5 Real Speeches to Make Your Guests Laugh

Ready to raise your glass to word-perfect wedding speeches? Do you want the whole room to be roaring with laughter or holding back happy tears? One thing’s for certain: you don’t want your speeches to be a flop. Take inspiration from five real speeches to make your guests laugh. If these couples can nail their wedding speeches, you can do too.

Bride and groom laughing 5 Real Wedding Speeches to Make Your Guests Laugh

5 Real Speeches to Make Your Guests Laugh

Surprise songs from the best men

Even though they opted for a laid-back wedding, Alexa and Jamie were happy to have the traditional speeches too. The best men and a good friend ensured that tradition went out of the window, however, when they then became a fantastic band and sang a couple of hilarious songs about Jamie and Alexa.

Furthermore, they had only practised once or twice in the back of a van prior to the wedding. The whole party loved the thoughtful chorus.

Video messages and perfect poetry

When Sally and Martin married, the bride’s mother read a wedding-related poem, ‘He’s Not Perfect’ by Bob Marley, as a speech.

“She read it out to me in the morning while I was getting ready and had the whole party in tears. I asked her to read it again before the speeches!”

Sally’s brother Jack couldn’t make the big day, so as a surprise he recorded Mcfly’s ‘It’s All About You’.

“A projector displayed his singing, which was accompanied by photographs of me and Martin from over the years,” remembers Sally.

“I’d managed to hold back the tears all day until this point!”

Bride’s speech

For Jaime and Blake, the speeches kicked off with Jaime’s mum and brother doing a joint speech with loving stories and childhood memories. Blake gave a heartfelt speech.

“He left no one out and really honoured me and our families,” smiles Jaime.

“I spoke last, I felt it was important to say thank you to everyone that made the day so perfect for us.

“Our wedding day also fell on the same day that we held my dad’s memorial service eight years ago, under those same flat-grown trees on the farm. It was a great way to honour his memory and bring him alive on our big day.”

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Prizegivings, heartfelt words and howling laughter

A twist on tradition, Jess decided to give a short speech herself, thanking the bridesmaids, best men and her parents. In place of wedding favours this fun loving couple arranged a duck bobbing competition. Jess announced the winners and gave out the prizes during her speech, before the men the stepped in with their own.

Jess says,

“Jordy did an incredible speech that was very emotional and heartfelt, I felt so proud of him. My dad did a great job of making everyone laugh and cry and Matt,
Jordan’s best man, had the whole room howling with laughter to finish!”

Silly hats and embarrassing photos

Finally, the two best men at Natalie and Kieth’s wedding brought props along to their speech.

“The speeches were very entertaining, involving everyone in the room putting on silly hats that they had secretly brought with them. 

“There were embarrassing photos of us as children and a very emotional speech from Keith,” says Natalie.

The two best men finished with a joint speech, including funny anecdotes with lots of references to Keith’s love of useless information and random facts too.

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What Time Of Day Should You Get Married?

What Time Of Day Should You Get Married?

While 11am or 1pm remain the most popular ceremony time historically, sunset and candlelit weddings are pretty appealing too, wouldn’t you say?! So, how should you choose what time to get married?

11am and 1pm are conventional, but there's a world of romantic choices up for grabs! We walk you through choosing your ceremony time and what to considerda-photo.co.uk

When you first meet with your venue co-ordinator, you’ll be presented with options for the scheduled timings of a traditional wedding day[1]. While they may be popular for good reason – a 1pm ceremony gives you plenty of time to get ready and take photographs with your bridal party – there’s nothing to say that your perfect day has to fit the same mould.

Over the last few years, here in the UK marriage laws have relaxed considerably. These allow for more relaxed schedules in turn. So, if you’ve been imagining a sunrise elopement with the dawn chorus or exchanging vows beneath the stars, they needn’t be pipe dreams anymore.

How To Choose…

There may be times that are particularly sentimental for you as a couple. How about the time of your first date, of the proposal, or other relationship milestones, for example. You could use these to guide the time you marry too.

The time of year you choose to tie the knot will influence the time you choose to hold your ceremony. If you want a candlelit ceremony or to have your couples portraits at sunset, then you’ll be able to tie the knot much earlier in the day during the winter months than in the summer.

