There are so many budget items to keep in check when planning your wedding. Here's a tip from DW expert, Tiffany on how she stayed within her wedding cake budget....
"Want a gorgeous cake, and don't want to pay a fortune? Do what I did! My husband and I ordered an amazing cake for our wedding. We chose a 3-tiered cake with fondant frosting and small candied flowers all over it, each flower was the same except the centers were different pastel colors to match my bridesmaids dresses. The savings came in when we chose a cake that only fed 75, but we had a 175 attendees!! So, you want to know how we fed the other 100 guests? Well, we had the bakery make a sheet cake with the same cake! No one even knew! Why? Because the servers took the cake in the back to slice it up!"
Who doesn't like a variety of desserts? Many people have been on the same page with this and showcasing a variety of desserts at their wedding for guests to enjoy. When choosing your variety of desserts make sure to pick a little something from every dessert category. Make sure to include the usual suspects like chocolate and vanilla, but be sure to spice things up a bit too!
Wedding cakes do not need to be elaborate or ultra feminine. These days wedding cakes are personal and reflect the couples personal style. Not only the cake, but the wedding as a whole should be very personal. Don't follow the rules or have a wedding you think you should have. Have the wedding You want to have!
Wedding candy bars have not gone anywhere! They are so fun and very decorative! They seem to lighten up a room and keep guests coming back for more. Try to make your candy bar incorporate your color scheme by only offering certain colors of candy. For example, if your color scheme was black and silver you can order just those colors in certain candies to keep everything pretty and decorative AND coordinated!
Dessert bar coordination will become an a la carte service offered by a growing number of wedding cake bakeries this next year. It is an awesome way to incorporate a variety to please your guests. The variety of the dessert bar will also add something for guests to admire. You might want to give your desserts fun names that relate to you and your hubby. They could also incorporate the places where you have gone and where you met. So get creative! If you are stumped on ideas make sure to ask Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts, they have amazing dessert ideas!
For the past few years, wedding cakes were infamous for their ultra-extravagant fondant cake themes. 2011 will be a much more subtle year for cake designs. Think texture, not color. Dessert specialists have now perfected almost every design, but it takes someone amazing to conquer taste and presentation. Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts has done just that!
Wedding day cupcakes have been around for a while and haven't fallen off the trend list yet...every popular girls dream! Here are some suggestions from Cupcake Recipes to differentiate your wedding day cupcakes from all the others:
*You can use tiered cake stands for cupcake towers or trees and they come in different sizes so you can make as many as your guests will need.
*You can decorate your cupcake tree with leaves if you wish or other decorations, like flowers.
*Cupcakes are so popular for weddings because of their size. They are lower in price than traditional wedding cakes and they are easy to make and decorate to a theme.
*You can make heart shaped cupcakes for your wedding. You can make cupcakes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Ask your wedding planner for cupcakes designer tips.
*You can add fondant, silk flowers and fresh fruit on your cupcakes for toppings and decorations. Use Spring natural flowers for your wedding. It is a beautiful touch!
*Use your creative skills and play around with the colors. You can order your cupcakes unique and choose from a large amount of colorful designs as well as silver or gold ones.
*If you are getting married around Christmas you could use a Christmas ornament, or if you're having a Fall wedding you could use pine cones for decoration. You could try using Hershey kisses for a Valentine's Day wedding as well. There are so many choices!
* You could write the bride and grooms names or initials on each cupcake with a heart around them.
*It would be quite original if you could put little photos of the bride and groom on each cake.
*Make sure you look online for more tips and cupcake resources. The possibilities are endless!
A new trend that we have seen at some recent weddings is matching a certain liquor to a dessert to give your guests a little tasting. You can also do this with appetizers during the cocktail hour to keep your guests busy while you are being photographed before your reception entrance! Most guests absolutely enjoy the tasting and get wrapped up in it. This will let their inner food critique come out and gives them something to talk about once seated.
These cute little whoopie pies are a classic northeastern dessert that are very simple and sweet! Whoopie pies are hitting the wedding market fast too. I have been seeing these yummy cake desserts all over wedding blogs and real weddings. They are for sure replacing the cupcakes and pies of 2010!
The great thing about whoopie pies is how simple they are to make. Therefore they work well at dessert bars and as favors for guests to enjoy on their car ride home!
Push the palate envelope with a gourmet chocolate favor like Mo's Dark Bacon Bar! MMMM sounds so good yet so weird... Mo's Dark Bacon Bar is part of Vosges delicious exotic candy bar family. This bar is made with applewood bacon, alderwood smoked salt, and 62% dark chocolate. These unique flavors are a burst of yumminess in your mouth!
Have you met Monica and Marvin yet? These two have the best insight on everything weddings from the wedding checklist to fancy wedding ideas. They might look like a couple of monkeys, but they know their fare share about your big wedding day! Marvin likes to take the wedding planner duties and Monica comes up with clever wedding ideas, but also keeps everyone on track with her amazing wedding checklist. These two are always open to questions and willing to help at anytime!