When you’re planning a wedding you have to start somewhere and there couldn’t be a better place than the wedding cake. Here’s LIVING’s guide to the sweetest part of your big day.
A wise wedding planner once said “we had better start with the cake first, because the cake really decides the whole day.” Ok, so it might have been the extravagant Franck Egglehoffer from the nuptials classic, Father of the Bride (1991), but we can totally see where he’s coming from. With so many different types to choose, from individual fancies to tiers of cream and fondant and blocks of tasty cheddar and stilton, the cake will certainly set the theme for your day.
Just keep calm and eat cake!
Setting the theme for your big day is a difficult decision; you have people to please, dreams to come true and a budget to stick to. So where do you start? Once you have set a date, you can get a general idea of how things will go depending on the time of year you decide to go for. There are plenty of things that need organising but in between wedding dress stress and venue considerations, the wedding cake might just be one of the best (and most delicious) things to get ticked off your to-do list.
The cake does act as a feature on your day – it’s what most guests will look out for when they arrive on your special day and of course it’s the perfect picture moment when the time comes to cut it together as a married couple. Traditionally, the wedding cake has been an extravagantly iced and often tiered rich fruit cake. But, today you can have pretty much anything you want!
If you’d like to break away from the norm, then why not try an unusual twist on the whole idea of wedding cakes and go for a chunky tower of all your favourite cheeses – from a stilton base right up to a smoked love heart cheddar on top! Serve your guests some fruit and crackers and let them indulge – it can act as a late night supper too!
For the total rule breakers, go for a colourful, vibrant and very cute tower of macaroons that will no doubt be the talk of your wedding breakfast! Each individual guest can take one away as a party favour and enjoy picking from amazing flavours – from vanilla, strawberry and lemon to pistachio, chocolate praline and sea salted caramel. What’s more you can even tailor the colours to suit your colour scheme on the day. Delicious!
Whatever you decide, remember you should choose your cake dependent on you and your partner’s personal taste and not what you think you should have – it’s your day and you should remember it being special from every single aspect!
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