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8 Ways to Improve Your Wedding Cake Experience

8 Ways to Improve Your Wedding Cake Experience

No one readily admits it, but an elegantly crafted wedding cake can fiercely compete for glory with the newlyweds. A wedding cake acts as a superb conversation starter at cocktails, and it is an important focal point. Its presence on the table should help brighten the entire room. To ensure a pleasing outcome with long-lasting …

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The Tradition of Wedding Cake

The Tradition of Wedding Cake

Weddings didn’t originate with elaborate wedding cakes and easy suit and tux rental services. It took hundreds of years for weddings to evolve into their current form. These days, most brides and grooms couldn’t imagine their wedding without a decadent wedding cake. This wasn’t always the case. Ancient Rome Ancient Romans did enjoy a special …

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Cakes That Aren’t Cakes

Cakes That Aren’t Cakes

So you’re finally tying the knot–congratulations! There’s a long to-do list for your wedding, but you’re a non-traditional couple. A traditional classic white wedding cake may look lovely, but modern brides often want to offer their guests something more unique, right? Remember, this is all about celebrating what is most meaningful. And wedding cakes can …

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Menguin Styled Shoots: Our Favorite Tux/Wedding Cake Combos

Menguin Styled Shoots: Our Favorite Tux/Wedding Cake Combos

Being a service in the wedding industry means that we get the opportunity to participate in many styled shoots year-round. There are so many talented wedding planners, photographers, and vendors of all sorts that Menguin gets to share these shoots with. One of our favorite aspects of these shoots is seeing what creative and unique …

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Menguin Cake Tasting

Menguin Cake Tasting

In celebration of our cake edition of Coat Tales, we asked Menguin employees to find funky cake recipes online and try to recreate them. Then, we invited couples to come in and give ’em a taste. To be honest, we were expecting the outcomes of these recipes to end up as our own “Pinterest Fail” …

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Skylar Caitlin – Chancey Charm Styled Shoot

Skylar Caitlin – Chancey Charm Styled Shoot

Skylar Caitlin, of Chancey Charm Wedding Planning and Design, recently did a styled shoot in Houston, Texas featuring one of our tuxes. Her passion for what she does is so clear in her sophisticated and elegant styling. Her work is comprehensive and refined, yet effortless. When she approached us to work together for this shoot, …

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Honeymoon Do-over: Menguin CEO

Honeymoon Do-over: Menguin CEO

We asked our CEO, Justin, where he would choose to re-do his honeymoon if given the chance. Justin was previously a travel writer; we knew we could trust his judgment on everything travel-related. Lucky for us, him and his wife, Kristin, had already done a honeymoon do-over. Here’s what he had to say. I didn’t …

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Your Funniest Honeymoon Stories

Your Funniest Honeymoon Stories

We asked some of our Menguin customers for their funniest honeymoon stories. Here are our favorites of what we got back. Enjoy – we know we did. We went to Costa Rica on our honeymoon. We had all kinds of dangerous adventures, white water rafting, grappling down waterfalls, scuba diving. None as dangerous as simply …

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10 Best Honeymoon Beaches

10 Best Honeymoon Beaches

Before founding Menguin, CEO Justin Delaney spent years as a travel writer. He and his wife have traveled the globe, making him our resident guru on all things destination. So, we asked him to share the best of the best beaches for honeymoons from around the world. Here are his Top 10: Turks and Caicos …

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Most Unusual Honeymoon Destinations

Most Unusual Honeymoon Destinations

Planning a wedding can be stressful. But once all the most crucial things are taken care of — venue booking, cake tasting, and suit rental for the wedding party — it’s time for the real fun to start. The honeymoon is the chance to explore an exotic locale with a new life partner, so why …

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3 Places to go + Itineraries

3 Places to go + Itineraries

3 Honeymoon Destination Ideas and Itineraries Congratulations, you’re married! Now that the formalities are done, pack your best evening attire and grab the speedo and bikini: It’s time to head out on your honeymoon. We’ve rounded up our top three honeymoon destination suggestions and are even providing your itinerary for this dream vacay with your …

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What NOT to pack on your Honeymoon

What NOT to pack on your Honeymoon

Now that it’s all said and done, you are ready to hit the road and enjoy married life on your honeymoon. While you may be thinking about what to pack, we’ve got some suggestions on what NOT to pack. These are important, so pay close attention. Family   Sleep Apnea mask   Your lucky undies/socks …

