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BRIDES New York: 4 Fun Bachelorette Party Ideas for Foodie Brides in NYC

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Nov 142016
 
Foodie Bachelorette Party Ideas

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What better way to absorb all that New York City has to offer than explore some of the Big Apple's most delicious local hotspots? From private cooking parties to local walking tours, it's no doubt that any bachelorette party will be well-fed and happy. Here are four bachelorette party ideas for foodie brides.

My Cooking Party
This fun, and interactive, take on the traditional cooking class allows guests to indulge in both food and friendly competition. After preparing a menu of hors d'oeuvres and desserts, guests are treated to a 3-course meal with complimentary wine parings and an assortment of take-home kitchen techniques. The "Stirring the Pot before Tying the Knot" bachelorette party package allows brides-to-be and their doting bridal squad a chance to create culinary dishes while competing in cooking competitions with the opposing team of their choice.

Taste Buds Kitchen
Dedicated to providing unique and creative cooking classes to some of New York's finest, this custom-designed kitchen event studio continues to serve up one-of-a-kind experiences to kids, families, and adults. With a range of BYOB bachelorette private parties, it's no surprise that the culinary options are endless when it comes to the limitless assortment of handmade pasta courses and sushi and dumplings class offerings.

See More: These New York City Wedding Caterers Would Please Any Foodie

Foods of New York Tours
Emphasizing culture and history through the bountiful culinary streets of New York, this legendary "non-touristy" experience is perfect for a large group of gals. Food tastings from specialty shops, local hotspots, and ethnic eateries provide a glimpse into the culinary findings of some of New York's most historic neighborhoods. This renowned walking experience covers all areas of the Big Apple including Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Chinatown, Nolita, and Brooklyn.

City Food Tours
Founded by seasoned food industry expert, Joyce Weinberg, back in 2003, this one-of-a-kind Manhattan tour service has been helping locals, and tourists, find some of New York's best-hidden gems in the world of quality cuisine. Perhaps one of the most stand-out tours from the extensive list of epic eateries is presented through the "Dessert Tours of NYC" which includes stops at some of New York's newest and most critically-acclaimed chocolatiers, and wine shops.

For more New York City hotspots to host your pre-wedding parties (or even your big day!), browse our Local Venues page!

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BRIDES Florida: 5 Unique South Florida Winery Wedding Venues

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Nov 132016
 
Lakeridge Winery

Photo: Lake Ridge Winery and Vineyards via Facebook

Florida residents dreaming of having a wedding at a winery do not have to venture to the west coast of the country to find what they're looking for. For South Florida brides, there are plenty of options for sipping wine and basking in that newlywed glow on your wedding day. These wedding venue options will please both the wine curious all the way to the ultimate wine connoisseur — with just the right amount of Floridian flair. From urban wineries that specialize in sustainably grown wine to acres and acres of quiet countryside, here are five unique South Florida winery wedding venues.

Lake Ridge Winery and Vineyards (Above)
Lake Ridge is set on 127 acres of Florida countryside near Orlando, making it a lovely setting for brides interested in a wedding with a more rural feel. This vineyard is the largest winery in Florida with over 100,000 people visit the winery every year. Lake Ridge's labels have won more than 600 awards in winemaking.

Schnebly Redland's Winery and Brewery
Rated one of the top 18 wineries in the U.S., Schnebly Redland's Winery and Brewery is located in Homestead, Florida. With gorgeous surroundings amidst acres and acres of tropical gardens, Schnebly makes brides feel right at home. Brides can have three location choices for their ceremony: the courtyard with a paved runner leading up to a waterfall and two additional choices, a more intimate "Waterfall Tiki," and a larger "Grand Tiki." With new catering menus and gorgeous views, Schnebly's is perfect for weddings both big and small. Read real brides' reviews here!

Endless Summer Vineyard and Winery
Couples can enjoy a relaxing and laidback wedding vibe at Endless Summer Vineyard and Winery. With unique touches like the oldest boogie board in existence displayed and other quirky ambiance fillers, Endless Summer is perfect for the wine lush-turned-surfer. There are shaded wooden swings perfect for your wedding photos (including many one-of-a-kind wedding props and chairs), and guests can even feed turtles and fish from a covered dock,

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Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery
Bunker Hill is an environmentally-friendly winery with multiple eco-friendly options for brides. One such option is the recycled wine bottle wedding arch. Brides can choose a bottle to engrave in the wedding arch, creating a lasting memory at the wedding venue. Newlyweds can stay in the vineyard's quaint "Winter Garden Farm," a two-bedroom, two-bath home located on the premises. For brides who love a little mystery, Bunker Hill has an ongoing blog on their site with ghost stories about spirits who haunt the vineyard.

