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Wedding Cake Basics: Hiring a Wedding Cake Designer

Posted on November 21st, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Ordering your wedding cake may seem like a tiny detail at first, but this simple task can quickly overwhelm you once you realize just how many decisions there are to make. When I began researching this topic, I thought at first that it would make a nice, short blog post. Boy was I wrong! That short, simple wedding blog post is now expanding into a series. And, today I will be discussing how to hire the right baker who can provide the exact wedding cake designs of your dreams.White Wedding Cake with Purple and Yellow Flowers and Single Monogram Cake Topper

A search for wedding cake bakers in your area is bound to return a long, long list of bakeries and specialty shops. So, how do you choose the right one for your special day?

Well, first of all, let’s distinguish the difference between a cake designer and an ordinary baker. While your run of the mill, local baker is probably a great source for a variety of cakes and pastries, he may not be the best choice when it comes to choosing someone to prepare your wedding cake.

If you dream of a traditional, round tiered wedding cake with columns and white butter frosting adorned with red or blue roses, you may be able to get away with ordering your cake from your favorite bakery down the street.

However, if you prefer a fully designed modern cake with all the bells and whistles, you will probably need to choose an experienced wedding cake designer. A cake designer is more than just a baker. A wedding cake designer is an artist who happens to work with cake. A skilled wedding cake designer will first take your proposed cake design and sketch it out for your approval. The wedding cake designer will then take that sketch and turn it into the wedding cake of your dreams. Read more »

Wedding Inspirations: Winter Wonderland

Posted on November 4th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Winter wedding collage with silver accentsWinter is on its way. It’s time to start thinking about those winter weddings. Whether you’re planning your nuptials for this winter or next, there is a wide variety of things you can do to set the right tone for your winter wonderland wedding.

Silver and snowflakes are a perfect mix for the winter wedding. The snowflake wine stoppers at right are fascinating wedding favors which can double as table decor. The cobalt blue wine bottle pictured with these creative wedding favors is perfect for the winter wedding.

The lettered rhinestone crystal cake toppers are perfect with a white wedding cake and white roses. Create your own fabulous monogram from these shining letters crafted of sterling silver-plated metal and accented with genuine Swarovski crystals. Each scripted letter is accented with sparkling stones.

While the silver flame glitter evening shoe may leave your delicate tootsies a little cool in the winter, I couldn’t help adding them to this inspiration board. The glittery silver just looks so right with the silver snowflake motif. Choose these for a wedding venue where you will be indoors for the most part, and grab a pair of fuzzy UGGs or something similar to keep your feet warm in case you do need to venture outside.

Check this Out:

-Check out this winter wedding on the Style Me Pretty bridal inspirations blog. I love the bride’s fur wrap, and the green of the bridesmaid dresses really POP against the snow in the background.

-Speaking of wraps, the ‘little winter bride: vintage indie wedding style’ blog has a great post on wedding boleros, shrugs and caplets.

-This winter wedding inspiration from Elizabeth Anne Designs is absolutely elegant.  I love the natural elements of the evergreens and pine cones mixed with miniature white calla lilies.

~Mandy

Country Club Wedding Menus: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Posted on November 3rd, 2010 by Mandy Webster

In my last Wedding Reception Menus post, I talked about some great, simple yet memorable wedding reception menus. But what happens when the wedding meal is memorable because it was bad? No one wants their guests to leave the reception whispering about how horrible the food was.

Ugly beach themed wedding cake

No bride wants her wedding cakes to be a flop! These cakes were created by the staff of a country club and were supposed to have the appearance of a sandy beach.

One unforgettable wedding reception for me was one that cost an outrageous amount of money, but is most memorable for its disasters. This reception was held at a country club that has a $10,000 minimum expenditure. All of the food was provided by the country club, so I was a little surprised at the disaster that was the wedding cakes. For her beach themed wedding, the bride had requested the cake to be decorated to look like a sandy beach. What she ended up with was an unappealing glob that appeared to have been frosted with peanut butter. Guests snickered and giggled, whispering that they hoped it wouldn’t taste as horrible as it looked.

It is so important to do your research when choosing a baker to create your wedding cake. And if you’re looking for a specialty cake, in most cases you do not want to hire a traditional baker at all. Instead, what you want is an experienced cake designer. Ask to see pictures of the designer’s previous work, as well as references from other couples he or she has worked with. The wedding cake is one of the main focal points of your wedding reception, so you do not want it to be a flop! Read more »

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 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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