Tips for Ordering a Wedding Cake

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Your wedding cake is the edible centerpiece of your wedding reception. When meeting with your cake designer, bring photographs of cakes you love or fabric swatches of your color scheme to help them design the perfect cake for you.


Many couples also order a groom’s cake. This is often designed to reflect a particular hobby or personality trait of the groom, and can be a true work of edible art. If you’re having a large reception, consider ordering additional sheet cakes. And finally, your baker should not only be accustomed to making wedding cakes, but also skilled at transporting and assembling them.

Vintage-Wedding-Cakes-260x260Questions To Ask
• Do you specialize in any certain styles or flavors?
• Do you recommend a certain type of cake for an outdoor or seasonal reception?
• Can you custom create a wedding or groom’s cake from a photograph or idea?
• Can you match the cake colors to fabric swatches or flowers?
• Can you create individual cakes to be used as favors?
• Can you create specialized cakes for certain dietary needs?
• Do you offer a tasting?
• How much time do you need to prepare the cake at the reception?
• Do you offer instruction on how to cut the cake?
• Will you supply a proper container in which to freeze the top of the cake?
• Will you charge for any supports or bases on the cake?
• May I return the supports and bases for a refund? When?
• Are the cakes priced by the slice or by the cake? Do you have a price list?
• How far in advance must I book your services?
• What is your cancellation policy?
• Is a deposit required? If so, when and how much?

Wedding Reception Decor Trends

Mix-Matched Centerpieces: One of the biggest trends we’ve seen is, as opposed to having one flower arrangement on a table, people are doing a variety of smaller bud vases featuring different, single-stemmed flowers. By using a variety of mismatched vases from thrift stores or “Grandma’s basement”, you’ll be able to create the eclectic look you’re striving for.

Design by Kelly Oshiro Design, flowers by Tricia Fountaine, photos by Caroline Tran Photography via Style Me Pretty

Design by Kelly Oshiro Design, flowers by Tricia Fountaine, photos by Caroline Tran Photography via Style Me Pretty

Unique Place Settings: Gone are the days of tables set with perfectly matching dinnerware and glassware.  And the same things goes for place settings. But can this mismatched look work for a high-end wedding? Absolutely! The result is an elegant wedding with an “eclectic, refined” feel to it.

Small, Elegant Weddings: There was such a theme of opulence and over-the-top decor and indulgence and it’s now shifted to the other side. The current trend is “not minimalist, but it’s very elegant and done in a tasteful way. Rather than having 400 people at their wedding, couples are inviting 150 guests and they’re serving excellent food and spending a little bit more on the wine.

Vintage Themes: The vintage look is still going strong. It’s “really hot” right now, so we can expect to see many more mason jars filled with signature cocktails or simple wildflower arrangements incorporated in reception decor.

Alternative Head Tables: Couples are inviting the members of their wedding party and their dates to sit at a large, double-sided head table in the center of the room. People are sort of getting over the fact that some people might have to see their backs. It’s an evening to be sociable, so it’s not like you’re staring at someone’s back all night. It’s just during dinner, so that’s acceptable.

Ditch The Crystal: If you’ve been to a wedding within the past couple of years, you’ve no doubt spotted your share of crystals. They were dripping all over every centerpiece for years and that look is gone. Reception decor these days is a little bit more reasonable and comfortable for everyone.


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Shine! Your Style on Wedding Day

So you have found the guy, found the dress, but you really want your bridal look to scream YOU! Consider adding one or all of the following suggestions into your bridal look on your wedding day. This will surely add a quirky, elegant and unforgettable addition to your wedding!

47a2ce36b3127cce98548e53445000000035100AaNGzRi1ZOGhgPersonalize it: Have a patch made or even a piece of the gown embroidered with your custom monogram with your new initials and wedding day on it. Make the embroidery blue, so that you have the “something blue” covered. You can also add an image instead of a monogram, like a heart or other picture that is special to you. Have the patch or other insignia added to the inside of your gown, this will be something that you will see, but it adds that extra touch of you on your wedding day. Wearing a veil? Consider having the bottom of the veil embroidered with white or ivory thread, it is simply unforgettable.

Have a Surprise!: You might want to think about adding a fun layer of fabric under your gown. Have the fabric sewn on the inside of the gown and get ready for a photo op! If your gown isn’t full enough, you might consider having a crinoline dyed to your favorite color.

Your Shoes: Gone are the days of plain ivory heels, and enter a whole new world of shoes for your wedding day! From cowboy boots to bridal sandals, brides are finding shoes that appeal to them and express their personality. Have fun with this one, and make sure you get shoes you can wear over and over again!

Not Just White: You might be in love with the color pink, why don’t you wear a pink wedding gown? Color is very in style right now, and you might consider wearing a dress in your favorite color.

Make Your Reception Unique with Music

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Pinterest Inspires Brides-to-be

If you’re planning a wedding, you already know the Internet is a great resource. There’s a new player in the online wedding game, and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular – Pinterest. On, you can grab photos … Continue reading

Paradise Rental Pricing

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