One of a Kind Wedding Cakes that Take the Day

Published by Ana on August 23, 2012


Your wedding cake should be just as special as your wedding dress.  This is a piece of the wedding picture that tells a story about the bride and groom. It reflects your style, the theme of your wedding, and sometimes it tells the story of how you met. The cake is the second most remembered thing about a wedding. Here are some one-of-a-kind wedding cakes that can inspire some great ideas for your wedding!

Sophisticated and Beautiful

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You can choose a classical look with modern touches like this three-tiered cake shown in the picture above. This look consists of smooth surfaces, delicate details, and punches of bright color. The button and scroll design lends a modern touch, yet the overall look is timeless. Your wedding cake should be the masterpiece of your wedding. No two wedding cakes should look alike and each one can be an expression of the bride and groom’s styles seamlessly blended together.


Making Yours a Truly One-of-a-Kind Wedding Cake

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Not every wedding cake needs to be traditional or classic in style and design.  A truly one-of-a-kind wedding cake allows you to express yourself, show a little creativity and even tell a story. The cake pictured above would be a great design for a Victorian-themed wedding or even a modern wedding with a funky/frivolous air.


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The cake pictured above is vibrant in color, and has a unique shape and style that would also look great at a modern, retro-styled wedding. It reflects a fun, casual feeling and you could play with the colors to match your wedding’s theme. It is a great example of a couple thinking outside the box and creating a masterpiece that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

One-of-a-kind wedding cakes are a great way to tell a story about who you are as a couple or even how you met.  Did you meet your intended while on a trip to France? Why not decorate your cake with fleur- de-lis or images or have it made in the shape of the Eiffel Tower? Are you either music teachers or musicians? Have your baker add golden musical instruments to your cake’s design.

There are so many ways to get creative with your wedding cake that your imagination should be the only limit. Create your own masterpiece and make your one-of-a-kind wedding cake as unique as the two of you.


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Planning Your Wedding on a Budget

Published by Ana on August 20, 2012


Weddings can be overwhelmingly expensive which can cause a lot of unnecessary stress on a new couple. Don’t begin your lives together with a financial burden. Worrying about finances can sap the joy of getting married and put a damper on your special day. By setting priorities and agreeing on what’s important to both of you, you can plan a wedding that perfect for both you and your budget.

Decide How to Divide Your Wedding Budget

There are several parts of a wedding that can really add up financially. Decide together what you can cut, where you can save and where you want to spend the most money. Do you want most of your budget to go toward your dress? Do you want to purchase less expensive flowers for the reception and budget more for your bouquet? Do you need party favors or can you do without them (or make your own) to save cash? These are all things you can consider while planning your wedding budget.

Wedding favors, gifts for guests and live music are nice if your budget can handle it. If you’re paying for your own wedding or you are on a tight budget, none of these things are essential. The thing to remember is this is your wedding. It is important for your guests to be comfortable and enjoy themselves but their focus will be on you.  Spend your money making the day special for yourselves; your guests will be just fine.


Simplicity and Thrift Can Be Elegant, too

Just because something is simple and budget-friendly doesn’t mean it can’t be classy or sophisticated. Classic white is very elegant and can be elevated with just a touch of color for a high-class look at a low cost. There’s no need to spend thousands of dollars on table settings, centerpieces and extravagant decor.

If fancy floral arrangements aren’t that important to you, consider buying your flowers from a farmer’s market and having a talented friend create the arrangements.

If you cringe at the idea of spending thousands of dollars on a dress you’ll only wear once, why not buy a dress from a consignment shop or even rent an expensive gown?

Consider wholesale wedding suppliers or look for things that aren’t made for weddings (and don’t have the wedding mark-up) for items that fit your décor and budget. Think simple solutions. Vases for the reception tables don’t need to say “wedding vase” they just need to be able to hold flowers. Look for beautiful, simple designs online or at discount home design stores. This can allow you to use your creativity in the small details save you a great deal of money.


