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The Worst Groomsmen Fashion Faux Pas

Groomsmen Fashion Mistakes

YIKES!

The crew over at Bows N’ Ties asked their Facebook fans to vote on what they thought were the worst groomsmen fashion faux pas for weddings. And they did.not.hold.back.  Granted, brides and grooms are going to do what they want to do in regard to their bridal attire. However, a lot of fashion crimes, regrets and “what in the WORLD was I thinking!?” don’t occur until after they see the photos and realize:

We just made the biggest mistake in the history of EVER.

poorly-fitting-tuxedos

 

Here are just a few from the list that you can see here, and yes, luxeling– they include pictures:

 

•  Ill-fitting tuxes or suits
•  Wrinkled clothing
• Bad shoes

Want to see more? Check out the list! Want to avoid some of these?  here’s how to avoid having your groomsmen in the wrong size  for his build, as well as some great looks for the men in your bridal party.

Fashion Monday: Beau Ties

bow tie options for weddings and special events

This week’s Fashion Monday is for the guys!

Bow ties are still all the rage for the gents, and Beau Ties offers various styles, colors and themes that make the perfect inclusion to your wedding.  And not to leave any fashion stone unturned, the boutique shop also offers neckties, men’s attire and accessories, as well as some treats for the ladies in the form of tote bags and scarves.

Neckwear is not a game, ladies.  Most aficionados feel about their ties the same way we feel about our shoes.  See? It just got real.  Bill Kenerson has created the ultimate neckwear resource with stylish and classic options.  Prints, colors, and textures truly run abound.  These would make great gift for groomsmen, a chic ring bearer or father of the bride/groom!

 

Bow ties for weddings and special events from Beau Ties

What makes Beau Ties so unique is that they offer several types of bow ties. That’s right– you’ve got Butterfly Jumbo, Slim Line, Slim Diamond Line, Very Slim Line and Very Slim Diamond Point.  So just think everything from Pee Wee Herman, Karl Lagerfeld and James Bond, with a lot in between. In other words, if you want a bow tie, Beau Ties has got you covered.

 

Fab Finds Friday: Erica Koesler Accessories

Erica Koesler Accesories

Erica Koesler and her gorgeous accoutrements were shared with us recently and naturally, we fell in love!

There is something so feminine and demure about her collections that make it appeal to every bride.  Whether you are looking for a modern, edgy look, something classic and romantic, or even something a bit whimsical, you will find it in Erica Koesler Accessories.  Moreover, her creativity flourishes in her expansions to headbands, jewelry and bridal sashes.

erica koesler wedding veils bridal headpieces headbands for wedding bridal headband headpiece bridal sash wedding dress

We Likey: Cîroc Amaretto

 Ciroc Amaretto Drink Recipes

Diddy has done it again with his new Cîroc flavor, Amaretto.  This is the fifth flavor in the ultra premium vodka brand, joining Grape, Red Berry, Coconut and Peach flavors.  Amaretto picks up where the other flavors left off– bringing in an infused almond taste with a strong, sweet body, yet not too overpowering.   And of course, to celebrate the birth of the newest vodka juggernaut, Diddy paired up with Kris Jenner to create a new signature drink– The Glama (Glamour + Grandma= Glama…my grandkids are so calling me that in the very distant future!).

They sent over the recipe and I can already tell that is going to be a hit for fall weddings!

ciroc vodka signature drink cocktail

CÎROC AMARETTO GLAMA 

1.5 Cîroc Amaretto
1.5 Lemon Sour (lemon:simple)
Shake/Strain into rocks glass/tall Collins glass (depending on pic)
Top with 2oz Champagne

Garnish with lemon wedge/peel

Paris Pullen of Higher Calling also has a favorite that is going to, along with football season, make autumn worth living. It consists of an ounce and a half of Cîroc Amaertto and four ounces of apple juice.  Bring. It.On. 

British Inspired Cocktails from Hooray Henry’s

Hollywood nightclub Hooray Henry's

Hollywood’s newest hot spot, Hooray Henry’s had their soft opening recently, and in addition to creating a stunning all-five-senses experience, the h.wood.group has created an awesome concept lounge.  Imagine an aristocratic manner in London being taken over with the parents aren’t home, described as “an across-the-pond manner soiree gone gloriously off the rails“.

Hollywood Nightclub Hooray Henry's

hollywood nightclub hooray henry's

And it is.  I’m talking about booths inspired by the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, a handmade 3-D projection wall above the DJ booth, and carefully chosen decor as a throw back to the 1960’s underground Mod Scene in London.  To complement the unique details at Hooray Henry’s some fabulous themed cocktails to enhance the experience.  Their master mixologist, Curtis of The Blacklab Ventures shared them with us!

British Cocktails Signature DrinkTHE EAST END

2oz Corzo Silver Tequila
1oz lime juice
1oz pineapple juice
.75oz habanero syrup
house made chili salt rim

shake/strain into a rocks glass

British Cocktails Signature Drink

THE OXFORD LAD

2oz Hendricks gin
.75oz lemon juice
mint
cucumber
.75oz Honey syrup

shake/strain into a rocks glass

ROYAL FASHION

2oz Bulleit Bourbon
Brown sugar cube
angostura bitters
orange zest

build in glass

 

THE HENRY

2oz Akvinta Vodka
1oz lime juice
.75oz Canton’s ginger liqueur

top with soda water
shake/strain inoto a rocks glass

If you are in the LA area and lucky/swank enough to get in, have one for us too!  Not one of the beautiful people or too far away, live vicariously through their cheeky, hilarious facebook page!

