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The Complete Guide to Wedding Cake Toppers: How to Find Your Perfectly Unique Topper!

Sometimes choosing wedding cake toppers is harder than picking the cake itself! Discover their meaning, trends, styles and tips. Here’s all you need to know to find the perfect topper for your wedding cake! Read on!

Tiny banners with twine are a great choice for rustic weddings. Photographer: 52Forty Photography Cake by Jeffery A. Miller Catering.

Tiny banners with twine are a great choice for rustic weddings. Photographer: 52Forty Photography Cake by Jeffery A. Miller Catering.

The cake topper shines from its place of honor atop the wedding cake for all your guests to see. So, let’s make sure you choose the wedding cake topper that represents you both with pride!

Today, my pretties, we’ll cover the topper’s origin, styles, trends and tips to help you choose yours and how to make sure it fits your cake! We have even added a few DIYs so you can make them yourself if money is a bit scarce or you are just plain crafty!

There is a lot to know about wedding cake toppers, so let’s get to it!

What is a Wedding Cake Topper?

Besides a wedding cake statuette or decor that sits on top of it, wedding cake toppers represent the happy couple. So, the question here is, what would represent you both? Flowers, greenery, a cute figurine or a funny one, maybe?

Traditionally, wedding cake toppers consist of a bride and groom figurine that sit on top of the wedding cake. Nowadays, the trend is personalizing these classic figurines to show off the personality of the bride and groom to be. They range from classic and elegant to the very geeky, including some highly personalized toppers that look exactly like the bride and groom!

Check out this article on How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Cake Flavors

Crates are all the rage right now. Check out these rustic glam personalized cake topper.

Crates are all the rage right now. Check out these rustic glam personalized cake topper. (Just $12.99 Here)

The Secret Story of the Wedding Cake Toppers

Where did wedding cake toppers originate? The exact details of its origin are surrounded by mystery. Nobody really knows when this tradition was incorporated into weddings but legend tells us that over a century ago, a baker’s daughter was about to be married and asked her father for a special wedding gift. She asked him to create a symbol of the love that she and her future husband professed to each other. Therefore, everybody would be able to see it.

After careful consideration, the father decided upon a unique creation, a gorgeous wedding cake with two fabulous figurines on top of the highest tier. Obviously, the figurines were a representation of his daughter and her future husband. The baker had created the wedding cake topper as the perfect symbol of love and wedded bliss.

On the day of her wedding, the daughter was so moved by the figurines her father had so lovingly crafted that she stated that it was the best of all the gifts. The wedding cake and the topper were placed where they could be seen by everybody at the reception.

Maybe this tale is just an anecdote but it doesn’t take away from the importance and meaning of the wedding cake toppers. Maybe now, you’ll look at the toppers under a very different light. 🙂

Bride and groom carved wood cake topper will bring you an opportunity to personalize your wedding cake and will help make it unique.

Bride and groom carved wood cake topper will bring you an opportunity to personalize your wedding cake and will help make it unique. (Here)

Caught sneaking a kiss this laid-back couple takes a moment for romance. Hand painted porcelain figurines.

Caught sneaking a kiss this laid-back couple takes a moment for romance. Hand painted porcelain figurines.

Lovely rustic fall wedding cake topper shot by eschmidtphotography Cake: Haas Bakery.

Lovely rustic fall wedding cake topper shot by eschmidtphotography Cake: Haas Bakery.

Tips To Find Your Perfectly Unique Topper!

Read these tips before choosing your perfect wedding cake topper:

1The cake topper must be a piece that reflects your style as well as the cake’s. It may be a tad more expensive but it will be worth it. Remember, this is a keepsake. If you’re on a tight budget you can DIY your own, or you may choose the traditional figurines that are sold in stores or a few simple flowers to show your love and decorate your wedding cake. Just make sure that they match both yours and the wedding cake styles.

2Let’s get creative! You can choose from a personalized cake topper that looks just like  both of you or something that represents a mutual interest or a shared hobby. The personalized wedding cake topper is a very creative detail and it adds an additional layer of romance, sparkle and glamour to the wedding reception.

3Ask your master baker to suggest a few cake topper design ideas that match your chosen confection and pick the one you feel represents you best!

4Now, here’s a romantic, ecological and affordable idea. Honor your parents, grandparents or somebody very close to you by adorning your wedding cake with the topper that they used at their wedding! Adorable, amiright?

5Sizing the cake topper. The wedding topper should complement the cake both in design and material, and also in size. The top of the cake is where the topper usually sits, so the topper should be in proportion to the top tier. Traditionally the cake topper height was half of the diameter of the top tier. Modern toppers are generally a half an inch taller. As far as the width of the cake topper, it should be no more than that of the cake itself. Again, traditionally the width of the topper should allow for an inch of cake space on either side, although like everything else about weddings, rules are made to be broken. Just make sure the topper does not fall off the cake! 🙂

6Consider the weight of the topper. A cake topper that is too heavy, may need additional support in the cake, and you know that means it will cost you more.

No matter what style you choose for your wedding cake topper make sure it matches your personality and your wedding theme. Remember this is a keepsake, a memento from your wedding that you will cherish forever. Wedding cake toppers are not just figurines on top of a cake. They represent the love that flows between two hearts joined forever as one.

Find your perfectly unique topper on the blog today!

Wonderfully nerdy wedding cake toppers. Wooden puzzle wedding topper. When it comes to cake toppers, weirdness wins (here). Laser Cut Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Cake Topper (here).

Rustic State monogram cake toppers with the bride and groom's initials.

Rustic State monogram cake toppers with the bride and groom’s initials.

Original and Unique Wedding Cake Toppers

Wedding cake toppers have come a long way. Now you can pick a topper that depicts a whole movie scene, your favorite Disney characters or 3-D printed look-alike figurines.

This is great news for those brides who scream at the mere thought of the traditional wedding cake toppers. These original and unique wedding cake toppers go from the bride and groom’s initials to the minimalistic trends of rustic weddings of decorating the cake with fresh fruits and flowers instead of the traditional porcelain figurines.

Talk about unique toppers! This one takes the cake! (Pun intended) Wedding photographer: Rachel Solomon Photography.

Talk about unique toppers! This one takes the cake! (Pun intended) Wedding photographer: Rachel Solomon Photography.

These are a far cry from the plastic bride-and-groom figurines of decades past.

These are a far cry from the plastic bride-and-groom figurines of decades past.

Funny Wedding Cake Toppers: Original to the Nth Degree!

Batman, Superman, Dr. Who and all the nerdy and geeky ideas you want can be displayed atop your wedding cake. We’ve even seen whole scenes from James Bond movies, because who said we need to limit ourselves to the top tier of the wedding cake? Go crazy, go wild and pick a wedding cake topper that fits your style! 🙂

Hilarious and unique wedding cake toppers for original couples.

Hilarious and unique wedding cake toppers for original couples.

Cute superhero wedding cake toppers. Love Batman in boxer shorts!

Cute superhero wedding cake toppers. Love Batman in boxer shorts!

Cutest Wedding Cake Toppers: Inspiration from the Animal Kingdom!

There is nothing cuter than these adorable couples on top of the wedding cake: birds, sheep and everything in between. And we mean it!

How sweet are these two cows used as a wedding cake topper?

How sweet are these two cows used as a wedding cake topper? Get them here and here.

This pretty topper is simple yet oh-so-adorable. Love birds wedding cake topper.

This pretty topper is simple yet oh-so-adorable. Love birds wedding cake topper.

This penguin is wearing a birdcage veil and carrying a red rose bouquet. Wedding photographer: Weber Photography.

This penguin is wearing a birdcage veil and carrying a red rose bouquet. Wedding photographer: Weber Photography.

A Few DIY Ideas to Craft your own Cake Topper

If your wedding budget is tight, never fear! Bodasyweddings is here! 🙂 Check out these simple ideas your can DIY yourself and crown your wedding cake!

Too cute little cake toppers! A few nails, a small lace napkin, string and two corks and taddaaaaaaaaa!! It's up to you to play, my pretties!

Too cute little cake toppers! A few nails, a small lace napkin, string and two corks and taddaaaaaaaaa!! It’s up to you to play, my pretties!

Why settle for a generic cake topper when you can create something truly personal and meaningful to you? Use action figures from toy stores and other creative sources for a one of a kind topper. Wall-E and Eve cake topper. Faith Michele Photography.

Why settle for a generic cake topper when you can create something truly personal and meaningful to you? Use action figures from toy stores and other creative sources for a one of a kind topper. Wall-E and Eve cake topper. Faith Michele Photography.

Dinosaurs, infinity signs, puzzle pieces and a DIY on this complete guide to wedding cake toppers.

Dinosaurs, infinity signs, puzzle pieces and a DIY.

These Dinosaurs will be the talk of the wedding, certainly different than your average cake topper (here). Infinity wedding cake topper (here) $38+. Cake topper puzzle piece (here). Save money and create an impressive wire design for the top of your cake that looks like a million bucks..

Which are your favorite wedding cake toppers? We’d love to hear from you!!

Personalized Wedding Cake Toppers Photo Gallery

Where to buy these toppers:

Love You To The Moon And Back wedding cake topper (here).

Woodland bears wedding cake topper (here).

Personalized wedding cake toppers by BestWeddEver.

Romantic and vintage topper silhouette (From $20, here).

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Wedding Cake Flavors: How to Pick the Perfect Cake Flavor Combination

Finding the best wedding cake flavors is not an easy task. Exotic cake flavors and combinations are the latest trend and this article will guide you through how to pick the perfect cake flavor for your wedding!

Unique, bold and dramatic wedding cake idea. Navy fondant cake with metallic gold and berry colored flowers. Wedding Photographer: Sonia Bourdon Photography.

Unique, bold and dramatic wedding cake idea. Navy fondant cake with metallic gold and berry colored flowers. Wedding Photographer: Sonia Bourdon Photography.

There are enough decisions to make when it comes to planning your wedding day, amirite? Arguably the most fun part of planning your wedding is the cake testing day. Sitting around trying dozens of cake combinations, making sure the flavors perfectly compliment each other is a hard day’s work. We are available to help if needed, just saying. 😉

A Wedding Cake Flavors List: Textures and Trends

You picked the cake design but what will the cake taste like? Wedding cakes are made up of tiers or cake layers. Each tier can be a different flavor.

The variety of wedding cake flavors can be overwhelming, to say the least. Let’s start with a list of the most popular wedding cake flavors. Although if you are a trendy bride, you may want to pick one of the latest and trending wedding cake flavors.

Pumpkin squash, dulce de leche, blueberry berry, champagne, lemon, and chocolate are really hot this year. As you can see, they range from the tried-and-true classics to the more elaborate and stylish flavors.

Chiffon Cake: A very light and fluffy cake made with vegetable oil. It can be stored or frozen without drying out.

Sponge Cake: Sponge cake is firmer and good for stacking cake layers on top of one another. It can have different flavors, like vanilla, lemon or Belgian chocolate.

Cheesecake: An alternative to the traditional cake, a baked vanilla cheesecake with a crumbly biscuit base.

Carrot cake: Carrot cake usually has a soft, dense texture, and of course, carrots mixed into the batter.

Banana walnut cake: The banana walnut cake is a sweet and delicious dessert that will impress anyone!

Almond cake: Light, moist and velvety and quite typical of certain parts of Spain. Ole!

