Wedding Websites: Top 4 Things to Include

June 09, 2015. Category: how to, trends

Wedding websites are becoming very popular as they are a great way to get the word out about your upcoming wedding. A couple’s wedding website is a place guests can go to locate information about the wedding, weekend events, travel accommodations and more.

Wedding website template “Olive” from Riley & Grey

These websites can be customized to suit your personality, requirements, and more, but there are a few must-haves:

1. Your Wedding Schedule (including the date and time of each event, venue locations, etc.)

2. Directions to your venues

3. Travel accommodations (including hotel blocks or suggested nearby hotels)

4. A link to your registry

“Golden Temptress” template by Ceci New York for Appy Couple

Finally, keep in mind that you should share your website by putting your url on your save-the-dates!

“Alex” template from Squarespace

Here are a few of our favorite sites that help couples create their wedding websites:

Squarespace for Weddings

Appy Couple

Riley & Grey

Wedding Jojo

When looking for a service, check to see how they set up their pricing. Can you pay month by month? Is there a set period of time that you have to have the site up or can you cancel at any time? Also, some templates may be designer options and may cost a bit more.

You may also want to see if they’ll offer a custom domain name. Some services include this as part of the hosting cost.

“Whimsical” template by Martha Stewart weddings for Wedding JoJo

There are an infinite number of really beautiful and unique templates available, but at the end of the day, remember that your website can be short and sweet! Provide the four key pieces of information, you’ll be set.

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Holiday Recipes

December 23, 2014. Category: cooking, holidays, how to, traditions, uncategorized

Happy Holidays!

These recipes are some of our favorite holiday traditions and we wish to share them with you.

Aimee’s Favorite Sticky Buns

Ingredients

SERVINGS: MAKES 9

Dough

2/3 cup whole milk

5 tablespoons sugar, divided

1 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (from one 1/4-ounce envelope)

2 large eggs, room temperature

2 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces, room temperature, plus 1/2 tablespoon, melted

Topping

1 3/4 cups chopped pecanst(about 8 ounces)

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

3/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar

3/4 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup honey

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon finely grated orange zest (optional)

Buns

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

All-purpose flour (for dusting)

1 large egg

Coarse sea salt (such as Maldon)

Preparation

Dough

Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat or in a microwave until an instant-read thermometer registers 110°–115°. Transfer milk to a 2-cup measuring cup; stir in 1 Tbsp. sugar. Sprinkle yeast over milk and whisk to blend.

Let sit until yeast is foamy, about 5 minutes.

Add eggs; whisk until smooth.

Combine remaining 4 Tbsp. sugar, flour, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.

Add milk mixture.

With mixer running, add 1/2 cup room-temperature butter, 1 piece at a time, blending well between additions.

Mix on medium speed for 1 minute.

Knead on medium-high speed until dough is soft and silky, about 5 minutes.

If you don’t have a stand mixer, fit your food processor with the standard chopping or dough blade.

Combine remaining 4 Tbsp. sugar, flour, and salt in food processor. Pulse to blend.

Add milk mixture; process until combined.

With processor running, add 1/2 cup room-temperature butter, 1 piece at a time, blending well between additions.

Process until dough is soft and silky, 2–3 minutes longer.

Dough will be sticky but should not be greasy. If it is greasy, process for an additional 1–2 minutes.

Brush a medium bowl with some melted butter; place dough in bowl.

Brush top of dough with remaining melted butter; cover with plastic wrap.

Cover with plastic; chill.

Let dough rise in a warm, draft-free area until doubled in size, 1–1 1/2 hours (or 2–2 1/2 hours if dough has been refrigerated).

Chill dough for 2 hours.

Topping

Preheat oven to 350°. Spread out nuts on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast until fragrant and slightly darkened, 10–12 minutes. Let cool completely.

Set 1 1/4 cups nuts aside for buns.

Melt butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat.

Stir in brown sugar, cream, honey, salt, and orange zest, if using. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until glaze is golden brown and glossy, 3–4 minutes.

Pour 1 cup of glaze into baking pan, tilting to coat bottom and sides.

Set aside remaining glaze.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup toasted pecans over bottom of baking pan and let cool.

Buns

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and kosher salt in a medium bowl until light and fluffy, 2–3 minutes. Set filling aside.

Punch down dough; transfer to a floured work surface.

Lightly dust top with flour.

Cover and chill buns and remaining glaze separately.

Store remaining pecans airtight at room temperature.

Loosely cover pan with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel.

Let buns rise in a warm, draft-free area until doubled in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour, or 1 1/2–2 hours if dough has been chilled overnight.

