Bourbon…what’s old is new again

Bourbon has often been viewed as an “old man’s drink,” well in the past 6 years the popularity of bourbon has sky rocketed. Its no longer looked at as for “old men” but younger people are really starting to enjoy the complexity and unique flavor that the various types of bourbon have to offer. In the last two years the popularity of bourbon has risen 15% in the United States and has grown to over 100 countries! I myself am a huge bourbon fan. I enjoy the different unique flavors that each bourbon has to offer. Its a more complex liquor then lets say rum. Most rums generally taste the same, well not with bourbon. With bourbon each company has a different flavor that you can sample and enjoy. Bourbon reminds me a lot of wine each bottle and vineyard (with bourbon is distillery) is different and unique.

What does this have to do with weddings you may ask? Check out the ideas below!

Bourbon Tasting

A Bourbon Tasting Bar with all your favorite Drinks

Give everyone a little taste to  bring home with them

Bourbon Dessert

Being from the Husdon Valley has so many great advantages

One is we have our very own Bourbon Distillery right in our backyard. Click the picture to find out more about Tuthilltown Distillery

I know these are wine bottles but the lights would look fun with Bourbon Bottles too

The next idea would take some work to cut the glasses but is a cool DIY project

Hanging bottles with flowers

Would be a cool touch to a spring or fall woods wedding

Mint Julep

Makes 15 servings

15oz. Bulleit Bourbon (25 oz. per bottle)

15 mint leaves

1cup(s) sugar

1 cup(s) water

  • Wash mint leaves, pat dry and put them in a small mixing bowl. Cover with 3 ounces of Bulleit Bourbon and let soak for 15 minutes.
  • Remove mint, then place them in a clean cotton cloth and wring over bowl, bruising the leaves. Dip back into bourbon and wring again. Repeat several times to create mint extract. Set extract aside for 1 hour. You can also put the leaves back in the extract for a more concentrated mint flavor.
  • Combine mint extract (leaves included, if preferred) with simple syrup (1 cup sugar and 1 cup water) in a covered glass container or jar and refrigerate overnight.
  • Fill julep cups (10-12 oz., preferably silver but glass will do) with crushed ice or shaved ice and insert a fresh mint sprig. Add 1 oz. of Bulleit Bourbon to each cup. Add marinated julep mixture to taste.

Wedding Dresses through the Ages

It seems like, just with every other fashion trends, wedding dress styles come and go. Lets take a travel back through time at some of those famous wedding dresses.


JFK and Jackie

Grace Kelly


Elizabeth Taylor

Princess Margaret


Hillary and Bill Clinton 1975

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton #2


Madonna and Sean Penn

Princess Di and Prince Charles


Mick Jager and Jerry Hall

Ted Turner and Jane Fonda


Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise

Courtney Cox and David Arquette


Prince William and Dutchess Catherine

Bella and Edward

What will the rest of this decade and the ones to follow bring

Signature Drinks, Whats the point?

I have had a few brides in the last couple of days ask me this exact question. My answer to them has been why not? The signature drink can be used in a couple of ways.

  • It can add to your theme—If your doing a Pink and White Wedding 

This is just simply a pink cosmopolitan with a pink sugar rim

  • A secret is you can use a signature drink to cut the cost of your alcohol. If you only offer beer, wine, soft drinks, and your signature drink at your cocktail hour or full reception, you won’t have to pay for all that extra alcohol that may or not be drank by your guests.
  • Signature Drinks are a way for the bride and groom to introduce the guests of their wedding to something they love. I had a couple last summer who drank Peach Bellini’s on the beach after he proposed. It was a really special memory for them, so they had Peach Bellini’s as their signature drink.

Signature drinks can be fun and add a twist to your wedding. Customize them make them special to you and your guests. The sites below offer great drink recipes and of course I added more pics too.

Martha Stewart Cocktail Hour


Signature Drink Series


Think out of the box for your reception entertainment

I’ve been in the wedding planning business now for about 8 years. I have seen a lot of unique ideas as far as entertaining the guests with something other than just a DJ. Now, many people go the route of a photo booth or a candy buffet, but there are so many other ways to make your wedding stand out and make it a day for guests to remember.

I love the idea of having a professional dance team come in and teach a few dances this not only gives the kids something to do during cocktail hour, but it entertains everyone while the bridal party is out taking pictures. There is also of course, the classic first dance choreography 

Another idea would  be a mobile cigar lounge , Belly Dancer, an ice carving demonstration, ice luge or sculpture, or of course fun dessert ideas.

I think the most important part about your wedding is to keep it personal and fun.