DIY wedding

Your wedding is your day for everything to look as beautiful

Your wedding is your day for everything to look as beautiful as you want it . With all the special touches that makes it you. Most of us have been dreaming of this day our whole life and can already imagine what our special day will look like and all that it will entail. With Pinterest now being your main source to create your dream boards and find a ton of inspiration a lot of you feel as if you can make all of your decorations and things for your wedding and you can, it’s just what should you make and what should you purchase.

This is where the question comes in To DIY or Not to DIY

This is where the question comes in To DIY or Not to DIY. There are a lot of ways to save your budget and DIY things yourself but there are some things you should never cut from your budget and do yourself. Here are some DIY’s that you and your bridal party can execute months before your special day. Think of making your DIY’s into a day for you and your bridal party to bond and have fun.

I LOVE snacking! I love treats, sweets, chocolates, and anything with even a drop of sugar! I have always had a sweet-tooth. When I get married, I know my wedding will be loaded with sweets. That’s why when the Bright Occasions shared this wonderful DIY and party idea with me, I knew I had to share it all with you!

Who doesn’t like anything dipped in chocolate that looks so pretty?!

I’m now handing the blog over to Bright Occasions….

This styled shoot shows three distinct dessert tables for the modern wedding.  Many couples are choosing a variety of miniature desserts to serve for dessert at their wedding. A group of talented wedding professionals in the Annapolis, MD area teamed up to present beautiful ideas for easy dessert tables. Each table has its own unique look and feel, with different dessert items and lovely details.

DIY Chocolate Dessert Table

The first table is our DIY Chocolate Dessert Table.  It is an elegant whimsy styled table set against a stone house.  The rich fabric, gold and glass platters and gorgeous purple and deep pink flowers is a perfect juxtaposition with the stone backdrop.  The display and setting gives you the feeling of being in Europe or at a historic site.  The chocolates make for a wonderful dessert tables or as wedding favors.  It would also work nicely as part of a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or engagement party.

For this table, all of the desserts were done “DIY” by Margo Fischer, wedding planner from Bright Occasions.  The beautiful birdcage and floral centerpiece by Flower Follies makes this table look much richer and grander.  The emerald green shutter and purple and gold “love” letters by Allison Barnhill Designs are the perfect accent.  Margo and pastry chef Mounia Valois of Paperwhite Events also teamed up to demonstrate how to make two of the DIY dessert: chocolate dipped pretzels and gold oreos.

****DIY Dessert Instructions Below.

Summer Sweets Table

The second table is our Summer Sweets Table.  Popcorn, cupcakes, cake pops and candy compose the desserts. We styled this table with bright colors and bold patterns, along with vintage milk glass accents. By setting the table on a bridge next to a blue Vespa, we were hoping to conjure up feelings of happiness, warmth and summer.  The gorgeous flowers by Flower Follies in whites, yellows, peaches and pops of hot pink add a feminine touch and bring all of the elements together.

Using popcorn as our theme, we had Allison Barnhill Designs create a lovely sign for the center of the table, reading “He Popped the Question”. She also made the individual popcorn cones using paper with a variety of yellow and white patterns.  The individual cupcakes made by Paperwhite Events have lovely little edible yellow gemstones to add to our engagement table.  This dessert table is perfect for late spring and summer and would work well for your wedding, engagement party or any special event.

Our third table is our Nautical Dessert Table.  The natural jute fabric was the perfect base for this table, styled with driftwood and combination of muted tones and pops of teal and red.  All of the nautical elements on this table work so well together and also stand on their own.  This dessert table is truly the perfect complement to your beachside wedding or event.

For this table, Paperwhite Events incorporated dessert favorites like cupcakes, macarons and meringues and also added white chocolate sand dollars, white chocolate starfish popsicles and blue rock candy. The paper favor bags made by Allison Barnhill Designs with starfish designs are the most adorable accessory and perfect for guests to take home some desserts from the table.  Allison Barnhill also created a beautiful invitation set. Flower Follies did an incredible job creating driftwood floral centerpieces to bring everything together.

