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How To Make A Sushi Wedding Cake

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How To Make A Sushi Wedding Cake

 

Sushi is one of the Japanese cuisine’s great contributions to the current food culture all over the world. After having just a niche market in North America as well as Europe in the early 2000s, sushi’s popularity among foodies has exploded in the recent years. Whether you are in a Hollywood suburb in California or one of the crowded arrondissements in Paris, you are likely to find a restaurant or a diner that takes pride in including sushi on its menu.

But what will happen if cooking sushi is done with a twist? Sushi wedding cakes present that opportunity. Make no mistake, the sushi wedding cakes are not sweet in any way but sushi fans will surely be delighted by the sight of their favorite presented in a different way.

Ingredients:

3 cups cooked Japanese rice

3 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 tablespoons sugar

3 teaspoons salt

160 grams of 4 types of your favorite sashimi (sardines, tuna, salmon, squid, snapper, mackerel, etc)

1 cup sliced avocado

4 ounces smoked salmon

6 perilla leaves

5 thinly sliced cucumber strips

4 slices salmon

1 tablespoons salmon roe (ikura)

Sliced egg omelet

Kitchen Tools Needed

6-inch cake pan

Two bowls of different sizes

Knives

Procedure:

  • In a small bowl, put the rice vinegar, salt as well as sugar. The mix well. In a bigger bowl, put the cooked Japanese rice. Mix in the vinegar seasoning to the rice, making sure that it will be evenly distributed. Set the rice aside.
  • Cut the sashimi into dices and then layer them at the bottom of the 6-inch pan. Cover the sashimi with 1/3 of the sushi rice in a way that the surface is flat and none of the sashimi slices can be seen. Put the perilla leaves.
  • Place a layer of smoked salmon on top of the perilla leaves. Add half of the remaining rice, making sure that there is still adequate space for the other ingredients on the cake pan.
  • Put the avocado slices on the rice. Top it all with the remaining rice and flatten.
  • Let it breathe for 10 to 15 minutes until you follow the next step.
  • Get a big serving plate and cover the cake pan.
  • Flip the cake pan in such a way that the sashimi will be on the top of the cake.
  • Decorate the sushi cake with egg omelet, salmon roe, salmon as well as cucumber strips.

Tips:

  • Make sure that the Japanese rice you will be using is sticky as it will be essential in holding the cake together. It will be best if the sashimi that you will use are your favorites.
  • This recipe works best with a circular cake pan but for a bigger wedding with more attendees, however, you might want to use a wider rectangular cake pan.
  • Just make sure it is at least 6 inches from the top to bottom.

The great thing about sushi wedding cake is the fact that it can also be served even just for dinners. So if you have the patience in cooking it, you can actually also replace your midnight cravings for popcorn kernels with something a bit healthier.

Brief Author Bio

Emma Claire

I’m Emma, founder of Cook Novel blog, and I’m absolutely in love with food blog. I’d like to share the interesting recipes, food tips and top lists of kitchen gadgets. I’m a foodie at heart but being the mother of 3 kids, it’s not always easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so I rely on the support of other blogging moms like me to help along the way.

How To Design The Wedding Cake Of Your Dreams

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How To Design The Wedding Cake Of Your Dreams

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Planning a wedding can be bittersweet. There will always be elements that you love and some that you find more frustrating than anything else. You might not care an awful lot of some of the details, but we will all probably agree that the cake is one of the most fun parts to plan.

Not only to you get to design this incredibly beautiful feature that holds a special place in ceremonial wedding traditions, but you also get to eat it too. As your wedding planning comes together, you’re going to want to make sure that cake it up to scratch. If you’re unsure of where to, these easy to follow steps should help.

Pick Your Bakery

One of the first things that you’re going to want to do is pick out the bakery or caterer that you’re going to use. It’s likely that you have a design in mind. When that’s the case, you need to be able to find a designer that will be able to recreate it. But, it’s also important to consider your options when it comes to budget (you can often find pricing online using sites like http://www.allcakeprices.com/publix-cakes-prices/).

Stick To Your Theme

Now that you have your baker picked out, you’re going to want to work on a design that fits with your theme. You might find that some bakers provide you with a bunch of incredible designs, none of which work with the style of your wedding. So, at this point, you need to work with what ideas you have. Different cake trends could tempt you, but you have to make sure that the cake sits naturally at your wedding.

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Choose A Filling You Love

Sometimes, a wedding cake is a show pony. It looks great, but it might not have a lot of substance. If you’re a sweet tooth, this could be your worst nightmare. So, what you’re going to need to do is work on your filling options as early as possible. This is where the cake tasting will come in. Not only will it be a lot of fun, but you’ll be able to pick a cake style that tastes incredible too.

