The Cake

Wedding cakes are as varied and unique as the people who will enjoy them — some tall, some short, some square, some round, some stacked, some flat, many different colors . . . you get the picture. Some are meant to be eaten . . . and , in fact, others are meant to be just looked at!

But all wedding cakes found around the world have one thing in common — being an integral part of a wedding celebration. A traditional wedding element that is even present in non-traditional weddings. The wedding cake has come to be symbolic of a joyful event shared by friends, family, and loved ones.

In addition to providing a tasty treat for wedding guests, the wedding cake is often times the centerpiece of the wedding’s motif or decor. The type of cake chosen usually reflects the theme, personality, and ambience of the wedding reception ( and sometimes the budget as well).

In recent times past, the wedding cake was considered to be a status symbol . . . a luxury item representing a couple’s celebratory and social status. In other words, the larger the cake– the higher their social significance.

Although not so much anymore (there are exceptions among the very wealthy), there are still certain “cake traditions” that many weddings still value and adhere to. Most weddings today still include the cake presenting, cake cutting, and cake sharing actions performed by both the bride and groom . . . irregardless of their socio-economic status.

There is, however, still much symbolism associated with the wedding cake. The traditional white wedding cake has been historically representing purity and virginity since the days of Queen Victoria in the 1800’s. Hence, the wedding cake came to be known as the bride’s cake . . . and the white colored cake became common to represent the bride.

Even the bridal cake cutting itself was symbolic . . . the bride and groom would share a piece of cake together before sharing it with the other guests. This would traditionally represent the newlywed’s union, commitment, and promises made to each other.

As tradition would have it, by then sharing the cake with the wedding guests, the gift of fertility would then be passed on to all who consumed it.

But no matter the past or present traditions concerning the wedding cake . . . one thing is clear — people usually enjoy eating cake, and associate that with having fun! And, isn’t that what weddings are supposed to be about anyway?

What’s the Theme of Your Wedding?

Every one wants their wedding day to be special, unique, memorable, and most importantly . . . an event that will remind people of you. This can be accomplished through a color you love, music you like, a lifestyle you enjoy, or even just an emotional feeling that surrounds you.

The best way to make your special day uniquely you is to plan your wedding around a special theme that means something to you. That way, you will have more fun . . . and your guests will really enjoy themselves as well.

Whatever wedding theme you choose, be sure to incorporate all of the essential elements that will make your special day truly exceptional. Tie everything like music, menu, colors, flowers, invitations, etc. together through your chosen theme.

Using a special theme that both of you enjoy and share, will just enhance your overall wedding experience . . . and make it an event that you and your guests will truly remember for ever!

Many couples choose to go with the traditional “white wedding” where the bride wears a white wedding gown, the bridesmaids wear coordinated outfits, and tuxes are worn by the men. If that’s what you want, then by all means, go ahead and jump in full force.

Many Couples Choose to Think Outside of the Traditional Box

Today’s society screams out ” I got to be me”, or “don’t put me in a certain box”, or “let me express myself”. And, a lot of today’s wedding couples feel the same way. They want to convey something very meaningful and unique to them.

So if you are one of those “think out of the box” couples . . . here are some of the most unique and popular wedding themes for today. They come from music, movies, television shows, sports, books, etc.

But, don’t limit your self to just these. Get creative, and remember not to “go too far over the line” as your wedding memories, photos, and relationships will be with you for the rest of your days. You don’t want to look back in 20 years and say “seriously?”.

Having said that . . . popular themes today include: the 1920’s, the 1950’s, birds and butterflies, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Batman or Bat Girl, Maleficent, Hunger Games, Super Mario, The Great Gatsby, Popular Sports, The Walking Dead, Alice in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, Frozen, Twilight, Disney Princesses, Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, Superman and Wonder Woman, Little Mermaid, Fire Department Rescue, Mad Men. Harry Potter, Book Lovers, Secret Super Heroes, Pirates, Labyrinth, War Craft, and Victorian Gothic.

It’s your special day. . . so theme it so it is the most special for you!

Planning Your Big Day

 

So, you’ve decided to get married. That’s a big decision, but it is only the first of many important decisions you will have to make in order to make your special day a successful one.

In fact, you should start planning the details of your wedding well in advance of the wedding day- – as early as a year in advance if possible. It will take work . . . so plan your work, and then work your plan–and all will end well.

Everyone is different, and individual weddings are different . . . so not everyone will need to plan in the same way. Having said that, here are some useful tips to help you plan for your special day. Use what applies to you and enjoy it — look at your wedding planning as a life changing adventure!

General Wedding Planning Guidelines

Set a Budget –make your budget realistic and practical for yourself. Once set, stick to it as much as possible. Use your head and not your emotions. Be considerate of others that are helping you with paying for certain aspects of your ceremony as well.

Set Your Timeline for Your Plan — Plan your plan. Use a calendar and give yourself enough time to get it all done. Set this up correctly first, and you will save yourself from a lot of worry and anxiety later as you proceed along.

Choose the Size and Participants of Your Wedding — Right from the get go, you really need to know how many people will be attending and who the key people are going to be. Who is going to be the best man, the maid of honor, the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and ushers?

Choose Your Date and Venues — this will take proper coordination . . . so your people, your wedding venue, and reception venue will all be available. Remember to send out “save the date” notifications to your guests as well–giving them plenty of notice to arrange their schedules around your special day.

Choose Your Wedding Theme– It’s your dream day, so be sure to make it unique and special to you. You can go traditional “white wedding” or get creative and “out of the box” with something meaningful to both of you. . .like Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, etc.

Choose and Send Your Wedding Invitations — you can make these as simple or elaborate as you wish. You can do them yourself, making them very personal, or . . . hire professionals to do these for you.

Choose Your Wedding Officiant — of course, this will depend on the type of wedding you are having, and could range from a judge to a religious minister.

Pick Your Perfect Wedding Dress or Outfit — the choices, prices, and styles are as variant as the brides who will glowing in them. You know you best and what will delight you! 471

Select Your Wedding Rings — share this experience as a couple, and make your ring selections more meaningful.

Hire Your Entertainment and Photographer — Again the correct choices should be uniquely you and fit in with the wedding theme you have chosen

Pick Your Cake, Food and Refreshments — all of these should be chosen from your personal tastes, but keeping in mind your guests as well. You want your wedding to be a great experience for all involved.

Of course, there are other things to plan concerning your wedding. We have just touched on some basic ones here. You might be brave enough to venture out and get all these things done yourself . . . or, you might choose to just turn it all over to a professional wedding planner! Your wedding. . .your choices. . . Enjoy!