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Find out what's hot in wedding cakes this year; we've asked a few of our favorite cake designers to weigh in! Geometric Patterns Cake by Erica OBrien "Feminine geometrics, such as chevron, are still very popular," says Connecticut-based Erica OBrien. "I'm expecting to see a lot of arrows and hexagons this season." Photo by Brooke Allison Photography Metallics Cake by City Sweets & Confections The gilded look is a favorite for both Deborah Lauren of City Sweets & Confections and Erica OBrien this year. "Gold is back, and stronger then ever," says OBrien. Photo by CLY Creation Hand-Painted Cake by Sweet & Saucy Shop "Hand-painting is definitely a new trend right now," says Sweet & Saucy Shop's head pastry chef Melody Brandon. "It's a personal and a one-of-a-kind style that brides are falling in love with." Photo by Melody Brandon Staying True to Your Style Cake by Maggie Austin Cakes Virginia baker Maggie Austin recently created this lovely confection for a friend's casual backyard wedding, and she loves that it perfectly reflects the couple's "understated and sophisticated style." Matching a cake to the personalities and priorities of her clients will be a big focus this year. Photo by Maggie Austin Multiple Cakes Cake by Layered Bake Shop Brides booking cakes with Layered Bake Shop's Shannon Star have been moving away from the traditional single large wedding cake. Instead, they're opting for multiple smaller confections in a similar decor suite. "It allows for more creativity and personality," says Star. Photo by N. Barrett Photography Showpiece Cakes Cake by The Pastry Studio According to owner Sherri Meyers, cakes have become a core component of reception decor. They are increasingly created to be equal parts delicious dessert and visual show-stopper. Designs are getting bigger and grander, and sometimes even include a fake tier or two to accommodate for ceiling height! Photo by Sherri Meyers Going Natural Cake by Enjoy Cupcakes Honor a cake that's free of artificial dyes by allowing the natural state of its flavor to become the main decorative element. This year, Amber of Enjoy Cupcakes is all about making fluffy chocolate cakes look fluffy, drenching caramel desserts in drips of caramel, and providing texture to peanut butter cakes with chopped up peanuts. Photo by Alex Creswell Ombré Cake by Erica OBrien Almost every baker we asked agreed— ombré is still at the forefront for 2013. "The shading lends itself so naturally to romantic designs," says OBrien of the style. Photo by Devon Jarvis Embossed Cake by City Sweets & Confections City Sweets & Confections owner Deborah Lauren recently etched an intricate floral pattern on a wedding cake for a friend. "It was modern, and different from any cake I've ever done or seen." Photo by Turnquist Photography Classic White Elegance Cake by Mark Joseph Cakes A white wedding cake never goes out of style, says Mark of Mark Joseph cakes. Couples turn to him for a modern, sophisticated take on the timeless aesthetic. Photo by Mark Joseph Textured Icing Cake by Betty Bakery Cheryl Kleinman agrees with Mark Joseph—white will always be popular, especially for formal weddings. At her Betty Bakery, she and partner Ellen of Bijoux Deux Specialty Cakes keep the look from becoming boring by texturizing the outer layer of icing. Pleats (seen here) and confetti are two favorite styles.
In this project, Mary Swenson extended the life of a pre-packaged paper flower centerpiece kit by turning the blooms into favors and centerpieces as well. Love it!
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Available at The Green Vase
10 DIY and ready-made ways to bring paper flowers in to your wedding.
Want your wedding bouquet to last longer than a season? Consider investing in a beautiful paper alternative from The Green Vase ($325). This multi-talented NY-based floral design shop also offers single paper blooms, cake toppers, and cake decorating kits.
Available at Frances & Francis
We love the idea of topping a reception table with a single romantic stem in a vintage glass bottle—and then repurposing the centerpiece as bookshelf decor in your new home! These romantic blooms from Frances & Francis ($14 to $60) are perfect for that.
West Elm Paper Flower Shop
Several national chains are hopping on the paper flower trend. For example: Furniture store West Elm, which offers several pretty pre-made sets ($7.99 to $36).
Available at House That Lars Built
Handcrafted in Copenhagen, these gold-stemmed paper roses ($14 each) will look beautiful gathered in a vase or laid upon individual place settings. Designer Brittany Watson Jespen also creates jumbo-sized versions of these blooms, as well as paper flower hats—email her for custom projects!
Crepe Paper Flower Bouquet DIY
You won't believe how easy (and inexpensive!) it is to whip up these colorful crepe flowers—it takes just three simple steps.
Available at Paper Source
Looking for a little guidance while you construct your paper blooms? Consider a pre-packaged kits from The Paper Source your new best friend ($10.95 - $19.95).
The Crafting Book
Paper to Petal, Available at Barnes & Noble
Husband and wife duo Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell are very good at what they do (which includes photography, design, and, yes, plenty of paper crafts). Releasing late this August, their new book ($16.29) will show you how to make 75 paper blooms yourself. With a forward authored by Martha Stewart herself, it's clear the couple knows what they're doing.
The Perfect Prop
Large Paper Rose, Available at BHLDN
This extra-large paper rose ($68) is almost five feet tall! At that size, it's the perfect addition to any wedding photo booth. It's also, as the website suggests, a whimsical alternative to a basket of petals for the flower girl.
