How Well Do You Know Your Wedding Cake?

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Ah…the wedding cake…how well do you know all the ins and outs of this time honored confection?

It’s history is rich.  According to wikipedia,

“The contemporary wedding cake has grown out of several different ethnic traditions. One of the first traditions began in Ancient Romewhere bread was broken over the bride’s head to bring good fortune to the couple.[3] In Medieval England cakes were stacked as high as possible for the bride and groom to kiss over. A successful kiss meant they were guaranteed a prosperous life together.[3] From this the Croquembouche was created. The myth behind this cake tells of a Pastry chef, visiting Medieval England who witnessed their tradition of piling sweet rolls between the bride and groom, which they attempted to kiss over without knocking them all down. The pastry chef then went back to France and piled sweet rolls up into a tower to make the first Croquembouche. The modern croquembouche is still very popular in France, where it is now common to place the croquembouche tower on a bed of cake and make it a top tier. This traditional French wedding cake is built from Profiteroles and given a halo of spun sugar.[4]

In 1703, Thomas Rich, a baker’s apprentice from Ludgate Hill, fell in love with his employer’s daughter and asked her to marry him. He wanted to make an extravagant cake, so he drew on St Bride’s Church, on Fleet Street in London for inspiration.[5]

 

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Be advised, wedding cake serving sizes are about a quarter of what you would receive as a piece of cake in a restaurant.  Wedding cake is for show, for tradition.  And one, frankly, I would not do away with.  But many brides are.

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If you want to keep the cake current and fun, maybe you could employ a topper like one of the choices above, or order a novelty cake like the treat below.

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I think today, guests expect an additional dessert along with the wedding cake, and most brides are stepping up to offer it.  A perfect way to meet that need and add a little pizzaz, is something like the adorable “mini” cakes below.  Love, LOVE this…

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Uncertain how to cut a wedding cake?  Click on the link and read my post on how to do it!  How to Cut a Wedding Cake.  You may never need to know, but if you do…

All the Ins and Outs of Wedding Invitations

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All the ins and outs of wedding invitations, do you you know them? There’s more to your wedding invitation than just picking a pretty pattern.  You must decide who the hosts are, (bride’s family, groom’s family or both), type of wedding, (religious, non-religious), font and invitation style.

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In deciding the script font, you are making a choice as to whether your invitation will be formal, or informal.  Above are some lovely, “free” fonts for a DIY invite.  CAN you DIY?  Yes you can, and nicely too. Although if you go on a website such as etsy.com, you can get a professional to make your invitations for not that much more than a DIY “kit” would cost you.

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Addressing those invites…this can be a challenge to be done properly.  Best advice?  Consult an etiquette book, this blog post, or a website.  You want to do it right?  Consider hiring a calligrapher, it’s not prohibitively priced, and can save you so much time – as well as looking beautiful.  Another option?  Check to see if your printer offers the option of printing your guests’ addresses on the outer envelopes prior to shipping you your completed order.

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The above chart offers some “extra tips” for the right way, and the WRONG way of the envelope etiquette.  Perhaps the most important tip, always, always spell all words out, i.e., state name, street address, etc.

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When you’ve figured all the business side of your wedding invitations, the fun begins.  You get to choose your style.  Remember, your wedding invitation is the first glimpse your guests will get for the style and vibe of your wedding.  Not to scare you, but it’s a big decision!

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Are Succulents The New Rose?

 

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We’ve all heard it before…”Orange is the New Black” “Navy in the New Black”.   Are “Succulents the New Rose”?  Perhaps…

Seriously…have you ever seen a more beautiful bouquet than the one above?  I don’t think I have.  Not sure I’d choose a bouquet of ALL succulents, but a few interspersed here and there is perfection.

I don’t think succulents will ever achieve the overall world-wide, generic favor that the rose has.  But they are pretty and unusual.  Maybe I just like them because they remind me of my childhood in Southern California.  But I’m not alone.  Succulents have become popular for weddings — in a big way.

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Why?  One reason, they’re lovey AND unique.  It gives the bride a little ‘edge’ to her choices.  Most brides are looking for that thing to make their wedding a little bit different, a stand-out.  On a more practical topic, they hold up nicely in warm weather.  They ARE a desert plant, after all.

Be warned, however, they are not cheap.  But if you’re having a summer wedding, and follow the experts advice and get TWO boutonnieres for your groomsmen, due to potential hot weather wilting, (click on the link ‘Summer Wedding Pitfalls‘ for more info), it would be less expensive to order just one of the more expensive succulent variety.

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Tulleandchantilly.com had a great article on using succulents in your wedding.  The photos are theirs, the thoughts, mine.  🙂

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This little favor above is adorable.  Something for the guests to take home and nurture.  I’m sure THIS favor wouldn’t be left behind…

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Two perfect centerpieces featuring succulents – above and below.  I’m sure these blooms would hold up well in the summer heat.

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Looking to decorate some chairs with a novel approach?  Look no further.  This chair below beckons one to admire it.

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And perhaps my favorite use of succulents? The headpiece for the bride for her reception.  She is able to achieve an entirely different look for herself with just a minor addition of this gorgeous grouping of flowers.

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Don’t forget to adorn your guests’ seating.  I love the boxed succulents below.  Charming and hearty.

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Care of Your Engagement Ring

Do you know how to take care of your engagement ring?  There’s more involved than just cleaning it. When my daughters became engaged, the first thing I did was buy them a ring holder.  There are so many options, from the darling framed one below, to the more traditional “Waterford Crystal” style.

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Next,  I offered my best advice to the girls…and I’ll share it with you…Your engagement ring belongs in only two places – either on your finger or on your ring holder.  No exceptions, ever.  If you employe this practice, you won’t loose your ring.   You’ll always know where it is.

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Get your ring inspected frequently, at least as often as recommended by the purchasing jeweler.  Many companies will offer a replacement program if you have your ring inspected, AND you loose your stone from the setting.

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Get your ring insured!!  It is a huge investment for your fiancé.  Second to your home and car, it’s probably then next big ticket item.  You’ve insured those, insure your ring as well.  If you’re lucky enough to own a home at this stage in your life, don’t go through your homeowner’s insurance. There are companies who specialize in insuring jewelry, and their rates are more competitive.  I use Jewelers Mutual. Thankfully, I’ve never had a claim.

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When cleaning your ring, I’d advise a professional solution sold at a jewelry store…or you may want to try this: (although I have not and can not attest to it’s safety)

“Rumors are not always true, and that goes for home ring cleaning tips too. Lathering your engagement ring in toothpaste or dusting it with baking soda and putting it in the oven is a mistake. If you want to clean your ring at home, try one part dish soap and five parts warm water. Soak your ring for five minutes, take it out and scrub it with a soft-bristled toothbrush dipped in the solution. Rinse, dry, and marvel at the sparkle.” from blot.shaneco.com

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And the ring below…just because it’s GORGEOUS!  🙂

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