10 Reasons to Have a Winter Wedding

Recently engaged and planning a wedding? Read this before you set your date!

For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of getting married on New Year’s Eve. But living in the Midwest, this is always bound to be one of the coldest nights of the year.

So when I got engaged almost a year ago, I knew I’d have to do a lot of work to convince my fiance to have our wedding on the date I’ve always wanted. And let me tell you – even though it was -13 degrees that day, it was absolutely perfect. The pictures are beautiful, nothing went wrong, and all of our best friends and family were there to ring in the new year with us  in a cozy, warm banquet hall.

Lucky for me, this was an easy sell. We first met on NYE so the date has a special meaning for us (maybe I’ll write my next post on how to find your soulmate in a crowded bar full of drunk people). But if you’re not so lucky – here are some reasons to use when trying to convince your partner to deal with the cold and snow and set a winter wedding date.

  1. Total romance.
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    We’re pretty cute, I know.

    Candles, fireplace, warm blankets, you can incorporate as many romantic, classy details as you want and it’s completely fitting.

  2. You don’t have to fight friends or family for the date. Since most weddings are in the Spring (although I have to say, a lot of my friends are now choosing Fall over any other season), you won’t have to worry about stealing someone else’s date, or making your guests choose between weddings to attend. The only potential issue would be conflicts with company holiday parties. But we all know everyone hates going to those things, so a wedding is a perfect excuse to miss it!
  3. Save money on decorations. Most event venues and churches are already decorated for Christmas, so you’ll save a lot of money (or time if you’re the DIY type) by using the decor that’s already provided. I had to do nothing to church in which we were married. It was already decked out in greenery, lights and candles. Tadaa!
  4. Better chance of getting your dream venue. Every single wedding-planning timeline I looked at on Pinterest or in magazines led me to believe I needed to book my venue at least a year out. Hello stress! I’m going to let you in on a little secret…if you’re planning for a date in the winter, most all venues will still be open even three months out. And even better yet – a lot of venues offer off-season pricing at a discount.
  5. Flowers. They’re cheap and easy. You don’t have as many choices as in Spring or Summer when the majority of flowers are in bloom. I walked into Whole Foods the day before my wedding and found the perfect bouquets for a total of $60. Boom.
  6. Winterscape pictures. I was adamant against taking photos outside because I am the biggest baby when it comes to cold weather. But I’m so glad my photographer forced me into it. (Full disclaimer – I chugged half a glass of champagne immediately beforehand, so that helped.) Freshly fallen (or falling) snow is the perfect magical setting to capture how happy you and your partner look on that day. Summer backdrops can’t quite do the same.
  7. No strenuous arm workouts. In winter you can get away with wearing a long-sleeve dress to hid your un-toned arms 🙂
  8. It is perfect timing for a honeymoon.
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    The view from breakfast on day 2 of our Hawaii honeymoon.

    I’ve had so many friends recommend booking your honeymoon soon after the wedding, or it will never happen. So if you get married in winter, what better than a warm-weather getaway to celebrate your new big commitment to each other! We waited a few weeks after the wedding so we could get our lives back in order, and then jetted off to Hawaii leaving negative temperatures and a foot of snow behind for 10 days and it was HEAVEN.

  9. Hot Cocoa Bar. Needs no explanation. Yum.
  10. Time to party! Whether you choose a fun holiday like I did, or a random weekend in winter – your friends and family will be looking for something fun to do after being cooped up inside for far too long. This is such a great opportunity to give them a reason to dress up, eat good food, drink a little to much and dance the night away.

-R

 

Favorite Awkward Vodka posts

All of us ladies did a lot of growing up over the past four years, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t still love our Awkward Vodka posts from the past.

Here are some of our top viewed posts you should check out if you’re new to us:

  1. Fun 21st Birthday Gift
  2. 10 Reasons to Date a Girl from Wisconsin
  3. Camping Tips for the Girl who doesn’t Camp
  4. 10 Reasons why everyone should Love LeBron
  5. 15 Signs you’re From Wisconsin
  6. Favorite Summer Drink: The Michael Phelps
  7. Things You Should be Too Old for in your Mid-20s
  8. 25
  9. How to Cope with a Quarter-Life Crisis
  10. Tips for Bar Hopping in Frigid Temps

A couple of our person favorites didn’t make it onto our top viewed posts… #weird. Here are our top 5 favorite posts:

  1. An Ode to the Last Chocolate-Covered Banana Slice
  2. Best Guest Spots on Will & Grace (they’re back!!)
  3. Conquistadors (short & sweet)
  4. Just a Typical Wednesday Night
  5. How to be Happy Right Now (Part 1 & Part 2)

AV Monthly Book Club: Books for people who don’t like to read

S and I met some of our closest friends by starting a book club six years ago. I know, this sounds like something too refined or high brow for us. But guess what — we’ll take almost any excuse to get together with girlfriends, drink wine and eat cupcakes.

