Saturday, November 5, 2016

Wedding Cakes
The wedding cake is the center of the reception

and represents both your wedding and personal style.  A wide range of options are available and you may have a tendency to get carried away with the possibilities.  Remember to stay true to the style and look of the wedding, but feel free to let your personalities show through as well.
A number of details and decisions go into choosing a cake and making a few determinations before consulting a decorator will keep the stress levels downs and the budget in line.  Like the majority of decisions, the cake should be no different in staying with the color scheme, formality and theme of the wedding.  Before you talk to a decorator, determine the budget for the cake.  The guest list has a major impact on the size of cake you will need.  The cost of a wedding cake is based on a cost per slice, and can range anywhere from $1.50 to $20, depending on the final decoration.  Based on the number of guests to serve, determine the number of tiers needed and overall size.  As a standard, 50 to 100 guests are served with a three tier cake.  From here factor the per slice cost you can afford, and work with your decorator to embellish the cake based on budget.   Finding the right top to finalize the cake is a personal preference.  There are a number of options to choose from: porcelain figurines, plastic bride and grooms, or fresh flowers.  Many brides are choosing to be sentimental and incorporating a family heirloom into the top.  Whether using the cake top her mom or grandmother used, or a family broche, adding a family treasure brings an emotional and personal feel to the cake.  Whatever top you choose, consider the weight the cake will hold.  You don’t want the top to sink into the cake because it is too heavy.  Share your choice as soon as possible with the decorator to ensure it will work.
As the cake is the centerpiece of the reception, make sure it is on adequate display for everyone to view.  The cake table should be prominent at the reception and effort should go into decoration for the table.  It does not have to be elaborate and can include a flower arrangement, fresh fruit, pictures, colorful tablecloths, etc.  The motif and decoration of the table should blend and complement the look, while showcasing the cake.

Once you have found a decorator, sit down with them and work to design the look.  As you consider frosting colors, ribbon designs, gum paste roses, etc., don’t forget the cake should have exceptional taste.  Traditionally, wedding cakes were white cakes, white frosting with a few colored roses.  Cake design has evolved and become more elaborate making the options unlimited.  Instead of traditional white or chocolate cakes, choices have opened up to include key lime, carrot cake, strawberry swirl, chocolate mint, cherry vanilla almond, with a wide variety of fillings as well; mango, coconut, cream cheese, mocha-praline, etc.  Each tier can be a different flavor, allowing both the bride and the groom to have their individual tastes accounted for or more than one of their favorites to be included.  The combinations of cakes, fillings and frostings available allow for enough differentiation that all taste palettes can be catered to. 

You can find Bakeries and sample cake at one of the following
Bridal Showplace Bridal Shows for 2017:
Jan. 22 - The Queen Mary, Long Beach
Feb. 22 - Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel, Buena Park
April 23 - Hyatt Regency, Long Beach
May 7 -  Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio
Aug. 6 - The Queen Mary, Long Beach
Sept. 17 - Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, Huntington Beach
Oct. 8 - Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel, Buena Park
Oct. 22 - Marriott Long Beach Airport Hotel

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Just Engaged?  Bridal Shows Are A Great Start!

If you are newly engaged, then congratulations are in order. Planning your wedding can be a fun and exciting time but you’ll also have to make many important decisions in the upcoming months. The first decision that you make should be to go to a Bridal Show.  There you can see bridal shops, bakeries, musicians, photographers, florists and lots of other wedding vendors gathered all in one place. It’s the best way to see examples of their work, taste samples of cakes and foods, and collect brochures and literature. You can spend the whole day walking around talking to vendors and gathering information about their services.

The highlight of these events is usually the fashion show. If you’re like most brides, you’ll want to check it out. But these seats will fill up quickly so plan on seating before the show starts. And if you already have your gown picked out then its a good idea to use this time to talk with the vendors that you are most interested in. Since most brides will be watching the fashion show, you should have their undivided attention. Also if you’ve already picked out your gown and wedding party dresses, make sure you bring a swatch. Many vendors will be able to make suggestions on how best to use your colors in other aspects of the your wedding.

Here’s a couple of things to keep in mind before you head off to your first Bridal Show that will make the experience more enjoyable. Bring the people that you think will help you make the best decisions. Whether you invite your family or your friends or a combination of both, you should surround yourself with positive influences. Definitely wear comfortable shoes. You’re going to do a lot of walking and be on your feet almost the whole time you’re there. Bring address labels with you. They can save you a lot of time when filling out contact information for the wedding merchants or for contests. And bring a pad and pen to take notes or jot down ideas.
And remember to have fun. Wedding planning should be an exhilarating time of your life and a Bridal Show is a great place to start.

We Invite You to Attend Bridal Showplace Bridal Shows-SoCal
2017 Schedule
Jan 22 - The Queen Mary, Long Beach
Feb 12 - Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel, Buena Park
April 23 - Hyatt Regency, Long Beach
May 7 - Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio
Aug 6 - The Queen Mary, Long Beach
Sept 17 - Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, Huntington Beach
Oct 8 - Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel, Buena Park
Oct 22 - Marriott Long Beach Airport Hotel, Long Beach
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