Choosing Your Wedding Cake – Ellie’s Cakery

Choosing Your Wedding Cake – Ellie’s Cakery

Choosing Your Wedding Cake - Guest Blog Post from Ellie's Cakery You are engaged... congratulations! You have chosen your venue and now it’s all about the detail. Here are some things to consider when you are choosing your wedding cake. If you are looking for a traditional stacked wedding cake, first decide how many tiers you would like the cake to have. It doesn’t matter too much if you want more tiers than you really need. Some of these tiers can be decorated dummy cakes. Or you can just have extra cake, after all who doesn’t love cake?! There are several style options to consider with a stacked cake. The naked cake A semi naked cake Buttercream finish Iced cake   Firstly the Naked Cake: this rustic style cake became popular a few years ago. It is, as the name would suggest, a cake which is baked and filled with various fillings but has no decoration / icing or buttercream on the outside. The cake can...
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On Trend: Wedding Lawn Games

On Trend: Wedding Lawn Games

Whether you’re planning an outdoor wedding or your venue has open spaces, lawn games are a great way to entertain guests at your wedding. They provide an ice breaker for members of the two families that might well be meeting for the very first time (and an opportunity for them to mingle), entertainment for the time between the ceremony ending and the reception beginning, and opportunities for some fabulous photos! We’ve put together some ideas to help you make the most of the summer weather. Hook The Duck A fairground classic, and perfect for a festival wedding or a vintage wedding! We float a number of rubber ducks in a vintage tin bath, and provide you with rods to hook your duck with. Three goes - can you pick a winner?   Ball Toss An ever-popular game at fetes and fairs, but much harder than it looks. Score points by landing balls in the numbered holes. Our ball toss game is a vintage fete attraction,...
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Wedding Gift Lists – asking for gifts or money

Wedding Gift Lists – asking for gifts or money

Even though many wedding guests (and even those who cannot attend) will want to buy the happy couple a gift, it can be tricky knowing how to go about asking your guests for items that you’d actually like. Traditionally, a couple getting wed would be very young with very little money and only just setting up home together. Times have changed; we’re marrying later, living together before marriage, and saving up before getting married. But, it can just seem rude to ask guests outright for gifts of items that you haven’t already got, or items that you’d like to receive. So what do you do? Wedding gift lists are commonplace now, and in this blog post we will take a look at the options available to you that won’t mean your guests are offended or feel pressured into buying something they can’t afford. We will look at wedding gift lists, charitable donations, ways of politely asking for money, and ways...
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Creative Wedding Confetti Options

Creative Wedding Confetti Options

I think it’s the case that everyone would like awesome wedding photos! One of the most anticipated shots at any wedding is the confetti throwing photograph… It’s one of my favourite moments of a wedding day. It’s full of colour, everyone's smiling, and the happy couple have relaxed after the formal part of the day is done. And photo opportunity aside, throwing wedding confetti is a tradition that dates back to the Romans. They threw rice over newlyweds believing that it would bestow fertility upon the happy couple, making their marriage a ‘fruitful’ one. The English use of the word ‘confetti’ derives from the Italian ‘confetti’ which are sugar coated almonds that are given out at weddings (with a white coating) or at graduations (with a red coating) - these were traditionally thrown into the air at carnivals. Us Brits adapted the sweetie missiles to weddings (replacing the traditional rice) at the end of the 19th century, using symbolic shreds of...
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Finishing Touches – Wedding Details Not To Overlook

Finishing Touches – Wedding Details Not To Overlook

There are so many things to keep in mind when you’re planning a wedding. The venue, the photographer, the DJ, the dress, the cake, the rings… it’s easy to lose track! Somewhere between the main elements of a wedding and all of those ideas you’ve pinned on Pinterest, it can be all too easy to overlook those little finishing touches that can make your big day even more memorable. This week, we’ve put together a list of wedding details not to overlook so that you can ensure you’ve got the wedding day (and photos) you’ve dreamed of! Dress Hanger In our experience, most wedding dresses come on a plastic hanger. Be prepared for the photograph and video shots of the dress before the ceremony by placing it on a nice hanger - the one in the image here was from Not On The Hight Street. Ceremony Arch The photos of you and your partner exchanging vows are ones you will treasure. If you’re not...
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How to include Dad in your wedding

