

Reception Ceiling Décor. Here are some examples of how to decorate your reception site’s ceiling with ribbons. ribbon decor for ceiling

If your reception site has chandeliers you can coordinate your wedding colors by simply adding ribbons to the chandelier. Ribbon on Chandelier

Not every venue can handle the ceiling detail that is shown below but for those that can, you can add a lot of interest and color with ribbon. wedding reception ribbon decorations

Reception Table Runners. If you are on a budget and don’t want to have elaborate centerpieces, you can use ribbon streamers to add color and interest to your tables.Ribbon table decor

Ribbon for table decor at reception

Ribbon is great for substituting for a tablecloth and often it is a lot more festive!Ribbon table skirt

Wedding Balloons. When it comes to balloons there are “degrees” of “fabulousness”! Yes, you can get the pear-shaped ones and tie some “curling” ribbon on them but why not take it up a notch and use round balloons with shimmery,satin ribbon!Balloons with ribbon

Balloons are great for photos and the ribbon “pom-poms” take things from average to spectacular! The last photo shows more detail of the colorful ribbon pom-poms in this photo.
Wedding Party with Balloons

Bridal couple with balloons

Resources:

It’s best to cut your ribbons at a slant or “V” at the ends. Here are instructions for doing that: The Right Way to Cut Ribbon Ends

100-Yard Rolls of Ribbon at Exclusively Weddings – 24 Color Choices for Satin and 9 for Sheer Organza:
7/8″ Satin Ribbon 
7/8″ Sheer Organza Ribbon 
5/8″ Satin Ribbon
3/8″ Satin Ribbon

Photo Sources: Lizzie Photo, Stripling Photography, Anne Robert Photography, Alyssa Vincent, Wedding Chicks, Anushe Low, Keely Thorne Events, She-n-He.com, Style Me Pretty, A Little Polkadot, Keely Thorne Events/Craig Davis Photography [last two photos]

Turquoise Wedding Color – Seven Perfect Combinations

Turquoise is a popular and beloved wedding color. It can work for weddings in all seasons, depending on the other color(s) it is paired with. For example, if you add pink, it becomes a fresh and summery combination. And when combined with red it works for all seasons. You may wonder how it can be used in winter months; but if you use accessories styled for winter, it can be perfect for those months, too.

Turquoise and Yellow Wedding Colors
Yellow paired with Turquoise makes a bright and sunny combination for spring and summer weddings.
Turquoise and Yellow Wedding Colors

Turquoise and Red Wedding Colors
Turquoise and Red works for all seasons. Just be sure to use season-appropriate accessories and you can enjoy this combination any time of year.
Turquoise and Red Wedding Colors

Turquoise and Pink Wedding Colors
Turquoise and Pink is perfect for warm months. You can use a soft pink or hot pink, depending on the look you are trying to achieve.
Turquoise and Pink Wedding

Turquoise and Coral Wedding Colors
Turquoise and Coral can work for spring, summer and fall. It isn’t always seen in fall and can be a unique combination you might want to consider. This combination is often seen in beach weddings.
Coral and Turquoise Wedding

Turquoise and Purple Wedding Colors
Turquoise and Purple is a luscious combination that seems to work best in spring and summer. If you want to use this combination in fall or winter, just choose shades that are a little bit darker.
Turquoise and Purple Wedding Colors

Turquoise with Black & White Wedding Colors
These colors can work in any season. The addition of white helps break up the intensity of the black and turquoise to create a perfect combination.
Black-White-and-Turquois

Turquoise with Green Wedding Colors
Turquoise and green is a fresh combination that is perfect for spring and summer weddings. It’s also a good combination for beach weddings.  I used a warm tone-green in this collage, which includes apple green and lime green.
Turquoise_and_Green_Wedding_Colors

Collages created by Sher Silver – Exclusively Weddings

Click the photos to enlarge to full-size versions.

