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Wedding Day Checklist: Containers for Leftover Cake

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Mother of the Bride, here’s a short and sweet Wedding Day reminder: Don’t forget containers for the leftover cake!

Yes, it’s hard to imagine that your guests might leave some of that wedding cake yumminess uneaten, but they sure do. Chances are you planned for more than enough cake because cake is one thing you don’t want to have in short supply at the reception. Also, not everyone will eat cake. Hard to believe, but true!

Check with your wedding cake baker to see if he or she provides boxes for the leftovers, and if not, be sure to bring your own containers. Something like the inexpensive food storage containers above works perfectly. These are even better than boxes because they’re air tight.

So, MOB, add containers to your wedding day checklist. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to indulge in extra bites as you pack the leftovers away! :)

*You might also like to read Comfy Shoes—Add This to Your Wedding Day List and Wedding Day Tip: A List for the Photographer.

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Cake Table Tip for Weddings: Display Engagement Photo

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Mother of the Bride, want to add another aww factor to the cake table besides the cake itself? Display one or more of the happy couple’s engagement photos! It will be elegant but simple at the same time. Can’t beat that!

Featuring an engagement photo on the cake table not only adds a sweet and romantic touch to the cake table décor, it gives you one more way to use and share those special photos that you’ve already spent money on. It’s always a plus when one expense can fulfill more than one purpose, isn’t it, MOB?!

If possible, match the frame to the cake or other décor on the table to help pull the whole look together. The silver frame in the photo above is the perfect complement to the white wedding cake, silver cake stand, and the silver champagne bucket and cake server set used at my daughter Kelli’s wedding. In the photo below, the brown wooden frame is a perfect match for the chocolate groom’s cake chosen by my daughter Kristin’s groom for their wedding.

If simple, elegant, and already paid for sounds like a good combination to you, MOB, see if your daughter and her beloved would like to display some of their engagement photos on their cake tables. Everyone will enjoy!

*You might also like to read Preparing to Decorate: Reception Venue Visit and Wedding Table Decor: Add Pizzazz with Confetti.

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*Photo above by Flowers Photography. Photo below by Chris Humphrey Photography.

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Wedding Cake Idea: Beautiful Brooch Accents!

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Mother of the Bride, here’s a gorgeous wedding cake idea that uses an unusual accent—brooches! A couple of weeks ago I showed you some dazzling examples of brooch bouquets, so why not carry that dazzle factor on over to the wedding cake?

Brooches could be used in a variety of ways on a wedding cake, but one simple way—as shown in the photo above—uses two beautiful matching brooches well-positioned on bows made of ribbon. What perfect accents those brooches and bows make. So elegant!

Also think of the possible uses for the brooches after the cake is cut and the guests are served. The bride and groom might want to give them to you and the mother of the groom as a special memento of the day (fun!), or the newlyweds could use them in several different ways as decorative accents in floral arrangements or other décor in their home. Think of all the potential ideas—and they’d each one carry the treasured memory of their wedding day.

So, MOB, see what your daughter thinks of brooch accents for the cake and then have fun brainstorming all the possibilities. Whatever you decide will shine, right?!

*You might also like to read Wedding Cake Trend: Multiple Mini Cakes, Wedding Cake Idea: The Drape Effect, and New Wedding Cake Trend: The Ombre Cake.

*Flickr photo by the-icing-on-the-cake, Creative Commons License

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Bridal Photo Idea: Down the Aisle From Above

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Mother of the Bride, are you looking for some great photo ideas for your daughter’s bridal portrait session? The greater variety of shots the photographer takes, the better the chances are of getting the dynamite photos you’re hoping for. Of course, the photographer will have lots of great ideas, but if you and your daughter can add to the list, so much the better, right?

How about trying a down the aisle shot but taken from above? If the photographer has a way to stand somewhere above the bride, this angle produces an especially striking photo of the bridal gown in all its glory.

This shot can be captured if your daughter’s bridal portrait session is held at the church, but it can also be taken the day of the wedding before the guests arrive.

Similar from above shots could be taken in other locales, too. You wouldn’t get the down the aisle effect, but the photographer could still capture the beauty of the gown from this angle in a number of other gorgeous venues.

Just be ready to fluff the gown, MOB—and then watch the beauty unfold!

*You might also like to read Bridal Portrait Idea: Windows Plus Great Light, Bridal Portrait Idea: Fun with Sunglasses, Bridal Portrait Idea: A Mirror Shot, and Bridal Portrait Idea: Watching for the Groom.

*The Life Notes Subscriber Appreciation Giveaway is underway. Details are in my Oct. 16 post on my home page and sign-up is to the right under “Free For You.” Deadline is 6 p.m. Nov. 12. Don’t miss out on the chance to win a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble!

*Flickr photo by thelivingdead531, Creative Commons License

Guest Book Idea: A Guest Tree

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Some brides like to skip the traditional guest book and do something with a little more flair. If your daughter falls into that group, Mother of the Bride, today’s post offers one alternative.

Instead of a standard guest book, how about a guest tree? Each guest signs a leaf on the tree, and when the wedding is over, the bride and groom have a keepsake record ready to hang on the wall, a continual reminder of all who joined them for their special day.

Your daughter and her groom can make the guest tree uniquely theirs in a variety of ways. The main design, the style of print, the wording, the colors, the frame, and what the guests sign with will all work together to make their guest tree one of a kind. They might want to incorporate the colors of their wedding, or they might prefer to color coordinate with the room they plan to hang it in. It’s all up to them.

If you think a guest tree might appeal to your special couple, MOB, suggest away. It might be just what they’re looking for—not only as a precious keepsake but as a visible way to symbolize a growing marriage as well!

*You might also like to read Wedding Guest Book Ideas.

*My annual Life Notes Subscriber Appreciation Giveaway is now underway. All subscribers, new and old, will be included in the draw for a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble. Sign-up is to the right under “Free For You.” See my home page for details!

*Flickr photo by KristaCarolynG, Creative Commons License