Cut the Cake

Photo by Daniel Bostwick Photography

Photo by Daniel Bostwick Photography

Cutting the cake is probably one of the most photographed (and most posed) of all of your wedding photos. You have to stand at the perfect angle and hold the cake knife just so. And for this reason, it can feel very forced and awkward.

Here are a few tips to help make this as smooth and comfortable for you as possible:

1. Give the banquet captain, photographer, and DJ/Band a heads up about 10-15 minutes before you are going to cut the cake. This will ensure they are prepared for their roles in this event.

2. Cut a small piece from the bottom tier so you don't have any mishaps that may ruin the rest of the cake.

3. Let the groom (or whichever of you has the larger hand) hold the knife while the bride's hand (or the one with the smaller hand) rests on top of his to guide the cutting. It looks more graceful in the photos.

4. Use a small plate to hold the cake while you feed a piece to one another.  

(Feel free to kiss away any frosting that may be lingering on his/her lips)

Cupcakes Galore!

by Shannon Gallagher

Found on blog.weddzilla.com

Found on blog.weddzilla.com

When I’m at an event, whether it be my cousin’s wedding or my sister’s sweet sixteen, my favorite part is always dessert. I sit around chatting with those around me, waiting for someone to bring out the last course, the most sweet and delicious one. It’s very common to have cake, ice cream, and small treats at the end of the night, but a really creative and more interesting dessert to serve at an event is cupcakes! No matter what type of social gathering you’re planning on having, cupcakes always make everything sweeter! What’s so great about these delicious treats is that they are extremely versatile for every occasion! With the help of a cake decorator, you can design your cupcakes any way you would like. For a wedding, you can use absolutely any piece of the event to design the little cakes-the color set, the floral arrangements, the wedding gown, or any ideas from the bride and groom to make their day extra special. Many times, couples bring pieces of cloth from the event to the cake decorator to show them exactly what style and texture they would like on each cupcake. These are also good for any season because you can dress them up however you’d like! A cute idea is writing a small saying on each cupcake or the date of the beautiful day

 Found on etsy.com

 Found on etsy.com

Also, have you ever heard of mini cupcakes before? Yes, they get even smaller! Although I love the size of regular cupcakes, I will admit they are a little hard to eat sometimes. With mini cupcakes, they are easily able to be popped right into your mouth in only one or two bites! That way, there are no crumbs or messes.

 Found on weddingomania.com

 Found on weddingomania.com

If you are planning a graduation, everyone loves the typical cupcakes that are colored towards either the high school the student has recently graduated from or the college they will be going to in the fall. A cool idea is having the school’s mascot on top of each cupcake!

 

Found on emilysdelights.blogspot.com

Found on emilysdelights.blogspot.com

If the upcoming party is a birthday for a younger child, a fun and festive way to style the cupcakes is making them into ice cream cones! It is extremely easy to bake cupcakes into ice cream cones. All you have to do is place the cones on a cupcake tray, pour the batter into the cones, and stick them in the oven! Once they cool, you can top each one off with some icing or even ice cream for a cool, delicious treat! Everyone will be talking about them!

 

Found on takethemameal.com

Found on takethemameal.com

According to my mom, a cupcake is “a little piece of happiness personally for you!” So why wouldn’t you want to have delicious cupcakes at all of your fun events?! Comment below what you think about these awesome cupcake ideas and if you have ever tried making cupcakes as a dessert for any of your own events!

Wrapping Up the Big Day... with Cake!

by Samantha Delahanty

Your wedding cake should reflect your wedding and your personal liking.  Since it marks the end of your wedding day, you should make sure that it wraps the entire day together as well.  There are many things that should be considered when choosing your wedding cake.  Making sure you taste the cake, it is in your price range, and reflects your wedding style are all very important things to consider when looking for and finding your perfect wedding cake.  Some wedding cake trends that have been popular over the past couple of years definitely have shied away from the traditional type of wedding cake. 

One wedding cake style that has been popular is called the “Naked Cake.”  This means that instead of completely covering the entire cake in icing, only part of the cake is iced or it isn’t iced at all.  This is a much lighter version of a wedding cake.

                                       Photo Credit: http://www.weddingomania.com/

                                       Photo Credit: http://www.weddingomania.com/

Another type of wedding cake that has been trending over the past couple of years is a monogrammed wedding cake.  This creates a more personalized wedding cake.  It adds something special for the bride and groom personally, it is the first time their last initial is the same and stands for the same name. 

 

                                      Photo Credit: http://onweddingideas.com/

                                      Photo Credit: http://onweddingideas.com/

Another popular wedding cake trend is having it painted.  This is another way to personalize your cake.  You can have your cake designer paint your cake to match your wedding theme and colors.  It makes a very unique cake that everyone will love!

 

                                                 Photo Credit: onefabday.com

                                                 Photo Credit: onefabday.com

Which kind of wedding cake do you like best?

Light Up the Night

By Shannon Gallagher

At weddings, the lighting at the venue is everything! If the lights don’t brighten up the night, then it might not be as spectacular as your dreams. Depending on your style for the day, there are many different ways to set up lights around the reception area. The venue may come with chandeliers around the room or small candles on each table, but to make it your own, it’s a great idea to look into creative ways to light up the night!

A beautiful way to create an earthy look for the evening is stringing lights from the ceiling if your reception is in a large tent or room.

                                  Found on Somethingturqouise.com

                                  Found on Somethingturqouise.com

                                         Found on Lights4fun.co.uk

                                         Found on Lights4fun.co.uk

Another way to create a warm and welcoming feel to the party is by dimming the lights and using mason jar candles all around the room or hanging lanterns high above.

 

                                 Found on Lovemydress.com

                                 Found on Lovemydress.com

                                 Found on Paperlanternstore.wordpress.com

                                 Found on Paperlanternstore.wordpress.com

The centerpiece of the room is considered to be the dance floor so make sure to have this area very lit up to encourage dancing and fun! You can stream lights or hang lanterns specifically above this area to make it extra special.

                                   Found on Stylemepretty.com

                                   Found on Stylemepretty.com

Trend Alert: Wedding Sparklers

By Alex Mottershead 

Looking to add a little extra “spark” to your special day?  Well, sparklers are one of the latest wedding crazes!  From gorgeous pictures to a sparkling send off, these easy-to-use beauties are a surefire way to light up your wedding.

                                        Photo by A Bryan Photo

                                        Photo by A Bryan Photo

Light painting is becoming a new sensation among the photography world as technology improves.  What is so unique about this technique is that each light painting is unique and cannot be exactly replicated.  You can do anything from skywriting with sparklers to creating dazzling and whirling light effects around you.  It’s a very personalized art form because you can create anything from a simple heart, to a thank you message, to the couple’s last name.

                                                      Photo by Krista Fox Photograph

                                                      Photo by Krista Fox Photograph

                                           Photo by Kiwi Photography

                                           Photo by Kiwi Photography

Aside from photographs, sparklers can turn a regular send off into a spectacular light show!  Look into finding heart-shaped sparklers for your guests if you want to add a twist on the class, or jazz them up with personalized cards to create an adorable package.

 

                 Photos by High Pass Pictures 

                 Photos by High Pass Pictures 

                     Sivan Photography 

                     Sivan Photography