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Wedding cake knife:
A wedding cake knife plays a vital role in one of the most important moments in a wedding reception: the ceremonial cutting of the cake. For this reason, not just any knife will do. A specially-designed wedding cake knife is not only a must-have item, it is destined to become a meaningful keepsake for the bride and groom.
Wedding cake knife - formal weddings
At most formal wedding receptions, the wedding cake knife is put to use after dinner has been served and all the wedding toasts have been made. All eyes are on the bride and groom as they stand at the cake table and lift the wedding cake knife to make the first cut. The bride should hold the wedding cake knife in her right hand, while the groom stands behind her, his right hand covering hers.
Many couples share a playful moment at this time, feeding each other a small piece of cake - the rules of etiquette state that the groom should feed the first bite to the bride, then she should give a taste to the groom. This gesture actually has symbolic meaning, representing their first meal as a married couple and their intention to take care of each other in the future. Every guest should eat at least a crumb of the cake to ensure good luck for the couple.
To commemorate the moment, many couples have the wedding cake knife - often with a matching wedge-shaped server - engraved with their names and their wedding date. An instant family heirloom is created this way, and the couple can look forward to using the wedding cake knife at their first anniversary to cut the layer of their wedding cake that is customarily saved and frozen.
It seems like a simple item, but a wedding cake knife can be designed in a number of shapes and sizes and is usually made from crystal, glass or silver (stainless steel, silverplate or sterling silver). Whatever material the wedding cake knife is made of, the blade is generally stainless steel, which is long lasting and won't tarnish when used. Sometimes, if the wedding cake knife has a glass or Lucite handle, this is decorated with ribbons or paint to match the colors or theme of the wedding.
Wedding cake knife - great gift idea!
A wedding cake knife or server set is a popular bridal shower or wedding gift. A bride and groom can pick out a design they like or trust the choice of friends and family. Couples who register for bridal china and silver often choose a wedding cake knife in the same pattern. That way, the wedding cake knife is incorporated into their formal dinnerware and will most likely be used more frequently.
If either the bride or groom's family has a wedding cake knife that has been used for generations, using that one is a lovely way to continue a tradition. When that's the case, have a family member be in charge of the wedding cake knife until it's time for the cake cutting ceremony - and that person should also take it back after the pictures have been taken, to make sure this special wedding cake knife doesn't get accidentally misplaced.
MeeshMosh had an adorable and sweet ivory fondant 3-tier cake with three styles of hand rolled gum-paste flowers. Her cake sat on a silver stand on a table accented with pink rose bridesmaid bouquets.
Cake flavors included Devil's food and Chocolate Truffle with Raspberry filling.
Photo credit: Jennifer Skog Photography
Cake credit: The Cakery
Floral Credit: Nicole Ha
A little vintage glam....
QUEEN OF HEARTZ 1930'S Style White Satin Dora Wedding Dress - $160
Full Side Blusher Birdcage Veil with Detachable Ivory Feather Flower with Fresh Water Pearls Center Fascinator - $77
Kenneth Jay Lane Dark Multi Flower Bracelet - $30 **
Kenneth Jay Lane Dark Multi Flower Necklace - $55 **
Mossimo® Violetta D'Orsay Pumps - Gold - $19.99
TOTAL AMOUNT SPENT: $ 341.99
** These items are rented from Bag, Borrow, or Steal... the prices shown are the monthly rental cost **
The Project Wedding team is gearing up to see the latest and greatest in wedding fashion April 10th through the 12th at the Weddingchannel Couture Show's semi-annual fashion market. We will be scoping out gorgeous Fall 2010 trends and bringing you live updates from the most highly anticipated fashion shows.
Image Courtesy Oscar de la Renta
We're looking forward to bringing you coverage of the following designers, plus much more:
Oscar de la Renta
Priscilla of Boston
Priscilla of Boston
Platinum by Priscilla of Poston
Coral is a perfect color for a Spring or Summer wedding! A short dress and bubble veil make this pefect for an infomal wedding, no matter if it's a garden affair with a huge guest list or just an intimate celebration for two.
Veil $48 Velvet Owl on Etsy.com
Hair Flower $14 Nezoshop on Etsy.com
Necklace $68 Aphrodite888 on Etsy.com
Bracelet $29.99 White Aisle
Earrings $44.99 Kohl's
Sweater $14.80 Forever 21
Shoes $62.27 6pm.com
Dress $149 Bari Jay at PromGirl.com
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I made these pie pops today after reading Assaba's Post:
I did not follow the instructions listed on the website, instead I did it the "Semi Homemade" Way...
