Tips for an Affordable Wedding Cake

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With cooking shows like Cake Wars, Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes sprouting all over the TV networks, cakes are beginning to get out of hand, especially in the price department. Nowadays, wedding cakes can range anywhere from $500 to $5000 and one piece of the cake (usually the top piece) gets saved in the freezer. We’ve put some tips together to help you save some time and money on your big day, without losing one of the most important pieces.

Tip #1 – Cupcakes

One of the hottest new trends is the tiered wedding cupcake! Essentially, its tons of little cupcakes tiered like a regular cake, with the ease of individual portions. This option is cheaper and pleasing for all parties.

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Tip #2 – DIY

One of the best ways to save money on a cake is to do it yourself! This will not be your ordinary cake for Aunt Jo’s 75th birthday – its okay to shell out some extra money for the quality cake and ingredients for the ever famous fondant. Get together some creative and skilled gal pals and do a practice cake (make a mini version). Another great idea to save some money is order a plain cake and do the decorating on your own.

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Tip #3 – Find an Apprentice

Finding your wedding cake maker can be difficult and weighing the costs can be tedious. One final option is to search around for an apprentice cake maker – you’ll be able to negotiate pricing and get a better deal for an up and coming chef as opposed to the highly esteemed and well established!

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Happy Planning!





Sustainable Items and Decor for Your Wedding

Posted in Eco-Friendly Weddings, Fabulous Finds, Unique Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas

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Brides and grooms can get caught up in the glitz and glamour of a wedding and forget the real meaning of a wedding.  Many items and materials for the big day will likely end up being used for the one time – leaving you with a bigger dent in your wallet and the environment with one extra thing to consumer later. With all the environmentally conscious businesses spawning throughout the country, couples have green and sustainable alternatives.

The first place to start when looking for ‘green’ wedding items? The dress of course!

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There are quite a few sustainable wedding designers out there for brides to turn to. One example – Celia Grace a fair trade and eco-friendly wedding dress designer. According to Celia “While most wedding dresses are made from highly polluting petroleum based polyester, Celia Grace:

  • uses natural silk woven on a no-electricity loom
  • minimizes use of chemicals by coloring fabric with safe, non-toxic dyes when needed
  • uses very little water and energy in silk making and coloring
  • uses silk local to where dresses are produced to minimize shipping

Additionally, Celia Grace dresses are fair trade. Almost half the world’s population lives on less than $2.50 per day and poverty kills hundreds of children every hour. Fair Trade is a global movement to end poverty by giving you the ability to vote with your dollars for the kind of world you want–one where people are paid a living wage, work in safe and fair conditions, and can break the cycle of poverty. Celia Grace is proud to be a member of the Fair Trade Federation.

Other alternatives for couples seeking sustainable items for the big day are utensils and decorations. Couples can turn to eco-friendly silverware, dishes and napkins, in addition to sustainable natural decor.

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Companies like The WEBstaurant Store provide endless options to choose from to make your wedding day have the class you are seeking but still be a friend to the world. You could even make a project with these DIY table numbers using old wood and burlap sacks!

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Or snazz up your wedding with these green table decorations.

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Whatever your style, green options and alternatives are available to make your day perfect!




Creative Tips for Winter Weddings

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Finalizing the plans for your winter wedding? Be sure to consider these cute ideas to make your big day warm and cozy for the holiday season!

The Flowers! It’s always exciting to have festive bouquets and flowers for your wedding. No matter what the weather is outside, make your day special with classy white flowers with splashes of complementary red and green.


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Stay Warm! Adding hot cocoa and coffee to your reception, you’ll be sure to put a smile to all your guests’ faces. To add a little spice, consider adding some peppermint or chai flavors. Another tip to cozy up your reception is to add a little candlelight and soft textures – maybe some velvet ribbon or delicate pillow accents.


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Tasty Food! The menu is especially important during the winter! Be sure to choose a filling entrée with comforting soups and salads.


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The Perfect Guest Accessories for Your Wedding

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When planning a wedding you want to take your guests into account! Guests come to celebrate this special day and it’s always great to document guest moments or add some memorable accessories!

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At many weddings the bride tends to give out the table bouquets to guests. Nowadays brides are getting creative and will place cameras on the tables for guests to take their own pictures and share with the bride and groom later.

In addition to the cameras couples can decorate their tables with candles or accessories to heighten the ambiance. One great table accessory is the paper table lantern! They add some flare and appropriate low light for an evening celebration.

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If you have a night wedding another great, idea is providing sparklers for the send off! How romantic it is to head out to the getaway car with flashing lights!

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If you really want to have some fun, during the reception – set the wedding party table with white paper and elegant crayons for guests to come and sign and write notes. It makes for a great takeaway and guests will have fun doing it. You can even set the kids table for a little child’s play.

