Lots of people think the flowers are the 3rd most important thing in a wedding. 1st venue, 2nd dress, 3rd flowers. I don’t know, maybe your order is different! Anyway, what I’m really loving at the moment is the idea that instead of forking out tons of money on flowers for your wedding - is there’s this new idea doing the rounds of asking your guests to bring their own flowers to make up your bouquet. Like it? Here’s how it works.
This is great, because you can completely tailor this to your own taste. In your wedding invites, you ask each person or family, depending on your guest list size to bring a flower with them to the ceremony. You can specify a colour and or flower type, or you can leave it open to their imagination. Then you can have your ushers or bridesmaids give instructions when the guests arrive on the day. Now, 1. This is a really beautiful photo opportunity, all guests holding a flower will make a really pretty snap, but second, and this is my favourite; as the bride walks up the aisle, she collects the flowers from each guest and these flowers make up her bouquet. If you’ve not specified to the guests, a particular colour or flower type, then just think of the beautiful random burst of colour your bouquet could be. Obviously it makes for a second gorgeous photo opportunity, the bride taking a flower from an elderly relative for example, could be really touching.
Buttercream or Ganache? Flowers or sparkles?
The inspiration for a birthday cake might come from your passion for Cambridge Utd., your enthusiasm for all things glamour, or your obsession with all things chocolate (I know which category I fit into there…). When it comes to wedding cakes, we tend to be led more by the enthralling trends that grace the internet and bridal magazines. I often find myself scrolling through blogs, scouring Pinterest or perusing Instagram to see which styles are going to be big in the year ahead.
2017 is going to see the continued rise of the naked cake; beautifully adorned with florals, herbs and fruit. If something a little more eclectic is more to your taste, then perhaps a ‘geode’ cake, which takes inspiration from rock and crystal formations, could be the one for you? Or what about edible flowers? Metallics, ruffles, hand painted designs, as well floral and woodland cakes are also likely to be popular choices.
Gone are the days when wedding cakes all had a similar feel and style. It’s wonderful to see the array of designs that couples choose now. The decision, with so much choice, can be tricky though, particularly when there are so many other things to organise. The feel and any theme for your day will help to guide your choice, as well as whether the cake will also be the desert for your meal or served as part of a wider evening spread. Providing your cake designer with lots of detail about your day will really help to ensure your cake is in keeping – any pictures, swatches of fabric, thoughts about flowers and the things that you love the most will all help to create a cake that’s truly unique to you both.
Not forgetting the taste of your cake – lemon drizzle anyone? Or maybe a blackforest gateaux inspiration? Salted caramel? Or maybe an avocado chocolate cake to be at the cutting edge (a seriously good flavour combination – a must try!)? The possibilities are endless, so give it some thought and make sure your wedding cake tastes just as delicious as it looks.
It can feel like a lot of choice, and one task to do in a mountain of others, but your cake designer will be able to help you to see the wood for the trees. And we love a challenge. So if you want to break from tradition and trends, perhaps embracing your childhood (and adulthood!) superheros or love of all things animal, then we would always love to help.
So whatever cake you and your partner decide on for your wedding day, we hope it provides the icing on top of a fabulous day.
Holly & Claire
The Isle Bakery
www.theislebakery.co.uk / https://en-gb.facebook.com/TheIsleBakery/
Hello again. We're continuing our hot new trend post for 2017 with this final instalment. Happy reading, enjoy. Don't forget to like us and Share on Facebook.
A simple, no fuss, sit where you want idea is now doing the rounds. Guests can grab a blanket and choose where they sit. Chomp on a sandwich, or even a pork pie. Drinks out of Mason jars, and fresh fruit with the wedding cake for dessert. It's so easy if you're on a budget, or you can really glam up your finger food if you have more to spend.
Mixed up Ceremonies!
No, not like that! We mean, a classic, 'walk up and down the aisle' option will always be popular. But couples are now adding a surprising element to the traditional ceremony setting. Saying your "I Do's" in the middle of all your guests, feels more intimate, quite literally being surrounded in a circle by friends and family.
No more boxes of sugared almonds. Whilst they are tasty, don't get me wrong. It is nice to inject some personality into the little treats that you give the guests. You can colour coordinate them to your colour theme. You can personalise each one to every guests' name. You can do something that is useful, and they can actually use or keep. Little plant pots, napkin rings, wine glass charms, mini photo frames, bath bombs, alcohol miniatures. All of which can be personalised with name or date.
Blushing Brides (Strawberries and Fizz), or Pretty Ladies (Pimms & Lemonade). Old Fashioned's or even create your own wedding cocktail. It's great to have these just as your evening begins, it really gets the party started when everyone has a cocktail.