Wedding cake flavors. Take your pick from these delicious Italian cakes!

Wedding cake flavors. Take your pick from these delicious Italian cakes!

Champagne cake: A champagne infused cake with classic vanilla buttercream is the perfect way to celebrate a wedding!

Red Velvet cake: Red Velvet cake is traditionally a red or red-brown layer cake topped with white cream cheese or cooked roux icing.

Spice cake: Traditionally flavored with a mixture of spices. Predominant flavorings include spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger and nutmeg.

Devil’s Food Cake: Devil’s food cake is a moist, airy, rich chocolate layer cake.

Three tier chocolate and vanilla edible gold wedding cake. Wedding photographer: Diana McGregor.

Three tier chocolate and vanilla edible gold wedding cake. Wedding photographer: Diana McGregor.

Let’s Talk about Frosting

There are just as many options for the frosting or icing as there are for the cake, not only in flavor but in texture and consistency. The Williams-Sonoma cookbook Cake states that “icing is generally thinner and glossier,” while its counterpart frosting is “a thick, fluffy mixture, used to coat the outside of a cake.”

Here’s a breakdown of the most common types of frosting and icing for wedding cakes:

  • Buttercream. This is the most popular frosting flavor made of butter, powdered sugar, and any flavoring you like. Definitely taste test your baker’s buttercream because there are so many variations, each buttercream type can be very different.
  • Meringue. This is a smooth, creamy frosting made with egg whites, sugar and flavorings. This is especially perfect for beach weddings, as it holds up well in the heat and will not melt.
  • Fondant. This is a paste-like icing that gives the sugar a very even finish, giving the cake a smooth texture. It is a bit chewy, so not everyone enjoys the texture when eating it but it can give a very refined look to the finished cake.
  • Ganache. This is chocolate melted with heavy cream. This will give a very shiny glaze to the cake, or it can be whipped for a more “fluffy” effect.

And the trending frosting this year is whipped cream! Yum! Of course, you can always skip the frosting and go for a naked cake or for the 2017 cake of the year, the drip cake!

Now, let’s cover the best wedding cake flavor combinations! 🙂

Fall wedding cake flavors. Gone are the light flavors of citrus and summer fruits. Autumn events favor decadently rich desserts, such as this wedding cake drizzled with salted caramel and decorated with figs.

Fall wedding cake flavors. Gone are the light flavors of citrus and summer fruits. Autumn events favor decadently rich desserts, such as this wedding cake drizzled with salted caramel and decorated with figs.

Best Wedding Cake Flavors, Fillings, and Combinations

Ok, if you are not hungry already, you are about to now. We have already discussed the cake flavor and the icing, but there is also the matter of the filling. How do you combine all three of these glorious, delicious components to create the perfect symphony of wedding cake flavors?

Here is a list of recommended combos that will hopefully wrap the perfect bow on your finalized cake decision.

  • Chocolate-gasm: There is no shame in making every single wedding guest love chocolate as much as you do. Set chocolate cake with a chocolate mousse filling and chocolate buttercream and the guests will be dancing, if not from happiness then from the sugar rush.
  • Vanilla Raspberry-licious: Vanilla sponge cake with raspberry jam filling and a marzipan frosting. Do we need to say more? The tartness of the raspberry will perfectly offset the sweetness of the vanilla and marzipan. And it’s fruit so you can pretend it’s healthy too.
  • Carrot Cream Cheese Craze: We all know (and most of us love) carrot cake. It can be a bit of a divisive topic but if you don’t like carrot cake, we can all agree on one thing, the cream cheese frosting makes it all worth it. And this is a vegetable, so it’s definitely healthy!
  • Need We Say S’More: A traditional bonfire treat meets a classy day in delicious s’mores flavored wedding cake. Accomplish this by having a graham cracker cake set with chocolate ganache, marshmallows, and vanilla buttercream. You can even toast the outside marzipan for full effect.
  • Raspberry Dacquoise Cake. Almond-and-hazelnut meringue joins vanilla buttercream laced with raspberries and crème framboise in this divine standout, complete with sage-green fondant and piped golden raspberries.
  • Lemon meringue buttercream-y: Fresh and summery lemon cake with raspberry mousse and Swiss meringue buttercream filling.
Pick a non-traditional cake for your wedding like a crepe wedding cake. We love alternative wedding cake flavors!

Pick a non-traditional cake for your wedding like a crepe wedding cake. We love alternative wedding cake flavors!

Pick your favorite wedding cake flavors. Strawberry cheese wedding cake with chunks of chocolate.

Pick your favorite wedding cake flavors. Strawberry cheese wedding cake with chunks of chocolate.

How to Pick Your Perfect Cake Flavor: A Final Word

As you can tell from the lists above, there are an overwhelming number of options to choose from when selecting the perfect wedding cake flavor. So how do you decide? How do you come to the conclusions of what cake will be perfect for your big day?

Here are a few tips:

  • Choose your favorite flavors or wedding cake flavors that have a special meaning to you. Don’t worry about pleasing everyone or making a ‘safe’ choice. After all, this is your cake and your wedding day.
  • Be Mindful of Your Wedding Season or Your Dinner Menu. Are you getting married in the summer? Then a coconut, lime-flavored cake might fit perfectly. Are you having an Italian inspired wedding menu? Then you might want to incorporate some cannoli filling to your cake.
  • Research. Look into what cake flavors are emerging in popularity. Meet with different bakeries and schedule consultations where you can taste the flavors, so you know exactly what you are getting.
  • If you really can’t decide, choose multiple flavors. Who says your cake has to be one flavor? Who says you have to only have one cake, for that matter? There are endless rules of creativity when it comes to weddings these days. If you want multiple cake flavors, order multiple and the guests will surely be delighted to have a choice.

We are happy to report that we have thousands more ideas for wedding cake flavors and combinations to help you choose yours. Check out the photos below!

A Photo Gallery of Wedding Cake Flavors and Ideas

A rustic wedding deserves a multi-flavor open layer naked wedding cake by 2tarts Bakery. Take a look and happy pinning!

A rustic wedding deserves a multi-flavor open layer naked wedding cake by 2tarts Bakery. Take a look and happy pinning!

Chocolate and red roses wedding cake for the chocoholic couple by Monica Liguori.

Chocolate and red roses wedding cake for the chocoholic couple by Monica Liguori.

Cover your cake with textures of love. Baster bakers: ArchiCAKEture.

Cover your cake with textures of love. Baster bakers: ArchiCAKEture.

Marble cakes have got us all starry-eyed.

Marble cakes have got us all starry-eyed.

Naked cake with whipped cream layers yum!

Naked cake with whipped cream layers yum!

Perfect for a spring wedding. Rosalind Miller Sugar Flower Wedding Cake.

Perfect for a spring wedding. Rosalind Miller Sugar Flower Wedding Cake.

Forget the frosting or the icing and go for something unique. Olga Noskova creates cakes with a special glaze that makes confectionery surfaces appear flawlessly smooth and glossy. Cake decorating technique "Mirror Glaze"

Forget the frosting or the icing and go for something unique. Olga Noskova creates cakes with a special glaze that makes confectionery surfaces appear flawlessly smooth and glossy. Cake decorating technique “Mirror Glaze”

Wedding cake flavor for an alternative cake: Cheesecake! Wedding photography: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch.

Wedding cake flavor for an alternative cake: Cheesecake! Wedding photography: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch.

Whether you call them semi-naked, barely-frosted, half-dressed just keep the buttercream to a minimum. Scantily-clad succulent wedding cake by Wilton Cake Decorating.

Whether you call them semi-naked, barely-frosted, half-dressed just keep the buttercream to a minimum. Scantily-clad succulent wedding cake by Wilton Cake Decorating.

Majestic wedding cake. Discover how to pick the perfect cake flavor.

Majestic wedding cake. Discover how to pick the perfect cake flavor.

Don't forget the wedding cake topper! This custom monogram A vintage in ivory with pearls, lace & ostrich feather with gold jewelry is ideal for a Gatsby wedding cake.

Don’t forget the wedding cake topper! This custom monogram A vintage in ivory with pearls, lace & ostrich feather with gold jewelry is ideal for a Gatsby wedding cake. Get it here!.

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The Cuban-Inspired Wedding: A 2017 Tropical Trend with Lots of Sabor

Throw the perfect Cuban-inspired wedding bash with these easy tips and must haves featuring Havana cigars, Señoritas and mojitos!

Imagine your wedding. Hanging greenery, colorful flowers as centerpieces, candles in pink votives over a rustic wood table with wooden folding chairs. Parrot optional.

Imagine your wedding. Hanging greenery, colorful flowers as centerpieces, candles in pink votives over a rustic wood table with wooden folding chairs. Parrot optional.

Mix vintage deco, retro and abundantly lush greenery together and your fantastic Cuban-inspired wedding theme is almost ready.

The renewed interest in Cuban culture, with its bright and tropical colors coupled with fluid flamenco-style bridal gowns, has become a trend in this year’s weddings. Their color palette of deep purples, turquoise, tangy mandarin, bright corals, sunny yellows, playful fuchsias and greenery (Pantone’s color of the year) has all the ingredients for a fun and carefree wedding. Complete the Cuban-inspired wedding theme with Latin food and drinks and delicious rum infused cocktails.

Cuban-Inspired Wedding Decor: The Kingdom of Art Deco

Cuba is an exotic place brimming with passion. A Cuban-inspired wedding will reflect the couple’s passionate love for each other. With a fusion of Spanish, African and Caribbean cultures, Cuba offers ample inspiration for the reception’s food, music and attire.

The wedding decor will be the final touch that will complete the illusion of a Cuban adventure for guests. One only has to imagine Havana in the twenties to paint the scene at the house of an “hacendado” on a tobacco or sugar plantation. Carved wood with floral motifs, voluptuous palm trees and ferns, broad cane chairs and a wedding palette with brushstrokes of brown, turquoise, orange, ivory and of course the Pantone color of the year, greenery in the centerpieces, and on the tableware and cushions.

Have some antiques handy? Decorate the room with them. Take advantage of old Cuban cigar boxes if you have any, or use rum bottles to save on creative centerpieces with tropical flowers such as heliconias, birds of paradise or orchids. Place a cigar with a personalized label as a wedding favor on each plate. Now we are getting fancy!

Accompany the Cuban-inspired wedding decor with an exotic menu and cocktails with a defined Cuban accent. So bring out the rum. It’s time to have fun in an elegant way!

Lily gold and amber over topaz slate at The Ebell Club in Long Beach. Wedding photographer: Suzy Van Dyke.

Lily gold and amber over topaz slate at The Ebell Club in Long Beach. Wedding photographer: Suzy Van Dyke.

Bring Cuba into your wedding and your backyard with these succulent centerpiece ideas.

Bring Cuba into your wedding and your backyard with these succulent centerpiece ideas.

Tropical Cuban-Inspired Weddings with Cuban “Sabor”: Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Mojitos are the perfect cocktail for Cuban-inspired weddings. Accompany them with tempting meat pies or “empanadas” and crispy tostones. Among other drinks, you can serve Cuba Libre, which is a mixture of rum, Coca-Cola and lime juice, or mojitos with non-traditional flavors such as peach, cherry or pineapple. Do not forget to add some Cuban-inspired non-alcoholic beverages such as guava, coconut, or lime flavored water.

