Gone are the days of traditional cake toppers, and to be honest, we’re pretty happy about it! We have been seeing much more personal and imaginative cake topper designs that truly represent the happy couple!
Here are a few ideas to get your creative ideas flowing!
Mmmm WEDDING CAKE! We couldn’t resist sharing these fun & outside-the-box ideas on tiered wedding cakes! From breakfast goodies, to cookies, to ice cream and other delights, practically any favorite sweet treat can be made into a wedding cake. Let your imagination (and your taste buds) run wild!
Congrats to Courtney & Jake, recent newlyweds who have been kind enough to share their wedding journey with our blog! Hear from them on planning their wedding, drawing inspiration and their one piece of advice to future newlyweds!
We signed up for Wedpics after going to the big southern bridal show in Raleigh. I used it for my bachelorette party, my bridal shower, rehearsal, the wedding and our honeymoon. I think all the guests really liked it!
3) What kind of personal touches did you add to your wedding?
I did a lot of DIY things for my wedding and it was a real labor of love. My theme was kind of a woodsy fall wedding. I did all the paper goods for the wedding including the invitations printed on wood. My maid of honor and I made a photobooth wall for cocktail hour and we had a poloroid camera down there so people could take a real picture home with them. I also did a thumbprint tree guestbook, and created my own seating chart that I put in a homemade birch bark frame. All the flowers were done by my mom who is a florist, and my wedding planner Julie Morrissey and her husband (a landscaper) got me tree stumps to use on my aisle and for the tables. I think I glittered about 50 pickle jars and votive holders for candles and spray painted a ton of frames and decor gold to match my theme. My husband and I made jam for our favors, even picking our own strawberries for it. One of the coolest things we had was a midnight snack from Cookout delivered to our venue. Everyone loved it!
4) If you could give one piece advice for future couples planning their wedding, what would that be?
If I could give one piece of advice it’s that it’s okay to ask for help. I thought since I was such a DIY bride it wouldn’t be okay to ask for help from bridesmaids or family and that it was my day so I had to do it all. Once I figured out that it was okay to let some jobs go and ask for help it made me a lot more relaxed and it was fun to work on projects with other people. My wedding coordinator was also key in making sure I wasn’t doing everything on my wedding. After the day started I couldn’t even imagine how stressful it would have been to do all of it alone.
Congrats to Ashley & Eric, recent newlyweds who have been kind enough to share their wedding journey with our blog! Hear from them on planning their wedding, drawing inspiration and their one piece of advice to future newlyweds!
We did use WedPics for our wedding and we loved it!! It was so cool to go back a few days later and see what our guests uploaded to the app for us. We chose to use WedPics because we wanted our guests to be involved in our big day and show us little pieces that maybe we didn’t get to see. We loved it!! I now recommend it to any brides I talk to!
3) What traditions did you choose to use for your wedding and which ones did you go out of your way to leave out?
We chose to say traditional older vows just like our grandparents and great-grandparents had done, but we left out the unity candle and instead wrote letters to each other to be opened on our 5-year anniversary. We placed them in a custom wine box purchased from a vineyard in Traverse City, Michigan on a trip we took there. We chose to have a first-look instead of waiting to see each other before the wedding and we don’t regret it at all. We got some amazing pictures and seeing each other took away any nerves.
4) What kind of personal touches did you add to your wedding?
The flowers were especially personal because they were all done by my mother, who is a florist. We had her put little charms in each of the groomsmen boutonnieres that represented their personalities. The ring bearers had Lego men in theirs. I also designed and printed the programs and menus myself, just a little piece of my graphic design background. The custom individual cake stands and custom wooden place settings were made by my grandfather and I lettered them individually for all 200-guests. Our cake topper was actually two wooden letters, A & E, made by the Wampanoag Indians, which we purchased from a special store on Martha’s Vineyard on a trip there during our engagement. We also added two, small fondant figures of a Michigan State Spartan and a Duke Blue Devil representing our favorite teams. Our tables were named for places we had been to together. We marked each of them with a framed photo of us at that place.
5) If you could give one piece advice for future couples planning their wedding, what would that be?
Really take time to enjoy the day and get things done ahead of time!! We did a lot of the little touches ourselves, and when we finished we stored them in Rubbermaid tubs labeled until we needed them. It was so much easier to set up the day before and a lot less stressful knowing things were done so far in advance.