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Smart Ideas: A Wedding-Day Survival Kit

Everything you need to avoid a beauty blunder on your big day.

By Valeria Boucas Photograph courtesy of Hollywood Fashion Secrets.

Every bride-to-be has a checklist of “to dos” before the day she says “I do.” But there is always something you can’t plan for. So for every unforeseen wedding-day mishap, the makers of Hollywood’s Fashion Secrets have you covered with an emergency kit full of practical items. From straws to keep your lipstick intact to stain-removing wipes to blister pads for those never-before-worn wedding shoes, all your beauty solutions come packed in a satin minaudière—in white, of course.

The kit ($24.99) is available at the following local stores; you can also find it at Ulta.

Congressional Plaza

1631 Rockville Pike

Rockville

Fair City Mall

9600-U Main St.

Fairfax

Dulles 28

22000 Dulles Retail Center

Sterling

Village at Leesburg

1606 Village Market Blvd.

Leesburg

Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center

15000 Potomac Town Place

Woodbridge, VA

Hunt Valley Towne Centre

118 Shawan Rd.

Hunt Valley, MD

Downtown Silver Spring

914 Ellsworth Dr.

Silver Spring

Fair Lakes Center

13048-A Fair Lakes Center

Fairfax

Gateway Overlook

8241 Gateway Overlook Dr.

Elkridge, MD

Bull Run Plaza

10640 Sudley Manor Dr.

Manassas, VA

The Shops at Waldorf Center

2945 Festival Way

Waldorf, MD

The Avenue at White Marsh

8165-C Honeygo Blvd.

Baltimore

Crossroads Center at Baileys

5860 Leesburg Pike

Falls Church

Best Buy Center

6575 Frontier Dr.

Springfield

Waugh Chapel Towne Centre

1410 S. Main Chapel Way

Gambrills, MD

Frederick Crossing

7310 Guilford Dr.

Frederick

Annapolis Harbour Center

2566 Solomons Island Rd.

Annapolis

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Wedding Cakes

Take the Cake: Meet the Baker Behind Kalorama Cookie Company

Cookies are making a comeback as wedding dessert favorites.

By Irina Grechko The wedding cake cookie is one of many designs Kalorama Cookie Company offers. All photographs courtesy of Kalorama Cookie Company.

Last spring, after years of baking cookies for friends and family, native Washingtonian Patti Greenstein decided it was time to take the leap and turn her hobby into a business. “Brides are always looking for the next new thing, and I thought cookies have a lot to offer,” she says.

It turns out she was onto something. Kalorama Cookie Company, a gourmet bakeshop specializing in custom-designed sugar cookies, has spent the last year turning out delicious creations for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and weddings. From brides looking for elegant cake designs to add to favor bags to grooms requesting sports-themed baked goods for their bachelor parties, Greenstein works with every client individually to design the cookie they envision.

We chatted with Greenstein about custom designs, flavors, and creative ways to include cookies on your big day.

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Gifts

15 Cool Gifts for Groomsmen

Guy gifts for your men of honor.

By Irina Grechko

While the bride and groom are—and should be—the focus of the wedding day, you can’t forget the other men in the wedding party: the groomsmen and best man. Treat them to something they’ll not only appreciate but actually use, well past your first wedding anniversary. Whether your party is made up of sci-fi fans or whiskey connoisseurs, we have 15 great gifts for every personality type. 

Bridesmaids

15 Affordable Gifts for Bridesmaids

Treat your bridal party to something special with these adorable picks.

By Irina Grechko

We know how much you love your bridesmaids, but do they? Show them your gratitude and appreciation by giving them one of these pretty and personal items, most of which they’ll be able to use and cherish long after you’ve set off on your honeymoon. And best of all, they won’t break your bridal budget. From dainty jewelry to useful beauty products, check out our foolproof guide to 15 gifts that will let your ’maids know how grateful you are for them.

Expert Advice

Take the Cake: Sugar Magnolia’s Ice Cream Sandwiches

An old-school favorite provides a new twist on the typical wedding dessert.

By Erin Keane Scott
Sweet treats from Sugar Magnolia. All photographs courtesy of Sugar Magnolia.

This summer seems like one never-ending heatwave, and while the Fro-Zen-Yo on M Street has been getting more play from our offices than we’d like to admit, it also got us thinking: What similarly cool treat could couples serve their wedding guests, especially during nuptials that take place during this sweltering time of year?

Enter Alison Reed, pastry chef at Ripple in Cleveland Park and the mastermind behind sister store Sugar Magnolia’s creative and tasty ice cream sandwiches. In variations such as maple-bacon pressed gently between homemade waffle cookies, or coffee ice cream surrounded by delicate and flavorful macaroons, her sweetly packaged, innovative desserts are the perfect after-dinner treat to impress, and cool down, party-goers. We caught up with Reed to chat about wedding desserts and what’s new at Sugar Magnolia.

You’re not quite known for doing weddings . . . yet. What can a bride expect if she wants Sugar Magnolia treats served at her wedding?

I would probably try to follow a theme. I can do a smaller cake, we could do a couple of flavors of ice cream sandwiches, sugar cookies with piped initials, and personalized fortune cookies. My recipes that are a little more homey would be well-suited for a dessert bar.

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