Greek Goddess

As some of you may know, I just got back from Greece.  The islands were magical and beautiful and you could get lost looking into the ocean for hours.  IMG_0296

This whimsical trip got me thinking about a Grecian Wedding  (of course).  While the above photo I took in Santorini, it was in the posh neighborhoods of Athens that I saw multiple bridal stores. Think the Athenian Rodeo Drive.  Where I spotted MaxMara – be still my heart – I think my husband even saw one and said “I would love to see you in that dress” (vow renewal anyone?!). The gown selections were gorgeous and the unique head pieces were breathtaking.  It made me want to run to JoAnns and break out my needles, feathers and glue gun.

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As much as I loved these gowns, I couldn’t stop thinking about the Perfect Grecian Wedding, and I felt that I should search for a little inspiration should I find myself with a Greek Wedding anytime soon. I die for this Marchesa dress below and am whisked away with the softness of all the flowy gowns, golden leaves, and stunning blues.  If it were me, I would focus more on whites everywhere, and use some calming blues to contrast the typical Greek true blue in the surrounds.  Get inspired by the beauty of Greece.

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Wino here

I love wine tasting.  I don’t discriminate by varietal, in fact, I will try just about any kind of wine, no matter the reputation (sorry, not all Merlot is bad), and then decide on a case by case basis (pun not intended).  So if it’s up to me, I would love to give guests the option to choose from 5 reds and 5 whites, plus 3 dessert wines.

Off the top of my head, I would choose: Syrah, Cab Sauv, Zinfandel, Merlot and Pinot Noir.  And that doesn’t even get us into the fun varietals like Malbec, Brunello, Mourvedre, Barbera … I can go on.  For whites I would probably choose: Champagne, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Viognier.  Gewurztraminer or Roussanne anyone?!  And for dessert, probably a nice thick Port and an Ice Wine, and maybe a Moscato.

Pretty unlikely though for a wedding, because depending on the bar, you can’t have that many options or you have to pre order bottles and that just gets to be a lot to try to premeditate what your friends will actually end up drinking.  So how do we narrow it down?!  You have to read your guests and your event.  Main things to hone in on:

Time of Year: Is it winter?  Clearly you’ll need more red.  Is it summer and outside?  Order more white!  I think it’s always nice to give a guest 2 choices of red and 2 of white.  Then if possible, throw in a third choice for whichever you will likely be serving more of.  If you are serving sparkling wine, you should definitely be good with 2 other whites and not need a 3rd.

Big Winos: If you know your guests are a big wine drinking crowd, chances are they like some bigger wines.  If they’re not, then don’t get too adventurous and stick with more simple, mainstream varietals.

Location: Are you in a foreign country or in a wine region?  Definitely go with some of the favorites of your location, but don’t scare people off with names like Gruner Veltliner and Teroldego.  If you do choose the adventurous side, make sure guests can have a taste and serve a more commonly known varietal alongside it so they don’t feel overwhelmed.

Bold and Light: Be sure to choose somewhat opposite options for guests.  Everyone doesn’t necessarily pair their wine perfectly with their food (nor do they care), but make sure if you offer a bigger wine like a Syrah or a Cabernet Sauvignon, that you offer a lighter wine like a Pinot Noir or Merlot.  Same goes for whites.  While you may think of them all as “light”, try and choose an oaky wine vs. a fruity wine or vs. dry. Think Chardonnay vs. Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc.

As much fun as wine tasting can be, you really just want to give your guests a few options so they feel deliciously satisfied and like they get a choice, without giving too many options that will hold up that precious bar line.

And don’t forget!  Brides should be drinking white wine to prevent any possibly red wine spillage! So not worth it even if you are a red drinker…


Super Incredibly Important Advice

Okay, there are like 50 different things that fall into that category, but I thought I’d start with sharing one of my most favs that was passed onto me by a great friend who has been happily married for 28 years.  This one has nothing to do with the success of your marriage and future, but about living in the moment.

The wedding is next week.  You’ve been planning this stupid amazing wedding for 12 months. You are exhausted over explaining (again) to your fiance why you don’t think his college buddy should get a plus one since you’ve never even met the current flavor of the month. She is not worth $150, sorry. You really could do without another piece of “advice” from anyone on your hair or shoes.  You are tired of making decisions that won’t matter in 8 days.  You love your fiance but don’t like him right now, and you just want to be married already.

Now it’s your wedding day.  Let it all go.  Remember the moment.  Every moment, because you will never have it again.  Even when something goes wrong, just laugh. During your reception, pull your new spouse to the side.  Take 5 minutes and just look at each other, look around, soak it in.  See, really see all those people around you who came her JUST for you.  Because it is going to be over in the blink of an eye and you want to remember it.  All that stress will totally be worth it.

15 Groomsmen Activities

Guys are difficult to buy gifts for and to plan things for, so why would Groomsmen Activities be any different?  The irony is that they’re actually really simple, but they like so many fewer things than us ladies and be so gosh darn particular, that it makes it harder in the end to plan things for the wedding weekend.  Give us some sparkly and chocolate and we are content for hours together!

I’m not talking Bachelor Party and strip club activities, this is more of a fun activity that guys can do together the day before the wedding while the girls are lunching and drinking bubbly.  So if your guests are in town for the weekend and you’re looking for something for the boys to do, here are 15 great options you can offer up to your man.  If he doesn’t like any of these, you officially have my blessing to say “no problem honey, you figure it out”.

  1. Golf Tournament – most common, make it a scramble, have shots at certain holes, have prizes, it’ll be fun!
  2. Skeet Shooting – keep it casual or play for prizes
  3. Cigar rolling – some cigar shops show you how to make your own, and they’ll make great gifts!
  4. Scotch or Tequila tasting – just make sure you have someone there to not let them get too carried away
  5. Trampoline Dodgeball – possibly one of the most fun activities for a rambunctious group if you’re lucky enough to have a location in your area
  6. Touch Football – can be played anywhere!  Make it grooms side against brides side, family against friends, random teams
  7. Beach Volleyball – same goes and recruit bikini bridesmaids to be cheerleaders
  8. Sport bar – if it’s football season or basketball season, order some pitchers, some nachos and enjoy the games together
  9. Billiards – an indoor crowd can have some casual beers, make a bracket and play
  10. Bowling – make it old school and make everyone wear killer bowling pants and pair up!
  11. Batting Cages – have some fun outhitting your friends
  12. Professional Shaves – Have some bonding time while grooming for the big day
  13. Renting a sailboat or pontoon – drink beer, water ski, float
  14. Fishing – get up bright and early to hit the sea
  15. Horse Track – bets anyone?