Feb 20, 2010
As you can see from the entry above, I had my ring custom-made, and this was the result...I LOVE it!
Our photographer was unbelievably awesome and sent us these teasers THE DAY AFTER THE WEDDING! She knew we were going on our honeymoon and then moving after, so she wanted to give us some pictures in the mean time. We should be getting another round of sneak peaks in a week or so, and then the rest in a couple months. I'm soooooo in love. The day was beyond perfect!
All photos taken by Kim Jackson Photography
After searching and searching, I finally found these Hot Cocoa Vials and knew they'd be perfect for our winter, wedding. Everything was perfect until I priced everything out and found out they'd be around $1 per favor, which is way more than I wanted to spend...So the search continued.
Then I found Hot Cocoa Cones...
PERFECT! I found several different tutorials on how to make them, so I set out to make our own. I was able to make our favors for less than $.40 each and in under 10 steps! (Once I get our pro-pics back I'll show a good professional picture of these!)
Cast of Characters (to make 150 cones)
(3) 100, 12" Disposable Decorating Bags (bought these from Michaels using their 40 and 60% off coupons - regularly $19.99)
(2) Nesquick chocolate powder (we got ours from Costco for around $6)
(2) 75 teeny, tiny hair ties ($5)
(4) Marshmallows (from Walmart, $1 each)
yarn (Michaels for $2.50)
Total spent: (around) $56. We made 150, so they came out to $.37 each!
Step 1: Cut decorating bags around 6.5"
Step 2: Fill bag with 2 tablespoons (or whatever your chocolate powder suggests) with chocolate:
Step 3: Use the teeny, tiny hair tie to close off the chocolate. (You may need to cut the access bag after tying it off. The picture below, for example, should be cut so there's just about a 1/2 inch of bag showing after the hair tie.)
Step 4: Insert chocolate filled cone into another decorating bag; make sure seams line up.
Step 5: Scoop out a 1/4 cup of marshmallows and poor into decorating bag on top of the chocolate cone.
Step 6: Tie a piece of ribbon, yarn, or string above the marshmallows. You need to make this tight so the marshmallows don't dry out. I tied it into two knots:
Step 7: After string is secure around bag, add your favor tage and tie it into a pretty bow
Step 8: Reapeat as many times as necessary
When we started talking about where we wanted to go, talk of a cruise came up. But since we've both been fortunate to go on a cruise before, and since my FI doesn't really like being around large crowds of people, we thought an all-inclusive resort would be the next best option. Since it's all-inclusive, it'll be like a cruise, but on land, which means all our food and drinks (including alcohol) are included.
We've heard good things about Sandal's resorts, so we thought we'd try one out. And with 13 different locations to choose from, I think we finally picked the Bahamas based on the short plane ride we'd have to take to get there.
Sandal's Royal Bahamian Resort has an offshore island, seven restaurants, nine bars, seven pools, six whirlpools, two swim-up pool bars, water and land activities, a spa, scuba diving, nightly entertainment, and a perfect average temperature of 70.1 degrees.
Ooooh yeah! Since all of our drinks are provided, I plan on sipping pina coladas, margaritas, and other fruity and yummy drinks as often as possible! Basically, I plan on enjoying every single second that the Carribean has to offer.