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Mini wedding cakes are gaining in popularity among couples looking for a creative alternative to conventional wedding cakes. By serving mini wedding cakes, the bride and groom still maintain the wedding cake tradition while at the same time putting a unique and individual spin on the custom.
Speaking of customs, it was the Chinese culture that long ago began the practice of giving a piece of cake to every guest at a wedding, to spread and share the newlyweds' good fortune. Mini wedding cakes bring this tradition to a new level and can either be served as dessert at the wedding or packaged to take home as favors.
Mini wedding cakes can be designed in as many ways as larger cakes. Couples sometimes have both a traditional wedding cake and mini wedding cakes that are small, multi-tiered replicas of that one. In some cases, when the mini wedding cakes are served as dessert, the larger cake might actually be a Styrofoam fake just set up for display, with one real layer for the cake cutting ceremony - this is a good way to economize, since a large number of fancy decorated mini wedding cakes might add considerably to the wedding budget.
For variety, use several decoration patterns for mini wedding cakes. Or check with the pastry chef to see if it would be possible to prepare the mini wedding cakes in a few different shapes. If you're having a theme wedding, vary the theme-related ornamentation on the cakes. For a garden wedding, for example, the mini wedding cakes can be prepared in small plant pots, each one with a different colored flower on top. Mini wedding cakes served at a winter wedding could feature assorted snowflake patterns on top.
When mini wedding cakes are all decorated the same way, use different icing or accent colors. Another way to add variety is for the cakes to come in a number of flavors. Mini wedding cakes can be covered with either buttercream or rolled fondant icing, but fondant is used more often for elaborate decorations.
Sometimes it's not feasible to have mini wedding cakes for each guest, especially at larger receptions. When that's the case, couples who like the idea of mini wedding cakes might consider smaller, not quite mini wedding cakes on each guest table. These could serve as both table centerpieces and mouth-watering desserts.
For couples having a small wedding, mini wedding cakes are a terrific and attractive alternative to conventional cakes and/or desserts. Presenting individual mini wedding cakes to each guest can be very doable at a small wedding, and if each cake is decorated a bit differently - or perhaps even personalized with each guest's name - the mini wedding cakes also provide an added design element to the celebration.
Nicely packaged mini wedding cakes make excellent wedding favors. If you're thinking of giving mini wedding cakes as favors for the guests to take home and eat later, here's something to consider: since fondant icing travels better and lasts longer than buttercream frosting, use rolled fondant to ice and decorate the mini wedding cakes.
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
Because Halloween is so close, I figured I would create something with Halloween in mind. Animal print has to be one of my favorite things about Halloween.
Calvin Klein Dress, Long Cross Back Gown - $238
1. Black Short Blusher Birdcage Veil English Netting On Comb - $27.99
2. A Striking Birdcage Fascinator Black Flower with Feather Spikes on English Netting - $25.99
Betsey Johnson Leopard Heart Charm Bracelet - $55
Betsey Johnson Leopard Heart Earrings - $30
Guess Peep toe Sling-Back - $96.50
TOTAL AMOUNT SPENT: $473.48
What's in store for Fall 2010 wedding fashion? The Project Wedding team is headed to the National Bridal Market in Chicago, March 21st through the 23rd, to photograph and report on all of the collections you can't wait to see!
Watter and Watters
312 Bridesmaids by Alyce Designs
We're looking forward to bringing you coverage of the following designers, plus much more:
Essense of Australia
Lo-Ve-La by Liz Fields
Private Lable by G
Rina di Montella
Watters and Watters
Once upon a time, wedding cakes were almost always white on white - plain cake with white buttercream frosting. Today, pretty much anything goes, and one of the most popular choices around is a chocolate wedding cake. Sometimes it's layers of chocolate cake iced in traditional white, at other times a chocolate wedding cake is coated in luscious fudge frosting - and always, a chocolate wedding cake is a mouth-watering favorite!
An elaborately decorated chocolate wedding cake can make an elegant statement on a dessert table. Brightly colored flowers (real or made by the pastry chef) piled on top or cascading down the tiers would make a striking contrast to chocolate frosting, as would other colorful decorations in any number of artful patterns.