Quantum Leap Winery Quantum Leap Winery is an urban winery, which is not often found in Florida. Their wine production model is based on sustainably grown wine. Located near downtown Orlando, the winery can accommodate as little as 35 to as many as 400 guests. It's contemporary yet rustic, so brides with many different tastes can enjoy a beautiful wedding day. Tasting room hours are Thursday through Saturday, so couples looking to sample their wine before making a decision will have ample days to choose fromThat's the most fun part of a vineyard wedding, right? Read real brides' reviews here!

Not a winery bride? Browse dozens of other wedding locales to find your perfect fit on our South Florida Venues page!

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BRIDES New Jersey: Unique Treats to Serve at Your NJ Wedding

 Cakes, Favors & Gifts, Local, New Jersey, NY, NJ and CT, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Favors  Comments Off on BRIDES New Jersey: Unique Treats to Serve at Your NJ Wedding
Nov 122016
 
NJ Sweets

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Sure, the Garden State is known for producing some of the freshest fruits and veggies on the east coast — but it can sure hold it's own when it comes to sweets, too. Delectable cupcakes, candy, popcorn, doughnuts — you name it — we've got it. So, if you're looking for some uniquely New Jersey items to be a part of your big day, look no further than our favorite NJ sweet treats.

Jaret's Stuffed Cupcakes (Above)
With three locations in NJ and one in NY, Jaret's Stuffed Cupcakes evolved from what first began as a café, to now expanding into four cupcake bakeries. Combining a love for dessert with a unique twist, their decision to "stuff" cupcakes has (of course) begun to take NJ by storm. With favors including the Bada Bing (chocolate cupcake stuffed with mascarpone, espresso custard and topped with amaretto whipped cream and a cherry) and the Conor's Dream (vanilla M&M cupcake stuffed with M&M caramel custard topped with chocolate whipped cream and sprinkles) Jaret's combines traditional dessert and candy flavors in an untraditional way — because the only thing better than a cupcake, is a stuffed one! Read real brides' reviews here!

Rainbow Cookie Donuts
You may have seen these making their way around the Internet after going viral for their new Rainbow Cookie doughnut (for obvious reason.) Glaze Donuts in New Milford, NJ specializes in artisan doughnuts, created and made fresh each day. Never cooking with preservatives, high fructose corn syrup or artificial coloring, the Rainbow Cookie doughnut is inspired by the traditional 7-layer cookie that hails from Italian bakeries, but in doughnut form, smothered in a chocolate glaze, with chocolate sprinkles. You're wedding guests are sure to flip over these doughnuts.

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Saltwater Taffy
Nothing is more Jersey than saltwater taffy from the Jersey Shore. First becoming poplar on the Atlantic City boardwalk, this candy is created with a mixture of water, butter, salt, sugar, cornstarch, and corn syrup and coloring that results in chewy, sweet goodness. To add a touch of the Jersey Shore to your wedding, you can choose colors and flavors to compliment your color palate, gift boxed taffy as favors, or even include it in guest welcome bags. For the original, you can order from Fralinger's, though many New Jersey candy shops sell their versions, too.

Johnson's Popcorn
Another coastal favorite, Johnson's Caramel Popcorn is a staple of boardwalk grub that your wedding guests are sure to love. Since 1940, Johnson's has been hand-mixing popcorn right off the sand, filling the Ocean City boardwalks with the sweet smells of sugary goodness. If you can't make it to Ocean City to stock up for your big day, their online ordering system couldn't be easier. (Be sure to order some extra to enjoy for yourselves!) Read real brides' reviews here!

Want more goodies to help cherish memories of your big day? Browse for ideas on our New Jersey local favors page.

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BRIDES Southern California: Best Korean Spas in Los Angeles for an Affordable Pre-Wedding Spa Day

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Nov 112016
 
Los Angeles Spa

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Koreatown has some of the best spas in L.A. and luckily, for the bride to be in need of some serious pampering, most of the spas have super affordable prices for their services as well as numerable saunas, steam baths, mineral pools, and everything else you need to have a perfectly relaxing day of pampering.

