Passionfruit pisco sour

Happy Friday! Time for another fab cocktail here at The Lazy Bride. We’re brightening up a rainy day with this Maracuya Pisco Sour, or, as I like to call it, Happiness in a Glass. Maracuya is Passionfruit in Spanish and Pisco is the famous alcohol from Peru and Chile that is a type of brandy. We’re doing a twist on the typical Pisco Sour by adding in passionfruit juice.

Maracuya Pisco Sour
1.5 pisco
1/2 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz passion fruit puree
1oz simple syrup
1/2 egg white
*chili powder
In a mixing glass combine all the liquid ingredients and shake vigorously without ice for 10 seconds. Fill glass with ice and shake again for another 10 seconds. Double strain the mixture into a clean Coupe glass. Garnish with a dusting of chili powder.



American designer Isabelle Armstrong unveiled her latest collection of wedding dresses this week and there are some really stunning looks for fashion-forward brides here! Capped sleeves, intricate lace details, spectacular back stylings and layers of tulle.  Feminine, romantic yet with a distinct twist. Which is your favourite? Save Save  


The pocket square is a timeless classic and an absolute essential for any groom. Often you’ll find that the best man and ushers will be wearing very similar attire to the groom and so will often all have matching pocket squares. Traditionally this has been chosen based on matching with the selected tie or the particularly colour theme of the wedding but because the groom and friends tend to rent their suits together from the same place they often end up with a very unoriginal flat colour that offers very little extra.


Rampley & Co specialise in bringing that extra little touch to an outfit on the very biggest of occasions. They offer stunning patterns and original designs including works of art from some of the finest art galleries in the world. Speaking to their co-founder Elliott Rampley, it would appear that their most popular service for a wedding is adding something truly bespoke. This could be taking an original image close to the groom’s heart to print onto a material of their choice (silk is often the chosen fabric) or even getting details such as the date of the wedding hand embroidered onto the corner of the square. As Elliott said, ‘it’s often all about providing something so special and unique that the wedding party wants to hold onto it for years to come as a momento of the occasion, plus we even find clients continuing to use them on a day to day basis.

When planning a wedding you want every detail to be perfect and so why wouldn’t the outfit of the groom and his companions get the same level of attention?

Head over to the Rampley & Co site to find out all about how to fold a pocket square when it comes to that special day!

* this has been a guest post by Rampley & Co. Thanks so much for contributing to The Lazy Bride! Selby's-Flycatcher-Bird-Audubon-Pocket-Square-Fold-1






Honey Kissed Rosemary(1)

Happy Friday, Lazy Brides!

Today we have a real treat, as our friend Angela Price is sharing with us a recipe from her new book Grow. Snip. Shake. Sip: Crafting a Cocktail Garden. A book showing you how to grown a garden for fabulous libations?! I’ll go grab my gardening gloves and prep the cocktail shaker…

Side note – what a great gift this would be paired with cute gardening gloves, some sweet gardening tools, a monogrammed cocktail shaker and martini glasses. Say, to give to your bridesmaids whilst enjoying a cocktail party trying out a few of these recipes (how’s that for a creative bridesmaid luncheon. You’re welcome).

Honey Kissed Rosemary

1 1/2 oz. honey bourbon
1 sprig rosemary
4 oz. dry ginger ale

Pull a few leaves from the bottom of the rosemary sprig and rub them around the rim of an old fashioned glass. Discard the leaves. Add ice to the glass and pour in the honey bourbon, ginger ale, and a squirt of lemon juice. Pop the rest of the rosemary sprig into the glass and use it to stir the drink. Makes one.


Copyright 2016 by Angela Price




Lights with plastic chairs

I ran across this photo today. The setting with the lights is absolutely gorgeous! The lights, the garland-type chandeliers, the woodland setting…beautiful!

But what do we see a ton of? Those icky plastic chairs. Ugh! They take away from the overall magic of this forest wonderland. The basic white linens are workable but those chairs…

And here lies my point. When you walk into a reception space, the first thing you see en masse are chairs. There are more chairs than tables or floral arrangements. And no matter how lovely the decor or lighting or tablecloths – the first thing you notice are the plastic chairs.

Plasti chairs 2

Plastic folding chairs

Here’s my two cents – I’d forgo the chair ties and rent the nicer chairs. Even cut back a bit on the florals but rent the nicer chairs as they will give your space more impact. Case in point – these receptions didn’t have better linens than the others or much in florals or fancy lighting but the chairs make it look very modern and put together:

Plastic chairs

Ghost chairs

So here’s my tip – spend a bit more on the chairs, forego the sashes or chair ties or spending more on lighting, and the visual impact will pay off in spades.


Weddings today have a whole new area of planning that wasn’t a consideration until a few years ago – to plug in or unplug. Do you want guests to embrace social media at your wedding or do you want your ceremony to be techno-gear free? This handy chart, courtesy of Peter Edwards Photography in Perth, Australia, will help you in deciding which route to go and how to let your guests know.

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photo by Comfort Studio

If you’re stocking the bar for your wedding (or rehearsal dinner), you’re likely confounded by just how much of everything you need to purchase. No one wants to run out but you don’t want to be stuck with tons of leftovers either.

