20Apr/17

11 Popular Wedding Cocktails

Are you looking for a wedding signature cocktail for your wedding? We have selected 11 popular wedding cocktails for you to try out. Feel free to see which one is to your liking and feel free to customise it to suit your taste.

Handy Tips For Wedding Cocktails

A handy hint is that 30ml is equivalent to one small shot glass. So if you see 30ml its roughly one shot, 15ml half a shot and so on. So get ready for a fun weekend at home to try out these delicious wedding cocktails. Invite some friends around as it makes “experimenting” more fun.

Traditional Champagne Cocktail
  • 3 drops bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 30ml Cognac
  • 120 ml chilled Champagne
  • Wedding Cocktails: ChampagneDrop bitters onto a sugar cube, let the bitters soak into the sugar cube.
  • Place the  sugar cube into a Champagne flute.
  • Add the Cognac
  • Top with Champagne.
Classic Vodka Martini
  • 15 ml Dry Vermouth
  • 60 ml vodka
  • Handful of ice
  • Wedding Cocktails: Classic Vodka MartiniPour a small amount of dry vermouth in a chilled martini glass and swirl to coat the inside of the glass.
  • Dispose of excess vermouth
  • In a shaker full of ice, swirl or stir the vodka and dry vermouth
  • Strain into glass
  • Serving suggestion: Garnish with olives or a lemon twist.
Long Island Iced Tea
  • 15 ml vodka
  • 15 ml rum
  • 30 ml sweet and sour mix
  • 15 ml gin
  • 15 ml tequila
  • 30 ml cola, or to taste
  • 15 ml orange-flavoured liqueur
  • 1 lemon slice
  • Wedding Cocktails: Long Island Iced TeaPour a small amount of dry vermouth in a chilled martini glass and swirl to coat the inside of the glass.
  • Dispose of excess vermouth
  • In a shaker full of ice, swirl or stir the vodka, rum, sweet and sour mix, gin, tequila, orange liqueur and cola
  • Strain into glass
  • Serving suggestion: Garnish with olives or a lemon twist.
Manhattan
  • 60 ml Rye Whiskey
  • 30 ml Italian vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Cocktail Glass
  • Maraschino Cherry
  • Wedding Cocktails: Manhattan CocktailStir the whiskey, vermouth and bitters with cracked ice.
  • Strain into in a chilled cocktail glass
  • Garnish with twist or add a maraschino cherry. If you buy them in a jar just drain the syrup
Mojito
  • 25 ml sugar syrup
  • 30 ml Lime Juice
  • 2 mint sprigs
  • 60 ml sparkling water
  • 60 ml rum
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Tall Glass
  • Wedding Cocktails: Mojito CocktailAdd the sugar syrup, lime juice, mint sprigs and sparkling water into tall glass. Add lime wedges for decoration
  • Muddle gently, use a small pestle to smush the ingredients gently.
  • Add ice cubes and pour the rum on top
  • Stir well
Cosmopolitan
  • 45ml vodka
  • 30ml sour mix
  • 30ml cranberry juice
  • 15ml cointreau
  • Lemon or Lime twist (garnish)
  • Wedding Cocktails: Cosmopolitan CocktailFill martini glass with ice to chill the put to one side.
  • Pour the vodka, sour mix, cranberry juice, Cointreau into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.
  • Tip out the ice from martini glass.
  • Strain drink into glass and garnish with lemon or lime twist.
Margarita
  • 60 ml tequila
  • 30 ml Cointreau
  • 30 ml lime juice
  • Salt for garnish
  • Lime slice for garnish (optional)
  • Cocktail glass
  • Wedding Cocktails: Margarita CocktailPut tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice in cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Moisten rim of cocktail glass with lime juice.
  • Holding glass upside down, dip rim into salt. Shake and strain drink into glass and serve.
  • Optional: lime slice for garnish
Kir Royale
  • 15mL Crème de Cassis
  • 150mL Sparkling Wine
  • 1 Cherry
  • Wedding Cocktails: RoyalePour Crème de Cassis into a champagne flute.
  • Gently pour Sparkling Wine.
  • Garnish with cherry.
Rosé Crush
  • 90 ml rosé wine
  • 45 ml orange juice
  • 45 ml cranberry juice
  • Ice
  • Garnish with cranberries, raspberries and mint
  • Wedding Cocktails: Rose CrushCombine rosé wine, orange juice, and cranberry juice in an ice-filled shaker.
  • Shake well
  • Strain into ice-filled glass
  • Add garnish (optional)
Blooming Champagne Cocktail
  • 2 drops rose water
  • 15 ml hibiscus syrup
  • 1 hibiscus flower
  • 120 ml Sparkling wine
  • Wedding Cocktails: Blooming Champagne CocktailPut hibiscus flower into champagne flute
  • Add rose water and hibiscus syrup
  • Finish with sparkling wine
Blushing Bride
  • 20 ml Absolut Vodka
  • 20 ml Cherry
  • Liqueur
  • 10 ml Egg White
  • 20 ml Lime Juice
  • 20 ml Orange Curacao
  • 1 Dash Orange Bitters
  • Strawberry or Raspberry for garnish (optional)
  • Cocktail Glass
  • Wedding Cocktails: Blush Bride CocktailFill Shaker with ice
  • All all ingredients into shaker
  • Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass
  • Add strawberry or raspberry for garnish

