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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Southern Sundays: The Groom's Cake Part 1: The Origin, Wedding Traditions | Table7 Events

Over any other Southern wedding tradition, the groom's cake is by far my personal favorite.  The typical groom does not get to make a whole lot of decisions when it comes to his wedding, but I love that this is all about him even though his bride-to-be most likely chose every detail that went into it.  The groom's cake is a gift from the bride to honor her new husband and is all about his personality, hobbies and interests.

I love this wedding tradition so much that I have divided this blog into a 3 part series:  The Origin, The Facts, and The Design.  Let's get started...

The Origin:

Actually, the groom's cake is not necessarily a Southern tradition, but they are the group that we associate with this custom.  The origin of the tradition started in Rome, but became more popular in England.  The English groom's cake was a dense fruitcake that was sliced, packaged and given to the unmarried women who attended the wedding to take home.  The women would then take their slice of cake, place it under their pillow that night, and have sweet dreams of their future husband.

Unless you came from the South or have a family that has brought this tradition into your heritage, most of us probably had our first encounter with the groom's cake in the movie "Steel Magnolia's."  I remember being about 14 and seeing that hideous gray armadillo's tail being chopped off and thinking.  I think that was my first introduction to red velvet as well.  I bet it was yours as well!!!  Remember this little fella?

Join us next week for The Goom's Cake Part 2:  The Facts.  We dig into the day it is served, the placement of the groom's cake and the timing of service.

See y'all next Sunday!

Photo Credit:  Southern Weddings Blog

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Southern Sundays: The White Bible, Wedding Traditions | Table7 Events

Since all of these earthquakes have been rattling Southern California, I have heard a lot of prayers to make the shaking stop.  These prayers sparked my "wedding focused brain" and led me to my current post, The White Bible.

This is a sweet little Christian tradition stemming from Ireland in which a bride carries a white bible instead of the bouquet down the aisle.  Typically this bible is a family heirloom that has been carried throughout the generations.

As I read a bit more about this tradition, I also discovered that some families host a White Bible Ceremony instead of the bridesmaids tea.  During this ceremony, it is the families hope to put the focus back on the spiritual meaning of the wedding versus the chaos of the details.  The ceremony starts as the mother-of-the-bride (the groom's mother can do this as well or a grandmother) presents her daughter with the white bible that was present at her wedding and passes on a bit of advice.  Then each person presents the bride-to-be a flower symbolizing different aspects of life and marriage:  red carnation signifying important decisions such as where to live and whether to have children, a yellow rose for sincerity and a white carnation for purity of heart.  Then greenery is added to represent Christian growth and the groom's mother binds the flowers together.

Even though I don't see a lot of California brides giving up their bouquet for this tradition, I love the idea of taking a few minutes before the ceremony to incorporate a White Bible Ceremony just before walking down the aisle.  The white bible with the flowers can then be placed by the guest book or even brought into the ceremony by the Maid of Honor and placed at the alter.

See y'all next Sunday!

Photo Credit:  Southern Weddings Blog
Content Credit:  Southern Weddings Blog and The Decatur Daily

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Southern Sundays: Etiquette, Reply In Kind | Table7 Events

Here on the West Coast, we are lucky if our guests RSVP to any type of event.  I often warn clients that the response process can be a bit frustrating, I am urging all of us Californians to take a tip from our friends in the South on the importance of a respectful and timely response.

Etiquette states that you must "reply in kind" to any type of invitation which simply means that you must respond in the same manner you received the invite.  If you got a phone call, call the person back to accept or decline.  The same with a text, text them or an email, etc...

DO NOT respond to a wedding invitation with a text, phone call or email unless it is requested to do so.  Secondly, DO NOT assume that just because you are part of the wedding party or a family member that this does not include you.  You too must reply in kind.

There are not many formal invitations floating around California.  Here we are most likely to receive an invitation that includes a response card to return.  It is not that difficult to check a box and write your name!  I am begging you (YOU know who you are), to make a bit more effort to make your Type A friends lives here on the West Coast a little less stressful.  Please reply in kind!

See y'all next Sunday!  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Southern Sundays: Magnolias | Table7 Events

The magnolia is the official state tree of Mississippi and we associate both the tree and flower with South.  The meaning of the magnolia flower ranges from beauty and perseverance to dignity and nobility.  No matter how you define it, the magnolia is very bold and makes a strong statement.

One of my favorite floral decor pieces to incorporate at a wedding is garland whether it be lemon leaf, fern, herb, etc...  My absolute favorite is the magnolia.  I love the contrast  between the leaf's deep, dark green topside with a shiny finish, and the underneaths fuzzy texture in a shade of medium brown.  Yet, when these leaves are woven together, the end result is gorgeous.

See how the magnolia is incorporated in these weddings below.  It is very heavy, yet warm and delicate.

Look at this arch, absolutely stunning!

See y'all next Sunday!

Photo Credit:  Southern Weddings Blog

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Camp Wasewagan, Angelus Oaks: Liz & Chris | Table7 Events

Remember summer camp, day time hikes, the forest creatures scampering around, and nights full of stories by the campfire?  If you are looking for a venue that is a bit more relaxed with a full weekend experience for you are your guests, Camp Wasewagan is the perfect place for the outdoorsy couple.  Crazzy Craig and his crew have recently opened their camp up to weekend weddings for a pretty affordable rate including cabins, food service and a lot of other perks that you can only find at this camp.