But, while moonlit ceremonies do sound very romantic, you must consider the practicalities of your chosen times too. Your wedding needs to be held at a comfortable time for your guests to attend and suppliers to set up. Thorough planning in advance will make many things possible, though. Perhaps the set up[2] can be completed the day before and accommodation provided for your guests…

There’s also the question of whether you want exclusive use. If you’ve chosen a venue that is open to the public, then you may need to work around their opening hours to have the place to yourselves. You could encounter this if your venue is a country house with open gardens during the day, a gallery or a museum, for example.

There are benefits of marrying a little later in the day once the crowds have dispersed, though. A 5pm ceremony means you only need to cater for one meal, saving you a significant sum of money[3] that could be invested in your honeymoon instead.

11am and 1pm are conventional, but there's a world of romantic choices up for grabs! We walk you through choosing your ceremony time and what to considerda-photo.co.uk

On the other hand, if you’ve booked multiple entertainment acts, then it makes sense to hold your ceremony earlier to give you time to enjoy it all. We’ve seen couples book everything from magicians and fire-breathers to photobooths, bands and bouncy castles. Some entertainment will be better suited to the daytime or evening. Anything for children[4] specifically should be planned earlier in the day.

What Next…

Once you’ve decided what time you’d like your ceremony to start and approved it with your venue, you need to consider the information sent out on your invitations. When stating your ceremony time, factor in room for guests or – dare we say it – you and your best girls to be running a little late (it happens!). Your groom will need to be at the venue ready to greet guests before the advertised time too, so make sure it’s not so early that his wedding morning becomes a frantic rush.

It’s also best to leave plenty of time between your ceremony and evening guests’ invitation start times. Allowing for the ceremony itself, the drinks reception, photographs and wedding breakfast, you’ll likely want four hours at the very minimum before your evening guests arrive. You’ll need longer if you’ll be having a religious ceremony or need to travel between venues. Adapt these rules of thumb to your own plans and you’ll be on track for a perfectly paced wedding in no time.

Want to make every second of your wedding day count? Follow our hour-by-hour plan[5] for a magical day that runs like clockwork!

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  4. ^ Anything for children (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  5. ^ Follow our hour-by-hour plan (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  6. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  7. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

10 Delicious twists on your traditional wedding cake

Now’s the time to pull out all the stops with a showstopper wedding cake. Take inspiration from these 10 delicious alternatives to the traditional wedding cake. 

When you choose your wedding cake flavours, you have to choose with both head and heart in mind. Your heart, because you want to love your cake so much you could eat every slice. Your head, because your guests should really get a look in too!

The benefit of working with a dedicated wedding cake baker is that you can create a bespoke cake together to suit your tastes perfectly – both inside the tiers and in the outer decoration too.

Edible Flowers

Pretty, fresh, full of flavour… edible flowers are the perfect finishing touch – both for the look and taste – of any and every summer wedding cake. Try the edible varieties of pansies, nasturtiums or violas for a whimsical, fairytale finish.

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...Miniature wedding cakes topped with edible flowers from the Blushing Cook

Recreate this look with these edible flowers and butterflies:

Buy here[1] Buy here[2]

Feeling Fruity

While this cake makes strawberries the centrepiece, feel free to use them purely decoratively too. Berries won’t lose their good looks while on display, but they will add a sweet and fresh flavour twist when guests tuck into your cake. They make brilliant additions to buttercream, too!

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...Chocolate-dipped strawberry tower wedding cake from Couture Cakes

READ MORE: Botanical wedding cakes[3]

Calling All Chocoholics

Master chocolatiers will also be able to cover your cake entirely in chocolate. Go for a smooth, sleek chocolate collar or spheres, which can be stencilled for even more detail, or cover the cake in a sea of contemporary chocolate shards.

Like this? You’ll love these 13 chocolate wedding cakes[4] to make your mouth water.

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...Spherical chocolate wedding cake sculpture, featuring flowers and a chocolate drip from Choccywoccydoodah

Recreate this look yourself with these spherical cake tins:

Buy here[5] Buy here[6]

Happy Tiers

Whether your cake is iced or naked, the layers inside don’t have to be the same. Popular combinations include Victoria sandwich, chocolate, lemon or fruit tiers. There are wilder options out there, though. One of our featured couples even chose the exotic flavours of a Persian love cake!