Wedding Cocktails: Bride Drinking Cocktail ChampagneIf none of the wedding cocktails above are to your liking feel free to check out our how to make your own signature wedding cocktail. This is for people who want a completely unique taste and experience for their wedding.

The above guide was tried and tested by the team at Pink Caviar Events – Cheers and Enjoy!

Please note that it took many hours of research to find and try the best wedding cocktails. It was hard work but we got there in the end 🙂

Are you thinking of having any signature wedding cocktails? What did you decide to serve? Do you think we missed any wedding cocktails that should be on this list? Comment down below 🙂


 

13Apr/17

DIY Photo Booth: What It Really Takes To Make One

Over the past few years photobooths have taken off in popularity. They have become a fixture in the wedding scene. They range in shape, size, functionality and much more. As a result there have been many wedding blogs on how to make your own DIY photo booth. Today let’s look at what it actually takes to make your own DIY Photo booth. We show the hidden truths these DIY blogs sometimes leave out.

DIY Photo Booth
DIY Photo Booth

DIY Photo Booth Action

A DIY Photo Booth is cost effective (this is the whole reason for them). Instead of paying a professional, you can build it from items in your own home. This depends on what’s in your home as blogs use the term quite a lot. Many of the items required such as a computer, camera (DSLR or web cam) are available at home. There are even some apps that you can use your existing tripod with an iPad for a ‘selfie’ booth.

There are many DIY photo booth guides on how to build one. They range depending on the style, your skill set, space for storage and patience to build it. Many of these setups will use a mobile phone or webcam. Many wedding blogs promote using a webcam because they are cheap. Unless the area is well lit they don’t do too well with dark shots. Webcam shots are generally (quality wise) well below smart phones, generally grainy and blurry. Mobile apps are also available for you to download and use.

When it comes to printing some guides say to use your bubble jet and to use photo paper. The downside is that they can be quite slow to print especially if you have a queue of people waiting to use it. Combine that with a webcam and you will have slow printing substandard photos. The other route is to use one of the many photo booth apps for iPad and Android tablets. These only cost a few dollars but the downside is your guests do not get a printout.

You may need to go to a hardware store to buy material to build a frame for the booth. A trip to a party store is a must to buy various props. Make sure you have plenty for your guests to have fun with 🙂

Transportation is required to get it to your wedding venue, set it up and pack it away at the end of the night. Depending on your design you may need someone to man the booth, check for paper jams, system crashes, re-arrange props and so on.

