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Pass Me The Pashmina

Your bridesmaids and female guests may come to your wedding dressed to the nines, but what about chilly outdoor ceremonies or cocktail hours? It’s likely that your lady friends may not bring a coat or wrap that also matches their dresses, so help a sista out. You can provide practical, color-coordinating, and good-looking pashminas (or knock offs!) for those bare-shouldered babes.

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You can stack them in baskets in the ceremony area. Create a cute sign that says something like “Wrap Yourself Up In Love” and display them so your gal guests see them. You can get pretty prints that complement your wedding colors or get one or two solid colors that match your theme. Typically, darker wraps seem more formal, but most colors will look great at beach and garden weddings.

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Including pashminas in your bridesmaids’ gift bags is thoughtful and helpful for the wedding day. They may decide to wear them under the chuppah to stay warm, and we think that’s perfectly acceptable. Having this extra accessory offers your photographer different ideas for group photos, too. Wearing a few different looks makes the photos more exciting and provides you more options when it comes to selecting shots for your album. So, consider wearing them for photos… and then not wearing them for photos! It’s fun to switch it up.

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Don’t forget to pamper yourself, too! Just because you’re the bride doesn’t mean you have to freeze. Whether you’re mingling outside during cocktail hour or you escape with your new hubster for a yichud (time alone after the ceremony), you might be shilly. Grab a pashmina and enjoy the warmth. You can match the pashmina to your dress or wear a wedding color to stand out. Either way, you can’t go wrong because the bride is the best looking lady on the wedding day!

Now, where to get the pashminas? You can easily find them online for purchase with a quick, simple Google search. But, if you can get to a China Town in a metropolis near you, you’ll find a plethora of stores that offer pashminas in all kinds of colors, prints, and textures for super low prices. We’ve heard of Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Fancisco, and D.C. area brides having luck at stores in those cities’ China Towns. Flea markets and swap meats usually have pashmina vendors also, so it definitely pays to look around.

With a little research and a coordinating plan, you can add a splash of color and stylish comfort to your guests’ wedding day experience. Don’t pash up your opportunity to include pashminas in your wedding day!

A Second Look: Wedding Video!

Danielle and Patrick‘s wedding photos by Amy Karp Photography were pretty spectacular, weren’t they? Their adorableness was jumping out of the computer screen!

So, let’s revisit, but this time we can go back in time with their highlights reel by Lynn Films! The reel hits all the sweet spots and their reception dancing looked so fun! I’m kind of exhausted just watching everyone! Oh, and the song that plays behind the video? Super catchy! I do, I do, I do, I do, I do….

Venue- Omni Mandalay Las Colinas, TX
Photographer- Amy Karp Photography
Officiant- My Personal Cantor, Debbi Ballard
Florist- Bloomtown Florist
Cake- Fancy Cakes By Lauren
Videographer- Lynn Films
Entertainment / Music- Random Axis
Entertainment Agent- My Dallas Gigs, Eddy Parker
Hair- Gova Salon, Amy Martinez
Equipment Rentals- Magic Moments Events

Again, mazel tov, Danielle and Patrick!

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Love As Sweet As Candy

The Wedding Yentas recently had a chit-chat with Jackie Sorkin of Custom Candy Buffets and Dessert Bars and just like the treats she provides, this top-notch wedding pro was sweet and fun, and we’re excited to share our exchange here! Jackie has sweetened up some of the biggest wedding events in history and also provides buffets for corporate functions and celebrities! We’ve all seen the candy buffet trend explode all over the wedding circuit that keeps guests excited to party hard at your reception. Sugar will do that to you! So keep on reading to learn just how to make sure your confections at your soiree are as sweet as your kisses under the chuppah!

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The Wedding Yentas: Welcome to The Wedding Yentas, Jackie! Tell us about how you got your start in the business.

Custom Candy Buffets: I love things that are pretty and candy certainly is that! I began creating custom candy creations for clients’ events and they were received so well that I thought, “There is something to this candy thing.” Then I began doing more and more event shows and expos and, since I am so competitive, I wanted all the attendees at my booth chatting with me and giving me the opportunity to earn their businesses! So, I created some really great Custom Candy Buffet Bars and just like that, I won! My booths were always swamped with guests and people flipped for my candy.

TWY: So, candy buffets started to pop up around wedding receptions about three years ago. Is this trend still going strong?

CCB: We certainly think this trend will stick around for a long time coming! People have actually been enjoying candy stations for quite sometime now. I remember when I attended Bat & Bar Mitzvahs many moons ago the candy station was always a huge hit with the kids, but even more so with the adults! Now you see them at all types of events from weddings to corporate events and they are great for marketing promotions, too.