To see all of the collages I’ve created, see Exclusively Weddings’ Pinterest Board: Wedding Color Stories

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[Photo Sources: Turquoise & Yellow:  Kate Bentley Events,  Bend the Light Blog,  A Paper Proposal, Prepared to Wed, Frosted Petticoat Blog, Kate Bentley Events, Frosted Petticoat Blog – Red & Turquoise:  Studio 563Lane DittoeFair CakeIn Focus Designs StudioStudio 563 – Purple & Turquoise:  Cake CentralGlorious TreatsSpotlight, Boho Weddings- Turquoise and Pink: Style Me Pretty, Osedo L Cakes, lover.ly, Cotton and Crumbs UK- Coral & Turquoise:  La Vida Creations Photography, RubyJu, Tumblr, Object:Splendor, Sugar Bloom Cupcakes – Black, White, and Turquoise:  Leslie Gilbert PhotographyEchard Wheeler PhotographyEtsyPegeen- Turquoise and Green:  The Art of Cake/Eric Hornung Photography, Style Me Pretty, The Knot, Midwest Living, Tikkido, Object: Splendor, Etsy-Green Orchid Design]

Signature Wedding Cocktail

Signature Wedding Cocktail - Blue WaveOne of the biggest expenses for a wedding reception is an open bar. Costs can spiral out of control pretty fast, since most venues charge you for every bottle that is opened, even if it was used for just one drink. If you are handling the bar details yourself, it can be an overwhelming task and expensive to stock it, hire a bartender, and the like.

One way to save money on the alcoholic beverages is to offer just wine and beer. But if you want to crank it up a notch and “wow” your guests, you may want to serve one or two signature wedding cocktails, either with or without the beer and wine option. And with an open bar you may be tempted to buy premium brands of alcohol but if serving a pre-mixed signature cocktail, you can get way with more moderately priced brands.

Even if you are having an open bar, serving a signature cocktail can still be a fun addition.

Sometimes both the bride and groom choose a cocktail as their “signature”.  Couples even incorporate a sign to announce the choices, such as this one:

Signature Wedding Cocktail Sign

There is really no end to the possibilities available when choosing a wedding cocktail. In this post, I’ll show you some options. Recipes are included in the link underneath each photo.

If your wedding is in winter or autumn, you can serve a drink that coordinates with the season, such as the Candy Cane Martini and S’Mores Martini shown below:
Signature Wedding Cocktail - Candy Cane Martini
Recipe

Signature Wedding Cocktail - S'Mores Martini
Recipe

For a wedding that is on or near Memorial Day or Fourth of July a Fireworks Daiquiri is an impressive choice:
Fireworks Red, White and Blue Daiquiri
Recipe

For spring and summer weddings, a Blow-Pop Martini or Strawberry Lemonade Sparkler is a welcomed treat:Signature Wedding Cocktail - Blow Pop Martini
Recipe

Signature Wedding Cocktail - Strawberry Lemonade Sparkler
Recipe

You can also choose a cocktail in your wedding color(s) such as the Sparkling Shamrock below that will coordinate with your Lime Green wedding color:
Signature Wedding Cocktail - Sparkling Shamrock
Recipe

Lime Green Wedding Color

Or a Blue Wave to match your Teal and Fuchsia colors:
Signature Wedding Cocktail - Blue Wave
Recipe

Teal and Fuchsia Wedding Colors

And of course you can never go wrong with Champagne.  And there are some delicious sparkling wines available for a fraction of the cost of Champagne.

You may want to choose Pink Champagne (or sparkling pink wine)  Here’s an article to help with your choice:
The Best Sparkling Pink Wine for Under $20

Signatuare Wedding Cocktail - Pink Champagne

Whichever signature cocktail you choose, your guests will surely be impressed and will toast to your creativity!
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For more signature wedding cocktail ideas from EW, see our Pinterest board:
Wedding Cocktails on Pinterest

Photo Sources:
Signature Cocktails Sign: Cathy’s Concepts; Candy Cane Martini: Q’s Tasty Concoctions; The S’mores Martini: Cheeky Chic; Fireworks Red, White and Blue Daiquiris: Food Network; Blow Pop Martini Cocktails: tablespoon; Strawberry Lemonade Sparkler: Rippee Photography; Sparkling Shamrock Champagne Cocktail: Formal Fringe;  Lime Green Collage: Wirken Photography, The Culinary Chronicles, Jose Villa Wedding Photography, Formal Fringe, Sweet and Saucy Shop, Martha Stewart Weddings; Le Blue Wave: LILA Photo; Teal & Fuchsia Collage: Cindy & Saylor, Photography by Vanessa, Bradley James Photography, Abby Jiu Photography, Olofson Design, Ivy Studios Photo; Gold-Rimmed Glasses of Champagne: Kristyn Hogan Photography

Gray Wedding Color -The New Neutral

When thinking of the usual neutral colors seen in wedding palettes, we typically think of white and ivory. Recently another color has gained popularity and gives couples one more option. That color is Gray.

