Wedding Cake Roundup

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Mother of the Bride, if your darling daughter-turned-bride is ready to decide on what kind of wedding cake she’d like, then this post is for you. Counting today’s, I’ve featured twenty design ideas for wedding cakes here on my blog since I started it nearly four years ago so I thought it was high time to do a round-up post of all the various ideas.

But before I share the round-up list, allow me to point out the photo above featuring my daughter Kristin’s cake. The top was completely covered in fresh flowers while fresh flowers provided accents on the other layers as well. The fresh flower petals rimming the bottom layer and scattered on the tablecloth added the exquisite finishing touch to the overall floral look. It was absolutely beautiful and oh so tasty.

Now for the roundup—here are the links to the cake designs I’ve featured thus far:

Wedding Cake Idea: The Drape Effect

Scattered Pearls Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake Trend: Ruffles!

Wedding Cake Idea: Coconut Cloud

Wedding Cake Idea: Beautiful Brooch Accents!

A Berry Beautiful Wedding Cake

Traditional Wedding Cake Twist: The Naked Cake

Winter Wedding Cake Idea: Snowflakes!

Cake Idea for the Rustic Wedding

Unique Wedding Cake Idea: Word Search Cake!

Wedding Cake Design: Graduating Circles

Wedding Cake Idea: Swiss Dots

Wedding Cake Idea: The Textured Cake

Sash and Brooch Multilayer Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake Trend: Multiple Mini Cakes

Back from Break with a Monogrammed Wedding Cake!

Wedding Cake Idea: The Single Layer Cake!

New Wedding Cake Trend: The Ombre Cake

So there you have it, MOB—be sure to share with your daughter! She might just find a design idea that she wants to use or at least incorporate into her final choice. What a fun part of wedding planning, huh? Enjoy yourselves when it comes time to taste-test!

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*Photo by Chris Humphrey Photography

Wedding Cake Design: Graduating Circles

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Mother of the Bride, is it time for you and your daughter to start talking wedding cakes? If so, you’ll find a multitude of choices out there. Of course, your sweet girl may already have some pretty specific ideas about what she wants so that will help in narrowing down the options.

Allow me to throw one more cake design idea into the mix today—graduating circles! Notice how in the example above the circles get larger as each tier of the cake gets bigger. Makes for a striking look, doesn’t it? Very classy and elegant but with a touch of circle-y fun!

The basic circle design could then be complemented by a variety of other design elements. The choices are wide open as to the accents: flowers, bows, butterflies, brooches, etc. And your daughter could incorporate her wedding colors in any way she’d like as well.

MOB, why not show this wedding cake option to your darling bride-to-be? It might provide just the unique design she’s looking for—and she’ll have you to thank for it!

*You might also like to read Unique Wedding Cake Idea: Word Search Cake!, A Berry Beautiful Wedding Cake, Wedding Cake Idea: Beautiful Brooch Accents!, Wedding Cake Idea: The Drape Effect, Scattered Pearls Wedding Cake, and Wedding Cake Trend: Ruffles! 

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*Flickr photo by Jamie Anderson, Creative Commons License

Wedding Registry Roundup

jwf_5416Mother of the Bride, is it time for your daughter to decide where she and her groom-to-be should register for wedding gifts? This can take a little more time and thought that they might originally think so why not encourage them to do this sooner rather than later? If they put it off and end up pressed for time, something that should be fun could turn into a giant headache and even cause some unhappiness between them.

I’ve featured several wedding registries here on my blog over the past couple of years so today here’s a roundup post to help you find them all more easily. The registries I’ve featured are ones that are a little less common so I’ll list links to the more standard registries websites and then will list links to the posts I’ve written for the others.

Have fun sharing the links with your daughter, MOB. She might discover a registry she hadn’t thought of yet!

Bed, Bath, and Beyond 

Target

Walmart 

Dillard’s 

Macy’s 

A Fair Trade Wedding Registry: Ten Thousand Villages 

A Wedding Registry to Consider: Williams Sonoma! 

A Wedding Registry to Consider: Pottery Barn!

A Wedding Registry to Consider: Best Buy! 

A Wedding Registry to Consider: Crate and Barrel 

A Wedding Registry to Consider: Sur La Table! 

*You might also like to read Mother of the Bride—Info Source for Gift-Givers.

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*Photo by Flowers Photography

Traditional Wedding Cake Twist: The Naked Cake

25750767413_90d4de6235_zMother of the Bride, does your little bride-to-be like to choose the road less taken? If so, she might like to extend that philosophy to some of the choices she makes for her wedding—cake included!

One alternative or twist to a more traditional wedding cake is going with a naked cake.  The naked cake trend hit the wedding scene a couple of years ago. Naked cakes aren’t completely naked, of course, but frosting is limited to a more-ample-than-usual filling between the layers with various other touches on the outside of the cake.

The naked cake offers lots of options. Some brides choose to decorate their naked cakes with fresh fruit while others opt for flowers, powdered sugar, nuts, a combination of these, or even something more unusual like macarons or caramel and caramel corn. Different flavors of cake also add to any given cake’s unique appearance, and sometimes different layers feature different flavors of cake which also adds a neat visual twist to the cake.

So MOB, when your daughter announces she wants to go naked for the wedding reception, don’t despair—she’s probably talking cake!

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*You might also like to read A Berry Beautiful Wedding Cake and Wedding Cake Idea: Coconut Cloud.

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*Flickr photos by arripay, Creative Commons License

Engagement Photo Idea: Barefootin’!

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Mother of the Bride, are you gathering engagement photo ideas for your bride and groom-to-be? If not, why not start today? I bet they’ll welcome a few suggestions as they make a list of shots they might want their photographer to capture.

It’s always fun to throw in a couple of fun and unexpected shots into the more traditional mix of photos so the suggestion pictured above might be just what your happy couple is looking for. It’s fairly standard to see a shot of the couple’s hands in order to showcase the engagement ring, but why not have a cute shot of their feet as well? I love how the little lady above is standing on tiptoe.

So go ahead and ask them, MOB, if they’d like to do some barefootin’ during their photo session. Share this post with them or pin the image on one of your Pinterest boards. And while you’re at it, pop over and take a look at my board of engagement photo ideas if you’d like!

*You might also like to read Engagement Photo Idea: Sweep Her Off Her Feet, Engagement Photo Idea: Playground Fun, Engagement Photo Idea: The Eskimo Kiss!, and Engagement Photo Idea: Include Heart Balloons!

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*Flickr photo by jordandouglas, Creative Commons License