Family, friends and photographers alike look forward to the moment when the happy couple joins hands around the cake knife and cut the first slice of cake.
Not only will your guests finally get to taste the gorgeous creation they've been eyeing throughout your reception, it's a classic wedding moment up there with the first kiss and first dance.
Couples usually choose their cake to complement their chosen theme and style of wedding, but that doesn’t mean you need to be restricted to a ribbon trim to introduce your colour scheme! There are so many new and innovative techniques in cake decorating that can really make your cake a show stopper for all your guests to admire and talk about.
Here are some of my key trends in cake for 2017.
This is a fantastic way to complement your colour scheme. A really modern choice especially when topped with some magnificent large flowers.
So many ways to give your cake an on-trend metallic twist – from a sparkling sequinned tier to a more subtle lustre shade. Or if you are really daring (and don’t mind the expense!), go all out with an edible gold or silver leaf tier! This cake combines a few of these with a touch of edible gold flakes on the top tier.
Traditionally wedding cakes had sugar flowers, usually roses on them. Nowadays, we have such a wide choice in floral, couples can choose for their bouquets and buttonholes and cake to match. Many cake makers often follow the florists lead in matching these up with delicate sugar flower decoration.
We so often think of wedding colour schemes as being traditionally pastel, but couples have become more daring with colour, not only introducing deeper, bolder colours, but of mixing them up a bit too. Think of rich, jewel colours, deep navy’s and in this lovely combo, red, orange and yellow!
Ruffles and textures
Even if colour isn’t your thing, or you want to keep your cake a more traditional white or ivory, there are so many lovely techniques that can draw the eye and give your cake that wow factor. Ruffles were a top trend for 2016 and show no signs of fading in 2017. Pleating, beading and lace, all edible, can look fabulous. Think of drawing inspiration from your wedding dress!
So, now that your head is swimming with ideas for your cake, the fun can begin. Surely, the best bit is in the eating!
Jennifer from For Goodness Cake
Hello to the lovely Cat D community, I’m Jo from Love Paper Crane sharing some stationery trends for 2017 for you today. Firstly a huge thank you to the beautiful Cat for asking me to share my thoughts with you.
Let’s talk stationery . . .
For some brides stationery may not be the most important element your day, however if you are anything like me and get excited by all things paper, pattern, colour, pencil, sharpies, ribbon then it’s extremely important. The little details on your invitations, and on the day stationery are the perfect way to inject your style and personality into your day and have a little fun, because that’s what life is (should be) all about.
Stationery covers more than you think . . . it’s the first glimpse into your wedding as it’s the first thing your guests will see. They may receive a Save the Date or Invitations by post and then when they arrive on your Wedding Day, they may be greeted by some welcome signage followed by table plans and table details . . . all of which give a glimpse into your style, personality and feeling you want to create on your day as well as the chance to create a keepsake for your guests.
Stationery can be kept very simple and elegant, especially if you are not sure on your overall theme but want to get your wedding date out to guests. There are so many options to choose from and it can be overwhelming. My aim when working with client whether you are looking for your own DIY printable invitations or a bespoke service is to take the overwhelm out of your planning so that you can relax, enjoy the process and remember what it’s all about . . . love, spending the rest of your life with your best friend and creating beautiful memories.
So let’s get onto some stationery trends for 2017. I think there are a lot of trends that were around last year that will continue throughout the year.
“A trend never simply emerges for a single year and then disappears in a puff of smoke. Instead, an aesthetic becomes popular gradually, even mysteriously, over time before fizzling out slowly without much notice at all.” - Madeleine Morley
Calligraphy and hand lettering is something that we’ll continue to see this year. Calligraphy can cover a variety of trends in itself, it can be simple and elegant or fun and full of colour and personality. It always adds something special to stationery.
Pantone's colour of the year for 2017 is greenery. (Check out their Pinterest board here). I think this will be a trend that follows us through 2017. Not just in weddings but as an overarching theme . . . I felt last year that we were moving towards a more simple and sustainable way of living. Particularly this time of year I feel we all look forward to spring / summer after our long Scottish winter and crave the fresh and light feeling that spring brings with it.