Go To Town On The Decor

When your choice of cake is chosen, you can then go to town on the design. The bakery you work with should be able to guide you on what will work. You’ll find that some cake fillings and sponges won’t work as well with certain frostings, but they’ll talk you through the options. Whether you want a showstopper or something classy and understated, make sure you get the decor right – you only get one wedding, so make your cake count.

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Don’t Forget Practicality

As you plan, you can often find that you get wrapped up in the finer details. But, that can sometimes be dangerous. Although it needs to taste good and look incredible, it’s also important to make sure your wedding cake is practical. It doesn’t have to be huge to be impressive either; smaller cakes (like these http://apracticalwedding.com/small-wedding-cake-ideas/) can really wow. As you design, make sure you think about how it can be transported and whether or not it will melt!

 

Across The World: The Best Menu for Your Wedding

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Across The World: The Best Menu for Your Wedding

Planning a wedding is never an easy task. You have to rent a venue, look for the perfect gown, choose a cake, and so much more! There will always be this pressure to have a perfect wedding. Choosing your wedding menu is also going to be an important and challenging part of this.

It’s perfectly natural that you’d want to impress your guests. However, you must keep in mind that there are a lot of other factors you should consider in planning your wedding menu.

For instance, you must take note of the time when you will be serving the food to your guests. Is it going to be around lunchtime or dinner? How many guests will you be serving? How much is your budget for wedding food? Are you planning for a seated-plated, a buffet, or a food station?

For more info on how to cut your wedding food costs. Here are some ideas as well:

Wedding Menu: Asia vs. Europe

When looking into versatile wedding menus, you can look into European or Asian cuisines. If you’re looking for a light and fancy dinner food, you might want to look into European food. But even though European food is light, it can still satisfy your taste and appetite.

However, if you are looking for a hearty lunch with an oriental twist, the Asian cuisine is a good place to look into. Being a large continent, Asia can surely offer you a wide array of cuisines that will fit your and your partner’s preferences.

Heading West For Your Wedding Food

The European Cuisine is mostly popular for Italian, Greek, and French dishes. This is also probably why most buffets and restaurants avoid missing out these particular themes. Unlike other continents like the American or the Asian continent, European Cuisine has a quite definitive identity because of their drinks, cheese, herbs and spices.

Italian Wedding Menu

Pasta, cheese, herbs and seafood are staples in Italian food. This is because Italians are very conscious about what they take and particular with the quality of the ingredients in the food that they cook.

Greek Wedding Menu

Surrounded by bodies of water, Greek food has a lot of similarities to the Italian cuisine. However, Greek cuisine emphasizes on the color. You might notice that Greek food involves a lot of flavor and color going on by adding fruits and vegetables together. Their dishes are also more on dairy products than meat.

French Wedding Menu

The French on the other hand are famous for their pastries, meat and drinks. Spirited drinks, cocktails, and other alcoholic drinks are a usual especially during dinner time for the French. This is also why classic champagne or signature cocktails are always present during a wedding, most especially for the symbolic toast.

Choosing Among Asia’s Best

Since Asia is a very big continent, it is quite challenging to sum up its cuisines in one definitive line. There are a lot of ideas that may come to mind when we say Asian cuisine. However, we can categorize Asian cuisines as East Asian, South/Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern (as known by most people) or West Asian.

Japanese Wedding Menu

Ramen, sake, and sushi are some of the most famous Japanese dishes. Like most other cuisines, the Japanese are known for using unique ingredients only common in their country like the bonito flakes, mirin, dashi and miso are some of their well-known food ingredients. However, the Japanese are not very keen on drinks.

Indian Wedding Menu

Curry and turmeric, those are some of the things that come to our minds when we hear about Indian cuisines. However, curry based dishes aren’t the only dishes you can serve on your wedding day. Indian cuisine is also known for Buddhist and Hinduist influences. This is also why vegetarian dishes play an important role in Indian dishes.

Don’t Sweat It – It’s Your Day!

At the end of the day, your wedding itself is the most important thing, and not just the food. Fortunately, nowadays you can go for a food tasting with caterers before you book them. That way, you won’t be making decisions out of thin air.

Stressing yourself about the smallest details might actually just lead to a bad wedding day. Remember that choosing the perfect wedding menu for you and your partner is not all about impressing your guests. More importantly, it should embody you and your partner’s tastes and preferences.

Hot Trends In Making And Decorating Cakes In 2016

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Hot Trends In Making And Decorating Cakes In 2016

Top 10 Cake Designs For 2016

With the end of the year fast approaching, we are excited to share the cake making and decorating trends that rocked in 2016. From Watercolor and Nature’s Beauty to Classic Copper and 2D Fondant Shapes, I’m sure you are going to be crazy with these new techniques and ideas if this is your goal for the New Year. Read on to learn more.

