Choosing your Wedding Cake

Picking the Right Cake for your Wedding Day

wedding-cake-64821287878047ARgX1. Create a Mood Board.
Collect and cut out pictures of details from cakes that inspire you and if you see something you love. Feel free to add pictures of cakes or desserts, you could include anything from fabric swatches, photos, paintings, jewelry, the wedding venue or even somewhere special like a holiday destination you want to go to. Bring this to your first consultation and before you know it, your dream cake will begin to take shape and the finished design will be entirely unique to you as a couple.

2. Borrow the Best Features of Different Designs.
Your wedding cake consultant will have a host of wedding cake designs to share which you may not have considered or pictured as part of your day. If you’re stuck for inspiration, imagine how you would prefer to adapt a current design or combine elements from various cakes.It is by mixing and matching these various details, decorations, colors and flavors that you can begin to custom-make a design that works to your taste.

3. Get a Taster with Cake Samples.
Cake tasting, apart from being a delicious perk of your wedding cake consultation, are a sneak peak at how your wedding dessert will taste when served to guests. Insist on tasting the sponges, fillings and frosting that you can expect for your wedding cake.

4. Consider Wedding Cupcakes as a Take-Home Treat for Guests.
5. Mix up your Wedding Cake Sizes.
Have a different choices of cakes on offer with wedding cake toppers, full-sized wedding cupcakes and mini wedding cupcakes. Mini cupcakes are sweet treats for guests who loves a smaller indulgence and are just the right size for younger children. This also makes it easy to have a tempting selection of cake flavors on offer.

Wedding Florist

images (6)You always dream a room full of gorgeous flowers on your wedding day. Know how to find, and work with, the expert to bring your floral vision come to life. Before choosing a wedding florist, it’s important to consider that there are different types of florists and services available today.

RETAIL FLORIST: These are the street shops you see where you can stop for a bouquet of roses. They are wonderful resources for small orders and items but are not always equipped for or accustomed to servicing full events. Sometimes these shops will do funeral display pieces, but more often than not they are not who you want to use for your wedding.

FLORAL DESIGNER: This is your standard wedding florist. The one who specializes in creatively combining beautiful flowers into bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and decor items for your event. They are generally creative/artistic people who are able to customize their style to the event they are working on (or at least, they should be, but more on that in a minute). When you work with a floral designer you are paying for their flowers, their services, and their creative artistry.

FULL-SERVICE EVENT/FLORAL DESIGNER: There can be some crossover between this and the option above. When you work with a full-service designer like this, you are looking at the option to get not only your flowers, but candles, table numbers, paper goods, and any other decor pieces you might want. These super talented artists are usually most helpful if you have design ideas about your event, but need help executing, and would rather work with one person on all of it.

Before you start dealing with local florists and trying to find the one who will help you with your wedding day, there are some important factors to consider about and know:

FIGURE OUT IF FLOWERS ARE A PRIORITY: Depending on the length of your engagement, when you’re getting married, and how important flowers are to you, you may want to start looking at florists pretty early in the process. Many florists are one-man/woman shops who are only able to do one wedding per day or weekend, and they can book up quickly (especially if you’re getting married during high wedding season).

BALLPARK YOUR BUDGET: As hard as it may be at this stage in planning, it’s also helpful to have some general idea of the budget you are working with for floral design. (Have no idea what that might be? Check out my article here on wedding budgets.) If you start reaching out to florists without a budget in mind, you could end up with quotes that range from $1,500–$15,000 (which is not so helpful).

IDENTIFY YOUR STYLE: Before you get in touch with anyone, it’s helpful if you have an idea about the types of flowers and floral design you like. Look around Pinterest and real weddings to start getting a feel for the styles and types of flowers you prefer, but don’t overthink this part too much. A lot of what you’ll end up with will depend on what’s in season and what your budget can accommodate (because it’s totally possible that the bouquet that looks like you could make it yourself actually cost $400).

Wedding Photographers

The worst thing about your big day is that it will happen once. Luckily, the right wedding photographer can gorgeously preserve the entire event’s happenings, the emotions, and the fun—forever! One perfect picture can instantly take you back to the happiest day of your life, and one perfect album can become your favorite coffee table book.

When it comes to professional photography, most shutterbugs start out by shooting weddings. This can mean wading through a lot of prospective hires before you find the right fit for you. Below are simple tips for finding a photographer who will articulate the event exactly how you want to remember it.

So, you just got engaged—Congratulations! Now start looking for a wedding photographer. The truth is, the best professional photographers book their schedules a year in advance, so hiring someone is one of the first things you should do after you’ve set the date.

However, if your plans call for an out-of-season wedding or a Sunday ceremony, there is a good chance your chosen photographer is available. Give yourself six months to find the photographer of your dreams if you’re having a more uniquely timed wedding

Good wedding photographers Baltimore have a reputation for success and can even be local celebrities. They should be the easiest to find, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best for you. Start your search by crowdsourcing recommendations from friends and family who have planned weddings in the last few years, and ask your married friends if you can peruse their photo albums. Look to Facebook pages and professional websites for samples of work, blog posts, and client reviews.

