You’ve got it all figured out—the perfect wedding dress, the best venue, the prettiest flowers, even the place cards you’ll be using on your big day. But sometimes, the last thing you think about when planning your wedding is what kind of wedding cake you want. The choices can be overwhelming, to say the least. Sure, you could go for a classic white buttercream, maybe with some fresh florals. But what if you don't consider yourself a "traditional" bride? What if you don't want something that's so completely classic? In that case, these colorful wedding cakes will be right up your alley.
While you could forgo the cake altogether and serve a different kind of dessert—pies perhaps!?—if you consider yourself both an untraditional bride AND you still want a cake, an easy way to modernize the white, tiered, tried-and-true dessert is to make a simple switch. Just add color! Non-white wedding cakes can bring a ton of personality and fun to your reception. Plus, they look ahh-maze-ing in wedding photos!
Colorful wedding cakes can come in the form of something bold (we love a deep charcoal—not for the faint of heart!) or something more subtle (a pretty pastel). Chocoholic brides can opt for a chocolate buttercream or fondant. And you can even incorporate a non-white pattern (such as a pretty and modern marbled base) into your post-wedding dessert for an unexpected use of hues.
A delicious advantage of colorful wedding cakes? These anything-but-vanilla, big-day desserts allow for you and your baker to create a confection that's truly you. After all, you're already injecting your and your fiancé's personalities into so many aspects of your big day, so why not your cake as well? If summer is your favorite season or you're throwing a destination wedding, choose a tropical hue for your colorful wedding cake to match your style and wedding theme. If you consider yourself to bear modern sensibilities, an edgy black wedding cake will fit your personal style to a tee. See? There's a non-white wedding cake out there for every bride.
A pop of color has never tasted so sweet! Here are some of our favorite examples of colorful wedding cakes.
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Sure, you've been to your cake tasting and have your wedding cake all picked out down to the very last frosting rose on top. But have you selected your wedding cake server yet? Wedding cake servers are a must for picture-perfect cake-cutting photos. And considering the delicious history behind wedding cakes, that's a moment you definitely won't want to miss.
When it comes to wedding cakes, the history of traditions is...rich? Interesting, for sure. For instance, in Ancient Rome there was a tradition of having a cake made of wheat or barley that was broken over the bride's head. BROKEN OVER HER HEAD. Apparently this symbolized good fortune? (If ever there was a time for the thinking emoji it is here). Oh, and the pillars that you sometimes see between wedding cake tiers? Those began as broomsticks covered in frosting. BROOMSTICKS. Also, there was a myth that bridesmaids could "dream up" their future husbands, so they would take a piece of the wedding cake home and put it under their pillow. This seems wildly impractical during a time where washing linens was not as simple as throwing them in a machine. Times have changed, y'all.
One tradition that still persists is the cutting of the cake, which started because weddings began growing in size. Thus, the cake kept getting larger and the icing became much denser so it could support the weight of all those layers. The bride could no longer cut through the icing alone, so the groom began assisting. Of course this tradition is rife with symbolism—the joining of your union, working together, and a promise to always provide for each other.
Since the cutting of the wedding cake is so common and routine now, why not have a pretty wedding cake server to go with it? They're usually quite inexpensive and it's something you can keep forever afterward. We kind of even like the idea of framing it or doing something to preserve it in an artsy way!
Here are 10 of our favorite wedding cake servers you can buy now.
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Your wedding cake might just be the most talked about confection of your entire life—better make it good! Luckily, if you're getting married in the winter season, there are so many elegant ideas for winter wedding cakes.
We tapped the minds of some of the industry's top wedding planners, photographers, caterers, and everything in-between on the show-stopping seasonal wedding cakes they've seen at wintertime nuptials over the years. Whether you go with an array of additional embellishments, like seasonal greenery and berries, or showcase a design fully encompassed in winter white, there are a plethora of ideas to consider.
Read on for wedding cake ideas that will add the perfect winter mix to your cold-weathered reception.
When looking ahead to the next year (we can't believe it's almost December!) there are lots of trend forecasts we're interested in. From wedding dress trends we saw during New York Bridal Fashion Week to the latest in interiors (to help beef up those registry lists!) to the prettiest new flower ideas , there's so much to look forward to in 2019.
