Orange Rosemary Spritz

This fizzy and colorful cocktail is perfect for upcoming spring + summer weddings as a signature drink!

Orange Rosemary Sprits

Serves 1

Ingredients:
• 1 oz Aranciata Pellegrino
• 1 oz Lillet
• 1 tablespoon Aperol
• 1 oz Prosecco
• 2 sprigs rosemary
• 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
• 1 slice orange

Directions:
1. Strip leaves from one rosemary sprig. Chop leaves very finely and toss well with sugar in a small flat dish.
2. Rub a bit of orange on the rim of a small cocktail glass and dip in the rosemary sugar mixture until the rim is dotted with sugar and rosemary. Add Pellegrino, Lillet, Aperol and ice to the glass. Top with Prosecco.
3. Garnish with remaining sprig of rosemary and, if you’d like, a slice of orange.

Via: Eat Boutique

Midnight Treats

One of my favorite parts of late night weddings is the treats! I’ve seen mini doughnuts, mac & cheese stations, but I’ve got to say that mini burgers/hot dogs + milkshakes are at the top of my list!

Mini ShakesMini Hamburger

Finding the Perfect DJ

A lot of brides ask us how to find the perfect DJ, so we’ve come up with three basic tips to help you in your search:

  • Get recommendations – think back to weddings you’ve been to. Did anyone’s DJ stand out to you? If so, get their info and give them a call =) You can also check with your venue {or your wedding planner} for their recommendations. They’re likely to refer DJ’s that they’ve worked with before, and ones that do a great job {you can also look them up on sites like Wedding Wire for reviews}!
  • Set up a meeting – once you’ve narrowed the list down to 3 or 4 DJ’s, it’s always a good idea to set up a meeting. This will give you a better idea of their personality and whether or not they’ll be a good match for you.
  • Book them – as soon as you’ve picked your DJ, book them! DJ’s book up quickly so have them send over a contract asap so you can read through it and sign on the dotted line!

Bouquet Styles

There are so many beautiful bouquet styles out there, and it can be difficult to determine which one is best for your wedding. Here are three of my favorite options that would be perfect for any style wedding!

Nosegay – a cluster of flowers wrapped tightly and cut to one uniform length.

Nosegay Bouquet

Handtied – a dense bunch of flowers, tied together loosely.

Hand Tied Bouquet

Photo: Kimberly Mufferi Photography

Cascade – a “waterfall” of blooms either anchored in a holder or hand tied.

Cascade Bouquet

Date Night

Well, it’s Friday and I’m sure lots of couple are searching for fun things to do for date night =) Here are a few of my top choices {some require a bit of planning, but others can be more spontaneous}:

  • Go exploring – head to downtown {or wherever your shops and restaurants are} and eat at a restaurant you’ve never tried before.
  • Host a game night – invite your families over for a fun dinner + game night. It’s a great opportunity for both sides to get to know each other!
  • Cook together – try creating some new recipes together, or sign up for a couples cooking class.
  • Head to the beach – the beach is the perfect place for a romantic bonfire =)

Santa Rosa Beach | Team Vacation

The RW Events gals are very much a family… I mean, why else would we go on vacation together?! 🙂

In January, we packed up the truck and took a 6 hour road trip. We took take a break from work, did a little antique shopping, cooked some amazing meals, and explored this cute little beach town. {The weather was perfect!}

Santa Rosa Beach meet RW Events’ Gals

Random awesomeness: we walked into a cute little clothing boutique and fell in love with the Mason jar chandelier.

Nothing like finding some vintage rentals for our amazing clients. This warehouse was full of mismatched china, chairs, chandeliers, and chippy buffets. {LOVELINESS}

 

Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I love all the sweets that come along with this holiday, so here are two yummy recipes to make {as a couple} today:

Lemon Curd Filled Sandwich Cookies
Lemon Cookies

Yield – 60 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
    2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
    4. Beat in egg and vanilla.
    5. Gradually blend in dry ingredients.
    6. Roll out the dough to a thin layer, and cut out hearts, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
    7. Cut out smaller hearts in the large ones for the sandwich cookies.
    8. Bake 8–10 minutes in the oven, or until golden.
    9. Let stand on cookie sheet 2 minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
    10. To make sandwich cookies, place a little lemon curd between 2 cookies and serve.

    Cherry Chip Sponge Cake with Almond Whip

    Cherry Chip Spongecake

    Yield – 4 servings

    Ingredients for Sponge Cake

    • 4 eggs, room temperature
    • 3/4 cup/150g granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon canola oil
    • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
    • 1 tsp almond extract
    • 1 cup/125g all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • Rose or pink gel food color
    • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup/ 100g maraschino cherries, chopped
    • Ingredients for Almond filling

    • 2 cups/16.8 oz heavy whipping cream
    • 1/4 cup/48g granulated sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
    • 4 maraschino cherries with stems
    • Directions

