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Grooms Cakes

Though the main cake at your reception will be the center of everyone’s attention (outside of the bride of course!!! ). The groom can often feel left out with everyone marveling at his new wife’s beauty and the overall decor of the reception venue. However, things don’t have to be this way the bride can choose her own special way to make the groom feel special on their big day.

Groom’s cakes are usually funny reminder’s of exactly who the groom is and how much the bride adores those things or is willing to put up with them. It can also be something that they enjoy together and a reminder of how they first met if this was not already done for an engagement party cake.

For the most part everyone will be enjoying the main cake at your wedding but you want to assure that the flavor you choose compliments that of your main cake and doesn’t clash with it. Who know’s some guests may want to try both and it’d be better if they went down in harmony. The most interesting thing about a grooms cake is its extraordinary design being that they don’t have to stick to the rigid wedding uniform. Choosing this design will very likely be the most fun you will have with your cakes so enjoy every bit of it, especially if it’s going to be a surprise for your groom.

Grooms cake doesn’t have to adhere to anyone’s rules but its own, and there aren’t any! Your only limitation is your imagination. ENJOY!!!

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Winter Wonderland Decor

Winter Wonderland wedding are very common around this time of year in the colder regions of the world. However, properly executing these weddings is not always as easy as it seems. Following a few simple steps will assure that your big day will be all that you hoped for.

What to wear?

Select a pure white gown perhaps with a white faux fur trim. Gold or silver beading would also look nice and reflect the light as you walk down the aisle.If the wedding dress you choose is simple and form-fitting, consider wearing a white, hooded cloak with white faux fur trim and carrying a white fur muff, rather than a bouquet.A gold or silver dress would also look stunning. Wear a gold or silver tiara instead of a headpiece and veil.Rather than black, select a white tuxedo with a gold or silver-colored vest and bow tie.Simple white gowns with gold or silver trim or beading. A straight cloak with white faux fur trim, or ones that are edged in gold or silver trim.Shimmering gold or silver dresses would also provide a lovely contrast to the bride’s pure white dress and is in keeping with this winter wonderland wedding theme.

It’s the decor that sets the proper theme setting when it comes to winter wonderland wedding ideas. Here are some suggestions to transform your reception:

  • Get some large, willow branches if possible (if you can’t find these then use regular tree branches). Spray paint all the branches white. Then lightly spray paint some branches with gold glitter paint and some with silver glitter paint. Set the branches in buckets filled with sand or gravel. Cover the outside of the buckets with shimmering gold and silver-colored fabric, gathered up near the rim and secure with a length of white ribbon and a beautiful bow. String small, twinkling lights throughout the branches and place the “trees” throughout the room.
  • Make or buy various sizes of white and silver snowflakes. Hang from the ceiling.
  • Cover tables in a white tablecloth. Add smaller accent cloths of gold and silver. Another thing you can do is leave the white tablecloth as is and sprinkle some gold and silver confetti around the center of the table.
  • For the budget-minded couple, create balloon bouquets of silver, white and gold balloons. Use white curly ribbon to tie the balloons together, leaving streamers of ribbon hanging down. Secure the bouquets to some sort of weight (such as tying it to bricks sprayed white, gold or silver or covered in cloth).

For most of your winter wedding reception centerpieces and decor, stick with a pure white and then add in a few enhancements of silver or gold.

  • Buy plain wicker baskets and spray paint some baskets in white, some in gold and some in silver. Tie a large bow to the handle or glue a length of ribbon around the basked and glue a bow on one side. Fill with gold, white and silver Christmas balls. You could follow the same basic idea, except use clear glass bowls instead of baskets, so the balls show through.
  • Use a small glass bowl and fill with glass beads or white gel beads. Set a several small votive or pillar candles into the bowl nestled within the beads.
  • Use elegant white flowers arranged in a simple white vase. Tie gold and silver ribbons around the neck allowing the streamers to hang down. You may also wish to have the flower tips dipped in a gold and silver dye.
  • Place a mirror in the center of the table and arrange 3 wine glasses of different heights on the mirror. Fill with water and float a white flower in each. Sprinkle some glitter over the mirror and arrange some votive candles underneath the glasses.

Winter Wonderland Wedding Favors:

  • Purchase white Christmas balls. Using glitter paint, write your names on the balls with your wedding date. Glue a small silver or gold bow to the top. This will make a nice remembrance for your guests to hang on their own Christmas trees each year.
  • Take two square pieces of gold or silver colored material and sew together, leaving a small opening at the top. Fill with potpourri and sew opening closed. Add lace, ribbon or other trim to decorate the sachet.
  • Cut a circle of white tulle and fill with candies, chocolate kisses, mints or nuts. Gather the tulle up and secure with silver or gold ribbon.
  • Tie two beeswax candles together with ribbon. Add a small spray of baby’s breath or a flower slipped under the ribbon.

What would a winter wonderland wedding be without an all white cake?

