Archive for July, 2010

A Sweet Ending

Homemade Cookie Favors by DeLucious Cookies & Milk

Comfort food is the new wedding cuisine of choice, and you simply cannot beat homemade sweets. Guests always love a treat on their way out of the reception, but baking brownies for 200 is not on your agenda.

Have someone else do the mixing and stirring. DeLucious Cookies & Milk, a bakery popular with the stars in Los Angeles, now offers its delicious, gourmet cookies as wedding favors. With 24 flavors — everything from chocolate with white chocolate and M&Ms to ginger spice with green tea buttercream — all made from scratch, these cookies trump anything homemade. DeLucious will even create a custom confection for your wedding favors, cut the treats into hearts or your initials, and ship its pretty packages anywhere in the U.S.

Save room for dessert.


The Little White Dress

Versatile Mini by Alexander Wang

Not every nuptial needs a gown. A ballroom reception for 400 may call for Vera, but an impromptu I Do (a concept growing trendier by the day) suits Alexander. For a quickie ceremony at City Hall just before you hop a flight to your honeymoon, Alexander Wang’s cap-sleeve mini dress is the effortless ensemble to take you from pew to plane.

Featuring an elegant cowl back, the form-fitting jersey number is chic enough to exchange vows in, yet plenty comfy for lounging in first class. After the big day, pair the season-less dress with a vest and chunky necklace for a classic day-to-night look.

It’s short and sweet.


Chantilly in Barcelona

Romantic Honeymoons in Spain

All eyes are on Spain as the latest culinary mecca — and World Cup champion. If you’ve got Iberia on the brain, spend at least part of your honeymoon celebrating la vida dulce in Barcelona, a Catalan city colorful enough to illuminate your just-married glow.

Book a simple-but-chic little room at the Hotel Pulitzer, a boutique property perfectly located near the Placa Catalunya, and set out to explore the area on foot. Stroll hand in hand through the scenic Park Guell, a gorgeous garden complex by art nouveau architect Antoni Gaudi. Then meander through the winding streets of the Born district before settling in at Taller de Tapas for patatas bravas and vino, or relax over a paella lunch at Can Majo in the beachfront neightborhood La Barceloneta. By night, the city is yours to explore (try the masterful cocktails at the Dry Martini), or simply head back to the hotel for mojitos on the sleek rooftop bar.

And remember: A siesta is OK at any time.