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There are lots of traditions associated with weddings, but toasting of the bride and the groom with Champagne (or sparkling wine) is one of the most historic traditions that we honor. Sparkling wine is truly the wine of celebration and your wedding is the ultimate time to celebrate! So I never suggest you skip the champagne toast. I have to say, it’s actually one of my favorite parts of the evening. If high end Champagne is a bit too rich for your blood, then here are 3 of our favorite alternatives:

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Evolution Sparkling Wine, $20 – Bursts of citrus and aromatics of apricot, green apple and Bosc pear, this bright, delicious glass of bubbly starts off dry and finishes crisp. Pairs well with just about anything and is the ideal match for hors d’oeuvres, especially salty dishes.

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, $35 On par with entry-level bottles from Piper-Heidsieck, Veuve Clicquot, Laurent-Perrier, and Moët & Chandon. The Blue Label is crisp with hints of peach and green apple overtones.

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NV Le Grand Courtage Grande Cuvee Brut Rose, $20 – A pink blend of Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc, and Gamay. Fresh and fruity, with clear strawberry notes on the nose. A bracing and lasting acidity comes along quickly on the palate, offering some floral elements — almost green and grassy at times. The finish is clean and inviting, that strawberry element lingering, along with some rose petal notes. Lovely and difficult to put down

 

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When the big weekend arrives, even the most excited guests could use a little boost! And there’s no better way to treat your nearest and dearest than with the perfect Lake Tahoe wedding welcome bag. This Fall and Winter, our advice is to stuff those goody bags chock-full of cool-weather treats, and kick off that wedding weekend in the yummiest ways!

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Step 1: Start by choosing a unique packaging to hold your welcome goodies. We like a canvas bags or wooden boxes that guests can reuse. You can even iron on details to make it more personal.

Step 2: Start building your bag. Infuse a personal touch by adding treats that are locally sourced, special to you as a couple, or are unique finds for your guests. Include warm drinks like hot cocoa, tea or coffee and sweet bites to make guests feel at home. Try a package of granola and honey to be enjoyed in the morning.

Step 3: Be sure to include a map or activities card for guests to reference. If you have a wedding website with an online itinerary, be sure to direct your guests there for more information.

Step 4: A sweet additional and personalized touch, handwritten ‘Thank You’ notes for each guest are a thoughtful gesture that go a long way.

Step 5: Your welcome bag is ready for delivery! Your guests will love their warm welcome due to every thoughtful detail.

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What To Wear To A Lake Tahoe Wedding

The most important thing to remember when shopping for a Lake Tahoe wedding is you want to look cool and stylish, but you don’t want to distract from the bride or draw attention for the wrong reasons. We recommend you use the wording on the invitation or the time of year to determine your wedding attire. Casual Summer = Sundress, Semi-Formal = Cocktail Dress and Black Tie = Long Evening Gown.

But first, let us tell you the ground rules for dressing for a wedding.

Rule number one: Don’t ever, EVER wear white to a wedding. Also avoid wearing white to pre-wedding festivities, like the engagement party, shower or rehearsal dinner. The only exception to this rule is if there’s an all-white dress code for one of the celebrations.

Rule number two: It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. If an invite says “black tie optional,” err on the side of caution and wear a long dress or dark suit or tux. Like your mom always said, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Rule number three: You can wear black to a wedding—it’s not off-limits. It used to be taboo to wear black to weddings, but now a little black dress is totally appropriate for an evening affair.

Rule number four: Always be respectful to religious affiliations. If you know the wedding is going to be held in a Catholic church, it might not be a bad idea to cover bare arms with a sweater and avoid showing too much leg or cleavage.

Our friends at The Black Tux came up with this great infographic to help you, and your man, decide:

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Tips For Long Lasting Garden Roses

The naturalistic look and seductive fragrance of old garden roses are the stuff of poetry, but they have never done well off the vine. The blooms of these temperamental dowagers of old Europe appear only briefly, and if you cut them, they last a bare three days in a vase. Since World War II, the old rose has been increasingly replaced in gardens and bouquets by the upstart hybrid tea rose, the denizen of Valentine’s Day deliveries that sacrifices the old rose’s cabbage head and powerful scent for consistent and frequent blooms. Don’t let your floral arrangements fall prey to the conventional roses and enjoy the beauty of garden roses with these 3 tips for long-lasting roses:

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1. Recut the stems under warm tap water with a clean, sharp knife or pruner. Cut on a 45-degree angle to produce as much surface area as possible, making it easier for the flower to take in water.

