Monthly Archives: April 2011

Gotta Have It: Eco Wedding Favors

Why not give the gift that literally keeps on giving?

In honor of Earth Day tomorrow, here’s an idea for wedding favors you’ve got to check out!

When you send your guests home with a favor of some sort, you are expressing gratitude for their presence on your special day as well as offering them a memento to remember the exciting day everyone just enjoyed. Typically, couples send their guests home with candles or tokens from the wedding location. Lots of couples also choose edible favors that express their tastes or something unique to them. We like the food idea, but for Earth Day, let it be a food item… for the birds.

Literally.

The Wedding Yentas stumbled across etsy seller 2birdsinlove and the custom birdseed wedding favors are adorable! In fact, you gotta have it!

There are flexible price points for bulk packages of heart-shaped birdseed so, for example, you could spend under $100 for 75 favors. Check out the rest of the store for different prices and grouping options. The guests take the birdseed hangings home and enjoy the beauty of aviary friends coming to nosh, which promotes the continuation of Mother Nature’s winged creatures! See? It really is the gift that keeps on giving!

Your guests have been to enough weddings and have received their share of homemade cookies or taffy favors. Think outside the box, and help plant another seed for planet earth! You’ll feel good about it, and your guests will chirp in delight!

Earth Day Wedding Day

Earth Day is celebrated this Friday and The Wedding Yentas are sending a little earthy love to our planet!

Last summer we posted a Real Wedding that was not only beautiful, but green! The eco-friendly affair took the earth’s comfort and care into account, so on this day leading up to Earth Day, we thought we’d republish the great ideas that the Southern California bride planned with her wedding coordinator, Paola of Just Chic Events. All photos are by Mi Belle Photography.

You can absolutely get inspiration from this gorgeous, green wedding to make your big day a little gentler on the earth.

For example, you might consider decorating with no cut flowers. At this wedding, the centerpieces were florals that could be replanted in another garden after the day was over. If you do want to have cut florals, take a tip from this green bride and use flowers from a previous night’s affair. Ask your florist for extra cuttings or remnants from another client’s event and reuse them in your arrangements or bouquets. The blooms should still be beautiful the next day.

Get glamorous — green! Find nail and hair salons that are eco-friendly and use organic or natural products. You may pay a little more, but you’ll also feel better knowing that you and the earth are getting pampered.

Food stations help cut back on unnecessary waste. Served, plated meals don’t always get eaten. Allowing the guests to select what they want and the amount allows the food to actually be eaten instead of just thrown out. Find and organic caterer and bakery for your entrees and cake. Make sure that your ingredients are fresh and locally grown, as this has a positive effect on the earth and your health.

You can still include classy details in your decor and favors! For example, this bride tied her napkins with a piece of eco-friendly raffia. Table numbers were recycled from a past event that the bride’s mother had held at her house. It would be easy for you to do the same, asking your network of family and friends for similar items. The bride chose to give favors, but they’re the gifts that keep on giving. The wedding favors were from Tree In A Box, offering the gift — and mitzvah! — of planting a tree to help the environment. The boxes were personalized and looked super cute!

These are just some ways you can tie in green details with your overall wedding day. Some people roll their eyes and find it difficult to plan a wedding day with the earth in mind. But with a little thinking outside the box, a passion for our planet, and a detailed explanation of your vision to your wedding vendors, you should have no problem going the extra mile for the earth, just as it has gone for you!

Happy Almost Earth Day!

Real Weddings | West Hills, CA

What happens in Vegas… is a proposal that takes one woman by surprise! David and Katie went to Las Vegas for a weekend away that would also allow them to meet with Katie’s friend, Autumn. David had never met her before, but knew he wanted her to be in on the proposal that he had up his sleeve. With a little cell phone trickery, David got in touch with Autumn and they cooked up a plan that would lead to David popping the question. David spent countless hours on the phone with the management of the Eiffel Tower Restaurant in the Paris hotel to arrange the special night. Finally, the night arrived and Autumn “found out” at the last minute that she would not be able to join David and Katie for dinner. Aw, shucks. Diversion #1! Instead, Autumn played the role of photographer and camped out behind the scenes to capture the big proposal. Meanwhile, David and Katie ordered their appetizers and as they were waiting, David got down on one knee asked her to marry him and opened an empty box! Diversion #2! As Katie sat surprised and obviously confused (empty box? hello?), a server placed the “appetizers” on the table. Katie was in too much shock to realize that the appetizer plate had an engagement ring sitting on a bed of rose petals. Autumn then emerged from behind Katie with the camera and the rest is history.

