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Fondant wedding cakes:
Fondant wedding cakes are, literally, all about the "icing on the cake". When people talk about fondant wedding cakes, they're not actually referring to the cake itself, but to the smooth, firm icing. Fondant icing - also called rolled fondant - is a combination of sugar, corn syrup and gelatin that is rolled out with a rolling pin like a pie crust and then laid over the cake, trimmed and decorated.
Fondant wedding cakes - a little explanation!
"Fondant" comes from the French verb fondre, which means to dissolve or melt - and the icing on fondant wedding cakes should melt in your mouth when you eat it. Poured fondant, which is different in texture than the rolled fondant used in fondant wedding cakes, is softer in consistency and used to glaze cakes and petit fours and in many creamy filled candies.
Rolled fondant, which can be used to cover any cake shape, has been a common ingredient in fancy confections in Europe, Australia and elsewhere for many years, but fondant wedding cakes have only recently gained prominence in the United States - in large part since being featured on reality television shows like Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes. Fondant wedding cakes are becoming increasingly popular choices - but couples should know that they'll generally have to pay a few dollars more per slice for a fondant wedding cake than one frosted with buttercream.
Fondant wedding cakes are notable for the elegant, satiny finish of their icing. (It's possible to achieve a matte finish with rolled fondant as well.) Rolled fondant, which becomes semi-hard when it dries, provides a firm base for decorative details and designs also made from fondant, such as lace, scrolls, ribbons and bows, dots, flowers and much more. Rolled fondant is flexible and versatile and can be formed into just about any shape imaginable. It also holds up well in heat; in fact, if the cake layers and filling are stable at room temperature, fondant wedding cakes don't require refrigeration.
Another appealing quality of rolled fondant is that it can easily be tinted, so fondant wedding cakes can be made to order in just about any color combination. Some bakers make their own rolled fondant for fondant wedding cakes, but it can also be purchased ready to use in a variety of colors - and flavors, including chocolate, caramel, coffee and strawberry.
The consistency of rolled fondant is similar to Play-Doh - but don't worry, the icing on fondant wedding cakes tastes much much sweeter and better! However, the taste of rolled fondant is still unfamiliar to many Americans, who are more used to buttercream frosting. People who are unaccustomed to the taste of rolled fondant may be relieved to know that many fondant wedding cakes also use a layer of buttercream frosting, to "cement" the fondant icing to the cake. This added layer also comes in handy if the couple wants to freeze the top tier of their wedding cake - rolled fondant can crack apart or become soggy if frozen, so it's recommended that the top layer of icing on fondant wedding cakes be removed before the cake is packaged for freezing.
By Tracy DiNunzio of Recycled Bride
These wedding ideas aren’t just eco-friendly, they’re also inspired by every shade of the color green. From bright limes to cozy forest hues, this is your ultimate guide to a great green wedding.
A Green Wedding Landscape
Earth-loving brides know that nature is the world’s best (and most affordable!) decorator. You can skip the fussy flower arrangements and costly canopies if you choose a ceremony location that’s surrounded by lush greenery. Nothing beats the natural beauty of an incredible landscape.
Images courtesy of Succulent Love/Yes, Please Blog
Favors for a Green Wedding
Make green wedding favors eco-adorable by giving your guests a small potted plant or seeded paper box. The favors will double as wedding decorations when they’re sitting on reception tables, and then live on in the homes of friends and family as mementos of your special day.
Green Wedding Decor
It’s kinder to the Earth to replace floral centerpieces and decorations with organic and plant-based decor. These centerpieces are made from succulent plants and cacti, but you can also use fruits and veggies (think mini lime trees!), fresh fragrant herbs, soy candles, and vintage carafes filled with organic wine.
To really stick with your green wedding theme, incorporate elements from nature everywhere – even your dessert table! Take your inspiration from this beautiful table by Amy Atlas: Hang recycled paper bags from a potted tree, then let guests pick and bag their own sweets. After the wedding, you get to plant the tree in your yard and watch it grow as your marriage blooms with it.
