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HLN Weekend Express Feature

I was thrilled to be featured on HLN's Weekend Express talking about my favorite destination wedding tips!  If you didn't have the chance to catch me live on TV, click here for the full segment.

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Food Trucks at Your Wedding

As a huge fan of the Red Hook contingent, I think food trucks are a fun alternative to traditional sit-down dinners. They are great for outdoor venues where your guests can walk right up to the truck and are in keeping with a relaxed, chill atmosphere that some couples crave. Worried about long lines at the trucks? Try hiring a few different trucks to help with wait time and give your guests many cuisine options. Get that "platinum wedding" touch with customized food containers (foil wrappers, pizza boxes, sleeves) with your wedding logo and a graphic wrapper on the food truck itself.

Food Truck Waffles Wedding Catering

 

Photo of Wafles and Dinges courtesy of The Chic Brulee.

Signature Cocktail & Custom Coaster

The signature cocktail has been on the wedding scene for a while. And, custom drink coasters are one of our favorite ways to add personalization to events. Many times signature cocktails are only announced via signs on either end of the bar and are easily missed. Why not combine the two together for a fantastic hybrid? It's the perfect way to get a little extra mileage out of that adorable cocktail name you came up with while putting a little more 'you' in the day.

Signature Wedding Cocktail Custom Coaster

Photo by Elizabeth Messina via Snippet & Ink.

Chair Covers

There are very few things that I really dislike, but one of them is hideous chair covers. Most are ill-fitting white covers that require an equally hideous chair tie, ruining the entire look of your decor. Just like shell-shaped napkins and mall bangs, they are totally 80s (in a bad way). Most times I think that the ugly metal banquet chairs would be less of an eye sore because they will at least blend in better. If gorgeous, decorative chair covers like these aren't in your budget, consider renting simple wooden folding chairs.

Glamorus Chair CoverPailettes Chair coverWhimsical Chair Cover

Photos courtesy of Wildflower Linens.

Ask the Expert: Tuxedos

Today’s post is courtesy of the men’s style guru of NYC, Julie Rath of Rath & Co. She knows all the best places to find the perfect attire for your groom, no matter what his style. Dressing for a formal event is like ice climbing: one misstep, and it's all downhill. Here’s your cheat sheet:

Tuxedo Wedding Style Advice Tips

Renting vs. Buying: Buy if possible. Buying a good-quality, well-tailored tux is an investment, but it's a very good one that will pay dividends in photos. Renting will cost you anywhere from 25-50% of the average purchase price of a tux, so if you rent a few times, and it adds up.

Black Tie vs. White Tie: The wording of your invitation dictates the color of your neckwear. "Black tie" or "Evening dress" means a black bowtie and tuxedo and "White tie" or "Full evening dress" means a white bowtie, which is worn with tails.

Color and Fabric: Black is the standard, but midnight blue is also acceptable. White is typically worn in warmer climates for open-air events.

Collar: This should be either peaked or shawl. A peaked lapel (where the points of the lapel point upward) reads as more powerful, whereas shawl collar (which has a continuous curve) sends off a softer message. Unless you’re a waiter, your wedding tux shouldn't have a notched lapel.

Cummerbund vs.Vest: In general, the cummerbund is a more stylish option than a vest. It should be subtle and keep its mouth shut - now is not the time to channel your inner Elton John. Stick with black for a cummerbund and black or white for the vest (no colors!).

Bowtie: Always tie it yourself. If you’ve never tied one before, this guide will walk you through it. The bowtie should be black or white (no colors!) and made of silk satin or silk grosgain. If you’re more comfortable in a straight tie, it’s acceptable to wear a black one that’s relatively slim, as a more modern fashion statement.

Want more advice on tuxedos? Visit Tastehunter, the Rath & Co. blog, and read Julie's expanded post on tuxes.

Photo via Rath & Co. courtesy of Suitable for Men

Flower Girl Headpiece Alternative

Love the look of a flowery headpiece for your adorable flower girl but can't stomach the price? Check out the lovely headpiece alternative below, courtesy of our friends at 100 Layer Cake. Flower Girl Headpiece

Photo by Garret Grove and James Moes.