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JLK Weddings Styled Shoot

JLK Weddings Styled Shoot

We recently partnered with Jessica Kersey of JLK Weddings, a wedding planner currently living in Northwest Arkansas. Her attention to detail, elegant style, and big-picture vision was something that we were excited to be a part of. Here’s what she had to say about the shoot: In designing our most recent photo shoot, I began …

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Most Interesting Wedding Customs From Around the World

Most Interesting Wedding Customs From Around the World

Getting doused in syrup and soot doesn’t sound like an important part of the wedding weekend to most couples. But just as no two couples are the same, no two cultures share the exact same wedding customs — and that’s a lovely thing to remember for couples trying to plan their own unique wedding. Looking …

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10 Unique Wedding Wardrobes for the Bride From Around the World

10 Unique Wedding Wardrobes for the Bride From Around the World

While the wedding day may be the best-dressed day of a person’s life, style ideals differ from culture to culture. The following are 10 places around the world where the traditional customs, wardrobes and dresses for the wedding day are slightly different than in the U.S. Despite the differences, the Menguin staff find these look …

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How the World Asks “Will You Marry Me?”

How the World Asks “Will You Marry Me?”

Proposals are often depicted as elaborately romantic affairs, with the groom-to-be planning an epic (and sometimes over-the-top) way to pop the question. This is a fairly Westernized view of the marriage proposal. In reality, there are almost as many ways of becoming engaged as there are countries and cultures around the world. Here’s a peek …

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Menguin Customer Weddings: Alana & Lina’s Hawaiian Vows

Menguin Customer Weddings: Alana & Lina’s Hawaiian Vows

Alana & Lina were married in Hawaii because in their words, “It’s Hawaii”. This Menguin couple embraced their culture and added a few details to make it their own. Q. When and where was your wedding? A. September 19, 2016 Ceremony: Hilton Hawaiian Akala Chapel Reception: Moana Surfrider – The Ballroom Honolulu, Hawaii Q. Was …

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Menguin Dog Culture

Menguin Dog Culture

When I started Menguin, I knew that dogs would need to be involved. Even in the early days at Indiana University, one of our first work accidents involved a photo op with my golden retriever, Lou. Moments after taking the picture above, he accidentally clawed off about half of that laptop keyboard, and such, the …

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How Grooms Clean Up for Their Wedding Days – From India to Ghana

How Grooms Clean Up for Their Wedding Days – From India to Ghana

Whether he’s from Bali or Bulgaria, there are few things in life as anticipated and carefully prepared for as a groom’s wedding day. Here are some groom prepping customs from all over the world that are sure to intrigue and inspire when it comes to getting ready for the most important day of your life. …

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Groomsmen gifts for all budgets

Groomsmen gifts for all budgets

Welcome to the danger zone. The pandora’s box of wedding planning that no man is ready for. That lady you love so dear, she can gift in her sleep. She could get a meaningful and useful gift for a sidewalk. By 3 pm this afternoon. Not us dudes, though. We are hindered by this thing …

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15 Dog Weddings and How The Couple Met

15 Dog Weddings and How The Couple Met

15 Dog Weddings and How The Couple Met Dog weddings. There are few things better on this big blue marble if you ask me. But who are these pups really? Where did they come from? How did they meet? I sat down with a few of these hounds to get the back story. Here is …

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10 must have dude registry gifts

10 must have dude registry gifts

You are in your new living room. It smells like… female. The couches? Not yours. The chairs? Nope. You had a chair. Her name was Old Faithful. She was with you during countless Madden wins. Numerous beer spills. And she smelled of chili. And dude. But, Old faithful is gone now. You parted ways with …

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Best honeymoon beaches

Best honeymoon beaches

Before founding Menguin.com, CEO Justin Delaney spent years as a travel writer. He and his wife have traveled the globe, making him our resident guru on all things destination. So, we asked him to share the best – of the best – honeymoon beach destinations from around the world. Here are his Top 10 Beach …

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Wedding booze on a budget

Wedding booze on a budget

Weddings are a time to celebrate! It’s a time for overflowing Veuve Clicquot! As much fun as it would be to forget about your income and your bills and have everyone fill their glasses with Cristal for the night, your alcohol budget for wedding will likely preventing that from being an option. You have to …

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Tips for an affordable honeymoon

Tips for an affordable honeymoon

Matt Reiner, co-founder and CEO of Wela – a startup changing how people interact with their finances – shares tips to help continue the wedding bliss for a couple more weeks, all from his own personal experience as a newlywed. The honeymoon is meant to give the newlyweds the ability to decompress, reflect on the wedding day and enjoy each other. This is supposed …