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...A naked cake brimming with fruit and flowers with a bunting cake topper from Hayley’s Piped Dreams

Say Cheese

Savoury cakes benefit from clever flavour combinations as much as sweet ones. From the types of cheese to the range of crackers, chutneys, relishes and even artisan breads – try caramelised red onion or date and walnut – these are essential finishing touches for your cheese feast.

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...A savoury stack of cheese for a sophisticated wedding cake from The Cheese Shed

Fill Up

Remember that your sponge and filling flavours needn’t be the same. Team raspberry with pistachio, coffee with caramel, red velvet with white chocolate. Plus, buttercream, ganache, conserves and caramels are all up for grabs.

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...Decadent fillings ooze from the sides of this semi-naked cake from Ben The Cake Man

Decadent Drips

Whether it’s milk, dark or white chocolate oozing down the side of a freshly baked cake, it’s pretty indulgent. Caramel too, for that matter. You can add colouring to the drip to match your theme, with metallics adding bags of style.

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...A white chocolate drip wedding cake from Blossom and Crumbs

Recreate this look with your own meringue drops:

Buy these meringue drops here[7]

Go Nuts

As long as neither you nor your guests are allergic, nuts offer a textural and tasty wedding cake topping. Crunchy peanuts and milk chocolate or macadamia nuts with white chocolate are perfect pairings to be sprinkled over your cake’s top and sides.

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...Honeycomb, berries and nuts top this tempting chocolate wedding cake from the Blushing Cook

Recreate this look with these key pieces:

Buy edible spray paint here[8] Buy these honeycomb chunks here[9]

Ruffled Up

Buttercream is also big news for the exterior decoration of wedding cakes, being piped into all manner of pretty ruffles, scallops and swirls. It can be flavoured with extracts, syrups and fresh ingredients to tailor your cake to your tastes.

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...Ombre pastel buttercream ruffles adorn a three-tier wedding cake from Cake Maison

Awesomely Alternative

You can always opt for a cake that isn’t, strictly speaking, a real cake. Why not choose macarons in an assortment of flavours and colours? Or there’s the option of having a kransekage for a marzipan hit. Doughnuts are also a great option for simple, sugary bliss. 

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...A macaron tower wedding cake from Cakes by Krishanthi

Create your own macaron tower with this macaron kit:

Buy this kit here[10]

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Groomswear Guide: 4 Suit Types You Need To Know About

Groomswear Guide: 4 suit types you need to know about

Traditional, timeless or trendy? These are the suit types that grooms around the world are looking at! Here’s our handy guide to help him find the one!

We know, we really do… Nothing matters more than what you’re wearing. But, the man you’re marrying needs to feel and look truly special too and that all starts with his suit. Make sure you take your venue, theme and season into consideration when you’re looking for ideas. But most of all, comfort is key – if he doesn’t feel comfortable he won’t look comfortable…

Groomswear Guide: 4 suit types you need to know about ©alipaul.comalipaul.com

First of all, don’t feel constrained by tradition. Think about what will flatter your groom’s figure. What they really want may not be practical in reality. For example, if your groom is short, tailcoats aren’t a great option as they will enhance this in photos.

Secondly, choose a material weight to suit the seasons. Go for a lighter fabric like linen for the summer months or if you’re getting married abroad, and a heavier blend of wool in winter to keep your groom the right temperature. 

Morning suit

This is the most formal option available for grooms. Morning suits are iconic in design and feature a single-breasted jacket with a large tail at the back to the mid-thigh or knee. Jackets are usually black or grey and traditionally worn with a top hat, striped trousers and a waistcoat. The morning suit is best for traditional church or formal civil ceremonies.

Tails

The classic tail coat has two long tails at the back and should be worn with braces, a white shirt, waistcoat and cravat. It is less formal than the morning suit and suitable for civil celebrations.

Groomswear Guide: 4 suit types you need to know about ©cassandralane.co.ukcassandralane.co.uk

Black tie

A popular choice for evening, formal and elegant weddings, black tie attire will perfectly match the high glamour of you and your beautiful dress. There are plenty of options available, including a variety of different lapels. Choose black or white and wear with a bow tie for a classic and timeless groom style.