1. 3D and 2D Fondant Characters

3D and 2D Fondant Characters are nothing new for biscuits but in 2016 they made their way into kid’s birthday cakes in a big way. The reason for this is that children love themed birthday cakes and they appreciate when they see their loved characters on the cakes. If you want to try something new for your kids this coming year, this trend is worth your time and money.

Hot Trends In Making And Decorating Cakes In 2016

It is easy, achievable and gives wonderful look. We can’t say which is easier between 3D and 2D because both of these designs have their own challenges. Your preferred design will ultimately depend on what you what you want to achieve.

2. Nature’s Beauty

People have been showcasing the natural garden gorgeousness on cakes for long that the trend has become the norm. However, in 2016, there was a new way of showcasing this nature’s beauty. People made cakes and decorated them with lush arrangements of fresh flowers, lemon leaves, and herbs. This trend leaves a pleasant scent in an unexpected way, along with natural greenery.

It is easy, achievable and gives wonderful look. We can’t say which is easier between 3D and 2D because both of these designs have their own challenges. Your preferred design will ultimately depend on what you what you want to achieve.  2. Nature’s Beauty People have been showcasing the natural garden gorgeousness on cakes for long that the trend has become the norm. However, in 2016, there was a new way of showcasing this nature’s beauty. People made cakes and decorated them with lush arrangements of fresh flowers, lemon leaves, and herbs. This trend leaves a pleasant scent in an unexpected way, along with natural greenery. 

The theme is very easy to achieve. After making your favorite cake and dressing it with your favorite frosting, the next step is to dress it with these beautiful nature-inspired garnishes. If you are wondering on how to make store bought frosting better for these types of cakes, there are several ways you can use to improve it.

3. Metallics

Metallics is also another trend that gained popularity this year, especially for wedding cakes. For main years now, this trend has gained ground in interior design and fashion and it not a surprise that it is being appreciated on cakes. We are not talking about an ordinary silver or golden vintage style, but a more old-Hollywood, art-deco stylized look.

2016 wedding cake trends

The best part about metallic cakes is that they are able to adapt to any style. You can consider. For inspiration, there are several images of stunning metallic cakes with copper, gold, and shades of silver that we are sure will make you go gaga in 2017.

4. Watercolour

It is true many people are obsessed with watercolor painting. Due to this reason, in 2016, bakers tested the vibrant-colored waters on cakes and the result was awesome. These watercolors painted fondant creations transformed not only cakes but also cookies and cupcakes.

cake trends 2016

If you don’t want to be left behind as far as this trend is concerned, there are several ideas on Pinterest which can help you create your own watercolor flower cakes. Basically, you will need a little alcohol such as vodka, fondant, and food color gels.

5. The Return of chocolate

The next big trend this year was the return of chocolate cakes. Another new chocolate style of decorating cakes emerged and was far more sophisticated than the previous styles. People said goodbye to chocolate curls and piped chocolate shapes and started to embrace the amazing piped chocolate ombre cakes.

2016 wedding cakes

If you want to get in on this trend this coming holiday, a collection of orange, peppermint, brandy, rum and coffee extracts will give you some creativity with your chocolate icing flavors too.

6. Classic Copper

Copper also experienced an explosive comeback in 2016, this time round taking over the kitchen and positively affecting the way cakes are made and decorated. People started making beautiful and elegant personalized and custom cakes from using copper Color Mist and Pearl Dust.

2016 wedding cakes

If a wedding or birthday party is your next goal for the New Year, this stylish, inviting and down classic copper cakes can dress up or down any occasion. You can find great ideas, recipes and all the supplies you will need online including the best Cookware and Bakeware such as pots and pans.

7. Buttercream Flowers

Buttercream Flowers is also another popular trend this year. This trend is basically buttercream that has been reinvented or one that has been given a whirl once again. It features intricate buttercream flowers especially on the top of the wedding cakes.

wedding cake trends 2016

If you want to get in on this trend, there are several step-by-step buttercream flowers tutorial on the internet to help you learn how to create your own. By using food color gels, buttercream icing, carnations, pansies, authentic roses, a variety of piping tips and just a little practice, you will find this trend easy and achievable.

8. Font & Letter 

Unique fonts and fun lettering help people to express their special message. In 2016, this practice spilled over into kitchen particularly in making and decorating cakes. This trend saw many people make big statements by writing fun and unique message on birthday cakes and wedding cakes.

2016 wedding cake trends

Just say goodbye to the phone messages and get creative on birthday wishes or wedding celebrations through fun lettering and unique fonts. After all that work of baking, frosting, stacking or filling, there are few tips and tricks to help you start the art of writing on the cake.