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Whatever your preference may be keep it in line with your wedding theme and personal preference but don’t forget your guests! Celebrate your big day with each and every one!






Masquerade Wedding

Posted in Unique Wedding Ideas, Wedding Themes, Wedding trends

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Halloween may have passed but New Years is coming nearer. So we thought, “Hey, what’s a big, fun wedding theme?” A masquerade wedding comes to mind! Everyone will be dressed to impress with the most beautiful masks at your grand wedding. Send out the wedding invites early because this will be the wedding event of the year. Sashay through for ideas for an elegant masquerade wedding.


1. Dress Code

A dress code is a must. Set it as a black-tie event for a fancy wedding. “BYOM” for “Bring your own mask.” Otherwise, set out a table of beautiful masks for your guests to take (doubles as a wedding favor!).

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2. Black, White, & Gold

An ultra chic masquerade only needs three colors: black, white and gold. Mix up the dining pieces with black glasses, white china, and gold silverware.

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3. Sparkle & Shine

Make your wedding sparkle and shine! Set your wedding in a huge ball room or bedazzle your venue. Lovely chandeliers, beads, and candles are wonderful wedding decor.

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4. Wedding Cake

Art deco is the new, trendiest wedding trend. Glamorous and architectural cakes for a grand wedding. You can have real gold in your cake!

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5. Bridesmaids

Have fun with your bridesmaids! Just have you and your bridesmaids in masks or wear matching masks.

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6. Mr. & Mrs.

Of course, you and the Mister should have the grandest of masks. Masquerade masks are beautiful photo props which you can also hang on your wall as works of art!

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Throw a masquerade wedding for an elegant and chic event. You and your guests will have fun dressing up and dancing around in beautiful masquerade masks. Go big with a ballroom wedding or keep it simple and classy with sparkling wedding decor. How would you throw a masquerade wedding?




Fab Finds: Pretty Rustic Wedding Cake Stands

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You’ve chosen the most grand wedding cake, now match it with a pretty wedding cake stand! Etsy shop RoxyHeartVintage has a selection of vintage-inspired wedding decor like unique centerpieces, adorable cake toppers, and lovely cake stands. All the cake stands are made of beautiful and hearty reclaimed wood such as Black Walnut and Siberian Elm, sure to hold up for years. Their wedding cake stands come in cute designs that we just love. Take a look at some of our favorites below.

1. Antiqued Ivory

This set of antiqued ivory cake stands (also pictured above) come in four different bases. Each cake stand is made to order, hand carved from wood with a smooth finish.

2. Vintage Turquoise

The stands come in all colors including this lovely vintage turquoise. Standard plates are 10″ in diameter but also come in larger sizes.

3.Rustic Gold

Use these chic rustic gold stands for cakes or as serving platters at the buffet table

4. Whimsical Lace

This whimsical lace stand is made of metal and wood. The lace-inspired delicate design is cute for displaying a mini couture wedding cake or as-is as an elegant centerpiece.

5. Shabby Chic

Set out cupcakes on a square-top shabby chic stand. Comes with two tiers so you  can prop up the wedding cake or whatever you desire.

6. Tree Slab

A tree slab cake stand is perfect for an outdoor or nature themed wedding. A simple white cake or a chocolate leaf cake will look so tasty.

When picking out the perfect wedding make, make sure to pick out a cake stand too. Pick any of the lovely handmade cake stands from RoxyHeartVintage. Hand carved from beautiful reclaimed wood, each stand is made to order, so you can choose the color, size and style. You can buy any of these wedding cake stands on Etsy. Which wedding cake stand is your favorite?




Pumpkin Wedding Theme

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We’ve got pumpkins on our minds! Tomorrow is Halloween, after all, and then there’s Thanksgiving and lots of pumpkin pie. Yum! Save all those pumpkins because you’ll want to theme your wedding around this cute little gourd. Pumpkins are a lovely, unique decor that’s far from “country bumpkin”. Scroll through below for creative and pretty pumpkin wedding ideas.

1. Pumpkin Carriage

Your carriage awaits! Make a grand entrance on a beautiful pumpkin carriage. You are the queen of the day.

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2. Aisle Decor

Line the aisle with adorable mini pumpkins. Hang them or stack them low.

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3. Pumpkin Hearts

Carving pumpkins is so much fun. Pre-carve heart pumpkins or set up a pumpkin-carving station. Your guests will be lining up to carve their own pumpkins (also makes fun take-home wedding favors)!

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4. White Pumpkin Centerpieces

Pumpkins come in other gorgeous colors too, or you can always paint them. White is a lovely blank canvas for vibrant flowers like fuchsia roses.

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5. Painted Pink Pumpkins

Or paint them pink for a “pretty in pink” theme. Very elegant with solid-white decor.

