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The Heat is On

Along with the beautiful colors and relaxation of summer comes warmer weather that can create some potentially uncomfortable situations for both you and your guests. Below are a few clever and fun ways to ensure everyone has the most enjoyable experience possible.

Minimize the heat with savory treats. Rather than (or in addition to) a traditional cake, consider ice cream sandwiches. The options for the ice cream (sorbet or gelato if you choose) and cookies are virtually endless. You can even have a little fun and offer various flavors, colors and make them in a signature shape.

If you are having a cake, perhaps a “naked” one is the way to go. Instead of being covered in icing or fondant, the bare layers are held together with cream cheese or fluffy buttercream. Juicy, moisturizing berries and fresh flowers will make the lack of icing go unnoticed.

Sometimes, perception is reality. Use thin, airy fabrics to decorate your ceremony and reception spaces. Tulle, silk, ribbon, tassels and even paper are great options for any venue. When things appear breezy and light, your guests will be less likely to notice the temperature.

Your comfort is most important as all eyes will be on you. Don’t shy away from a tea length dress that can be embellished and made appropriate for even formal venues. Lightweight make up and updos also help keep you looking fresh and reduce the warmth.

Unfortunately, some degree of heat is unavoidable mid-year. With a little thought and creativity however, it is possible to keep your food, desserts, guests and subsequently you from having meltdowns!

Cutting (Cake) on Your Budget

One of the highlights of any wedding for both you and your husband (as well as your guests) is the cutting of the cake. Cakes are often very traditional and routine in the sense of being multiple round or square tiers and many brides believe that bigger is better. There are things to consider that might not even cross your mind before committing yourself to any single one however. The options are endless and your cake should be something that is fun, individualized and representative of you as a couple.

Before you select a design or size, you need to choose the flavor(s) and that takes some time and consideration in and of itself. Obviously, first and foremost, you want a type of cake that is a favorite of both you and your fiancé. However, you should take into consideration what your guests will enjoy as well. One option is to have each layer a different flavor so that everyone can have either what they like or are in the mood for at the moment. Another advantage to doing so is that what looks one way on the outside is fun and unexpected on the inside.

The majority of any wedding cake is thrown away but they can really take a bite out of your budget as the cost typically ranges anywhere from $1.50 all the way up to $20.00 per slice. It is prudent to keep in mind the number of guests and have a smaller cake that will feed everyone but, at the same time, can be more individualized for either less or at most the same price.  After all, the way you choose to decorate it contributes to the cost as well.

Another way to cut down is to have a small, one tier cake with a cake topper that you cut and then have sheet cakes of the same flavor in another area that can be served to everyone as, that way, your invitees will have the same taste, most likely won’t even know the difference and it is easier on your wallet.

There are some questions that should be considered when finding the right bakery to make your cake. It is important to know how far in advance of your big day the cake will be made as most brides would prefer that it not be created several days prior. Additionally, you need to ask exactly who will be designing, building it and decorating it as sometimes, it is the associates or someone other than who you signed up for. Making sure that it will arrive to your location correctly and as you expect is necessary as well. Often, there is a delivery cost but, if knowing you will have just what you asked for and the exact appearance you wanted, it is worth it.

Your wedding cake is just one of many things that can easily be done and chosen without much thought but is something that some time and energy should be put into so as to not look back with any regrets.