Thursday, December 22, 2011

Bridesmaid: To be or not to be...

Let’s be honest! There is tons amount of info on how not-to be a bride-zilla, but there is a lack of info about being a bridesmaid. If you are a bridesmaid I’m sure you have a ton of questions. But you need a co-operative bride, and a bride who can lay it all out for you, so you don’t have questions. Of course that’s what all bridesmaids hope for!

Fun Facts
In early Roman times, bridesmaids accompanied the bride throughout the day. They served as a shield and were to protect the bride from anyone who tried to hurt her. The more Western bridesmaid came from a later Roman law which needed ten witnesses to attend marriage ceremonies. It was believed if the bridesmaids/groomsmen dressed in identical clothing to the bride and groom that harmful evil spirits wouldn't know who was getting married.

What does a bridesmaid do?
Provide Support
Planning a wedding is a stressful time. A bridesmaid needs to providing emotional support during the planning of the wedding, and also the day of.

Bridal Shower
At some time its usually the bridesmaids responsibility to plan a bridal shower for the bride. Although the style of the “bridal shower” has changed over time, the idea still remains the same! “Gifts”

Bachlorette Party
At one time the bachlorette party was puzzles and games. Now we have strippers and bar-hopping! Some ladies prefer a evening of martini’s with close friends. Either way the bachlorette party is a way for the bride to give one last hoorah for single life.

Assorted Jobs
These are an arrangement of responsibilities that can involve anything from wedding dress shopping to hand making 200 wedding guest favors. Be prepared for anything and everything!

The Bridesmaid Dress
Bridesmaids foot the bill for their own dresses, shoes and other wedding apparel! Sometimes a bride will offer to pay for a part of the ensemble as a gift for standing up with them on their wedding day! The dress can be a touchy subject for some attendants so its always nice to try to choose the outfit as a group, with the bride’s approval of course. After all everyone wants to be comfortable on such a big day!

Financial Responsibility
Financial responsibility of being a bridesmaid does not end with attire. You can also be expected to pay for hair styling, makeup, pedicures and manicures. Also be aware that you might have to pay for transportation or accommodation at your own expense if you are coming from out of town, or planning on staying in a hotel the night of the wedding.

Bridesmaids should serve as party-starters at the reception! They get everyone on their feet and having fun when the DJ starts playing music.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sugar Cookie Wedding Favors

Personally I love sugar cookies! I love them at any time of the year! But seeing as Christmas is right around the corner, I researched a fabulous sugar cookie recipe for you to try out for Christmas or for your wedding favors!

Photo Credits: Ducky's Tasty Creations
Check out Ducky's Tasty Creations in Glenavon, Sk for all your sugar cookie needs. Not only do they make great cookies but also custom cookie bouquets and cupcakes!

Sugar Cookies
1/2 cup butter (salted)
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Cream butter and margarine well. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Form dough in a ball and place on parchment paper. Place another piece of parchment paper over the dough. Using a rolling pin to roll the dough approximately 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out your shapes. Place onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 16 or 17 mins. \

Sugar Cookie Icing
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 – 4 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
food coloring
Stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk in a small bowl until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until the icing is smooth and glossy. Add more corn syrup if the icing is too thick. Divide into separate bowls and add food coloring to each bowl.
Place icing into sandwich sized zip lock freezer bags. Snip one of the corner’s of the bag and add decorating tip.
Use a knife to coat the cookies with icing. After the cookies have been coated, use the piping bag to pipe design. Add sprinkles etc. if desired. Let dry.