dry wedding

This Oregon micro-wedding with a $31 dress casts a spell

There were no bridesmaids, no flower girl, no Maid of Honor, no Best Man. There was no after-party, no toasts, no speeches. And you know what? It was fucking great.

Imbibe in style with these snazzy signature cocktail & mocktail recipes

We featured Brant and Erik’s super romantic, candlelit love story a couple of weeks back and it bowled us over with it’s fabulousness. But absolutely not to be missed were their inspired signature cocktails and mocktails. I had to find out what was in these clearly delicious libations and was thrilled when I was able to snag the recipes for them, all created by the mixologist artists at Maine-based The Bar Association.

Kombucha mocktails as your signature cocktail? It's a thing and we've got recipes!

Kombucha mocktails as your signature cocktail? It’s a thing and we’ve got recipes!

If kombucha is your thing, and it is for some of us, then get ready for a new kind of signature cocktail for your wedding: kombucha mocktails! These non-alcoholic drinks are full of cocktail-style ingredients that make them yummy for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite kombucha mocktails recipes…

How we're making peace with our streamlined wedding

How we’re making peace with our no bells and whistles wedding in the WIC pressure cooker

Planning a budget-friendly, streamlined wedding that doesn’t feature all the “bells and whistles” of traditional weddings is not without its judgments and that’s where my recent stress has been coming in. Wedding planning forums can make you question if your wedding is going to be remembered as the “worst wedding ever,” your ideas suck, and it’s all going to be tacky, especially if you are cutting some corners, budget-wise. Here’s how we’re handling the pressure.

Offer an Italian soda bar for a non-boozy reception alternative

Do I have a nonalcoholic, kid-friendly, super-fun reception idea for YOU. Rachael and Chris had a tea-party themed wedding, but they kicked things up a notch with a nonboozy bar at their reception. Specifically, an Italian soda bar!

Open thread: Is it disrespectful to sneak alcohol into a dry wedding?

“Recently I went to a cousin’s wedding. She used to party but has recently stopped drinking, and her wedding was dry — punch and water were the only beverages served. I respect her decision to throw the reception she wanted, however, my brother and I wanted to drink something with a little burn. Is it terrible to leave a wedding in a park, go to the liquor store nearby, and sneak back in with our well-hidden brown bag?”