4 Beautiful Spring 2014 Wedding Cake Ideas

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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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!

DIY Elegant Wedding Appetizer Recipes

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!

4 Ways to Make Your Wedding Reception More Special

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.

DIY Hot Chocolate Bar

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.

Stunning Tiffany Blue Wedding Cakes

If you’re planning a Tiffany blue wedding, then you’re going to want to see this. These stunning cakes have been created for other brides who have done the Tiffany blue theme, and it’s a great way for you to see what sort of designs can be created for your own wedding.

Frosty Three Tier

This frosty, three-tier cake is absolutely lovely. It’s a rounded version of a square-tier cake, and features the white embellishments, just like a Tiffany & Co box. It also has a sweet flower on top and of course, what would a Tiffany cake be without a little bling? This one is absolutely charming.

Frosty Tiffany Blue Wedding Cake

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Two Tier Distressed

This two-tier, round cake has a distressed appearance. This is done with just a little gold luster, and the cake is embellished with colorful sugar flowers. The large poppy on top is beautiful and just the right finish.

Two Tier Distress Style Wedding Cake

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Bows Galore

Four tiers of white beauty are embellished by Tiffany blue ribbons. Each tier features a gorgeous bow embellishment. This is simply stunning and the cake also has a floral embellishment up top.

Tiffany Blue and White Bow Wedding Cake

Old School Piping

This four-tier cake is stunning and features old school piping on two of the tiers. The other two are embellished with edible pearls.

Tiffany Blue and White Piped Wedding Cake

A Work of Art

This cake is an absolute work of art. The top features the signature Tiffany & Co jewelry box while the third tier is embellished with flowers and “jewelry.” The bottom two tiers feature adorable ruffles and the cake overall is beautiful and charming.

Tiffany Blue and White Wedding Cake

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These are just a few ideas of the cakes you can have created for you if you’re planning a Tiffany theme.

What Do Guests Feel Is the Most Important Part of a Wedding?

If you’re trying to plan your wedding and you’re wondering what you should budget most for, then this post might help. This is a collection of answers from guests on what they feel is most important in a wedding. This is a great way to determine what you can cut back on and what you should spend a little more on.

Food

A large portion of guests say that food is important when it comes to weddings. Brides and grooms often spend a large chunk of their wedding budget on food, so it’s important to choose something that will accommodate everyone. Having guests fill out a card with their food choices or simply serving a variety of choices are both great ways to accommodate everyone.

Wedding Food

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Accessibility

Guests want to be able to get close to the venue and be able to retrieve their vehicle fairly easily once the celebration is over. If it’s in the budget, valet parking can really make this easier for guests and they don’t have to worry about where to put their car. They can focus solely on the fun.

Time of Day

Surprisingly, the time of day is important to guests as well. Most don’t want to attend a wedding that is early in the morning or late at night. It could be because of this that 53% of weddings take place in the afternoon – it’s not too early and it’s not too late!

Wedding Ceremony Venue

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Entertainment

Finally, the most important part of a wedding, according to guests, is the entertainment. In fact, 81% of guests feel that entertainment is the most important part. Therefore, if you’ve reserved a large portion of your wedding budget for the entertainment, you’re already on the right track.

Wedding Reception Dance

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This information may help you determine where to allocate more money in your budget to ensure that your guests have a great time at your wedding.

Wedding Cupcakes: Yay or Nay?

If you think cupcakes are only good for home desserts and sending to the kindergarten class, you’re in for a real shock. Cupcakes are becoming more and more popular for weddings because they’re easy and convenient, and you can incorporate several different flavors into your wedding celebration. Also, cupcakes can be amazingly elegant. Take a look at these fantastic wedding cupcakes before making up your mind!

Beach Wedding Cupcakes

These elegant cupcakes are beautiful for a beach celebration!

Beach Wedding Cupcakes

Floral Cupcakes

These pretty pink floral cupcakes are great for spring and summer wedding celebrations.

Floral Wedding Cupcakes

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Floral Fondant Cupcakes

These adorable cupcakes feature chocolate-colored fondant and are topped with delicate flowers and piping.

Floral Fondant Cupcakes

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Textured Fondant Cupcakes

These cupcakes, perfect for a spring or summer wedding, feature textured fondant toppings.

Textured Fondant Cupcakes

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Purple and Gold Floral Cupcakes

These elegant and royal-feeling purple cupcakes are beautiful! Talk about elegance; these are great for themed weddings.

Purple and Gold Floral Cupcakes

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Peony Cupcakes

These pretty peonies are great for summer or spring cupcakes.

Peony Cupcakes

Pastel Vintage Themed Cupcakes

These cupcakes are absolutely darling. They feature pretty pastel and silver designs that are perfect for a vintage wedding.

Pastel Vintage Cupcakes

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These are just a few of the beautiful designs that can be done with cupcakes. Let them inspire you to find the perfect cupcake design for your wedding.

