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These six custom bars are easily crafted on your own and therefore will work perfectly for any party where you’re not looking to hire a bartender—this can be anything from a more formal engagement party to an outdoor barbecue to a bachelorette party brunch. Cheers!




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This bar is proof that a little slicing prep can go a long way. All you have to do is put out glasses, slice some fruit, and chill the champagne and this mimosa bar will deliver.




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Keep it simple with this bourbon bar. We especially love the classic glass choice and old bourbon barrels used here to hold up the bar.




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For the non-drinkers (we are thinking baby shower) may we suggest this adorable ice tea bar that is perfect for any backyard picnic celebration in the heat of the summer.




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Can we please have this bar in our house all the time? The chic simple canisters used to hold the booze and garnish for this martini bar would have James Bond himself a little jealous.




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Bloody Marys have been increasing in popularity for the past few years and we love this specific bar because it lets guest craft their drink just how they like it. We especially love that both vodka and tequila are being offered.




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Is this a fruit salad bar or a sangria bar? With just a little preparation beforehand your sangria bar will turn the heads of all your party guests. Just make sure not to add too much sugar to the Spanish drink, you don’t want to give your guests too big of a hangover.

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He asked, you said yes and now there is officially a ring on it (preach, Beyonce). Now that the shock of the rock has worn off, the real work begins. No more wistful pinning, it’s time to make some big girl decisions. This is your day and you’ll hopefully only do it once, so let’s make it count.

First up, the number one question on everyone (well, every woman’s) lips: what are your colors? There’s a lot to consider when picking wedding colors and I’m here to help by suggesting two that you’ll love. Open your heart to a blush and rose gold color scheme at your wedding and let all the hard work fall into place.


Blushing Bridesmaids

Yes, you will be the one that everyone is looking at on the Big Day, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t want your bridesmaids to look their best as well. Seriously, they have to be in the pictures too.

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Finding the right bridesmaid dresses to flatter all of your best gals is a challenge, to say the least. After all, no two lovely ladies are built alike, so why should we expect the same dress to look equally as fabulous on all of them? Luckily, a blushy rose pink is a flattering color that compliments almost all skin tones, so even Snow White will look rosy in those pics.

To celebrate your friends’ different heights and sizes, perhaps consider letting your ladies choose various styles of blush bridesmaid dresses. This way no one is forced to wear a dress that makes them feel self-conscious and everyone can wear their best smile in those photos you’ll have forever.


Flower Power

Whether you’re going subtle (like your mom’s hint for grandkids) or big (like your love for Adele), flowers are an excellent way to bring color into any space. Work with your florist to incorporate the right shades of rose gold into your bouquet and center pieces and you’ll have the single ladies fighting over that gorgeous bouquet toss in no time.

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No secret garden here. Speak up and tell your florist the vision you have for that elegant bouquet. For varied shades of blush pink you can’t go wrong with peonies or garden roses as you say your ‘I do’s to the man of your dreams. Don’t be afraid to think outside the floral box when putting together a bouquet and spread the sparkle with a little bling on your arrangements for that extra dazzle.

Your flower budget feeling a little wilted? Think about using candles or floating votives for the center pieces instead. Even fresh fruit in the right palette will look gorgeous on your tables and leave the guests gushing about your creative ingenuity (yet another reason why he’s lucky to have you, of course).


Happy Hour Indeed

Avoid long lines at the bar and offer tray passed signature drinks during the cocktail hour. If you and your honey have a favorite beverage that can be adjusted to fit the color scheme, even better.

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After the best man gives the world’s best toast (minus that comment about you in college – – he knows the one) make sure your guests are raising a glass of your favorite rosé as they clink in your honor. After a little bit of bubbly and that signature cocktail, everyone will surely be wearing rose colored glasses and ready to party.


Location, Location, Location

Some brides dream of getting married with the sand between their toes. Others, under a blanket of twinkling stars on a mountain top. A great way to announce your wedding destination is with gold leafed invitations fit for a royal affair (because you’re fancy like that).

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Whatever your dream locale, compliment it with the romance of rose gold and it will surely put everyone in the mood for love. Linens and chairs are a great way to tie in your color no matter what the location. If getting married in a ballroom, look for one with a chandelier to add that golden sparkle to your first dance. It doesn’t take a lot to bring the right color into your special day and – – unlike your cousin’s hemline – – a little goes a long way.


The Cake

The pièce de résistance of any wedding is the cake. Coincidentally, it’s also the best part of wedding planning as you MUST try samples from each baker you consider (what we’ll do for love).

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When deciding on the design of your cake, consider your surroundings. If flowers are essential to your theme then you could have your cake decorated with fondant flowers that match your bouquet.