Beverly Hot Springs (Above)
Utilizing an alkaline well that's buried deep beneath the spa grounds, Beverly Hot Springs' claim to fame is that it's L.A.'s only hot spring spa. That means healing thermal mineral water baths or refreshing eucalyptus steam sessions to go alongside some of their signature exfoliation treatments, massages. They also even have spray on tanning services and hair removal so it's really a one stop shop in terms of pampering.

Olympic Spa
If you're new to the K-spa experience and are looking for some helpful staff to guide you through, look no further than Olympic Spa. From the jade laden steam room to the detoxifying hot mugwort tea and mineral pools, Olympic Spa has all of the classic steams, soaks, and pools to make a perfect day at the spa following a relaxing treatment of their signature Darphin body treatment, milky scrub, or reflexology treatment.

Wi Spa
One of the largest spas in Los Angeles, Wi Spa is open 24 hours a day and comes complete with a gym, library, restaurant, nap room, and five signature sauna rooms ranging from a salt sauna comprised of thousand year old minerals to an ice sauna designed to close pores and tighten skin. All rooms are available to you before and after your treatments, of which there are well over 30 to choose from, ranging from facials to massages and acupressure. And for those not wanting to spend the money on a specific treatment, you can gain access to all the spas saunas and amenities for a $15 fee.

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Crystal Spa
Crystal spa's claim to fame comes from combining traditional Korean spa treatments, pools, and saunas with something more unexpected: Aveda products. Each visit Starts with an Aveda tea to help you relax then it's straight to the co-ed charcoal, ice or room or mud room, which boasts 100% Korean mud from the Chungchoong Jincheon region. Follow it up with signature facial or Korean body buff and you'll be a new you in no time.

Natura Spa
This no-frills Korean spa may not be the fanciest of the bunch but they do provide a facial that rivals some of the best facials of the city and allow for each of your treatments to be customized to your preferred level of intensity, which is definitely helpful when it comes to some of the more intense scrubs. Plus, their in-house restaurant, perfect for a post treatment bite cooks up some of the most delicious authentic Korean food like bibimbap and spicy noodle soup.

Check out our Los Angeles Beauty Vendors page and find more ways to look and feel your best on the Big Day!

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BRIDES Florida: 5 Bachelorette Party Ideas for The Foodie Bride

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Nov 102016
 
Best Miami Bachelorette Party Ideas for Foodie Brides

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Known for it's rich blend of eclectic flavors, undeniable culture, and unique Floridian style, there's no better place to explore than Miami with your best bridal squad. And for the foodie bride, this list of creative culinary adventures is a perfect From South Beach food tours, to private cooking classes, this group of Miami voyages is perfect for any culinary obsessed bride.

The Naked Bite
Focused on providing Miami with flavorful and healthy alternatives to dietary restricted cuisine, founder Amber Antonelli created the concept of offering Floridians private and public cooking classes with an emphasis in sustainable cooking. With an ultimate goal intended to empower people to eat healthier, this local company is the perfect way to celebrate and create masterful meals that will inspire a catalogue of future healthy dishes.

La Diva Cucina
Taking informative cooking techniques and making them fun and engaging is the creative concept behind this cooking class connoisseur. Founder Laura Lafata, aka "La Diva," helps combine culinary technique with entertainment in an effort to balance teaching with performance. Classes such as the "Small Bites, Big Drinks" outlines everything needed to know in order to host your next cocktail party.

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Miami Food Tours
A 3-hour culinary adventure through the local cuisine of South Beach resulted in the delicious cultural concept behind this renowned Miami food tour. Founded in 2009 as Miami's first food and culinary tour company, it's no surprise that this group of culinary storytellers has been turning visitors into locals through their combined information of history, food, architecture, and culture.

Miami Culinary Tour
Blending some of Miami's boldest and influential flavors with the culinary history of some of Florida's most eclectic neighborhoods, this celebrated Miami food tour company will wow your bachelorette party. An array of food tours (including the "Little Havana Food Tour" which includes five stops filled with some of the best Cuban bites in Miami) rivals the legendary "Wynwood Food & Art Tour" that seamlessly combines Miami's eclectic art with one-of-a-kind dishes.

Browse More Cuisine Options and Culinary Services, Perfect for Catering Your Big Day!

