A Wedding Cake with a Twist

Smurfs Wedding CakeIf you are having a wedding reception after your ceremony, then you probably are planning a traditional event with foods, drinks, and dancing until late into the evening. Part of that event is usually serving wedding cake, which is by and large of the most popular parts of the entire celebration. Typically, a wedding cake will be decorative and use the standard palette of wedding colors so it blends in with the rest of the decorations. However, some couples prefer to do something a little more exotic with their wedding cake to make it more memorable and unique. Here are a few ideas that will help you add a twist to an old classic if you are thinking of trying something a little different.

Themed Wedding Cake

One of the most fun things you can do to make your wedding cake remarkable is to create a themed design based on one of your favorite movies, television stories, or books. Your guests will love looking at a complete scene crafted out of the sweetest tasting stuff on Earth, and your wedding cake designer will also enjoy having the ability to be more creative. If you are into the Smurfs, for instance, you could have a scene where Gargamel’s castle is at the top of the cake and Papa Smurf is leading the rest of the gang down the side of the cake to the mushroom patch below. Whatever you happen to be into, there’s a way to depict it as a scene on your wedding cake.

Sparklers on the Cake

Another interesting thing you can do to your wedding cake is bring it in to the reception hall with sparklers burning on top of it. This is the same concept as using birthday candles on a cake, except you use sparklers instead. To achieve this, you don’t use regular sparklers but instead buy bottle sparklers that can also be used on top of cakes without damaging the frosting. That way, you get all the fun and attention that you’re looking for without making the cake unable to be eaten.

Cupcakes Instead of Regular Cake

Lastly, a fun option for people who want the classic flavor of wedding cake but don’t want to deal with the hassle of a cake cutting ceremony is to have cupcakes instead of regular cake. The best part of having cupcakes is that they are really easy to hand out to your guests and they look fantastic when sitting on your buffet tables. Also, if you want to have a variety of different flavor options available, it is really easy to do with cupcakes so you can literally have dozens of flavors. If you know of a guest who likes a particular flavor, you can even make on especially for them.

No matter how you choose to put a twist on the classic tradition of having a wedding cake, your guests are sure to enjoy their delicious treat. From grand entrances to easy serving techniques, there are as many options with presenting your wedding cake as there are flavors and frostings; so think outside the box and make your wedding cake everything you’ve dreamed about!

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Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

Wedding FlowersWedding flowers are a very important part of any wedding decorations because they bring together the beauty and colors that are represented at the event. Many couples choose to go with a traditional look that predominately feature roses, but there are several varieties of flowers available that are considered appropriate. Regardless of what type of flowers you want and what colors you choose, there are a few important things to keep in mind when choosing your wedding flowers.

Budget

Keeping your overall costs in check is crucial for every purchase you make while planning your wedding, but flowers can get very expensive in a big hurry. For this reason, you need to plan out the costs of your wedding flowers very carefully before you begin purchasing. You’ll need to consider all the places you want flowers including as centerpieces on your reception tables and the bouquet you’ll be throwing after your ceremony. Once you know how much you have to spend and all the total amount of flowers you need to buy, you can accurately keep the cost within your budget.

Florist

Choosing which florist you want to use is another important part of the flower buying process. First of all, you want to make sure that you choose a company that is local to where your wedding is going to be to ensure that you get the freshest flowers possible. Also, you’ll want to make sure the reputation of the florist is good in that area so that you have high quality service. Finally, you’ll want to make sure that the florist you choose is the best value in that area. Most cities have more than one florist, so visiting all the shops in that area to ask questions and get pricing information is a really great way to make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck. Don’t be afraid to ask for some photos of their previous work or even some referrals; after all you will be spending a sizeable amount of money for their services.

Stay Area and Season-Specific

When selecting the colors and varieties you want for your wedding flowers, make sure you consider the area surrounding your ceremony and reception location along with the time of year. Integrating flowers that are found locally can be a great way to save some money since they are usually cheaper, but they also give a very local-feel to the event which can make it even more memorable. Furthermore, choosing flowers that represent the current season will also make things feel more welcoming to your guests. If you are having a winter wedding, for example, you may want to have white and light blue flowers to blend with nature. If you are having a spring wedding, on the other hand, you can get away with bright flowers like yellow or orange to make the event really “pop”.

Just match up the colors as best as you can to give your guests the most enchanting experience possible and it is sure to make your own experience even better.

5 Basic Reception Table Decoration Tips

Edible ArrangementsRegardless of what type or theme you are aiming for at your wedding reception, table decorations are certain to play a major role in the overall look. The point of having decorations on your reception tables is to engage your guests and bring them into the event by making them part of the celebration. Without the table decorations, they would look bare and out of place in the midst of all the other items that adorn your reception hall. Making your tables look both festive and inviting is essential to bringing the entire event together, and sometimes you can even have your table decorations double as wedding favors. We will look at 5 basic reception table decoration tips that should help give you some ideas that will hopefully lead to the decorations of your dreams.

