Wedding Cake Flowers Tips

When you are wedding planning, there are so many things to consider. One of these special considerations is that of the wedding cake. The wedding cake is an essential aspect for any wedding. It is one of those things that brides and wedding planners worry about almost as much as obtaining the perfect wedding gown.

In fact, there are an limitless number of cake designs. No matter the personality or sense of style of a bride, there is a wedding cake out there that can satisfy her wants and desires for the type of wedding cake she has always dreamed of for her special day.

One of the most delightfully inspiring types of cakes are those that include wedding cake flowers. When you decide that you want flowers on your wedding cake, there are various things from which you can choose for decorating your wedding cake. For instance, when you choose to include flowers for a wedding cake you can select any color that you can imagine to match your wedding colors and wedding theme.

There are various types of flowers from which you can choose and they come in an assortment of colors. Some you can even have dyed to suit the occasion. Of course, you can either choose to use real wedding flowers that are safe as edible flowers. Do be sure to choose edible flowers that are not contaminated by toxic chemicals. When you are working with real flowers you will need to be especially careful to choose wisely, especially when you include the use of edible wedding cake flowers. It is recommendable that while choosing edible flowers for your wedding cake that you consult with your florist before making your decision.

You may also choose to use artificial flowers or silk flowers for your wedding flowers. These are a great choice when you have allergies or you know that some of your wedding guests have allergies to flowers. They are also a great alternative to real cakes since they are a bit more inexpensive. Silk flowers make some beautiful wedding flower cake toppers and are the type of flowers that make wonderful wedding keepsakes, since they are so long lasting in their beauty.

While considering your wedding flower cake you may also want to consider the use of sugar flowers. They are very popular and have been for many years. They are easy to preserve as wedding keepsakes and they are quite beautiful and delicious.

Of course, as with so many issues surrounding wedding planning, you will need to consider your budget before you select the type of cakes and wedding flower cakes that are most suitable for your wedding day celebrations. As long as you take time to plan what you want you will be content with your selections.

Regardless of the type of flowers you may choose to use with your wedding flowers, you want something that will reflect you and you new groom, your sense of style and fashion statement. Whether you choose to use a tight bunching of flower blooms as a cake topper or a sensational grouping of cascading blooms as your wedding flowers you can create the perfect compliment to your wedding ceremony and reception, your wedding gown and your special day.

Real Wedding Inspiration – Janita Toerien

Surely you would agree that one couldn’t help but fall in love with Janita Toerien’s breath-taking designer wedding dresses! She is a designer dedicated to creating a uniquely handcrafted gown, which is elegant, sophisticated and bespoke. Her bridal gowns own a certain panache that enthrals the Bride’s audience.

You had a beautiful dress designed by Janita Toerien!! Tell us more about it!

Thank you! I absolutely loved it! Stumbling upon Janita Toerien one afternoon on the Internet is what I call serendipity! I had decided to put the wedding dress shopping on hold until after the Christmas break. I immediately emailed her and she responded almost instantly! I like the fact that she kept me involved with every single detail of the dress. She even takes you fabric shopping! The whole design process was very consultative which I enjoyed. The design studio is about 5 min from my work, which meant we could do some of the fittings over my lunch breaks. Very convenient! We clicked from the first meeting and the fittings really felt like going to visit a friend. She got married two months before me, so there was always a lot of wedding talk at the fittings. I had about 4 fittings to make sure the dress fitted like a glove, which it did! I loved the buttons and the little bow at the back the most!

Choosing your photographer is always a tricky part in the wedding planning process, how did you decide on Tanya Jacobs as your photographer?

Yes, It’s even trickier when you are planning a wedding in Durban being whilst living in Cape Town! We had looked at a few photographers’ work online. We browsed through Tanya’s blog and we liked her work. We liked how the couples she had photographed all looked relaxed and at ease! We liked her even more upon meeting her a week before our wedding! We had an engagement shoot a week before, which served as a dry run and left us completely relaxed and at ease with her for the wedding shoot.

What made you choose your wedding venue? What was your venue short list?

Braeside has the most beautiful wedding venue with perfectly manicured gardens and amazing giant trees. This provided the perfect setting for our garden ceremony and post ceremony drinks and canapés .We also didn’t have to leave the venue for the pictures. The reception hall was also big enough to accommodate our 180 guests! Their in-house coordinator is present on the day to make sure everything runs as planned. Other wedding venues we considered were Collisheen Estate, Boulevard 44 Boutique Hotel, The Zunguness and Lythwood Lodge.

Where did you get most of your ideas and inspiration from?

Mostly wedding blogs. And yes, Little Pink Book is definitely one of them! A friend also introduced me to Pinterest. I have been hooked ever since!

Any hints for other brides on how to keep your wedding budget friendly?