Images courtesy of AmyAtlas.com
When you’re going green, it’s important to make sure that your food is sourced locally and grown ethically. (It’s not just good for the environment – it’s actually healthier and tastes better that way too!) Luckily, it’s easier than ever to find bakers who use local and organic ingredients. For extra eco-points, make your cake vegan. Your guests won’t taste the difference, and you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by cutting out animal products.
Who says that diamonds are a girl’s best friend? A green wedding calls for a green jewel! Gemstone rings are a fashionable engagement and wedding band alternative that ensure you won’t be contributing to the mining of conflict diamonds. Pick an antique ring like this peridot, gold and diamond beauty, and you’ll be doing your part to recycle while rocking some serious vintage style.
Image courtesy of LangAntiques.com
Green Wedding Style
Bridesmaids dresses made of sustainable materials like organic cotton or hemp silk are great. But since “re-use” is a big part of being eco-conscious, any bridesmaids dress that will be worn again is a good choice. These pretty green frocks from J.Crew are so versatile that they’re sure to be worn again by your maids. Customize simple dresses like these with a sewn-in crinoline for an extra shot of style.
One of 2010's hottest wedding trends is brightly colored shoes. When you choose a shoe in a hue you love, you’ll be more likely to wear them again, which helps to reduce your wedding waste. These satin pumps from Christian Louboutin are leather-free, which also makes them a humane choice for animal lovers.
Nature’s bounty is everywhere, and a smart green bride can find affordable beauty in things that are eco-friendly, local, and natural. What are some of your favorite green wedding ideas? Share them with us in the comments below!
Green Wedding expert: Tracy DiNunzio of Recycled Bride
Before becoming a wedding recycling superhero, Tracy worked as an artist and writer, and spent many years traveling the world in search of adventure and great chocolate ice cream. When Tracy met Robert, she finally decided to settle down, and so they celebrated with an extravagant wedding that left them up to their ears in once-worn dresses and ties, spare decorations, and heart-stopping credit card bills. Tracy knew that there had to be a better way for women to plan beautiful weddings without the waste—and so Recycled Bride was born. Her blog naturally followed, giving Tracy and the Recycled Bride community a place to sound off and share ideas for creating a smarter, greener lifestyle, on their wedding day and every day.
These seasonal favors are easy, inexpensive, and oh-so-charming! Put them atop each place setting, arrange them en masse on a favor table, or even group them together in the center of each table for a casual centerpiece that guests can easily take home at the end of your event.
We picked up small pots of bulbs in bloom at our local grocery store for $3.99 each; each pot had 3 flowers in it, which averages to $1.33 per stem. (Tulips are a colorful and widely-available choice; hyacinths are also a pretty, very fragrant alternative.)
We removed each bulb from the pot and planted it in a small plastic cup. Each cup was placed inside a mini brown paper bag, decorated with guests' initials. (If you're using a group of these flower bags as a centerpiece, you can write the table number on each one.) We punched holes at the top of each bag, and added grommets to the front holes for a finished look. Stringing ribbon through the holes is a pretty finish, and also keeps the flowers straight in the bag.
Sources: Mini paper bags can be found at Paper Mart; small white cups by Solo; white paint pen by Elmer's; ribbon and grommets from Michaels
Images Courtesy: Mary Swenson
Nashville Wedding Cakes
Are you having dreams of rolled fondant and buttercream icing that melts in your mouth? This probably means that it’s time to scan options in custom Nashville wedding cakes for the right combination that creates sweet memories for you and your guests. It's suggested to attend a few cake tasting events to get a feel for the flavors and fillings. You never know, you may surprise yourself with an out-of-the-ordinary selection.
Where to find custom Nashville wedding cakes:
Nashville Wedding Cakes: The Bake Shoppe
A popular choice in Nashville wedding cakes is the Designer Series of The Bake Shoppe, which allows couples to browse pre-designed cake styles that are customized with chosen color schemes and edible embellishments. Perhaps you'd like fondant pearls or sugary ribbons cascading down the cake. At no extra charge, you can mix and match cake flavors. Prices range between $390 and $690 per creation, which is determined by the size and shape of a cake. Custom wedding cakes start at $700 per cake.
