Saturday, August 29, 2009

Let them eat cupcakes!

A fun idea that has become popular with many couples is serving cupcakes instead of the traditional wedding cake. This was once thought to be more appropriate for casual outdoor weddings, but it has definitely found its way into more traditional, formal affairs.
Cupcakes can be a lot of fun and can be just as elaborately decorated and displayed as a traditional cake. The cost will vary based on detail and your location. Some traditional cake bakers will do cupcakes and there are also shops & bakeries that specialize in cupcakes. If you’re in Charlotte, I highly recommend Polka Dot Bake Shop. When you’re meeting with potential bakers for your wedding, ask if they do cupcakes! You could also do cupcakes instead of a traditional groom’s cake as well.
If you’re concerned about the “cake cutting” tradition you can always have a small cake made to coordinate with the cupcakes for you & your sweetie to cut into at the reception. Have fun with it! Have different flavor combos for your guests to choose from or make the design interesting with a monogram or other design that is incorporated into your wedding d├ęcor.

Super cute example of cupcakes as well as a smaller cake for the bride & groom to cut.
{photo credit: Luster Studios}

Edible toppers featuring the bride & groom's last initial.
{photo credit: Jennifer Angeloro}

Absolutely LOVE this one! Fall weddings are my fave and this is such a cute display!
{photo credit: Baking Up Chaos}

Adorable for a vineyard wedding
Cupcakes by: Hansel & Gretel's Bakery
{photo credit: Tiona Fuller Photography}

Super cute toppers incorporating monograms and the wedding date.
{photo credit: Live Love Photography}

Aren't these beautiful?! Almost makes me want to learn to bake!
Cupcakes by: Polka Dot Bake Shop
{photo credit: Cheyenne Schultz Photography}

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Vera Bradley Weddings!

As a fan of all things Vera Bradley, I loved that when I opened the fall catalog to check out the new styles & colors there was a double page spread on weddings!

I love all of the fun color combinations and functional handbags, tote bags, luggage & accessories that Vera offers. There are several ways you can incorporate Vera Bradley into your wedding. From color palette inspiration to the ties & cufflinks for your guys to gifts for your maids, moms & flower girls there’s so much to be found! There's even a bakery that makes custom cookies decorated to match Vera patterns! Fun for a bridal shower or favors! (Photo credit: Love at First Bite)
Vera Bradley has also announced a contest to win a Bridesmaids’ Reunion! Check out the website for more info and to vote on your favorite “memorable” bridesmaid dress. One winner & five guests will receive a three day, two night getaway to Vera Bradley’s guest house in Seaside, FL!

Below is some inspiration to get you started! The first image contains some of my favorite ideas for gifts for your gals (or yourself!). You can choose a pattern that coordinates with the theme of your wedding or choose a pattern & gift for each of your attendants based on their favorite colors. The second image is a sampling of some of the colors & patterns for the men’s line. All of these patterns are available in a tie and some of them also have coordinating cufflinks and pocket squares!

Top row (left to right): Photo album (Calypso); Large Cosmetic (Yellow Bird); Small Duffel (Purple Punch)
Middle row (left to right): Ribbon Board (Blue Rhapsody); Gabby (Cupcakes Green); Mail Box Stationery Desk Set (Calypso)
Bottom row (left to right): All in one Wristlet (Blue Rhapsody); Audrey (Puccini); Tote (Caffe Latte); Hanging Organizer (Puccini)

Top row (left to right): Cupcakes Green Stripe; Puccini Diamond; Puccini Stripe; Calypso Blue
Bottom row (left to right): Cupcakes Pink Confetti; Bali Gold Stripe; Caffe Latte; Daisy Stripe

Monday, August 3, 2009

Noble Brides in Charlotte closes its doors…

For the second time in a little over a year, a bridal salon in Charlotte has closed its doors leaving brides with a mess to deal with. Noble Brides is now closed and leaving many Charlotte area brides unsure of the status of their wedding gowns & bridesmaid dresses.

This is similar to the situation La Bella Sposa put many Charlotte brides in last summer.
If you were working with Noble Brides and have any issues you need to resolve with your dress, please contact The Bridal House as they are graciously helping out brides that have been affected by the store closing.