10 Creative Wedding Food & Beverage Bar Ideas

Cocktail bars are one thing, but there are so many other food and beverage bar ideas out there to choose from. Here are 10 creative ideas for your wedding reception!

Beverage Bars

Mimosa Bar

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featured here: Twisted Stem Champagne Flutes/ Sparkle Large Card Table Sign / Apothecary Jar

A mimosa bar is a great idea for weddings that are earlier in the day. Provide your choice of juice, champagne, and fruit for garnish and let your guests create their own mimosas!

Coffee & Hot Cocoa Bar

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A coffee and hot cocoa bar is a perfect set up for a winter wedding and a great alternative to alcoholic beverages. Stock the bar with fun add-ins like chocolate and peppermint sticks!

Apple Cider Bar

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For the chilly fall weather, what better accompaniment than apple cider?! Guests can serve themselves from a beverage dispenser into personalized mugs for a warm treat.

Food Bars

Popcorn Bar

Popcorn Bar

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Because who doesn’t love popcorn? Provide different variations with seasonings to spice things up.

Chili Bar

Chili Bar

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For something completely different, but sure to be a fan favorite, try serving a delicious and hearty chili. Serve grab-n-go style in individual serving size bowls.

Smores Bar

featured here: Self Standing Chalkboard Sign With Rustic Wood Frame/ Apothecary Jars / Bell Jars 

A sure-fire hit for any rustic or winter themed wedding. With everything set up in apothecary jars, your guests will have a blast creating their own delicious desserts. Serve spiked eggnog alongside for an extra treat for the adults!

Candy Bar

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Have a sweet tooth? A candy bar is the perfect fit! Great for the kids and the adults!

Pie Bar

Pie Bar

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Not a fan of cake? Pie is a great alternative option. Serve various types of pie or adorable individual pies for your guests to take home!

Donut Bar

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Donuts at weddings are a new trend that people love!

Dessert Bar

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If you can’t decide what type of dessert you want, why not serve a variety? Cake, pie pops, tarts, and macarons are just some of the endless options.

Photo Credits:

Coffee & Cocoa Bar: Creative Director-Jen Rios Weddings & Photography by Jillian Zamora Photography

Donut Bar: Creative Styling by Smitten Events & Photography by Paul Behm Photography

Dessert Bar: Styling by Tiffany Events & Photography by Rhythm Photography

 

Top Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Party

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You said yes! You’ve set your wedding date and now it’s time to decide who you want standing by your side on your special day. Your wedding party is there to support you, not only on your wedding day, but on the days leading up to your wedding. Choosing who will stand up with you on such an important day can be overwhelming, so here are our top tips to help make the decision easier!

1. Choose Who You Are Closest To, Not Who You Feel Obligated To Ask

One of the most important pieces of advice when choosing your bridal party, is to make sure everyone you choose is someone who you are close with. They should be your favorite people who you couldn’t imagine your day without. Don’t ask someone to be in your wedding just because they asked you, and you feel obligated to return the favor.

2. Consider The Size Of Your Wedding

Keep in mind the size of your wedding when deciding how many people will stand up with you. If you are having a relatively small, intimate wedding you will want to keep your wedding party fairly small as well, with a recommendation of no more than 4 on each side.  If your wedding is larger in size you could decide to have up to a dozen members in your party. Remember that the more people you ask, the more details there will be to organize and schedules to work around.

3. Think Of The Future

Ask yourself “will we still be friends 10, 20, 50 years from now?” If you can’t picture them being a part of your life for years to come, should they really be in your wedding party?

4. Set Your Expectation & Be Upfront

When you ask your friends and family to be in your wedding party, make sure you lay out your expectations for involvement right off the bat. Be sure they are aware of the time commitment you expect, level of involvement when it comes to helping with planning, as well as costs they should expect. With that being said, don’t expect everyone to say yes. If they don’t think they will be able commit to your set out expectations or financially can’t afford the cost of being a bridesmaid or groomsmen, don’t hold it against them. It will be best to get this out in the open right away.

5. Make The Decision As A Couple

Last but not least, make the decision as a team. Have a discussion together of who each of you want to be a part of this special day. Don’t feel the need to have a perfectly even amount of men and women standing with you. You don’t want to be choosing someone just for the purpose of evening out sides. You will just need to get a bit creative when it comes to the processional.

