Wedding Cakes. Buttercream or Fondant?

Wedding cakes can be stunning to look at, especially if you have it iced with fondant, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that a beautiful cake will be as delicious as it looks.

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Butter cream has long been the traditional and most popular icing for a wedding cake . There are good reasons why a bride will select buttercream. It is the best the best value when it comes to price per slice. Most wedding cakes are charged according to the number of people it will serve.The texture is creamy and light and not excessively sweet. It is  soft and easy to cut and use to decorate with  designs such as  basket weave and swags.
The flip side  is that because butter cream is made with real butter, the cake may need to be kept in a cool place as heat could cause the decorations to run and drip. You should let the baker know if your cake will be displayed under hot lights, or outdoors, as they can take steps to avoid total meltdown by using shortening instead of butter. The pictures below are cakes using butter cream icing . We love using fresh flowers to decorate the cake which coordinate with the flowers used in the reception.

Fondant is popular because it is so versatile, gives a smooth professional finish . The icing is made of sugar, corn syrup, gelatine and glycerine and is rolled out in sheets which are wrapped around each tier of the cake. Rolled fondant wedding cakes are probably the most requested of all wedding cakes today, because there is simply so many things you can do with them. You can bake any shape cake you like and then roll the fondant icing over the top to contour the shape of the cake.The fondant cake is so versatile it can cater for any wedding theme. Rolled fondant, poured fondant and sculpting fondant can all be used with such great effect that the fondant cakes become works of art and the cake maker a true artist.

This beautiful fondant cake was selected by our bride from We take the Cake in Fort Lauderdale. The crystal diamond trim set between the layers added an elegant touch to this beautiful cake.

Ana Paz in Miami created this delicate fondant wedding cake with beautiful detail.

And now for the ” wow” a different themed wedding cake designed by Sandra from Sandra’s Cakes.

A wedding cake by the ” queen ” of wedding cake design, Sylvia Weinstock.

Picking the perfect china

China is one of the most important things when registering for your wedding. There are so many different patterns and colors to choose from. The hardest part is choosing which one is best for you? Here are some steps to finding china that suits your style.

First Step: Decide which china style is more your personality

Pick your china based on your mealtime personality. Do you prefer to sit at the dinner table every night? Bone china is considered the best china available, while fine china is the most fragile and best reserved for special occasions. Or are you more casual and enjoy your dinners in front of the TV? Earthenware and stoneware are usually dishwasher- and microwave-safe.

Second Step: Which pattern is right for you

The four basic china patterns include flowers, geometric shapes, banded plates with rings, and Asian-inspired designs. Don’t worry about picking out something you’ll like later — you’re getting married now, so pick what you like now! Once you’ve picked a pattern, decide on one or two complementary colors that work well together (like black and white or brown and blue). Don’t be afraid of bright colors but do try to avoid overly trendy china or busy styles that may feel dated in the years to come.

Kate Spade is very popular in the wedding industry and makes beautiful patterns for every style

Third Step: How many place settings will you need

While storage may play a major factor in your china decision, it’s generally recommended that couples go with 12 place settings, though you might want to register for more if you think you will be hosting lots of parties. Most basic settings include four to five pieces (the smaller the setting, the greater the likelihood that it’s casual plateware) like a dinner plate, a salad or desert plate, a soup bowl, a butter dish, and a cup and saucer.

Fourth Step: Do you need the extra incidentals

A gravy boat might not be something you see yourself using every day, but it may come in handy if you plan on hosting a large dinner party during the holidays. Other incidentals, like a sugar bowl, pitcher, serving platters, and a coffee set, are also considered must-haves.

Fifth Step: Which china is too fragile for you

Make sure you pick your china based on its expected usage. If you plan on integrating it into your daily routine, make sure it’s not easily breakable and is dishwasher safe. If you only plan on using it for special occasions, you might want to consider investing in a china cabinet to ensure that it’s kept safe and out of harm’s way.

