For your South Bend wedding your wedding cake should be a work of art and taste good. A cake that doesn’t taste good will be a cake that goes to waste. So when planning your South Bend wedding here are ten tips to find the perfect wedding cake!
1 Taste several samples of the baker’s cakes pay special attention to the taste of the frosting and moistness of the cake. The most beautiful cake will go to waste if your guests won’t eat it.
2 See the baker’s selection of wedding cake designs.
3 Discuss with the your cake designer what you want your cake to look like. Images of other cakes you like from magazines or other weddings are always a good way to illustrate what you want design wise. Your cake designer should also be able to give you input on various designs.
4 There are many alternatives to the traditional bride and groom cake toppers, jewelry, fresh flowers, candy flowers, mom and dad’s top etc. If you want something less traditional discuss it with your cake designer.
5 Reserve your cake designer/baker at least 6 to 8 months out. Like all other vendors they can only cover so many weddings a day, so don’t loose out on your favorite!
6 Get the price in writing! Included should be delivery, setup, rental fees for display bottoms or pillars and columns. Every time you make a change be sure to get a new quote!
7 Square wedding cakes are becoming more popular, but not all bakers will do them, make sure yours does if you want one.
8 Popular cake flavors are vanilla, yellow, chocolate, pink champagne and strawberry.
9 Check your reception’s facility’s policy on cake cutting, there may be a charge for the staff to cut and serve the cake.
10 We don’t recommend saving the cake top for the first anniversary, even frozen cake quickly looses its flavor. Find another special time to consume the cake, like first day you move into your house together as husband and wife.
Our favorite store for unique gifts, jewlery and fun clothing for ladies or babies, is having their annual Holiday Open House next weekend! Girly Girl Gifts, everything on sale. Champagne cocktails and snacks and best of all, our favorite photo booth rental company, Fun Zone Photo Booths will be there offering complementary use of the photo booth! This is going to be one cool open house.
The best and largest bridal show in South Bend and the Michiana area is coming up on January 10, 2010 everyone. So mark those calendars for the Bridal Spectacular!
Full information: Sunday January 10 at the Century Center from 12 to 5. Fashion Shows at 1 and 3:30. Check out their web site, vendors are being added weekly!
Q. I am planning an outdoor wedding. What kind of arrangements should I make in case of rain? A tent may not be in my budget.
A. Outdoor weddings, in South Bend, can be beautiful, but always have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. High heels and muddy ground do not mix. If a tent isn’t in your budget, find a facility that can offer both indoor and outdoor settings. But be aware this may cost you extra, quite often the facility will book two events, one outdoor and one in if they have the room. I have seen one event on the island at Century Center and one in the Great Hall at the same time. Another idea would be to find a facility with an outdoor pavilion with a permanent roof erected, but in the local market I do not know of any such facilities except the Morris Inn, on the Notre Dame campus, which erects their tent for the summer every year.
An old saying that applies to South Bend and the surrounding area’s weather is “wait 5 minutes and it will change”. Exaggerated yes, but if you are planning to have a wedding outdoors in Michiana we strongly suggest having a tent erected in case of rain. With all the costs involved in a wedding even outdoors, tables, cloths, napkins, centerpieces etc even if your budget is tight, not having the tent could cost you even more money if you suffer a rain out.
Back in August I posted about having cotton candy as a late night treat at your wedding reception. I was perusing a few of the forums and found a few cool pictures.
I love these two examples of how to dress it up! So cute!
by Fred Klein of Klein Video Services, Chicago
Putting together a great video montage requires some preparation. You should begin working on this several months before the party.
The production studio that will do the final assembly should recieve pictures and music selection 2 months out.
t the following guidelines will help you prepare your materials:
1. Think of a theme : A good theme can guide the rest of your choices in the montage. It can help you think of an appropriate title and the sections you’ll need.
2. Think of the sections you want : Think of ways to divide up the video into sections.
3. Organize your photos : Divide up the photos into these sections. Use only the very best for each section. In video montages, less is definitely more.
4. Organize your video segments : If you want to include video segments, search through your video at home first. When you find the sections you want, cue the tapes up the the exact spot where the clip begins. Remember to keep these short and only use the very best clips. Audio from home video cameras often doesn’t turn out very well. Usually it’s best to run music over these clips.
5. Choose music : Music should complement the theme of each section. Try to find music to fit the mood of each section. It can help to find lyrics that fit the images. Other times the type of music is more important.
Following these steps can save you lots of time. Your video will be much more personal and original. And you’ll find that putting all these creative elements together can be a lot of fun.
Ladies don’t forgt that coming soon is the annual Michiana Premier Wedding Expo! One of the two best bridal shows in South Bend. Hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn it will feature tons of ideas for your wedding day planning with lots of quality vendors. Mark your calendars for October 11, 2009! The Michiana Premier Wedding Expo
We have all seen chocolate fountains, hot dogs, sliders, and candy bars as late in the reception treats, for your wedding guests. How about another fantastic and fun treat?! Cotton Candy! I was surfing the internet when I found this AP image of a couple eating cotton candy at their reception. What a cool and fun idea! So when looking for something to treat your reception guest with, consider cotton candy.