Photo credit / Brian Lindensmith / All Access Photo

Fashion Monday: Rania Hatoum Collection

Glamorous Wedding Dresses Rania Hatoum

So in love with Rania Hatoum!

With something from everyone– a stunning  Great Gatsby wedding dress, a short tea-length wedding dress  (which would look great as a “reception dress”), and a reminiscent classic Old Hollywood wedding dress to name a few, I’m convinced that Rania will be a household name with upcoming collections.  Both the 2012 and 2013 Collections are so stunning– I was truly enamored by the detailed bodices and trims.

Rania Hatoum Wedding Dress

In addition to the beautiful gowns, there is also an online collection of handmade bridal sashes that can transform any wedding dress or bridesmaid’s dress in an instant!
Rania Hatoum Wedding Dress sashRania Hatoum Wedding Dress sash

This is definitely a designer to keep your eye on!

Pick Your Signature Drink Like a Pro

Pink Grapefruit MartiniPink Grapefruit Cocktail via the Cake blog


One of our favorite parts of wedding planning (as you can probably can tell from our company name: Cocktails & Details) is choosing the menu and signature drink.

Much like the menu, the signature drink is very reflective of the couple’s personality, theme or menu. Composition and color are very important.  You want to choose something that is fun, but is also going to appeal to your guest list. We had the opportunity to chat with Brian Van Flandern, master mixologist and author of the books, Craft Cocktails and Vintage Cocktails about choosing the perfect signature drink for your wedding. I think Brian and his work is utterly amazing, he’s the Daddy of the signature drink– being a Michelin three star mixologist being known all around the world.  So yes– I worship in the house of Brian Van Flandern!

Craft Cockatils Book by Brian Van Flandern

C&D:  Which is your favorite from Craft Cocktails?

Brian: I am often asked what is my favorite cocktail to drink, to which I usually reply “ the one in my hand”.  There are so many delicious and fun recipes in CRAFT COCKTAILS, I encourage readers to work their way through the book and find the ones that really appeal to them.  There is something for everyone in this book.  For me, I am partial to my house made Tonic with Gin.  It is the cocktail that I created for PER SE in 2004 and it kick started the global artisanal tonic water fad.  Today dozens of bars all around the world are making their own tonic water from scratch.

C&D:  Which would you suggest for a wedding?

Brian:  The Tiffany & Co. cocktails is ideal for a wedding.  Served in a champagne flute with a little effervescence, it is sophisticated, elegant, taste sublime and is the perfect shade of Tiffany blue (not to mention the white ribbon tied around the base of the flute).

C&D:  What are the keys to picking a great signature cocktail for an event that everyone will love?

Brian:  There are several factors to consider.  You definitely want to have a cocktail that will appeal to the majority of your guests, but playing it safe with a vodka cocktail will very likely make your special drink unmemorable.  In the hands of a professional mixologist, a great gin based, or even tequila based cocktail with fresh juices and herbs will be a smash hit that people will be talking about for years.  Fresh ingredients, balanced flavors with an unusual twist often wins the day.  For the home bartender, just remember to follow the recipe, TASTE the cocktail (before serving) and balance the acidity, sugar or alcohol.  You can’t go wrong.

C&D: How can garnishes, sugars, salts, etc. enhance a cocktail?

Brian:  Garnishes serve three purposes, first they should be functional, second they should be relevant to the other ingredients in the cocktail and third they should look consistently beautiful on each cocktail served.  Sadly, many bartenders only take into consideration the visual.  The right garnish can greatly enhance the flavors or aromas of a well made cocktail and contribute to all the senses, not just taste.

Mango Jalapeno CocktailMango Jalapeno Cocktail via How Sweet It Is

We also caught up with award winning libationist, Joyce Garrison who is the head of the W Austin’s popular cocktail program.  Joyce is a strong believer of incorporating unique and local flavors for a memorable signature cocktail.  She even uses honey cultivated from her rooftop apiary above the hotel!  Here are Joyce’s tips for creating a unique and delicious cocktail sure to wow wedding guests.

1. Make it personal – Cocktails can be very personal. Think about selecting flavors and special touches that highlight both the bride and groom’s personalities. For example, a drink that incorporates both sweet and spicy flavors (like W Austin’s Jalapeño & Cucumber Lemonade’s recipe below) is a great way to symbolize a bride with southern charm and a groom who loves spicy food.

2. Think outside the glass – Dating back to the pre-bar days, punch bowls were an important part of the community and a great way for everyone to socialize. Create a special punch to serve during cocktail hour as a way for guests to mingle or try a masculine punch to place near the Groom’s cake. For another personal touch, freeze water in a letter jello mold and have your own floating initial ice cube.

3. Keep it local & seasonal – Using seasonal, local ingredients can help integrate the wedding location and any regional features, while also keeping costs down. Check out local farmers markets to see what is in season and available near your venue. There’s no need to pair the cocktails with the food, as your signature cocktail can be an experience on its own.

4. Parting is such sweet sorrow – Receptions are usually a little crazy towards the end. Create personalized bottles of a cool-down drink for the road, such as a coconut water spritzer with a sprig of mint. This amazing parting gift is refreshing and will help guests recover from the evening’s festivities.

Berry Merry Christmas CocktailBerry Merry Christmas Cocktail via Single Minded Women

For more  inspiration ideas, follow our signature drink board on Pinterest and check out our favorite red, green and purple signature drinks!