TWY: There’s enough food and sweets at a typical wedding reception. Between the hors d’oeuvres, entrees, wedding cake, and of course that open bar, why should a bride and groom choose to also have a candy bar at their wedding?

CCB: Weddings are a fantastic place for a candy buffet especially when the bride and groom would like guests to give something to take away with them. Candy buffets also are a super fun DIY favor, a great conversation piece, and can enhance the events’ decor, often adding a fun, whimsical touch.

TWY: So what’s the best way to set up a candy buffet? Do you start with your color palette? And obviously, the whole set up has to look great. Almost as great as the bride, right?

CCB: The bride always outshines every person, place, and thing on her wedding day! We like to start with design consultations, or as we call them, candy consults. We create inspiration boards and discuss theme and color schemes as well.

TWY: Is there such thing as too much? What’s the perfect amount of candy for a guest list of, say, 200 people?

CCB: This is such a popular question and we simply say, Go Big! More is always merrier when it comes to candy! For 200 guests, a nice variety is encouraged and of course the type of candy you will have will always depend on the color scheme you select.

TWY: What else besides candy do you need for a successful candy buffet?

CCB: Great Decor!

TWY: Brides normally do a DIY candy bar. How should they shop for the candy selections?

CCB: To each her own. As they say, “there are no rules in Candy Land.” Every budget is different, too, so determining how much you’d like to spend on your candy buffet will also determine the types of candy you purchase.

TWY: Is there a must-have candy that belongs in every wedding candy buffet?

CCB: Gummy candy, sours or chocolate.

TWY: You get around to some of the coolest weddings and events! Tell us about one of your favorite set ups.

CCB: We’ve created some fabulous events for Oprah and her staff at her new network OWN. We created a colorful tropical candy buffet, a vintage circus, and have created some super cute custom candy baskets too! I mean it’s OPRAH and everything she and her staff does is fabulous!

TWY: Speaking of set ups, do couples have to provide their own canisters or do you rent them for the event?

CCB: Our services are all inclusive. Our clients do not have to bother with anything at their event. We make everyone’s life easy! We design, create, set up, maintain the candy buffet, clean up, and pick up once it’s all over.

TWY: I’m sure there are now couples that are craving some sugar at their weddings after reading this! Do you travel? Where do you go? Are you rackin’ up the frequent flyer miles?

CCB: We are nationwide and YES, we fly and ship and do it all!

TWY: What are the hottest and trendiest candies to feature at a candy buffet?

CCB: I find that people flip for sour candy like sour belts, Sour Patch Kids, sour apple rings, etc.

TWY: What are your favorite color schemes or styles?

CCB: I LOVE a fabulous colorful candy buffet — think rainbow colors. It looks fantastic every time!

TWY: What are some candy buffet no-nos?

CCB: Think about the weather. If it’s too hot you should limit the types of candy that will melt, like chocolates and caramels and even some gummy candy will melt with extreme heat. Be careful when selecting containers. Some may look fantastic, but the are not functional so guests will have a hard time trying to reach the candy in the containers. Always keep it clean and sanitary. Our Candy Girls (Attendants) assist guests with selections and keep everything looking fantastic throughout your event.

TWY: Is it good to feature a variety? Is it okay to have some chocolate, some sour, some sugary, some salty? Or, is it better to stick with one kind of taste palette?

CCB: This depends on your candy vision. A variety is always good but some colors are more challenging to source candy for.

TWY: I’m a chocolate girl. I also dig a good gummy animal — worm, bear — I don’t discriminate. What’s your favorite candy?

CCB: Ummm, kind of hard to answer but I’ll say … jelly beans (the old school kind).

TWY: You take out ALL the calories in all your candy bar set ups, right?? RIGHT????? :)

CCB: OH YES! We tell our clients, “Our candy makes you skinny, pretty, and popular so eat up!”

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Jackie Sorkin is Hollywood’s resident candy girl and creator of custom candy bars to the stars. But she’s so much more! Jackie is a mom and business woman who is building her candy empire. Jackie and her company, Custom Candy Buffets has a reality show and product lines all in the works. People seem to also enjoy the ridiculous photos of her baby, Bella, The Heiress to the candy empire. Jackie Sorkin loves candy and her little girl, giving a whole new meaning to Sugar Mama.

Real Weddings | Las Colinas, TX

SUNY Binghamton brought Danielle and Patrick together and from there, sweet, sweet love was born. The timing was a rough as Danielle had committed to a semester abroad and the inseparable couple was separated by oceans. Patrick didn’t want to stand in the way of Danielle’s dreams and wanted her to follow her heart. Like a scene right out of a rom-com, Danielle flew abroad and home within 48 hours, she decided to give this wonderful man she had fallen hard for, a real shot. Her heart was right. The two fell madly and deeply in love.

