The Bundtini!

The Bundtini… there’s a new wedding trend in town, and you’re going to love it!  This heads up is from my lovely niece who is getting married in November.  I’m not saying this is her choice…there are so many options to choose from…

So…what is a “Bundtini”?  It’s a mini bundt cake.  Just like cupcakes, you can serve them to your guests in varying flavors and icings.  And just like the traditional, “cutting cake,” the bride and groom can have a larger “Bundt Cake” to “cut”.  This makes for a great photo opp, and gives the wedding couple a touch of tradition that their parents and grandparents may have had.

Would you like to freeze your “Cutting Bundt Cake”?  Well click on the link following and you will be directed to a previous blog post to read how to preserve your cake.  Preserving Your Wedding Cake

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i love the mini-cake above.  My mouth is watering just looking at it.

Maybe Petite Cakes and Melonie can team up for this for us.

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I honestly think if I saw the extravagant display above, I’d have to indulge in more than one “bundtini”… how about you?

This will be my wedding cake...no questions asked. I'm obesessed :)

The bride from the wedding above was wise to choose different colored cakes.  It lends quite the festive air.

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And remember, you can dress up your “Bundt Cutting Cake” with flowers or a cake topper like the one above.

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Always a good idea to share with your guests what delicacies they’re enjoying.  This chalkboard sign above does the trick while being relatively inexpensive.  And remember, if you’re thoughtful enough to have gluten-free or vegan options, make sure your guests know which cakes they are.  Wise to set those items a little away from the other goodies.

Will you decide to freeze your cake topper?  Then you better know how to defrost it!  Click on the following link to read the blog post How to defrost your wedding cake

 

Things I’ve Learned Planning Weddings

Things I’ve learned…

I attend a lot of weddings.  Not only are my children of an age when their friends are getting married and we’re invited, but obviously I attend as a planner.  Here are three things I’ve learned:

One – consider heavy apps instead of a stuffy sit down dinner.  Guests love the novelty of uber fancy apps, and the freedom of roaming around visiting with other wedding guests.  And often, with a traditional wedding dinner, much is left untouched.  Your guests have already eaten too much during ‘Cocktail Hour’.  If you go this route, I would highly suggest having assigned tables so all your guests have a ‘home base’ to keep their belongings, and rest from dancing.

There is no reason you can't serve grilled cheese and tomato soup at your wedding! Fall is made for comfort food.

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Balsamic Strawberry Ricotta Crostini on a large wooden platter surrounded by fresh strawberries.

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Two: Your wedding dress.  I would go one of two ways.  I would suggest purchasing either a very inexpensive dress, (you are going to wear it just once anyway!), or do a complete 180 and have a bespoke gown made for you.  This is more reasonable than you would imagine.  Click on the following link if you’d like more information on this exciting option.  Nova McLaren

Above the lovely Olivia Humphreys, the creative genius behind the Nova McLaren label, makes final touches to the dress she created for the bride.   A bespoke, or made to order gown, could become a family heirloom!

Three:  Remember to thank your guests for taking the time to be part of your special day.  Some have taken a vacation day from work, others may have traveled a great distance.  All have made certain sacrifices to give to you, a gift of their time, a gift of themselves.  Thank them.  You can do this by making a speech, or toasting your guests, or by going to each guest-table and addressing them personally.  Either is lovely.

 

Unique Wedding Veils

Unique Wedding Veils … Will you listen to your inner voice and dress with your heart?  Or will you allow convention to dictate your choices?  The bride below chose to step outside the wedding box and take a step on the ‘wild side’.

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Ok…the photo above is not quite a step on the wedding ‘wild side’, but the Swiss Dots on the veil and the bow are rather unconventional.  I rather like it, as long as the dots do not fight for dominance with the bride’s dress.  Your wedding dress should always be the star.

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How about the headdress above?  I can’t quite make myself call it a ‘veil’.  I’ll be honest here, I would never chose it, nor would I encourage my daughters to do to.  Perhaps the view from the front is spectacular?  Maybe it frames her face fabulously?

Okay…don’t focus on the flower sticking out rather indelicately from this bride’s mouth.  Silly, right?  While the pattern on the veil is pretty, and doesn’t seem to clash with her dress, the placement on her head…no, I think not…

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One has to have the utmost confidence to wear the red git-up below…It most definitely makes a statement… Not sure one I’d want to make, however…

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Hummm…the cap below is just that, more of a cap than a veil.  It serves the purpose of wedding headgear, but no one would call it traditional.

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The mantilla below is a wedding staple.  In my humble opinion, one must have just the right face shape to pull it off.  The bride below does.  My only concern, but I have the same one for all the brides on this post, there is no veil over the face.  To me, a veil covering the bride’s face as she walks down the aisle makes a ‘bride a bride’.

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The bride below, while just sporting a fingertip veil, has the option of covering her face if she so wished.  I hope she did…

This vintage blusher veil is too cute and goes perfectly with a tea-length dress.

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Blue Jewelry For Your Wedding?

I wrote a post about Blue Wedding Shoes, (if you’d like to read it, just click on the link), but how about blue jewelry for your wedding?  We all know the old saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”  It seems to be one of the traditions that most brides are still adhering to.  Lots of brides are choosing blue wedding shoes, both my daughters did.  I love this idea!  But how about blue jewelry?  Love, love the ring below.

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White gold, diamond, platinum and sapphire bands

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Want to go with a gemstone that is a little more traditional?  The above photo with all the sapphires makes my heart swoon!  I love rings that I can stack.

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If you choose to go necklace free, then these earrings are for you.  I’m not a fan of BOTH necklaces AND earrings, unless are very understated.  You want your guests, to focus on you, not your jewelry.  Remember, your jewelry should compliment you and your style, not dominate it.

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More rings above.  I do think I prefer the sapphires mixed with diamonds…

 

Stack 'em up! Love the classic combination of diamond and sapphire bands with an Art Deco engagement ring. Click to see more eternity bands.

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If I had it to do over again, I’d choose a wedding band with colored stones.  I love the combination above.  Remember, as with all things in your wedding, there is not right or wrong, unless you hurt feelings.  Your wedding day is all about your choices and your taste.  So have fun with it!  Take a step on the wild side if you want.  No matter what you’re choosing, from food to venue, if you like it, and your fiance does, go for it!  Hopefully, this is a once in a life time event.  Don’t have second thoughts!