If you know me, reading anything longer than a gossip magazine has always been a chore. So we started our club with a very specific theme – books that have been turned into movies. It then spread into memoirs by funny women. Since then, our book club has become more of a “let’s get together and watch The Bachelor,” or “let’s meet for breakfast before work” club, and we’ve abandoned books all together.

But since I’m aging more toward 40 and further away from 20 – it’s about time I exercise my mind and reintroduce reading to my after-work hobbies. Starting this April I’ll be recommending monthly reads, based on a theme, for anyone else who wants to start or restart a book club. Don’t worry, I plan to focus on easy, entertaining reads under 350 pages.

Stay tuned for April’s suggestions coming in the next few weeks. I’ll give you a hint – one of the books may be based on a movie I recently saw and fell in love with…

-RC

We’re back!

We may have taken a four year hiatus from blogging, but the ladies from Awkward Vodka are back. Did you miss us?

Here are a couple life updates…

S

S got married, moved to the suburbs, adopted Chandler the cat and had a baby boy, B, in August.

K

K moved to the cities – obviously to be closer to S & R. She lives in an apartment in Minneapolis with her kitten Gimlet and has a bf, RG.

R

R got married on New Year’s Eve in world’s most beautiful sparkly dress (S is obsessed). She lives in a suburb with her hubby and works downtown Minneapolis.

What hasn’t changed?

These ladies still love their vodka and are still best friends. The biggest difference you’ll notice now is that we’ll probably share more healthy recipes, more hangover cures and life hacks for that late 20s/early 30s demographic.

Because #ThisIs30

(well almost – K turns 30 in September).

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Embarrassing Stuff I’ve Googled

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Every word I don’t know how to spell

Synonyms for words I use too often

Numbers I don’t recognize that are calling me – as they are calling me

WebMD every ache and pain (in case you’re wondering, I usually am having a heart attack)

The difference between a Bikini wax and Brazilian wax

How old are the boys of One Direction

How much should a PR professional with 3 – 5 years of experience make per year

Funny memes

Hot famous male soccer players (image search only)

How many Tylenol can you take and still drink vodka

Why do my nipples hurt

Cheap flights to warm climates

Average debt for a 26 year old

10 Things that Happen in Your Late 20s

Since turning 26 and officially entering my “late twenties” in November, I’ve noticed subtly changes happening with myself and the people around me.

  1. Getting together with friends has started to consist of work out classes, cooking and catching up on TV instead of happy hours that last until midnight.
  2. You’re expected to know about politics and what’s happening in the world.
  3. Hangovers last forever! My hangover the day after my 26th birthday was the longest hangover I’ve ever had. It’s not uncommon for me to still feel a bit queezy on a Monday morning after a party-filled Saturday night.
  4. Starting to pay more attention to wrinkle creams because each day is a day closer to 30 and – you know – it’s never too early to start a skin-care regiment…
  5. My metabolism has gotten slow! Anyone else remember eating a whole bag of chips and a pint of ice cream for dinner in college? Now I’m lucky if I can eat a quarter of each without feeling guilt in the form of gut rot.
  6. There’s a different type of peer pressure plaguing your life. In college you had to be the life of the party and then – BAM – all of a sudden you’re supposed to be getting married, having children and buying houses.
  7. Crushes on teenage boy bands start to sound…eh…a little strange. My love for One Direction didn’t seem as weird in my early twenties, but all of a sudden now I’m a creeper.
  8. It’s considered a crazy, wild night if I’m still at the bar when the lights come on at 2am. Just a year ago, staying out until 2am was the norm.
  9. Your group of friends gets smaller and smaller because people are getting busy with husbands, kids and just being tired from life.
  10. And finally: people are getting pregnant on purpose.

