Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tiffany Wedding Cake


If you want a celebrity feel to your wedding, you can make a big hit with a Tiffany wedding cake. This will be a multi layered cake designed to resemble the famous Tiffany boxes.

The layers of the cake can be frosted in aqua blue, the trademark Tiffany color. The layers can be either rectangular or square and finished with a wide white ribbon tied in a bow.

There are two main ways of achieving the ribbon effect on each layer. First, if you want a bow on every layer of cake, then in order to stack the layers you will need to have the bow to the side. Alternatively, you can have a bow on the top layer only. Another idea is to offset the layers, having alternate layers set at an angle rather than square on the one below. This allows a bow to be placed on the corner.

If you want to have the ribbon made of sugar paste then you will probably need the skills of a specialist cake baker. You can order from a cake maker who offers Tiffany wedding cakes in their online or offline catalog. You can expect to pay several hundred dollars for a professionally baked 4 or 5 tier Tiffany cake, but as the centerpiece of your reception room it can be a stunning sight that guests will never forget.

If you prefer to make your own cake then you can use real ribbon for the bows and simply untie them before cutting the cake. You can surround the bottom layer with white sugar paste roses and have the traditional bridge and groom or other style of cake topper on the top layer.

One of the more difficult points of creating a Tiffany style cake is making it appear that the boxes have lids. Our solution for this is to cover the whole layer or box in frosting once, let it set, then take an extra layer of frosting over the top and around the upper 1-2 inches of the sides. You will need to use something like a ruler or a sheet of card held against the side of the cake to create a straight line for the bottom of the 'lid'.

The cake itself can be flavored however you like. Vanilla sponge with a buttercream filling works very well. You could have any fruit flavor or even a dried fruit cake although this would be a surprise to guests after the light and delicate appearance of the layers with their ribbon and bows.

When you are planning a wedding there is plenty to occupy your time. One of the advantages of choosing a Tiffany style cake is its simplicity. Instantly recognizable and supremely elegant, a Tiffany wedding cake is a choice that you will not regret.

Find out more about Edinburgh Wedding Cakes.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Budget Honeymoon Ideas

Unless you have a rich relative who’s willing to send you on a honeymoon cruise, a lavish honeymoon is probably out of the realm of possibility. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a nice getaway after your wedding.

Here are a few budget honeymoon ideas:

Consider local travel. Stay at a bed and breakfast. What about a theme park honeymoon? Some couples relish the idea of camping. Rent and RV and get to an RV park for a secluded honeymoon where you can enjoy each other exclusively.

Plan well in advance. If you can get away for your honeymoon, be sure to plan early. The earlier you book your trip, the better chance you have of getting a good rate. Consider an all-inclusive vacation or a cruise. These can be relatively low-cost and immensely enjoyable!

Don’t be afraid to ask for freebies. Everyone loves newlyweds, so take advantage of this nearly universal sentimentality by asking for discounts or freebies. If you tell your waiter that you're on your honeymoon, you may get a free dessert or bottle of wine, tell the check in clerk at the airport that you are on your honeymoon, and assk the hotel receptionist where you're staying for any free upgrades, as well.

Ask for your wedding guests to contribute towards your honeymoon as a wedding gift. This is becoming very popular now and there are lots of websites dedicated to creating a honeymoon gift list where wedding guests can contribute towards your honeymoon.

Hopefully these budget honeymoon ideas will help you discover new ways to enjoy a great honeymoon at a lower price.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Planning a Wedding on a Small Budget

When it comes to planning a wedding on a small budget, there are plenty of ways to cut costs without compromising your sense of style.

Here are 8 ideas for saving money on your big day:

Make your own invitations. Office supply stores have wedding invitation paper that you can put in your printer and look fabulous for a fraction of the cost of engraved invites. You may also find some great paper at your favourite stationary store's paper selection

Borrow toasting glasses and knives for your cake cutting ceremony from you parents or another relative nstead of buying new ones. This will add a touch of sentimentality to the day knowing you're using the same set as your parents.

Buy simple dinner napkins in bulk at a wholesale or party store. No one will notice or care if the napkins aren't stamped with your names, the date and swirly hearts.

Reuse your flowers. Order floral arrangements for the tables at the rehearsal dinner, and then place them on the tables at your reception site. After the ceremony, set the bridesmaids' bouquets along the front of the head table at the reception.

Forget about disposable cameras on each table at the reception. The cameras aren't cheap and the development costs multiply quickly. A better bet is to ask your photographer to get candid shots of each table.

Save money on your Wedding Dress. If a fancy puffy wedding dress just isn't your style, browse through the selection of bridesmaid or evening gowns. Find a flattering style, order it in white or ivory, and you've just slashed several hundred dollars from the bill.

Don't go overboard with the bouquets. Choose smaller and unique bouquets rather than elaborate ones. Bridesmaids might carry a few striking stems rather than a bouquet. The impact can be stunning.

Make your own favours. You can save a lot of money by creating your own favours using boxes and ribbon from craft shops and chocolates or candy. Or alternatively don't bother with the favours at all.

With a little creativity and shopping in the right places, planning a wedding on a small budget is achievable and most people won't notice the difference!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wedding Cruise Packages

There are many options open to a couple when planning their wedding. There are equally unlimited options when planning a honeymoon. What if you could do them both at the same time, at the same place? Wouldn’t that be much easier, and maybe even more romantic?

If this option sounds even remotely interesting then you may want to consider wedding cruise packages. Now we all know about how amazing taking a cruise for your honeymoon would be. Many couples have chosen that option and had a wonderful time. But what if you could take a wedding cruise. That means getting married on the ship and then having your honeymoon on that same ship.

If a wedding cruise appeals to you then you should know that you will be expected to provide the clergyman or whatever official you require to perform the ceremony. Most cruise lines offer a wedding cruise option and have not only a honeymoon suite to make the trip even more special, but also a nice chapel for you to marry in. The ceremony and party afterwards all take place on the ship Then your guests disembark and the honeymoon begins.

Some couples have even arranged a wedding cruise package to allow them to meet their guests at one of the places the ship docks at to have their wedding instead in an exotic port. As the popularity of the wedding cruise grows, and it has by huge leaps, there are now companies that specialize in helping you to plan your wedding cruise. They will work just as hard for you when your big day is on a ship as others do wherever you choose to marry; a wedding hall, religious setting or your parent’s backyard.

Wedding cruise packages are truly worth considering. More couples are doing it as the number of weddings on ships last year, reported by one cruise line only, went over two thousand. Couples are looking to make their weddings special, different from the norm, and this alternative could make their dreams come true.