Ten Amazing Chocolate Cherry Dessert Recipes - Perfect for a Summer Wedding

We agree with Charles M. Schulz who said, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”

These ten amazing chocolate cherry recipes are perfect for a summer wedding. We've focused on alternative desserts like pie and no bake recipes - perfect to beat the heat & save you time.

By far the most amazing pie recipe I've seen is the Black Forest Pie, shown to the left and featured on A Cookie Named Desire.

The only thing you'll need to bake is the crust which will take 30 minutes, and can be done days ahead of time.

A Cookie Named Desire also has an amazing recipe for Black Forest Ice Cream Cake.

And the most delicious other chocolate cherry recipes are:

3. No Bake Chocolate Cherry Almond Tart from Eating Richly

4. No Bake Double Chocolate Cherry Tart from Taza Chocolate

5. No Bake Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake in a Jar from Center Cut Cook

6. Chocolate-Cherry Ice Cream Pie from Taste of Home

Seven Honey-Bee Themed D.I.Y. Wedding Ideas & Projects

When I think of summer with all kinds of flowers blooming in Upstate N.Y. I think of the fresh local honey abundantly available at the local farmers markets. I love the idea of using honey and bee themed items in an outdoor wedding.

Idea #1: D.I.Y. Local Honey Jar Wedding Favors
With a little ingenuity and time you can wow your guests with small jars of local honey. You'll need local honey, glass jars, wooden dippers, ribbons, bee or flower charms, and labels.

Important things to know include that the flow of honey doesn't stop on it's own - use a butter knife to cut the flow when the containers are almost full, you do not need to seal or heat treat the jars in any way, and to keep the jars in a dark area so the honey doesn't crystallize. If it does happen to crystallize before the wedding, place the jars in lukewarm water until it becomes runny.

D.I.Y. Wine Bottle Wedding Centerpieces

Upcycled wine bottles make beautiful table centerpieces, and, if you're anything like me, you'll be able to gather quite a few before your wedding.

I found my favorite D.I.Y. wine bottle project on Bellalimento.com. All you'll need are a few wine bottles, some chalkboard paint, and a few inexpensive daisies for an awesome vintage look. I also love the idea of roses in these.

To show guests the table number you can group bottles together, corking one and placing a small card on top. And if you're using chalkboard paint, you can easily write the table number and guests directly onto the bottle.

300+ Free Printable Wedding Invitations

Save money, time, & stress by printing your own wedding invitations. You won't need to meet a minimum order - great for small weddings, there are a ton of beautiful options available, & you'll be able to make changes on the fly.

You can print them at home or head to your local printer, which you should definitely consider if you're looking at a design with a colored background. And we've put together a collection of over 300 free templates - everything we could find on the web in two days of searching - just for you.

WeddingChicks has an amazing collection of 23 wedding invitation suites you can fully customize on the site. I am in love with the blue & green mason jar design to the left & plan on using it myself.

Printable Invitation Kits has over 200 amazing and unique invitations to download for free. Their designs include flowers, watercolors, cats, & more. The downloads are in PDF form. To customize them we suggest using PDFEscape, a free online PDF editor.

Love and Lavender features 48 beautiful free printable PDF invitations, but for some reason offers a few that would be very difficult to customize. Remember that when editing a PDF most of he time you will need to erase the current text and input your own.

You should only choose an invitation with a solid background, where the text does not overlap the images.

Flowers, Science, & Scent Make a Memorable Wedding Day

The sense of smell is our only sense that runs through the sections of our brain responsible for creating and storing emotions. This means choosing a scent for your wedding can help you and your guests remember how wonderful the day was.

Below we've compiled a list of twelve of the most sought after aromatic flowers you may want to incorporate into your bouquets or arrangements, and we've included some interesting facts you should know about a few of them.