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Dancing the Night Away!

Anyone who knows me knows that I think that personalizing your wedding is an absolute must! From centerpieces and favors to stationary and formalwear – every detail of your wedding should reflect who you are as a couple.

Recently, a couple that clearly embraces humor and music used their wedding processional entrance to show their guests what type of celebration they were in for…

This couple clearly gets what it means to personalize their wedding! Even if you are not as adventurous (or as coordinated!) as them, you can still follow their lead when planning your first dance. Often times first dances can be an awkward five minutes with your guests watching you wander aimlessly in circles. Take this opportunity instead to show them what kind of couple you are.

Elegant and timeless? – Learn a Waltz!

Hot and heavy? – Show them your Salsa!

Children of the 80s? – Flashdance it is!

Whatever you choose – just do what expresses you best as a couple! For more entertaining wedding first dance videos, check out the link below.

Wedding First Dance Videos

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I was speaking on the phone with a good friend of mine today who told me that she was at a wedding reception this weekend where the only option offerred to guests was a cash bar. Since they were not informed of this in advance, my friends did not have any cash and subsequently drank water the entire evening. I can understand the need to be frugal in today’s economy, but there are certainly many options available to couples that can be inexpensive and will show your guests that they are just that – your GUESTS!

Food and alcohol are traditionally the largest expenses that a couple incurs when hosting a wedding reception. You can however offer your guests a more selective bar with a few special touches that everyone will appreciate. My favorite way to do this is to offer a specialty drink. This can be something that is a favorite drink of the bride and groom or something that fits with the theme of your wedding. Make sure to highlight the drink to your guests by placing it in a pretty container like the ones shown below.

Pretty Containers

You can also create a name for the cocktail that fits with the theme of your wedding and post the name and ingredients for your guests. By creating a specialty drink you are personalizing your wedding and don’t need to offer a full bar. Here are a few great examples of signaure drinks. Enjoy!

Martha Stewart’s RASMOPOLITAN

rasmopolitan

  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) citrus-flavored vodka
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) raspberry-flavored vodka
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) Chambord
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Simple Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cranberry juice
  • Raspberries, for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add vodkas, Chambord, lime juice, simple syrup, and cranberry juice. Shake or stir until well chilled. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with raspberries; serve.

Martha Stewart’s WATERMELON BLOODY MARYS

watermelon bloody marys

  • 12 cups watermelon chunks (from one 4-pound watermelon, rind removed), plus pieces, for serving
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
  • Ice, for serving
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 13 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds, ground with a mortar and pestle, or celery salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cups vodka
  • Celery stalks, for serving

Working in batches, puree watermelon (with seeds) and sugar in blender. Strain into a bowl through a fine sieve, pressing with a rubber spatula; discard solids. (You will have 5 1/2 cups juice.)

For children’s drinks: Divide 2 1/2 cups juice among 4 ice-filled glasses.

For adults’ drinks: Stir remaining 3 cups watermelon juice with tomato juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and celery seeds in a bowl set in a larger bowl of ice. Season with pepper. Stir in vodka and divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish adult drinks with a piece of watermelon and a celery stalk.

PINEAPPLE FUSION

pinapple fusion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muddle sugar, superfine and pineapple in a chilled rocks glass. Fill with crushed ice. Add ABSOLUT Citron. Stir.

MANGO MOJITO

mango mojito

Fill a chilled highball glass with crushed ice. Add ABSOLUT Mango, lime juice, simple syrup and sugar, superfine. Top up with soda water. Garnish with 1 slice mango and 1 leaf mint leaf.

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