Credits:
Photography by Alan Maudie Photography

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Style Spotlight: Banff Vow Renewal

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With the Canadian Rocky Mountains as a back drop, this intimate vow renewal shoot captured by Jessilynn Wong Photography and styled by Signature Weddings by Ashley could not be more beautiful. From vow readings with a waterfall in the background to a table for two among the beautiful Banff scenery, this could not be any more romantic!

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For the full photo gallery and story check out the feature done by Wedding Chicks.

Photographer- Jessilynn Wong Photography

Coordinator & Stylist- Signature Weddings By Ashley

Rentals- Special Event Rentals

Cakes & Catering- Kake Canmore

Flowers- Elements Floral

Venues- Cross Zee Ranch

Wedding Dress- The Bridal Boutique

The Bridesmaid Checklist of What To Pack For the Wedding Day

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Packing for a wedding isn’t like packing for a regular weekend away. With all the responsibilities of being a bridesmaid, the last thing you want to do is forget something. Fear not! We have taken one weight off your shoulders and compiled the ultimate bridesmaid wedding checklist of what to pack for the wedding day.

1. Your Dress

Carry in a garment bag to avoid creasing

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photo credit: Laura Ivanova Photography

2. Underwear

Make sure you’ve tried your underwear on in advance with your dress to make sure you can’t see it and it gives you the right support

3. Shoes

You’ll be on your feet most of the day, so make sure you break in your shoes beforehand and bring a pair of flats for later just in case!

4. Jewelry

Don’t forget to pack your necklace, bracelet and/or earrings that you are wearing the day of!

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5. Makeup

Even if you’re getting your makeup done by a professional, it’s a good idea to have some on hand for touch-ups throughout the day.

6. Fashion Tape

Depending on your dress style, you may need this to make sure everything stays in place!

7. Robe

A robe is the wardrobe must-have for getting ready in the morning with the girls. A robe is easy to get on and off without ruining your hair and makeup.  All of the bridesmaids and bride together in robes is a trend that makes for stunning day of pictures!

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8. Camera/Phone Charger

Don’t under estimate how quickly these two things will run out of battery when you’re snapping away!

9. Tote Bag

Don’t forget to bring along your tote bag with all the small essentials you’ll need throughout the day. Stock it up with your lipstick, mints, tissues, hairbrush, and a snack!

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10. Emergency Kit

You never know what you or fellow bridesmaids/bride are going to need the day of. Unexpected things can happen so make sure your bring an emergency kit like this one

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featured here: Bridesmaid Minimergency Kit-Silver/Gold Swirl

Credits:
Post adapted from article originally written by Lucy Leaper- Confetti

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5 Alternative Bachelorette Party Ideas

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Not every bride wants the traditional bachelorette party outing, so we’ve put together a list of alternative ways to celebrate with your bff’s!

1. Spa Day/Weekend

Wedding planning can be stressful, so what better way to unwind than to head to the spa for the weekend with your girls! If a spa weekend is a bit too pricey for your budget you can always host a spa day/evening. Have the girls over for pedis & manis, do facials and just relax!

2. Beach or Cabin Getaway

Renting a cabin or beach house for the weekend with your closest friends is a great way to bond and for the bridal party to get to know each other if they don’t already. Relax, hit the beach, watch sappy romance movies and play board games are just some of the fun activities to plan for the perfect getaway.

3. Day Outing

If you’re not up for hitting the town at night and going out to a club, why not have a girls day? Go shopping during the day and end the night with dinner and a couple of drinks.

4. Wine Tour

For those who enjoy a glass of wine here and there and live near wineries, why not do a wine tour or tasting? It’s a beautiful way to spend the day and a lot of fun!

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5. Amusement Park

If you love amusement parks and rides, why not incorporate that into your day. If the amusement park is out of town but still close, make it a road trip weekend!

As long as you’re surrounded by your closest friends and doing something you enjoy, your bachelorette party will be the best time ever!

Products seen in this post can be found on www.weddingstar.com or by clicking on the links below:

Bachelorette Party Headband-“Bride”

Bachelorette Party Headband- “Bridesmaid” 

Personalized Silky Kimono Robes

Personalized Glassware

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Top Things To Do The Week Of Your Wedding

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You only have a week left until you say “I Do”! Before the big day arrives you want to make sure you have everything in order and checked off your to-do list. Here are ten of the top things you should do the week of your wedding!

