12 8 / 2014
Bars at wedding don’t have to be just for alcohol. This is one wedding trend that is becoming more and more popular as “DIY” food tables take over. Whether it’s for dessert, an appetizer or the main course, a food bar is a great way to give your guests the opportunity to eat what they like, and skip what they don’t. Check out these ten food bar ideas that have us drooling!
Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? Make it healthy by topping your waffles with fruit, or go crazy with hot fudge and sprinkles!
A grilled cheese bar to bring you back to your childhood (except with a few more ingredients)!
Create a healthy and delicious parfait with yogurt, granola and fresh fruit. This is perfect for children at a wedding, or as a healthy alternative for dessert.
Everyone loves popcorn, especially when you can season it yourself! Go crazy or stay traditional with this popcorn bar!
Yum! We are loving the idea of build-your-own tacos, but we might not be able to leave this bar all night!
A doughnut bar with multiple dipping sauces sounds just about perfect, and is a great alternative to the normal wedding desserts.
We wish we could eat at an omelette bar every morning! Guests pick their favorite ingredients and the chef grills it up for them!
Mashed potato bars are becoming more and more popular recently, and we understand why! Create your own delicious side of mashed potatoes complete with toppings.
This bar just sounds like it fits perfectly at an outdoor wedding. Munch on some tasty trail mix of your own making during the reception!
This bar is absolutely perfect for a cold-weather wedding. Warm up with this adorable and delicious hot chocolate bar.
07 8 / 2014
The tradition of celebrating an anniversary with a certain material or object is said to have began around 600 years ago in Germanic Europe. Since then, there have been numerous twists on these traditions. If you follow the traditional wedding anniversary gifts, check out this list of their meaning and a suggestion of something special to get your partner!
The first anniversary is traditionally symbolized by paper. Some suggest that paper represents the delicate nature of a young marriage, while others say the first year is like a new beginning, or clean sheet of paper. There are many different routes you can go with this theme - a journal, love note or tickets to a show. One idea is to frame your wedding vows, or frame the first dance lyrics. After hanging this on the wall in your home, it will be a constant reminder of your special day.
Cotton has traditionally been used to signify the second wedding anniversary. It is meant to suggest the need for a marriage to stay strong and be able to adapt to changes. Some common gift ideas for the second anniversary include a robe, bath or hand towels or a T-shirt. Personalizing the T-shirt with your spouse’s favorite band or sports team can make the gift even better.
Leather represents the durability of a marriage. Leather is also strong, flexible and resilient. These are all qualities that a couple can strive for and celebrate on their third anniversary. Really anything made of leather would work for the third year. If your spouse loves to write or stay organized, a leather-bound journal would be a good idea.
The theme of the fourth wedding anniversary is the renewal of life. This is represented by fruit and flowers. Gift ideas for this theme include potted plants, floral scented perfume or a bouquet of flowers. To take it to the next level, a recreation of the wedding bouquet would be a starting point to reminisce on this day four years earlier.
The strength of your marriage is signified by giving a wooden gift on the fifth anniversary. One idea that is particularly meaningful would be to plant a tree together and watch it grow over the years. Whether it’s in the backyard, in a park, or somewhere else that has meaning to the both of you, this gift will live on.
The sixth wedding anniversary has two different symbols associated with it. Iron is meant to represent the strength of the marriage while candy represents the “sweetness of being in love.” Iron kitchenware is a practical and durable anniversary gift. If you’re looking to sweeten things up, an array of six different types of candy or chocolate would accomplish the job.
Seven years of marriage brings comfort and warmth to the couple, which is represented by wool. Traditionally, copper represents good luck and good fortune. A great purchase for your significant other on the seventh wedding anniversary is a warm blanket or article of clothing made of wool. If you’re feeling especially inspired, try knitting a scarf yourself!
A piece of pottery begins as a lump of clay that gets formed into something beautiful. After eight years, a couple has shaped their marriage similarly. Bronze is a strong material that is made by combining copper and tin, just as a marriage is made strong by the joining of two individuals. A crafty person would use this opportunity to show off their pottery-making skills. Another suggestion for the less crafty individual would be a new ceramic sculpture for the garden.
Pottery can also represent the ninth wedding anniversary. Along with this is willow, which represents something that is long-lasting. A meaningful gift idea for this anniversary is a small wicker basket full of your partner’s favorite things. If you want to splurge, purchase wicker outdoor furniture.
Ten years is sure something to celebrate in your marriage. Tin and aluminum represent how a marriage needs to be flexible and is able to bend without breaking. For this anniversary, make your spouse their favorite cookies or brownies and present them to him/her in a cute tin.
Whether you use any of these suggestions to celebrate your anniversary or not, it is sure to be a memorable day as long as you are together!