2. Use a clean vase. Bacteria can shorten cut roses’ life by blocking the stems. Fill with lukewarm water, and add the floral food that’s provided. Keep out of direct sun and in a cool room, if possible.

3. Change the water and recut the stems every couple of days to promote water uptake.

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We have been introducing you to One Fine Day Events’ collection of Private Estates for Lake Tahoe weddings and events and today we would like to highlight another lakefront property – The Lakefront Cottage Estate! This estate, tucked along the coast of the West Shore, has a gorgeous green lawn, and a panoramic backdrop of the lake. See below for a few images from a wedding designed and planned by One Fine Day Event and photography from Mike Larson.

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A flat, lush lawn accommodates the perfect ceremony, with plenty of room for all of your guests to settle in and listen to your vows as you become husband and wife.

 

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A beautifully appointed tent protects your guests from the elements while letting them enjoy an al fresco dinner amongst the fresh mountain air.

 

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If you’d like to learn more about this gorgeous lakefront estate, please contact One Fine Day Events at hello@onefinedayevents.com.

Photos courtesy of Mike Larson Photography

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Our private estate tour with One Fine Day Events continues today with a property that invokes visions of tropical isles, Caribbean beaches, and warm sun. The Gold Coast Estate is nestled down in the quiet and tranquil cove of Rubicon Bay. The golden sandy beaches and tropical water meet pine trees and meadow making it the perfect place to have a wedding isolated from the rest of the world.

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With toes tucked in the sand for the ceremony and dinner amongst a canopy of pine trees, this venue really showcases everything that is so wonderful in Tahoe all wrapped up in one luxuriously private lakefront venue.

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Lounge furniture sprinkled on the beach with dancing amongst the stars, this is the perfect lakefront wedding celebration estate!

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Photos courtesy of Mike Larson Photography

Interested in booking The Gold Coast Estate for your wedding? Contact One Fine Day Events!

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A new spate of online registries offer presents you won’t find at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, or Williams-Sonoma. At Newlywish, you can register for experiences, such as dance lessons, wine tastings or ballet performances. You can sign up for bedding and dinnerware on the site as well, with choices from more than 40 independent stores. And to make things a little easier, bachelorette shower packages, bridesmaids gifts, and welcome bags are also available–so you can spend less time planning wedding-related events and more time looking for something you’ll love forever.

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For the Do-Gooders, I Do Foundation makes it easy for you to give back by offering multiple ways for your guests to make charitable contributions. Create a registry where all the gifts are charitable contributions, or make a more traditional one through I Do Foundation partner stores and 5% of all purchases will benefit the charity of your choice.

Oenophiles unite! Those who can’t get enough of pinot and cabernet can now celebrate their nuptials by giving guests the opportunity to contribute vintages to their very own wine cellar at WineEnthusiast.com. Register for cases, bottles and all necessary accessories for your own wine bar, from personalized wine glasses and decanters to wine fridges, hi-tech cork screws and aerators.

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We invited the ladies at One Fine Day Events to show off some of their favorite Lake Tahoe private estates that are perfect for summer weddings. Today, they are starting the tour by introducing The Sandy Shores Cove Estate. Nestled atop a bluff and protected by the wind, Sandy Shores Cove boasts a gorgeous lawn, a lodge-style home, and access to a private sandy beach. Tall old growth pine trees surround the perimeter of the property, creating the perfect overhead canopy for an open air or clear tent reception. The long stretch of lawn creates plenty of space for spreading out the ceremony, cocktails, dinner,and dancing. Plus, no matter where you are on the property, you have a panoramic view of Lake Tahoe!

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One Fine Day Events has produced several stunning weddings at this property. If you are interested in this property or even just chatting about One Fine Day’s services, you can find our contact information by clicking here.

Photography from Mike Larson.

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