16 Stunning Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

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If you’re looking for a unique wedding cake, why not have one hand-painted for you? The following cakes are absolute masterpieces, hand-painted by stunning artists.

17 Stunning Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

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From cherubs to bold blue and red patterns, these cakes look like fine china! They’re absolutely beautiful and certainly pieces of art.

17 Stunning Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

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These are perhaps my absolute favorite; the vivid colors and bold patterns stand out wonderfully!

17 Stunning Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

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Both of these amazing cakes have the appearance of stained glass; the artistry that went into these is outstanding.

17 Stunning Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

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Vivid color, amazing embellishments…these cakes are to die for!

17 Stunning Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

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These are subtly painted cakes that stand out wonderfully.

17 Stunning Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

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Vintage flowers and bluebirds make this cake striking and perfect for spring or summer.

17 Stunning Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

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These cakes also have a vintage feel and are absolutely breathtaking.

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4 Beautiful Spring 2014 Wedding Cake Ideas

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For the couple that plans on tying the knot this spring, there are a host of fantastic cake ideas. Perhaps it’s the wide array of ideas that makes it difficult to choose just one. Take a look at these 4 stunning cakes to get some great ideas about your own cake.

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Image Credit: Aisle Perfect

1. Naked Cake with Rose Blossoms

One of the most popular trends in wedding cakes right now is the naked cake, which simply means that there is no frosting on the outside of the cake. This is a big change from the heavily frosted and fondant cakes that are more traditional for weddings. However, they’re absolutely beautiful and still delicious.

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Image Credit: Colin Cowie Weddings

2. Ruffled Wedding Cake

Another very popular option is the ruffled wedding cake. This is a luxurious and beautiful look, and there is a lot of versatility in it. Brides can opt for simple cakes with white ruffles, or the trending ombre ruffled look. They can also choose to have the cakes embellished with beautiful flowers or simple and stunning with no flowers.

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Image Credit: Coutre Cakes

3. Rustic Wedding Cake

Rustic wedding cakes are incredibly trendy right now, and there are all different kinds to choose from. Many brides prefer simple rustic cakes with buttercream icing and very simple embellishments. This beautiful woodland themed cake features simple icing techniques and nest embellishments.

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Image Credit: Hey There Cupcake!

4. Patterned Cake

Patterns are making a huge statement this year, along with some very beautiful cakes. From chevron patterns to polka dots, this is the year for the “printed” cake look. This stunning cake features bold black and white stripes, beautiful gold, and a vintage rose pattern, embellished with a large blossom.

Any one of these beautiful cakes would be perfect for a spring 2014 wedding and if you still don’t have any great ideas, there’s always a trip to the bakery to speak with a professional!

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DIY Elegant Wedding Appetizer Recipes

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For the bride who is great in the kitchen, a DIY wedding with an elegant menu is definitely possible. Delicious hors d’oeuvres will keep guests coming back for more. These great recipes can help fill up your wedding menu, or serve as inspiration as you plan your own.

Seared Lettuce Steak Cups

For this delicious recipe that creates a beautiful hors d’oeuvre, simply use small leaves of romaine lettuce. Sear thin-sliced steak and place small portions on top of the leaves. Throw on sautéed garlic, fresh tomatoes and shredded parmesan cheese. A drizzle of a vinaigrette you love will create the perfect flavor for this fun appetizer.

Seared Lettuce Steak Cups

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Herb Crackers Topped with Olives, Cheese and Tomatoes

Create your own herb crackers by mixing up a cup of flour, 2 tablespoons of oil, ¼ cup of warm water and a teaspoon of salt. Mix in ¼ a cup of your favorite herbs, from rosemary and garlic to thyme and sage. This will make about 50 crackers, so you’ll need to increase your recipe to serve all of your guests. Top the crackers with mozzarella cheese, onions and cherry tomatoes skewered on a toothpick for a fun appetizer.

Chicken Salad Cucumber Cups

Slice a cucumber into thick circles, and use a small cookie cutter to remove the center. Create chicken salad with shredded chicken, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, sliced grapes and apples, crushed pecans, diced onions, and fresh green onions. Spoon small amounts into the center of the cucumbers for a delightful treat.

Chicken Salad Cucumber Cups

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These fun appetizers are easy to create and are sure to be favorites at your reception!

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4 Ways to Make Your Wedding Reception More Special

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Every wedding is about the details that come together to create a beautiful day. There are a few special details you can include at your wedding reception to ensure that your guests are having a wonderful time and that they won’t soon forget your big day.

Hire a Great DJ

Your DJ can get the crowd up and moving and ensure they’re having a great time by taking requests, interacting with them and keeping things moving along. You will never be sorry for putting out that extra money to get a fantastic DJ.

Wedding DJ

Personalize Things

Provide your guests with personalized wedding favors that they’ll cherish for a long time after the ceremony. There are many, many different options for personalized wedding favors so it’s easy to find something that suits your personality and theme.

Personalized Coaster Wedding Favors

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Pass Out Disposable Cameras

When guests come into the reception venue, have a “helper” hand them a disposable camera. They can use it to take fun pictures during the ceremony and then deposit the camera into a bin at the end. You can develop the pictures and find some real treasures.

Disposable Camera for Weddings

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Delicious Food

Whether it’s a laid-back barbecue or a more formal seated dinner, great food will win your guests hearts over easily. Try to accommodate all guests by having a range of items served including vegetarian choices and sugar-free desserts.

Wedding Food

By seeing to these 4 simple things, you can make your wedding reception as special as possible and a lot of fun for your guests.

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DIY Hot Chocolate Bar

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Who says you can’t have hot chocolate whenever you want? If you’re planning a wedding or wedding shower and want to make your guests very happy, create a DIY hot chocolate bar. It’s easy and who doesn’t love hot chocolate? Here are a few ways to make it ultra special.

The Water

There are various ways to deliver hot water so your guests can create their own hot chocolate. Coffee pots that are filled with water and left to stay hot, carafes, electric tea kettles, etc. are all great ideas.  You can also use the ingenious suggestion of creating your own hot chocolate mix and putting it in a crockpot for guests to ladle out like punch.

Hot Chocolate Bar

Mix-Ins

Add a variety of syrups so guests can flavor their hot chocolate however they’d like. Peppermint, caramel, hazelnut, crème brulee and vanilla are all great ideas. You can also leave out dishes of marshmallows with pretty little scoops.

Mixer Spoons

If you want to make it special, create mixer spoons for guests to take back to their tables. Simply melt some chocolate in a double boiler, dip plastic spoons in the chocolate and then dip in various other items – crushed peppermint candies, sprinkles, white chocolate, etc.

Hot Chocolate Bar Toppings

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These are just a few ideas for a fantastic DIY hot chocolate bar that your guests are sure to love. You can add hot tea and coffee as alternatives as well for a great (and very popular) reception station.

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