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A French Country Wedding

Posted on September 28th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

A simple wedding ceremony in a tiny little, centuries-old chapel in a small French village followed by a reception in a vineyard: What could be more romantic?

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Wedding Cake Basics: Modern Wedding Cakes

Posted on September 24th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Wedding cakes have come a long way since I was a kid. I remember one of my aunts squeezing frosting out of a pastry bag and deftly creating dozens of blue frosting roses on tiny little circles of cardboard so they could be placed on a family wedding cake, which was likely covered in plain white frosting before the rosettes were finally applied. Back then, one could expect to find the same basic cake at every wedding. But, while today’s wedding cakes generally consist of several layers of cake stacked one atop another and covered with frosting, they are anything but basic.

Brown Chocolate Wedding CakeDuring the late 20th century, it was common to see white cake tiers stacked upon Roman columns. Architecture was a common theme overall, with some cakes complete with sweeping plastic staircases to link multiple tiered cakes in graduated sizes.

The cakes were generally decorated with thick, white butter cream icing to symbolize purity and trimmed with the couple’s favorite wedding color. These cakes were usually also covered with creamy frosting rosebuds and other flowers and topped off with a bride and groom cake topper. In most cases, one could expect to see the same basic design at every wedding reception.

Today, those plastic Roman columns of the 80s and 90s have almost disappeared in favor of tiers stacked one right upon the next. Support pillars, when necessary, are hidden among flowers and frills, which are also common on modern wedding cakes. In many cases, nature seems to have taken the place of architecture with many modern wedding cakes garnished with a variety of fresh fruits, flowers and greenery.

Modern wedding cakes are no longer limited to plain white cake with white butter cream frosting. Instead, modern wedding cakes come in a variety of shapes, colors and flavors. Today’s wedding cakes are culinary masterpieces which make a statement all their own. Rather than being a simple symbol of purity, modern wedding cakes are a reflection of the couple’s personalities. Read more »

Wedding Cake Basics: History

Posted on September 22nd, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Like many wedding traditions, the wedding cake is often said to have originated with the ancient Greeks and Romans. The tradition has since evolved from its earlier bread-like form to the beautiful and delicious concoctions we have come to expect today. And, just as every other aspect of wedding planning is subject to both seasonal and yearly changes, so do wedding cake trends change as time passes.

Square Wedding Cake with Purple Accents Topped with Sugared GrapesBack in the days of the Roman Empire, the wedding cake tradition began in the form of a loaf of wheat or barley bread which would often be broken over the heads of the newlyweds to bring the couple a life of luck and prosperity. The crumbs of this ‘wedding cake’ that fell to the floor were eaten by guests for good luck. And, single female guests would also fight for the grains for luck in their own betrothals.

The groom sometimes also broke a loaf of the bread over the bride’s head. This was a symbol of the husband’s dominance over his bride. The tradition of breaking bread over the bride’s head continued for centuries and is reported to have been in use in Scotland as recently as the 19th century.

In the tradition of the ancient Greeks, the newlywed couple would cut a sesame cake together. A symbol of fertility and happiness, this is perhaps where our modern tradition of wedding cake cutting originated.

In the middle ages, wedding cakes consisted of simple biscuits, scones or sticky buns. At that time, the cakes were provided by the guests, each bringing one small cake. These small cakes, which were somewhat larger than today’s cupcakes, would be piled in a heap, and were often pasted together with apple sauce. The bride and groom would kiss over the top of the cakes as a symbol of the guests’ wish for a long and prosperous marriage with many children.

In the 17th century, French bakers began to stack wheat buns, pasting them together with icing. These were the first cakes that began to resemble what we would recognize as a wedding cake today. Since those early days, the wedding cake has evolved from bread to the sweet cake we recognize today. And, as the cake itself has evolved, so have the traditions surrounding it. Read more »

Wedding Inspirations: Butterflies

Posted on September 15th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

The color purple and butterflies all in one place? What could be better? I love the wedding cake pictured below with its delicate butterflies and lilies, which are some of my all-time favorite flowers.

Purple butterfly wedding theme collage.

Butterflies can be paired with a variety of color themes. The pastels above are great for a spring wedding, especially with the butterfly favor boxes (bottom right.) You could provide the butterfly wine stopper favors for the adults and the favor boxes or book marks for the kids. By purchasing a variety of favors in the same theme, you up the chances that your guests will find something they want to take home with them.

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Wedding Inspirations: Brown and Ivory

Posted on September 13th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Brown and Ivory wedding inspirations.Chocolate brown, cocoa, espresso: these are all shades of richness which you might expect to infuse into your brown and ivory wedding. There are so many creative ways you can incorporate these colors into your big day. And, what better excuse could you possibly find to enjoy a chocolate fountain and cups of rich, dark espresso on your wedding day?

Brown and Ivory are also elegant color choices for a fall wedding, especially if the rustic colors of fall leaves aren’t your thing. I just love the little flower girl at right in her beautiful ivory dress complete with white sash. And, the flower girl basket holds just the perfect little touch of autumnal offerings.

If you love this adorable flower girl, you may also like the elegant Tied With a Ribbon Guestbook and Ring Pillow set wrapped with a brown ribbon to match the flower girl’s sash.

The Bonnie Chocolate Satin evening shoe adds a unique touch under an ivory bridal gown or bridesmaid dresses. This adds just the right amount of color for your elegant fall wedding.

And, these brown and ivory wedding invitations will give your guests an idea of what to expect on your wedding day. These are perfect for the DIY Bride who wants to save both time and money by printing her own wedding invitations using this simple print-at-home kit.

But, brown and ivory are not just for fall. The Sparkling Entwined Wedding Garter is just beautiful in ivory and is another elegant addition to a vintage wedding. Ivory lace and vintage tablecloths can invoke the romance of days gone by when paired with the right shades of brown. Read more »


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