Follow Your Wedding Theme

Most of the time, a bride will come up with an over-arching theme that they want to be reflected in their wedding decorations. By considering the basic theme and colors you will be using for the rest of your decorations, you can get some guidance to help you select you table decorations.

Keep Your Design Elemental

Keeping your decorations simple is a great way to make your guests interested. Sticking with the basic elements such as fire, water, and earth is a great way to keep things as simple as possible. Candles, flowers, and items that float are all great choices for basic centerpieces that stay within this theme.

Disposable Cameras

Though most people have cameras on their phones or will be bringing a quality digital camera along to the reception to get high quality photos, you may want to have a certain amount of the photos stay at the hall. Disposable cameras are a great way to do this, and are also a fun “throwback” item your guests will appreciate. Basically, you leave a disposable camera on each table, your guests use up all the shots, and you can drop them off at the photo shack to develop the candid memories your guests creatively gathered for you.

Use a Variety of Vases

Variety is the spice of life, so why not have that represented when starting yours with the person you love? Rather than having the same size and colors for all your vases and centerpieces that you put on your reception tables, change things up to present a more dynamic look. Having different heights for your vases will create an abstract look that your guests will enjoy much more than staying uniform across the entire board.

Use Edible Table Arrangements

People enjoy looking at beautiful pieces of art, but it only gets better if you are also able to eat them! Edible arrangements are essentially what they sound like; groupings of items that look fantastic sitting on a table that your guests can also enjoy eating. These types of table decorations have really grown in popularity in recent years, and there are several different varieties from which to choose.

Fruit arrangements are one of the most popular choices, and are also one of the more health-smart options out there. The only thing to keep in mind with fruit is that it can look unappealing after a period of time, so you want to make sure it’s fresh. Also, not all types of fruit will work for a table arrangement, so make sure you consult someone who knows what they are talking about.

The other top choice for edible arrangements is to make them out of candy. Candy has the benefit of staying good for a very long time, but it also comes in a virtually unlimited amount of shape, size, and color options to give the designer a virtually unlimited spectrum. The downside is that candy is very unhealthy, and guests with health issues such as diabetes may not be able to indulge in the feast that is your edible arrangements.

“Back to the Future” Wedding Theme

DeLoreanRecently, the idea of having weddings that are themed after hit movies from the bride and groom’s teen years is becoming very popular. One of the most popular movies from the generation of couples who are at the age of marriage is “Back to the Future” starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Coincidentally, this is actually are ally fun choice for a wedding theme because it is both highly recognizable and has a ton of great memorable characters and props to include into your ceremony. While it’s always up to the couple how they want to execute their wedding theme, here are some of the best examples that I’ve seen.

Biff Tannin as your Minister

“Make like a tree and get out of here.” We all remember the classic lines that Biff got wrong, as well as the classic manure truck scene. But if you are a true Back to the Future enthusiast, what could be better than being wed by a quality Biff look alike? Just picture yourself dressed up as Jen and your soon-to-be spouse dressed as Marty McFly while Biff says the lines. What could be better?

The “Enchantment Under the Sea”

We all remember how Marty’s parents met at the “Enchantment Under the Sea” and how his time travels almost messed everything up. The classic decorating scheme can serve as a great template for your reception hall to really bring the whole “Back to the Future” wedding theme full circle. You can even get a 50’s cover band to play Chuck Barry songs, and if groom is musical; he can play along on Johnny B. Goode.

Hover Boards

Okay, I know they aren’t real. But you could certainly find some old beat up skateboards and decorate them to look like the props from the movie. You could maybe hand them from fishing line from the ceiling to create the illusion, hand them out as wedding favors, or even mock one up for the “Marty” groom to stand on while saying his vows. No matter how you use them, the hover board was an iconic prop in the Back to the Future trilogy.

The DeLorean

While this may be out of the price range for many couples, there is simply no better way to bring your “Back to the Future” wedding theme together like having the DeLorean time machine there to make an appearance. The coolest thing I saw was a couple having there reception first, then hopping in the DeLorean to go “back in time” to the ceremony itself. Plus, what could be cooler after your celebration than hopping in the iconic vehicle and driving off towards your honeymoon? Priceless.

Italian Wedding Decorations

Italian BreadsHaving an Italian-themed wedding can be a fun and cultural experience for your friends and family. Italian is known as the language of love, so having elements of the old world scattered throughout your wedding can make for an enchanting and timeless experience. In order to pull of the perfect Italian wedding theme, the most important aspect will be the decorations. Fortunately, because if the culture in Italy, most of the things that make people think of Italy are foods and wine. This means that while you are choosing certain foods for your wedding you can also make them part of your decorations and save yourself some money versus the need to buy both.

Wine

In Italian culture, Wine is the cornerstone to many of the classic memories and meals that make life there so great. Wine is also a very classy and fun way to add a special touch to your reception since most guests will enjoy a glass with their dinner. By choosing a selection of interesting looking Italian wines to scatter around the reception hall you can create the feel of being in a bistro while offering your guests a delicious beverage to enjoy with their pasta.