Lounge suit

Some grooms feel more comfortable in a classic everyday-style suit, which can be enhanced by a matching waistcoat or cravat. However, having a suit tailored to fit is another option and such a treat. The great thing about a made to measure suit is that it can be worn again and again afterwards, too. You could also make your groom your something blue[1] with appropriately coloured attire.

Finally, we would love to say that’s everything, but there’s plenty more to consider. There’s still the buttonholes, ties, cufflinks, watches and pocket squares to consider and – of course – the contentious topic of whether or not your man will be sporting a wedding ring[2].

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  2. ^ sporting a wedding ring (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

25 autumn wedding food ideas that won’t blow your budget

From indulgent cheese boards to cookie bars, s’mores and sticky toffee pudding, here’s 25 autumn wedding food ideas to get your tastebuds tingling…

1. Mulled wine

More affordable than Champagne, why not serve up mulled wine at your drinks reception for a twist on tradition?

2. Cheese board buffet

wedding cheese boardCredit: jessicareeve-photography.com

With a cheese to suit every taste, as well as crackers, chutneys, grapes and garnishes galore, your wedding cheese board won’t just taste great, it’ll look it too.

3. Toffee apples

Order in a big batch of these nostalgic sweet treats to take your guests back to their best memories of Bonfire Night. Perfect to serve as your fireworks display begins…

4. Pork pies

Hearty, filling and flavoursome, a selection of pork and game pies will be a big hit with meat eaters.

5. Wood-fired pizzas

Cooked in seconds, your guests will love the smoky, sumptuous flavours of pizza from a proper wood-fired oven

6. Fish and chips

Serve them in a cone to act as canapés[1] or hire in a fish and chip van for your evening meal. It’s a guaranteed hit!

7. Donut wall

Wedding donut wallCredit: The Merrythought via Pinterest

This Instagram craze is way more achievable than you think! A bit of plywood, pegs and paint and your board is ready – give it a clean and hang up those Krispy Kremes!

8. Chocolate fountain

Skewers at the ready! Surround your chocolate fountain with strawberries, marshmallows and other delights for dipping. Just be sure to keep plenty of serviettes handy… (We are loving these grey and white geometric napkins[2]!)

9. S’mores

Getting married at a venue with fire pits? Why not gift each guest a s’mores kit as a wedding favour to take outside and toast over the fire.

10. Hot chocolate

Forget pimping your prosecco, it’s all about pimping your cocoa instead! Whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate flakes all make delectable toppings.

11. Cookie bar

These won’t just be a favourite with the kids (although they will help to keep them entertained[3]!)

12. Cake buffet

Wedding cake buffetCredit: albertpalmerphotography.com

Why not ask your talented guests to bring a cake for a big day bake-off? It’ll add fun to your reception and acts as another sweet course – win, win!

READ MORE: Autumn wedding trends to try now[4]

13. Nachos

Warm, melty, oozy cheese, salsa, guacamole and salty tortilla chips… what’s not to love?

14. Sticky toffee pudding

Add this British classic to your sit-down wedding breakfast menu pronto.

15. Pumpkin pie

A big hit across the pond, if you haven’t tried this delicious dessert yet, you need to!

16. Sausage and mash

Hearty and hot, this dish will please all age groups.

17. Crepes

Warm, soft and filled with whatever you want, crepes are a winner with even the pickiest of eaters.

18. Whisky bar

Wedding whisky barCredit: One Fab Day via Pinterest

Stocking up on spirits isn’t cheap, but it can often be cheaper than having your venue supply the booze instead.

19. Barbecue

Although there’s a heightened chance of rain, we still think a barbecue is worth considering for your autumn wedding. You can’t really beat it!

20. Popcorn

The smell and taste of freshly popped popcorn is sure to satisfy any pangs of hunger.

21. Mulled cider

You can add all kinds of flavours to this warming drink.

22. Hog roast

Pulled pork and a crunchy piece of crackling? You’ve got a marriage made in heaven right there. Hiring in caterers to take care of the feast? These are the questions you need to ask[5].

23. Seasonal soups

Autumn is all about the harvest, so why not celebrate nature’s bounty? Parsnip, pumpkin or simple tomato soup with chunky sourdough loaves will go down a treat.