9. Monogrammed designs

This year, there was an increasing desire to come up with unique cakes for various events. Monogrammed designs became one of the options that many people choose for personalization. This trend comes with it many endless possibilities. From size to font combination, you can achieve something traditional or modern.

wedding cake trends

Just keep in mind that this is a versatile style for making and decorating cakes with which your event will stand out from the rest. As many continue to explore this trend, we are sure it is going to be one of the biggest hits of 2017.

10. The Statement Ring

The Statement Ring sums up this list of hot trends in making and decorating cakes in 2016. In fact, in 2015, this trend was all about the statement flower which featured one big single bloom and gum paste that acted as the focal point of a cake.

wedding cake trends

The statement ring keeps up with the jewelry theme but it is a bit different. Cake tops are circled with amazing wreaths of icing flowers. This amazing arrangement gives the cake a sophisticated update.

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It’s The Little Things That Make Your Wedding Picture Perfect

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It’s The Little Things That Make Your Wedding Picture Perfect

It all starts with the proposal. One person gets down on one knee and asks to commit the ultimate declaration of love and commitment, a wedding. You’ll get swept up in the romance I’m sure and completely forget that you only have a year to plan a wedding. A year seems like a long time right now doesn’t it? But just you wait. In a few months, you’ll realize that you haven’t even started getting things prepared. We grow up watching TV shows and movies where they seem to throw a wedding together in a couple of hours. But that’s not a real possibility. Particularly, if you want your wedding to be absolutely picture perfect. How do you guarantee this happens?       Start With The Invites    Credit Image   The first step is to get the invites right. If you create stunning invitations, the rest will follow. I suggest you begin by looking at embossed stationery. These look absolutely fantastic and incredibly impressive. You can buy envelopes embossed with a symbol or lettering in packs of fifty. That should be more than enough to send out to all of your guests. Once you’ve got the envelopes sorted, you’ll need to think about what goes inside. It’s worth speaking to a professional designer for your wedding invites. After all, you probably want your guests to be excited and impressed. With a professional design, this is a certainty.       Food, Glorious Food    Pexels Image   The next little detail that you want to think about is the food. We’re not talking about the chefs that you might hire for your wedding either. Instead, it’s a nice touch to put little cakes or chocolates on the table for your guests to nibble while they are waiting for the feast. You can hand make these by getting some molds online. It’s remarkably easy to make different chocolate shapes that will look cute and fancy on your wedding table. You can even put them in little trinket boxes on each tablet. It is details like this that make people remember your wedding for years.       Write Your Wedding Vows    Pexels   I suggest you write your vows quite early on in the wedding planning process. There are two reasons for this. The first is that by the end of planning a wedding you might have forgotten why you wanted to get married. All joking aside, if you’re not a great wordsmith, it can take some time to nail the right sentiment. You don’t want to be standing there with a few bad jokes while your partner delivers a beautiful declaration of love.       Shine Like A Star    Source Of Image   You might think that the most important part of your wedding attire is the dress. Well, while this is true, the right jewelry can add a lot to the way you look. You need the perfect accessories to accentuate key areas of your body. You’ll find that you can actually rent these from jewelers rather than purchasing thousands in gold and silver. It’s one way to keep costs low while making sure you look like a princess.       These little details are sure to make your wedding ceremony and reception incredible.

It all starts with the proposal. One person gets down on one knee and asks to commit the ultimate declaration of love and commitment, a wedding. You’ll get swept up in the romance I’m sure and completely forget that you only have a year to plan a wedding. A year seems like a long time right now doesn’t it? But just you wait. In a few months, you’ll realize that you haven’t even started getting things prepared. We grow up watching TV shows and movies where they seem to throw a wedding together in a couple of hours. But that’s not a real possibility. Particularly, if you want your wedding to be absolutely picture perfect. How do you guarantee this happens?