Save Big with Small Changes

Save money for the main things in your wedding like attire, cake, and décor by cutting costs on the little details like invitations, thank you letters and wedding favors.

If you want an outdoor wedding have it in a friend or relative’s beautiful back yard or garden. Almost any location can be an elegant and inviting space with a little imagination and creativity.

You don’t have to sacrifice invitations or “Thank You” notes, but you can use thinner card stock or simpler designs or create your own and print them through a printing center.  Instead of spending money on both place cards and wedding favors, have your guests’ names printed on inexpensive favors and use them as place cards, too.

These are just a few ways to save money on details that won’t be missed by either you or your guests. This day should be the happiest day of your life. Don’t let overspending or worries about money spoil your joy!


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Important Info about Wedding Photography

Published by Ana on August 16, 2012


Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and it should be documented as such. Finding a talented wedding photographer involves so much more than flipping open the Yellow Pages and choosing one based on an advertisement— not only will you be giving your wedding photographer the responsibility of capturing your wedding memories, you’ll be paying them quite a bit of money to do so.

You Get What you Pay For

Although cost is often the most important determining factor for couples when it comes to hiring a wedding photographer, remember that shopping around for a photographer isn’t the same as shopping for your wedding gown: you won’t see what you paid for until after the fact, and by then it may be too late.

Consider the following when looking for a wedding photographer:

  • Personal referrals. Personal referrals are a good way to ensure that others have had positive experiences with the photographer. A friend or relative is not going to lie to you about their own experience or the quality of the photographer’s work.
  • View the photographer’s portfolio. These days, most wedding photographers have websites featuring online portfolios of their work. Take advantage of this, and look at the wedding photos they’ve taken recently. If they do not have an online portfolio, ask to sample wedding albums in person.
  • Speak on the telephone. If you like someone’s work enough that you’re considering hiring them, speak to them on the phone. A short phone interview will answer a few of your important questions and provide you with basic information before deciding if you’d like to proceed.
  • Meet in person. If the phone interview went well, meet the photographer in person. They’ll be playing a major part in your wedding day, and you don’t want to hire someone that you aren’t comfortable being around.
  • Finalize specific details before paying a deposit. Be sure to get all of your questions answered and all of your wedding photography details finalized before giving the photographer any money.


Current Wedding Photography Trends

In order to wind up with the type of wedding photos that you want, you’ll need to use a wedding photographer that can meet your needs. It’s up to you to let your photographer know of any special requirements or wedding photo ideas that you have in mind.

We’ve all seen relatives’ wedding photo albums full of dated pictures that make us want to laugh because of the bad hairdos, ugly bridesmaid dresses, and goofy poses, but the truth is that trends come and go— even in photography. Those pictures looked good when they were taken, but times change.

Some current wedding photography trends include:

  • Wedding Photojournalism. A wedding photojournalist captures photos for the duration of the entire wedding day, everything from the bride getting her hair and nails done to the final guests leaving the reception. Wedding photojournalism is a popular alternative approach to traditional, posed photos, and it’s done to tell the story of the day through photos. The photojournalist typically captures images quickly using the camera’s flash as opposed to studio lights.
  • Outdoor Photographs. Even if you’ll be getting married indoors, some of your wedding photographs can be taken outside. Thanks to the sun’s natural light, the beauty of nature, and the use of architecture as a backdrop, outdoor wedding photographs can be an absolutely stunning addition to your wedding album.
  • Photos Taken by Guests. Placing disposable cameras on reception tables is still a great way to wind up with some unique wedding photos. Giving your guests with cameras will ensure that they’re willing to take pictures of the party, and they’ll probably capture photos of things you never even noticed. Wedding guests often take great pictures of the bride and groom, the wedding party, and the other guests.