Look through magazines for inspiration and if possible bring a picture or sketch of what you want to the bakery. They only have one chance to get it right and you don’t want the wrong kind of surprise on your wedding day.


After Party

After the party, it’s the after party – – in your honeymoon suite. You guys just had a really big day and it was kind of a big deal. Take a minute to yourselves and enjoy the fact that you’ll be staring into each other’s eyes every night for the rest of your lives. Ok, now breathe. Time to get busy.

Why should the color scheme stop at the wedding? Surprise your new husband with some sexy new underwear or lingerie in your wedding colors and leave him blushing as he revels in your glory. But then again, he’s been doing that since you said yes.

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Blog in collaboration with guest blogger, Scarlett Olivia of southernstylesquad.com

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Set against the stunning mountain backdrop of Squaw Valley, the Squaw Valley Stables is the perfect local when you are looking for that rustic meets elegant wedding. Think expansive views, a teepee, eucalyptus table runners, craft cocktails and dancing the night away to HIP Entertainment. We especially love the use of the cross back chairs provided by Celebrations Party Rentals and vintage tableware from Botanica Events + Lifestyle.

This breathtaking outdoor ceremony and reception was crafted by a fabulous team of Lake Tahoe wedding vendors, including Elise Events and The Goodness. It’s classic, gorgeous and oh-so-mountain chic.

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors:

Photography: The Goodness | Event Planning + Design: Elise Events | Ceremony + Reception Venue:  Squaw Valley Stables | Floral: Natasha Kolenko Floral | Hair and Makeup: Hello Darling | Wedding Day Paper Goods: Vita Popov Studios | Invitations: JubeeleeArt | Catering: Jen Stakich – Fuddhism | Dress: Anna Maier | Bridal Salon: Marina Morrison | Ceremony & Reception Music: HIP Entertainment | Rentals: La Tavola Linens &  Celebrations Party Rentals & Botanica Events + Lifestyle | Shuttles: Northstar Transportation

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Top 5 Gorgeous and Unique Wedding Cakes

No white wedding cakes here! 2017 is all about redefining traditional wedding elements. Take some ideas from these outside-the-box wedding cakes.


1. The Artistic Cake

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Cake by Hey There Cupcake // Photography by Jessica Kettle


2.The Geode Cake

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Cake by Sainte G. Cake Company // Photography by Corbin Gurkin


3. The Macrame Inspired Cake

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Cake by Fluffy Thoughts Cake // Photography by Annamarie Akins Photography


4. The Gold Leaf Cake

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Cake by Butter End Cakery // Photography by Jeremy Chou


5. The Boho Succulent Cake

Cake by Sweet Celebrations // photo by When He Found Her

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Your Guide to Statement Earrings

Once you say yes to the perfect dress the next step is picking accessories that compliment, while not distracting, from the dress. One of our favorite places to search for accessories is BHLDN Wedding — the shop and online retailer is a subset of Anthropologie which, if you know the store, offers classic pieces with a modern funky twist. You can browse BHLDN Wedding online or they have retail shops all across the country; the closest to Lake Tahoe being in Palo Alto and Walnut Creek.

Classic and Glamorous

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These are your quintessential wedding earrings that we think would look best if you’re wearing your hair up and have a simple veil.


Dainty and Feminine

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These earrings are delicate and classic and we absolutely love them! As pictured here, they look great with an updo and a simple, yet elegant veil.


Bohemian and Funky


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These are just the right amount of funky without being too kitschy for wedding jewelry. We think they would be perfect for a more casual beach wedding.


Organic and Delicate


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We love the idea of adding a little bit of color to your wedding jewelry and think these teardrop earrings would look absolutely stunning with a loose updo.

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Paper Lanterns for your Tahoe Wedding

Paper lanterns add not only great lighting but a cozy feel to your wedding environment, plus they look great against the greenery of trees so they are the perfect accompaniment to your Tahoe wedding. If you decide to incorporate lanterns into you Lake Tahoe wedding you can chose to go with either all white or a colorful array — we love both!

White lanterns create a more formal, romantic atmosphere; while colored lanterns are more whimsical and playful. Another reason to decorate with these paper bulbs is you can re-use them in your backyard and let your wedding memories live on forever.

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Pendleton Woolen Mills is a textile manufacturer founded in 1863 in Oregon. Recently, the iconic pattern had increased in popularity throughout mountain towns. We love the idea of subtly incorporating the pattern into your winter wedding. Some ideas, as shown below, include aisle runners, centerpieces, and blankets for your guests during a chilly ceremony. What we love about providing these blankets into your ceremony is that they double as a wedding favor.

Now, don’t get sticker shock when looking at the price of these products (yes, they are pricey), but because of their increased popularity that look has been recreated at more affordable price points.

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Behance // Photography by Monique

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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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