The wedding cake is constantly evolving from the more traditional cake to a range of eye-catching modern alternatives including cupcakes, macaroons and even doughnuts. Well, it’s your big day so feel free to be as conventional or whacky as you like.
That said, according to Queen of Cakes, Nazish Ozmar vintage style wedding cakes are making a comeback this summer, featuring traditional lace designs to reflect the brides dress. Popular flavours include passion fruit, pistachio-cardamom and vanilla sponge with strawberry jam. However, if you don’t want to miss out on that bit of bling you can always sprinkle a mixture of edible gems to add that extra sparkle.
While cupcakes and macaroons have been fashionable for quite some time now, doughnuts have just arrived centre stage. Yes, your guests might think you’re nuts but doughnuts, like cupcakes, can be decorated to match your personality and themes. This can be anything from simple metallic colours to more intricate designs.
On the other hand, if you are trying to keep to a tight budget, a simple cake with a personalised cake topper can have just as much impact.
There is no getting away from it, the wedding cake plays an important picture perfect moment at your wedding day, so give yourself plenty of time to work closely with your venue or chosen wedding cake maker to ensure your cake lives up to expectations!
Looking for some unique twists and personal touches that both you and your guests will love to make your wedding day even more special? Here are our top 5 tips on how to personalise your wedding.
1. COCKTAIL CREATION
Come up with your own Mr and Mrs bespoke cocktail! Design a fruity fusion for all your guests to enjoy and incorporate both of your favourite flavours…only if they complement each other!
2. TABLE TALKING POINTS
There are a number of creative ways you can differentiate the tables while at the same time creating great talking points for guests. You could name your tables after places that are important to you both as a couple, meaningful dates or decorate with photos of you together.
3. BESPOKE BALLOONS
A great low-cost and fun way to put your own stamp on your wedding day. Simply add your names and the date. You could even keep some back for future anniversary parties!
4. TAILORED TOPPERS
There’s nothing better than having your very own figurines sitting at the summit of your wedding cake. Don’t just design them to look like you, they could also reflect your personalities – add a golf club to the groom and a painter’s palette to the bride!
5. PICTURE PLACE CARDS
To make your guests feel special while helping them find their seats, why not use a photo of them as a place card. It’s both fun and personal, plus it gives you the chance to pick from all sorts of embarrassing photos! Alternatively, you could assign everyone a picture of a cat or a dog – a great talking point as people sit down.
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Planning a wedding is no walk in the park, especially with a full-time job. Challenges will come at you thick and fast, in the form of anything from an overbearing Mother to allergy ridden In-Laws.
Here’s how social media can help alleviate the stress…
1. SEARCH FOR SPECIALISTS
Where are you going to find the perfect photographer, florist and wedding cake? Easy. Use Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to search hashtags and connect with the specialists you like the look of. Follow and monitor to get an idea of what they can offer. Just don’t forget to also ask the venue’s wedding planners for their recommendations!
2. CREATE THE HASHTAG
Create your own wedding hashtag, then share it with friends and family and track everyone’s photos and status. Not only does this build excitement but it also acts as a digital diary on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook of the planning process and provides as a live feed of the day itself.
3. GROUP MESSAGES
With weddings there is always lots of travelling involved, some guests might even be attending from overseas. Facebook group messages make it easy to stay on top of everyone’s plans, connecting you together no matter how far away you are…or what time zone you’re in!
Pinterest is a great tool to gain some serious wedding inspiration from invitations and theming, to lighting and table cloths. If you’re feeling creative, there are loads of easy DIY tips and tricks that are perfect for your special day. You could even create a group pin board so your nearest and dearest can also share their thoughts…don’t worry they’ll know who has the final say!
5. EVENT PAGES
Facebook event pages are wonderfully simple for tracking RSVPs and adding details such as location, date and time. Whether it’s an engagement party, hen night or group shopping trip, creating a private event on Facebook is a nifty way to manage all the arrangements and easily keep track of updates with notifications.
To celebrate the success of our first Asian Wedding Showcase we have compiled a short video featuring the highlights from the day. Special thanks to organisers Ishaara and all our exhibitors and guests who took part and helped make this event a roaring success.
Win a civil wedding ceremony at the Holiday Inn London – Wembley worth £2,500
To celebrate our first Asian Wedding Showcase we are offering one lucky couple the opportunity to win a civil wedding ceremony at the Holiday Inn London – Wembley for up to eighty guests.
The amazing prize includes: use of the hotel’s Wembley Suite, a glass of fizz for the newlyweds and their family and friends to celebrate as well as flowers courtesy of florist, Uniflora.
The Wembley Suite boasts an abundance of natural light making it the perfect backdrop for pictures by which to remember your special day.
The winning couple will enjoy working with one of Uniflora‘s experienced florists to decorate the room to reflect their style and personality.
If you are not our lucky winner you can host your wedding at the Holiday Inn London – Wembley from £35 per person. The package includes a complimentary tasting menu ,cake stand , knife and more . Click here for further information.
Complete your details below before the 6 March 2016 to be entered into our prize draw. Terms and conditions apply.
Terms and conditions
All prizes are non-transferable. The prize is valid for weddings of up to eighty guests and includes: hire of the Wembley Suite , chairs with covers and sashes, top table, one glass of Prosecco per person and flowers from Uniflora for up to the value of £500 . Any other expenses must be settled directly with the hotel and supplier respectively.
The prize must be taken before 31 December 2016 and is subject to availability
Upgrades may be available at an additional cost
On taking up their prize the couple must agree to reasonable promotion activity such as a guest blog post.
Competitions are not open to employees or those of affiliated companies and subsidiaries, nor to any sponsors, nor to the immediate families of such employees or sponsors.
The winner will have to arrange their own registrar as this is not included as part of the prize
The couple will be contacted by e-mail within two weeks of the competition closing