The tone of gray can range from a soft blue-gray to a dark, warm charcoal. The color works particularly well for fall and winter weddings.

We created collages (shown below) that illustrate how to use gray as one of your wedding colors with Plum, Yellow, Green and Coral. It also works well with Pink, Purple, Blue and Red and more!

Please click the collages below for the enlarged versions.

When plum is added to gray, a particularly luscious palette unfolds.Plum and Gray Wedding Colors

Yellow is as sunny color that coordinates well with gray. The gray tones down the brightness of the yellow while the yellow brightens up the gray! A perfect match!Yellow and Gray Wedding Colors

Green paired with gray creates a unique and somewhat “earthy” palette. While we often see green with brown,the gray takes it up a notch and is a bit unexpected.Green and Gray Wedding Colors

Gray gives a fresh, modern look to a Coral, which has been a popular wedding color for many decades. Coral and Gray Wedding Colors

And if you can’t quite decide on a color to add to gray, you can’t go wrong with an all-gray palette!
Gray Wedding Color Theme

Some links from our Pinterest boards to help with color ideas:
Purple Wedding Ideas
Purple from Exclusively Weddings on Pinterest

Yellow Wedding Ideas
Yellow from Exclusively Weddings on Pinterest

Green and Gray Wedding Ideas
Green from Exclusively Weddings on Pinterest

Coral Wedding Ideas

Gray from Exclusively Weddings on Pinterest

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Photo Sources:
Plum & Gray: 
Kay Meyer Photography, Charlotte Geary Photography, Paul Barnett, Hazelnut Photography, Confetti Couture, Three Little Blackbirds Cakes, Absolutely Loved Photography – Yellow & Gray:  Stephanie Williams Photography, Oh Lovely Day, Jamie Clayton Photography, Catch My Party, Stephanie Williams Photography, Memory Makers Photography – Green & Gray:  Heather Parker Photography, Jillian Mitchell Photography, The Full Bouquet, Melissa Schollaert Photography, Just the Frosting – Coral & Gray: Cordele Photography, True Photography Weddings, Sugar City Sweets, Amelia Johnson Photography, Cupcake, Lane Dittoe, Yvonne Wong, Confectioner’s CounterGray:  Noaki Jewelry, The Cake Parlour, Christina Szczupak, Christian Oth Studio, The Nichols

Easy DIY Wedding Reception Centerpieces

DIY Wedding CenterpiecesIf you are planning your wedding you are probably seeing the total cost add up … and up! One way to stretch your wedding dollars is to use DIY wedding reception centerpieces.

In this post we’ll focus on the ways you can incorporate glass bottles in to your DIY centerpiece. There are lots of other DIY possibilities as well, which we will cover in future blog posts. In the meantime, check out our DIY Centerpiece Pinterest board which has over 100 photos of ideas and inspiration.  DIY Centerpieces on Pinterest

The price of the bottles can range from a couple dollars each to free! You can use soft drink bottles, beer bottles, wine bottles and “dress” them up to look great. We suggest mixing free bottles with a few purchased ones.

And you can mix cuttings from bushes in with your cut flowers to stretch their effect.

One way to create centerpieces with a square shape is to use small jars or bottles and tie them together with ribbon, twine, yarn, etc. and fill them with cut flowers in your wedding colors. DIY Centerpieces - Yellow
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DIY Centerpiece with 6 Bottles
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Another idea for a DIY centerpiece is to use a variety of bottles and fill  each with a single flower. This works especially well for long, rectangular-shaped tables.

You can use a variety of bottle colors or shades of a single color for impact.
DIY Centerpieces for Rectangular Table
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DIY Centerpieces for Long Table
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Another option, besides adding flowers to a simple bottle, is to decorate the bottles. You can use colored glass “pebbles” to add a pop of color in the water and/or add decorative paper, ribbon or yarn.
DIY Centerpieces - Using Colored Glass
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DIY Centerpieces - Decorate Mason Jars
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DIY Centerpieces - Bottle Decorated with Yarn
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The bottles can also be spray painted or dipped in paint to coordinate with weddings that are using either silver or gold as an accent.DIY Centerpieces - Bottles Dipped in Paint
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DIY Centerpieces - Painted Bottles
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And for winter weddings you can give the bottles a wintery look as shown below. See photo source below for instructions on how to accomplish this look. DIY Centerpieces - Winter
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