Start With The Invites

It all starts with the proposal. One person gets down on one knee and asks to commit the ultimate declaration of love and commitment, a wedding. You’ll get swept up in the romance I’m sure and completely forget that you only have a year to plan a wedding. A year seems like a long time right now doesn’t it? But just you wait. In a few months, you’ll realize that you haven’t even started getting things prepared. We grow up watching TV shows and movies where they seem to throw a wedding together in a couple of hours. But that’s not a real possibility. Particularly, if you want your wedding to be absolutely picture perfect. How do you guarantee this happens?       Start With The Invites    Credit Image   The first step is to get the invites right. If you create stunning invitations, the rest will follow. I suggest you begin by looking at embossed stationery. These look absolutely fantastic and incredibly impressive. You can buy envelopes embossed with a symbol or lettering in packs of fifty. That should be more than enough to send out to all of your guests. Once you’ve got the envelopes sorted, you’ll need to think about what goes inside. It’s worth speaking to a professional designer for your wedding invites. After all, you probably want your guests to be excited and impressed. With a professional design, this is a certainty.       Food, Glorious Food    Pexels Image   The next little detail that you want to think about is the food. We’re not talking about the chefs that you might hire for your wedding either. Instead, it’s a nice touch to put little cakes or chocolates on the table for your guests to nibble while they are waiting for the feast. You can hand make these by getting some molds online. It’s remarkably easy to make different chocolate shapes that will look cute and fancy on your wedding table. You can even put them in little trinket boxes on each tablet. It is details like this that make people remember your wedding for years.       Write Your Wedding Vows    Pexels   I suggest you write your vows quite early on in the wedding planning process. There are two reasons for this. The first is that by the end of planning a wedding you might have forgotten why you wanted to get married. All joking aside, if you’re not a great wordsmith, it can take some time to nail the right sentiment. You don’t want to be standing there with a few bad jokes while your partner delivers a beautiful declaration of love.       Shine Like A Star    Source Of Image   You might think that the most important part of your wedding attire is the dress. Well, while this is true, the right jewelry can add a lot to the way you look. You need the perfect accessories to accentuate key areas of your body. You’ll find that you can actually rent these from jewelers rather than purchasing thousands in gold and silver. It’s one way to keep costs low while making sure you look like a princess.       These little details are sure to make your wedding ceremony and reception incredible.

Credit Image

The first step is to get the invites right. If you create stunning invitations, the rest will follow. I suggest you begin by looking at embossed stationery. These look absolutely fantastic and incredibly impressive. You can buy envelopes embossed with a symbol or lettering in packs of fifty. That should be more than enough to send out to all of your guests. Once you’ve got the envelopes sorted, you’ll need to think about what goes inside. It’s worth speaking to a professional designer for your wedding invites. After all, you probably want your guests to be excited and impressed. With a professional design, this is a certainty.

Food, Glorious Food

It all starts with the proposal. One person gets down on one knee and asks to commit the ultimate declaration of love and commitment, a wedding. You’ll get swept up in the romance I’m sure and completely forget that you only have a year to plan a wedding. A year seems like a long time right now doesn’t it? But just you wait. In a few months, you’ll realize that you haven’t even started getting things prepared. We grow up watching TV shows and movies where they seem to throw a wedding together in a couple of hours. But that’s not a real possibility. Particularly, if you want your wedding to be absolutely picture perfect. How do you guarantee this happens?       Start With The Invites    Credit Image   The first step is to get the invites right. If you create stunning invitations, the rest will follow. I suggest you begin by looking at embossed stationery. These look absolutely fantastic and incredibly impressive. You can buy envelopes embossed with a symbol or lettering in packs of fifty. That should be more than enough to send out to all of your guests. Once you’ve got the envelopes sorted, you’ll need to think about what goes inside. It’s worth speaking to a professional designer for your wedding invites. After all, you probably want your guests to be excited and impressed. With a professional design, this is a certainty.       Food, Glorious Food    Pexels Image   The next little detail that you want to think about is the food. We’re not talking about the chefs that you might hire for your wedding either. Instead, it’s a nice touch to put little cakes or chocolates on the table for your guests to nibble while they are waiting for the feast. You can hand make these by getting some molds online. It’s remarkably easy to make different chocolate shapes that will look cute and fancy on your wedding table. You can even put them in little trinket boxes on each tablet. It is details like this that make people remember your wedding for years.       Write Your Wedding Vows    Pexels   I suggest you write your vows quite early on in the wedding planning process. There are two reasons for this. The first is that by the end of planning a wedding you might have forgotten why you wanted to get married. All joking aside, if you’re not a great wordsmith, it can take some time to nail the right sentiment. You don’t want to be standing there with a few bad jokes while your partner delivers a beautiful declaration of love.       Shine Like A Star    Source Of Image   You might think that the most important part of your wedding attire is the dress. Well, while this is true, the right jewelry can add a lot to the way you look. You need the perfect accessories to accentuate key areas of your body. You’ll find that you can actually rent these from jewelers rather than purchasing thousands in gold and silver. It’s one way to keep costs low while making sure you look like a princess.       These little details are sure to make your wedding ceremony and reception incredible.

Pexels Image

The next little detail that you want to think about is the food. We’re not talking about the chefs that you might hire for your wedding either. Instead, it’s a nice touch to put little cakes or chocolates on the table for your guests to nibble while they are waiting for the feast. You can hand make these by getting some molds online. It’s remarkably easy to make different chocolate shapes that will look cute and fancy on your wedding table. You can even put them in little trinket boxes on each tablet. It is details like this that make people remember your wedding for years.