Luxurious Letterpress Invitations

Letterpress printing is a printing technique which has been in use in the West since the 15th Century, when it was used by Johannes Gutenberg to manufacture the Gutenberg Bible. There has been some debate over whether letterpress printing was first developed in the East or West, with some suggestions that Chinese texts were printed using a similar method before the Gutenberg Bible. Letterpress printing remained the primary way to print and distribute information until the twentieth century, when offset printing was developed. It was also an extremely important technological innovation, making printed material available to a wider range of classes of people.

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Letterpress printing involves locking movable type into the bed of a press, inking it, and rolling or pressing paper against it to form an impression. Predecessors of letterpress printing had been around for hundreds of years, with both East and West making prints from woodblocks and carved engravings. However, Gutenberg is usually credited with the introduction of movable type, which could be reset and reused. Movable type revolutionized printing techniques, because each page of a book no longer represented an individually carved woodblock or engraving. A fast typesetter can set a page in only a few minutes.
The parts of a basic letterpress include a press bed where the type is set up, rollers for ink, and a tympan, which is a tightly stretched drum or disc on which the paper is mounted. Some presses roll the tympan across the bed of the press to print, while others press a flat tympan against the bed for an impression. For multiple colors, multiple passes of the press must be taken, unless the printer uses a split fountain technique where several colors of ink are spread on the rollers.

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While it is not in common use, letterpress printing is valued by some artisans. High quality papers and inks are used to create an especially lush impression, and the technique is sometimes used for special invitations, announcements, and art projects. Items printed on a letterpress can be readily identified by the impressions of the letters, which punch into the paper slightly and create a raised effect of the back of the printed product.

Letterpress printing is more time consuming than offset printing, resulting in higher cost. Several methods have been developed to make the process more efficient. Type for letterpress printing is made from lead, which is soft enough that it will not damage the paper. When the technique was in common use, newspapers often relied on linotype machines, which cast entire lines of type in hot lead. After the paper was printed, the lead could be melted down and reused.

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We love the collection of letterpress invitations from Elum Designs. Their designs are modern, they use luxury paper’s and couture designs from the traditional to the modern and chic makes them one of our brides favorite collections.The invitation below we used for a destination wedding in Florida with a Key West flavor. The palm tree was perfect with the ink colors in copper and soothing green.

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Beautiful Bridal Bouquets

Bridal Bouquets are the perfect accessory for a beautiful dress as well as  fit the personality and style of each bride. Bouquets will also be designed to work with the overall color scheme , florals and decor.

The cascading bouquets were originally referred to as shower bouquets. Also known as a teardrop bouquet or trail bouquet. The Cascading bouquet, which is the most formal and most traditional of bouquets, is designed to spill gracefully over the bride’s hands as it flows downward for a sophisticated and stylized look. This bouquet is an amazing arrangement of Phelanopsis orchids with pretty stephanotis  studded  with pearls.

These nosegay bouquets are a combination of your traditional white or just colors . The stems are wrapped in beautiful fabrics and ribbon to work with the colors of the flowers.

The pomander bouquet is also known as a kissing ball. A pomander is a ball of flowers suspended from a loop of decorative ribbon.

A more modern style structured bouquet tied with a crystal band.

We love these natural bouquets with an organic feel using natural elements.Thank you to Xquisite Events for providing us with these beautiful pictures of there work which our brides love.

What dress do I wear?!

The style dress you wear on your special day is the single most important decision in choosing the look for your entire wedding. Whether it is big, beautiful, and elegant or sleek and simple, your dress will set the tone. With so many different dresses to choose from, you must remember to pick the dress that best suits your style. There are five different dress styles known in the wedding industry; Empire, A-line, Princess, Mermaid/Fishtail, Ball Gown, and Column. The big question is which one do you choose?!

Mermaid Style

Jackie wore the Column Dress which was stunning on her!

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Nadia wore the Princess gown which was a perfect fit for her elegant wedding.