05 8 / 2014
As my belly continues to grow I find it more and more difficult to look and feel good in what I am wearing. This dilemma became even more evident when an invitation for a wedding came in the mail. Do I try to squeeze into a dress that my pre pregnancy body had worn or do I go out and buy a new dress just for this affair? I do not plan on making a career of birthing babies and did not want to go out and buy a dress I would wear once. So I was stuck to peruse my closet. I wanted a material that would stretch to accommodate my belly or a flowy silhouette to flatter my curves, something breathable to make sure I do not get too hot, and obviously something that I felt good in.
This is what I came up with
If you are not able to find something by shopping your closet try borrowing something from a new mom in your circle of friends or look into renting. There are many sites like these that offer affordable options.
However if you do need to buy a dress remember these tips.
- Stick to Traditional Colors as they can be worn more places and in different seasons.
- Patterns can be cute, but also can become dated so quickly. If you plan on being able to wear this dress again choose solids.
- Black is always slimming
- Statement Pieces like a bold jewelry choice or bright clutch can draw the focus away from trouble spots
Most important of all whatever you choose to wear remember, you are sporting the cutest accessories of all, your baby bump.
xoxo Alex & Baby Katz
31 7 / 2014
Summer is all about being outside and embracing nature. One trend that fits perfectly into a summer wedding is adding flowers to a bridal hairstyle. Whether a bride chooses an updo, half up and half down, or completely down, flowers are perfect for a more casual and romantic look. Take a look at some of our favorite ways to add flowers to a bridal hairstyle! Click on each picture to be redirected to the look on Pinterest!
We love this tiny addition of baby’s breath to a waterfall braid. The hairstyle is already gorgeous, and the small flowers add just a touch of something special. The Baby’s Breath is such an intimate detail that it is perfect for the bride that doesn’t want her floral hairstyle to stand out too much.
A flower wreath is made for the boho chic bride. This look is earthy and inspiring. Not only does it look amazing in pictures, but it also gives the bride a relaxed, free spirit-esque feel.
A single flower is elegant, and we love the simplicity of it! This look complements the wedding dress perfectly and could perhaps balance out a hairstyle. Or, a single flower can be added if the bride feels like something is just missing from her hair!
Whichever way a bride chooses to incorporate flowers into her bridal hairstyle, it is sure to bring a whimsical and romantic feel to her wedding day!
29 7 / 2014
One of my great adventures took place when I was 10 years old when my family took a weeklong trip out west to explore some places we’d never been.
We flew into Las Vegas and stayed there for two days, staying at Circus Circus and The Flamingo. Seeing that my parents had a 10-year-old and 13-year-old with them, they couldn’t do the normal Vegas excursions. Instead, we swam in the hotel pools, went to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden to see their white tigers and went to the circus at midnight.
After leaving Vegas, we made our way to a string of national parks in the area. We started with the Grand Canyon. My mom was too terrified to let me walk by myself, so I hiked halfway down the canyon holding her hand. There really is nothing more breathtaking than looking out at the Grand Canyon from the top.
Then we went to Zion National Park and did a horseback trail ride. The horses went up and down and through shallow creeks. Crossing the water on horseback was one of the most memorable moments of that whole trip for me. If you ever find yourself in the southwestern United States, I would recommend not to pass Zion up. You can read more about horseback trail rides in the park here.
I loved the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park, but my favorite place on this trip by far was Bryce Canyon National Park. The National Park Service describes Bryce Canyon as a “cave without a roof” and “forest of stone.” There really is no description better than just seeing it for yourself. The hoodoos (pillars of rock formed from massive erosion over time) are marvelous. If you look closely at this picture, you can see me and my family standing near the bottom. This will give you an idea of how large the hoodoos are. I would love to go back to Bryce Canyon someday.
The last stop on our trip was The Hoover Dam. We went on a tour of the dam and had to wear hardhats the whole time. I remember thinking that wearing the hardhat was so cool. The sheer size of the dam was more than I could take it at ten years old, so I would love to see it again.
Even if you did only one of the aspects of this trip (Las Vegas, the national parks, the Hoover Dam), you’d be thrilled with the sights. I would highly recommend these places to families of all ages!
24 7 / 2014
Every other week, we will be introducing you to one of our amazing team members.
This week, meet Kristen, an editing intern here at Wedit.
Hometown: Livonia, MI
Favorite food: Pickles!
If I could meet one person (dead or alive), it would be: Diana Manfredi A.K.A Spaghetto
Favorite quote: “Silent people have the loudest minds.”
I spend most of my free time doing this: Shopping or filming/creating
The biggest item on my bucket list is: To go to the Burning Man Festival
Hidden talent: I can pogo stick 1183 times consecutively
If I could have any superpower, it would be: Freezing time
22 7 / 2014
So I’ve been home from school for about 3 months now and I think I’m starting to get the hang of living with my parents again. They’ve been a lot cooler than I expected, but I’m still struggling to occupy my time doing things I enjoy. I’ve been an athlete for as long as I can remember so I figured running would be a great hobby. WRONG. I hate running. I honestly have no motivation to run on my own— especially if no one’s there to push me. Luckily, I found a solution.