Once you have a list of your top choice photographers, take an in-depth look into their services to begin eliminating candidates who aren’t a good fit. Determine which photographer will meet your budget as well as your specific needs. Consider how well they perform in different settings and environments. For example, if you are throwing a beach wedding, it makes sense to find a photographer who is proficient at outdoor photography.

After narrowing your selection of wedding photographers down to around three, make appointments to interview the candidates. Likely, the photographer will have two or three wedding albums available to show. Make sure you see at least one album of an entire wedding, from start to finish, preferably something that is comparable to what your wedding will be like in physical setting and emotional tone. After examining all of the sample work closely, request to see another set of photographs from a recent wedding. This will enable you to see both his best work from the pre-selected albums and his average daily work. Some things to keep in mind:

Examine the basics of the pictures such as color, clarity, exposure, graininess and composition.
Determine the photographer’s style—does she shoot photos that are adventurous and artistic, or are they standard and ordinary?
Do the guests look natural or self-conscious?
Do the photos capture the emotional tone organically, or does do the couple’s poses feel forced?
Be sure to leave the interview knowing the highest vs. average quality of the photographer’s work, her visual style, and if she will adjust her style to your individual taste. Her willingness to work closely with you to satisfy you as a client is key to producing an exceptional result, and a professional knows that.

While not all amateur photographers are created equal, the best way to guarantee that you will receive a quality wedding album is to hire a seasoned professional with a solid and varied background of nuptial experiences from which to draw.

During your interview, find out how many weddings the photographer has shot over how many years. He may have been a professional photographer for 15 years but only doing weddings for the past year. Remember, wedding photography is much different than any other type of photography; the pressure is high and the emotional energy is not suited for everyone.

Be sure to ask if the photographer has shot at your wedding venue before. If he has, he may already know where to stand to get the perfect shot or how to incorporate the church’s ancient stained glass in a uniquely engaging way.

Although you may not be a professional yourself, you should know what type of camera and equipment your photographer will be using. You may find that you are more particular about it than you think. For example, there are advantages to both digital and film that you may want to consider. You should also ask what program she uses to edit the photos—if a photographer says they don’t edit, run!

Asking about equipment, gathering information on your options, and forming opinions on preferences shows that you are confident in your vision and helps you to convey it fully.

While you want to book your photographer for the date of your wedding immediately, make sure you read over the legal details of exactly what you will get before signing the contract. Ensure the photographer you meet with is the photographer who will show up on your wedding day and if you should expect a second cameraperson or assistant. Determine what parts of your wedding day will be covered and how many hours you have with your photographer. Clear communication and reiteration of the details of the ceremony, the reception, and the specific types of photographs you want is crucial. In all, the contract is in place to remind both you and the photographer of the services you agreed upon.

With these tips, you are on your way to finding the perfect photographer to fits your wedding day’s style. If you have more questions, feel free to contact us!

Choosing your Perfect Wedding Location

There’s a lot of things to consider when choosing a right wedding venue and here are the top 3 things you should watch on top of those.

1. How many guests do you want, and how mobile are they?

Is your dream wedding small or a Broadway-worthy production? Your answer may determine the venue or location. Why? It is your big day but it’s also about your guests. If your closest friends all have toddlers, is it fair to request their presence at a safari wedding in South Africa? If relatives are elderly, can you expect them to make it to the beach safely? You won’t be able to please everyone, but consider to think twice if it means your loved ones will attend.

images (7)2. Do you want a religious ceremony?
Fifty-three percent of couples who wed in 2007 did so in a church. A few things to consider:

A traditional religious ceremony may have to be held in a place of worship, so be sure to ask up front. (In that case, book the date at your place of worship before you book your reception location.) Also, some religious establishments frown upon elaborate decorations or flowers as well as skin-baring dresses, so inquire about these details.

If you and your fiancé have different religious beliefs, consider having the ceremony at a neutral location, like a reception hall. Talk early on with both families about your decisions.
If organized religion does not play a role in your lives but you want to incorporate a spiritual element, consider hosting the ceremony in a natural setting, such as a beach or a park (be sure to ask about a permit).

3. How much work are you willing―or do you want―to take on?

Depending on the location, you may have to do some heavy lifting. Before you commit to an “I do”-it-yourself undertaking, weigh the pluses and minuses of these settings:

A unique location:You may have your heart set on a big wedding-day hoedown in a picturesque barn, but who’s going to clear out the hay, haul in the tables, set up the Porta Potties, arrange for lighting, and―oh, yeah―move Bessie out to pasture? There’s also Mother Nature to keep in mind. If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony or reception, you’ll need a backup plan in the case of rain, which means twice as much work.
A reception hall: The establishment usually has a one-size-fits-all feel, but its staff is probably well equipped to take care of the dirty work for you, which may include―and this is important―post-party cleanup.