24. Chocolate truffles

Grown up guests will appreciate the warming whisper of alcohol inside these chocolate goodies.

25. Apple juice

Garnish glasses with elderflower, add sparkling water or simply sip it as it comes; apples are an iconic flavour of autumn, after all.

READ MORE: Ideas for your autumnal wedding cake and topper[6]


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References

  1. ^ canapés (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ these grey and white geometric napkins (weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ keep them entertained (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ READ MORE: Autumn wedding trends to try now (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  5. ^ questions you need to ask (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  6. ^ READ MORE: Ideas for your autumnal wedding cake and topper (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  7. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  8. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Autumn wedding cake and topper ideas

Autumn – it’s the season of rich colours and natural beauty. If you’re lucky enough to be saying ‘I do’ at this time of year, here’s some ideas for the perfect autumn wedding cakes and toppers

If you’re getting married in the autumn[1], chances are you’ll want a wedding cake to match it. But what exactly makes a wedding cake ‘autumnal’? Saturated colours, like burgundy, gold or russet, look great paired with natural influences like fresh flowers and foliage, ripe plums and figs bursting open with juicy colour.

Autumn is a season of warm tones and plentiful harvests, so let your cake be indulgently decorated to match! Feast your eyes on these autumn wedding cakes, which we’ve helpfully split into three different sections…

1. Buttercream autumn wedding cakes

Emily Gussin cream buttercream wedding cakeCredit: murrayclarke.co.uk; cake: Emily Gussin Cream buttercream wedding cake with blackberries and figsCredit: Samuel Docker Photography on Rock My Wedding via Pinterest Cream buttercream wedding cake with applesCredit: Lauren Fair Photography on Style Me Pretty via Pinterest Cream drip wedding cake with figs, blackberries and foliageCredit: Petra Veikkola Photography on Ruffled Blog via Pinterest Caramel drip cake wedding with flowers and figsCredit: TOME on My Wedding via Pinterest Naked cake with buttercream and red berriesCredit: Joe Stenson Photography on Rock My Wedding via Pinterest

2. Gold autumn wedding cakes

Cream wedding cake with gold foliageCredit: Pepper Nix Photography on Ruffled Blog via Pinterest Gold textured wedding cake with red rosesCredit: Mark Martinez Photography on Elegant Wedding Invites via Pinterest Three-tier gold wedding cake with red flowersCredit: Pinterest

3. Alternative autumn wedding cakes[2]

Cream wedding donuts with flowersCredit: Pinterest Cheese wedding cake with grapes and figsCredit: Couture Cakes via Pinterest Autumn wedding desert tableCredit: Cute DIY Projects via Pinterest

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References

  1. ^ getting married in the autumn (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ Alternative autumn wedding cakes (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

5 alternative wedding cake ideas for your big day

Your wedding day should be completely and utterly you, so if a traditional wedding cake doesn’t float your boat, why not try something different?

Cheese cakes

5 alternative wedding cake ideas for your big day - ditch the boring fruit cake for something you (and your guests) will really love! Click here for the ideasPhotography: chrisfishleighphotography.com

We’re not talking the New York variety – swap your three tiers of fruit cake for a tower of cheese instead! More and more brides and grooms are indulging their savoury side and turning to local cheesemongers to supply their ‘cake’. Even better, your cheese cake can double up as part of your evening buffet, served with grapes and an assortment of biscuits.

Naked cakes

5 alternative wedding cake ideas for your big day - ditch the boring fruit cake for something you (and your guests) will really love! Click here for the ideasPhotography: albertpalmerphotography.com

Not a fan of fondant icing? Choose a naked cake instead and fill your layers with delicious buttercream or chocolate ganache. Decorate with fresh fruit or ask your florist to supply a few extra blooms to go on top, naked cakes will complement summer and rustic weddings perfectly.

READ MORE: A-Z of wedding food and drink ideas[1]

Cupcake, doughnut and cake pop towers

5 alternative wedding cake ideas for your big day - ditch the boring fruit cake for something you (and your guests) will really love! Click here for the ideasPhotography: chrisbarberphotography.co.uk alternative wedding cake ideas for your big day daffodilwaves.co.uk 5 alternative wedding cake ideas for your big day - ditch the boring fruit cake for something you (and your guests) will really love! Click here for the ideasPhotography: davidlovephotography.co.uk

Match the cases and decoration to your wedding venue and theme and enjoy the ease and simplicity of serving a cupcake tower wedding cake. Don’t worry, you can still share that special moment cutting a cupcake and taking the first bite. We love the idea of serving your wedding cupcakes as part of the dessert course. This idea would also work well with other small bakes like doughnuts[2] or cake pops!

