Normally, when it reaches that hour of the workday when I hear one of my fellow staffers plead, “I need chocolate,” I willingly oblige with whatever samples have come in that week.  Today, however, I held on to my chocolate tighter than a bride clutching her dream gown at a sample sale—I hadn’t tasted it yet, and it just looked too delicious to give away!  The goods from California-based Choclatique did not disappoint; they are as delicious as they are beautiful, and with over 150 flavors to choose from (such as tuxedo mousse and strawberries ‘n cream), they are sure to satisfy just about anyone’s sweet tooth.  And starting at $2 per piece, if you’re wondering what to give your departing guests, they won’t break the bank.  –Machell, Wedding Stylistas 

img_2975Say the words “Girl Scout cookies,” and BRIDES staffers will practically start rioting.  Damn the diet, give me some Samoas!  Well, yesterday was an especially happy day in the office because it was Girl Scout Cookie Distribution Day.  Almost 100 boxes of G.S. cookies sold by an editor’s daughter (full discloser: I’m that editor) were handed out.  The air smelled of Thin Mints, Trefoils, and those incredible peanut butter cookies that should come with a warning label.  Today, back to salad.  –Sally, Cubicle Chat 

Last night I was whisked up to the 2nd floor of the Gabriella bridal salon to find it transformed into a classy cocktail party space that featured the tastes and sounds of France, Spain—and New York!  Live French music wafted through the room while ladies in lovely gowns served Moet champagne.  Later, a flamenco dancer took to the stage and commanded the room with each stomp of her high-heeled shoe, while an amazing beatboxer set the tempo.  The food was just as unexpected and fun as the entertainment.  New York classics like hot dogs, pretzels, and beer, and classic comfort foods like grilled cheese sandwiches and pancakes were served tapas-style.  I was in tasting heaven!  I guess good things really do come in small packages.   -Machell, Wedding Stylistas

Today is a glorious day in NYC, but inside our photo studio it feels like one of the dog days of summer.  Normal people would just turn on the AC, but we magazine editors are a finicky bunch.  The whir of the AC interferes with our “creative flow.”  So we are sweating it out in pursuit of beautiful photos—a gorgeous collection of wedding accents, from bouquets to sweets to an aisle runner.  Gotta admit, the quiet helps us concentrate.  You can check out the story in our Party Style pages later this year; meanwhile, I’m changing into shorts.  Christina, Party Girl

 

I have quite the sweet tooth.  So imagine how happy I was to attend an event where I sampled a vanilla bean martini in a marbled chocolate cone. I savored it long enough to ask a few probing questions—and then have a second one.  A New York-based catering company called Bar Candy is mixing up candy bar cocktails in flavors like vanilla bean, strawberry mousse, and cookies ‘n cream, all served in edible chocolate swirl cups and sipped through pirouline cookie straws.  Though Bar Candy only caters parties in the NYC area, they can ship the chocolate cones and glasses nationwide, and they’ll send you the recipe for any of their custom candy/cake/cookie-tinis.  Sweet!  —Machell, Wedding Stylistas

 

Being a bride-to-be is fantastic!  I feel like Paris Hilton!  I went to a tasting event last night hosted by my caterer, Naturally Delicious.  I walked in with my entourage (a.k.a fiancée, friends and bridal party) and was immediately surrounded by vendors who wanted to help me pick out everything from the crudité dip to the tablecloths. I bet if I decided to walk down the aisle with a tiny dog in a designer bag, people would be lining up to help me pick out the perfect pooch at the shelter.  I should extend my engagement so I can enjoy this!  —Kristen, A Bride at BRIDES

I am six months from the big day and finally confirmed a caterer.  There will be food for everyone to eat…what a relief.  We wanted a vegetarian buffet so it was a bit of a struggle to find the perfect caterer.  Some caterers were too small, some were too carnivorous, and some were just too expensive.  You normally do not think in terms of thousands of dollars.  Then you start planning your wedding and all of a sudden you are discussing five thousand dollars over your budget as if it is no big deal.  The next day you wake up with anxiety because you think about how many months salary that is.  It’s times when you find the perfect caterer, your first dance song, or the dress you dreamed of that the money seems worthwhile.  You just know that your friends and family are going to love the food and have fun.  You are going to be able to relax because everything will be taken care of.  You will literally eat, drink, and be merry.  —Kristen, A Bride At BRIDES