      1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Grease a 15×10 jelly-roll pan with white vegetable shortening and line with parchment.
      2. In a large bowl, beat eggs with a hand mixer for 5 minutes. Properly whipped eggs will lighten in color considerably and have the appearance of yellow cake batter.
      3. With the mixer still running, slowly add sugar and oil to the whipped eggs. Next, add buttermilk and almond extract.
      4. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add to the liquid ingredients. Mix until well combined. Mix in the pink gel food color a little at a time until the desired shade is achieved, usually about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon.
      5. Sprinkle the 1 tablespoon flour over the chopped maraschino cherries and stir briefly. Fold the flour-coated cherries into the sponge batter. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes; check for doneness at 12 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back when pressed in the center.
      6. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning it out onto a large wire rack to cool completely.
      7. Sparingly trim the edges of the cake with a serrated knife so that the dimensions are 14×9. Cut the cake into four rectangles approximately 7 x 4.5-inches. Stack the cake slices and cut into four even slices or “fingers”.
      8. For the almond filling, place the heavy cream in a large mixing bowl and whip until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Gradually add in the sugar one tablespoon at a time. Add the almond extract and whip until stiff peaks form. Transfer 1 1/2 cups whipped cream to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Using an off-set spatula, frost three sponge fingers with a little of the whipped cream and stack them; place an unfrosted sponge finger on top.
      9. Pipe an undulating line of whipped cream on top and garnish with a maraschino cherry. Repeat with remaining sponge fingers.
      10. Store loosely covered in the refrigerator.

Orlando Bridal Show Season

The RW Events Wedding Planners and Stylists {love} bridal shows. Meeting all of the amazing couples and their friends/families is very exciting. Now, we know that attending these shows can be a bit overwhelming {with all the options, food and cake samples, décor, and fashion show} so here are some tips to help you get the most out of your experience:

  1. Have fun!
  2. Be patient – many of the larger bridal shows attract 100+ wedding professionals and 700+ brides so you can expect lines and crowds.
  3. Establish a plan – Why are you attending the show? Are you looking for a particular wedding professional? If so, locate those vendors and make the connection
  4.  Be prepared – When chatting with wedding professionals, your wedding date is essential to verify availability. If you’re flexible with the date at least have a general idea of the month. You should also have a meeting and discuss the overall budget with your fiancé/fiancée prior to attending.

A few more tidbits: wear comfortable shoes and prepare wedding labels with your contact details. We looking forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming shows =)

Check out some of our amazing vintage rentals from the Winter Park Bridal Stroll held at the Alfond Inn in Winter Park!

Orlando vintage rentals – settee, sweetheart chairs, custom chalk boards, and decor by RW Events Styling Division

Sneak peak: Pantone’s dazzling blue dresser  – LOVE!!

Bring on the Spring

I don’t know about you, but I am totally ready for Spring to get here! Sunshine, flowers, and everything “weddings” is already on my radar and I can’t wait for all the pretty spring blooms! Below are a few of my favs =)

Garden Roses

{these are just as pretty as peonies but are much more cost effective!}
Garden Rose

Queen Anne’s Lace
Queen Anne's Lace

Tulips
Tulip

Engagement Announcements

If you’re like the ladies at RW Events and love all things stationery, then sending out engagement announcements is a total no-brainer! Of course, you should always visit or call your closest friends + family, but you can still send out gorgeous announcements to everyone! Here’s a few quick tips to help you create the perfect annoucment:

  • Don’t go overboard – these should definitely be professionally created cards, but they don’t have to be quite as elaborate as a full on wedding invitation. Consider choosing a stationer that may offer a discount if you purchase more than just your wedding invitations with them =)
  • What to include – many times announcements will include a few small details about the couple {career details, education, etc.}, plus their parents names + place of residence. If you have an idea of when the wedding will take place, go ahead and include it too!
  • How to say it – engagements are usually officially announced by someone other than the bride and groom, so if you’re sending out announcements consider the wording carefully.

Pops of Color

This year we’re all about using pops of color throughout wedding decor! The ideas is to choose a neutral color palette {think white, ivory, and gold} and then incorporate one {fabulous} bold color into things like centerpieces, cakes, and even stationery!

Bold Colors

Saving Plan

When it comes to paying for all the various items that go into weddings, there may or may not be a number of players. Tradition says that the bride’s family takes care of the wedding expenses, but nowadays it’s common to see the groom’s family chipping in, and many times even the bride and groom themselves! Regardless of who is paying for the wedding, it’s always a good idea to start saving early. And if for whatever reason you don’t end up needing those savings for a wedding, you can always use it for a new home or {fabulous} vacation!

Tidbits & Tips | Questions You Didn’t Know to Ask

There is so much planning that goes into a wedding, that many times certain aspects get overlooked. They’re details that aren’t super significant, but still require a bit of thought before the big day.

  • When to take off the veil – lots of brides don’t think about whether or not they’re going to wear the veil all night long. You’ll typically have two opportunities to take it off – just after the ceremony, or right after the first dance.
  • How to get to the reception space – if you’re reception and ceremony are in different locations, consider providing transportation for you, the groom, and your bridal party.
  • How to kiss after the ceremony – you might be tempted to lock lips, but try to remember that you don’t want to make your guests uncomfortable. A sweet and simple kiss to celebrate your union is plenty!
  • Where to put your engagement ring – tradition says that you should wear your engagement ring on the right hand so that your wedding band goes on your left ring finger.
  • Is it okay to ditch my shoes – lots of guests will kick off their heels at the reception. As the bride, it looks better if you keep your shoes on, so make sure to bring a comfy pair of flats for dancing.