And one trend we're always excited about is all the newest creative options for wedding cakes! Long gone are the days that the ubiquitous all-white cake reigned supreme; these days, cake designers are having fun reinventing the wheel and incorporating all kinds of new shapes, colors, patterns, and materials that would have never been dreamt of in wedding cake trends past.
Ready to get inspired with our favorite wedding cake trends for 2019? Read on!
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Oftentimes, choosing a wedding cake feels like checking off yet another box on your wedding to-do list. (Bouquet? Check! Dress? Check! Cake? Check!) But, today, it doesn't have to be that way. Rather than ordering some traditional cake for ceremonial purposes, you now have the option to treat it as both a design element and a delicious menu item. So, basically, it's time to get creative!
In terms of the cake's design, it's often smart to start by thinking about your venue. The venue sets the scene for the rest of your wedding and also affects what material the cake can be made of (fondant can be hard in direct sunlight, et cetera). Plus, we think it's fun to have the wedding cake match the venue's aesthetic and the rest of the day's design details. So, if you're into that idea as well, we suggest you start by imagining what exactly you're looking for (five tiers, a single tier, etc.) and thinking about design elements you like ("drip" elements, fresh flowers, geometric designs).
As you'll see below, we're especially into recreating textiles in buttercream, using local flora as accent pieces, and even adding fruit toppings. So, to show you exactly what creative ideas we're talking about, we compiled a list of 55 wedding cakes (yes, 55!) that will perfectly fit in at a farm, beach, garden, and more.
Keep scrolling to gather inspo for your own celebration, and remember: You can customize all of the cakes below to your wedding, venue, and taste—quite literally!
You've addressed the last invitation, you know exactly what your bouquets and centerpieces are going to look like (down to the flower color and variation!), you've got your photographer and DJ and venue all squared away—you've pretty much got everything figured out! But don't overlook one of the most important parts of decor: the cake! And ok, maybe you're having pies, or cupcakes, or some other iteration of desserts because you're not a cake fan (we're totally into that, too) but any way you slice it (yes, we went there), you have to have a pretty display for your sweets. Ok, we know you don't have to, but we think it makes a big difference, especially if you're showcasing different kinds!
For a rustic wedding, consider wooden cake stands in modern silhouettes of varying heights and finishes. Gone are the days of raw wooden slabs being trendy (in our opinion) and we're now loving a more architectural wooden stand that feels cleaner and more streamlined (read: not clunky). If you're having an urban loft wedding, go for stands that have geometric touches and are made out of seemingly industrial materials—like marble or concrete—and don't forget to add in bits of metallics. For the boho bride, we're really into cake stands that have a hand painted, folksy touch to them (while still feeling high-end).
Need a little help finding the right pieces for your dessert bar or display? Don't worry! We've got you covered, with some of our favorite handmade wedding cake stands from Etsy.
Ahh, cake—the one component (if not the best) of the tiresome wedding planning process that gives you an excuse to indulge your inner sweet tooth. After you've made your final flavor decisions and left your pink champagne dessert or buttercream confection (or something of that nature...) in the hands of the baking pros, the challenge then falls on you and your partner to find the perfect cake topper for the ultimate photo-worthy finishing touch. Although hunting for this decorative detail is nowhere near as sweet (sadly no tasting this time around), a wedding cake topper will make your wedding cake feel all the more personalized and glamorous. And, not to worry, a cake accessory certainly won't detract from the dessert's design, whether it be ombré icing or a naked number.
We rounded up 9 wedding-worthy cake toppers fit to match any reception style. For the minimal couple, it's easy to keep it simple with a copper wire topper in the shape of your initials. Not to mention, there's no shortage of customizable cake accessories to cater to you and your S.O. If you prefer a dash of whimsy, you'll love the multicolored "Love" additive. Or, add just the right amount of glamour to an otherwise simple cake with a gold metallic peony configuration. Forget the cherry on top—these gorgeous cake additives will take your confection to the next level, minus the "pretty please."