Breads and Baguettes

Breads and baguettes are another staple to Italian food and culture, which makes them a great choice to keep the Italian theme going at your reception. Italian breads can range from small rolls to large loafs and will take up quite a bit of room while also offering a wide range of appearances and flavors. Your guests will love the look and taste of all the varieties of Italian breads you offer them, and it can save you money on the main pasta courses because bread is very filling and inexpensive. To make it even better, you can offer an assortment of seasoned olive oils to dip the bread in; which is another Italian classic.

Candles and Flowers

Though candles and flowers are part of most wedding receptions, the style and colors of each are vital to the overall ambiance that creates a bistro feel. For the cables, you will want to choose old and rustic looking candle holders that have dark and rich colors to make everything feel darks and warm. Similarly, your flower vases should follow the same color schemes; but more important are the colors of your flowers. You want to avoid having bouquets that are too bright and happy looking because a sultry and complex look will give off the Italian wedding vibe much better. Avoid plain colors and try to choose in-between colors that blend neutrally with each other.

Asian-Themed Wedding Decorations

Paper LanternsAs one of the largest cultures in the world, the vast majority of people on Earth are from Asian descent. This also means that there are more Asian-themed weddings than any other type, so there is obviously a huge selection of wedding decorations available specifically for this purpose. Though it is important to refrain from being too obvious and tacky with your Asian style wedding decorations, there are a few classic items that should be represented to make it obvious that the theme you are going after is Asian. Below, I will discuss three of the most popular and common types of decorations that every Asian-themed wedding should include.

Paper Lanterns

Almost everyone is familiar with paper lanterns and the sheer beauty they offer to and wedding. Besides just being a staple item at Asian-themed weddings, paper lanterns have transcended the culture gap to become a popular wedding decoration at all types of weddings. Available in several shapes such as round, cubes, and tall cylinders, paper lanterns are usually hung from the ceiling with a small light inside to act as both a source of illumination as well as beauty. They work particularly well outside, but can also be used indoors.

Bamboo Items

Bamboo is another material that just screams Asian culture. If you visit any country in Asia, you would immediately notice that bamboo is the primary building material for anything constructed out of wood. While bamboo is incredibly strong, it is also instantly recognizable with a very elegant look. Bamboo can make a great decoration at a wedding as many different items including place card holders, beverage coasters, or “lucky bamboo” plants to be used as centerpieces. There is virtually an unlimited amount of bamboo wedding decorations available, so check with your favorite vendor for a complete selection.

Paper Parasols

Another paper item that is perfect for an Asian-themed wedding is parasols. Paper parasols are essentially decorative umbrellas that are usually made from rice paper. Paper parasols are a great way to add that Asian “vide” to any space because they are easy to fit anywhere and are very affordable. Much like the paper lanterns, you can also hang some paper parasols from the ceiling and even hang them upside-down with some backlighting for an even more enchanting effect. If you want to pair up your decorations to create a fun theme across the board, you can also get miniature parasols to put into your guests drinks; which are a very popular item in tropical regions.

Decorations for a Beach Wedding

Ship PartsBeach weddings are a very popular style for young couples, and putting together the perfect assortment of decorations for the event are no less important than any other theme. Fortunately, beaches usually give a great deal of beauty already and require very little in the way of actual decorating. In fact, that is the number one reason most couples give when asked why they chose to have a beach wedding. However, even if it is modest additions and tweaks, preparing the location on the beach that will be the site of your ceremony to set it apart from the surrounding areas of the beach is important in making the ceremony fell like a more special event.

Seashells

Seashells are a great choice for decorations because they will look like they are a natural part of the scenery. On top of that, you can usually get them for very cheap or even free if you organize a shell-gathering event in the days leading up to your wedding. Seashells enhance the natural beauty of any beach location, and you may even be able to hand them out as favors when the ceremony is over.

Beach Glass

Beach glass is another great way to add something that is natural to the already beautiful landscape of the beach. Usually blue in color, beach glass is different from regular glass because it is formed from underwater volcanic activity and is usually not sharp because the water has smoothed all the edges. This is important because you don’t want people accidentally getting cut.

Starfish

Starfish are nearly synonymous with the ocean, and the very thought of them makes you picture a beach in your head. Though they are fairly rare to find on a beach in reality, scattering some of them about can make the area look like the beach most people fantasize about in their head. Like some of the other beach wedding decorations I mentioned above, starfish also make excellent keepsakes for your guests.

Ship Parts

Though it is more work and more expensive than most of the other decorations I have talked about, scattering some broken and rusty ship parts around they ceremony site can really give a cool nautical feel. Items like broken masts, large ship wheels, and even rusty pulleys can make your guests feel like there are sitting in the remains of a sunken ship. You can even have a treasure chest shaped gift box up front for your guests to place their wedding cards to complete the theme.