Macarons and croquembouche

5 alternative wedding cake ideas for your big day - ditch the boring fruit cake for something you (and your guests) will really love! Click here for the ideasPhotography: katherineashdown.co.uk 5 alternative wedding cake ideas for your big day - ditch the boring fruit cake for something you (and your guests) will really love! Click here for the ideasPhotography: avantiphotographics.com

Like cupcake towers, macaron towers are becoming increasingly popular with couples. The light French meringue-based biscuit looks incredibly smart because of the uniform shape and can be coloured and flavoured however your heart desires.

Croquembouche are the traditional French wedding cake. Let your sweet tooth run wild with a decadent stack of profiteroles, covered in caramel and spun sugar. Ask your florist to add flowers to match your bridal bouquet or wedding theme. OR you could even have a go at a little floral DIY yourself with our easy wedding cake decor guide.[3]

Sweets table

alternative wedding cake ideas for your big daydevlinphotos.co.uk 5 alternative wedding cake ideas for your big day - ditch the boring fruit cake for something you (and your guests) will really love! Click here for the ideasPhotography: devlinphotos.co.uk

If you want to keep your dessert offerings within a limited budget, providing a pick-and-mix style sweets table is a great option. Choose serving ware[4] in keeping with your theme and provide labels[5] for each type of sweet. Add cellophane bags and ribbon[6] to make your sweets table double up as your wedding favours.

READ MORE: Wedding cake tiers, sizes and servings – everything you need to know[7]


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References

  1. ^ A-Z of wedding food and drink ideas (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ doughnuts (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ DIY yourself with our easy wedding cake decor guide. (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ serving ware (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  5. ^ labels (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  6. ^ ribbon (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  7. ^ READ MORE: Wedding cake tiers, sizes and servings – everything you need to know (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  8. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  9. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Wedding cakes inspired by The Great British Bake Off

Would you serve up a wedding cake like those on The Great British Bake Off?

Hurrah! The Great British Bake Off has finally returned to our screens once again, bringing us the very best in home baking goodness.

While it might tempt us to indulge in something sweet a little more often than we should, it’s also packed full of wedding inspiration for dessert tables, edible favours, and even Great British Bake Off wedding cakes in previous years!

READ MORE: Wedding cake tiers, sizes and servings – everything you need to know[1]

Here, we bring you the wedding cakes that won the competition for both bakers Nadiya back in 2015, and Frances in 2013. Each boasting beautiful and different designs, you’re bound to find a breath-taking cake idea from one of the Great British Bake Off‘s bakers.

Wedding cakeCredit: francesquinn.co.uk

Frances embraced all things rustic when she created her colourful Midsummer Night’s Dream wedding cake.

Featuring three tiers of ginger, lemon drizzle, and carrot and pineapple cake, this wedding cake showstopper is decorated with Frances’ homemade edible confetti, fresh fruit and – in a nod to the artistic bakes she is known and loved for – little marzipan bees!

Great British Bake Off wedding cakeCredit: BBC

Nadiya’s Great British Bake Off wedding cake will have you swooning! Nadiya baked this three-part cake using lemon drizzle cake because it’s her husband’s favourite flavour and decorated it with beautiful jewels, beading and blooms inspired by a sari.

Wedding cake illustrationCredit: BBC

As per Bangladeshi tradition, where the couple tied the knot, they didn’t have a wedding cake, so not only was this a GBBO-winning bake, it was also a sentimental cake for Nadiya and her husband to celebrate their years of marriage with.

2013 finalists Ruby and Kimberley also baked up big day cakes, with Ruby’s representing a romantic buttercream sunset and Kimberley’s a more traditional offering of quilted fondant, pearls and romantic script prints.