DIY Chocolate Dessert Table

Desserts:

  • · Chocolate covered pretzels
  • · Chocolate hearts
  • · Chocolate love bars
  • · Edible gold oreos
  • · Chocolate marshmallows
  • · Chocolate truffles

Summer Sweets Table

Desserts:

  • · Buttered Popcorn
  • · Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn
  • · Tiny cupcake
  • · Cake pops
  • · Yellow Jelly Beans
  • · Orange Rock Candy
  • · Jordan Almonds

Nautical Dessert Table

Desserts:

  • · White Chocolate Sand dollars
  • · White Chocolate Starfish pops
  • · Teal Macarons
  • · Tiny Cupcakes
  • · Meringues
  • · Blue rock candy

Presented on:

  • · Ivory platters
  • · Glass Jars
  • Save the Date
  • Wedding Invitation
  • Favor Bags
  • Signs for dessert:
  • Ocean Blue Macarons
  • White Chocolate Sand Dollars’
  • Beachside Cupcakes

DIY Dessert Table Items:

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Gold Oreos

These treats are both party favorites and they are super easy to make! Your guests will love the salty-sweet combination of the Chocolate Dipped Pretzels. These can be wonderful add-ons for a dessert or candy table. Gold Oreos are prettier versions of our favorite little cookies. You can use vanilla or chocolate Oreo cookies and a variety of edible color sprays. Both of these DIY ideas can also be used as party favors.

Supplies:

  • Double Boiler
  • 10 oz. bag of Pretzel Rods, yields approximately 2 dozen per bag (not including broken or unable rods)
  • 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips or melting chocolate, 1 bag will cover approximately 4 dozen pretzels
  •  4 oz. Edible Pearlized Gold Sugar Crystals
  • Baking Sheet
  • Chopsticks
  • Parchment Paper or Tin Foil

***Optional:  chopped nuts, flaked coconut, or sprinkles can be substituted for the gold sugar crystals to coordinate with your affair

Directions:
1) Pour a couple tablespoons of water in the bottom of your double boiler and place over heat

2) Add chocolate chips in the top portion of the double boiler and place over the bottom layer

3) Next to the stove place parchment paper or tin foil on a baking sheet, have chopsticks nearby to rest the pretzels on

4) Pour edible pearlized gold sugar crystals in a bowl next to the baking sheet

When chocolate starts to melt stir and lower heat to medium

5) After chocolate is melted lower heat to low or off and use your hands to dip the pretzel rod into the chocolate approximately 1/3 to 1/2 way down.  Keep dipping the pretzel until the bottom portion is covered.

6) Tap the pretzel on the size of the double boiler to remove the excess chocolate.

7) Sprinkle the gold sugar crystals around the chocolate covered pretzel

8) Rest on the baking sheet –using the chopsticks to keep the chocolate portion off the sheet

9) Wait 1 hour or until chocolate is hard, then serve

***This can be made overnight and stored in Tupperware in your refrigerator.  Will stay good for up to 1 week in your refrigerator.

Supplies:

  • 1 lb bag of vanilla or classic Oreos *note the edible spray will show up much more visibly on the vanilla cookie
  • 1.5oz can of edible gold colored spray, such as Color Mist™ Food Color Spray at Michael’s
  • Baking Sheet
  • Paper Towels

Directions:

1) Add a layer of paper towels on a baking sheet

2) Add individual Oreo cookies onto the paper towel; keep the cookies approximately 1 inch apart

3) Shake can of edible gold colored spray and follow directions to spray each cookie

4) Leave approximately 30 minutes in between coats to let dry, do 1 to 2 coats per side of cookie

***This can be made overnight and stored in Tupperware in your refrigerator.

Thank you SOOO much to Bright Occasions and all the wonderful wedding vendors who were part of this GORG shoot!

Photography: Ryan photography

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