Nashville Wedding Cakes: Dessert Designs
Sometimes, you need a specialty wedding cake to satisfy your personal needs, such as flourless gluten-free and dairy-free creations. Dessert Designs typically uses meringue icings with real butter folded in. Chocolate lovers usually request the ganache icing – a blend of pure chocolate and cream. Cake flavors include Grand Marnier, Almond Amaretto, Kahlua Chocolate, and Red Velvet. You also have the option to include flavorful fillings, such as caramel, raspberry, mocha, and lemon. Wedding cake prices start at $375, which includes consultation time and delivery.
Nashville Wedding Cakes: Becker's Bakery
When you're in the business as long as Becker's Bakery has been, you learn a thing or two about putting together a fine wedding cake. The wedding cakes from Becker's Bakery are custom designed and include the freshest ingredients with a variety of flavors and fillings to explore. With four generations of Beckers churning out unforgettable Nashville wedding cakes, the bakery is known as the oldest family-owned business in the city.
Nashville Wedding Cakes: Tips and Ideas
When ordering a custom wedding cake, you might want to go beyond the creative possibilities of the typical confection. Some couples have chosen cupcake towers decorated with fresh flowers to form the shape of a wedding cake. That means less mess and also makes a fine conversation piece. Other couples have paired the traditional wedding cake with added desserts, such as chocolate dipped strawberries – sometimes decorated to represent the tuxedoed groom and bride in her dress.
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Nashville Wedding Catering
When making decisions about Nashville wedding catering, keep in mind that you're selecting a company or individual to set the mood for one of the most important components of a reception. Caterers are responsible for preparing, cooking, decorating and serving the food during your special day and you'll want to make sure the fish is fresh and the vegetables crisp.
Nashville Wedding Catering: A Catered Affair
Not only does A Catered Affair offer a variety of menus for wedding catering, but also operates as a bakery and rental space contained under the same roof. For a bride that doesn’t like to look too far for her options, A Catered Affair can help with reception space, catering, and the cake.
Before a dinner buffet, staff will pass out appetizers for an hour, including Assorted Cheese Truffles and Fried Green Tomatoes. Buffet selections include Blackberry Pork Tenderloin and Grilled Mahi Mahi. You could even skip dinner and opt for a fondue chocolate and cheese reception that typically costs $25 to $35 per person within their all-inclusive package.
Nashville Wedding Catering: A Dream Come True Catering
Serving the likes of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Fox Sports, and even MTV, A Dream Come True Catering has an exquisite reputation that stretches across Nashville and other parts of Tennessee. Some of the dinner options for a wedding reception include Rosemary Garlic Filet Mignon, Grilled Tenderloin, and Wild Mushroom Ravioli. If you like the idea of stations for your reception, consider the Raging Cajun with Okra Gumbo and your choice of Etouffe or Jambalaya, and Red Beans and Rice. To top off the evening, treat guests to Dessert Shots or a Fondue Mountain of white or milk chocolate.
Nashville Wedding Catering: The Vanishing Gourmet
When looking for Nashville wedding catering that offers full services for groups ranging from 4 to 500 guests, look no further than the Vanishing Gourmet. Using the freshest ingredients, meals are prepared from scratch. Popular items include Spring Mix Salad with Mandarin Oranges, Creamy Butternut Squash Soup, Honey Wings, Seafood Lasagna, and Zucchini in Parmesan Butter. For the couple looking for a themed buffet, the Vanishing Gourmet makes it easy to celebrate in Italian, Mexican, Irish, New England, New Orleans, and traditional Southern style.
Nashville Wedding Catering: Chef Penelope's Catering
For a deluxe wedding buffet that is out of this world, Chef Penelope's Catering offers mini quiches as hors d'oeuvres (including Lorraine and Florentine). The carving station at your buffet may include Tuscan Pork Loin, Black Pepper Crusted Roast Beef, or Pork Loin with Caribbean Spices. Scalloped potatoes and green beans round out the meal. This Nashville wedding catering company pays special attention to the smaller, yet important details, such as the complimentary take away basket for the bride and groom – always included in the menu price.