Here is a very ingenious idea for a mojito bar. Use fresh mint to make unique ice cubes. Take a little mint, put it in each of the ice tray spaces and then fill it with water. Let the water turn into ice and there you have it. Great idea for a summer wedding.

The Blushing Cuban passionfruit raspberry cocktail is a vibrant & exotic blend of fresh passionfruit, raspberries and Cuban rum.

The Blushing Cuban passionfruit raspberry cocktail is a vibrant & exotic blend of fresh passionfruit, raspberries and Cuban rum.

Cuba is famous for its meat dishes. Some of the main course choices for your party might be “Ropa Vieja”, “Masitas de Puerco” or marinated fried pork, oxtail stew or grilled ribs. For a lighter meal, you can offer “sandwich medianoche” that can be served either hot or cold, hence its name since you can eat them after a night of painting the town red. And where will you find more merriment than at a Cuban wedding? The midnight sandwich has grilled or fried pork slices with cheese pressed between toasted French bread slices with butter on both sides (and well pressed).

Add a fresh and colorful Cuban salad. You will only need tomatoes, onions and radish slices sprinkled with olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice. Or a chickpea salad with green and red peppers and sweet yellow onions with a dressing made from fresh lime juice, olive oil, and a pinch of cumin. Yummylicious!

A delicious Cuban-Rican recipe: Sofrito salsa and tostones.

A delicious Cuban-Rican recipe: Sofrito salsa and tostones.

Blueberry lavender mojito, refreshing and pretty.

Blueberry lavender mojito, refreshing and pretty.

It’s time for Desserts!

Pick some of these delicious temptations to complete your wedding menu. Flan served in individual cups and sprinkled with a little cinnamon or nutmeg, or “merenguitos” (mini meringues) made of egg whites beaten with sugar and then baked.

You also have arroz con leche topped with cinnamon and juicy raisins. Then, for some pastry or cake options, there are señoritas, pastelitos and capuchinos. Señoritas are confectionary made with layers of puff pastry filled with custard cream, served in a variety of vanilla or chocolate flavors. They are very similar to the Napoleon. Pastelitos are small pastry buns stuffed with guava, cream cheese, or shredded coconut drizzled with syrup. And the Cuban capuchinos and cabezotes are small cakes shaped like a yellow cone, soaked in a syrup made with cinnamon, orange and lemon peel, and anise. You will want to lick your fingers! (Just not at the wedding … do it in the kitchen) 😉

For the dessert table you may present sweet coconut candy, guava candy, more merenguitos or nougat.

Cuban domino cookies by the Cookie Connection.

Cuban domino cookies by the Cookie Connection.

Adorable and original memory of your wedding. Mint mojito flavored lollipop.

Adorable and original memory of your wedding. Mint mojito flavored lollipop. Get them here!

Cuban-Inspired Wedding Photo Gallery

Cuban Wedding Traditions

Let’s take a look at a couple of Cuban wedding traditions and feel free to incorporate something beyond the Cuban decor to your wedding!

Money is Always Welcome at the Onset of a New Lifetime Adventure

The money dance is another very old tradition at Cuban weddings. Guests would dance with the bride and pin money on her dress to help the couple off to a great start.

Usually, the bride’s family pays for the wedding, and both the bride and groom’s parents give an important gift to the newlyweds, like money or a house. Nice tradition, right? 😉

Cuban-inpired wedding cake surrounded by coral flowers. Dreamy! Wedding photographer: Jose Villa Photography.

Cuban-inpired wedding cake surrounded by coral flowers. Dreamy! Wedding photographer: Jose Villa Photography.

Cuban Wedding Favors

Another Cuban tradition is for the couple to thank their guests by giving them a small handmade gift or some personalized ribbons with their names on them. If the wedding calls for it, the favor becomes a good Cuban cigar to celebrate the union.

Proper Cuban-Inspired Wedding Attire for The Couple and Guests

Cuban wedding dresses are stunningly beautiful and white (if the bride is a virgin). If she’s not, tradition dictates her dress should be red. Fortunately this tradition is almost gone and a bride can wear a red wedding dress just because she wants to!

With so much dancing, delicious food and drinks to look forward to, dressing comfortably and elegantly is a must. Ladies may wear summer cocktail dresses, while gentlemen can wear linen guayaberas, shirts with tropical motifs and elegant fedora hats. Everything should remind you of old Havana and a tropical paradise.

These 1940s iconic and adorable navy blue suede heel pumps are a classic and will match a vintage theme to perfection.

These 1940s iconic and adorable navy blue suede heel pumps are a classic and will match a vintage theme to perfection. Get them here!

Original bridesmaid dress for a Cuban-inspired wedding. Wedding photographer: Jose Villa Photography.

Original bridesmaid dress for a Cuban-inspired wedding. Wedding photographer: Jose Villa Photography.

We hope these ideas will help you organize your Cuban-inspired wedding reception. Make sure to check more wedding inspiration ideas on our Pinterest boards!

Fabulous Cuban-Inspired Wedding Ideas Photo Gallery

Decor and details for Cuban-inspired weddings.

Decor and details for Cuban-inspired weddings. Cuban Party Photobooth Props by PureSimpleThings. Custom Printable Cigar Band Napkin Ring by BSideArt.

Hibiscus and palm leaves decorating ideas for a tropical wedding. Wedding photograper: Krista Jones Photography.

Hibiscus and palm leaves decorating ideas for a tropical wedding. Wedding photograper: Krista Jones Photography.

Ultra original Cuban tile invitations. Photography by Heatherjeany on Flickr.

Ultra original Cuban tile invitations. Photography by Heatherjeany on Flickr.

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Romantic Enchanted Forest Wedding Ideas: Let’s Create The Dream!

Filled with greenery, lights, moss and so romantic, let’s delve into the magical world of woodland enchanted forest wedding ideas.

Go over the top with your wedding entrance and create an enchanted garden where no forest exists.

Go over the top with your wedding entrance and create an enchanted garden where no forest exists.

In the search for unique wedding venues, couples have gotten closer to nature. This trend, coupled with Greenery, the 2017 Pantone color gave birth to magnificent and magical woodland wedding themes. Today, we’ll explore woodland forest ideas for you to get inspired and copy freely!

Turn your wedding venue into a truly enchanting place, that will look like it came out of a fairytale or a Harry Potter book! Check out these easy and cute ways to incorporate these enchanted forest wedding ideas into the centerpieces, the ceremony decoration and even the cake. Get your ferns, moss, candles, twinkle lights and woodcuts ready. Let the magic begin!

Enchanted Forest Wedding Centerpieces and Table Setting Ideas

There are many options when it comes to creating centerpieces and setting the table for an enchanted forest wedding. Here are a few ideas.

A simple candle and flower arrangement atop a woodcut base will easily add an woodsy-feel to your forest wedding centerpieces. Another economical and super cool idea is to use moss either as a centerpiece or as a table runner. This will add a contrasting green that will make any colored accent pop. Consider pairing succulents, ferns and candles into your enchanted forest wedding centerpieces to give them a romantic vibe.

The “forest” feel does not need to be over-the-top. Your tablescape could contain a few strategically-placed touches to incorporate the magic of the forest. If you are hosting an outdoor wedding, the centerpieces will probably do. If your wedding is indoors, you could add some jewels, stones or geodes to each table setting and use greenery for the centerpieces and decorations. Adding a few touches of color like cream or light hues of pink and orange will give it subtle, yet romantic feel.

Hanging centerpieces and many more romantic enchanted forest wedding ideas!

Hanging centerpieces and many more romantic enchanted forest wedding ideas!

Breathtaking woodland wedding covered with mason jars with lights is worth a daydreaming time out. Photography: Claire Thompson.

Breathtaking woodland wedding covered with mason jars with lights is worth a daydreaming time out. Photography: Claire Thompson.

Unique Woodland Wedding Decoration Inspiration

To add a bit of whimsy to your woodland wedding is to take inspiration from nature. Butterflies, ferns, gold or bronzed votives for soft candle light, branches and berries, woodcuts, books covered with moss, egg’s nests, lit up terrariums are all elements you can play with to create your own unique enchanted forest wedding.

If your reception is held outdoors, let your surroundings be the focal point of your wedding. Leverage the right lighting and a few accents and voilá! You could also bring more furniture outdoors to leverage that magical feel. This is the perfect time to incorporate a plush vintage sofa to your enchanted garden! Create a space where your guests can comfortably sit down and enjoy the conversation, the party and its ambiance.

Incorporate a decorated tree to the indoor venue to create a magical forest wedding. Gorgeous!

Incorporate a decorated tree to the indoor venue to create a magical forest wedding. Gorgeous!

Hang decor from a big old tree or illuminate it with fairy lights, your photographer will love you for the photo ops you would be creating!

If you are leaning towards an indoor enchanted forest wedding reception, incorporate the outdoors wherever you can. The green and earthy decorations will help but consider the permanent features of the space as well. Leverage the venue’s large windows or glass ceilings, if there are any available. Finding a venue that offers both indoor and outdoor spaces would be a win-win.

For an indoors woodland-themed reception, there are a number of ideas you can use to bring the outdoors in. Think soft lighting, abundant greenery – mostly ferns – hanging centerpieces, stones, garlands and jewel tones. But don’t be afraid to add a few touches of stronger color and not-so-earthy tones. They will look magnificent against the lush surroundings.

Create your own magical woodsy lamp backdrop with strings of lights mixed with garlands of greenery.

Create your own magical woodsy lamp backdrop with strings of lights mixed with garlands of greenery.

These wood signs are such a cute way to have your ring bearers or flower girls enter and/or exit your wedding ceremony.

These wood signs are such a cute way to have your ring bearers or flower girls enter and/or exit your wedding ceremony (Get them here).

For soft lighting, you can use candles around your centerpieces and altar. Add the candles to a terrarium shaped holder or mason jar for added luminescence. If your venue won’t allow open flames, use battery lit candles or Chinese lanterns. Chinese lanterns can be wrapped around branches or wooden beams to enhance the forest-like feel.

Enchanted Woodland Forest Wedding Details (yes, it includes the cake!)

Nothing says thank you for coming like an edible wedding favor. Put together little bags of trail mix and wish happy trails to your guests. Or pick your favorite woodland creature, use the favor as table decor and partying gift at the same time.

Brides can take their pick of theme to pair up with an enchanted forest wedding. They all match! Carefree boho, romantically vintage or incredibly glam. Choose your dress and hairstyle accordingly. Check out this article for more ideas and suggestions.

This wedding cake screams enchanted forest wedding! Birch-inspired wedding cake with the cutest cake topper!

This wedding cake screams enchanted forest wedding! Birch-inspired wedding cake with the cutest cake topper!

Love potion bottles filled with grape juice. A perfect addition to an enchanted forest wedding theme.

Love potion bottles filled with grape juice. A perfect addition to an enchanted forest wedding theme.

The half-naked wedding cake look pairs perfectly with an enchanted forest themed wedding. You can add subtle floral embellishments to the tiers or a little bit of greenery to make the cake really stand out. If you would like to add the woodland wedding theme to the cake, you can opt for a geode wedding cake. Swoon! And double swoon!

A little bit goes a long way with this theme. As an added bonus, keeping floral arrangements as green as possible will be more cost efficient than florals. Placing the cake on a wooden or moss-covered stand will continue the enchanted woodland theme.