Conclusion

A DIY booth can save you money but it will take 1 to 2 weekends of your time. It’s a great way to build something with some friends, family or your partner. I suggest if you do one thing, use a decent camera as it will make a big difference (borrow one if you need to). If you have the time, skill and logistical help it’s a great solution. But if you don’t have the time, skills or have butter fingers then get a professional. If you have your heart set to build your own DIY photo booth then good luck!

If you do not think it is for you then you can always contact us and enquire about our open air photo booth. It comes with an attendant for every booking and everything’s taken care of from start to finish. We also use a DSLR camera and have plenty of props 🙂

What are your thoughts on making your DIY photo booth? Would you rather hire one from a professional or make your own? Comment down below 🙂

06Apr/17

Ask Emilie: Christmas Wedding Period

Welcome to Ask Emilie, here you can ask any question to our wedding planner Emilie. Emilie will answer your question no matter the topic. It can be about anything from styling, general wedding questions, cultural customs, planning, wedding budget and more.

Today’s question is from Nathalie R who asks:

“Hi Emilie, My fiancee and I are planning our wedding for December 2017. We have been struggling to choose a date due to work commitments and the fact that a number of our friends are coming in from overseas. Then it occurred to us that we could hold the wedding between Christmas and New Years (Thursday 28, Friday 29 or Saturday 30), and some of our overseas friends have already said this will be easier for them as they won’t have to miss any work and can still spend Xmas at home with their families.

I found this website and wanted to ask your advice about whether this is a reasonable time of year to hold a wedding? We are anxious that it will be difficult to find catering, a florist, events hire etc on those dates, and have no idea about how it will affect the price. Would really appreciate any advice or experience you have in this area. Thank you and all the best, Nat and James”

Hi Nathalie,

Every couple will go through the process of choosing a wedding date. That being said, the Christmas wedding period has some interesting advantage and disadvantages. While I covered this roughly in a previous blog about Christmas Weddings, you question has some specifics which I would like to expand upon.

Christmas Wedding Period: Holiday For Everyone

Christmas Wedding Period: Beach WeddingYou are correct that it is the holiday period where the majority of your guests will have time off work. That said, as the name “holiday” suggests some of your guests may have planned to go away on a holiday of their own. For your guests coming from overseas this would be a holiday with a wedding as well.

With regards to your guests that are living in Australia, this may be a time when they want to travel on their holiday. While many may not travel, there will be a decent percentage who will be going on a holiday out of the city. They will most likely visit family and friends during this period up the coast, interstate and so on. It can put them in that interesting position of ” go to my friends wedding? or stick with my plans?“.

Our suggestion is to ensure you give your guests plenty of notice (like 12 months) with your save the dates. This will not catch your guests off guard and will allow sufficient notice for them to plan themselves. Another suggestion is to have the wedding in the first week of January. Many people from overseas and Australia will still be on holiday. The only difference is that all the Christmas and New Years festivities are over. Most of your Australian guests may be heading back home and your international guests are still free to come over.

Finding Suppliers

The good news for you is that suppliers during the Christmas wedding period will be available as it is not peak wedding season. The peak season is around August to November. While some suppliers will close up during the holiday period, many do not. This includes everything you suggested such as catering, a florist, events hire. Venue spaces will have occupancy and it may be a lot easier to find a place for the ceremony and reception. Finding suppliers will be easy to do if you allow yourself time to book in advance.

With regards to savings, it is possible to get a good deal. This is due to most venues having finished with their corporate Christmas parties. Do not do what some of our previous clients have done, which is wait for deals close to the wedding date during this period. My suggestion is to start looking for suppliers and deals now. This way you will find out in advance who will be available on your day and who will not and see what they have on offer.

