- Tips for the
Hottest Trend in Weddings
- Personalized Touches
(ARA) - I want it to be
special.' Thats what youll hear from
most brides when asked what they expect from their wedding.
But, what makes a wedding special?
The dress? The cakes? The reception? According to 90 percent
of Americans, personalizing a wedding celebration gives it that
The possibilities for personalization
are endless, but respondents to a recent Harris Interactive survey
for Masterfoods USA had some definite ideas about the topic.
Fifty-one percent of respondents said they would use candies
that match their wedding colors as favors. The survey also indicated
that a significant portion of respondents would use candies as
centerpieces (22 percent) and as wedding cake decorations (19
With candy being a top trend
for personalizing portions of weddings, couples can add special
touches to their ceremonies, receptions and parties without a
lot of expense. And, they can match their wedding colors or brighten
a wedding shower or casual affair by using candy such as Colorworks,
21 vibrant colors of M&MS milk chocolate candies that
can be purchased by individual colors. As a matter of fact, one
of the main reasons people purchase Colorworks is for weddings,
according to Masterfoods USA market research.
Favors can range from seashells
for a beach wedding to Waterford crystal baubles for a more formal
affair. From mini pastries to Colorworks, guests will leave with
a small taste of the wedding.
To use as a favor, fill white,
silver or gold organdy bags with the sweet treat. Use a blend
of colors to match the wedding party, such as light and dark
purples, or contrasting hues such as dark blue and white. Or
sprinkle the candies inside a box with a small picture of the
wedding couple in a silver frame to give guests an extra special
For most people, planning a wedding
means a lot of parties ... wedding showers, family parties, the
rehearsal dinner, and, of course, the reception. Making these
events special often means using colorful candy treats.
Food is a fun and easy way to
create the right atmosphere. If the wedding couple loves Mexican
food, the rehearsal dinner can be kept light and fun with a Mexican
theme. Centerpieces can include cacti plants and piñatas.
Add some festive margarita glasses full of green and yellow beads
that the guests can take with them.
Or, if the couple is more formal,
make the theme black and white and use tea light candles and
silver candy dishes full of black and white M&Ms as
Countless receptions have centered
on the wedding cake. And, why not? It tells a story about the
tone of the wedding ... formal, light-hearted, themed ... and
it brings a delicious end to the occasion.
For some special touches, place
the cake on an heirloom china cake plate from your familys
collection. Or, use the cake cutter the grooms parents
used at their wedding. You can also decorate the cake table with
family photos or baby photos of the bride and groom.
Then, theres decorating
the cake itself. Cakes may be stacked, tiered or flat, and decorations
range from flowers to fondant dressing to candy. If youre
a flower fanatic, have the baker decorate with seasonal, fresh
flowers. If you love architecture, the baker may be able to carefully
craft a replica of a Frank Lloyd Wright pattern into the icing
using sugarpaste! And, if you love candies, have them dotted
along the decorations in the cake in your wedding colors or in
pure white. Better yet, have the grooms cake decorated
in the grooms favorite sports team's colors using M&M'S
So from silver trinkets to silver
M&M'S, be creative with every aspect of your wedding day
to make it even sweeter.