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BRIDES Northern California: 5 Locally-Made Favors for Your Vineyard Wedding

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Nov 092016
 
Vineyard Wedding Favor IDeas

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A wedding in Northern California's most famed wine country region is unforgettable on many levels: gorgeous scenery, relaxed California vibe, and, of course, amazing wine! If you're lucky enough to have your wedding take place in the magical Napa or Sonoma regions, then you want your big day to be special for everyone coming in to celebrate with you. While planning your epic wine country wedding, make sure to consider how you can make your guests' journey extra special. Here are some unique ideas for gifts to give to your closest friends and family that will allow them to take a little bit of beautiful wine country home with them.

For wine enthusiasts:
While a bottle of wine is an obvious — and still very thoughtful — choice for a wedding guest gift, there are often other beverage options available from many wineries. Anaba Winery in Sonoma offers their delicious red and white port wines in smaller, less bulky bottles adorably named Aeroports. The famous Coppola Winery (as in Francis Ford) makes sparkling wine in mini cans complete with straws for on-the-go imbibing. They're named for his daughter Sofia, and come in party-perfect pink boxes.

For a taste of something different:
California wine country is also known for producing delicious olive oil. Many wineries create a variety of flavors and infusions — think jalapeno, thyme, white truffle — which makes for a perfect non-alcoholic gift. Sampler bottles, like those from The Olive Press, offer mini takeaways that make ideal wedding favors. Read real brides' reviews here!

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For that hint of local flavor:
Amidst the lush rolling hills of Napa and Sonoma counties, you'll also find a thriving scene of locally made goods. What better way to take a piece with you than with some gifts from locally sourced farms and markets? Shed in Healdsburg is a James Beard award-winning dining and retail space that offers not only locally sourced food, but many kitchen accoutrements, such as pottery, gadgets, linens, and cookbooks that all make for wonderful, heartfelt gifts for your guests. They have an online store as well!

For something to pamper:
After a long weekend of celebrating, a gift meant to pamper is a thoughtful idea for your guests. The acclaimed restaurant, The Girl and The Fig has an extensive online store that offers an assortment of giftable items. They also create delectable body lotions, salves, and balms made from unique ingredients like goat milk, Tuscan fig, bergamot, and orange. Their pieces are also available online, and come in travel-friendly gift sets aptly titled "Overnight" and "Weekender." Read real brides' reviews here!

Browse even more local wedding favor vendors here!

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BRIDES Chicago: Quintessential Late-Night Snacks for a Chicago Wedding

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Nov 082016
 

Not into serving Windy City favorites like deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs at your reception? The late-night snack serves as your chance to show off your — and your city's — foodie side. Trust us: No matter how delicious dinner was, guests will pounce on the snacks after they've been tearing up the dance floor. Here are five of our favorite options that capture the city's most famous fare.

Garrett Popcorn Shops
If you're like us, Garrett's delicious popcorn fumes are tough to resist, hence why tourists routinely swing by the airport's Garrett Popcorn Shop on their way home. Save your out-of-town guests a trip and treat everyone to the classic Chicago treat by setting up a popcorn bar just off the dance floor. Garrett's will provide an old-fashioned popcorn tin, scoopers, and to-go bags. Sweet tooths will love the CarmelCrisp, while savory fans will dive into CheeseCorn. But for the ultimate snack, go for The Chicago Mix, a genius combination of the two. Read real brides' reviews here!

Lou Malnati's
Once the smell of pizza fills the air, the dance floor will clear. (Don't worry — guests will be back and ready to keep dancing once they refuel.) The legendary Chicago pizza joint serves mini slices of their famous deep dish so guests can enjoy them in two bites rather than a fork-and-knife ordeal. Everyone's dressed to the nines, after all. Read real brides' reviews here!

Big Star
On sunny weekends, Chicagoans flock to the Wicker Park taco mecca just as wedding guests will flock to Big Star's 'Little Mule' food truck when it rolls into your reception. Might we suggest serving a mix of tacos — pastor, pescado, and hongas — to satisfy carnivores, fish lovers, and vegetarians alike. Read real brides' reviews here!

Stan's Donuts & Coffee
Stan's may trace its roots back to Los Angeles, but since the donut shop opened in Chicago two years ago, we've adopted it as our own. Now with four locations around the city, chances are you and your fiancé have fallen for Stan's as well. Though your traditional great aunt might be confused by the idea of eating donuts at 10 p.m. rather than 10 a.m., one bite of a mini pistachio-glazed donut is all it'll take to win her over.