It Can Get A Little Hot

As you would be aware it will be in the middle of summer. If you can appreciate that it can be very hot and humid here in Australia during this period. The reason why the peak season is August to November is that the temperature is a little more comfortable. Just keep this in mind when planning locations and also what type of dress you are wearing.

Well Nathalie, I hope this answered your questions regarding this time of the year to make a more informed decision. The only piece of advice I will suggest again is to give your guests plenty of notice and book suppliers early. The alternative is to have it in the first week of January. If you are definitely going to have it during the Christmas wedding period then go for it!

Best Of Luck,

Emilie

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01Apr/17

Australia’s Leading Furry Wedding Planner: Pink Furry Events (April Fools 2017)

April Fools 🙂 This was our April 1st April fools gag for 2017 as a Furry Wedding Planner. We had a lot of fun putting this together and had some interesting requests when this was live. Special thanks must got to Last Week Tonight With John Oliver for inspiring us with his #JustAddZebras campaign. We hope you enjoyed your April 1st 🙂

Furry Wedding Planner: Furry ProposalAre you are Furry or perhaps your partner is? Dating back to the 1980’s when furry fandom began it sparked the movement of one of the most loving and accepting subcultures of all time. For too long the furry community has been seen but not heard. Do you wish to be married to your furry love but do not know how to go about it? Don’t you just wish there was some sort of furry wedding planner? Well now there is!

Launching TODAY, Pink Caviar Events are launching a new service focusing on a people that are too often swept under the rug. The Furry community or Furries for short is a community of love and acceptance. Embracing of all and its furry kind we are launching Pink Furry Events, a wedding package that focuses on the love of one furry to another to become the world’s first furry wedding planner.

Furry Wedding Planner

Furry Wedding Planner: Bridal CoupleDo you and / or your partner consider themselves furries? Perhaps a portion of your wedding guests are into the furry scene? Pink Furry Events takes that love of furry fandom and bridges that gap to make your furry wedding dream a reality.

Many furries think a wedding will be a quick and easy affair surrounded by their friends and family. This this anything but far from the truth. Imagine you are in sweltering 40C+ heat in the hot Australian sun sweating in your beautifully cleaned suit.

A wedding is no small matter and the planning process helps bring out those details to make your wedding unique. Sure you have your colours picked out and even your venue or ceremony space but what about everything else. We can help put it all together for you so you relax and enjoy your day.

These are just one of the little details that needed to be taken into consideration for your furry wedding day. We take care of all the little fluffy details so you can relax and enjoy your wedding day.

Furry Wedding Day Etiquette
Furry Wedding Planner: Single rabbit looking into the sunset

Don’t Be A Lonely Bunny

Perhaps you are not a furry but some of your guests are. Maybe you teetered on the edge of furry fandom but never crossed and your friends have. We can help bridge that gap.

A good example could be your grandparents. They are very traditional and at your wedding will be confused and inadvertently say something offensive like “What in tarnation are all these weirdos doing at my grandson’s wedding, they are all dressed as weird fuzzy animals”.

At Pink Furry Events we can also help educate your traditional guests on furry fandom and show them the true meaning behind it. We have created a program called “Funtabulous Furry Wedding Etiquette”. This educates your wedding guests on what you love.

Getting All Your Wedding Guests Involved
Furry Wedding planner: Pin The Tail On The Furry

Pin The Tail On The Furry: Are you Game?

Lets be honest combining a traditional guests with a room full of furries can be quite an interesting experience. While being a furry is about love and acceptance we have some amazing wedding games that your guests can play together. These are specifically designed to help bridge that gap not familiar with furry culture. These wedding games with a furry twist will help bridge the gap to show people that bring a furry is not what people think. Some of these great wedding games are:

  • Pin The Tail On The Furry
  • Horseshoes or Fur Toss
  • Furry Ball (AKA Bocci Ball with furry balls)
  • Giant Jenga (Seriously who doesn’t like Giant Jenga!)
  • Animal Charades
  • Furry Where’s Your Bone
  • Many More

Contact us today at Pink Furry Events to see how we can not only turn your wedding into something amazing. We will also add that furry touch that will bring everyone together. Whether it is for wedding planning, styling, coordinating or anything else we are here to help with as your furry wedding planner. As they say for those who speak furry “You can be a hyooman or a furry but we can both confurt each other“.