Think nature-inspired, botanical themes, succulents, moss which are perfect for a Scottish wedding. I can visualise spring summer weddings with beautiful bouquet and centerpieces with lots of greenery and foliage and simple cream or blush roses.
This theme can be featured on wedding stationery in either beautiful drawings, watercolour or more of a graphic feature. Both of which are continuing trends in 2017.
Greenery is the Pantone theme so what better way to reflect this in stationary than in beautiful watercolour foliage detail with a touch of calligraphy of course.
Oh how I love a geometric pattern, on paper or in my home. Keeping in with the theme of greenery but a slightly softer sea hue, I created this geometric range for 2017.
Watercolor became more popular towards the latter part of 2016 and will continue throughout this year. These are the wedding invitation I created for the styled shoot organised by Cat D at the end of 2016.
Remember whatever you decide, don’t just follow trends. The little details that make up your wedding should be true reflection of who you are as a couple.
So the lovely Cat D has asked us to write a little guest blog on wedding dresses and what brides should expect in the coming year. We couldn’t resist the chance to chat about all things wedding related and dresses are most certainly what we know best.
It may seem like a daunting task when you begin to think about your search to find ‘THE ONE’, but don’t let the fears and worries you have overwhelm you. It is important to enjoy your wedding dress shopping experience. At The Bridal Courtyard, we create a relaxing environment for you and your entourage to carefully try on various shapes, styles and colours, resulting in many of you saying that ever famous phrase ‘I’m saying YES to the DRESS’. Nothing pleases us more than seeing happy faces, it really makes it all worth while!
So what, I hear you ask, will be entering the world of wedding dresses in 2017? Well…its exciting, fashionable and ever changing, but here is what you will be most likely to see in the shops.
Lace! Lace will never go out of fashion. It is delicate, soft, classy and elegant and since that wonderful day that Kate Middleton married her prince, the idea of a lace wedding dress rocked the nation. It may seem like all wedding dresses in the world incorporate some sort of lace somewhere and of course not everyone is a lover of lace, but, it’s a fail safe in the world of wedding gowns. If lace isn’t your thing, fear not, as there are many other materials that will tick your boxes.
Crepe is creeping into the world of fashionable wedding gowns and on our recent trip to Barcelona we saw a lot of gowns with beautiful crepe skirts. Now if like me, you carry a few extra pounds, it may not feel like the most flattering or endearing idea, BUT, try these gowns on…you may be surprised. Gowns with a structured top will flatter and provide some support to your body and the skirt will skim past your hips, giving a very soft, floaty look. This material is also perfect for destination weddings as the light and airy texture and design will be wonderful on those hot sandy beaches.
I am a lover of the phrase ‘Less is more’ and I have been delighted to see that satin and similar materials are making a comeback into the world of bridal attire. We have a number of dresses in store that are classy, elegant and timeless, I think due to the minimalist, yet fabulous look. You may be put off in thinking that these dresses seem ‘plain’, but, give them a chance girls…what may look less embellished at the front, may WOW you, and many of these gowns have fabulous detail in other places.
That brings me on nicely to something that many brides are asking for at the moment. On numerous occasions I hear girls asking for ‘some detail on the back’, or ‘I want fabulous back detail’, and you can expect to see this over the next year. I think designers have started to realise that yes, it is important that gowns look wonderful, but that its extra special to have something stand out happening on the backs of wedding gowns, after all, during the ceremony your guests are staring at your back for quite some time. We love sparkly detail, illusion backs and generally anything a little unusual happening on an area that is just as important…photographers can get some great shots of you and your husband to be with the back detail on show…believe me…I have seen some fabulous shots.
Finally, if you are a little bit on the more adventurous side, and perhaps braver than you thought, try on something a little more revealing. Skin coloured tops with lace detail and gowns with a little more on show are a hit. Now I am not talking gypsy wedding style here, but sometimes a little bit of what seems like flesh on show brings out the sexier side in you. If this is a look that you would like for your day, then give it a go…in fact, everyone should give it a go because what looks like a no go on the hanger, may actually surprise you and you will may find that your look is the opposite to what you had first imagined.
Jennifer from The Bridal Courtyard
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