A Bouquet or Substitute:

  • Carry a single white candle with gold and silver ribbon tied around the middle.
  • Use a fur muff.
  • Carry an all white bouquet with accents of gold and silver bouquet jewelry.
  • Carry a single white rose with gold and silver streamers tied to the stem.

Weddings Military Style

Ceremony Location

Many military weddings take place at military chapels or on academy grounds , if you’d like to use another location, run it by your installation. Most military chapels are like other in-demand ceremony sites — you need to reserve them at least a year ahead of time, often by applying in writing to the chaplain’s office. All service academies have more than one chapel; at the Air Force Academy, for example, there are Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish chapels. To marry in a military chapel at a service academy, you must be a graduate or one of the following: a dependent of a graduate; an officer or enlisted person assigned to the academy complex, or his or her dependents; or a faculty or staff member, active or retired, or his or her dependents.There will probably be no charge for the use of the chapel, but a donation to the chapel fund will be expected. Rules for decorating military chapels vary across the country, but all flowers, candelabra, and other decor are arranged by the Chapel Altar Guild and are the same for all weddings. Some chapels and churches do not furnish decorations; the couple plans them themselves.

Choosing An Officiant

If you marry in a military chapel, the chaplain will perform your ceremony, and when you reserve the chapel you’ll arrange a meeting. A few sessions of pre-wedding counseling may also be required. If you’d like your civilian clergy person to co-officiate, talk to both officiants early about the possibility. Chaplains are commissioned officers and are paid by the service they represent; you do not need to pay them a fee.

The Arch Of Sabers

After the ceremony the newlyweds walk through an arch of sabers, which are curved swords with only one edge. Actual swords are used in a Naval wedding. The arch is not mandatory, but it’s definitely a memorable part of a military ceremony. On most bases, at least one chapel or an honor guard usually has sabers available for wedding ceremonies. Another possible source is the local ROTC unit. The arch is usually formed outside of the church or chapel; traditionally, a sword should never be unsheathed inside a religious sanctuary. Only commissioned officers can carry sabers or swords and participate in this ceremony. (The Marine Corps is the exception, with NCO’s also authorized to carry them.) Often the military groomsmen participate, but other officers (guests, perhaps) may be designated to help create the arch. Usually 6-8 officers are included. Officers have been known to detour from tradition, announcing the couple or lowering the final two sabers to block the couple’s way and demand that they kiss! A Marine Corps tradition, often adopted by the Air Force, is for the last saber bearer to “tap” the bride with his saber and say, “Welcome to the Air Force, Ma’am.”

The Reception

Military receptions at academies or bases are often held at officers’ or enlisted clubs on the installation, or you can have a traditional hotel or restaurant reception. Military guests are traditionally shown to their seats in order of rank. You might play  regimental music, including the theme song of the bride’s and/or groom’s branch of service. Decorations could include American flags and/or the standards of your unit(s) in addition to flowers.

The highlight of a military reception comes when the bride and groom cut the cake using a saber , one belonging to the groom if he owns one. The groom presents it to the bride and she cuts a slice of the wedding cake with the groom’s right hand resting over hers.

Winter Wedding Ideas

Planning a winter wedding does not mean that you have to go with an over-used christmas or holiday season theme. You can find a simple way to incorporate the season into your wedding day without suffocating your guests with holiday season.

Cocktail Hour

Incorporating the season into cocktail hour is super easy, offering up some warmth as your guests arrive to the reception location is always great. You can do this by offering hot chocolate and warm apple cider or even special adult beverages that will surely keep your guests warm.

The Cake

Winter cakes can sometimes become uniform, but the bigger your bakers imagination the better the cake. Your baker can make a winter wonderland on your cake by using plenty of different elements to reflect any desired image.

The Favors

Your wedding favors give your guests a little piece of your big day to take home so make it good. Winter treats are always good but don’t limit yourself to food. Also try things like winter essentials that allow your guests to enjoy the winter season, try warm booties or luxurious bath salts.

The overall Decor

And of course if your just so in love with winter that you cant help but to immerse yourself and your guests into everything that is winter, then so be it. But please be sure to do it tastefully. Your guests will appreciate a beautiful winter wonderland if and when it is done right.

Incorporating the winter into your big day isn’t hard at all with a little effort and class you can pull it off.

ENJOY!!!

Autumn Wedding Cakes.

Fall weddings are usually known to feature beautiful and rich autumn colors and fruits that come to life in the fall. But like a wedding in any season, you want your decor to emulate the beauty of the season at its best, but how? The most common way to tie all of your wedding details and decor together is the cake. The perfect autumn cakes can certainly wow your guests , here are a few ideas for great designs this season.

 

 

This large three-tiered autumn wedding cake is sure to add to the classic autumn wedding. It is  decorated with white buttercream scroll work, hand crafted orange fondant autumn leaves and fondant fruits and nuts.

 

 

Oozing with romance, this three-tier dream is more appropriate for a smaller wedding. The white and beige, lacy wedding cake is decorated with green, orange and yellow autumn leaves.