Looking for more romantic and enchanted forest wedding ideas? Find more inspiration in these planning barn weddings and fairytale wedding picks.

Romantic Enchanted Forest Wedding Ideas Photo Gallery

  • Dessert buffet ideas for an enchanted forest wedding.

    Don't let your guests venture out into the forest without some delicious cupcakes! Dessert buffet ideas for an enchanted forest wedding.
  • Eucalyptus leaves will not only help keep decoration costs down but it will smell terrific.

    Eucalyptus leaves will not only help keep decoration costs down but it will smell terrific.
  • Woodland wedding entrance.

    Ever think about setting a pretty wedding walkway for your coming guests? Woodland wedding entrance.
  • Eucalyptus green wedding centerpiece.

    Eucalyptus green wedding centerpiece.
  • Gardenias, ranunculus, ferns and moss combined into a perfect enchanted forest centerpiece.

    Gardenias, ranunculus, ferns and moss combined into a perfect enchanted forest centerpiece.
  • Great idea for a woodland wedding favor.

    Great idea for a woodland wedding favor. Wish your guests Happy Trails as they leave your forest wedding with the perfect mix of nuts and candy.
  • Green geode cake for a woodland wedding.

    Green geode cake for a woodland wedding. This stunning cake merges emerald green with rock candy to create a delicious statement.
  • Have you ever thought about a wedding in the forest?

    Have you ever thought about a wedding in the forest? It’s very "in" now and one of the biggest wedding trends for 2017. The enchanted forest look is so romantic and inviting! Photography: Glamour & Grace.
  • Long table seating somehow spells forest.

    Long table seating somehow spells forest. Bring the outside elements in to keep the cost of decorating down. We love these sprigs of Rosemary tied to the napkins!
  • Love the greenery decorating the bride and groom chairs and the tapered candles on the table.

    Love the greenery decorating the bride and groom chairs and the tapered candles on the table. So glam! Arizona Wedding Photographer: Megan Robinson.
  • Plum and coral flowers.

    Plum and coral flowers to show you that there is no need to stick to earthy tones when planning an enchanted forest wedding. One Space photography by Redfield Photography.
  • Straight out of a fairytale, this cake is perfect for an enchanted forest wedding.

    Straight out of a fairytale, this cake is perfect for an enchanted forest wedding.
  • Stunning and romantic Italian destination wedding.

    Stunning and romantic Italian destination wedding from Matthew Moore Photography.
  • Greenery and white flower garlands as table runners.

    This venue's walls were already covered in ivy. The creation of a coherent look was achieved by adding greenery and white flower garlands as table runners. So pretty.
  • Wild flowers and greenery decor.

    Wild flowers and greenery decor. Countryside venue filled with rustic charm.
  • Vntage enchanted forest wedding.

    You can have a vintage enchanted forest wedding. This couple picked burgundy and copper hues gor their woodland wedding.
A look reminiscing of a medieval princess for this bride with her flower crown and a gorgeous dress.

A look reminiscing of a medieval princess for this bride with her flower crown and a milamira bridal dress.

Bring the furniture outdoor to create unique and original areas for your guests to enjoy the forest atmosphere. So cozy.

Bring the furniture outdoor to create unique and original areas for your guests to enjoy the forest atmosphere. So cozy.

Fairytale jewel-toned woodland wedding inspiration by Two Foxes Photography.

Fairytale jewel-toned woodland wedding inspiration by Two Foxes Photography.

Gorgeous garland as a table runner on the sweetheart table.

Gorgeous garland as a table runner on the sweetheart table.

Imagine yourself in this 2017 Carolina Herrera wedding dress amidst the enchanted woodland background.

Imagine yourself in this 2017 Carolina Herrera wedding dress amidst the enchanted woodland background.

Incredible woodland wedding theme inspiration from Stratton Court Barn.

Incredible woodland wedding theme inspiration from Stratton Court Barn.

Instead of leaving a trail of crumbs like Hansel and Gretel, how about a trail of white rose petals through the woods?

Instead of leaving a trail of crumbs like Hansel and Gretel, how about a trail of white rose petals through the woods?

Spectacular enchanted forest wedding idea with chandeliers hanging from the big old tree. Ryan Phillips Photography.

Spectacular enchanted forest wedding idea with chandeliers hanging from the big old tree. Ryan Phillips Photography.

There is no need to host an evening wedding when planning a forest wedding and there will be less bug spray to worry about! Photo by Daniel Milligan.

There is no need to host an evening wedding when planning a forest wedding and there will be less bug spray to worry about! Photo by Daniel Milligan.

Woodland themed three-tiered wedding cake with ranunculus, anemones, and succulents by The Butter End.

Woodland themed three-tiered wedding cake with ranunculus, anemones, and succulents by The Butter End.

Create magical memories with beautiful enchanted forest wedding ideas for your big day.

Create magical memories with beautiful enchanted forest wedding ideas for your big day.

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How Not Having a Wedding Planning Timeline Makes You a Rookie

What would brides do without a wedding planning timeline and a checklist of all that needs to be done to organize a wedding? Arm yourself with these lists and plan away!

Ecaille hair. Make hair and makeup appointments.

Ecaille hair. Make hair and makeup appointments.

Congratulations, you’ve set your wedding date! Now, what? Planning a wedding is not a task for the faint of heart. After all, it is a big event. So, unless you can afford to hire a wedding planner, organizing the whole shindig will fall completely on your shoulders. Do not despair, though! We are here to support you and remind you of details you may not have thought of with a wedding planning timeline we put together just for you!

Not all couples plan their wedding within the same timeframe. Although most of them fall in the 16-month, 12-month and 6-month wedding planning timeline. Therefore, we compiled wedding planning checklist for all of these timelines. If your wedding is, say, 8.5 months away, you may need to merge a few tasks into a shorter timeframe to come up with your very own planning checklist! 😉

Breaking your wedding planning down into concrete deadlines will help you make important decisions in time to ensure everything gets done on time and with minimal pre-wedding stress! Find out what needs to be done and when depending on how much time you have before the big day!!

The 16-Month Wedding Planning Timeline: Taking it Easy

Sixteen months sounds like plenty of time to plan everything, but you won’t want to waste any time getting organized, as venues, caterers, DJs, and photographers book well in advance. The first thing you will want to do is to start a wedding binder. Then follow the yellow brick road outlined on this 16-month wedding planning timeline and hit your deliverables like the best of planners!

The most complete wedding planning timeline ever! Photography: Sara Winward.

The most complete wedding planning timeline ever! Photography: Sara Winward.

16-months before the wedding

  • Announce your engagement.
  • Discuss your wedding ideas.
  • Decide on the wedding budget. Who’s paying for the wedding? Find out exactly what you have to work with before you start looking at venues and vendors.
  • Start saving for the big day.
  • Start a fitness plan if you intend to lose weight.
  • Set a date.
  • Start a wedding file.
  • Look at venues.
  • Hire a wedding consultant or day of coordinator.
  • Select ceremony location.
  • Start compiling names and addresses for the guest list. Having a rough idea of how many people to expect is critical when choosing a venue.
  • Insure the engagement ring.
  • Take engagement photos.
Prepare and send out your Save-The-Dates.

Prepare and send out your Save-The-Dates.

12-months before the wedding

  • Book your venue.
  • Pick your wedding theme, colors and style.
  • Hire a photographer and videographer.
  • Send out your Save-The-Dates.
  • Decide who will be in your wedding party. Maid of Honor, bridesmaids, best man and groomsmen.
  • Look at dresses with your bridesmaids.
  • Discuss initial wedding ideas.
  • Sign up for wedding registry. If you haven’t already had an engagement party, now’s the time.
  • Finalize guest list.
  • List family traditions to incorporate.
  • Book officiant.
  • Make wedding map.
Light grey and green wedding ceremony decoration ideas.

Light grey and green wedding ceremony decoration ideas.

Check out How To Choose Your Wedding Style: What To Take Into Account

At 9 months out

  • Order wedding invitations & on the day stationery.
  • Find a caterer, if your venue doesn’t offer one.
  • Book the caterer, florist, transport and band/DJ.
  • Order your wedding dress. One year out allows ample time for fittings and alterations.
  • Order the wedding cake.
  • Book your honeymoon.
  • Decide on bridesmaid’s dresses.
  • Find and order veil.
  • Find shoes for bride and bridesmaids.
  • Create a wedding website.
  • Consider other entertainment options. Go and see them perform. Book them.
Vintage snowflake diamond ring to show off at your engagement party.

Vintage snowflake diamond ring to show off at your engagement party.

6-months before the wedding

  • Mail out your wedding invitations and RSVP’s.
  • Buy the wedding party attire.
  • Have a wedding dress fitting. select your readings for on the day.
  • Visit physician.
  • Select tuxedos.
  • Arrange for rental items (linens, tables, etc.) if needed.
  • Discuss menu options with caterer. order alcohol.
  • Find wedding night lingerie & garter.
  • Finalize ceremony in writing with the wedding officiant.
  • Confirm delivery details with wedding dessert provider.
  • Finalize wedding decor, backdrops and photobooths.
What would brides do without a wedding planning timeline and a checklist of all that needs to be done to organize a wedding?

What would brides do without a wedding planning timeline and a checklist of all that needs to be done to organize a wedding? Rustic Wedding Guest Book. Rustic boutonniere. Wedding Table Numbers.

At three months out

  • Confirm wording for all on the day stationery.
  • Buy the wedding rings and favors.
  • Create a seating table plan.
  • Think about your table decorations.
  • Arrange transportation/limousine service.
  • Begin any necessary counseling with wedding officiant.
  • Purchase the wedding guestbook, cake knife, cake stand, cake topper.
  • Assemble welcome bags.
Have you just started to plan your wedding? Begin looking at wedding gowns asap!

Have you just started to plan your wedding? Begin looking at wedding gowns asap!

Two months before the wedding

  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms or other accommodations for out of town guests.
  • Finalize the seating and order the table plan.
  • Order you thank you cards.
  • Confirm the menu with your caterer.
  • Confirm with the registrar.
  • Choose your music for the day.
  • Buy gifts for all the wedding party members.
  • Select a location for rehearsal dinner.
  • Confirm with formal wear shop.
  • Schedule alterations.
  • Schedule fittings for the bridesmaids and flower girl.
  • Order address labels with couple’s new names and new address for thank you cards.
  • Confirm order with the florist.
  • Apply for marriage license after the 90 day mark.
  • Decide on centerpieces and bouquets.
  • Pick your wedding arch, if you choose to have one.
  • Buy shoes for groom and groomsmen.
  • Meet with venue to finalize details.

Rose gold glitter printable wedding invitation & RSVP.

Rose gold glitter printable wedding invitation & RSVP by GlamPrettyWeddings.

One month before the big day

  • Copy supplier contracts and give them to the venue.
  • Have your bachelorette and bachelor parties.
  • Final dress fitting.
  • Indulge in a few spa treatments.
  • Design wedding programs.
  • Choose all wedding accessories.
  • Get hair (get final haircuts) and makeup done and have formal bridal portraits done.
  • Discuss and finalize details with wedding service providers.
  • Write ceremony vows.
  • Prepare toasts.
  • Create place settings.
  • Find something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.
Wedding planning timeline: At nine months out, order your wedding cake. De la Creme Creative Studio.

Wedding planning timeline: At nine months out, order your wedding cake. De la Creme Creative Studio.