A chocolate wedding cake actually isn't as simple as it may sound. There are a different kinds of chocolate - e.g., plain, dark, milk - and chocolate can be blended with other flavors for a variety of delectable combinations. A plain chocolate wedding cake gets extra zing when flavors like orange, raspberry or coffee are added. Tasty fruit fillings can also be used in between layers of a chocolate wedding cake. If alcohol is being served at the reception, rum, brandy or another liqueur could be mixed in. Other popular add-ins for a chocolate wedding cake are mint, almonds and coconut.
Chocolate accents can be used to transform any wedding cake into a chocolate wedding cake. The couple's monogram can be "written" in chocolate all over a white or colored rolled fondant icing. Shaved chocolate or drizzles and swirls can be used to create sophisticated, eye-catching designs.
Couples who want a chocolate wedding cake might also choose different kinds of cake other than the standard baked layers. Cheesecake is gaining popularity as a wedding cake choice, and chocolate cheesecake covered with ganache - melted cream and chocolate poured over for a smooth, shiny glaze - makes a chocolate wedding cake that is beautiful to look at and sinfully delicious to eat.
Another option for a chocolate wedding cake is German chocolate cake - dark chocolate cake layered with a coconut-pecan filling and glazed with chocolate icing. Black forest cake, which combines layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherry filling and can be iced with either whipped cream or chocolate frosting, would also make a stunning and scrumptious chocolate wedding cake.
A chocolate wedding cake is often richer than other cakes, and if it's being served after a complete meal, other, lighter dessert options should also be available. Fresh fruit and sorbet are easy, excellent companions for a chocolate wedding cake - and these will be welcome alternatives for guests who might be allergic to or (hard though it may be to believe) don't like chocolate.
If you're hesitant about having a chocolate wedding cake instead of a traditional white one, consider serving a chocolate groom wedding cake at the reception alongside a conventional tiered cake. Groom wedding cakes are frequently chocolate, so this would be a good way to have your cake ... and eat chocolate, too!
Chocolate photo courtesy
I gave myself the challenge of finding a wedding look completely from Target! Just add the veil of your choice!
Mossimo® Black: Strapless Floor Length Dress - $64.99 (I bet this looks better in person)
Mossimo® Idella D'Orsay Pumps - Silver - $22.99
Necklace & Earrings
Pear Drop Lariats Hollywood Set - $79.99
Adi Designs Pashmina Shawl With Fringe - Grey - $16.99
TOTAL AMOUNT SPENT: $184.96 =)
With an abundant local beauty industry, Los Angeles is a great city to be in while on the search for great wedding makeup. Even so, how is a girl to know who the right artist is for her big day? Or, perhaps you're not sure that hiring an artist is the route to take and you simply want to perfect your own skills. Here's a nearly foolproof guide to Los Angeles wedding makeup perfection.
Los Angeles Makeup Artists
If you've decided that applying flawless foundation is the last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day, choosing a professional Los Angeles makeup artist should be added to your to-do list! When researching artists, there are a few things to take into consideration. First, take a thorough look through the artist's wedding makeup portfolio. If you like what you see, find out what other brides have been saying about the artist's services. Word of mouth referrals are typically the most reliable and give you a sense of the artist's personality and professionalism. Read reviews of Los Angeles wedding makeup artists here.
The experience of Los Angeles wedding makeup artists may vary a great deal, and so will their rates. Once you've decided on a few options, call to check rates, availability, and to set up a trial appointment. Before your trial run, collect makeup inspiration from magazines, photos, and even favorite colors from your makeup bag. At the trial, discuss skincare issues and don't be afraid to express your concerns or dislikes. A successful trial appointment will help to ensure that you've selected the right Los Angeles wedding makeup artist for you.
On a budget, but want a makeup artist?
If a professional Los Angeles makeup artist is not in the budget, but you dream of being pampered on your wedding day, try contacting one of the many local cosmetology schools to book an artist-in-training at a reduced fee.
A DIY kind of gal?
Your wedding day is a perfect excuse to replenish your makeup supply and maybe even get a lesson on tricks and tips for doing your own professional looking makeup application. After all, makeup for the "camera" is a bit different then for everyday... and you'll want to be certain your makeup is camera-ready! Listed below are a few highly regarded makeup boutiques in Los Angeles, where you can find quality products and a knowledgeable staff:
Chroma Makeup Studio
With a large number of talented makeup artists in one city, finding a Los Angeles wedding makeup artist, or at least some well-directed guidance, should be a snap. Once you've made your choice, be sure to plan ahead, be prepared, ask questions, and give your artist honest feedback.