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By Jackie Potts for Project Wedding
The Celebrity Weddings forecast:
The Oscars are over, the Super Bowl is done, and your pocketbook is still feeling a little light. Why not start a celebrity wedding pool? Plenty of celebs are set to dum-dum-de-dum. We've even done the legwork and handicapped the players for you:
The first ones in the honeymoon suite will likely be ...
"The Bachelor"'s Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney! After that awkward moment when Jason chose her rival Melissa on national TV, Jason about-faced and popped the question to Molly in October at the site of one of their romantic show dates - Queenstown, New Zealand. Next month, ABC will air their whole official wedding shebang at 8 p.m. on March 8, including footage of her bridal gown fitting, their bachelor and bachelorette parties, and the actual ceremony.
Next in line is Jenna Fischer from "The Office"! The show's adorable receptionist is engaged to writer Lee Kirk in real life, and has been busily planning a summer wedding at a secret location somewhere in L.A. We're thrilled, but wonder: How can she possibly top her primetime TV nuptials - when the Dunder Mifflin gang came boogeying down the aisle like the wedding party in the YouTube sensation "JK Wedding Entrance"?
Right behind Jenna is her TV hubby, John Krasinski , who off-camera proposed to British babe Emily Blunt, from "The Devil Wears Prada," in 2008. The two have been mum on wedding plans so far but maybe seeing pal Pam get hitched will put a little fire in his giddyup!
Speaking of international couples, wacky Brit comic Russell Brand and pop princess Katy Perry are also newly engaged. The duo were all over each other at the Grammys, where Brand couldn't resist telling E!'s Ryan Seacrest how he almost botched proposing to the "I Kissed a Girl" singer while they vacationed over the Christmas holiday in India. "We were on an elephant, it was at midnight -- and it is not a good idea to be on the back of an elephant during a fireworks display!" he warned.
Talk about fireworks! Original "Beverly Hills, 90210" hunk Ian Ziering is in love again and says he's planning a spring wedding to fiancé Erin Kristine Ludwig -- a nurse! Maybe the second time's the charm for Ian. He divorced his first wife, a Playboy Playmate, in 2002.
Also head over heels is "Crazy Love" crooner Michael Buble, who couldn't stop gushing to Oprah Winfrey about fiance Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre, even if her name is longer than his tour bus! Buble popped the question to the Argentinian actress in late 2009 after they were introduced at a party in 2008.
One of the White House's most famous first daughters, little Chelsea Clinton, is also expected to wed longtime boyfriend, Marc Mezvinsky, this summer. Mama Hillary told reporters in February she's looking forward to being the "MOTB," or Mother of the Bride, and has been dress-shopping with Chelsea.
Over at the Kardashian crib, now that reality star Khloe's hitched, which of her sisters will be the next to walk down the aisle? Kim told a radio deejay that she and longtime beau Reggie Bush wouldn't wed until he won the big game, which the Saints did on Feb. 7. While Kourtney recently called her baby daddy Scott Disick one of the "loves of her life."
Fellow E! personality, Tara Reid, formerly as in "Taradise: Wild On!," is also freshly engaged to Internet entrepreneur Mike Axtmann, who popped the question in January. Here's hoping there are no wardrobe malfunctions and Tara's wedding dress stays up!
But, of course, the big question is: Will this be the year that Brangelina make it official? Although the tabloids make it sound as if they're on the rocks, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie never do anything predictably. So why not hold a top-secret wedding? Ditto for longtime partners Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, who have been together for years, but just became engaged last Valentine's Day.
Meanwhile, country fans are counting the minutes until Carrie Underwood weds Ottawa Senators hockey player Mike Fisher. He proposed to the "Cowboy Casanova" singer in December with a giant yellow diamond ring designed for her by jeweler Johnathon Arndt, and estimated at a whopping $150,000 plus!