A few points to to keep in mind as you start calculating your bar purchase:

General rule of thumb – people drink the heaviest the first 2 hours of a party with 2 drinks per person per hour and then at the 3 hour onward mark, it’s 1 drink per person per hour

50% of guests will prefer wine, 30% beer, 20% mixed drinks

If you’re only serving beer or wine, plan on 60% drinking wine and 40% drinking beer

If it’s hot, people will drink more white wine than red and more beer than mixed drinks

The more mixed cocktails you serve, the more ingredients you’ll need on hand. To keep bar costs down, keep it simple – beer, wine, hard liquor with mixers

For every liter of hard liquor, you’ll need 3 liters of mixer (sodas, juices)

Don’t forget to have water, ice, ice buckets, ice chests/coolers, cocktail napkins, stir sticks, glassware, garbage bins and bags

1 bottle of wine = 5 glasses

1 bottle of champagne = 8 glasses

1 bottle of hard liquor = 18 drinks

Here are a few tools to help you calculate just what you’ll need:

Bar Shopping chart


Wedding Alcohol Calculator

Perfect Party Planning shot


Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Even the laziest of brides should have an emergency kit at the ready on her big day. Knowing you’ve got small mishaps covered is the surest way to keep things running smoothly and stressfree. New shoes causing a blister? Pull out a Bandaid. Have a headache coming on? Down an aspirin. Hair falling out of place? Tame your tresses with bobby pins. Having everything on-hand prevents crazed running around.

Here’s a handy dandy guide to creating your own Wedding Day Emergency Kit. Many travel-sized items can be found at drugstores. We also recommend checking out Hollywood Fashion Secrets as they have oodles of options for kit supplies (available on-line or at Target).

* Put your kit together one month before the wedding.

* Pack everything in some kind of cosmetic bag or cute little suitcase that can be easily stashed by one of your attendants under the head table or somewhere easily accessed.

So here is our suggestion for a complete, Lazy Bride emergency kit!

bobby pins in your hair colour
clear hair elastics
folding brushtravel hair spray
blotting tissues
cotton swabs
emery board
nail clipper
clear nail polish
nail polish remover/pads
earring backs
eyelash glue (if wearing fake eyelashes)
face powder in same colour you’re wearing on wedding day
wedding day lipstick tube (after you’re made up, place in kit)
safety pins
diaper pins (for the bustle)
mending kit
stain remover stick or pads
static remover
wrinkle remover
lint brush
white chalk (covers up any dirt on the wedding dress)
emergency hem tap
super glue
blister pad
adhesive bandages
breath freshener or mints
small chocolates
granola bar
bottle of water
lip balm
dental floss
deodorant towelettes
hand lotion
note pad
copy of wedding vows
extra set of wedding bands (consider rubber SafeRingz for $8.99)
wedding day timeline
drinking straw

Take it from the Boy Scouts and always be prepared 😉



4 tips flawless hair

Photo by Funkytown

Even the laziest of brides wants to look picture perfect on her wedding day and not surprisingly, hair and makeup is usually the biggest cause of anxiety on the big day. A little planning is all it takes and we’ve got the 411 for you here…

#1 Make sure your appointment is close the big moment, perhaps 2-3 hours before you walk down the aisle. Too early and your make up may smudge, you might sweat… you know the drill.

#2 When it comes to what style of hair and makeup you want, a picture really is worth a thousand words. Narrow down what you want, print it off and take along when you meet with your stylist.

#3:  Have a trial run with both your makeup and hair stylists before the wedding so you know what you are getting and what to expect. The wedding day, when you’re stressed and under the gun, is no time to start experimenting. A trial also gives you a chance to see how your hair and makeup react to a full day’s wear so you can make any adjustments for the wedding day.

#4: Wear the right clothing. A button down shirt or robe are easy to take off. Removing a tank top or regular T-shirt over your head requires fabric to slide over your face, causing eyelashes to get caught,  eyeliner might smudge, cute curls could stretch, hair pins could be ripped out causing your hair to mess up.

Here are a few suggestions:

These rockin’ robes from Plum Pretty Sugar are sold in sets and various prints so you and your girls can mix and match.

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These cute personalized shirts are from elrileyembroidery a nifty etsy shop that gives you great deals. You can choose the font, the color and style.


Check out these fun hoodies, from TheLittleBridalShop . Decorated with rhinestones and made to order they are totally adorbs!!.


So plan ahead, print your hair and make up ideas, and enjoy getting pampered with the security that your make up and hair will stay intact till it’s time to walk down the aisle.

Good luck to you!


Patricia Florez


Pink Lemonade Margarita

Is it Friday already? Goodness, time is a flyin’! Best slow down for the weekend with a round of these luscious pink beauties. Mmm, pink lemonade married with margarita numminess? I’m in! These drinks are so pretty, they’d make for a lovely specialty drink for cocktail hour.



  • 1 (12 ounce) can of frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 3 (12  ounce) cans of cold water – (just use the empty pink lemonade can)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can of tequila
  • ½ (12 ounce) can of Grand Marnier
  • Ice cubes
  • Salt to rim the glasses
  • 1 lime, wedged


  1. Pour the (thawed) frozen lemonade concentrate into a pitcher, and fill the can with cold water.
  2. Pour into the pitcher and repeat twice for a total of 3 cans of water.
  3. Fill the can with tequila, and pour that into the pitcher.
  4. Fill about half of the can with Grand Marnier, and pour it into the pitcher.
  5. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. Or blend mixture with ice to make a frozen version.
  6. Serve over ice in salt-rimmed glasses with a lime wedge!

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