Write Your Wedding Vows

It all starts with the proposal. One person gets down on one knee and asks to commit the ultimate declaration of love and commitment, a wedding. You’ll get swept up in the romance I’m sure and completely forget that you only have a year to plan a wedding. A year seems like a long time right now doesn’t it? But just you wait. In a few months, you’ll realize that you haven’t even started getting things prepared. We grow up watching TV shows and movies where they seem to throw a wedding together in a couple of hours. But that’s not a real possibility. Particularly, if you want your wedding to be absolutely picture perfect. How do you guarantee this happens?       Start With The Invites    Credit Image   The first step is to get the invites right. If you create stunning invitations, the rest will follow. I suggest you begin by looking at embossed stationery. These look absolutely fantastic and incredibly impressive. You can buy envelopes embossed with a symbol or lettering in packs of fifty. That should be more than enough to send out to all of your guests. Once you’ve got the envelopes sorted, you’ll need to think about what goes inside. It’s worth speaking to a professional designer for your wedding invites. After all, you probably want your guests to be excited and impressed. With a professional design, this is a certainty.       Food, Glorious Food    Pexels Image   The next little detail that you want to think about is the food. We’re not talking about the chefs that you might hire for your wedding either. Instead, it’s a nice touch to put little cakes or chocolates on the table for your guests to nibble while they are waiting for the feast. You can hand make these by getting some molds online. It’s remarkably easy to make different chocolate shapes that will look cute and fancy on your wedding table. You can even put them in little trinket boxes on each tablet. It is details like this that make people remember your wedding for years.       Write Your Wedding Vows    Pexels   I suggest you write your vows quite early on in the wedding planning process. There are two reasons for this. The first is that by the end of planning a wedding you might have forgotten why you wanted to get married. All joking aside, if you’re not a great wordsmith, it can take some time to nail the right sentiment. You don’t want to be standing there with a few bad jokes while your partner delivers a beautiful declaration of love.       Shine Like A Star    Source Of Image   You might think that the most important part of your wedding attire is the dress. Well, while this is true, the right jewelry can add a lot to the way you look. You need the perfect accessories to accentuate key areas of your body. You’ll find that you can actually rent these from jewelers rather than purchasing thousands in gold and silver. It’s one way to keep costs low while making sure you look like a princess.       These little details are sure to make your wedding ceremony and reception incredible.

Pexels

I suggest you write your vows quite early on in the wedding planning process. There are two reasons for this. The first is that by the end of planning a wedding you might have forgotten why you wanted to get married. All joking aside, if you’re not a great wordsmith, it can take some time to nail the right sentiment. You don’t want to be standing there with a few bad jokes while your partner delivers a beautiful declaration of love.

Shine Like A Star

It all starts with the proposal. One person gets down on one knee and asks to commit the ultimate declaration of love and commitment, a wedding. You’ll get swept up in the romance I’m sure and completely forget that you only have a year to plan a wedding. A year seems like a long time right now doesn’t it? But just you wait. In a few months, you’ll realize that you haven’t even started getting things prepared. We grow up watching TV shows and movies where they seem to throw a wedding together in a couple of hours. But that’s not a real possibility. Particularly, if you want your wedding to be absolutely picture perfect. How do you guarantee this happens?       Start With The Invites    Credit Image   The first step is to get the invites right. If you create stunning invitations, the rest will follow. I suggest you begin by looking at embossed stationery. These look absolutely fantastic and incredibly impressive. You can buy envelopes embossed with a symbol or lettering in packs of fifty. That should be more than enough to send out to all of your guests. Once you’ve got the envelopes sorted, you’ll need to think about what goes inside. It’s worth speaking to a professional designer for your wedding invites. After all, you probably want your guests to be excited and impressed. With a professional design, this is a certainty.       Food, Glorious Food    Pexels Image   The next little detail that you want to think about is the food. We’re not talking about the chefs that you might hire for your wedding either. Instead, it’s a nice touch to put little cakes or chocolates on the table for your guests to nibble while they are waiting for the feast. You can hand make these by getting some molds online. It’s remarkably easy to make different chocolate shapes that will look cute and fancy on your wedding table. You can even put them in little trinket boxes on each tablet. It is details like this that make people remember your wedding for years.       Write Your Wedding Vows    Pexels   I suggest you write your vows quite early on in the wedding planning process. There are two reasons for this. The first is that by the end of planning a wedding you might have forgotten why you wanted to get married. All joking aside, if you’re not a great wordsmith, it can take some time to nail the right sentiment. You don’t want to be standing there with a few bad jokes while your partner delivers a beautiful declaration of love.       Shine Like A Star    Source Of Image   You might think that the most important part of your wedding attire is the dress. Well, while this is true, the right jewelry can add a lot to the way you look. You need the perfect accessories to accentuate key areas of your body. You’ll find that you can actually rent these from jewelers rather than purchasing thousands in gold and silver. It’s one way to keep costs low while making sure you look like a princess.       These little details are sure to make your wedding ceremony and reception incredible.