1. Send Final Payments To Vendors

Pay all your vendors prior to the big day if possible! That way you won’t have them trying to track you down on your wedding day for payment. If you want to tip your vendors the day of, designate a family member or bridal party member to handle this.

2. Photo List

If you have in mind certain photos you absolutely want and people you want included, make sure you write out a list beforehand for your photographer.

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3. Marriage License

Go to the courthouse or registration office and get your marriage license that week if you haven’t already. Make an appointment ahead of time if you can.

4. Break In Your Shoes

Make sure you break your wedding shoes in before your wedding day. Your feet will thank you! Wear them around the house that week and pack an extra pair for dancing just in case.

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5. Emergency Kit

You never know what you’re going to need that day, so come prepared! Bring an emergency kit with everything from hair spray to bandages and a sewing kit.

6. Try On Your Wedding Dress

Get into your dress one last time before the big day and make sure everything fits perfectly!

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Photo credit: Brooke Images

7. Pack Your Honeymoon Bags

If you’re leaving for your honeymoon right after the wedding, make sure to have all of your bags packed beforehand, including your carry on bag! This will be one less thing you have to worry about the day of your wedding.

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8. Check In With Your Bridal Party

Send an email to all your girls & guys and confirm that everyone knows where and when they need to be on the big day. Also, make a point of delegating any important tasks for the day.

9. Call Any Guests Who Didn’t RSVP

Reach out to anyone you haven’t heard from yet. It’s best to know the final guest numbers than to be surprised the day of with last minute guests.

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Photo credit: Rhythm Photography

10. Rest & Relaxation

Last but not least take a moment, relax and spend some quality time with your partner and make sure you get a good sleep the night before!

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All products featured in this post can be found on weddingstar.com

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Table Talk: Refined Rustic

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Let’s talk table settings!  One of our favorite trendy table décor styles is Refined Rustic. A masterful blend of natural greenery and woodland florals with subtle hints of shimmering gold results in an unpolished yet refined table setting that is warm and welcoming. Here are the essentials you need to pull off this look!

The Setting

The secret is in the eclectic mix of contrasting textures. Smooth and rough with earthy and sophisticated all come together to create the picture of homespun elegance.

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DIY Style

Create standout centerpieces by informally arranging several candle holders in different heights down the length of the guest tables. Intertwine natural greenery to soften the look.

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Sip In Style!

What is old is new again and these vintage style chic goblets and flutes are no exception!

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Personalized Favors

Capture the charm and flavor of a homemade jar of your extra special something. This mason jar with gold lid and personalized favor tag match the rustic style perfectly. A thoughtful gift from the heart, packaged just right.

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featured here: Mason Jar With Gold Lid Favor, Metallic Gold Twine, Lace Medley Open Format Square Tag

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Style Spotlight: Antler Romance

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Set in the woods, the beauty of nature takes center stage in this casual yet refined inspiration. Sculptural antlers are featured throughout and are used to accessorize an abundance of flowers and greenery in soft hues. Touches of vintage gold add a layer of sparkle for a very pretty style that marries rustic and romance perfectly. You’re going to love this Antler Romance shoot by our Ambassador Valerie Pritt from Fleur De Lis Event Consulting.

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Featured here: Miniature Faux Antler Stationery Card Holders

These adorable faux antler card holders were painted gold to add some sparkle and glam.

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Antlers were even incorporated into this beautiful bouquet.

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A small dessert table and rustic cake decorated with lush greenery fits perfectly with the rustic and romance theme.

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Featured here: Silver Antler Bottle Opener Favor

Antler shaped bottle openers painted gold are the perfect guest favor to complement this theme.

Credits:

Event Design & Planning- Fleur De Lis Event Consulting

Photography- The Veil Wedding Photography

Florals- Lori Baker Floral Studios

Hair & Makeup- Beautiful Faces By Erin

Rentals- Handmade Rentals

Table & Chair Rentals- All About Events

Stationery- Grace and Serendipity

Cake- Kakes by Katie

Bride’s Gown- The White Magnolia

Groom’s Attire- Men’s Warehouse

Monogram- Ten23 Designs

 

Wedding Advice From Real Brides

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Brides who are planning their wedding want to know first-hand what other brides would have done differently on their wedding day if they could. Here are some top responses we’ve received from real brides, sharing their best wedding advice.