How to include Dad in your wedding

It’s Father’s Day this weekend and so we thought we’d make this blog post all about Dad. For many brides (and grooms too), showing their love and appreciation for their father is an important (and often emotional) part of the wedding day. Of course, there’s the obvious ways to include Dad in your wedding plans, but there are more ways than you might think, and ways to cope with not having your Dad at your wedding too. Dads are often an incredibly underrated wedding resource! Every Dad is different, and not all of the points below will suit every father of the bride / groom, but here’s some ideas of how to include Dad in your wedding. How to Include Dad in Your Wedding Invite him to make a reading at the ceremony This way to include Dad in your wedding can be incredibly personal and emotional. He could read an excerpt from your favourite childhood book that he’d read to you, or...
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Choosing Your Wedding Reception Drinks

Choosing Your Wedding Reception Drinks

There’s no doubt about it, drinks are an important part of any wedding, be it wedding reception drinks, drinks with the wedding breakfast, or a drink to toast the happy couple with. Whether you’re tee-total or you’re planning for the bubbles to be flowing all evening, this week’s blog post has tips to help you keep yourselves and your guests watered with our guide to choosing your wedding reception drinks. As usual, we’ve got lots of inspiration over on our Pinterest board too. Before we get into the finer details, let’s take a look at the three main drinks to be chosen for any wedding: The first reception drink (often Champagne or Bucks Fizz, and usually served with small canapés before the wedding breakfast) The drink used to toast the happy couple (usually Champagne or a sparkling wine) The wines to accompany the wedding breakfast Of course, we like to break with tradition and it isn’t necessary to stick with the typical...
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8 Reasons to choose a Spring Wedding

8 Reasons to choose a Spring Wedding

If you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you’ll probably already know that I love the changing of the seasons. Spring is nearly upon us: the official first day of Spring, the Vernal Equinox, is just a few weeks away on the 20th March. And the changing of the season from Winter into Spring brings us so much. We are actually happier (sunny days really do make us feel better), the days are longer, flowers are blooming and plants are coming into leaf, outdoor eating and drinking can begin, and of course there’s the anticipation of summer and all that the long, warm, sunny days will bring!  This is why this week’s blog post covers the reasons to choose a Spring wedding. Of course, you can find further ideas on our Pinterest board, but here’s our top 8 reasons why Spring is the perfect season for your wedding. 1. Spring symbolises ‘new beginnings’ When I think of Spring, the first thing...
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Wedding Traditions Explained

Wedding Traditions Explained

"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe" - have you ever wondered why we have the wedding traditions we do? Why do brides wear a veil? Why does the bride throw her bouquet? Why does the groom stand on the right? This week, we're taking a look at wedding traditions and where they originate so that you know exactly what each part of your ceremony means (should you adopt these traditions). We'll begin with the run up to the wedding: Why choose a white wedding dress? Up until 1840, when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, most brides would wear the most expensive dress they owned on their wedding day. After her wedding, Queen Victoria wrote in her diary: ‘I wore a white satin dress with a deep flounce of Honiton lace, an imitation of an old design, and my jewels were my Turkish diamond necklace and earrings and dear Albert’s beautiful sapphire brooch.’ And with that, the...
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How To Plan Your Wedding At Short Notice

How To Plan Your Wedding At Short Notice

There’s no doubt about it, all weddings are romantic whether they’re planned years in advance or within a few short months. There’s all sorts of reasons as to why you might plan your wedding at short notice and if 2017 is the year you are getting married and there’s still lots to do, keep calm and more importantly make sure you and your other half stick together! Here’s a few handy tips to help you through. What are the essentials? Your budget, guest list and theme should be the first decisions you make: everything else can fall into place around them. Don’t forget that if you’re planning a wedding at short notice, then you might have fewer guests able to attend. It’s worth bearing in mind the the more you invite, the more it’ll cost. Figure these out early on, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Commit. Remember that things can crop up whether you’re planning your wedding three months in advance or...
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