Fast forward: Pat and Danielle hop on a plaine for a last minute romantic vacation to San Francisco. While touring Muir Woods outside SF, in the middle of a beautiful backdrop, in the midst of the magnificent redwood trees, Pat got down on one knee and said, “You came into these woods as my girlfriend and I would like you to leave as my fiance, will you marry me?”

Mazel Tov, Danielle and Patrick!

Venue- Omni Mandalay Las Colinas, TX
Photographer- Amy Karp Photography
Officiant- My Personal Cantor, Debbi Ballard
Florist- Bloomtown Florist
Cake- Fancy Cakes By Lauren
Videographer- Lynn Films
Entertainment / Music- Random Axis
Entertainment Agent- My Dallas Gigs, Eddy Parker
Hair- Gova Salon, Amy Martinez
Equipment Rentals- Magic Moments Events

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This feature was made possible by a partnership between The Wedding Yentas and Two Bright Lights!

Halloween Weddings

After a visit to the pumpkin patch this weekend for Baby Yenta’s first Halloween, I realized how quickly October flew by! This coming weekend, Halloween parties around the country will be in full force and with a Monday Halloween, weddings on the 29th and 30th will be sharing the spotlight with ghoulish parties and events.

Halloween is not just for kids. College students know how to do Halloween (remember? If you don’t, you probably celebrated right) and 30-somethings still get dressed up for gatherings. What kinds of spooky touches might we see at Halloweddings? Believe it or not, blending tricks and treats at a wedding creates a fun and festive atmosphere that guests can enjoy during this autumn holiday. You don’t need to create a haunted house to carry out the theme; ghoul is not the rule. But all the elements that make Halloween sweet can also find a place in your wedding.

Pop quiz: Halloween colors, go! Easy, right? Black and orange, of course. Toss in these festive colors in subtle ways without having to recarpet and repaint the walls of the reception venue. Orange chargers and black chiavari chairs can accomplish a holiday-appropriate theme.

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Cheers to love and Halloween! Create a signature drink that screams yummy and spooky! A pumpkin ale or an orange and black frou-frou drink will keep everyone in a spooktacular mood. If you prefer to clink glasses to a fall-themed beverage, apple-flavored libations make for seasonal and tasty flavors. An apple-rum concoction will keep your bartender very busy and your guests very happy! Give it a cute name to reflect your new Mr. and Mrs. title and you have yourself a thematic signature bevie.

What’s the best part about Halloween? Some might say the fake blood and haunted houses. Others might say it’s all about dressing up in the most perfect costume. Lots of people might say the holiday is fun because of the pumpkin carving parties. All of these reasons may be true, but there’s one element of Halloween that makes it the sweetest holiday: sugar! Acquiring the most amount of candy is everyone’s goal for October 31st and devouring as many sweets as possible is socially acceptable. Transfer that same excitement at your wedding with your cake and a dessert buffet. The trend of the sweets table or candy bar is still popular, but you can Halloweenize it to make it stand out even more for your special day on the special holiday! Your cake can be decked out in Halloween colors with acoutrements that symbolize the day, and don’t forget a matching cake topper!

Escort cards are great vehicles for carrying out a wedding theme. They start in a central and high-visibility location and then scatter throughout the room as guests take them to their tables. This spreads out your wedding colors or important thematic symbols that you want to represent your day. One idea for a Halloween wedding is to use mini pumpkins as escort cards with tags attached that display the table number. Take it to the next level and create Halloween-inspired table names like the Frankenstein Table or the Candy Corn Table. Either way, the pumpkins add color and warmth to the room, while extending the holiday’s motivation. Guests can take them home and include them in their own seasonal decor. Besides, Thanksgiving is just around the corner!

Today’s weddings feature so many adorable touches that you wouldn’t see at any other special event. Many of the items that personalize wedding receptions are found on websites where independent merchants can sell handmade crafts and items. With the vintage wedding inspirations that seem to be everywhere, adorable signs and banners have become extremely popular. We’ve seen chair signs that say “Bride” and “Groom” or “Mr.” and “Mrs.” But for Halloween, it might be fun to go the extra mile to include Halloween-themed signs or banners that are stylish, but still draw inspiration from the holiday. Think about well-known Halloween phrases or rhymes and sprinkle them throughout the party.

As for how to incorporate Halloween into a Jewish wedding? Colors! Pick out orange or black glass and a bag for the groom to step on. Create a chuppah that has orange and black flowers and draperies, or include magical-looking accessories like crystals or beads. And if you’re really committed to the Halloween theme all year round, select a ketubah that has holiday colors.

You don’t necessarily have to dance the horah to “The Monster Mash,” but you can draw ideas and create the ambiance that reflects aspects of this fun-filled, commercial version of the holiday. And the end of the day, your marriage should be a treat and not a trick!

Happy (almost!) Halloween!!