Two weeks before the wedding planning timeline

  • Pack honeymoon clothes, buy sunscreen etc.
  • Relax with your fiancé.
  • Call any non rsvp guests.
  • Give caterer finalized head count.
  • Pick up your marriage license.
  • Give the DJ or band a list of songs.
  • Confirm rehearsal plans.
  • Obtain any legal information.
  • Complete floor and seating plan.
  • Confirm all rental and floral delivery dates and times.
  • Confirm arrival time for all attendants.
  • Check parking arrangements.
  • Confirm final payment with all vendors.
  • Put together tip envelopes and designate someone to hand them out.
  • Break in the wedding shoes.
Gorgeous bridesmaids robes.

Gorgeous bridesmaids robes. Check them out here!

1 week to go! Here’s the checklist!

  • Final honeymoon checks such as flights and gather all necessary documents for travel.
  • Re-confirm numbers with venue/caterer.
  • Hold a wedding rehearsal at the venue.
  • Arrange delivery times for florist and cake, etc.
  • Make any last minute seating arrangements/adjustments.
  • Organize wedding attire.
  • Confirm reservations for out of town guests.
  • Pick up formalwear.
  • Delegate tasks to the wedding party.

Read more: How to seat guests at your wedding for a lively celebration

The day before the wedding! Wow!

  • Get a manicure/pedicure with your maids.
  • Have your luggage ready at the hotel/venue.
  • Relax and don’t drink too much champagne.
  • Go through the things to do and make sure all bases are covered.
  • Park wedding-day emergency kit.
  • Give the rings to the best man.
  • Make sure all wedding accessories and decor have been dropped off.
  • Clean the engagement ring.
  • Have a good night’s sleep.
Love the gypsophila down the aisle and the white rose petals.

Love the gypsophila down the aisle and the white rose petals.

On the wedding day

  • Eat something – avoid sugars, salt and caffeine. The last thing you want is to be bloated or jittery.
  • Get hair and makeup done.
  • Have someone check the reception site.
  • Dress for the wedding.
  • Have candid photos taken with family.
  • Get married!

After the Honeymoon (it’s not over yet!)

  • Have your wedding gown and bouquet preserved.
  • Write thank you notes.
  • Change your name, if you so desire.
  • Check on outstanding registry items.
Order your wedding dress at least 9 months out. One year out allows ample time for fittings and alterations. Seriously stunning wedding dresses Aire Barcelona.

Order your wedding dress at least 9 months out. One year out allows ample time for fittings and alterations. Seriously stunning wedding dresses Aire Barcelona.

How to Prepare a 12-month Wedding Planning Checklist

To help get your wedding planning organized, develop a 12-month wedding planning checklist by adding the 16-months tasks to the 12-months one. This will comprise everything you need to plan your wedding. These no-nonsense tips will help you organize your wedding like a pro.

Remember that if you’re set on a particular date, you may need to be flexible with your venue. If you know exactly where you want to get married, you might have to pick from the dates they have available. Decide if the ceremony and reception will be at the same location or if you need to secure two different venues.

Don’t forget to dream about your honeymoon and apply for or renew passports if needed!

6-months before the wedding mail out your wedding invitations and RSVPs. Eco Kraft pocket fold floral antler wedding invitation.

6-months before the wedding mail out your wedding invitations and RSVPs. Eco Kraft pocket fold floral antler wedding invitation.

The 6-Month Wedding Planning Timeline

If you only have 6 months or less to plan your wedding, consider having a Las Vegas wedding or an adorable civil ceremony followed by the coolest of brunch weddings! Or even the latest trend, skipping the whole thing and elope!

Add some lavender confetti cones to your wedding planning checklist if you are hosting a French style wedding.

Add some lavender confetti cones to your wedding planning checklist if you are hosting a French style wedding.

But if you still want to have it all, you’ll have to work extra hard but you can do it. Here’s a 6-month wedding planning timeline for you to download!

Original beach wedding cake by CakesDecor.

Original beach wedding cake by CakesDecor.

With careful planning in the months leading up to the ceremony, you’ll be able to get hitched without a hitch!

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Mouthwatering Ways to Display Doughnuts At A Wedding

Doughnut walls, doughnut cakes, doughnut bars and even doughnuts as wedding favors! Let’s explore these mouthwatering ways to display doughnuts at a wedding!

Discover the many ways to display doughnuts at a wedding! Iced coffee and donut bar for an outdoor wedding. You can do a hot chocolate and chocolate milk station with donuts instead.

Discover the many ways to display doughnuts at a wedding! Iced coffee and donut bar for an outdoor wedding. You can do a hot chocolate and chocolate milk station with donuts instead.

All you need is love, and maybe a doughnut. Is there a better way to say “I want to spend the rest of my life with you” than to shove doughnuts into each other’s faces? Probably not. Forget cake. Forget pies and cupcakes. Forget everything you thought you knew about wedding desserts. Doughnuts bars and walls are the new wedding trend. Based on the pictures below, we’re not mad about it. Au contraire!! 🙂

Arguably the best part of this wedding trend is that doughnuts are inexpensive compared to fancily decorated cakes. Regular glazed yeast doughnuts cost $9/dozen on average. And much less than that at my local supermarket bakery. 😉 Not bad when you are trying to feed dessert to hundreds of people. If you are unimpressed by the price, think of all of the ways you can serve and display doughnuts at a wedding. They are a versatile addition to any celebration seeing as they can be displayed as a wall, tower, cake, or as a favor. Let us show you all the ways wedding doughnuts can impress (and please) your guests.

Doughnut Walls: The Next Big Thing At Weddings

A wall of doughnuts- that’s right. Sorry, brides. It’s going to be hard for you to be the center of attention with one of these around. Whether it’s a pegboard wall of doughnuts or a cute display of the bride and groom’s initials, can we all agree that these should be mandatory at weddings now?

Take advantage of some wooden shelves to accommodate your doughnuts for the most fabulous and rustic doughnut wall ever!

Take advantage of some wooden shelves to accommodate your doughnuts for the most fabulous and rustic doughnut wall ever!

Doughnut Walls The Next Big Thing At Weddings. Photo: Troy Grover Photographers & Donuts from Donut Snob.

Doughnut Walls The Next Big Thing At Weddings. Photo: Troy Grover Photographers & Donuts from Donut Snob.

Take advantage of some wooden shelves to accommodate your doughnuts for the most fabulous and rustic doughnut wall ever. Perfect for the late night munchies and being the latest (and super affordable) rage in weddings, doughnut walls are a must on yours. You donut want to miss this!

Perfect for the late night munchies and being the latest (and super affordable) rage in weddings, doughnut walls are a must on yours. You donut want to miss this!

Perfect for the late night munchies and being the latest (and super affordable) rage in weddings, doughnut walls are a must on yours. You donut want to miss this!

Mouthwatering Ways To Display Doughnuts At A Wedding: Doughnut Bars

Don’t want to hang doughnuts on a wall for all to see? That’s ok. They are equally as delicious when served on a bar.

You can make an ode to doughnuts by building them into a tower. Pile them up with a ring toss or serve them with cute milk bottles and a straw or with plain delicious coffee. It will certainly warm up your guests tummies! Setup a doughnut stand next to the dance floor with lots of napkins to clean up the glazed sticky fingers to keep your guests energized.

We love the arrow shaped wood holding skewers of doughnut holes. Not to mention lovely glazes you can dip them in!

We love the arrow shaped wood holding skewers of doughnut holes. Not to mention lovely glazes you can dip them in!

Fun ways to display doughnuts at a wedding: These delicious rings of fried dough are so good we feel they deserve a fête all their own.

Fun ways to display doughnuts at a wedding: These delicious rings of fried dough are so good we feel they deserve a fête all their own.

On top of that, doughnuts can keep fresh for up to two days at room temperature. Let’s start decorating!

And let’s not forget about those tiny bites of sugary heaven: doughnut holes. Like any sweets addict knows, you must not let any part of the doughnut go to waste. Pair them up with toppings and syrups and the wedding doughnut bar is complete!

A simple and beautiful coffee and doughnut display table idea from The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch.

A simple and beautiful coffee and doughnut display table idea from The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch.

Doughnut Wedding Cakes: Delicious, Stunning & Affordable!

Do you love doughnuts enough to make them the main event? While some brides use doughnut walls or bars as side decorations, other brides love doughnuts to give them the center stage. And why shouldn’t they? Anyone who’s attended a wedding has had enough cake and buttercream frosting to last a lifetime. Serving a wedding doughnut cake tower will make guests remember your wedding for years to come. They make cake doughnuts for a reason, people. And we can’t think of reason better than this.

Scrumptious vintage doughnut wedding cake. Add frosting, roses, baby's breath and some greenery. Photo by Emily Sacra Photography.

Scrumptious vintage doughnut wedding cake. Add frosting, roses, baby’s breath and some greenery. Photo by Emily Sacra Photography.

Or maybe we can. They can match your wedding colors and wedding style because of their huge variety of flavors. Who wouldn’t want to indulge their sweet tooth in but flavors like strawberry peppercorn, chocolate with pretzel sprinkles, and sea salt and bourbon maple?

Donut cakes are becoming more and more popular for weddings! Match them to your theme with colored frosting. Photography: me photography.

Donut cakes are becoming more and more popular for weddings! Match them to your theme with colored frosting. Photography: me photography.

Check out these unforgettable chocolate fountain ideas for weddings!

Not only are these doughnut wedding cakes super memorable but they are more affordable too. When the national average cost of a wedding cake is US$466+ and if it’s in New York or California, we should be budgeting an average of US$1,200+ on the low end, this yummy alternative is appealing in more ways than one.

No matter how you choose to present them, you can be sure that serving doughnuts instead of a traditional cake will make your wedding just a little more memorable.

A mix of traditional and funky with this doughnut wedding cake captured by Ashlyn Dawson Photography, Toronto Ontario.

A mix of traditional and funky with this doughnut wedding cake captured by Ashlyn Dawson Photography, Toronto Ontario.

Doughnuts as Wedding Favors

We can even give out doughnuts as wedding favors. Is there anything more delicious and inexpensive than that? 🙂

Perhaps you don’t want to make doughnuts the center of attention at your wedding. That’s why doughnuts as wedding favors will be a “hole” in one. 🙂 Every guest will appreciate having a midnight snack. It will leave their sweet tooth satisfied as they drive home, especially for those that have danced the night away.

A wedding favor your guests will truly appreciate and won't cost you an arm and a leg. Great for pictures too!!

A wedding favor your guests will truly appreciate and won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Great for pictures too!!

Paper bags from Details on Demand for your guests to bag their own doughnut wedding favor. Want our tips for ways to display doughnuts at a wedding? Head to the blog!

Paper bags from Details on Demand for your guests to bag their own doughnut wedding favor. Want our tips for ways to display doughnuts at a wedding? Head to the blog!

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Photo Gallery: Mouthwatering Ways to Display Doughnuts At A Wedding

What an elegant little wedding treat! Gold glitter doughnuts! Gluten free, mint choc chip doughnut recipe. Photo by toriejayne.

What an elegant little wedding treat! Gold glitter doughnuts! Gluten free, mint choc chip doughnut recipe. Photo by toriejayne.