Do: Take Time To Eat

“My only regret was not having food available for myself and my bridesmaids after pictures and before the ceremony. We had a late wedding (ceremony at 5) and were all so hungry by the time the ceremony started… so ya, if I was doing it again, I’d have food (and wine!) “ –Cynthia

“Make someone set you aside a plate of food for afterwards! I was starving. During dinner you’re likely to be too busy taking photos and greeting to eat”-Peyton

Do: Research & Spend The Money On An Experience Photographer

“I wish I picked different photographers. I went off recommendations and experience but they focused on quantity not quality. I have 1300 photos of my wedding day, yet there’s more photos of the staff than of just me (the bride). They also blurred out me a few times to focus on the background. It was just very disappointing.” – Sammie

“Completely regret my photographer. Spend the money, that’s one place to splurge and then save somewhere else.” –Jac Lynn

“Photography.. really REALLY do your research and don’t cheap out. If they don’t have a Facebook page pass on them.. I thought I had a good one. I’ll never forgive myself” – Chantal

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Do: Have A Clear Idea On Photos You Want

“Took more pictures with my entire family/extended family. We have photos with everyone by themselves but not a single group photo of our families together. (Like aunts/uncles/cousins) Make sure you get every single photo you want as those are the only thing that last a lifetime. “ –Eilea

“I wish I put more emphasis on photos with family members. I told my photographer to speed through it so we can start the reception and now I don’t have half the photos I wish we did.”–Carolyn

“ I used my aunt as a photographer and she wasn’t really up to date on newer more adorable poses but she did it for cheap so I used her…I wish I would have paid more and had a better photographer” – Brianna

Do: Splurge On A Videographer

“Get a videographer. Your day goes so fast and you don’t get to see everything. I would give anything to be able to watch my wedding video back but I never got a videographer. “ – Tiffany

“Even if you have to sell your right arm to do it, get a videographer! This is my #1 regret, not having one. I wish I could relive the day through videos.” – Beth

“All the other ways that we cut corners to save money turned out great but I really regret not getting a videographer… Not sure where the money would have come from but I really wish I had made it a priority and figured out a way to pay for it.” –Lauren

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Do: Take Time To Thank Your Guests

“Taking two moments as bride and groom to address and thank all of our guests for attending. We had intentions on doing this, but after speeches and dinner, it slipped the itinerary. We greeted each table, but I feel like taking the microphone and thanking the guests as a whole would have been nice as well.” – Courtney

Do: Coordinate Carefully With Your DJ

“I got a “great deal” on a DJ, but he didn’t play any of the songs we requested. Lots of old stuff and repeats. If my MC didn’t tell him to play certain songs we may not have had a first dance! It was the worst part of my wedding for me, but people still danced and no one remembers what songs were played anymore (except maybe me).” –Amanda

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Do: Make Sure You Have Enough Time

“I wish I wrote down that the ceremony started a half hour earlier on the invites. We ran late waiting for guests so everything else got cut short. “ – Kristy

“I wouldn’t have changed anything except I would’ve made the reception longer. I felt like one minute we were eating dinner and the next someone was tapping me on my arm telling me there was half an hour left” – Lala

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Top Spring Gift Ideas For Her

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Today we are sharing our top new Spring gifts for you and your girls! Gorgeous jewelry boxes, trays, and compact mirrors all with a beautiful modern floral design. Don’t forget about Mom! Mother’s day is fast approaching, and these gift ideas have her name written all over them.

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This adorable jewelry box with a photo frame lid features a personalized modern floral print with gold accents. Makes for the perfect keepsake for Mom.

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For the girly girl in your life, this classy jewelry box with rose gold edges, floral design, and sparkly lined bottom makes a great gift.

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This little cube shaped beauty offers a stunning way to display your jewelry. Personalized with a modern floral etched design for that extra special touch.

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These personalized compact mirrors with a modern floral design are a trendy gift your girls can take with them wherever they go!

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Trying to find the perfect gift for that person in your life who likes to stay organized? This personalized modern floral printed tray is so versatile! It can be used to dress up your dining table or to keep your desk, dresser, or hallway table organized.

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