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You might think that the most important part of your wedding attire is the dress. Well, while this is true, the right jewelry can add a lot to the way you look. You need the perfect accessories to accentuate key areas of your body. You’ll find that you can actually rent these from jewelers rather than purchasing thousands in gold and silver. It’s one way to keep costs low while making sure you look like a princess.

These little details are sure to make your wedding ceremony and reception incredible.

Real Wedding: Jessica and Chintan’s Sparkling Civil Ceremony, Portland, Oregon

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Real Wedding: Jessica and Chintan’s Sparkling Civil Ceremony, Portland, Oregon

You know we swoon when we get to share a real wedding with you. This one is so sweet, beautiful and one of a kind. Who ever said you need a fancy location to feel opulent is just plain wrong. A court house wedding can be stunning and filled with your special touches, just as Jessica and Chintan show us below. Take a moment to view and read about their love story, enjoy!

Dress: Custom couture from Embellish Designs
Makeup:
Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon
Hair:
Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon http://picassoartisticsalon.com/
Shoes:
Christian Louboutin for the ceremony, gold sequin Converse for the reception
Accessories:
Custom 24k necklace/earring set from Mumbai, the gold bracelet was my “something borrowed and something old” and was lent from my best friend Erin Smith (it was her mother’s, and her mother wore it at her own wedding 40 years ago)
Bridesmaids Dresses:
N/A
Grooms Suit:
Custom made in Mumbai
Photographer:
Powers Photography Studio http://powersstudios.com/
Stationery:
Adorn Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Cake:
Dream Cakes http://www.dreamcakesportland.com/
Food:
Display from Voodoo Doughnuts and two food trucks for catering on site (PBJs Grilled and Koi Fusion)
Flowers:
Brooch Bouquet custom made from Secret Garden Bouquets
Ceremony Venue: 
Multnomah County Courthouse (Portland, Ore. USA)
Reception Venue:
Our custom built home (we moved in four days prior to the wedding)

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Their Story

We met seven years ago at a nightclub in Portland which no longer exists. Fittingly enough, by chance we had our photo taken the night we met. During the pedicab tour after our American wedding, we re-created the same pose and photo from seven years prior.

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How He Proposed

A few weeks after returning from India where I met his family, it was nearly Valentine’s Day. He had his brother send the ingredients for my favorite Indian food, street-style pizza. In India, you often have to offer bribes to get what you want. He said the pizza ingredients was my “bribe” if I’d let him be my husband. (Technically, I was proposed to with Amul cheese—although there was a ring, too).

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Her Wedding Gown

I initially wanted something short and simple. However, in my husband’s community, all-white is reserved for widows. The choice to have a couture gown custom made was a process of elimination. There were no dresses I liked, particularly with accent colors. I’m a big fan of Zuhair Murad’s designs, but nothing was available that was “just right.” Going with a custom gown was the only way to get what I wanted, although “what I wanted” drastically changed in the year-long process.

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Style for their wedding day

For our American wedding, just a few weeks following the large Indian wedding, we wanted something small and simple with just friends. Since neither of us are Christian, the idea of a church wedding was already out. There’s always been something sweet and romantic about the notion of getting married at the courthouse. The day was informal, fun, and simple, which is just what we needed after spending a month in India.

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The Decor

I am not a DIYer, but many of the details were from Etsy designers and shops. I also surprised my husband by having a brick placed in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Square. You can purchase a permanent brick in what’s dubbed Portland’s livingroom. It read “J+C 4.1.16.”

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Any advice for fellow brides to be?

Prioritize making time to spend with just your husband on your wedding day! After all, that’s what it’s really about.

Your favorite moment of the day…

For an hour in between the ceremony and reception, we took a pedicab tour around downtown Portland. It was time where we could just spend it together before hosting the party at home. We also got married again (our third time after India and the courthouse!) at Voodoo Doughnuts where legal ceremonies are performed with blessings from the “Voodoo gods.”

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Five Ways to Display Your Custom Cake Topper After the Wedding

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Five Ways to Display Your Custom Cake Topper After the Wedding

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Many brides wonder what to do with their wedding décor once the big day has passed. There are decorations, extra favors, cake serving set, champagne glasses, and most importantly, a wedding cake topper. A lot of time and thought goes into selecting the perfect décor for your wedding, so why toss it out after the day is through?

Here are five ways to cherish your custom cake topper for years to come.

Home Décor

An easy solution is to display your custom cake topper in your home as a decoration. Use it on a bookshelf as a bookend, on an end table as a decor piece, on a shelf next to picture frames, or on the dresser as a daily reminder of your beautiful day. Make your home reflect the love you share as a couple!

Christmas Ornament

Another way is to incorporate your wedding cake topper into your holiday celebrations by using it as a Christmas ornament. Attach some ribbon or string to make your own personalized ornament to use as a focal point on your Christmas tree for years to come. This idea works especially well for more traditional wedding cake toppers and winter weddings.