Now that you feasted your eyes on these gorgeous and mouthwatering ways to display doughnuts at a wedding, which one will you choose? Doughnut walls, doughnut wedding cakes, doughnuts bars, doughnut favors or all of them? Leave us a message below and let us know! C’mon, donut leave us hanging! 🙂

Elegant and old fashioned way to display doughnuts at a wedding. New York Vineyard Wedding. Photo: Alexis Stein Photography.

Elegant and old fashioned way to display doughnuts at a wedding. New York Vineyard Wedding. Photo: Alexis Stein Photography.

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Why Do People Think Sustainable Catering for Weddings is a Good Idea?

Let’s find out more about sustainable catering for weddings, and discover if you could contribute at least a bit to the health of our planet!

We share tips for planning a sustainable, locally sourced menu. Photography: Chaz Cruz. Purslane Catering.

We share tips for planning a sustainable, locally sourced menu. Photography: Chaz Cruz. Purslane Catering.

Global warming. Carbon footprint. We are all concerned with Earth’s future. Couples can do their part by employing sustainable catering at their weddings. Discover what sustainable catering is and how it works.

Why Sustainable Catering for Weddings?

Food and beverage consumption are a crucial part of a wedding, and depending on how food is prepared, served and disposed of can have a significant impact on the environment.

Energy Consumption

Preparing food and beverages requires of a large amount of energy and water. Therefore, any discarded food or drink represents a waste of the energy and water that has already generated an unnecessary environmental impact.

Packaging Disposal

We also have to consider the amount of packaging that was used to deliver the food to the catering kitchen, as this can generate significant waste. Individual wrapping increases your carbon footprint, as this requires more disposable material.

A 1920s Art Deco inspired, ehically sourced, sustainable wedding Victoria sponge and fresh fruit wedding cake. Photography: Alice Whitby.

A 1920s Art Deco inspired, ehically sourced, sustainable wedding Victoria sponge and fresh fruit wedding cake. Photography: Alice Whitby.

Make sure the type of fish or fruits of your choosing are available at the time of your wedding. If you are going to serve game at your reception, make sure it’s not closed season. San Diego wedding.

Make sure the type of fish or fruits of your choosing are available at the time of your wedding. If you are going to serve game at your reception, make sure it’s not closed season. San Diego wedding.

Food Origin

There are three important aspects to consider regarding the origin of food and beverages in sustainable catering:

  1. Seasonality: If we choose to include out of season food on our sustainable catering menu, it will be necessary to import this food from other parts of the world, which means that it will ‘earn’ a larger ecological footprint due to the extra fuel for transport, for example, adding cherries to the winter wedding menu. Fresh and seasonal foods are a good choice for sustainable catering.
  2. Geographical origin: The further away the source of the food, the more fuel is required for transport, which increases the impact on the atmosphere. For this reason, there is a big difference between purchasing beef produced within 25 miles compared with buying from another country.
  3. The agro-industrial origin: Not all food and beverages are produced under the same conditions of environmental quality. Some farmers are much better than others in terms of showing environmental respect by their agricultural or industrial practices.
Curried lentil soup for winter weddings served family style by Naked Bite.

Curried lentil soup for winter weddings served family style by Naked Bite.

Choosing a farm to table caterer, will help you make the right decisions on sustainable catering. Wedding and event planning by Main Event Catering.

Choosing a farm to table caterer, will help you make the right decisions on sustainable catering. Wedding and event planning by Main Event Catering.

Go local with your wedding food by Purslane Catering. Photography: Kate Ignatowski.

Go local with your wedding food by Purslane Catering. Photography: Kate Ignatowski.

 

 

How to make your wedding more environmentally sound

Obviously, you will want a caterer who serves meals made with organic and/or locally sourced ingredients. But there are additional things to consider. If you have a responsible eco attitude, you should consider sustainable catering for your wedding. We recommend using creativity, synergy and solutions close to your location. Here are a few ideas for sustainable catering for weddings.

Farm to table catering: Fresh and seasonal foods are a good choice for sustainable catering. Summer crostini- bruschetta with blistered heirloom cherry tomatoes + aged balsamic; fresh Mission figs with caramelized onions, ricotta + Gorgonzola. Jennifer Pope Photography. | Purslane Catering | Appetizers Katie White Photography | South Eleventh photo

Farm to table catering: Fresh and seasonal foods are a good choice for sustainable catering. Summer crostini- bruschetta with blistered heirloom cherry tomatoes + aged balsamic; fresh Mission figs with caramelized onions, ricotta + Gorgonzola. Jennifer Pope Photography. | Purslane Catering | Appetizers Katie White Photography | South Eleventh photo

Make a realistic estimate of the quantity of food to be prepared. Ask yourself, how many guests will attend the wedding and who are the guests? Remember that men tend to eat more than women, and usually, women eat more than children.

Always take into consideration the seasonality of the menu items. Make sure the type of fish or fruits that you choose are available at the time of your wedding. If you are going to serve game at your reception, make sure it’s not a closed season.

Sustainable catering for weddings by Beverly, MA (Boston) Chive Events. Organic and sustainable fare is an undeniable food trend and many brides are looking to find a way to make sure their wedding menus follow suit.

Sustainable catering for weddings by Beverly, MA (Boston) Chive Events. Organic and sustainable fare is an undeniable food trend and many brides are looking to find a way to make sure their wedding menus follow suit.

Roasted pig with chimichurri and assorted grilled vegetables by Purslane Catering, Brooklyn, NY. Photography: Belathee Photography.

Roasted pig with chimichurri and assorted grilled vegetables by Purslane Catering, Brooklyn, NY. Photography: Belathee Photography.

Try to avoid frozen products. A frozen product needs extra energy to be frozen, and that creates a greater carbon footprint. Choosing a farm-to-table caterer, will help you make the right decisions.

Promote the use of locally sourced food and drinks. In addition, locally sourced food fosters socio-economic growth, so the local economy benefits from your spending. A wonderful idea is to feature a local gastro experience showcasing the local origin of the food. A gastronomic tour of sorts, we could say. 😉

  • Butternut squash soup shooters, crostini with fresh Mission figs + caramelized onions, and a selections of California cheese by Farm to Table Catering.

    Butternut squash soup shooters, crostini with fresh Mission figs + caramelized onions, and a selections of California cheese by Farm to Table Catering.
  • Chicken n’ waffles with maple gastrique on recyclable palm leaf plates by Purslane Catering.

    Chicken n' waffles with maple gastrique on recyclable palm leaf plates by Purslane Catering.
  • Chocolate, Raspberry + Chia Slice all in season!

    Chocolate, Raspberry + Chia Slice all in season!
  • Late summer sips gazpacho soup shooters by Farm to Table Catering. Photography: Donna Beck Photography.

    Late summer sips gazpacho soup shooters by Farm to Table Catering. Photography: Donna Beck Photography.
  • Let’s find out more about sustainable catering for weddings and discover if you could contribute at least a bit to the health of our planet! The Naked Bite. Miami & Austin!

    Let’s find out more about sustainable catering for weddings and discover if you could contribute at least a bit to the health of our planet! The Naked Bite. Miami & Austin!
Sustainable catering: Using organic and locally sourced food will continue to be important as more and more couples are making the environment a priority with their catering. Lindsay & Heather, LVL Weddings & Events.

Sustainable catering: Using organic and locally sourced food will continue to be important as more and more couples are making the environment a priority with their catering. Lindsay & Heather, LVL Weddings & Events.

Use eco-labeled products. This indicates that the environment was respected during production.

Use reusable utensils (glass, ceramics, etc.), and if they are disposable, be sure that they are compostable. And recycle!!!! Thus less waste will be generated.

Another great idea to avoid wasting food is to send your guests home with paper doggy bags.

Eco friendly palm leaf plates and wooden cutlery. Photo: Mandy Owens Photography

Eco friendly palm leaf plates and wooden cutlery. Photo: Mandy Owens Photography

 

 

Rosemary roasted nuts and an artisanal California cheese board with Italian dried meats by Farm to Table Catering, Nevada County, serving Nevada City, Grass Valley, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, and the Gold Country of Northern California.

Rosemary roasted nuts and an artisanal California cheese board with Italian dried meats by Farm to Table Catering, Nevada County, serving Nevada City, Grass Valley, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, and the Gold Country of Northern California.

Drinking water is very popular but also a very expensive natural resource to obtain. So in sustainable catering it is necessary to avoid excessive consumption of water and make sure all the water used is necessary and adds value. In the preparation of menus for sustainable catering, low water footprint food and beverages should be selected, trying to reduce the consumption of meat as much as possible, meat being one of the foods that has the largest water footprint.

Here, top New York City caterer Cleaverco offers dish ideas for all seasons. Green wedding menus.

Here, top New York City caterer Cleaverco offers dish ideas for all seasons. Green wedding menus.

Raw chocolate bark, quick, clean and naughty all at the same time ;) by Naked Bite Catering.

Raw chocolate bark, quick, clean and naughty all at the same time 😉 by Naked Bite Catering.

Do expect a bigger sticker price for sustainable catering, as a caterer who uses local, organic and sustainable ingredients will usually charge from $145 – $250 per head, depending on where you are geographically located.

We hope you enjoyed this mini-guide to sustainable catering for weddings. Leave us your comments at the bottom of this page!!!

Family-style reception dinners are friendlier to the environment.

Family-style reception dinners are friendlier to the environment.

Los Angeles sustainable wedding catering company Eco-Caters, All organic, green sustainable buffet wedding ideas. Photography: Rachel and Sarah Take Pictures.

Los Angeles sustainable wedding catering company Eco-Caters, All organic, green sustainable buffet wedding ideas. Photography: Rachel and Sarah Take Pictures.

Love the originality of sustainable catering. Instead of presenting individual servings, a centerpiece with ethically sourced delicacies.

Love the originality of sustainable catering. Instead of presenting individual servings, a centerpiece with ethically sourced delicacies.

Farm to Table inspirations: rustic cheese and fruit display.

Farm to Table inspirations: rustic cheese and fruit display.

Wedding sustainable catering: love the mini tacos! Chef Valdez from The Naked Bite. Austin, Texas & Miami, Florida.

Wedding sustainable catering: love the mini tacos! Chef Valdez from The Naked Bite. Austin, Texas & Miami, Florida.

Love the summery eco-conscious decoration for this wedding cake by Purslane Catering. Photography by Lassara Photography.

Love the summery eco-conscious decoration for this wedding cake by Purslane Catering. Photography by Lassara Photography.

Root beer braised pork tacos and oysters & cracked crab claws. Photography Unique Lapin. Fresh asparagus & radishes Photo: Kate Ignatowski. Catering: Purslane Catering, Brooklyn, NY.

Root beer braised pork tacos and oysters & cracked crab claws. Photography Unique Lapin. Fresh asparagus & radishes Photo: Kate Ignatowski. Catering: Purslane Catering, Brooklyn, NY.

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30 White Wedding Cake Designs That Will Leave You Wanting One

Looking for a wedding cake that will stand out from all the rest? Check out these impressive white wedding cake designs!

Three tiered white wedding cake. A classic of all classics. Elegance & style.

Three tiered white wedding cake. A classic of all classics. Elegance & style.

Not only is a white wedding cake the most traditional of cakes, it fits all wedding styles: traditional, romantics, vintage, modern, or whimsical and it’s a color your guests will want to eat. White is synonymous with purity, it’s undoubtedly one of wedding’s main stars, and that stardom extends to the wedding cake.