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10 Must-See New Jersey Wedding Venues

10 Must-See New Jersey Wedding Venues

10 Must-See New Jersey Wedding Venues In a state some view as a giant suburb of New York City and associated with things like MTV’s Jersey Shore, many don’t realize that good ol’ NJ is much much more. In fact, New Jersey is a diverse and beautiful place…with some diverse and beautiful wedding venues! The Park Savoy …

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10 Unique North Carolina Wedding Venues

10 Unique North Carolina Wedding Venues

10 Unique North Carolina Wedding Venues Nestled in the region between the East Coast and the Deep South, North Carolina is one of several states that has a unique blend of culture and history. Not quite colonial and not quite Creole, the Tar Heel State has a wide range of venues, including massive plantations and …

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10 Charming Alabama Wedding Venues

10 Charming Alabama Wedding Venues

10 Charming Alabama Wedding Venues Sweet home, Alabama! For country couples and rustic weddings, this is the place to be. These ten Alabama wedding venues are ideal for any Southern affair, from sprawling farms to chic estates. Anderson Gail Farms (Shelby) Transport yourself to the Deep South with a wedding at Anderson Gail Farms. We …

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10 Beautiful Virginia Wedding Venues

10 Beautiful Virginia Wedding Venues

10 Beautiful Virginia Wedding Venues It’s long been said that Virginia is for lovers, and by the sheer number (and overall quality) of their various wedding venues, we understand why so many lovers choose to wed in the Old Dominion. From historic to modern and rustic to luxurious, Virginia has the perfect venue for every …

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10 Stunning New York Wedding Venues

10 Stunning New York Wedding Venues

10 Stunning New York Wedding Venues Ah, New York. There’s a reason why so many romantic movies are set in the Big Apple. From Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue, to the Bow Bridge in Central Park, NYC is a city of classic romance. Here are ten stunning wedding venues in NYC for couples getting …

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Top 10 Favorite Florida Wedding Venues

Top 10 Favorite Florida Wedding Venues

Top 10 Favorite Florida Wedding Venues Disney World, delicious oranges, warm weather…there are a lot of things that prompt both alligators and retirees to flock to Florida. And while native Floridians managed to hit the “home state jackpot,” a lot of out-of-state brides-to-be also head south for the wint— err, wedding—because of the ideal wedding …

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10 Must See South Carolina Wedding Venues

10 Must See South Carolina Wedding Venues

10 Must-See South Carolina Wedding Venues There are lots of fun tidbits of information regarding the ever-beautiful South Carolina, but unless you find yourself on a high-stakes game show or trapped in a trivia battle, you’ll most likely never need to know that the official state tree is the Palmetto or that good ol’ S.C. …

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10 Unique Pennsylvania Wedding Venues

10 Unique Pennsylvania Wedding Venues

10 Unique Pennsylvania Wedding Venues In what is arguably the most historical state in the country, Pennsylvania offers an expansive collection of gorgeous old venues. In fact, history plays such a vital role in Pennsylvania culture that even modern locations seem to hold a hint of historic charm. So, from the City of Brotherly Love …

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10 Stunning Arizona Wedding Venues

10 Stunning Arizona Wedding Venues

10 Stunning Arizona Wedding Venues While the Grand Canyon often steals the thunder away from the rest of the state, many people are surprised to discover that the rest of Arizona is just as gorgeous as its famous landmark. From the rare Saguaro cacti to the red clay cliffs that have become state staples, its …

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10 Amazing Wisconsin Wedding Venues

10 Amazing Wisconsin Wedding Venues

10 Amazing Wisconsin Wedding Venues Wisconsin: the home to a surprising number of viable wedding venues. In fact, there are so many amazing locations that we had a difficult time narrowing it down to just ten. So, go ahead and order the fancy cheese plates and kegs of craft beer, because you won’t have any …

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10 Unique Minnesota Wedding Venues

10 Unique Minnesota Wedding Venues

10 Unique Minnesota Wedding Venues It’s common sense: there’s no better place for a lakeside wedding than the Land of 10,000 Lakes. And there are (undoubtedly) hundreds of amazing wedding venues on a hundred amazing bodies of water in the state of Minnesota. But did you know that the gorgeous state has so much more …

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Our favorite Texas wedding venues