Paper Posy Escort Cards
Easy-to-make crepe flowers will add a joyful touch of color to any spring wedding! This tutorial offers step-by-step instructions for making these cheerful escort cards out of streamer ribbon. It's a great way to save money on a fun but lower priority item on your decor list.
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If you're still on the fence about paper flower decor, you have to check out Liz and Josh's color-infused Minnesota wedding. They created some of the most unique centerpieces we've ever seen!
Idea By: Sarah Zlotnick
Photos By: Thistledown PhotographyWe're all over the ombre trend, and paired with our love of ruffles, we thought this clever DIY project was golden for a centerpiece or room décor concept. Supplies: Rit Dye- We used two colors, wine and purple Glass Cylinders Water 5 Bowls or Tubs for dyeing Clothespins and Clothesline 1" Ruffle Trim (cotton or synthetic, the more ruffle it has the better it turns out). Hot Glue Gun Timer Flowers Step One: Cut the un-dyed fabric trim to the diameter of your glass cylinders. Determine how many pieces of trim you'll use on each cylinder, and therefore how many shades of dye you'll need to prepare. Since the cylinder we used was short, only six pieces were needed. Step Two: Prepare the batches of dye. This is more of an art than an exact science. It tends to look best when the darkest shade is pretty dark, and the lightest shade is very light or white. Following the instructions on the dye package, make sample dye pools. Two main things will impact the shade: the water to dye ratio, and how long you let the fabric soak. We recommend coming up with your own palette using water to dye ratios and timings, being careful to record your measurements. Then test a sample. Step Three: Once you've created a palette you're happy with, then go for dyeing the fabric pieces in bulk. Step Four: Rinse the fabric until the water runs clear, then hang on a clothesline until dry. Step Five: Adorn your cylinder with trim, using a dab of hot glue. Overlap the ruffle layers just a bit to create a seamless look. Display Tip: Display the ruffle embellished vase along with undecorated vases for balance. Add simple, color coordinated florals: tulips were a sleek and modern contrast to the flouncy, ruffly vase.
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Rachel May Photography Decorate your ceiling with hanging floral arrangements! We'll show you how to create your own blooming chandeliers in a few easy steps. Ingredients: Seeded Eucalyptus and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Fresh Flowers (I used ranunculus and zinnias) Scissors Floral Wire Green Wire Wreath – I used one large and two small ones How To: Step One: Separate the eucalyptus into smaller bunches. Step Two: Place the eucalyptus on the wire frame and secure it on with the floral wire. Continue this process until the frame is completely covered. Note..you want to make sure some of the eucalyptus is hanging over the sides of the wreath. A completed wire wreath covered with the eucalyptus. To add the flowers to the wreath, you can use floral water picks or you can wire them on. You can hang the flower chandeliers with ribbon or use the 12 gauge silver Aluminum wire. Voila!
By: Victoria HudginsThis DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests. Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on. Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors) Instructions: 1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon. 2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better. 3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in. 4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps. 5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag. 6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.
Photos By Carly TaylorThere is no better way to ensure your guests remember the special day you are planning then to post the date on their fridge! In lieu of giving them a face photo to stare at for the coming 4-9 months, why not hand off a pretty felt magnet that can grace their kitchen with your love even after you're married! Materials: Felt Scissors Ribbon A custom stamp Small adhesive magnets Embroidery thread A needle To Make: Cut felt (2 layers at a time) in the shape of a heart. Your hearts don't have to be perfect - the more unique and homemade the better! Cut a coordinating ribbon and stamp in your wedding date. Place the dated ribbon coming out from one side of the heart. Place the top layer over the bottom and begin hand stitching the heart together using embroidery thread. Be sure to stitch through the ribbon to hold it into place. Almost there ... Send off with a sweet announcement to your guests. Photos By Carly Taylor
Photos By: Chelsea FussThese sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath. Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon 1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times. 2. Cover the circle in floral tape. 3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem. 4. Secure each piece with wire. 5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces. 6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place. 7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests. Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun! Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
Photos By: Chelsea FussYou'll need: 1. 3 cake pans (sizes: 11", 8", 4.5") 2. A cake stand (aprox "12 round) 3. A pound cake recipe 4. Buttercream frosting (4 cups) 5. 1 frosting knife 6. Flowers + herbs (make sure they are organic and edible!) Bake your cakes the night before and let them cool overnight. Put together with toothpicks holding the layers. Once you have placed your toothpicks, stack your cakes carefully! Almost there... Voila! Measure layers to make sure that all the cakes are centered from all sides. Frost with frosting knife -- get the knife wet to make it extra smooth. Clean off edges of the cake stand. Keep refrigerated until right before serving. Your cake is ready to decorate now! Have fun adding edible herbs and flowers. Herbs will hold up for a long time, but add the flowers last minute so add them that morning, securing them with frosting. Using a pound cake recipe is your best bet because they do not crumble. Buttercream frosting can melt easily, keep your cake as cool as possible before serving! Your gorgeous cake is ready! The best part ... tasting the sweet creation.