Three Inventive Food Ideas For Your Wedding Day

If you’re organising your own wedding, you won’t need us to tell you that there are a million and one things to think about. In fact, you might be wishing it was all over just so you can think about something other than the wedding! Arguably one of the biggest parts of your day will be making sure everything runs smoothly for your guests as well as for yourself. After all, you have invited them to what is essentially your event, so it is up to you to cater for them. A large chunk of this is providing them with good food and drink, as the wedding meal is where much of the socialising happens. We’ve all been to a wedding where all that was on offer was a stale buffet, and wedding food is famously un-appetizing. But, if you’re willing to spend a bit of time shopping around for caterers, you could end up with a wedding meal to remember.

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The BBQ

Here in Britain, we love a good BBQ. Maybe it’s because we don’t get the chance to have them very often, but if you’re planning an outdoorsy wedding they are a great option. With that being said, you can also easily create indoor BBQ food with the right caterers. Plus, if you are on a major budget, BBQ food is easy enough for you to do yourselves – just ask the groomsmen if they don’t mind being chefs for an hour or so! Make sure you provide plenty of different options and speak to local caterers about quality meat. Veggie skewers are also a must, and a big bowl of salad to go with your burgers and hot dogs never goes amiss. Not the classiest of wedding food, but you can be sure everyone will love it.

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The cake

Typically, wedding cakes are thought to be white, laden with icing and very, very sugary. But there’s no reason why you can’t go against the grain when it comes to your wedding cake. If you’re a lover of all things sweet and can’t make up your mind on one specific type of cake, why not have different ones? A different cake on each tier not only looks interesting but offers your guests something new too. More and more people are also opting for lots of individual cupcakes rather than a traditional cake. This is a perfect idea if you are a having a contemporary style wedding, and they are easier for your guests to eat too. If you’re not into desserts at all, you might want to go against the grain completely with a fabulous Cheese Wedding Cake. It’ll be something that your guests remember for years to come!

Street food

As previously mentioned, traditional wedding caterers are infamous for often providing dry, bland food. If this is something you’re keen to steer well clear of, street food vendors could be your answer. Street food has come on in leaps and bounds over the past few years, now providing restaurant quality food in a more casual setting. Consider booking a selection of street food stalls for your guests to flit between during the meal. This is also a great opportunity to experiment with different types of cuisine – as you can get everything from street food pies to street food curries these days!

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Pre-wedding Essentials

The run up to your wedding day can be pretty hectic to say the least. Not only is there so much to plan and organise, there’s also the added pressure of making sure you look great and the worry that everyone remembers exactly what they’re supposed to be doing and at the right time. Here’s a reminder of some pre-wedding essentials you need to get organised in time for the big day, just in case you forget:

  • Setting up your wedding gift list

Spending sometime setting up your wedding gift list is really important. Traditionally a gift list is to help you get set up for married life together so involves lots of essentials like cutlery, a toaster and kettle etc. But, as so many couples live together before marriage now things have changed a bit. Use your list to get beautiful things for your house to make it feel more homely and special as you start married life. Sites like Cox and Cox for some gorgeous interior inspiration.

  • Check your passport is in date

Making sure that both your passports are in date in time for the honeymoon is vital and something that often gets forgotten in the run up to a wedding. The passport renewal system can take a while in busy periods but usually about 3 weeks and an emergency run to the passport offices located in Liverpool, London, Durham or Glasgow.

  • Put together the table favours

Little things like table favours can easily be forgotten. They give you chance to thank your guests for coming to your wedding and allow you to add a little personal touch to the day. By thinking about these in advance you’ll be able to put together some cute little favours which symbolise your relationship and put a smile on your guests’ faces.

  • The cake

Organising the cake well in advance is super important to make sure you get exactly what you want and the cake designer you desire.  With specialists being booked up well in advance it’s important to organise this early on then it’s one thing off the list that can’t get forgotten about at the last minute. Try and think about what you want for your cake rather than pleasing your guests and always plan for the amount of people you have coming.

There’s so much to organise when planning a wedding that it can all get really stressful. By considering these 4 essentials far in advance you’ll hopefully not forget anything and have a wonderful wedding day.

Red & Wine

Jenna and Scott had a beautiful red & wine inspired wedding. The seating chart had an amazing detail with the wine cork place holders. Their thank you gifts were individual bottles of wine with the couples in a loving embrace on the label. We loved all the little details from the elegant yet simply decorated cake to the center piece with a single rose in the vase and a bouquet topper. We also think the bridal party totally nailed the Bridesmaid pose too.

 

 



Photographer:  Engaging Images
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay
Dress Store: Bea Shawn Bridal
Shoes: Celebration Shoes
Makeup Artist: Creatively Beautiful
DJ: DJ Emporium
Cake Designer: I Do! Wedding Cakes
Event Venue: Le Parc
Floral Designer: Thoughtful Gifts and Flowers
Favors and Gifts:Vinters Celler
Invitation Designer: Vistaprint
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The Evolution of the Wedding Cake

I shot a wedding about a month ago in France and instead of what I am used to seeing for the wedding cake they had a croquembouche which is the French version.  It started me thinking about how our cakes are so different and where the idea of the wedding cake started and why every wedding in the past 12 years I have ever shot has a wedding cake. So, I started to do some research and what I found was pretty freaking interesting so I thought I would share it with all you lovelies.

The history of the wedding cake goes as far back as the Roman Empire.  Did you know that they use to break the cake over the brides head?? The groom would eat part of the loaf of bread baked especially for the wedding and break the rest over his bride. It was suppose to symbolized the breaking of the bride’s virginal state. Ummm I think I am glad that tradition did not make it to today’s date but, that is why today we see the bride and groom smashing cake in each others face.

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In Medieval Europe cakes were described as breads with some sweetening. There are stories of a custom involving stacking small sweet buns in a large pile in front of the newlyweds and the couple would attempt to kiss over the pile.  This is where the stacking of the cream puffs in a pile like the modern day french wedding cake came from.  It was said if the bride and groom could successfully kiss over the pile they would produce many children.

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From the 17th century to the 19th century there was a pie called the “brides” pie.  The pie was filled with sweet bread or a simple mutton pie. The  main ingredient was a ring made out of glass.  They claimed that the lady who found the ring while eating the pie would be the next to be married.  It is said that over time this custom has changed and formed into today’s version of the lady who catches the bouquet is the next to be married.

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But why where wedding cakes always white?? The symbolism attached to the color white meaning “purity” is the reason that from the beginning using bread until today the preferred wedding cake color is still white.  Since the wedding cake was originally called the “brides” cake a white cake was a symbol of the brides purity. This not only highlighted the bride as the main figure of the wedding, but also created a link visually between the bride and the cake.  In 2010 81% of wedding cakes in the USA used white icing!

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So why do we save the top layer of the wedding cake???  This one I found the most interesting so apparently most people got pregnant and had a baby about 10 to 11 months after they got married.  So somewhere around the early 20th century when the multi tiered wedding cake started to become popular instead of having a grand cake for your wedding and an elaborate cake for your child’s christening they would save the top layer of the wedding cake to serve at the christening.

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 I hope you all found this as interesting as I did.  I love wedding cake and no matter what color the outside as long as it is red velvet with cream cheese icing I am IN.  🙂

Black, Red and White Wedding Inspiration

Black and Red are very classic and chic and we are now seeing these colors used more and more in weddings which I LOVE! There is just something about a bright red wedding bouquet that just screams romance and love….

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