The wedding cake: Superstitions and Beliefs

Did you know that in medieval times, people would throw wedding cakes made of wheat at the bride as a symbol of good luck? Here are a few more beliefs and superstitions surrounding the wedding cake.

  • The bride who bakes her own cake is asking for trouble.
  • A taste of the cake before the wedding means loss of the husband’s love.
  • A piece of cake kept after the big day ensures the husband’s fidelity.
  • The newlyweds must cut the first slice together.
  • If you are single, sleeping with a piece of wedding cake under the pillow will have you dream of your future love.
  • And every guest must eat a small piece to ensure that the happy couple are blessed with children.

The original white “icing” for wedding cakes, a mix of egg whites and sugar, was called “bliss”. The whiter the icing, the wealthiest the family as sugar in those times was imported and therefore expensive. Later on, with the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840, the white cake started to symbolize purity and virginal attributes.

Piped icing patterns that echo the embroidery of the bride’s dress. Calligraphy by Jennifer.

Piped icing patterns that echo the embroidery of the bride’s dress. Calligraphy by Jennifer.

 

 

The most impressive white wedding cake designs

The most elaborate white wedding cake designs play with shapes and truly wow guests. An increasingly popular trend is the castle shaped wedding cake that will turn your big day into a fairytale. From the simplest cake with two or three tiers perfectly smooth with a few embellishments to the most elaborate with geometric shapes or original designs, these impressive white wedding cake designs will definitely leave you wanting one.

Beach wedding cake. These one-of-a-kind cakes will no doubt inspire your guests.

These one-of-a-kind cakes will no doubt inspire your guests.

 

How to Plan a Beach Themed Wedding Ceremony

Three sparkling white round tiers form an achromatic tower then decked out in pintucks encircling the bottom layer forming a V on the top layer. A strand of pearls outlines the pintucks marking the start of an intricate lace at the very top. Created by Pastry Palace, Las Vegas.

Three sparkling white round tiers form an achromatic tower then decked out in pintucks encircling the bottom layer forming a V on the top layer. A strand of pearls outlines the pintucks marking the start of an intricate lace at the very top. Created by Pastry Palace, Las Vegas.

The stunning simplicity of the white wedding cake.

The stunning simplicity of the white wedding cake.

Simple and elegant white wedding cake designs

If you want something simple yet elegant, you cannot go wrong with a round white cake with flowers. These are just a few suggestions to help you choose your gorgeous white wedding cake design. White wedding cakes are an ideal choice for those looking for an elegant and traditional wedding. White cakes do not necessarily have to be plain looking as we can play with its shape and decorations to make them look stunning. A white cake is the best canvas to match with any other color. We invite you to discover the elegance and simplicity of the most beautiful white wedding cakes.

A traditional white wedding cake with a gorgeous flowery design.

A traditional white wedding cake with a gorgeous flowery design.

A white cake with pearls, crystals and jewelry is a perfect fit for a glam wedding. Created by De La Creme Creative Studio.

A white cake with pearls, crystals and jewelry is a perfect fit for a glam wedding. Created by De La Creme Creative Studio.

 

 

A creative and refreshing a Maggie Austin white wedding cake design.

A creative and refreshing a Maggie Austin white wedding cake design.

Artsy white wedding cake designs

Master pastry chefs create original white and uniquely decorated cakes. In the artsy category, we find a range of different cake styles including creative, romantic, textured, modern, and Wedgwood-inspired designs; designs based on the seasons, film, flowers, pottery, and textiles; and designs that are perfect for white wedding cake lovers. A white cake can be decorated with sugar, cocoa paste or the traditional fondant. Among the most classic cakes are those with butterflies, romantic and simple style, icing, draped and frilled and often embellished with sugar-paste flowers, or with more traditional floral decorations. The white cake icing lends itself to embroidered details with pearls, diamonds or abstract textures, reminiscent of the pleats, ruffles and lace of the wedding dress. Add crystals, cream or meringue to decorate your cake in the most original way.

If a geometric decadent cake is what you're wanting for a wedding cake, then go no further than this stunning art deco white wedding cake.

If a geometric decadent cake is what you’re wanting for a wedding cake, then go no further than this stunning art deco white wedding cake.

Like the idea of cake for cutting and cupcakes for guests.

Like the idea of cake for cutting and cupcakes for guests.

This cake would be perfect for the playful couple that doesn't want to go full frontal blue.

This cake would be perfect for the playful couple that doesn’t want to go full frontal blue.

Very modern yet classic white cut out flower wedding cake. Created by Pamela McCaffrey.

Very modern yet classic white cut out flower wedding cake. Created by Pamela McCaffrey.

Today, there are practically no rules about wedding cakes. The possibilities are endless: gold, silver, and white iced cakes stacked and decorated to look like a pile of wedding presents; a tower of individual desserts; or a plain, moist sponge cake simply iced and decorated with fresh or sugar flowers. Check out the photo gallery below or continue with these 45 classy and elegant wedding cakes!

A gallery of white wedding cakes you cannot afford to miss

  • Four tiers of white wedding cake deliciousness showered in pearls.

    Four tiers of white wedding cake deliciousness showered in pearls.
  • A romantic drawing over a round and smooth white cake ideal for a vintage wedding.

    A romantic drawing over a round and smooth white cake ideal for a vintage wedding.
  • A silver background for the stunning cascade of white flowers marks the difference for this elegant wedding cake.

    A silver background for the stunning cascade of white flowers marks the difference for this elegant wedding cake.
  • A touch of blue on the flowers, delicate decorations in gold and a quilted pattern on the middle tier.

    A touch of blue on the flowers, delicate decorations in gold and a quilted pattern.
  • An utterly regal cake that’s ideal for Cinderella and Prince Charming.

    An utterly regal cake that’s ideal for Cinderella and Prince Charming.
  • Bride bouquet cake. Simple, elegant and original. Created by Made with Love.

    Bride bouquet cake. Simple, elegant and original.
  • What I like best are vintage wedding cakes like this adorable white naked wedding cake.

    Cakes are always the main wedding attraction no matter its style. What I like best are vintage wedding cakes like this adorable white naked wedding cake.
  • Contemporary wedding cake for something a little different. Love the piping.

    Contemporary wedding cake for something a little different. Love the piping.
  • Contemporary wedding cake surrounded with giant blush flowers by Sugar Pot.

    Contemporary wedding cake surrounded with giant blush flowers by Sugar Pot.
  • Great Gatsby inspired wedding cake.

    Great Gatsby inspired wedding cake. White wedding cake with silver sparkle on a vintage gold cake stand.
  • Ivory roses wedding cake by Leslea Matsis.

    Ivory roses wedding cake by Leslea Matsis.
  • Original boho fondant cake by Le Doici, custom cakes cupcakes & more. Tres chic!!!

    Original boho fondant cake by Le Doici, custom cakes cupcakes & more. Tres chic!!!
  • Classic white cake topped with red roses.

    The white cake with white geometric stripes, made of white on white crisscross piping, creates texture on a classic white cake topped with red roses.
  • Vintage wedding cake. Tea roses, embroidery piping and pearls.

    Vintage wedding cake.
  • Whimsical white wedding style cake.

    Whimsical white wedding style
This white wedding cake matches the color and design of the bridal gown.

This white wedding cake matches the color and design of the bridal gown.

White on white -- always elegant.

White on white — always elegant.

White wedding cake for a vintage wedding.

White wedding cake for a vintage wedding.

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Butterfly Wedding Ideas That Will Make Your Heart Skip a Beat

A butterfly wedding is romantic, beautiful and graceful. Weave in these magical and breathtaking butterfly wedding ideas on your wedding gown, on your reception decor, and even on your cake!

Make your day into a truly signature one with these outstanding butterfly wedding ideas!

Make your day into a truly signature one with these outstanding butterfly wedding ideas!

The butterfly is a symbol of change, joy and color. The exquisite butterfly was considered a miracle of transformation and resurrection in life. The butterfly teaches the magic of believing. A butterfly wedding is one of the most magical and romantic wedding themes ever.

Many brides choose them as the protagonist of their wedding decor. If you’re one of them, here are some inspiring butterfly wedding ideas for your big day.

Butterfly Wedding Decor Ideas That Will Set Your Heart Aflutter

Include them in your butterfly wedding decor by hanging them from threads. Here’s a simple DIY. Craft paper butterflies cutting them with scissors or with a scrapbooking butterfly punch. Glue them to a thread and hang them at different heights from the venue’s ceiling. If you are not very crafty, you may buy plastic or silk butterflies in bulk. It will save you time and money in the end. 😉

Adorable flutes for a butterfly themed wedding.

Adorable flutes for a butterfly themed wedding.

 

 

Butterflies will look amazing on top of your floral wedding centerpieces or table numbers. Use thick card stock to cut a large butterfly figurine. Print the table number and hold it with thin wire. Twist the wire to form the base and presto!

For your centerpieces combine butterflies with branches or flowers and some candles.

Add butterfly-shaped napkin holders guests can take home as wedding favors to the table. How cool is that for your butterfly-themed wedding? How about some butterfly-shaped confetti?

butterfly wedding decor ideas: Butterfly wedding seat cards | DIY butterfly guest sign-in cards | Purple butterfly confetti by FreshlyCutCrafts | Cake topper puzzle piece with butterflies by FreshlyCutCrafts

butterfly wedding decor ideas: Butterfly wedding seat cards | DIY butterfly guest sign-in cards | Purple butterfly confetti by FreshlyCutCrafts | Cake topper puzzle piece with butterflies by FreshlyCutCrafts

Butterfly wedding ideas: Want a butterfly wedding theme? | Butterfly wedding theme style decoration ideas | Butterfly wedding ring bearer pillow in cream and gold

Butterfly wedding ideas: Want a butterfly wedding theme? | Butterfly wedding theme style decoration ideas | Butterfly wedding ring bearer pillow in cream and gold

Butterfly wedding cakes: Swoon!

Butterflies can decorate your wedding cake or rest atop the cupcakes at the dessert table. Would you like to truly surprise your guests? Ask your baker to make them edible! Don’t be afraid to add some colorful artificial butterflies to the serving trays or to the plates.

Romantic butterfly wedding cake ideas.

Romantic butterfly wedding cake ideas.

Add some mauve butterflies for cakes and decorations.

Mauve butterflies for cakes and decorations.

Romantic Butterfly Wedding Invitations That Will Make Your Heart Skip a Beat

What would a butterfly wedding be without its incredibly romantic butterfly wedding invitations? And don’t forget to sprinkle some magic butterfly dust to your thank you notes.

Laser cut butterfly wedding invitations in sweet lilac.

Laser cut butterfly wedding invitations in sweet lilac by Wedding Paraphernalia.

Romantic butterfly wedding invitations that will make your heart skip a beat.

Romantic butterfly wedding invitations that will make your heart skip a beat (as low as USD $2.09 laser cut – BYWS117)

Glue some glitter butterflies to your reception cards to spice them up.

Glue some glitter butterflies to your reception cards to spice them up via LillyThings.

 

 

Butterfly Wedding Ideas for the Bridal Look

Here are a few enchanting butterfly wedding ideas that will inspire you weave the butterfly look into your wedding attire. Look stunning with a wedding gown, a bridal bouquet, a groom’s boutonniere and a hair style to match!

Choose a wedding dress with butterflies embroidered on its sexy sheer back and a bridal bouquet covered in jeweled butterflies. Or you can just add a butterfly to your hairdo or to your wedding veil. Fabulous!