READ MORE: 5 alternative wedding cake ideas for your big day[2]


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Real weddings: A romantic woodland wedding

Bride and groomCredit: Gemma Giorgio Photography

Emma and Alex wanted a woodland wedding so they tied the knot in a romantic forest glade ceremony

Science class sweethearts, Emma and Alex met while they were still at school. “We had a 24-hour relationship in secondary school,” Emma laughs. “Luckily, we remained friends and rekindled our romance at university. Now, 16 years on, we’re married!” Alex proposed at sunset on the beach with a custom-made ring and a video of heartfelt messages from family and friends.

“I felt like the best version of myself when I found my dress.”

“I don’t wear dresses often, so I was worried about finding one that suited me. I didn’t immediately love this one on the hanger – it was the colour that appealed to me – but once I put it on I knew it was the gown for me. I felt like the best version of myself when I found my dress, and I ended up only trying one on!”

The design, style 3822 from Sincerity, featured beaded lace and a pretty train. “It was originally an A-line silhouette, but I had some of the tulle removed so it hung straighter and was more fitted to my figure,” the bride explains. “I kept my accessories simple, wearing flowers in my hair and forgoing a veil or tiara. I wore Kurt Geiger taupe heels down the aisle, then I changed into white Converse after the photos for maximum comfort all night!”

Bride and groomCredit: Gemma Giorgio Photography

When it came to the groom’s outfit, on the other hand, things were a little less traditional. “I went a bit left-of-centre with my outfit,” Alex admits, “but it suited our theme down to the ground. I wore a brown Donegal waistcoat over a light green Oxford shirt, and a bottle-green tie. My trousers were black skinny jeans! The groomsmen wore the same, with tan brogues. My only accessory was a sea holly buttonhole made by Emma’s mum.”

Bridesmaids and groomsmenCredit: Gemma Giorgio Photography

Four bridesmaids, coordinating with the groom’s four best men, joined Emma. “They wore multiway maxi dresses from Debenhams in taupe and lilac. It was important to me that everyone felt comfortable, so they all chose how to wear their dresses, as well as their hair and make-up, themselves. I think everyone personally knows best what suits them, so I also chose to do my own hair and make-up using Charlotte Tilbury and Bobbi Brown products.”

“It felt completely right, and I was so excited to marry my best friend.”

Emma and Alex married in a civil ceremony held in Wood Farm Barn’s woodland glade. “I was really nervous waiting in the barn with my dad to walk down the aisle. Then, as we walked through the trees to the ceremony, all I could focus on was Alex. It felt completely right, and I was so excited to marry my best friend. After saying our vows, my grandfather read some lyrics from Led Zeppelin’s Thank You – it was the perfect way to complete the ceremony.”

Channelling their rustic theme, the couple opted for a sociable hog roast in place of the traditional three-course dinner. “Parker’s Hog Roasts catered for us, providing brilliant vegetarian and vegan options too, and lovely salads on the side. For dessert we had wedding cake, lemon meringue pies and chocolate tarts.”

READ MORE: How to write the perfect 2018 groom speech[1]

When it came to the speeches, Emma and Alex did follow tradition. “My dad’s speech was emotional, Alex’s was comical and brought tears to my eyes at the end and the four best men produced a brilliant speech with the help of videos of some of Alex’s finer moments in life,” Emma laughs.

“Music has always been our shared passion, and we wanted to incorporate that into our day.”

Wooden decorations and greenery filled the couple’s venue space in keeping with their unspoiled surroundings. “My sister is a talented artist, so she painted our stationery in watercolour featuring sea hollies, eucalyptus and succulents. Alex’s uncle then printed them for us. We named our tables after song titles we love – music has always been a shared passion, and we’ve been to so many gigs together, we wanted to incorporate that into our day.”

Mismatched wooden furniture, hessian table runners and festoon lighting hanging from the rafters created a romantic atmosphere. “We had flower arrangements in Victorian honey jars on top of log slices dotted around, too.”

Wedding table decorCredit: Gemma Giorgio Photography

The bride’s mother arranged all of the flowers for the wedding. “I wanted a natural wildflower theme so that the arrangements would look freshly picked. My mum used eucalyptus, cineraria, astrantia, veronica, sea holly, scabious, thlaspi, campanula, freesia and asparagus fern to create our beautiful bouquets in a grey, green and soft purple and blue palette.

