Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Wedding Cake Alternatives & Fun Dessert Ideas For Wedding Receptions & Life Celebrations

Everyone wants to be different!  It’s chic, classy and innovative.  Wedding cake alternatives and fun dessert ideas will often add uniqueness and interest to your wedding reception and life celebrations. Little touches here and there never hurt your guest’s memory of your big day!

It frightens me, when I meet ladies at a bridal shows who say….  “My sister is handling my wedding or my girl friend just got married and she is going to coordinate it for me or mom says, we’ve married off three others, we know who to call.”  My inner question is…. Are you getting your wedding, or her old one?  Same vendors, same wedding site, same style, food, dessert, etc…Tell us how you feel about this on the blog.

You Are You! Remember that, and don’t get locked out of how you and your intended reflect it on your wedding day. You will find many of my weddinglinks blogs endear you to being your own unique self.

Cakes are glorious and very photogenic!  The ingredients offer a multitude of choices and creative icing decor.  The groom’s cake is an excellent addition and a great tradition to your cake table. Whether butter cream or fondant, they look and appear exquisite in the photos and an amazing centerpiece to your reception room.  We see, carrot and spice cakes plus the red cakes taking a spotlight at receptions. Photos by

I personally love the beauty of a wedding cake, excitement of a birthday cake, etc.  But I love to bake pies, eat pies and share pie recipes.  Just a knack picked up from mom.  Guess what? Just met a gal who provides a pie service for weddings and events. Men Love Pies!!!  So if you are considering doing dessert stations for your event or wedding reception, you might consider this.

A while back we discussed different desserts or reception confections. We concluded there are many new and exciting ideas to add sweetness to your celebration.   You will find links on and we would love your input on this subject. Many ideas for dessert we have seen so far include:

  • Cupcake Tiers
  • Various Candy Treats to pile on your plate or cup
  • Dove Bars
  • Ice Cream Cakes
  • Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes
  • Pie Bars
  • Chocolate Fountains with fruit, cookes and marshmallows
  • Frozen Yogurt Bars
  • Vegan, Gluten Free and Sugar Free Desserts
  • Fudge Brownies
  • Frozen Cheese Cake Bars
  • Personal Photo-Enhanced Icings
  • Personalize initials on the cake
Along with the many exciting traditional cakes and ethnic wedding desserts we are finding, couples want crème brulee or baked Alaska served.  Elegance and luxury do turn the corner on these desserts as they must be served by the staff in a grand presentation style.

Talk it over, see what you both want served.  Find a tried and true professional baker or dessert maker to complete this for you.  Believe me, I have seen cakes fall apart because great aunt Mary did not know the dynamics of a tiered cake, or the best friend did not understand you cannot set a cake out in the sun for three hours prior to serving.  Most of all – allow your dessert be a personal signature to your celebration!

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LUXURY Ideas For the Wedding Ceremony & Wedding Reception

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Wine Cave Reception
Photos by Dennis Urbiztondo 

Adding Luxury Ideas to Your Wedding Ceremony Whether it is a beautiful church, cathedral or natural environment in the woods, beach, garden or vineyards, we find it is important to be heard and seen. A raised platform for the ceremony, good microphones, ample lighting, shade (when outdoors) a printed program with names of the presenters, languages, explaining ethnic customs. All allow the guest to feel included. Select a location in a nice section of town with an impressive entry or      drive and top the luxury with valet parking services.         Please add your luxury ideas to our Blog.

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 With an outdoor environment, make certain there are no apparent car sounds or flight patterns overhead. Choosing a setting with fountain, waterfall or lovely stream, beach and waterway views can mesmerize your guests. Nature has a way of enriching every part of our soul. Staging and lighting of the ceremony and/or reception are a real trend in luxury weddings. The outer building or interior lighting will excite your guests. Top the luxury with a light show during the reception music and or/ fireworks and sparklers (depends on the fire laws and your event site rules). Outdoor weddings and evening weddings often have wine and cocktail services with canapes’ (hors d’oeurves) served prior to the party guests being seated with one or more instrumentalist to set the mood of the day. As ceremony time nears, the seating or gathering time is announced.

Waiting for newlyweds to arrive prior to serving food and drink is passé! Adding Luxury to Your Wedding Reception Location entry door greeters to direct the guests to their seating adds to the glamour. The male ushers generally take on this task but we see luxury style weddings hire staff to complete this duty so the wedding party is exempt from these duties. Romantic outdoor evening weddings in full moonlight with flickering votives and oil lamps. Aisle decor, an altar cloth or arbor includes the use of the poly tulle that reflects twinkle lighting.

Luxurious Ideas For Your Wedding Reception Venues Most weddings require two or three venues that include; bachelor/bacholorette, the rehearsal dinner and a variety of sites for guest lodging. While proximity may be important, we also see a high-end wedding can be a destination wedding to unique parts of the world. While finding an opulent site with beautiful wall hangings, frescos, crystal chandeliers, gold leaf trim, marble dance floors and velvet curtains rein high on the list, luxury and opulence can include renting a winery, wine cave, skyscraper roof garden with magnificent views, mansion or lovely beach house that has been well cared for. We see historic sites, unique museums, botanical gardens, observatories, aquariums all work allowing you to utilize the backdrop to its fullest while increasing the interest and enjoyment of your guests.

A couple often chooses an event site that reflect their interests. Find these locations in each county of California, the USA and parts of the world on

 Luxurious Ideas For Your Reception Room Look: Ideas for a luxurious appearance for a wedding are features you can look for prior to booking a location. Entries and ceilings are key to visuals. Room appearance is directly affected by the look of flooring, chairs, full-length tablecloths (or pooling linens) and overlay cloths of unique fabrics. We find larger rooms incorporating a furnished areas near the bar and away from the music Complete dinner service, centerpieces and setting the table with specific folds to napkins for the dinner menu, plus unique favors all enhance the table appearance. Candles, votives and favors enrich the mood.

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