I used Pie Crust in a box!!! :)
Cookie Lollipop Sticks, 1 egg white, Dough Chilled, and Jelly Jar to cut into circles
Used a fruit filler...too lazy to make my own
450 degrees for about 8 minutes or untill golden brown, I forgot to mention I brushed on egg whites for that shiny look
Ta-Dah!!! Pie Pops in about 45 minutes
If you like the little "Homemade with Love" tag you can find the template here:
You know that bargain wedding dress you found on eBay, or bought used from another bride? It may not be such a bargain if you have to have it professionally cleaned before use. Professional cleaning can cost from $150 on up. I therefore thought that other brides might like to see these instructions on how to clean a dress yourself. They are provided by St. Anthony's Bridal, an organization that lends wedding dresses, wedding party attire, and reception items free of charge to brides having low-budget weddings in the Washington, DC and St. Louis areas:
As long as your wedding gown is not made of silk, it may be washed by hand in a clean bath tub (you will have to remove hem dirt). Depending on the level of hem dirt, this is not a hard job but requires some time hand-scrubbing the hem with a white sock soaked with water and Tide or other good detergent. For best results, fill half-way up a clean bath tub with warm water and some Tide. Soak your gown for an hour, then, sitting on your bathtub edge, clean the hem and other spots. If the sock is not working, advance to a soft brush. Take breaks as necessary! Examine the entire hem, neckline, underarms, etc., to make sure you have cleaned all visible dirt. Rinse and hang. If the gown has wood splinters in it, you may need to use tweezers to remove them. Rinse the gown well and hang it to dry with non-metal hanger. This removes almost all wrinkles; if you desire it steamed, some cleaners will steam it for a fraction of the price they will clean and steam it. Or you can steam it yourself.
And this tip from PW bride sh211 on how to remove stains:
So I went to my seamstress picked up my dress for something and there was a tiny brown dot right on the chest of the dress, so i kinda freaked but it was all good! She pulled out this carpet cleaner - works on all fabrics, no rinsing, WORKS WONDERS! I wanted to share that she put a little squirt on the dress where the stain was and it was "magically" gone!
So I bought some of this carpet cleaner and tried it on my microfiber couches!! AND OMG!! It is a wondrous thing, soOOOOO
If you are worried about stains or anything on your dress before the wedding date, try this FOLEX Carpet cleaner, you can buy it at Safeway/Vons or Albertsons or should be any grocery store.
Beach wedding cake:
Beach weddings are very popular with couples who live near or can get to lovely waterfront locations -- but even when the nearest ocean is hundreds of miles away, you can have a beach-themed event featuring a beach wedding cake. Whatever the time of year, even if it's cold and snowy outside, a beach wedding cake is guaranteed to evoke warm images of sun, sand and the sea.
Beach wedding cake - creative options:
A beach wedding cake offers many creative design opportunities. It can be iced in bright yellow, like the rays of the sun, or a shade of beige or tan, like the sand on a favorite stretch of beach. Or maybe cover the beach wedding cake in a light blue or turquoise fondant icing, bringing to mind visions of cool, clear water.
The icing layer on a beach wedding cake serves as the backdrop for a wide variety of themed decorations - seashells, seahorses, palm trees, birds, fish, dolphins, boats, etc. These accents can be a combination of icing and gum paste creations plus purchased add-ons, if desired. Waves, for example, can be made out of curls of white chocolate. Fresh flowers like orchids or other colorful tropical blooms cascading down the sides give a particularly striking and exotic look to a beach wedding cake. (Be careful if using fresh flowers to ensure that no blooms or stems touching the cake are toxic or have come in contact with harmful pesticides.)
Whether or not the layers of a beach wedding cake are heavily decorated, cake toppers can be used to depict different kinds of beach settings. The bride and groom can be standing in an open seashell - either formally attired or casually dressed for a visit to the beach. Arrange sandcastles on the top of a beach wedding cake for an oceanfront landscape, surrounded by seashells and starfish. A beach wedding cake can be ornamented either whimsically (how about a bride and groom sitting on deck chairs with sunglasses?) or artfully (delicately formed starfish and beaded pearls), depending on the mood the couple wants to establish.
If couples want their beach wedding cake to be unique, instead of the standard tiered design they can have their cake custom-shaped like the sun, a lighthouse, a sandcastle, starfish or seashell. Or they can have it both ways - order a conventionally decorated tiered cake and then have a groom's cake decked out as a beach wedding cake.
For couples lucky enough to actually have a beach wedding, there are a few important things to keep in mind about their beach wedding cake: while the sun is a welcome guest at the event, the beach wedding cake has to be protected from melting. If the wedding is taking place during the day, the beach wedding cake shouldn't be outside until it's time for the cake cutting. If it's an evening reception and cool enough for the cake to be outside, make sure that it's a safe distance from wind-swept sand - and bugs. An artful net draping with shell accents would do the trick, and enhance the beach wedding cake theme at the same time.
Image courtesy: http://www.cakesbytanis.com/index.html