Eat, {Drink}, and Be Married

Planning your wedding menu is one of the most important parts of planning your big day. The choices you make for food and drink at your reception can distinguish your wedding from just one of those days that two people got married, or make it memorable as a celebration that your guests will be talking about for years to come.

Though your food menu may be the center of your focus, don’t forget the drinks! Whether you’re catering to the crowd that favors alcoholic drinks or the completely sober crew, drinks can help set the tone for the rest of the reception. Make the most of this opportunity to wow your guests by creating signature drinks that reflect you as individuals and as a couple.

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8 Marquee Signs to Light Up Your Wedding

Who doesn’t love marquee signs at a wedding? They’re fun, romantic, and add a piece of your personality (and sass) to your wedding. These signs are great for your decor- they double as lighting too! Check out these 8 creative wedding marquee signs:

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Photo Credit: The Bird & The Bear

I am in love with this LOVE marquee! The bride and groom DIY’ed their entire wedding, so it’s no surprise that they made their own marquee sign. See their tutorial (and adorable commentary) on the post Makin’ Loooooove… {DIY Marquee Letters}. View all the other DIY wedding fun here.

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Photo Credit: Christian Ward Photography

This lovely MR&MRS marquee sign was set up at the reception to spruce up the DJ booth. No other lights needed to light up the dance floor! See this Boho Garden Wedding here.

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Impress your guests with a BAR sign like this! If you don’t want a sign that takes up a whole wall, you can always make it smaller. These would look cute small enough to sit on the bar! Keep in mind that you can always re-use your marquee letters in your home, so style them to complement both spaces.

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This fantastic AMOUR sign is DIY and completely made out of paper! The letters are made with paper mache letters (premade at craft stores), spray painted, lined with scrapbook paper or other paper, and lit with globe string lights. You can DIY this Anthropologie inspired sign for so much less than you could buy it in a store! Read how to make the letters here and how to put lights in the letters here.

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Don’t forget marquee signs just for fun! This JUST MARRIED sign is versatile and perfect for almost any style of wedding.

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This EATS marquee sign was one of three reception signs. EATS was placed over the food, TREATS over deserts, and DRINKS over the bar! What a great way to light up the night. Paper balls also add a pop of color right above each table. Here’s another view:

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See the rest of this beautiful fall wedding here.

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Marquee signs can be made/bought in any font- even cursive in this LOVE sign like this!

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Barns and marquee signs must have been made for each other because they look so perfect together! The bride of this wedding wanted a big focal point at the back of the barn and found the solution with DIY initial marquee letters. View this rustic wedding (overlooking the ocean!) here.

Whether you want to incorporate marquee signs for their style or lighting, these letters will add that perfect touch to your wedding. Making the letters yourself will not only save you some serious cash, but you’ll also be able to customize them with your own materials, fonts, colors, and lights. However you do it, I’m sure you’ll absolutely love the results!

TGIF! Alcoholic, Appetizer, and Desert Bars

The weekend is upon us! What better way to celebrate the weekend than with a wedding? This weekend is jam-packed for me: I’m setting up a wedding at Retro Ranch and modeling at Premier Bridal Show’s Cerritos Convention this weekend. But before I go, I want to show you one of my favorite elements of a wedding- the bar!

Alcoholic Bars

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Whether you’re having a few drinks before the wedding, a morning ceremony and reception, or a morning after brunch before the honeymoon, this mimosa bar is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Decorations are light and whimsical and set up couldn’t be easier! All you need is champagne, juices of your choice, fruit, and glasses. Let your guests DIY their favorite drink! Read more about this fun mimosa bar here.

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Here’s a lovely cocktail bar designed by Night Owl Productions. When you hire a bar tending service for your wedding, your bar will be constantly stocked, your guests will be quickly served, and your drinks will be mixed perfectly!

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A self-serve beer bar might be the perfect bar if you’re going for the retro look- or even better if you brew your own beer! Reusable cups, or in this case, mason jars, provide a eco-friendly alternative to all those empty beer bottles. Refills, anyone?

Non-Alcoholic Bars

What fun is a non-alcoholic bar? Lots of fun! Bars aren’t just about drinks anymore!

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Here’s a new twist on a buffet line- a potato bar! A design-your-own potato with every way to serve a potato and with all the trimmings will satisfy any hungry guest. This bar includes potato skins, wedges, french fries, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, and tater tots, and four kinds of sauces for drizzling and dipping, and toppings like chives and bacon. Read more about this Pick-Your-Potato Bar here.

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Photo Credit: Les Amis Photo

This s’mores bar looks like so much fun! When the sun goes down, the fire comes out and guests get to create their favorite campfire treat. Set up and creation are simple and the results are delicious!

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On an equally sweet note, candy bars are not only enticing to eat, but also captivating to look at. You can easily find or order candy to coordinate with your wedding’s color scheme. Candy bars can be placed along with your cake (hint: you may not want to serve cake to your guests if you have a candy bar), combine it with a desert table, or arrange it on its own. To learn more, read The Knot’s guide to make your own candy bar.

And of course, I must add one last (alcoholic) bar that I helped set up with Night Owl Productions at Retro Ranch. I love the florals and the marquee sign!

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So here’s to a great weekend! Cheers!