Tuesday, September 17, 2013

How to choose the perfect wedding cake for your wedding!

For those who love dessert, there is no greater decision than coming up with the perfect wedding cake! And with designs, styles, and flavors, which range from the traditional to the fanciful, this is no small task. 

*Reserve your designer – the sooner, the better*
Whether you go with the local bakery down the street or a more commercialized wedding cake designer, this is a decision that should be made sooner in wedding plans rather than later. Allow for four to six months prior to needing your wedding cake to make sure that the designer you want is available.
If you are not familiar with wedding cake designers, you can often see and taste their wares at local bridal fairs. Many wedding reception facilities and caterers will also either offer wedding cake services or can recommend a wedding cake designer to you.

*Choose a style with great taste*
Each wedding cake designer will have his or her own specialties. Before you go in for a consultation, you may want to think about some of the elements that you are looking for in your wedding cake.

*Your style*
Do you want a traditional white cake, a brightly colored one, or one flowing with real flowers? Consider taking in pictures from weddings, bridal fairs, or magazines of design elements that you like.

*Your guests*
How many people do you have attending? This will often affect the number of tiers that your cake will need. Some brides will also choose to have multiple cakes – one for pictures and the ceremonial cake cutting, and then large sheet cakes to use to feed the guests.

*Your frosting*
Traditionally, you have three options in frosting for your cake – butter cream, fondant, and royal icing. Certain styles can only be done in certain types of frosting, and certain frosting's go better with certain cake flavors.

*Your flavor*
Do you want a traditional white cake or are you in love with chocolate? Maybe you want each tier to be a different flavor? Some couples also like cakes to be filled. Make sure that you taste a sample of the different flavors to see which ones you really like.

*Your design*
Do you want the entire design done in frosting or do you want other accents? You will need to talk to your wedding cake designer about gum paste or edible flowers, edible beading, and other accents.

*To top it off*
Does your ideal cake include the traditional bride and groom at the top, or do you have another design element in mind? Your wedding cake designer can help you come up with the perfect look – even utilizing crystals in the shape of your initials.

*Your price*
If you have a wedding budget, you will need to consider the price of the cake, as well as any delivery and set-up fees.Also, different design elements, cake flavors, or frosting styles may cost more.

*Other concerns*
If someone in your wedding has food allergies, you may inquire about the ingredients in the cake, frosting, and design elements. You can see if any of these are able to be substituted if necessary.

However, there is more to buying a wedding cake than walking into your local bakery. As with anything else in your wedding, style should be considered as well. You can ask for photographs of a wedding cake designer’s latest creations.Talk to previous customers to find out how well they liked the service. And of course, you will want to have a taste or two of your favorites – since that is usually equally important as the look.
Remember, your wedding cake should be a part of your wedding style and theme. And since it will likely be the last thing your guests will eat before they leave for the night, you want it to taste as good as it looks. Other than that, only your imagination will limit your design options.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Martina Liana 2014 Bridal Collection

The new Martina Liana 2014 Bridal Collection is sophisticated and absolutely gorgeous. The bridal gowns are classic silhouettes with rhinestone beading, timeless lace, gorgeous flowing skirts, elegant shoulder styling, and hand beaded Diamante crystals on the bodice. We are in love with the subtle blush colored gown and the cascading blush skirt is to die for. This collection is stunning.

For the bride who radiates confidence, global glamour and impeccable style, there’s Martina Liana — the embodiment of exquisite couture bridal design.
Inspired by Martine Harris and Leanne Collova, the Martina Liana wedding gown collection has risen from the celebrated minds of these Australian designers to the heights of the world stage as a major international bridal fashion label.
Every cut, every embellishment, every consideration of a Martina Liana design is made with one idea in mind.
“A bridal gown is more than just something a bride will wear once. She will replay the memories of her day in her mind for years to come and pictures of her will be passed down for generations. A bride’s love story inspires us and this is why Leanne and I love creating magical and unforgettable gowns,” said Harris.
This passion to create an enduring memory is exemplified in the couture craftsmanship of every Martina Liana gown.
You can see it in the way the luxurious fabrics flow as a bride glides down the aisle. In the handcrafted fit, that accentuates a womanly form. And in the heirloom quality detailing that will leave every guest in awe – and stir the heart of a husband-to-be.
“Leanne and I had a vision to create a bridal fashion label that blended couture customization and quality with exquisite design.  We are proud that this vision has been brought to life through Martina Liana.  Each new collection is even more captivating than the last and we feel validated by the amazing response this label has received from brides across the world.”
When you select a Martina Liana creation, you wear something far more than just a wedding dress. You make a statement. One that exemplifies the style, the attitude and the elegance of the bride, and the woman, you are.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Sophia Tolli: 2013 Fall Collection

WeddingBlvd cannot get enough of wedding gown inspiration. From look books and Pinterest to designer websites and runway shows, there are so many pretty details to appreciate. We’re loving Sophia Tolli’s Sophia Tolli’s 2013 fall collection: the 21 gowns are so refined and luxurious, all while being different from the others.

“My collection has two distinct feelings: soft romanticism and traditional bridal drama,” says Tolli. “My signature style will always be gowns with an exceptional fit and cut.”
The stylish gowns are “both classic and couture designs,” such as A-line dresses, halters and slim skirts as well as strapless ball gowns. Tolli’s signature gowns feature draping and corset backs, which gives brides a perfect fit.
The majority of the fall 2013 gowns feature strapless gowns while a few others are tank style. These body-hugging styles show off a bride’s form. Some gowns like Marigold (a taffeta ball gown) and Peony (an A-line style) and Juniper (an organza mermaid style) are fitted in the waist and have sleek, yet flowing skirts.
One show-stopper to see: the Poppy gown which is an A-line dress featuring lace appliqu├ęs as well as a scooped strapless neckline. It also has hand beading and diamond tulle, as well as a dropped waist bodice with a full skirt. The finishing touch? A corset back closure and removable straps!
Another must-see gown is known as the Endine. This style showcases a slim A-line in angel chiffon. It has a strapless sweetheart neckline, which is trimmed with crystal hand-beaded tulle. There’s a waterfall skirt and a bodice, which is “asymmetrically draped.” The gown also closes with a corset back closure.
We adore the Lilac taffeta mermaid gown, which has a draped bodice and a hand-beaded and embroidered neckline. This style is so stunning and sleek!
No wonder Tolli’s designs are so impressive. The designer’s seamstress story started in her early teens when she was influenced by her talented aunt dressmaker who handmade most of the teen’s clothes. By making custom prom, bridesmaid’s dresses and bridal gowns as a teen, Tolli solidified her “made-to-measure” fashion experience.

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