Yesterday, French president Francois Hollande signed a bill making same-sex marriage legal in France. To mark the occasion, we’re revisiting our celebration of French wedding customs. The tone is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but our love of small, elegant weddings is real. Raise your glass of champagne and join us in a toast to croquembouche and dragées Read
Having a small guest list means that the people who made the cut must be pretty special. It also enables you to be adventurous with your wedding menu. Flourless chocolate cake is a non-traditional but certain-to-be-appreciated wedding cake. Bonappetit.com serves up a recipe for this bête noire topped with chocolate ganache. It’s not only sophisticated and decadently delicious, but if you’re catering the wedding yourself, it’s one of the easiest cakes to make.
The only fiddly part of the preparation is covering the outside of the baking pan with three layers of foil. The first time I tried the recipe, I managed to put small, unseen tears in all three layers, apparently, because water seeped into the batter during baking. Not good. Here’s a tip that solved the problem on my second try: Handle the foil as little as possible to avoid tearing it. The recipe…
And take a look at our previous post: 10 Scrumptious Wedding Cake Dessert Pairings
Small weddings don’t need big dessert buffets. Simple can be celebratory. Start by choosing a wedding cake with personality. Then add a second, complimentary dessert to the plate. Think seasonal fruits, home made ice-creams, sherbert, refined cookies, and the many manifestations of chocolate.
Consider these wedding dessert matches made in heaven:
- Coconut Chiffon Cake & Sour Cherry Compote
- Chili Chocolate Cupcakes & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
- Croquembouche & Honey Lavender Ice Cream
- Hazelnut Cake & Chocolate Mousse (Both parve)
- Flourless Chocolate Cake with Fresh Whipped Cream & Fresh Raspberries
- Angel Food Cake & Spring Berry Compote (Both parve)
- Vanilla Pound Cake & Ginger and Lemon Sherbert
- Orange Almond Cake & Chocolate Almond Truffles
- Ricotta Cake & Broiled Honey-Glazed Spiced Figs
- Lilikoi Layer Cake with Fresh Passionfruit & Ginger-Macadamia Nut Snowballs
Thinking of another great pairing? Share it in the comment section!
And you might want to take a look at these:
Still, we’re not talking about the jello shots you’re probably used to seeing. These shots are very Martha Stewart. Very Pinterest. In fact, they look like they could have been created by sushi master Jiro Ono.
David Tutera might not be on board yet, but if I was planning a small cocktail or hors d’oeuvres reception, I’d consider serving one of these jello shots, especially if the flavor matched the sophisticated visual punch. But I wouldn’t serve more than one kind.
Yes, I lifted the photo from the article at The Huffington Post, because there’s no way to tell the story without a visual. Will trade traffic for image. You really should take a look.
- Persian Pomegranate Sangria (Kosher Recipe)
- Another Budget-Friendly Alternative to an Open Bar (With Recipes)
- Vintage Champagne Wedding Punch Recipe
- Summer Bliss Wedding Punch Recipe
Oh, Martha Stewart, THIS is an ice bar
Here’s another option along those same lines: a wedding punch. A wedding punch isn’t just for a vintage wedding with white gloves and hats; you can also find great modern options for contemporary tastes.
Some of our favorite wedding punch recipes:
- Vintage Champagne Wedding Punch Recipe
- Vintage Wedding Punch Recipe (Non-Alcoholic)
- Summer Bliss Wedding Punch Recipe (Featuring Watermelon and Gin)
Any other suggestions? Please share in the Comment section!
Did you see the recent episode of Worst Cooks in America where the contestants had to feed a pack of hungry bikers? Show hosts Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell brought their cooking-challenged challengers to Brooklyn to duke it out at the East River Bar.
The contestants served up some grilled figs and chicken wings, and the production crew served up some biker-worthy wall flair in the form of hubcaps and skulls. But last year, my littlest brother and his bride held their wedding reception at that bar, and I can tell you the place cleans up real nice.
See for yourself, with wedding and reception photos by Jacob Arthur.
(BTW, is it really fair to make people who didn’t know anything about cooking a few weeks earlier come up with their own original chicken wing recipe in 90 minutes?)
And here are pics from another real-life wedding: Natalie + Richard Wed Under an Ivory Silk Huppah in a New York City Park
DIY brides and Kate Middleton fans: Butterick Patterns has released a pattern for a Kate Middleton-inspired wedding dress. The design features the high lace collar, tight bodice, and pleated skirt we know and love from the Duchess of Cambridge’s royal wedding.
Sizes: Misses 6-20
Difficulty Rating: Advanced
Pattern Number: B5731
Photo credit: http://butterick.mccall.com
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When we asked a group of prominent wedding rabbis to give us their tips for organizing a Jewish wedding, one of their comments was that couples and wedding planners should make sure that the wine used for the huppah ceremony is kosher. If you don’t know a lot about kosher wines and aren’t sure what’s available in your area, then this is a great time to check out your options. In these last weeks before Passover, lots of kosher wine shops, synagogues, and Jewish organizations offer wine tastings and special sales.
Passover begins on March 25 this year, and we’re well into the Pre-Passover wine tasting season, so take a look today to see what’s going on in your area.
If you’ve missed the special wine tastings in your area, experiment during the Passover Seders. After all, if we’re drinking four glasses of wine during each Seder, you can make each round a different variety. Not many options available locally? This is also a good time to order great kosher wines online so that you can have them in hand in time for the holiday.
Can you recommend a wine? Share it in the Comment section!
While finalizing the reservation of a Simplicity Huppah yesterday, I realized that of all our rental huppahs, we’ve probably shipped this style huppah to the widest variety of wedding venues, from backyards to bistros and hotel ballrooms. Its clean, classic design fits just about any setting (and like all of our huppahs, it’s easy to transport and set up anywhere).
Just for fun, we went back through the files and revisited some of the varied venues where couples have wed under Simplicity Huppahs:
- Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, New York.
- The Foundry in Long Island City, New York.
- Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo.
- Virginia’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.
- The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
- Shell Island Resort in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
- The Inn at the Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield, Vermont.
- An apartment balcony in Washington, DC.
Colorful Ketubahs, Eco-Friendly Kippot, Re-Invented Cake?! Mazelmoments.com Lays Out the 2013 Jewish Wedding Trends
Want a quick overview of the smoking trends for Jewish weddings in 2013? Mazelmoments just released their 2013 Wedding Trends Report. The folks at Mazelmoments filled the report with colorful, informative snapshots of what we’ll be seeing a lot of at Jewish weddings this year, including decor, catering, ketubahs, and huppahs (Spoiler alert: just like Huppahs.com, Mazelmoments finds that couples are having a love affair with organza huppahs).
To get the report you’ll need to sign up for Mazelmoments’ newsletter, but if you’re planning a wedding or if you’re a wedding vendor, their mailing list is a good place to be. Sign up and get the report.
Are you loving a trend that you’re seeing? Shout it out in the Comments section.