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Gift Guide for the Night-Life Loving Girl on Your List

Haven’t gotten a Christmas gift for your drunk bestie yet? No worries. The ladies at Awkward Vodka have got you covered. The lush in your life is sure to love any of the below products…

Hakuna Some Vodka Workout Shirt

This shirt is #1 on the list for a reason – it’s awesome. Buy here.

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Wine Glass Socks

How cute are these? They’re affordable and adorable, perfect for your wine-loving Secret Santa. Buy here.

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Lipstain

ColorStay Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm is a must-have item for any nighttime purse. You only have to put it on once, and your lips will look great all evening. Buy here.

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Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Water Bottle and Beer Growler

For the girl who’s not feeling like downing liquor on a night out, try the trusty beer flask water bottle. Double wall vacuum insulation keeps beer and water cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours. Buy here.

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Everpurse

There is nothing worse than your phone dying when you’re out on the town trying to meet up with friends. Everpurse charges your phone on the go, so you don’t have to worry about being stranded and disconnected. Buy here.

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Urban Decay Eye Make Up Primer

I was introduced to the Urban Decay Primer a couple months ago, and it changed my life. It guarantees more vibrant eyeshadow that lasts for 24 hours and never creases! I love it. Buy here.

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Flask Bangle

If you’re still trying to decide what to get me, this is it. A flask bangle! It’s super cute and holds 3 oz. of liquor. Only negative? The price. It’s $225.00. But did I mention it’s cute and holds liquor? Buy here.

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Scotch Nails – Nail Polish

Scotch Naturals is a safe and eco-friendly alternative to conventional polish. Colors are creatively named things like Hot Toddy and Smokey Martini. Buy here.

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Lipstick Flask

If you’re like us, you’re always trying to figure out new, creative ways to sneak alcohol into events – sporting events, concerts and even the bar. The lipstick flask is the perfect way to do that! Buy here.

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 6.12.29 AMWisconsin-Shaped Cutting Board

If you’re girlfriend loves hosting wine & cheese nights (and Wisconsin), she’ll love the Wisconsin-shaped cutting board. I’m sure they make them for other states, but, let’s be honest, we love Wisconsin. Buy here.

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Best Christmas Albums for Girls in Their 20s

Now that winter is in full swing (we’ve gotten plenty of snow here in Minneapolis!), listening to Christmas music is a must. Since we here at Award Vodka are all girls in their 20s with good taste, we wanted to share the best Christmas albums that you need to own if you are a girl in her 20s.

1. Amy Grant: Home for Christmas

Amy Grant takes you back to middle school, making up dance routines, belting these songs with your sisters while mom watched and sang along. Admit it, you wanted to be Amy Grant when you grew up – I mean, who wouldn’t want that hair? I know my 5th grade self definitely did.

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2. Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas

Not only is “All I Want For Christmas Is You” the best Christmas song of all time, but it automatically can make you the life of any party. Request it at the DJ booth, put it on your holiday party’s playlist, use 3 credits on your TouchTunes App to play it at any bar you walk into. Trust us, you can’t go wrong with this song.

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3. NSYNC: Home for the Holidays

Duh.

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4. Celine Dion: These Are The Special Times

Celine is a goddess we all worshiped, in the 90s, in the 2000s and still today. This album has all the classics with that special Celine touch that will give you shivers every time.

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5. Michael Buble: Christmas

Michael makes us feel like classy young women, and who doesn’t love that. While listening to this album, I can bet you are picturing yourself sitting by the fire, in a warm fuzzy long red robe, sipping a hot toddy while Michael and his lovely eyes treat you to a private concert right there in your living room. Swoon.
Runner up: Harry Connick Jr., Harry for the Holidays

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6. Hanson: Snowed In

See #3

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7. Bing Crosby: Merry Christmas

This one only made the list because it reminds us of our grandparents and Christmas of past. No doubt they made you listen to it growing up, or they made your parents listen to it and they passed it down on to you. This is the ultimate classic Christmas album and if it wasn’t included, this list would automatically be discredited.

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An Ode to the Last Chocolate Covered Banana Slice

Oh how I love you

You make drunk food like pizza ashamed

You are fruity and chocolaty and magically delicious

All people should love your perseverance (you can leave them in the freezer forever and forget they are there until the best moment ever! spoiler alert – that moment is now)

Never leave me

You are amazing

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