Katie and David had many special and unique touches in their December wedding. They included family and details from Israel to keep the event personal and Jewish. Katie’s brother, Lorry, composed an original piece of music that he and her other brother played for them as they walked down the aisle. Their ketubah and kiddush cup were gifts from Israel.

Mazel tov, Katie and David!

Ceremony & Reception Venue- Shomrei Torah Synagogue
Photography- Jodye Alcon
Officiant- Rabbi Richard Spiegel
Bride’s Dress- Pebbles Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses- Alfred Angelo
Tuxedos- Men’s Wearhouse
Florist- McCann Florist
Cake- Unique Pastry Bakery

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Make Your Ring Go Bling!

When purchasing your diamond engagement ring, it’s important to take into account the four Cs known as cut, clarity, color, and, of course, carat. But what about after the ring is purchased, you’ve said “yes!”, and it resides on your finger? There’s still one more C for you to put into action: clean!

There’s nothing sadder than a sparkly diamond ring that turns less sparkly from day-to-day wear. From the things you touch to the handwashing you do, it’s inevitable that your ring will get dirty and grimy. We’re not suggesting you take off your ring every time you wash your hands. Sure, it may stay less foggy, but no level of sparkle is worth the accidental tip of the ring down the sink drain. So never ever take off your ring near a sink, especially in a public place!

Instead, commit to cleaning your ring a couple times a month to keep up the bling. You don’t have to take it to a jeweler every single time. Believe it or not, at-home cleaning methods work just as great.

From Real Simple magazine, here is a gem of a step-by-step guide that will help you keep your rock looking shiny and new!

1. Soak the ring
To loosen dirt and grime, let the ring sit for 20 minutes in a solution of 1 cup warm water and 1/4 cup ammonia.

2. Rinse the ring in soapy water
Wearing the rubber gloves, transfer the ring from the ammonia solution to a bowl of warm water and a little dishwashing liquid. Swish the ring in the bowl.

3. Scrub the ring
Using the toothbrush, gently scrub the ring, working the bristles into the nooks and crannies between the diamond and the setting.

4. Rinse in warm water and leave to dry
Be certain to rinse all soap from your ring. Lay it on a piece of tissue to dry.

Yentas Cooking: All Set For Charoset

With the start of Passover on Monday, you may want to take the weekend to experiment with some traditional holiday dishes to complete your seder.

Sure, there are your brisket, chicken, and matzo ball soup recipes. And you could always try to bake up a delicious KFP (Kosher For Passover) cake (meh, good luck. Never found a good one!). But an often-forgotten dish is a Yentas favorite. Perhaps it’s because it’s considered a seder plate accessory, but charoset is to delicious as matzo is to dry.

Meant to represent the brick and mortar that the enslaved Israelites handled while working in Egypt, charoset is actually much tastier than bricks and mortar… not that I’ve ever tasted brick or mortar… but one could imagine it’s… cementy; like the gooey stuff the orthodontist used to take impressions of your teeth before your Bat Mitzvah braces.

Charoset can be eaten alone, as a topping on your entree, or, traditionally, used to make little matzo sandwiches. It may not be the prettiest food to look at (no foodie photographer is lining up to snap pictures at a seder. I mean, do we even need to discuss gefilte fish?), but it doesn’t matter how the charoset looks; it just tastes so good. And it’s made out of apples! It’s basically healthy! There are many different varieties of charoset, but a family favorite is to keep it sweet and cinnamony (yes, that’s a very technical cooking term).

Enjoy this recipe and feel free to doctor it up per your own taste as you go along.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 cups vegetable oil
1 cup walnut halves
2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and finely diced
1/3 cup sweet red wine (consider a Herzog brand of Kosher red wine)

Preparation:
Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. In medium bowl, whisk together sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
In large heavy skillet over moderately high heat, heat oil to 350°F. Fry walnuts until golden brown, about 30 seconds, being careful not to burn. Using skimmer or slotted spoon, transfer walnuts from skillet to bowl containing sugar mixture.
Toss walnuts in sugar, then spread on baking sheet. Cool 15 minutes, then chop roughly.
In large bowl, combine nuts, remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon, apples, and wine.
Store, covered, at room temperature until ready to serve.