Gone are the days of poached salmon and generic cake—today, couples are requesting menus featuring high-quality ingredients and exotic flavors. To meet these demands, caterers are serving up dishes designed to treat guests to a memorable gourmet experience. Here's what top chefs are cooking up for weddings in 2011.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother's 18-carat oval sapphire engagement ring surrounded by 14 diamonds, which means "regular" blue sapphire engagement rings are poised to stage a major comeback. Check out these fit-for-a-princess look-alikes, starting at $60.
If you want your wedding reception meal to have a quintessentially "autumn" feel, the menu had better incorporate apples. A creative caterer should be able to find delicious ways to work them into every course. As you discuss the possibilities, use our suggestions as a guide.
As you shop for shoes to go with your gown, heel height and cost should be your primary qualifiers. Problem is, there are hundreds of styles to choose from. So even if you've already narrowed your choices to ladylike satin pumps (or fabulously glitzy stilettos), it's helpful when, ahem, someone does the shopping for you first.