Butterfly wedding ideas for the bridal look. Add some silk organza butterfly hairpins.

Butterfly wedding ideas for the bridal look. Add some silk organza butterfly hairpins via AnnaMarguerite.

Butterfly wedding ideas for brides: Trimmed butterfly wedding bouquet captured by Confetti on Flickr | Ruche | Purple silk lisianthus and silver butterfly boutonniere | Butterfly details

Butterfly wedding ideas for brides: Trimmed butterfly wedding bouquet captured by Confetti on Flickr | Ruche | Purple silk lisianthus and silver butterfly boutonniere | Butterfly details

A Live Butterfly Release to Crown the Most Stunning Butterfly Weddings

Butterfly weddings and live butterflies releases go hand in hand. A live butterfly release does make the wedding more memorable. We promise to cover all there is to know about this romantic wedding addition on a future article.

Instead of releasing doves, couples can release butterflies.

Instead of releasing doves, couples can release butterflies.

Get inspired by the gorgeous butterfly wedding ideas below and get some butterflies for your big day!

Butterfly wedding ideas photo gallery: enjoy!

Bridesmaids...How pretty!

Bridesmaids…How pretty!

Butterfly wedding cakes

Butterfly wedding cakes

Butterfly wedding ideas: glorious centerpieces.

Butterfly wedding ideas: glorious centerpieces.

Lace chair cover with chiffon drape & butterfly crystal brooch for your wedding reception.

Lace chair cover with chiffon drape & butterfly crystal brooch for your wedding reception by ArcadiaWeddingDesign.

Purple pom poms and paper lanterns radiant orchid with hand-painted butterflies.

Purple pom poms and paper lanterns radiant orchid with hand-painted butterflies by DellaCartaDecor.

Green butterfly wedding invitation.

Green butterfly wedding invitation.

Create the wedding of your dreams with these DIY centerpieces.

Create the wedding of your dreams with these DIY centerpieces.

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45 Classy And Elegant Wedding Cakes: Graceful Inspiration Tier by Tier

These elegant wedding cakes all have something in common: they are stunningly beautiful. Whether it is a with touch of romance, glamour, simplicity or through their intricate buttercream piping, fresh florals, or elaborate cake toppers, these small and delectable works of art will definitely delight your guests. Pick your favorite!

Elegant stripes and bold poppies cake. This cake definitely makes a statement.

Elegant stripes and bold poppies cake. This cake definitely makes a statement.

Choosing wedding cakes is not a simple task. When we start looking for the traditional dessert for our wedding, we discover that there is a huge variety of wedding cakes. They vary not only in number of tiers, but also in decoration and style. Selecting one is a tough decision when there are so many and they are all so beautiful! Let’s see if I can help you pick yours! 🙂

Single-Tier Elegant Wedding Cakes: The Latest Wedding Trend

If you are planning an intimate wedding, you’ll love these cakes. If you are looking for something original and for what’s hot right now, you fall in love with them. And as wedding cakes do not need to be huge to make an impression, these single-tier cakes will stand out for their simplicity and elegance.

These elegant wedding cakes are not ostentatious and therefore allow you to play with texture to turn them into magnificent wedding decor. Translating these works of art into a traditional three-tiered cake would cost you a small fortune. So, splurge and decorate away, it’s only one tier!

These cakes can fit any wedding theme: from bucolic to industrial, from vintage or boho to shabby chic. They will even fit a beach-themed wedding!

Moreover, as the dessert tables and coffee bars trend keeps on growing, wedding cakes are being left uneaten. Such a waste! A single-tier cake will look amazing and I can assure you there will be no crumbs left!

A really tall single tier half dressed elegant wedding cake with lilies.

A really tall single tier half dressed cake with lilies.

 

 

The Whimsical Elegance of The 2-Tiered Wedding Cakes

If you don’t want to bet on the traditional and have a few more guests to feed, go for the 2-tiered wedding cake.

These cakes allow for a range of geometric combinations. For example, you can have a round tier atop a square or hexagonal one, or tiers of different heights with the same or different patterns.

Pull off an elegant industrial or a rustic glam look by mixing metallics and thin layers of buttercream.

Simple and elegant two-tier midcentury-Inspired wedding cake. Perfect for a beach wedding. Photography: festtagsfotog

Simple and elegant two-tier midcentury-Inspired wedding cake. Perfect for a beach wedding. Photography: festtagsfotog

Classic and Elegant Wedding Cakes: Three Tiers Of Flavor!

I promise that in one of my next articles, I will tell you the why wedding cakes usually have three tiers – but for now, let’s take a look at some three-tier confection masterpieces.

Are you looking for a glam look? Elevate your frosting from simple to simply elegant with shimmery silver or gold sequins. If your wedding theme is industrial, then cover one of the tiers with metallic accents. For a rustic look, go with a half-dressed or semi-frosted cake with a thin layer of American buttercream. Or cover it with edible pearls, fondant or sugar roses for a vintage look.

Half dressed or semi-naked wedding cake with gold leaf and fresh flowers by Cakes2Cupcakes.

Half dressed or semi-naked wedding cake with gold leaf and fresh flowers by Cakes2Cupcakes.

Four-Tiered Elegant Wedding Cakes: There’s Lavishness in Height

For a stunning and elegant wedding cake décor, let its height be the protagonist. Remember that sometimes less is more!

Choose a single color or incorporate a couple of your wedding colors on your wedding cake. Avoid mixing too many colors if you want to seriously rock an elegant wedding cake.

Elegant wedding cakes with four tiers. Write your vows across your cake in gold!

Write your vows across your cake in gold!

Sky High Wedding Cakes: Magnificent and Glamorous

If you’re throwing your house out of the window, then the sky’s the limit – literally! Wedding cakes can be as tall as the ceiling itself and huge weddings call for huge wedding cakes. Remember that the presentation of an elegant wedding cake is fundamental to highlight its magnificence.

If you're throwing your house out of the window then the sky’s the limit! Lavish & elegant wedding cakes.

If you’re throwing your house out of the window then the sky’s the limit!

As you can plainly see, there is an unending array of choices when it comes down to elegant wedding cakes. Pick the one that represents you best and enjoy!

Elegant Wedding Cakes Gallery

  • 2-tier vintage cake with jewel stones, gray and white design with symmetrical focus.

    2-tier vintage cake with jewel stones, gray and white design with symmetrical focus. Photography: photolavie
  • Great Gatsby wedding cake covered in sugar beading. Love the magnolia cake topper.

    Great Gatsby wedding cake covered in sugar beading. Love the magnolia cake topper.
  • Brownie tower. Unusual wedding cake tower ideas.

    Brownie tower. Unusual wedding cake tower ideas.
  • Half dressed wedding cake with fruit and drizzle.

    Half dressed wedding cake with fruit and drizzle.
  • Gorgeous and elegant rustic wedding cake by Amy Swann Cakes.

    Gorgeous and elegant rustic wedding cake by Amy Swann Cakes. Wedding Cakes and Celebration Cakes design North Wales.
  • Perfectly smooth black and gold wedding cake by Palermo’s Custom Cakes & Bakery.

    Perfectly smooth black and gold wedding cake by Palermo's Custom Cakes & Bakery.
  • A pair of owls as a cake topper because “Owl Always Love You”

    Such a cute idea for a fall wedding cake. A pair of owls as a cake topper because "Owl Always Love You"
  • Fabulous and elegant wedding cakes from Amy Beck Cake Design.

    Fabulous and elegant wedding cakes from Amy Beck Cake Design. A play with patterns, textures and geometry.
  • These simple delicate romantic wedding cakes are very stylish.

    These simple delicate romantic wedding cakes are very stylish. 3 perfectly smooth tiers with a touch of blue and gold.
  • White Minimalism.

    White wedding cake. Minimalism and elegance.
  • An elegant cake with a geode look captured by Tara McMullen Photography.

    An elegant cake with a geode look captured by Tara McMullen Photography.
  • Elegant wedding cakes for black tie receptions.

    Elegant wedding cakes for black tie receptions. Photography by Lucida Photography.
45 Classy And Elegant Wedding Cakes: Graceful Inspiration Tier by Tier.

45 Classy And Elegant Wedding Cakes: Graceful Inspiration Tier by Tier.

Blue is one lucky color. And for that reason, let's channel this positive energy with this gorgeous "something blue" wedding cake. Wedding cake Designs Nevie Pie Cakes.

Blue is one lucky color. And for that reason, let’s channel this positive energy with this gorgeous “something blue” wedding cake. Wedding cake Designs Nevie Pie Cakes.

 

 

This wedding cake from Sweet Bakes boasts modern elegance with its golden pattern and clean lines.

This wedding cake from Sweet Bakes boasts modern elegance with its golden pattern and clean lines.

The glowing tiers of this wedding cake appear to be lit from within. Very clever painting by Rosalind Miller.

The glowing tiers of this wedding cake appear to be lit from within. Very clever painting by Rosalind Miller.

Gorgeous blush pink with silver single tier wedding cake by Sweet on Cake.

Gorgeous blush pink with silver single tier wedding cake by Sweet on Cake.

A wedding cake that has nothing of traditional. Love the vintage touch given by the cameo, the writing of the vows, and the silver pearls. A creation of Frost Cake Co. Photography: Krista Fox Photography.

A wedding cake that has nothing of traditional. Love the vintage touch given by the cameo, the writing of the vows, and the silver pearls. A creation of Frost Cake Co. Photography: Krista Fox Photography.

Play with the wedding cake geometry. Two square and one round tier in different shades of grey.

Play with the wedding cake geometry. Two square and one round tier in different shades of grey.

Instead of Swiss dots or polka dots, cake designer Erin Gardner of Wild Orchid Baking Co. decorated the tiers with tiny fondant hearts, which gives the design a preppy-yet-whimsical feel. Photography: Mark Davidson.

Instead of Swiss dots or polka dots, cake designer Erin Gardner of Wild Orchid Baking Co. decorated the tiers with tiny fondant hearts, which gives the design a preppy-yet-whimsical feel. Photography: Mark Davidson.

Add a glamorous touch to your wedding reception with a lavish and elegant wedding cake.

Add a glamorous touch to your wedding reception with a lavish and elegant wedding cake.

This naked cake with jewels tones has all the airiness of a romantic, lighthearted affair captured by Flora + Fauna + Liz Stewart Floral.

This naked cake with jewels tones has all the airiness of a romantic, lighthearted affair captured by Flora + Fauna + Liz Stewart Floral.

Rosemary citrus cake with mascarpone-honey frosting. How delicious is that?

Rosemary citrus cake with mascarpone-honey frosting. How delicious is that?

Hand-painted cake with pink flowers perfectly vintage.

Hand-painted cake with pink flowers perfectly vintage.

It's got 4 tiers but it looks like 8! Thanks to the hydrangea in between the cake tiers.

It’s got 4 tiers but it looks like 8! Thanks to the hydrangea in between the cake tiers.

Bright and delicate 5-tiered cake with fresh flowers by Couture Cakery.

Bright and delicate 5-tiered cake with fresh flowers by Couture Cakery.

Tiffany-inspired elegant wedding cake designs.

Tiffany-inspired elegant wedding cake designs.

Buttercream wedding cakes. Elegance and texture!!

Buttercream wedding cakes. Elegance and texture!!

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