 

 

 

 

This huge round four-tier fall themed wedding cake is decorated with edible hand crafted fondant leaves and airbrushed white chocolate fruit. The bottom tier is a square cake with the focus being on the hand crafted fondant fruit and leaves accents.

 

 

 

This is a simple white three-tier cake with autumn leaves . The leaves are yellow, orange, brown, tan and green. Decorated with satin white ribbon around each tier.

 

 

 

 

And for those who have a taste for the dramatic, this three-tier wedding cake is for you. It is hand painted and airbrushed in autumn theme earthy colours and decorations and embellished with burnt orange/red fresh roses.

 

 

 

Though the ideas and designs are vast, there is a design for everyone’s taste. Your baker can even take pieces of many designs and incorporate them into one breath-taking cake. The most popular cake flavor for the fall is carrot cake because of the way it speaks to the autumn feel and colors.

ENJOY!!!

How to pick the perfect wedding cake.

Picking your perfect wedding cake can be stressful, especially when you’re not sure where you should start. However, it’s not as hard as it seems, if you are able to decide what you would like and what you can afford that is half the battle.

First of all, you should consider whether you will adhere to a strict budget or if you will have some wiggle room as far as the budget is concerned. Once you set that amount firmly in your mind it will be easier for you to determine what range you can and will stay in when your choosing the style and extravagance of your cake.

Even if it’s too early for all of your guests to have “RSVP’d” try to have a number in mind of how many guests you will be expecting. The more guests you have the bigger the cake needs to be, assume that everyone you invited will be accepting your invite. This will give you an exact number for how many your cake will need to feed.

See if anyone you know can recommend a baker that they have enjoyed, this will make it easier to narrow down a specific style of cake. Take a look at some catalogs and attend any local bridal fairs (which usually occur in the first few months of the year) , if no one can recommend a baker they loved.

Make an appointment at one or two of the bakeries you like in order to have a cake tasting. At this cake tasting the bakery will offer you and the person who accompanies you samples of their cakes and fillings. This will give you an idea of the things you want to include in your cake and what bakery best matches your taste preference.

Keep in mind the cake preferences of both you, your mate, and your close family and friends. This will allow you to pick out a cake that everyone will love and it will not be wasted. Though you want to keep these things in mind, you should also take into consideration new flavor combinations.

Once you’ve gotten through these simple steps all that is left is to choose your favorite baker out of the one’s you sampled.Once you choose one you can discuss everything from specific designs to delivery and assembly arrangements. ENJOY!!!

Wedding Disasters and How to Solve Them

With all of the planning that goes into your wedding day you don’t expect anything to go wrong, until it does. Instead of freaking out and ruining your big day over minor mishaps you can find ways to amend each and every situation.

1. Rain on your wedding day , when you have outdoor venue.

No one wants rain on their wedding day no matter how lucky anyone tells you it is. When searching for an outdoor venue make sure that the location also has an indoor venue for just in case purposes. If you can, secure both the indoor and outdoor venues at that location. However, If you cannot it would be wise to invest in tents and plenty of umbrellas for your guests. If you can help it choose a wedding date that isn’t in the “rain season” if you absolutely must have an outdoor wedding.

2. You wake up with a huge zit on your wedding day.

Trust me, it is not the end of the world and you will not ruin your pictures.You can use items like Preparation H or Visine in order to reduce redness and swelling. The most important thing you need to remember is not to pop any zits, this only makes it harder for the make-up artist to cover up.If you still do not feel comfortable with the make up covering your zit in your pictures you and your photographer can talk about ways to hide it. This can be done by choosing specific angles and distances to shoot from, yes it may require some more work but it will pay off in your photos.

3. Your Bridesmaids dresses don’t fit.

Yes most would assume that this should not be a problem due to multiple dress fittings but it can happen. In order to cover up an undone button or zipper that will only zip halfway have your bridesmaids get matching wraps. This allows for them to wear them down the aisle in the event that anyone’s dress is too snug.If you are worried about the wraps being in your pictures have your bridesmaids either take them off or wear them in one specific way .With the matching wraps your bridesmaids will even look coordinated when they are a bit chilly at then of the night.

4. You forget the rings/marriage license.

Of all the disaster to occur on your wedding day this is the most common of them all. You can avoid this happening by handing both the rings and the marriage license to your maid of honor and best man the night before at the rehearsal dinner. However, this is not a fool proof approach either. In the event that they are left home anyway designate a close friend or family member that is not apart of the wedding party to go home and grab the items for you just incase they are left.

5. Your cake melts of collapses.

This is one that happens far to often for professional comfort. If you are afraid that your tall cake will not survive the entire night see if the venue’s staff can store it in their walk in fridge until dinner time. You should also consider choosing fondant instead of buttercream frosting if you plan to have your reception in a humid or warm atmosphere. You should also discuss the conditions of the environment with the cakes baker so that they can assure the sturdiness of your sugary confection.

Doing simple things to cover yourself in case of emergency is always an important part of having a drama free day.

ENJOY!!!