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6. Glittery Pumpkin Candle Holders

Our favorite way to DIY pumpkins is to glitterize them. Just buy some glitter spray paint and spray crazy. Cut and carve out the top for glamorous candle holders.

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Pumpkin is a cute and unique wedding theme for the fall season. Pile up the pumpkins and have some fun. Paint the pumpkins white, set them as centerpieces, or spray them with glitter. What are some ways you’d add pumpkins to a wedding?




Textured Wedding Dresses

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Texture is one of the top wedding dress trends for Fall 2014. Designers like Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta turned simple silhouettes into works of art. Besides lovely lace, there were textures ranging from glamorous beading to lattice backs. Take a look at some of our favorite wedding dresses and textures.

1. Petal Sleeves

Pretty petal sleeves are so soft and romantic. The airy flutter of the sleeves creates the perfect frame to show off the decolletage.

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2. Floral Mesh Overlay

Floral mesh is a lovely alternative to traditional lace. It gives that same amount of mystery by showing a bit while still covering.

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3. Beading and Sequins

Beading and sequins are extremely luxurious. The key is to go for tiny beads and sequins for more of a luxe look.

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4. Lattice Back

A beautiful lattice-inspired design is fresh and youthful on a sleeved dress. Lattice opens up the dress and adds interest.

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5. Soft Feathers

For a cozy, warm dress, feathers are the way to go! Feathers are lightweight but add that soft touch.

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6. Flouncy Layered Skirt

A flouncy tiered layered skirt is so fun and flirty. Much more elegant in a light flowy fabric like chiffon on a long skirt

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Texture is a major trend in wedding dresses. Detailing in the sleeves, right down to the skirt made simple dresses extremely beautiful. Beading and soft feathers are some of the many textures seen for wedding dress trends this Fall 2014. What type of wedding dress textures are you favorite?




Fab Finds: Bridal Shrugs

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Add a bridal shrug to your checklist! During the fall it can get quite nippy, especially in the evening. Show off your wedding dress long through the night with a beautiful bridal shrug. A top shawl will upgrade your wedding gown with a stylish flair. Etsy shop Noa Vider has a lovely collection of bridal shrugs. These are just a few of our Fab Finds.

1. Tan Lace

More than half of Noa Vider’s bridal shrug collection is made of delicate lace which features a vintage-inspired floral design. Tan is the go-to color for a soft and romantic look which goes with most shades of white.

2. Pale Peach

Pale peach is another neutral color choice. It’s much more lighter in color in comparison to tan, but still very pretty and feminine.

3. Red Lace

The lace shrugs come in a variety of other colors including gold, silver, black, blue and red. Red is daring and sexy with a warm white wedding dress.

4. Sheer White

We also love the sheer non-lace shawls, too! These also come in many colors such as turquoise (pictured above) and white.

5. Mustard Yellow

These shawls are the best year-round accessory you can wear long after your wedding. Yellow is a sunny and season-less color.

6. Soft Taupe

You’ll love wearing this classy shrug. Wear as a shawl, twisted, as a scarf, as a shrug, and even as a hoodie!

A gorgeous bridal shrug is a lovely addition to your wedding dress. Keep your wedding attire classy and elegant with a handmade top shawl. Choose between lace or a soft sheer in your choice of color. Wear the shrug as is or as a scarf or hoodie. It’s a gorgeous accessory you can wear again. Check out the rest of Noa Vider’s collection on Etsy. How would you wear your wedding shrug again?




Lace Wedding Theme

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Lace is yet again the big trend of this fall and winter season. Beautiful long flowing wedding dresses and pretty veils have been updated and modernized. However lace is a lovely trend that’s moved beyond the wedding attire world. From fancy wedding invitations to glamorous wedding cakes, lace is a gorgeous theme for your wedding.

1. Invitations

Send your wedding invites in these gorgeous lace-inspired envelopes. They’ve been lazer-cut with an intricate lace-like design.

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2. Lace Wrapped Up-do

Lace is even a major fashion trend. Wrap a bit of lace in your hair like on the runways of Karl Lagerfeld.

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3. Bridesmaids

The bridesmaids can where lace too! We love this rainbow of vibrants colors.

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4. Table Centerpiece

DIY your own table centerpieces with flower-filled mason jars. Decorate the jars with some lace in a complementing color like a soft blue.

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5. Table Setting

Or easily cover all your tables up with lace table cloths. Very vintage elegant with touches of gold decor.

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6. Wedding Cake

A simple wedding cake is quite stunning with a lace design. Make it elaborate with lace allover or just hints of lace.

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Lovely lace is the big wedding trend. Aside from choosing a lacey wedding dress, you can base you wedding theme around lace. Gorgeous lace up-dos, cute DIY wedding decor, and stunning lace wedding cakes are just a few ways to lace up your wedding. What are some ways you would use lace in your wedding?