Our favorite Texas wedding venues

They say everything’s bigger in Texas …  and that includes the number of wedding venues! Texas brides and grooms are lucky to have so many amazing options, from rustic chic barns to gorgeous outdoor chapels. It was a toughie, but we picked our top fave Texas wedding venues, with something for every style of bride and …

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5 tips for wedding gown shopping

5 tips for wedding gown shopping

Shopping for your wedding gown is one of the most important events leading up to your big day. Make the experience as seamless and stress-free as possible with these five wedding dress shopping tips. 1. Book an appointment ahead of time. Most mid-range and upscale bridal boutiques require an appointment for wedding gown shopping and …

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10 must-get bridesmaids photos

10 must-get bridesmaids photos

Whether your bridal party is made up of friends, family, or a combination of the two, your wedding day is the perfect time to celebrate and commemorate those relationships via some quality camera time. Be sure to capture these ten bridesmaid pictures throughout the day. Girl Talk Lounging around and chatting during your last few …

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Worst bridesmaids dresses

Worst bridesmaids dresses

12 Worst Bridesmaid Dresses When it comes to ugly bridesmaid dresses, we always wondered just what the guys are thinking when they see these hot mess dresses. So we asked our Menguin man Nathan to give the dude point-of-view. Would he dance with these unfortunately-clad bridesmaids? In my mind, being a bridesmaid is a lot like being …

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5 tips for wedding gown shopping

5 tips for wedding gown shopping

Shopping for your wedding gown is one of the most important events leading up to your big day. Make the experience as seamless and stress-free as possible with these five tips. 1. Book an appointment ahead of time. Most mid-range and upscale bridal boutiques require an appointment for dress shopping and don’t allow walk-ins, so …

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Wedding budgets

Wedding budgets

First off, if you are here, a huge CONGRATS is in order! Being engaged is a uniquely happy and exciting time! It can also, unfortunately, sometimes be stressful. That’s why we are here, to help navigate the daunting task of budgeting for the big day. In the Pinterest era of wedding planning, it is incredibly …

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5 wedding toast do’s

5 wedding toast do’s

It’s time for the wedding toasts! This can be a make it or break it time at your wedding. Guffaw-inducing hilarity may ensue, or totally aka-awkward moments that make you want to hide under your blush Shantung table linens. So, whether it’s tips you share with the best man and your MOH (you know, the people …

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Four alternative wedding registries

Four alternative wedding registries

Not every bride and groom dreams of Vitamixes and Kate Spade China (though if you are looking for a whimsical wedding China idea, polka dots are the way to go). Some of you out there have all the kitchen items you could ever dream of – heck, you’ve already been living — and cooking — together …

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5 healthy ways to cut 5 pounds the week of your wedding

5 healthy ways to cut 5 pounds the week of your wedding

They say that pictures last a lifetime. In this day and age, nothing can be truer. And now, each year, Facebook will throw up a reminder of how you looked just a year ago. Reminding you of all sorts of things, like the time you dry humped a statue on a rivals campus one late …

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7 men’s wedding ring ideas

7 men’s wedding ring ideas

Finding the perfect engagement ring is important, but let’s not forget about the boys! While men’s wedding bands may not be as “blinged out” and showy as a diamond engagement ring, there are several fantastic wedding ring ideas for men that cater to grooms of all tastes and styles. Engraved Details A simple band in …

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5 tips for choosing your wedding venue

5 tips for choosing your wedding venue

You’re getting married! But before you can make all the fun plans like your DIY favors and finding your perfect wedding dress (squeal!) you need to decide where you are going to get married. Not only does the location help set the tone for your day, but it can also play a factor in the …

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What the lapel?

What the lapel?

Contrary to what some fashion novices may believe, not all suits and tuxedos are created equal; and when deciding which suit to wear, suit lapel styles are a key factor. As a rule of thumb, the width of a lapel should correlate with a man’s size. That is, slimmer men should select a narrower lapel, …

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5 high-octane themed cocktails

5 high-octane themed cocktails

Weddings are a time for many things – love, togetherness, and for some, getting stupid drunk. Champagne is called for, but for everyone to build a buzz that truly reaches a wedding-appropriate level of spiritedness you’re going to need more than a little champagne. Serving your guests any one of these 5 wedding-themed cocktails will …

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Drones and Wedding Photography

Drones and Wedding Photography

If you are planning a wedding, you’ve undoubtedly considered a long list of potential companies with which you may contract, including musicians, bakeries, and officiants. But drone pilots? Probably not. Let us help prepare with what you will need to know when choosing an aerial photography service suitable for your big day. Brides and grooms …

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