Decide what is important to you and spend the most money on the important things. That being said the photographer should be one of the big expenses. The pictures are all you will have long after everything has been forgotten. There are a lot of great DIY ideas on the Internet. Its also important not to get carried away, to take a step back and re-assess your budget constantly. Don’t be scared to ask for help!

Any time saving or organising tips?

It’s never too early to start planning! The best venues and photographers get booked out as far as a year in advance! You will change your mind a couple of times on certain things but at least the important things will be sorted.

What was the ‘theme’ of your wedding?

We wanted the wedding to reflect our personalities. We wanted something elegant, classic, with an air of romance but completely relaxed at the same time. We wanted all elements of the big day to reflect this. We decided on classic colours of white, black, some silver with a touch of lemon. All elements of the wedding reflected our personalities from the invitations, to the décor, to the music, the cake and the outfits.

What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while organising your dream wedding?

We decided to plan the whole wedding ourselves. So we were involved in every bit of the planning. A very brave move as we both live in Cape Town and got married in Durban. So it took a few trips to Durban, some calls, many emails and text messages to bring our dream wedding to life!

Were any of your family members or friends involved in the wedding and what was their contribution?

Yes, they were. My sister was incredibly hands-on. My family offered to help in every way possible and assisted us financially. My family-in-law was a great support and made sure the wedding stress didn’t get to us. Our friends also offered to help and supported us all the way through. My girls couldn’t wait to take me dress shopping from the moment we got engaged!

What were the highlights of your wedding day?

It was such an amazing day that the whole day was one massive highlight!! It was really great to see everything finally fall into place like one big puzzle. A few things that really stood out for me: My mom getting me into my dress. It was such a special moment. I will forever cherish it. My dad’s face when he walked into my dressing room and saw me in my dress for the first time. Completely priceless!! And most definitely walking down the aisle towards my husband-to-be when everything came to an absolute standstill!!

What every Bride should know:

Start planning early. Don’t worry about the small details. Relax. Smile, smile and smile some more. You will be the most photographed person on the day! And lastly it is your BIG day, enjoy it!

What every Groom should know:

Your best man is one of your greatest assets, he can help keep people in line and get things done. Most importantly your Bride knows best, so don’t bother to argue, you’ll lose anyway.

By Leachen Kuffner

Reportage Wedding Photography

When searching for a for a wedding photographer you may have likely come across the term reportage, or photojournalism. It is a real buzz word in the wedding photography community right now, but what does it mean?

Reportage photography is where a photographer will try to photograph their subject without them being aware of them. In wedding photography this creates a very natural and real shot, one that will accurately depict the atmosphere and characters on your special day. The reportage style is often genuine and unobtrusive.

Adopting this style will give your clients a complete record of their day, from start to finish. It is often a favoured choice for the bride and groom as they are not over ordered around by a photographer.

The contemporary approach is to spend time capturing natural images, rather than creating unnatural images and looking for candid pictures to get real wedding photos that happen during their day, leaving them time to enjoy it.

Be dedicated to documenting events as they unfold, with a relaxed and natural approach, unobtrusively capturing the details of the wedding day with sensitivity, intuition and experience; blending in seamlessly with the guests. Of course every wedding wouldn’t be complete without the occasional, formal shot. But I often find from talking to my clients that the formal shots are for the benefit of the extended family; it’s the natural shots that will carry real meaning for the bride and groom, and for years to come.

When shooting reportage photography, I favor the Canon 24-70mm L Series lens. It is simply an excellent lens! At 70mm you can capture stunning portraits and all the macro details, wind the lens to 24mm and you can achieve a great subtle wide-angle look. The wide angle is superb for capturing large groups of people, building interiors and exteriors. It has a brilliant ability to replicate vivid colors, and work in low lights indoors. Perfect for reportage photography.

Finding the Best Wedding Dress Shop to Buy a Wedding Dress From

Do you want to buy the best wedding dress? You can! In this short article, we will look at the options to buy a wedding dress, and save! Discover how you can save potentially hundreds and get the best wedding dress!

The first thing to getting the best options and finding the best shop, is to go through and research. This is something that can take a lot of time!

Consider first what you need and want. This will make all the difference, and help you to focus in the right direction. This can involve getting a pen and paper and jotting down ideas. Researching and seeing different dresses online, and then deciding on the portions you like.

Then you can go out there, and find the best dress. This is when you are looking to find the best shop, and it can happen with effective research. You really have 2 main options, which can work great. One is to purchase offline, through a real wedding dress shop, where you can buy a dress, and the other is to buy online.

With so many options, you want to factor in both options, especially if you want to save. There are many more options online, however, first let us look at the offline options. You can look through local business directories that list local businesses, to find options. And this can make all the difference.

The other option is to ask friends and family, and they can be a great method to find something, especially if you have specific culture needs. Another alternative is to go online, and if you really want to save, then you are going to want to look online, where you can save big. Take the time to do your research, and you can find some amazing options.