A wedding reception idea to steal - a milkshake bar

Milk shake bar at wedding reception

Who doesn't love millkshakes? They're a great non-alcoholic option for a party and come in just about every flavor you can imagine. Chocolate, strawberry, Oreo ... a wedding reception isn't the place to stick to a diet in any case!

You don't need to have a formal sit-down dinner

Having different food options at your reception instead of a formal sit-down meal is an idea that's growing and growing in popularity. As well as a milkshake bar you could have a burger van, traditional fish and chips, Thai food, an ice cream van...

Your guests get to browse around and choose what they want to eat - and it's certainly an idea that kids will love and lets you do away with all the stress of having a formal kids' table and trying to put together children of vastly differing ages (and hoping they get along).

Elizabeth Anne Designs recently highlighted this retro rockabilly milkshake bar and I LOVE this idea. Having a milkshake bar at your reception is a guaranteed hit. Add the adorable decor and everyone's favorite toppings from sprinkles, cherries to gummy bears and you have a serious winner.

If you're having a DIY wedding then this is something you could possibly replicate yourself - although we recommend you have waiting staff in charge of the milk bar!

Here's a few highlights to look out for:

  • Traditional striped paper straws
  • Bar style seating with high stools
  • A blackboard offering all the different flavors
  • Whipped cream option (definitely not diet time here)
  • Strawberries on sticks for dipping
  • A tray of sprinkle options
  • Double the milkshake bar up as an ice cream bar too - you can use the same sprinkles for both
  • Bunting that suggests strawberry, vanilla and chocolate flavor
  • Retro stripes as a backdrop to give that vintage feel

Images by Kelli Kano Photography

Lela Rose: A Must Have For Your Fall Wedding

Lela Rose: A Must Have For Your Fall Wedding

What we love about our Lela Rose collection is how beautiful and whimsical the dresses are.  The dresses have such a romantic look and feel that you can't help but fall in love with them.  Here we picked just a sampling of Lela Rose bridesmaid dresses in deep reds and purples that would look great for a late fall or early winter wedding.

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Here we've chosen Lela Rose Bridesmaid Styles: LR220, LR188 and LR181. We chose colors aubergine, claret and wild berry.   Complete the look with our Quilted Envelope Clutch with Tassel Detail

What are you waiting for? Check out all of our handbags and totes at Dessy.com!

An Affordable Wedding Guide for a Handmade Wedding

An Affordable Wedding Guide for a Handmade Wedding

This beautiful wedding was filled with warm and personal touches and many details straight from the heart. All of the quilts were made by the bride's mom.  The bride's wedding dress was custom made on Etsy, and all the flowers and vintage decor display was designed by the talented Annette Gomez. Guests wrote well wishes to the couple on a vintage typewriter during the cocktail hour, and a personal chef created the most delicious menu! The evening ended with family and friends dining in candle light under an old oak tree, and eating slices of lemon bars and organic banana cake. Perfection.

 

Images by This Modern Romance

After Six Flask - The Perfect Groomsmen Gift

After Six Flask - The Perfect Groomsmen Gift

The After Six 4oz. commemorative hip flask is our tribute to that early celebratory drink. What more festive day could there be to enjoy an early toast than your wedding day?

Made exclusively for After Six in Sheffield, England by the Wentworth Pewter Company hand crafted with quality heavy gauge pewter, this 4-oz. hip flask is the perfect gift for the groom, the groomsmen, and the father of the bride and groom. Get yours today!

Polka Dot Wedding Inspiration in Red and Teal

Polka Dot Wedding Inspiration in Red and Teal

The Dessy Gallery of wedding styleboards is the perfect place to start your wedding planning.  You can choose your theme, colors and dresses, then share your ides with your friends and family.

This week's pick for my favorite wedding styleboard from The Dessy Group gallery is Polka Dot It Red and Teal. The color blocking and polka dots are right on trend for this season. The idea of serving a cocktail in the colors of your wedding is a great one!

Visit our Gallery today for more great ideas and to create your own styleboard.

A Rustic Navy Wedding Scene

A Rustic Navy Wedding Scene

I am always saying it's about the little things. Well, this lovely couple understands that completely. The little personal touches on their rustic wedding day are to perfect not to share. The bridesmaid gifts of flowered clutches and flower necklaces are lovely as is the standing rustic door and the recipe for love sign. Thanks to Easy Dreamer Photography for capturing this wedding day beautifully!


Images by Easy Dreamer Photography

A Lace Wedding of Elegance with DIY Doily Decor

A Lace Wedding of Elegance with DIY Doily Decor

The Dessy Gallery of wedding styleboards is the perfect place to start your wedding planning.  You can choose your theme, colors and dresses, then share your ides with your friends and family.

This Doily Themed Wedding board is my pick for this week's favorite.this week's pick for my favorite wedding styleboard from The Dessy Group gallery. Doilies are simple, inexpensive and make great wedding reception decorations. Or, if you're really crafty, you can even make a wedding dress out of them!

Visit our Gallery today for more great ideas and to create your own styleboard.

An Honorary Jewish Engagement Shoot by the Joshua Tree

An Honorary Jewish Engagement Shoot by the Joshua Tree

If you're looking for ideas for your engagement photography shoot look no further than this sweet one by Stephanie Williams Photography. The style of this bride-to-be is cute and colorful, while little details like bright balloons, sweet love banners and stylish outfit changes add to the cuteness. Choosing a beautiful location such as Joshua Tree or any nearby park or beach with natural beauty lends itself to making great photos with limited props needed. Now, stop reading and enjoy this gorgeous shoot!


Images by Stephanie Williams Photography

Blast to the Past Engagement Photo Shoot

Blast to the Past Engagement Photo Shoot

These two may have skipped the big ceremony, but they didn't skimp on style for their elopement! Pastel Polaroid cameras, sweet birdie cake topper and of course some bubbly made for a really lovely day! And to top it off, this bride's style is fabulous. Anyone else fall for this unique wedding dress and statement flower headband?

Images by Famous William Photography