Express Yourself With Fun Finishing Touches

Most women spend their entire life being overly critical of their figure, hair, skin and obsessing for decades over every detail of their appearance. When it comes to their wedding day, it gets even worse. The gown must be perfect, not to mention the veil, hair, makeup, manicure, pedicure, shoes, jewelry, etc. What some women forget in the entire process of trying to be perfect is how important it is to be yourself.  Don’t try to be someone that you are not, don’t try to please everyone and lose sight of who you really are. Most of all, you should be having fun.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t wear a bright red or pink petticoat under your bridal gown. In fact, this might be the time to find matching shoes.







Although there are some who might say parasols are outdated and old fashioned, I think they do the trick nicely to keep the sun out of your eyes. They also add a touch of whimsy to photos!









When it comes to the reception table settings, some people just are not happy with the traditional white. Incorporating the wedding colors into the dinnerware will jazz up any table and these square green dessert plates serve up the corresponding cake quite deliciously. Did I mention they are square?




 If you are going full Retro for your wedding, why not complete the theme with a full service Milk Shake Bar in lieu of a Sweet Table?


 As I always say, this is your wedding. It is your time to express yourself and do something truly unique and fun. With any luck, you might just set the next new trend!

-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago



Sweet Tables to Delight Everyone

Sweet tables are not just about the dessert experience, they are the last great thing they guests will remember about your event. This is your opportunity to be creative, incorporate the wedding colors, theme and your own cultural heritage. Setting up a table of desserts and goodies sounds easy but in reality (and if done right) it is a little more complicated but definitely the highlight of  any wedding!

#1)  Plan what sweets will be served. Is there a theme? Are you setting up a cultural bakery buffet or will you be doing a color scheme? Once the theme is established you will find it a lot easier to move forward. Find your favorites and surround it with complimentary items. How about a full-blown ice cream sundae bar with all the trimmings?

#2) Set the table. Make sure you have a beautiful table cloth, napkins, plates and whatever serving pieces will be needed to indulge… all beautifully arranged in conjunction with your theme. Don’t forget the centerpieces, whether it is flowers or a sky high replica of the Eiffel Tower made of truffles.

#3)  How will things be arranged? There should be a flow to the table, make it esay for your guests to indulge so they don’t have to reach, risking knocking things over or dipping their sleeves in a chocolate fountain. Raise the items on the back of the table  with Styrofoam blocks under the tablecloth or  various heights of cake stands, platters and cupcake holders.

#4) Identify. ALL of the sweets should be labeled so people know what they are getting. This is especially true when you are planning to serve ethnic treats, people may not be familiar with your particular culture’s goodies. The good news is that there are a million different ways to be creative making your labels, not to mention the stationery store where you got your invitations could make them for you. Be creative and make sure to incorporate the theme. This is especially helpful in today’s society where so many people have  food allergies.

If this sounds a little daunting, there is help. Sweet table companies have popped up all over the place, offering help planning this specific task. If planned properly, the end result will be an irresistible display that will awe even the most jaded guest and leave your family and friends gasping “How Sweet it is..”

-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago