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Save Money on Your Wedding & Still Look Like a Million Bucks

We rounded up 19 fantastic ideas to save money on your wedding and still look like a million bucks! Check out these charming and unique money saving wedding ideas.

So beautiful yet so simple and elegant. White floral centerpieces.

So beautiful yet so simple and elegant. White floral centerpieces.

Your wedding day should be as special as you are. And even though we tend to believe that a Pinterest-worthy luxury wedding is quite costly, that’s not always the case. It is possible to throw a fabulous looking bash without spending a lot of money or looking cheap. Check out these 19 money saving wedding ideas that will make yours look like a million bucks.

Money Saving Wedding Ideas for Your Wedding Venue

  • Elopements are in! Elopements are very simple events and almost always take place far away – that’s why it is sometimes called Running Off. Elopement venues are only limited by your imagination! They (usually) don’t carry any massive venue rental fees and can be planned with the lowest amount of stress possible!
  • Do you have a sense of adventure? Avoid the expense of a wedding venue altogether by celebrating a pop up wedding. Pick your favorite coffee shop or museum and have a very intimate ceremony with no music as one of the stops of your pop up wedding.
  • Backyard weddings are fun and creative! They can be paired with any wedding theme and they are definitely a less expensive wedding venue. You will still need to make sure your guests are comfortable and, depending on the number of guests and the weather, that may imply some additional costs. Keep the decor simple but detailed and this wedding venue will save money on your wedding while still looking incredible!
Outdoor wedding venues can help you save money on your wedding and still look like a million bucks. Photographer: Liz Banfield Photo.

Outdoor wedding venues can help you save money on your wedding and still look like a million bucks. Photographer: Liz Banfield Photo.

How To Save Money on Your Wedding: Affordable Food Menu Ideas

The wedding reception food and drink are high ticket prices at any wedding as well as what your guests will remember for a long time. Are you ready to save money on your wedding food and still look like a million bucks?

  • If eloping is too much for you, how about a Brunch Wedding? Get married at the Courthouse and celebrate with a scrumptious brunch at your favorite hangout or host it on your own backyard!
Food truck weddings can be lots of fun with delicious and naughty recipes like this chicken and waffle sandwiches. Yum!

Food truck weddings can be lots of fun with delicious and naughty recipes like this chicken and waffle sandwiches. Yum!

Bottles, greenery and a few flowers can turn your wedding into a Pinterest-worthy event without breaking the budget.

Bottles, greenery and a few flowers can turn your wedding into a Pinterest-worthy event without breaking the budget.

  • According to the Bridal Association of America, the average cost of a wedding cake in the U.S. is $ 543. But, do not despair! You can replace the wedding cake with a dessert table and a modern coffee bar.
  • If you cannot fathom the thought of not having a wedding cake, go for a donut cake or a single tier cake for the reception. Have a non-decorated cake in the kitchen, ready to be served to your guests. You will save beaucoup des bucks and nobody will notice the difference!
Original money saving wedding ideas: How about a non-traditional wedding cake made of pies for an outdoor reception?

Original money saving wedding ideas: How about a non-traditional wedding cake made of pies for an outdoor reception?

Glitter lighted mason jar by DazzleMePink

Glitter lighted mason jar by DazzleMePink

  • For non-traditional couples, food truck weddings can be a fun cost-saving idea. While traditional catering averages $70 per head, food truck menus can go for $10 to $20 per guest. An original and trendy money saving wedding idea!
  • Host a Make-your-own martini bar or serve sangria to save on drinks. Sangria wine is really affordable. Just add fruit! Super cool.
  • Remember that a buffet dinner is more affordable than a seated dinner and it looks just as glorious! Follow the latest trends and save further by serving mouthwatering comfort foods like pasta, grilled cheese sandwiches and even pizza!
Eucalyptus and sage can be your greatest allies to save money on your wedding. Check out this Etsy store that sells it by the pound!

Eucalyptus and sage can be your greatest allies to save money on your wedding. Check out this Etsy store that sells it by the pound!

Money Saving Wedding Ideas: The Wedding Gown

  • Alterations are unavoidable when it comes down to the wedding dress. Buy your gown online and save money on your wedding dress. (Check out this list with our 13 favorite Etsy wedding dress stores!)
  • Recycle! Is there a wedding dress in the family that you can have altered? It will make your gown so much more special.
  • Alternative wedding bouquets with greenery are very in right now and it’s a great money saving wedding idea.




Buy your wedding dress online, save and look divine!

Buy your wedding dress online, save and look divine!

Sometimes the wedding dress is a worthwhile expense, amirite? Eddy K. 2017 Wedding Dresses, Milano Bridal Collection.

Sometimes the wedding dress is a worthwhile expense, amirite? Eddy K. 2017 Wedding Dresses, Milano Bridal Collection.

Save on Wedding Decor and Still Look Like a Million Bucks

  • The dollar store has vases, containers and a zillion other objects you can use to decorate your wedding for very little money. Let your creativity shine.
  • A little trick to save on wedding decor is to use oversized items. They take up more space, call your guest’s attention and you need less objects. Think oversized balloons or large flowers.
A gorgeous choice for your wedding bouquet. Love this lavender bouquet! Swoon!

A gorgeous choice for your wedding bouquet. Love this lavender bouquet! Swoon!

Vintage getaway car that is all kinds of chic adorned with florals and calligraphy.

Vintage getaway car that is all kinds of chic adorned with florals and calligraphy.

  • Don’t forget the ceiling! A few details like suspended carnations are inexpensive and will definitely wow your guests.
  • Merging is the key! Combine centerpieces with table numbers and wedding favors. You won’t have to take them home and you’ll kill three birds with a stone!
Invitation and wedding favor all in one for a destination wedding. Amazing, amirite?

Invitation and wedding favor all in one for a destination wedding. Amazing, amirite?

Glue doilies to a balloon. Leave the glue to try for 24 hours and then pop the balloon.

Glue doilies to a balloon. Leave the glue to try for 24 hours and then pop the balloon.

A whimsical and trendy rustic centerpiece that fits most wedding themes.

A whimsical and trendy rustic centerpiece that fits most wedding themes.

How to Save Money on Your Wedding: Entertainment and More

Create your own Snap geo filter and tell your friends to use it on the pictures they take. It’s a great and entertaining way to commemorate your wedding.

  • Forget the limo rental. Ask a friend for their car, fill it with balloons and add some flowers as wedding car decorations for a proper sendoff.
Adorable and affordable centerpieces.

Adorable and affordable centerpieces.

Pick your favorite hangout and have a very intimate ceremony with no music as one of the stops of your pop up wedding. Definitely on fleek.

Pick your favorite hangout and have a very intimate ceremony with no music as one of the stops of your pop up wedding. Definitely on fleek.

  • Last but not least, keep your guest list in check. The more people you invite to your wedding, the more expensive it becomes!

Hope you enjoyed these fantastic ideas to save money on your wedding. To get you started on your tables, check out these 24 Ingenious Ways To Make Candle & Lighted Centerpieces for Wedding Receptions or these 30+ Wedding Table Ideas: What to Put on Wedding Reception Tables (Wow your Guests!)

Gallery of Ideas to Save Money on Your Wedding (and Nobody will Notice!)

Non-traditional boho bride by freepeople.

Non-traditional boho bride by freepeople.

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Wedding Dessert Table Ideas that will Blow your Mind: How to Create Yours!

Check out this incredible roundup of wedding dessert table ideas and follow these tips to create the most fab sweets & desserts presentations! They will elicit piles of ohs and ahs from your guests for sure!

Add some glam to you indoor wedding by placing a lighted backdrop behind your wedding dessert table.

Add some glam to you indoor wedding by placing a lighted backdrop behind your wedding dessert table.

Both the wedding dessert table and the wedding cake, become the guests’ focal point after the reception’s dinner. Therefore, we may find ourselves at a loss when it’s time to pick what to serve at the dessert table and how to dress it up. Don’t despair! We’ve compiled a list with the best tips and suggestions to help you create the most fabulous wedding dessert table ever! Take notes and impress your guests with these stunning and creative wedding dessert table ideas.

The Wedding Dessert Table Menu or What to Offer on Your Wedding Dessert Tables

Before even considering the dessert table decor, let’s go through some ideas to inspire your wedding dessert table menu. We wouldn’t want to have a magnificently decorated table that doesn’t match our scrumptious and mouth-watering sweets. AmIright?

The variety of sweets is truly endless. They range from lighter and less caloric versions, such as gelato or strawberry parfaits, all the way to those irresistible, decadent and appetizing desserts that will ruin anybody’s diet, like eclairs, cake-pops, sugar meringues, cheese cakes and macarons.

But the list does not end here. So, how do we choose what to offer at the wedding dessert tables when we have so many delicious and tempting confectioneries to pick from? Just follow these tips to help you choose your wedding dessert table menu.

1Pick your favorite sweets first

While is true that offering a variety of sweets and desserts will make it easier to satisfy your guests’ preferences, don’t ever forget that it’s your big day. Pick a couple of your favorite desserts (at the very least) to start building your wedding dessert table menu.

"Nothing is sweeter than love" wedding dessert table ideas.

“Nothing is sweeter than love” wedding dessert table ideas.

2Seasonality Counts

Are you getting married in the winter? Indulge in rich desserts like molten lava cakes, crispy churros, baked apples with dried cherries and maple syrup, Linzer cookies, warm almond cinnamon apple pudding and black forest cakes. Your guests will love to linger at your reception just a little longer to taste each and every one of your desserts!

Summer weddings call for lighter fare like an interactive ice-cream bar, refreshing fruit cups, frozen yogurt coconut pops, lemon-infused custard pudding, blueberry pies and stone fruit pouches.

Take into account the season to decide what to offer at your wedding dessert table. What an amazing way to use the weather in your favor!

Dessert tables for summer weddings. For a greenery wedding add ferns and leaves to the wall and table and a few pops of colorful flowers.

Dessert tables for summer weddings. For a greenery wedding add ferns and leaves to the wall and table and a few pops of colorful flowers.

Winter inspired dessert table ideas.

Winter inspired dessert table ideas.

Check out these Mouthwatering ways to Display Doughnuts at a Wedding

3Should the wedding dessert table menu fit the main reception menu?

Not necessarily. You may offer desserts that fit the style of the food you served for dinner, lunch or at your cocktail reception. A French affair may be followed by Crème brûlée, crepes, éclair au chocolat, or mille feuilles – the famous Napoleon dessert. Citrus desserts, plum creams and strawberries custards for a Mediterranean meal. But if you’d rather have contrasting flavors, forget about what you served earlier and show off scrumptious desserts from different cuisines such as Tuscan Biscottis or British scones with butter and jam.

Parisian themed weddings can incorporate this romantic and sweet dessert table idea.

Parisian themed weddings can incorporate this romantic and sweet dessert table idea.

Trending and Fabulously Chic French Wedding Ideas

Achieve a vintage rustic dessert table look with baby's breath and white bird cages.

Achieve a vintage rustic dessert table look with baby’s breath and white bird cages.




4Go interactive!

There are no rules regarding the amount of interactivity guests must have with a wedding dessert table. Popcorn bars, s’mores bars, crepes and waffle bars or ice-cream bars can provide an added level of fun to a wedding! Surround them with plenty of sprinkles, toppings and a variety of syrups and encourage your guests to be creative.

Interactive wedding dessert table: a waffle bar!

Interactive wedding dessert table: a waffle bar!

Popcorn bar! Awesome addition to a wedding reception and great for adults and children!

Popcorn bar! Awesome addition to a wedding reception and great for adults and children!

How to Setup a Wedding Dessert Table: 7 Fantastic Ideas

There are many fabulous wedding dessert table ideas where to obtain some inspiration. These ideas and tips will help you to setup a wedding dessert table with the simplest or the most elaborate decor. Either way, you dessert tables will look stunning!

1Shabby chic, boho or vintage decor

This is a great and original tip for an outdoor wedding. Get a hold of a desk with drawers and display these sweet temptations out of every corner of the furniture. Flowers and greenery will add a more finished look to your dessert table. Quite simple and all you will need is a couple of friends to help you move the desk to the garden. Tip: Protect the cakes, cookies and other sweets from insects with glass or acrylic covers.

Cobalt blue and sage green intimate garden wedding.

Cobalt blue and sage green intimate garden wedding.

2Match the desserts to your wedding colors

You can either pick desserts that match your wedding colors or you can have your chef add food coloring to the macarons, cookies or donuts!

Offer macarons, meringues and cookies, as long as they match your wedding colors!

Offer macarons, meringues and cookies, as long as they match your wedding colors!

3Create your own table

Avoid renting a table by creating your very own. What you will need: some trestles, a wooden stair or a couple of barrels and a wooden plank. Rustic looks don’t need much finishing, glam looks may demand a sparkly tablecloth.

A not so improvised dessert table packed full of shabby chic and rustic details for a garden wedding.

A not so improvised dessert table packed full of shabby chic and rustic details for a garden wedding.

Rustic chic wedding dessert table over trestles and lighting built in with a row of hanging jars.

Rustic chic wedding dessert table over trestles and lighting built in with a row of hanging jars.

4Don’t forget the details

A few signs that explains the dessert menu, plates, napkins, silverware and a trash can are essential for a successful wedding dessert table.

Add a board with a description of the delicious sweets to help your guests pick their favorites.

Add a board with a description of the delicious sweets to help your guests pick their favorites.

5Add some glam to you indoor wedding

Elegant furniture as a table, lighted backdrops, shiny tablecloths and mirrors are terrific ideas to add some glam to your wedding dessert table.

Old furniture adds elegance to your glam dessert table.

Old furniture adds elegance to your glam dessert table.

Place your wedding dessert table against a wall and personalize it with a few mirrors and signs.

Place your wedding dessert table against a wall and personalize it with a few mirrors and signs.

6How much is too much?

When it comes down to how many desserts you will need, there’s a simple rule. Divide each dessert by the number of bites it takes to eat them. A cake-pop is one bite, a cupcake may be two, and a cake slice may be three or four bites. Now, estimate 10 bites per guest and avoid a pile of leftovers while reducing your expense.

Rustic chic bundt cake dessert table.

Rustic chic bundt cake dessert table.

This sweet table set up is divine. We could eat it up!

This sweet table set up is divine. We could eat it up!

7Beverages will be needed

Any dessert table will need a liquid accompaniment. You can complement your cookies with milk, popcorn, donuts and waffles with fruit juices or fruit infused water and your cakes with a coffee bar.

Remember to offer some beverages with your dessert bar. Uber chic drink station for an outdoor wedding.

Remember to offer some beverages with your dessert bar. Uber chic drink station for an outdoor wedding.

Inspirational, right? We hope you have found these tips for wedding dessert table ideas useful.  But just in case, here are a few additional ideas to start planning your wedding dessert table now! 🙂

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A dark rose dessert bar is super glam and, needless to say, delicious.

A dark rose dessert bar is super glam and, needless to say, delicious.

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How to Plan a Food Truck Wedding: Guide to Catering, Logistics & Style!

Check out this complete guide to plan a food truck wedding! Surprise your guests by adding a food truck or two to your wedding menu!

How fun is this street food themed festival wedding featuring food trucks?

How fun is this street food themed festival wedding featuring food trucks? Get the decor here.

Food truck weddings have picked up steam and have become quite a popular wedding trend. From fusion to comfort food all the way to authentic regional cuisine, these adorable and original rolling kitchens cater to even the most delicate palates.

Having your catering done on wheels can account for a truly unforgettable wedding experience. Imagine your wedding at your favorite city park paired with your favorite food without concerning yourself with the availability of kitchen facilities!

The Affordability of a Food Truck Wedding

A food truck wedding is also very reasonably priced. While the average cost of traditional catering in the U.S. is $70 per person, food trucks tend to be a more affordable catering option. A food truck wedding has an average cost of $10-$20 per head.

To make it even more appealing, food truck weddings use disposable plates so you don’t need to worry about the cost of renting or cleaning them. Woohooo!!

Let’s take a look at what other things to consider when planning on renting food trucks for your wedding.

Where Do I Find Food Trucks For Weddings?

Do you visit a favorite food truck that feels like an oasis after a night out? Or do you frequent one when strolling out of the office for lunch? Start there. Ask them if they could cater your wedding! It never hurts to ask.

If none come to mind, check out local food truck catering events. These events will give you a chance to taste the food trucks’ menus and have some fun in the process. They tend to be advertised on your local newspapers and even on Meetup so they are quite easy to find.

Last but not least, Google “food truck wedding” or “local food trucks for weddings”! Food trucks publish their routes on their websites. Follow them, find out where they will be, and organize a yummylicious food tasting with your friends or your better half or both!

How To Organize a Food Truck Wedding: The 10 Best Tips You  Will Ever Read

If you are going full-on food trucks for your big day, you’ll want to be sure you can serve a menu that you love. The good news is that the new generation of food trucks serves high-end fare that can be a perfect fit for your wedding reception. You could choose one or two different trucks or food carts for each course to create some nice culinary diversity.

Food trucks are more than just kitchens on wheels, they are a source of entertainment as well.

Food trucks are more than just kitchens on wheels, they are a source of entertainment as well.

1Planning the food truck wedding menu

Some of the most popular food trucks serve gourmet meals and mini-foods for weddings such as tacos, sliders, cupcakes, and mini desserts. But there are food trucks for all tastes and styles: vegetarian, Asian fusion, Greek food, and some specialize in ice cream or donuts! Incorporate a couple of food trucks to offer some variety to your guests, if your budget allows.

Food truck wedding menu. Nobody can resist the sandwiches at Foodie Call or the french crepe catering and food truck from Crepes Bonaparte. How about this ash from Komodo food?

Nobody can resist the sandwiches at Foodie Call or the french crepe catering and food truck from Crepes Bonaparte. How about this ash from Komodo food?

2How many food trucks will you need?

One food truck can serve about 75 to 100 people tops. So, if you have more than 100 guests, consider booking more than one. To avoid crowding at the food truck’s line, hire one food truck that offers a vegetarian meal and the other a meat-based dish.

Refuel your guests with good coffee as a post-wedding send off.

Refuel your guests with good coffee as a post-wedding send off.

3Extra help might help. 😉

The last thing you want is starving guests waiting in long lines to get their food while donned in wedding attire. If you only need one food truck, how about hiring a staff of folks to roam the party helping guests? This same crew can help clean up once the reception is over.

Taco stand at a wedding. Reserve a space to park the food trucks.

Taco stand at a wedding. Reserve a space to park the food trucks.

4Reserve a space to park the food trucks

If you are hosting a wedding in the countryside, you will have plenty of space to park the food trucks. On the other hand, a food truck wedding at a public park may run into certain regulations established by the municipality on where to park. Make sure you check where your food trucks will be able to park or you’ll be sending your guests on a long walk to taste your wedding meal.

The Lobos Truck serves "American comfort food with a twist." You can order everything from burgers and fries to decadent mac & cheese. What you should get: The wachos! Waffle nachos!

The Lobos Truck serves “American comfort food with a twist.” You can order everything from burgers and fries to decadent mac & cheese. What you should get: The wachos! Waffle nachos!

5Surprise food truck weddings!

This is one of the most trending ideas for weddings. Serve a traditional dinner and have your food trucks show up after your guests have been dancing for a while. They will certainly be hungry again and they will love the fun surprise!

How many food trucks will you need? Find out on the blog! Macaron food truck D'macarons.

How many food trucks will you need? Macaron food truck D’macarons.

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6Do not allow bad weather to ruin the fun

When celebrating your wedding outdoors, you need to be prepared for the eventuality of bad weather. Add a covered path between the food truck and the wedding tent or provide umbrellas for your guests!

Several food trucks catered this wedding, including a late night visit by the Voodoo Doughnut truck.

Several food trucks catered this wedding, including a late night visit by the Voodoo Doughnut truck.




7Get creative with the food truck menu sign and the menu itself!

Most food trucks will agree to customize their menu – unless what you are asking for is really outside of their realm of expertise. But if you wanted to add a little twist on those burgers that remind you of your childhood, why not ask? Create a menu board listing the food choices and add the names of the bride and groom to it!

Point the way to your wedding...reception...restrooms in Spanish.

Point the way to your wedding…reception…restrooms in Spanish. Get these signs at craftmartexas!.

Absolutely dreamy food truck decor from La Saboreta. Every detail has been taken care of!

Absolutely dreamy food truck decor from La Saboreta. Every detail has been taken care of! Contact La Saboreta here for a unique and healthy food truck experience in Spain!

8Food truck wedding decor tips

Complete the look of the food truck with hanging Christmas lights. or place it under a wedding tent. Make sure the food truck is close to the reception but not so close that it appears on every wedding photo! 😉

The Vurger Food Truck Caravan serves healthy food and one of the best vegan burgers in Valencia, Spain.

The Vurger Food Truck Caravan serves healthy food and one of the best vegan burgers in Valencia, Spain.

9Help reduce wait times

Consider adding some buffet-style tables so guests can help themselves to the food and reduce wait times. Or you can add staff to help bring food from the food trucks to the tables.

There are food trucks for every cuisine, look, and budget.

There are food trucks for every cuisine, look, and budget.

10Tables not needed but highly welcomed

Not everybody can balance a food plate, a drink and be able to enjoy these culinary delights at the same time. Set at least a few tables for your guests. They will definitely thank you for the thought!

What do you prefer? Waffle burgers or a grilled chicken, basil pesto, Swiss and tomatoes on fresh waffle! Yay! WaflTruk!

What do you prefer? Waffle burgers or a grilled chicken, basil pesto, Swiss and tomatoes on fresh waffle! Yay! WaflTruk!

So, what do you think about hosting a food truck wedding? Go ahead and check out a few more pics of food truck weddings, their food trucks and their delightful cuisines!

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Food Trucks for Weddings. How does a grilled cheese sandwich sound after dancing all night long? Ms. Cheezious, fresh made grilled cheese, Miami.

Food Trucks for Weddings. How does a grilled cheese sandwich sound after dancing all night long? Ms. Cheezious, fresh made grilled cheese, Miami.

Build Your Own Martini Bar: Glam Wedding Ideas on a Budget!

This exceptional lamb loin dish from Chris Horridge, features a wonderful combination of elements, with blushing lamb served on a bed of creamy Parmesan risotto and wilted spinach, finished off with pan juices.

This exceptional lamb loin dish from Chris Horridge, features a wonderful combination of elements, with blushing lamb served on a bed of creamy Parmesan risotto and wilted spinach, finished off with pan juices.

Definitely in love with these graphic design ideas for street food from Baetica.

Definitely in love with these graphic design ideas for street food from Baetica.

Creative food stations are a multiple source of enjoyment. Love a food truck wedding.

Creative food stations are a multiple source of enjoyment. Love a food truck wedding.

Food truck and cart ideas for weddings. Delicious!

Food truck and cart ideas for weddings. Delicious!

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Build Your Own Martini Bar: Glam Wedding Ideas on a Budget

Save on the drinks budget and look super classy in the process! DIY a make-your-own Martini bar for your wedding reception. A fun and glam alternative to the open bar. 😉 Check out these ideas and these trending Martini recipes.

Save on your wedding alcohol budget. Make-your-own martini bar for an ultra glam wedding reception.

Save on your wedding alcohol budget. Make-your-own martini bar for an ultra glam wedding reception.

Hosting an open bar is pretty expensive when compared to offering a few signature drinks. Let your guests mix, shake and mingle while enjoying your make-your-own Martini bar. 😉 Add a few signs with martini recipes to the tables and let them enjoy their creations during cocktail hour. We’ve added lots of recipes on this article, so take your pick.

Here are a few tips and ideas to build your own Martini bar:

  • Hiring a barman to help prepare and mix the drinks will cost you a bit more but it will also offer some added entertainment.
  • Remember to serve some nonalcoholic, or “mocktail” options, your guests will thank you.
  • Consider adding some personalized cocktail napkins bearing clever phrases like “When life hands you lemons, make Lemon Drop Martinis”, “Keep Calm and Drink a Martini”, “We like it Shaken, but not Stirred”, or a take on Sex and the City “Classy & Fabulous”.

Let’s go over what you need to build your DIY Martini bar, how much to buy and some of the most popular and trending cocktail recipes to choose from. Cheers!

What You Need for a DIY Martini Bar: The Basics

Just six simple and easy-to-find elements turn a regular bottle of vodka or gin into the make-your-own martini bar of your dreams. Your guests will love the ability to create their own drinks and you’ll love not having to throw down the cash for multiple kinds of alcohol.

  1. Vodka and Gin. You want to cater to all your guests and some swear that a true martini has to have vodka and others will not even sip a respectable martinis unless it’s made with gin.
  2. Vermouth. A must for any martini bar. You cannot create a Martini without vermouth.
  3. Cocktail shaker. Be true to the Bond style and let your guests shake their martinis if they so desire.
  4. Martini mixing glass and stirrers. Usually, Martinis are served stirred. Let your guests mix their own on mixing glasses where they will stir their cocktails to perfection.
  5. Martini Garnish. Olives, cocktail onions, olive juice, lemon slices, citrus rind, maraschino cherries, and any other additions you’d like to put in your cocktail. Citrus garnishes will be more fragrant and olives and onions will give it a more savory flavor.
  6. Ice. Most martinis are served up (in a cocktail glass without ice), but you will need ice both to keep your bottles cool (especially the vermouth) and to throw in with the other ingredients while stirring.
Cocktail hour may be quite entertaining with this martini bar service with signature drinks. Can't wait for that first icy sip!

Cocktail hour may be quite entertaining with this martini bar service with signature drinks. Can’t wait for that first icy sip!

How Much to Buy to Build your Martini Bar for a wedding Reception

In order to know how much you will need to build your martini bar make a list of all the ingredients needed for each type of Martini you will be offering. Multiply times 3 (the average number of Martini’s per person during 4 hours) and then multiply again by the number of guests. It wasn’t so hard, was it?

Build your make-your-own martini bar. Don't forget the garnish!

Build your make-your-own martini bar. Don’t forget the garnish!

Popular Martinis

A Martini consists of Gin or Vodka which is shaken or stirred in a mixer with ice, and then poured in to a chilled glass which contains vermouth, and then garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. (Add a pearl onion and you have a Gibson). The more vermouth, the “wetter” the Martini and the less vermouth concocts a “dry” martini.

The most popular martinis are the Dirty Martini, Dry Manhattan, Dry Martini, Fifty-Fifty Cocktail, Gibson, Gimlet, Gin Martini, and the Manhattan. Check out these classic and popular martini recipes and pick a couple for your martini bar! Enjoy!

Build a custom Martini Bar for your wedding reception and save on the drinks budget. Find out more on the biog!

Build a custom Martini Bar for your wedding reception and save on the drinks budget.

Dirty Martini Recipe

A twist on the classic dirty martini. But don’t worry, we haven’t changed the recipe: Only how it’s served! This dirty martini recipe makes 3-4 shots depending on the size of your shot glasses.

Dirty martini shots. Check out the recipe!

Dirty martini shots.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Olive brine or olive juice
  • 1 Olives
  • 4 oz Vodka or gin
  • 1 splash Water

Mix all the ingredients (except the olive) in a cocktail mixer with 2 ice cubes.

Put it in a frozen martini glass and the olive on a wooden stick.

How to Make a French Martini

Add some delicious fruit to your cocktail with the original 1980s McNally’s recipe.

French Martini is made with Chambord, vodka, and pineapple juice. Check out the recipe on the blog.

French Martini is made with Chambord, vodka, and pineapple juice.

Ingredients

  • 1 Raspberry or a lemon twist
  • 60 ml fresh Pineapple juice
  • 1 Handful Ice
  • 15 ml Chambord liqueur
  • 50 ml Finlandia vodka

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with raspberries. Oh La La!

The Perfect Manhattan: A Classic Cocktail

The Manhattan is 2 oz. Rye or Bourbon; 1 oz Sweet Vermouth and a few dashes of Angostura bitters stirred, strained into a chilled glass and garnished with a cherry. For the Dry Manhattan substitute the Sweet Vermouth with Dry and garnish it with a lemon twist.

The Perfect Manhattan is one of several ways to enjoy this classic cocktail. This recipe serves 2.

Master the Perfect Manhattan with this recipe. Prefer your Manhattan with sweet vermouth and a cherry or dry with a lemon twist? Or maybe you want it Perfect

Prefer your Manhattan with sweet vermouth and a cherry or dry with a lemon twist? Or maybe you want it Perfect! Master the Perfect Manhattan with this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 Lemon, twists
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 oz Dry vermouth
  • 4 oz Rye or blended whiskey
  • 1 oz Sweet vermouth

Swirl the ice to chill. Add the whisky, vermouth and bitters. Stir with a bar spoon until the contents are ice cold. Fill two martini glasses and garnish them with a lemon twist.

Trending Martini Recipes for your Martini Bar

Let’s review a few recipes for the Martini cocktails that are trending this year.

Purple Dragon Martini

You will need 3oz vodka; 1 1/2oz cranberry juice; 1/2oz blue Curacao liqueur; 1/2oz sweet and sour mix; 1/2oz of 7-Up and 2-3 ice cubes.

Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor for 20 to 30 seconds on high speed. Salt the rim of your martini glass, pour and enjoy!

Purple Dragon Martini. Doesn't it look gorgeous?

Purple Dragon Martini. Doesn’t it look gorgeous?

Triple Berry Martini Recipe

The Triple Berry Martini tastes great, is beautiful, and easy to prepare. Mix 1 cup Pomegranate juice; 2 small chunks of dry ice; 3 oz of Chambord black raspberry liqueur; and 3 oz of Strawberry vodka. Shake and serve on a chilled Martini glass and garnish with a strawberry.

Triple Berry Martini tastes great and it looks even better.

Triple Berry Martini tastes great and it looks even better.




Jalapeño Peach Martini Recipe

For a Jalapeño Peach Martini you will need 2oz good quality vodka; ½ oz of dry vermouth; 2oz of peach nectar; and 6 thin slices of fresh jalapeño. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients, shake gently for about 10 seconds. Pour through the strainer into a chilled martini glass.

Jalapeño Peach Martini. Try one and you're hooked!

Jalapeño Peach Martini. Try one and you’re hooked!

Blue Lemon Martini Recipe

Ingredients 3 ounces of gin; 1/2 ounce dry vermouth; 1 teaspoon Blue Curaçao; 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice. Add all the ingredients to shaker which has been half filled with ice. Shake until chilled, strain and pour into martini glasses.

Blue lemon Martini recipe. A perfect fit for beach, modern or industrial weddings.

Blue lemon Martini recipe. A perfect fit for beach, modern or industrial weddings.

French Pear Martini

Simple and sophisticated, the French Pear Martini has a light, floral taste. This delightful drink features pear vodka, St. Germain, and sparkling wine. This recipe serves one.

The French Pear Martini can work for any celebration style from formal dinner to brunch weddings.

The French Pear Martini can work for any celebration style from formal dinner to brunch weddings.

1 Superfine sugar

1 Champagne

1 1/2 oz Pear vodka

1 1/2 oz St. germain elderflower liqueur

Rim a cocktail glass with superfine sugar. Pour the liquors into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into the prepared glass. Top with Champagne.

The Ostentatious Pornstar Martini

The Pornstar Martini is a Vodka based drink with fruity, sweet and sour cocktail ingredients and a vanilla aroma. One of the trendiest martini drinks this year, here’s the recipe for those who love passionfruit!

Pornstar Martini or Passionfruit Martini. Find out how to make one in minutes.

Pornstar Martini or Passionfruit Martini. Find out how to make one in minutes.

Ingredients

1 shot glass of Brut Champagne

1 tbsp Lemon juice, fresh

1/2 tbsp passionfruit syrup

1/2 tbsp Sugar syrup

1 measure | 25ml | .8fl oz passionfruit liqueur

3 Fresh passionfruit

Fill a Martini glass with crushed ice to chill. Add in the passion fruit, sugar syrup, passion fruit liqueur, and lemon juice into a shaker and shake the cocktail. Empty your Martini glass and strain in the drink, then garnish with the passion fruit. Serve with a shot glass of Brut Champagne.

Discover what Martinis are trending today: Pornstar martini.

Discover what Martinis are trending today: Pornstar martini.

Espresso Martini: Shaken, Not Stirred

The Espresso Martini was created in London’s Soho in the 80’s and with modern day’s obsession with coffee it is as popular as ever. you will need 50ml vodka; 35ml coffee liqueur; 25ml espresso; and ice.

Pour the vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso into a cocktail shaker. Now add some ice to the shaker and close it. Shake it until the ice breaks. Strain the martini into a martini glass through a sieve to create the foam. Garnish with a few coffee beans and serve.

Espresso Martini. shaken not stirred.

Espresso Martini. shaken not stirred.

Are you ready to build your make-your-own Martini bar for your wedding reception? 😉 Or would you like to see a few more recipes?

Salted Caramel Martini Recipe. 2 parts Rum Chata, 1 part caramel flavored vodka, sea salt or table salt. Rim glass with caramel. Shake ingredients with ice and strain into salted martini glass *optional* drizzle caramel in bottom of glass.

Salted caramel Martini. Make this into a Mocktini and all your guests will be delighted.

Salted Caramel Martini Recipe: 2 parts Rum Chata, 1 part caramel flavored vodka, sea salt or table salt. Rim glass with caramel. Shake ingredients with ice and strain into salted martini glass *optional* drizzle caramel in bottom of glass.

Disney's Godiva chocolate Martini. Sinfully magical. 1 Chocolate syrup; 1 Ice, cracked; 1 oz Creme de cacao, dark; 1 oz Godiva chocolate liqueur; 1 oz Stole vanilla vodka; 1 oz Frangelico.

Disney’s Godiva chocolate Martini. Sinfully magical.

Disney’s Godiva Chocolate Martini: 1 Chocolate syrup; 1 Ice, cracked; 1 oz Creme de cacao, dark; 1 oz Godiva chocolate liqueur; 1 oz Stole vanilla vodka; 1 oz Frangelico.

Extra-Dirty Martini.

Extra-Dirty Martini.

S'Mores Martini. Super yum! Marshmallows and Graham crackers. Who knew you could eat a drink!

S’Mores Martini. Super yum! Marshmallows and Graham crackers. Who knew you could eat a drink!

The caramel apple martini is a simple fall inspired cocktail made with salted caramel vodka, sour apple liqueur and apple cider.

The caramel apple martini is a simple fall inspired cocktail made with salted caramel vodka, sour apple liqueur and apple cider.

Jack Frost cocktail for winter weddings! Vodka, pineapple juice, blue curacao and cream of coconut create the most delicious, beautiful and festive cocktail!

Jack Frost cocktail for winter weddings! Vodka, pineapple juice, blue curacao and cream of coconut create the most delicious, beautiful and festive cocktail!

The Perfect Lemon Drop Martini. Remember to only use table or kosher salt and water for the glass rim (no margarita salt or lime, please!)

The Perfect Lemon Drop Martini. Remember to only use table or kosher salt and water for the glass rim (no margarita salt or lime, please!)

Martini Royale. Just the name Martini has a classy ring about it, but adding Prosecco makes it even more decadent.

Martini Royale. Just the name Martini has a classy ring about it, but adding Prosecco makes it even more decadent.

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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!

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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!

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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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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 Impressive 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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