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of developing film and scanning the pictures, forgo the disposable cameras and ask your guests to upload their digital photos to a photo hosting website. You can easily create an online wedding album and provide everyone with the username and password so they can contribute their own photos. Alternatively, you can have a laptop at the reception where guests can download their photos directly from their camera before they leave for the evening.

These are just a few current trends in wedding photography. If you have other ideas or suggestions, be sure to bring them up when you meet with your photographer.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions—after all, you’re spending your hard earned money so this person can take pictures of your special day, and there’s no such thing as a dumb question.



Inviting Ex to Wedding

Published by Ana on August 06, 2012

If the two of you mutually agreed that it was time to move on then inviting your ex to the wedding may be an acceptable idea. If, however, there was a lot of yelling, begging, crying and accusations, it would probably be best to leave him or her off of the guest list. Even if some time  has passed, you never know for sure if those old (crazy) feelings will surface.

If your ex ever displayed even a hint of crazy then don’t invite them.

Do You Still Have Feelings for Them?

You need to ask yourself this question very honestly. If you do still have feelings for an ex that doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t love your fiancé. It does mean, however, that you have no business being around the ex if you are serious about being faithful to the one you are going to marry.

Will it Bother Your Spouse-to-Be?

This is the absolute most important consideration. If your fiancé doesn’t want your ex at the wedding then that should be the end of the discussion. If you are more worried about having your ex there than you are about making sure your fiancé does not feel uncomfortable then you may want to reconsider if you’re really ready for marriage.


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Wedding Planners – Ease the Burden

Published by Cindy on August 04, 2012

You probably began having ideas about your wedding as soon as the engagement ring was slipped onto your left hand, but getting everything in order is almost like solving a complex puzzle. The thought of planning a wedding is exhilarating for some yet terrifying for others. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Hiring a wedding planner isn’t for everyone, but wedding planners can definitely help take some of the stress off your shoulders.

Why Should I Hire a Wedding Planner?

Wedding planners are experienced professionals that plan parties and events for a living. Their most important job is to keep the bride and groom stress-free during this exciting time in their lives. Wedding planners can incorporate your ideas and suggestions into a beautiful, memorable wedding.

They’ve most likely experienced bumps in the road that you never even dreamed possible, yet wedding planners are able to work through such snags calmly—often without even notifying the bride and groom! Who needs added tension on their wedding day?


What a Wedding Planner Can Do for You

Again, using a wedding planner is not for everyone—some couples honestly enjoy planning parties and would rather do everything themselves—but if you’re uncertain as to whether or not you should hire someone to help you out, consider the following:

  • Once you have a potential wedding date in mind, a wedding planner can provide you with a detailed timeline as to what needs to be done when.
  • Wedding planners have a large pool of contacts in everything from florists and caterers to musicians and decorators.
  • They can also take your wedding budget and work their magic to get you the most for your money—wedding planners are often able to negotiate discounted rates with their preferred vendors.
  • Wedding planners can help you select a menu with your wedding caterer that will please (nearly) all of your wedding guests.
  • Every little detail will be taken care of, from your reception location to the napkins on the tables.

Hiring a Wedding Planner

If you’ve made the decision to use a wedding planner to help plan you special day, be sure to meet with a few different planners before selecting one. Don’t be afraid to ask questions—treat the get-together like an interview. Find out how many weddings they have handled in the past, and ask for references. Any reputable wedding planner will be more than happy to provide you with names and phone numbers of satisfied clients and a list of vendors they deal with regularly.

Be sure to establish a price for your wedding planner’s services in advance. Rates and fees can vary—some wedding planners charge a percentage of your wedding budget as a fee for their services while others offer a flat fee for everything. Some charge an hourly rate. Be certain that you know what you’ll be getting for your money, and be sure to get everything in writing before turning over a payment.

Once you’ve found your perfect wedding planner, sit back and relax—let them take care of the minute details while all you do is mentally prepare yourself for your beautiful honeymoon!


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