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Buddy's Special Events
If there's one delicacy Chicago's most famous for, it's the Chicago-style hot dog. And the Windy City staple makes a light-hearted and playful addition to your big day, putting your hometown pride front and center. Buddy's Special Events serves authentic Vienna beef hot dogs straight from a hot dog cart. All the fixings are available too, but stay true to the Chicago theme and keep ketchup far away. Read real brides' reviews here!

The Slide Ride
When The Slide Ride drives up to your reception, it's pretty much a given that no guest will go home hungry. From brown sugar bacon-topped sliders to a spicy PB&J, out-of-the-ordinary — but no less tasty — combinations are packed into each small sandwich. Not to mention, all the deliciousness is served straight from a cute, retro food truck.

For more Chicago wedding catering options, be sure to browse our local vendors page!

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BRIDES Chicago: Quintessential Late-Night Snacks for a Chicago Wedding

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Nov 082016
 

Not into serving Windy City favorites like deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs at your reception? The late-night snack serves as your chance to show off your — and your city's — foodie side. Trust us: No matter how delicious dinner was, guests will pounce on the snacks after they've been tearing up the dance floor. Here are five of our favorite options that capture the city's most famous fare.

Garrett Popcorn Shops
If you're like us, Garrett's delicious popcorn fumes are tough to resist, hence why tourists routinely swing by the airport's Garrett Popcorn Shop on their way home. Save your out-of-town guests a trip and treat everyone to the classic Chicago treat by setting up a popcorn bar just off the dance floor. Garrett's will provide an old-fashioned popcorn tin, scoopers, and to-go bags. Sweet tooths will love the CarmelCrisp, while savory fans will dive into CheeseCorn. But for the ultimate snack, go for The Chicago Mix, a genius combination of the two. Read real brides' reviews here!

Lou Malnati's
Once the smell of pizza fills the air, the dance floor will clear. (Don't worry — guests will be back and ready to keep dancing once they refuel.) The legendary Chicago pizza joint serves mini slices of their famous deep dish so guests can enjoy them in two bites rather than a fork-and-knife ordeal. Everyone's dressed to the nines, after all. Read real brides' reviews here!

Big Star
On sunny weekends, Chicagoans flock to the Wicker Park taco mecca just as wedding guests will flock to Big Star's 'Little Mule' food truck when it rolls into your reception. Might we suggest serving a mix of tacos — pastor, pescado, and hongas — to satisfy carnivores, fish lovers, and vegetarians alike. Read real brides' reviews here!

Stan's Donuts & Coffee
Stan's may trace its roots back to Los Angeles, but since the donut shop opened in Chicago two years ago, we've adopted it as our own. Now with four locations around the city, chances are you and your fiancé have fallen for Stan's as well. Though your traditional great aunt might be confused by the idea of eating donuts at 10 p.m. rather than 10 a.m., one bite of a mini pistachio-glazed donut is all it'll take to win her over.

See More: Dance Off All That Food to the Music of These Top Chicago Wedding Bands

Buddy's Special Events
If there's one delicacy Chicago's most famous for, it's the Chicago-style hot dog. And the Windy City staple makes a light-hearted and playful addition to your big day, putting your hometown pride front and center. Buddy's Special Events serves authentic Vienna beef hot dogs straight from a hot dog cart. All the fixings are available too, but stay true to the Chicago theme and keep ketchup far away. Read real brides' reviews here!

The Slide Ride
When The Slide Ride drives up to your reception, it's pretty much a given that no guest will go home hungry. From brown sugar bacon-topped sliders to a spicy PB&J, out-of-the-ordinary — but no less tasty — combinations are packed into each small sandwich. Not to mention, all the deliciousness is served straight from a cute, retro food truck.

For more Chicago wedding catering options, be sure to browse our local vendors page!

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BRIDES Northern California: Iconic San Francisco Foods to Serve at Your Reception

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Nov 072016
 

San Francisco has always been a culinary melting pot. Italian and Chinese immigrants, fisherman, bakers, and chefs have left delicious legacies that tell the story of the city though iconic dishes. To incorporate a little local flavor in your wedding reception, consider serving one — or a few — of these iconic San Francisco foods.

