Signature Cocktail: Strawberry Mojito

Experimentation for summer wedding signature cocktails is in full swing, now that strawberries are officially in season! A classic mojito is a refreshing blend of mint, lime, rum and seltzer water, and this one is has the sweet, tart zing of fresh strawberries too.

1.5 cups of strawberry slices

4 fresh limes, juiced

8 large fresh mint leaves

1/4 cup of sugar

4 jiggers of Flor de Cana or other rum

1 Liter of sparkling water

Strawberries or mint springs for garnishing

Muddle the strawberries, lime juice, mint leaves and sugar for one minute, in a pitcher. Add the rum and sparkling water, and pour into 4 serving glasses. Garnish with a berry or spring of mint.

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Local Love: Giggle and Riot

When it came to planning my own wedding last month, there was no question that I had to hire the very best photobooth, Giggle and Riot! Great photos and prints are just the beginning. A huge selection of backdrops, great props and a really fun attendant made this one of the most popular aspects of our wedding day. See the whole collection of our photobooth shenanigans here!

giggle and riot photobooth pictures

giggle and riot photobooth pictures

Jeannie and Chiara, superstar coordinators!

giggle and riot wedding photobooth

Wedding Registries: Then and Now

One of my college retail jobs was a in the china, crystal and silver department of The Broadway department store in Santa Barbara. This wasn’t quite back in the stone age, but it was the early 90’s, when the Internet was a thing that may or may not catch on. Couples had to walk around with a clipboard that had a carbon-copy form with checkboxes and space for writing in pattern names and style codes. We had to then take those forms and type all the information into the computer, which magically communicated with the Bridal Registry computers at all of the connected stores in the chain. State of the art technology for that time. Also, we used to advise people to register for a whole lot of smaller things that they didn’t necessarily want, so that they could spend a few hours returning it all, to then get the pricey items they actually did want.

Photo by M M Photography
Photo by M M Photography

The process is different today, and that means that some of the etiquette has evolved too. Here is what you need to know about gift registry today:

Old Rules That Still Hold True

  • It’s considered “grabby” to print the names of the stores where the couple is registered on a wedding invitation. It’s also not appropriate to include those little cards that some stores give you, “Registered at SpendMart”
  • It is ok for the host of a shower to use those little cards or include the names of stores where the couple is registered, because the host is not the one receiving a gift.
  • While you probably do know a person who is cynical enough to look at a registry and consider it greedy, most consider it a helpful tool in choosing something that you will actually like. I have heard a lot more frustration at not having enough selection on the list, than I ever have about too much.
  • Have options for at least twice as many gifts as you have invitees, and have options at several different pricepoints, especially if you know you will have a wedding shower or two.
  • Have the gifts sent to an address where someone can accept them easily, which may not be your tiny apartment. You can use Doorman if you need a service to receive them for you and deliver when you will be around.
  • Directly asking for or even expecting cash gifts is not very polite, unless your culture has this as a standard practice.
  • Register in stores that are accessible to a large proportion of your guests. Most of them are online now, but you will have some people who still want to see and touch it all, or just use that Macy’s coupon that came in their email.

New Rules

  • While you should not give a list of registries with an invitation, it is perfectly fine to link to them on your wedding website.
  • Two or three registries is fairly common, and four is the absolute maximum.
  • Even if directly asking for cash is something of a no-no, honeymoon registries have become a popular and acceptable option, and what they ultimately give the couple is a deposit in their bank account. My favorite is Honeymoon Pixie.
  • We all know that Amazon will let you register for a gift from any retailer, but there are also services like Zola which also allow guests to purchase a share of an expensive registry gift, so that they couple actually gets what they want, without indicating that they expect each guest to shell out 500 bucks.

Another rule that is probably with us always and forever, is that the recipients should send a thank you note for each and every gift, so make sure to have some notecards and stamps handy. Yup, actual snail mail is still the only way to go.

A Memorable Fête is a wedding and event planning company in the San Francisco Bay Area, creating event experiences that are fun, personal and unforgettable. To schedule your complimentary consultation, please contact us.

Local Love: Kari ∅rvik Tintype Studio and A.C.T. Costume Rental

A vintage wedding theme calls for engagement photos in just the right style! My fiancé had the brilliant idea to rent costumes from A.C.T. , where they not only found just the right outfits, but tailored them too! Kari ∅rvik then welcomed us to her studio in the Excelsior for a photo session, using the tintype process, to create new images in a very old way. Many thanks to Kari, Valentine and Callie!

tintype engagement photo
Engagement Photo Ssssion by Kari Orvik Tintype Studio

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Signature Cocktail: The Boulevardier

Boulevardier cocktail
Boulevardier cocktail, at Bourbon and Beef, in Rockridge

You are probably familiar with the Negroni, a unique blend of two parts gin, and one part each of Campari and sweet vermouth, with orange rind. The Boulevardier swaps the gin for bourbon or rye. This American whiskey cocktail was first blended in 1927 at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, and named after a popular literary magazine of the time.

 

A Memorable Fête is a wedding and event planning company in the San Francisco Bay Area, creating event experiences that are fun, personal and unforgettable. To schedule your complimentary consultation, please contact us.

Wedding Traditions: Sand Ceremony

 

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Dustin & Nathan’s sand ceremony. Photo courtesy of j+ photography.

Sand ceremonies, like the one shown above, symbolize the uniting of two individuals to form a new family. Dustin and Nathan’s mothers brought sand from the areas where they grew up, which were put into the two narrow vases and then poured together during their wedding.

Many variations on this idea exist, including the unity candle, which doesn’t fare so well in an outdoor environment. Couples blend wines or teas, and for the whimsically geeky, compounds that form visible chemical reactions, like classic Science Fair erupting volcano projects.

A Memorable Fête is a wedding and event planning company in the San Francisco Bay Area, creating event experiences that are fun, personal and unforgettable. To schedule your complimentary consultation, please contact us.