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Pass It On

Nothing is more special than incorporating something your parents used on your wedding day. Save your wedding cake topper to give to your child for their wedding day, as the future bride’s “something old”. Choosing a classic wedding cake topper will ensure it never goes out of style!

Flower Arrangement

Another way to decorate your home using your wedding cake topper is to add it to a flower arrangement. Display the arrangement on your dining room table, a bookshelf or an end table as a conversation piece. A monogram wedding cake topper is so versatile, your guests may not even know it was from your cake!

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Drop It In A Fish Tank

A beach wedding cake topper, especially one with shells or sand, can make an easy addition to the bottom of a fish tank. Simply display it inside the tank and let your fish play around it.

Wedding cake toppers have many more uses than just décor for the top of your wedding cake. Find one that fits your style and treasure it for years to come! Contact Wedding Collectibles today for help finding your perfect wedding cake topper keepsake.

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Real Wedding: Rochelle + Nathan

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Real Wedding: Rochelle + Nathan

We always get excited when a real wedding comes into our inbox and this one doesn’t disappoint. In the style of a “Big Greek” Wedding this couple wows us from start to finish. Rochelle’s gown is stunning and you can see how happy they both are together. Enjoy the images below and thank you to Rochelle & Nathan for the submission.

Vendors
Dress: Jason Grech http://www.jasongrech.com/
Shoes: Ninewest
Bridesmaids Dresses: Swish http://swishclothing.com.au/
Accessories: Just Me Jewellery justmejewellery.com.au
Photograph: Eye to Eye Photography http://www.eyetoeyephotography.com.au/
Wedding Movie: C2 Films http://www.c2films.com.au/
Stationery: Adorn Wedding Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Ceremony Venue: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
Reception Venue: Crown Towers
Makeup: Martina
Hair: Hue’s Hair
Flowers: Kitsa’s Flowers
Cake: Abfab Cakes

How did we meet?
Nathan and I have actually known each other since our early twenties, however didn’t really get together until a few years later. We both worked for the same company out of uni and we’d always chat (even though I remember him being so nervous around me) however at the time I was in a long-term relationship with a guy from high school, who I was certain that I’d marry. When that didn’t pan out and we broke up, Nathan and I spent more time together and started getting a lot closer.
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It’s still crazy to think that Nathan has been in my life for so long and I could have easily missed out on something so special. I was so devastated when I broke up with my previous partner as we’d been together since we were 15 years old, but there really is a silver lining to every cloud! I couldn’t imagine my life without Nathan now.

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How did he propose?
Being the hopeless romantic that he is, I don’t think Nathan could help himself with going all out on the proposal.

Nathan said that he had a work conference at Melbourne’s Crown Towers (If you know Crown Towers, you’d know that it’s the most glamourous building in the city!) So he recommended that we book a hotel room and go stay over for the night. I remember we were sitting in the hotel room about to get ready for dinner when he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. As it turns out, there was of course no conference and we woke up the next day to a gorgeous brunch on the waters of Southbank and later just dawdled around the city in pure bliss.

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How did you choose your wedding dress?
Every bridal gown I’ve ever seen at a wedding that had made my jaw drop was a Jason Grech design, so I knew that as soon it was my turn, I’d know exactly which designer to turn to! All of his pieces are so elegant and classic, and when I saw my gown – I knew it was the one. I couldn’t believe how well it fit me even before alterations, and because it was silk, it was so comfortable to wear all day. It also had gorgeous embellished detailing down the sides which matched with a stunning Capulet that could be removed. So comfortable and functional!

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What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Nathan comes from a traditional Greek family, so it was a given that we incorporate his family’s traditions into the ceremony. However, I still wanted to inject some modernity and a bit more glamour into the event. This is largely why we chose Crown as our venue space (amidst the fact that our proposal took place there.) The views from our reception venue were absolutely stunning and we loved the fact that it overlooked the skyline of the city. When choosing my bridesmaids dresses, my own dress and the ceremony décor – I wanted to go for a timeless glamour feel to contrast against the modernity of our reception décor and to still tie in with the traditional Greek elements of the day.

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Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Luckily, we both managed to take quite a bit of time off for our honeymoon and we fit in two trips! We headed to Bali for ten days to relax, came back for a week (possibly the hardest working week I’ve ever done) and then we jetted off to Europe. We met up with Nathan’s family in Greece and met up with a couple of my sisters as well. Afterwards we also travelled through Spain, Italy and Croatia. 

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Thank you to Rochelle & Nathan for submitting their elegant and beautiful wedding day photos. What an amazing day the two of you had! I hope they inspired another couple planning their big day.

What to have your wedding day featured on our blog and social media? Just click here for the info we need to feature your wedding day. It’s as easy as that! Cheers – Alexis