The drive is a bit, shall I say "rugged," but how many times do you get to actually drive through a creek to get to your destination?  Let me tell you, I still get excited when I get to splash through the stream.  As guests arrived, they were greeted by both the camp's staff as well as the Table7 Events team.  Liz & Chris had made these cute little keys for each guest which held their cabin assignment.  Boys on one side girls on the other (totally kidding).

Angelus Oaks had a bit of rain earlier in the day, but just enough to not put a damper on the wedding.  The early afternoon sprinkle filled the creek just enough for the perfect ambient noise and settled the dust to give this woodsy wedding the clean, cool, crisp feel you expect from the mountains.  This wedding could not have been any more perfect.  Take a look...

We repurposed as much of the camp's items as possible to save on the rental expenses, such as bringing the benches outdoors from the lodge as pictured above.

This was probably our favorite ceremony site for 2013, which was referred to as our pop-up church in the forest.

The reception took place in front of the lodge.  Market lights were strung above the dance floor and the forest was up lit in amber.  The camp provided the food service which was an upscale cookout with trip tip, mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon and a few different salad options.

What is a camp experience without the s'mores!  Liz & Chris made cute little buckets to take over to the bon fire area which was right off the dance floor.  There really is no curfew here at the camp, so the night continued around the fire until the wee hours.  

One more little DIY touch was the photo backdrop simply strung between a couple redwoods.  As easy as that, and this little princess loved it.

To view more images from this wedding, click here!

Venue & Catering:  CAMP WASEWAGAN
Event Coordination:  TABLE7 EVENTS, INC.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Southern Sundays: Sweet Tea | Table7 Events

Sweet Tea has been the rage in the past few years around Southern California.  Shoot, even Micky D's has it on the menu, but what constitutes the perfect glass of Sweet Tea?

According the

1.       It’s got to be freshly brewed.
2.       It’s got to be crystal clear. No cloudy ice tea!
3.       It’s got to be sweet but not too sweet.

Sweet Ice Tea
Makes ½ gallon

8 cups water divided
6 Lipton regular tea bags
¾ cup sugar

Add 4 cups of water to a medium size saucepan and bring to a roiling boil. You’re going to add the tea bags in a minute but before you do tie the tea bag strings together by gathering all the strings together in one hand and knotting them. You can pull off the tea bag tag if you like to make it easier to tie the knot.

This makes pouring the hot tea into your pitcher much easier. When the tea bags are not tied together some of them float around and try to jump into your pitcher as you’re pouring the hot tea into the pitcher.

Boil the tea bags in the water for about 1 minute. You don’t want to boil them much longer than that or you take the chance of one or more tea bags splitting and then you have to deal with the tea floating around in the pot. If this does happens all is not lost just use a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth to strain the loose tea leaves out of your tea. It’s a pain so keep an eye on your pot of tea.

After the tea has boiled for one minute remove the pot from the hot burner and let it steep for 10 minutes.

While the tea is steeping measure the sugar into your pitcher. After ten minutes is up pour the still hot tea over the sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Preparing your tea while the tea is still hot is what gives you a crystal clear pitcher of ice tea. If you wait until the tea has cooled you will end up with a bitter and cloudy pitcher of tea. It also allows the sugar granules to dissolve.

I hate it when the sugar doesn’t dissolve and sits on the bottom of my glass.

Now measure the last four cups of water and pour it into the pot with the tea bags. Swirl it around a little bit to allow the tea bags to release that last bit of tea goodness from the tea bags.

Pour the tea water into the pitcher.

Chill completely before serving and serve over ice.

Add a wedge of lemon or lime and a few mint leaves if you like.
I’ve also been known to add a slice of an orange if I don’t have any lime or lemon in the house.

Do not add ice to your pitcher of tea. When serving fill a glass with ice and then pour the tea over the ice. If you add the ice to the warm pitcher of tea most of it will melt and you will end up with a watered down version of ice tea.

See y'all next Sunday!

Photo Credit:  Southern Weddings Blog

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Southern Sundays: Cake Pulls | Table7 Events

Since Mardi Gras is quickly approaching I thought that cake pulls would be the perfect tie in.  Have you ever heard of the New Orleans Kings Cake?  It's a popular custom during Mardi Gras stemming from the Feast of the Epiphany (12 days after Christmas, January 6th) to bake a baby charm (representing the Three King's bearing gifts to the Christ Child) into a cake.  The person that receives that slice of cake with the charm is to continue the celebration by hosting the next King Cake party.  These Kings Cake parties continue throughout the  Mardi Gras season. 

Cake pulls, which are good luck charms with a ribbon attached are used during wedding showers and luncheons.  Traditionally the bride would push these charms into the cake, post baking, and her single friends would pull the ribbon to predict their future.  Nowadays, all female guests are given the opportunity to pull a charm right before it is cut.

The meanings/fortune behind the pulls are just as fun!  A Starfish (life filled with friendship), feather (at peace with the earth), a tree (financial security), and of course the diamond ring (next to be married).

How much fun would this tradition be to incorporate into your So. Cal party!  It's something that no one does here and there are some great shops on Etsy to purchase your pulls.

See y'all next Sunday!

Photo Credit:  Southern Weddings Blog and Pinterest