My friend introduced me to this app called RunKeeper. It tracks your workouts using GPS and allows you to have friends who can see all of your workouts. Being a competitive person, I found this feature to be perfect for me. I would hate for my friends to see me complete a horribly short and unproductive workout, so RunKeeper helps me hold myself accountable.
I also started playing pick-up soccer with a few friends. The first time I stepped onto the field felt great because I hadn’t played in so long. Surprisingly, I’m having just as much fun playing pick-up as I did playing competitive soccer and I’m extremely excited about that. I played intramural soccer up at school my senior year and I love that I’m able to do the same at home.
Even with all this progress I’ve made in finding my true passions in life, I’ve hit a road bump— Michigan weather is extremely unpredictable and when your passions involve outdoor sports, our weather can rain on your parade. Quite literally. Now I’m off to find something I love that I can do anytime, anywhere. Wish me luck!
17 7 / 2014
Every other week, we will be introducing you to one of our amazing team members.
This week, meet Sally, an intern here at Wedit.
Hometown: Troy, MI
Favorite food: Cheesy bread
If I could meet one person (dead or alive), it would be: Daniel Tosh
Favorite quote: “Write things worth reading or do things worth writing” -Benjamin Franklin
I spend most of my free time doing this: Watching Netflix and taking Buzzfeed quizzes
The biggest item on my bucket list is: Publish a book
Hidden talent: I’m a spelling bee champion
If I could have any superpower, it would be: The ability to morph into any animal
15 7 / 2014
Summertime is an awesome time of year here in Michigan and BBQs, bonfires, and camping are a few of my favorite things about it. Bonfires are always a ton of fun. There’s nothing I love more than sitting around a bonfire with good friends, drinking cold beer, and making s’mores. Today I am going to share an awesome recipe for s’mores with a little something extra.
9 x 13 inch pan
3 ½ envelopes unflavored gelatin
½ cup cold bourbon
½ cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
¼ teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ pound of bacon
8 oz. of 60% or 70 % dark cocoa
1 cup of graham crackers (whole or crumbled)
First, cook the bacon until it’s crispy. Set aside to cool on paper towel (this will soak up any grease).
Coat the inside of the pan with Pam. Next, throw in powdered sugar and make sure the inside of the pan is covered and set aside. In the bowl of your electric mixer (a whisk attachment is best), pour ½ cup cold water and 3 ½ packs of gelatin. Gently mix with a spoon once, then let sit while you make the sugar mixture. In a medium pot combine sugar, bourbon, syrup and salt. Heat over low heat and whisk until sugar is dissolved, this will be about 3-5 minutes. Turn heat up to medium and let sugar come to a boil. It will bubble up so stay close so it does not overflow. Let it boil for 8-12 minutes, until it reaches 240 degrees F. Be sure to use a candy thermometer, and it will appear a light brown in color.
Once the sugar mixture has reached temperature, gently pour over the gelatin with the mixer on low speed. As soon as the sugar is added turn the mixer on high and beat for 6-8 mins. It will grow and be sticky and fluffy. About half way through, in a separate mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, add the egg whites and beat until a stiff peak forms. Once the egg whites have formed stiff peaks add, along with the vanilla, to the sugar/gelatin mixture and beat until just combined. Now, grab your 9 x 13 pan and pour half of the marshmallow mixture in. Next take your bacon (you can crumble it up or leave as strips) and set on top. Once you have enough bacon on top, pour the remaining half of marshmallow on top. You will not be able to get the entire batch in the pan, but just try to get as much as you can. Next take a spatula, spray with Pam, and smooth out the mixture. Dust the top with powdered sugar and set aside to firm up for 6 hours.
Once firm, flip the pan on a cutting board and allow the marshmallow to fall out. Cut in any size and shape you want. Simple squares always work best. Now it’s time to melt your chocolate. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then go no more than 10 secs at a time until just melted. Once your chocolate is melted, let cool. Take your graham crackers, and you can either use them whole or crumble them up. You can then take your marshmallow squares and coat or dip them in the chocolate, and then coat in graham cracker or place between two crackers. The choice is yours.
Hopefully, you will enjoy these as much as I did, and with any luck, it will bring a little bit more summer into your life! Cheers!
10 7 / 2014
From the moment a couple decides they are going to have a beach wedding, the planning is different and unique. We love all of the little details that go into a beach wedding. Getting married on the beach is always beautiful, and we’ve compiled a list of the five things we consider must-haves for this special day! Click on each picture to see it on Pinterest.
1. The invite
Start the beach theme from the very beginning! These invites will get guests excited for the big day.
2. An adorable shoe sign
Who doesn’t love to be barefoot on the beach? This sign encourages guests to stick their toes in the sand and enjoy the beach!
3. A ceremony program that doubles as a fan
A sunny day on the beach means guests will need something to keep themselves cool during the ceremony. These programs are functional in more ways than one!
4. Amazing photography
Take full advantage of the beautiful scenery while on the beach and capture the memories forever.
5. Twinkling lights
Once the sun starts to go down, soft and twinkling lights can give an incredibly romantic feel to a reception on the beach.