Cioppino
Cioppino was created by Italian immigrants in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood way back in the late 1800s. Originally a dish thrown together using the day's catch while out at sea, it later became popular in the neighborhood restaurants. Similar to seafood stews served in Italy but with a San Francisco twist, it's typically filled with local Dungeness crab, shrimp, scallops, squid, and mussels tossed together with tomatoes and wine, and served with local sourdough bread. Serve it as a buffet item or as a hearty seafood option.

Sourdough
And speaking of sourdough, the city's famous bread was created thousands of years before the settlement of California, but when Basque immigrants began making sourdough bread during the Gold Rush, it became the unofficial bread of the growing city. Perhaps the most famous purveyor is Boudin Bakery, which has been making sourdough in San Francisco since 1849 and continues to do so using a portion of the original starter. Serve sourdough in each table's bread basket, or go all out with individual bread bowls filled with clam chowder or a seafood bisque.

Irish Coffee
The original Irish Coffee was born in Shannon, Ireland, but it was San Francisco's Buena Vista Café that brought it across the pond to America in 1952. Café owner Jack Koeppler was so determined to recreate the concoction that he even went back to its birthplace at the Shannon Airport and eventually figured out the secret recipe (it involves aging the cream for 48 hours and frothing it to the perfect consistency). More than 60 years later, the café still serves its signature drink, though you can serve your own version with coffee, whisky, and whipped cream to keep guests caffeinated and dancing all night long.

See More: Finish Off the Night with a Wedding Cake From One of These Local Bakeries

Fortune Cookies
Despite their association with Chinese food, fortune cookies were not created in China. Though their origin is disputed by some, a federal judge of the Court of Historical Review has deemed that they were created in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company. The cookies sell for $5 per bag of traditional or chocolate fortune cookies, so they're an inexpensive — and delicious — way to add some local flavor to your reception meal.

IT's-IT Ice Cream Sandwich
Born in 1928, IT's-IT ice cream sandwiches may be the city's most beloved dessert. The sweet treat is deceptively simple: a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two large old-fashioned oatmeal cookies, which is then dipped into fine dark chocolate. Serve the original — or try flavors like chocolate, mint, strawberry, cappuccino, or pumpkin — for a decadent late-night treat.

For more food ideas and expert wedding caterers, head to our local vendors page here!

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BRIDES Washington DC: Your Guide to Getting Married at the Monuments

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Nov 062016
 

Brides in D.C. looking to have a wedding ceremony that no other bride in the country can have? You may want to consider marrying on the National Mall at one the iconic monuments. There's just something truly magical about marrying the love of your life with the looming shadow of one of our founding fathers in the background. Not to mention — guests who are history buffs will love such an original, historical wedding venue. Brides who want to experience this special affair can find out how in the step-by-step process below.

Know Where and When You Can Hold Your Ceremony
When we say ceremony — that's the only thing we mean (no receptions allowed). Couples can only marry in three specific places on the National Mall: the west lawn of the majestic Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the stately D.C. War Memorial and the serene George Mason Memorial. There are time limits for each except the D.C. War Memorial. The Jefferson Memorial is also specific to the west lawn only. Read real brides' reviews here!

Know What Paperwork You'll Need
Weddings are considered Type 1 Special Use permits on the National Mall. The link to the special use permit application is available here. The doc is 3 pages, and can be easily filled out — just keep in mind there's a non-refundable fee of $50 that goes along with it.

Guidelines
Brides can use this handy guide to help them figure out details for their National Mall wedding. Additionally, couples will need to meet with a National Park Service Representative to schedule an appointment to discuss set-up as well as schedule an inspection of the site after the ceremony. Specific items like staking for tents can't be driven more than 18 inches into the ground and no glass containers are permitted, so make sure that you read their rules very carefully.

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Study the Calendar
Washington, D.C. can be a busy city. Brides must make sure to plan the wedding around concerts, holidays, and yearly demonstrations so as not to conflict with any major events. Another must-know tip: The National Mall has had areas of construction going on for years, so it's important to know your specific location's situation so that you don't have any construction-filled backdrops in the photos.

Think About Transportation
Parking can be tricky around the National Mall, and riding the Metro in a wedding gown is not ideal, so reserving alternate transportation is necessary. Brides who wish to marry at one of the three permitted monuments should consider transportation like Uber or Lyft, or perhaps local D.C. transport services like Reston Limousine or Chariots for Hire. That way the couple of honor and guests will all be stress-free on the big day.

For more places to say "I do" throughout D.C., be sure to browse our Local Venues page!

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