Wedding cakeCredit: Gemma Giorgio Photography

“Our friend Julie created our three-tier, semi-naked cake that featured various honey, lemon and raspberry and prosecco layers. She also surprised us with a wooden cake topper with our names and owls etched into it, which was such a lovely touch. It tasted even better than it looked!”

“We wanted something upbeat that would make people smile.”

As the sun set, the newlyweds stepped outside to share their first dance beneath the stars. “We chose David Bowie’s Let’s Dance. We wanted something upbeat that would make people smile and encourage people to join in with us as soon as possible!” they laugh.

After the wedding, Alex and Emma minimooned at an idyllic woodland retreat in Yorkshire, which was a surprise for the bride from her groom.

“We are planning a safari for our honeymoon later on in the year thanks to the lovely contributions from our guests, instead of having a traditional gift list,” Emma adds.

Their wedding contacts…

VENUE Wood Farm Barn, Benacre
PHOTOGRAPHY Gemma Giorgio Photography
DRESS Sincerity
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Debenhams
GROOMSWEAR ASOS, Topman, Next
SHOES Kurt Geiger
CATERING Parker’s Hog Roasts
STATIONERY Rachel Katherine
MINIMOON North Star Club, Yorkshire[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]


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References

  1. ^ READ MORE: How to write the perfect 2018 groom speech (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ Wood Farm Barn, Benacre (woodfarmbarn.benacre.com)
  3. ^  Gemma Giorgio Photography (www.gemmagiorgio.com)
  4. ^ Sincerity (www.justinalexander.com)
  5. ^ Debenhams (www.debenhams.com)
  6. ^ ASOS, (www.asos.com)
  7. ^ Topman (www.topman.com)
  8. ^ Next (www.next.co.uk)
  9. ^ Kurt Geiger (www.kurtgeiger.com)
  10. ^ Parker’s Hog Roasts (www.parkers-hog-roast.co.uk)
  11. ^ Rachel Katherine (www.etsy.com)
  12. ^ North Star Club, Yorkshire (www.northstarclub.co.uk)
  13. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  14. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Summer Wedding Guests Survival Guide

Help is here for summer wedding guests of 2018! Whether the wedding you attend is set to be sizzling or overcast, this survival guide will see you through

From summer wedding guest dresses to ideas for the men, your makeup and more, follow this survival guide to be one of the best summer wedding guests of 2017This summer wedding guest gets it right! We love her choice of a vibrant red gown to suit the bride’s gloriously colourful big day. Image credit: photographygk.co.uk

Co-ordinate your outfit colours

The summer season tempts up with dresses in a dazzling array of shades, but for weddings, that’s not always a good thing. If you’re likely to feature prominently in the photographs, check with the couple what their colour scheme will be. You’ll be in the confetti and ceremony shots at the very least.

You don’t want to be the blaring bright purple guest who grabs the attention in every photo at their otherwise rustic wedding. That being said, you don’t want to match the bridesmaids either. A complementary tone is the way to go.

Layer up

Unless you’ll be summer wedding guests abroad, do not rely on the Great British summer delivering stellar results. Layers are as essential in the summer as they are in winter, although of different kinds. Lace boleros, lightweight jackets or wraps will all keep the chill off should the weather worsen, while being easy to remove if you’re treated to heat. For men, waistcoats or lightweight linen jackets are best.

Hats on!

Swap fascinators for hats if you’re set to be a summer wedding guest at a scorching celebration. You’ll look just as stylish and benefit from the shade. Just make sure you follow the rules of wedding hat etiquette – you can find those here[1].

Treat SPF with care

If the sun is out, then you should protect your skin. But, if the UV levels are not set to be high, avoid applying too many products with SPF in if you can. Check everything from your moisturiser to your foundation for these – it’s not only sun cream that can pack a protective punch. Why avoid it, you might ask? Because it flashes back in photographs, making your face appear very white!

Bring a beauty bag

You don’t need us to tell you that warm, sunny summer days can have a less than desirable effect on your beauty look. Limp hair, a little too much of a glow, even melting makeup… these are all possibilities you face as a summer wedding guest. Carry a bag with makeup essentials[2] so that you can top up, and a sea salt spray to revitalise and retexture your hair if you’ll wear it down.


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References

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  2. ^ makeup essentials (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)