30Mar/17

Wedding Anniversary Meanings: Modern Anniversary Gift

Modern Anniversary GiftWhen people think of anniversary gifts, they often think of the traditional gifts of paper, leather, copper and so on. People do not realise is that there is a modern version of the wedding anniversary list. After much interest in our previous blog post Wedding Anniversary: Traditional Gifts, I thought it would be fitting to continue this trend and look into the topic of modern anniversary gift.

Before I begin the look into the modern anniversary gift, there are many common misconceptions about its origins, meanings and so on. I decided to do a little digging and found out the truth behind it all.

The modern anniversary gift list was created by the Chicago Public Library as far back as 1997 and updated till 2000. You can see that while the original page is now gone, the web archive shows the changes as the years went on. Many online articles will say it was created in 2000 but this is clearly not true.

After personally contacting the Chicago Public Library (who were extremely helpful and forthcoming with information) they divulged much about this modern day list. The librarians compiled the list from various sources. Comparative to the traditional anniversary list which every gift has a meaning behind it, this list is based on durability. To literally quote a Librarian from the Chicago Public Library from their response to me they said “Most sources do not ascribe meaning to the different gifts except that the gifts get more durable the longer the marriage goes on.”.

To show this point if you look at gifts within the first few years like Clocks, China and Crystal (to name a few). Compare this to later gifts such as Diamond, Land and Furniture.The 100th anniversary gift is a 10 carat diamond… which is very durable indeed.

So if you are looking for a modern anniversary gift for your significant other then check out the list below. just make sure you have enough funds for the 41st and 42nd gift.

Modern Anniversary Gift List

Anniversary Year

Modern Gift

1st

Clocks

2nd

China

3rd

Crystal, Glass

4th

Appliances

5th

Silverware

6th

Wood objects

7th

Desk sets

8th

Linens, Lace

9th

Leather goods

10th

Diamond

11th

Fashion jewellery

12th

Pearls, Coloured gems

13th

Textiles, Furs

14th

Gold jewellery

15th

Watches

16th

Silver holloware

17th

Furniture

18th

Porcelain

19th

Bronze

20th

Platinum

21st

Brass, Nickel

22nd

Copper

23rd

Silver plate

24th

Musical instruments

25th

Sterling silver

26th

Original pictures

27th

Sculpture

28th

Orchids

29th

New furniture

30th

Diamond

31st

Timepieces

32nd

Conveyances (e.g., automobiles)

33rd

Amethyst

34th

Opal

35th

Jade

36th

Bone china

37th

Alabaster

38th

Beryl, Tourmaline

39th

Lace

40th

Ruby

41st

Land

42nd

Improved real estate

43rd

Travel

44th

Groceries

45th

Sapphire

46th

Original poetry tribute

47th

Books

48th

Optical goods (e.g., telescope,
microscope)

49th

Luxuries, any kind

50th

Gold

55th

Emerald

60th

Diamond

75th

 

80th

Diamond, Pearl

85th

Diamond, Sapphire

90th

Diamond, Emerald

95th

Diamond, Ruby

100th

10-carat Diamond

Check out our other Wedding Anniversary Gift Guides below to see what you can get for your significant other:

  • Traditional Gifts
  • Modern Gifts – You Are Here 🙂
  • Alternative Gifts  (coming soon)
  • Anniversary Colour (coming soon)
  • The Anniversary Flower  (coming soon)
  • Anniversary Gemstone  (coming soon)

What are your thoughts on the modern anniversary gift guide? Have you given a gift based on this guide? Comment down below and join the conversation 🙂