Pink Purple and White Wedding at the Westin Arlington

Eric and Ashleigh met while Ashleigh was attending a Young Republicans Reception and Eric was playing in a cornhole tournament. When Eric's friends asked him who the prettiest girl in the bar was, he pointed to Ashleigh. When pushed by his friends to talk to her, Eric was too shy, but lucky for him he has some pushy friends. One of them went up to Ashleigh and spoke to her on his behalf getting her to agree to chat with him. After chatting the night away and 15 months of dating it was time for their pink, purple and white wedding at the Westin.

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You May Be Seated & Served: Escort Card Cocktails

You may remember my post last week about using escort cards as your favors. Today, I'm continuing the trend by talking about escort card cocktails. If you don't want to attach your favors to them, you can also use your escort cards to offer guests their first drink of the night. This is a great idea to keep everyone from crowding around the bar the minute cocktail hour starts (we've all been there, haven't we?). For the kids, you can use cute soda or juice bottles instead of alcohol.

On the Lighter Side

Cerveza Seating

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Beer bottle escort cards via Etsy shop AnthologiePress

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What’s a Cake Cutting Fee?

The wedding cake is the highlight of the night in my opinion because I LOVE cake. So for me, it's super important to have a delicious yet beautiful wedding cake. While some hotels have an in-house wedding cake department others partner with local bakeries. For those of you that do not want to use the cake offered by the hotel or from their bakery partner, you may notice that the hotel will charge you a cake cutting fee. This is normal, especially in a union hotel where the staff's compensation is based on gratuity. However, if you do bring in the cake of your choice and your hotel isn't charging you a cake cutting fee, you've hit the jackpot. Now go cut the cake!

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Park and Grove Event Studio on ‘Why A Hotel Wedding’

We aren't the only ones who love hotel weddings, we swear! To prove it, we've sat down again with Sarah and Marla, Owners of Park and Grove Event Studio to ask them why they like hotel weddings. They touch on everything from the benefits to your budget to the ease in logistics when having your wedding at a hotel. If you're still not convinced after seeing what the professionals have to say, see our whole page dedicated to why you should have a hotel wedding on the blog.

To get lost in the beauty of Park & Grove's work, visit their website here.

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Friday 5: Our Favorite Hotel Weddings this Week

And we're back to Friday again... Time to unwind from another week of hard work and what better way to relax than to indulge in some gorgeous hotel weddings. Join us as we take a look back at some of our favorite features from around the web this week:

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Samantha Wills: Utterly Oppulent

samantha willis If you're not yet familiar with Samantha Wills, you certainly should be. This Australian designer is guaranteed to bring some serious opulence (and, yes, even decadence) to your wedding day look with her dramatic --and to die for-- SW Bridal collection. We selected these seven stunning pieces from Samantha Wills' collection as our favorites. Which one will steal your heart?

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A Traditional Wedding at Francis Marion Hotel, SC

Meredith and Matthew met at the 2nd birthday party of the little lady would be the flower girl in their wedding 3 years later. How sweet is that? When it came time to say “I Do”, the couple knew they wanted a traditional wedding. Since their friends and family were spread out across the country, they decided to make a weeklong vacation of the nuptials in Charleston, South Carolina. They tied the knot at 2nd Presbyterian Church and then headed to Francis Marion Hotel for a memorable night full of dancing and celebrating.

Traditional Wedding

Photos by Wanda Cavazos, Richard Bell Photography

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Cheers to Champagne Cocktail Recipes!

Is it happy hour yet? Today's post has us counting down the minutes. We've gathered up some yummy twists on the classic champagne cocktail. It's the perfect libation to serve in celebration of any happy occasion, but when it comes to weddings, bubbly really is a must. So if you're looking for a fabulous champagne cocktail recipe (or five!), you've definitely come to the right place. Cheers!

1. Bubbly French 75 Cocktail

With lemon juice, superfine sugar, and a maraschino cherry, this pretty (and bubbly) French 75 champagne cocktail has "Celebrate!" written all over it.


French 75 via foodie crush

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Navy and Pink Wedding at Mountain View Grand Resort

Ian and Aubrey are high school sweethearts who grew up in Vermont hiking and exploring the outdoors together. One day while hiking Mount Mansfield in Vermont on Christmas Eve, Ian surprised Aubrey with a proposal at the top of the mountain. Unknown to her, he even has his best friend secretly hike up behind them so he could capture the proposal on camera! So now that you know this couple's passion for the outdoors, you can totally understand why Ian and Aubrey had to get married surrounded by the mountains they love.

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Destination Inspired Weddings: Paris, France

This Travel Tuesday, we're dreaming a little dream of Paris, France. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the historic architecture, delicious food, and chic fashion, there's so much inspiration to take from this beautiful city for your wedding day. Today we're giving you our take on Paris wedding inspiration with emphasis on all that makes this city so romantic. What details would you include in your Paris themed wedding?

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