Crazy Wedding Ideas: Ideas for the Not-So-Traditional Bride

If you’re the kind of bride who wouldn’t be caught dead walking down the aisle in a white lace wedding dress, then this is the post for you. These “crazy,” unique wedding ideas may just suit you perfectly.

Crazy Shoes

Forget those heels and dress shoes. This couple expressed their own personality by wearing matching orange Converse shoes for the big day. We love the way their sense of humor shines through in this photo.

Orange Converse Wedding Shoes

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Crazy Wedding Cake

If you want something that is in no way sweet and pretty, this crazy wedding cake might fit the bill. The geometric overload on this cake is quite genius and painstakingly created.

Unique Striped Wedding Cake

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Or, if you’re a fan of Salvador Dali, you can go with a Salvador Dali inspired wedding cake. Good luck finding the baker who will take this one on, though.

Unique Salvador Dali Wedding Cake

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Go Jump Off a Cliff

Maybe just saying “I do” isn’t quite enough for you and your future hubby. Maybe you need to jump off a cliff! That’s what this couple did. Whether this is the right wedding ceremony for you or not, these are some spectacular photos.

Bride and Groom Jumping off Cliff

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Crazy Wedding Hat

Want a little color in your wedding ensemble? Try this crazy wedding hat for a little brightness at your ceremony.

Crazy, Unique, Colorful Wedding Hat

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These few ideas are great crazy wedding ideas. The most important thing is to let your own personality shine through and make it YOUR wedding. If you can achieve that, then you’re good to go.

Top 5 Elegant Wedding Cake Photos on Pinterest

If you’re starting to plan your wedding but you don’t have any concrete ideas yet, then you’ve come to the right place. These beautiful and elegant wedding cake photos are taken from Pinterest, and may give you some wonderful inspiration when it comes to planning your own wedding and ordering your cake.

The Catty-Corner Square Cake

This beautiful cake is white fondant with gold ribbon and peach and raspberry-colored roses. It’s very elegant and not too traditional. This would work perfectly for a summer wedding!

Square Wedding Cake

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Simple Magnolia Flower Cake

This stunning cake features 3 tiers in white and soft gray fondant. The top is covered with large, beautiful magnolia flowers and the bottom tier is covered in flower petals as well. It has an elegant black and gray ribbon that really polishes the cake. This one would work well for any season.

Magnolia Wedding Cake

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Gold Square Wedding Cake

Talk about elegance! This wedding cake is absolutely breathtaking. It features 4 square tiers in a muted gold, with large flower embellishments on the side. Those are also dusted in gold, tying the entire cake together.

Gold, Square Wedding Cake

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Textured, 2-Tier Cake

This beautiful 2-tier cake is textured to look like lace and cloth, and features black lace embellishments, black ribbon, a small bit of bling and blush-colored roses on top. It’s very elegant and would work well with a traditional or non-traditional wedding.

Textured Wedding Cake

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3 Tier Cake with Bow

This cake takes simplicity to a new level. It’s a 3-tier cake featuring a damask design that’s just a shade lighter than the cake. The whole thing is finished off with a giant, navy bow that includes a little bling for some extra sparkle.

Three Tier Wedding Cake

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Even if these cakes aren’t necessarily your style, they can certainly inspire you to choose a beautiful and elegant cake that you and your guests will love.

Elegant, Indian Themed Wedding

If you love rich color and embellishments and have been trying to think of how to incorporate them into your own wedding, you should take a look at the traditional Indian weddings. They are breathtakingly beautiful, and full of shimmering color. Here are just a few elements of an elegant, Indian themed wedding.

The Cake

With Indian themed weddings, every detail is perfectly embellished – from the invitations to the cake. Cakes are sophisticated and beautiful with rich color and designs. In fact, they’re almost too beautiful to eat! Almost.

Indian Theme Wedding Cake

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Colorful Indian Theme Wedding Cake

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Table Décor

That gorgeous color is featured throughout the theme, including with table décor. The table décor is glitzy, warm and festive, bringing a happy feeling to everyone at the table.

Indian Wedding Table Decor

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The Bride

Whereas women in the US favor white wedding dresses, Indian wedding attire is absolutely full of color. Gorgeous and festive, the Indian bride features embellishments from her head to her toes. Some even wear henna tattoos on their hands and other areas of their bodies.

Indian Bride

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Indian Bridal Attire

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The Celebration

An Indian wedding celebration is full of lively dancing that everyone joins. Beautiful music featuring drums and other instruments is played while guests celebrate with the bride and groom.

Indian Wedding Celebration

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If you love the idea of a wedding that is absolutely full of life, color, embellishments and beauty, consider having an Indian-themed wedding. Even if you don’t go with the traditional Indian attire, the décor and other elements will provide a beautifully festive ceremony.

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