Arrange a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 350°.

Whisk egg with 1/2 tsp. water in a small bowl.

Brush tops of buns with egg wash.

Bake, rotating pan halfway through and tenting with foil if browning too quickly, until buns are golden brown, filling is bubbling, and an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of buns registers 185°, about 50 minutes.

Let cool for 5 minutes.

Spoon remaining glaze over.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup pecans over.

Let cool in pan on a wire rack.

Lightly sprinkle sea salt over.

Serve buns warm or at room temperature.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Bon Appetit

Cindy’s Marshmallow Rolls

(Cindy’s mom’s own recipe!)

Photo courtesy of: Tara Cooks

Servings: Makes 8

Ingredients

1 10oz. can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

8 large marshmallows

¼ cup melted butter

2 Tbsp ground cinnamon

2 Tbsp white sugar

Topping

1 cup Powdered sugar

1-2 Tbsp milk

add one Tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.

Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles.

In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar.

Dip a marshmallow into melted butter, then roll in sugar mixture.

Place marshmallow into the center of a dough triangle. Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Pinch the seams together tightly to seal in marshmallow as it melts. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat.

Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Allow to cool, then glaze with the topping

Happy Holidays from our homes to yours!

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The Wedding Website

December 16, 2014. Category: diy, how to

Now that most of your wedding details are set, it’s time to inform your family and friends!

Your first means of communication are save-the-dates. These are crucial for your guests as it will inform them of the date and venue(s) for your wedding. Your guests can then make arrangements ahead of time so they are able to be in attendance on your special day.

Of course, there are more details of the wedding that the guests will need to know. Some of this information will be on the invitations that you will later send out, but many engaged couples have been creating a wedding website as another form of communication.

A couple’s wedding website is a place guests can go to locate any and all information about the wedding or wedding weekend events.

As wedding websites are being used more frequently by couples, it is important to remember the website’s purpose while creating it.

Here are a few DOs and DONTs that will help keep you on track while creating your wedding website:

DO: Add your website’s url to the save-the-dates

DON’T: Populate your website until the save-the-dates are officially sent out

DO: Include the following information – wedding date, venues, directions to venues, hotel information (hotel blocks or suggested nearby hotels), and a link to your wedding registry

DON’T: Include too much extraneous information – i.e. birthdays, fun facts, information on all bridal party members

With that in mind, here are our favorite sites that assist couples in creating their unique and informative wedding website:

Wedding JoJo

Squarespace Weddings

 Photo courtesy of weddingjojo.com

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Wedding Day Essentials

December 11, 2014. Category: details, diy, how to, inspiration, weddings

In a perfect world, your wedding day would go exactly according to plan. In reality, there is bound to be at least a tiny bump in the road. We find the best way to have a smooth and relaxed wedding day is to be prepared for any minor details that could go wrong.

Here are the items that we consider to be essential to pack for your wedding day:

First Aid: bandaids, aspirin, antacid, eye drops, and tampons

Beauty: hair pins, deodorant, hair spray, concealer, powder, lip gloss/ chap stick/ lip stick, dental floss, and perfume

Oops!: small scissors, tissues, small sewing kit, lint roller, stain remover, safety pins, double sided fashion tape, and krazy glue

Food/ Drink: small mess-free snack (like a granola bar), water, and mints

Image credit to the Keep Calm-O-Matic

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Toasty

July 03, 2014. Category: how to, weddings

 

Your friend has asked you to be Maid of Honor or Best Man for his or her wedding. Along with months of planning the big day comes one of the biggest responsibilities of all – the toast!

Here are a few DOs and DONTs to keep and mind as you prepare:

DO: Introduce yourself and your relationship to the bride (or groom) first. Thanking the bride or groom’s parents for hosting is also a nice touch, and another way to kill time while you get everyone’s attention.

DON’T: Tell too many inside jokes. If you “had to be there”, its better off left out.

DO: Keep it short. As Shakespeare said, “Brevity is the soul of wit.”

DON’T: Talk about the bride or groom’s past relationships. Clearly, those were not meant to be!

DO: Write it down if necessary. In this case it is more important to say what you had intended to say rather than go “off the cuff”.

DON’T: Drink too much beforehand. You want to be relaxed of course, but no one enjoys a slurred speech.

DO: Stay appropriate. Remember your audience. There is no reason to be raunchy around  Nana.

DON’T: Forget the groom (or bride!). Make sure to include both the bride and groom in your toast, it is both of their big days.

DO: Be (at least a little) sentimental. Conclude with raising a glass to the bride and groom and wishing them a lifetime of happiness.

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