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Wedding Wednesday: Alternative Wedding Cakes

11 Jul

Summer time means an increase in temperature, mosquitoes, and ice cream consumption. It also means an increase in marriages. According to TheKnot, 34 percent of weddings occur between June and August. Even though I may not be invited to all these ceremonies, I want to celebrate them in my own special way. Wedding Wednesdays will be devoted to all the sweet things that come with that special day.

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As hard as they try, every bride and groom deals with some level of cheesiness at their wedding. Whether it’s an hour of Macarena like music, or kissing every time some smart a– hits their glass. One cheesy moment most couples don’t mind, however, is feeding each other cake. It may be messy, but it adds a little casualness to the wedding (and for some couples, it may be the only thing they get to eat).

Lately, however, it seems this tradition , like the bride’s garter, has been tossed aside. Not because it’s dorky, but because less couples are consuming cake at their wedding. Instead, couples are opting for “creative” versions of the classic wedding dessert. While this may break some people’s cake loving heart, these five alternative cakes could change their mind.

 

Rice Crispy Treats

Think this cereal-marshmallow-combo is just for kids? Think again. With the help of dessert chefs across the country, this treat has grown up and become wedding worthy. Best part – You don’t have to worry about someone sneaking some frosting.

 

Doughnuts

Don’t worry folks. This isn’t a Dunkin’ Donuts creation (unless that’s your thing). This chewy concoction has become center stage at receptions this year. While you can have hundreds of doughnuts places on a tiered-platter, I recommend a few larger doughnuts stacked to look like a real cake.  Places like Allie’s Donuts in Rhode Island makes some true masterpieces.

 

Cookies

Chewy chocolate-chip cookies don’t sound sophisticated . Instead, couples can choose a simple cookie, and jazz it up with frosting, fondant, and other yummy decorations. A big cookie, however, may be a lot of work. Opt for individual or medium-sized treats instead.

 

Cake Balls

Ok, this option doesn’t stray too far from the classic. This is a perfect choice for couples that love cake, but love too many types. With this options, you can choose as many flavors as you want. You can even set them up at the tables to avoid any cake ceremony all together.

 

Chocolate Fountain

Want to get rid of baked good all together? Try the trendy chocolate fountain. I’ve seen these at a lot of weddings as a supporting desserts, but if you’re a chocoholic you can make it the star. Just be careful not to spill it on your white dress.

 

 

What alternate wedding desserts have you seen recently? Let us know in the comment section!

Wedding Wednesday: Sweet Proposals

27 Jun

Summer time means an increase in temperature, mosquitoes, and ice cream consumption. It also means an increase in marriages. According to TheKnot, 34 percent of weddings occur between June and August. Even though I may not be invited to all these ceremonies, I want to celebrate them in my own special way. Wedding Wednesdays will be devoted to all the sweet things that come with that special day.

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We’ve all witnessed it; most likely on a TV show. A man, super in love and super nervous, tries to plan the perfect proposal. He’ll place the ring in a champagne flute, or bake it into her favorite dessert. Of course, in true fictitious fashion, something goes wrong. The waiter brings the glasses to another table, the bride breaks her tooth by biting on the diamond, or the ring gets destroyed.

Fortunately, that’s just what happens on TV. In real life, food proposals can be perfect.

Sarah Pease has seen her share of proposals. As the owner and creative director of Brilliant Event Planning, Pease helps people around the world prepare for popping the question. Originally a wedding planner, Pease moved to a different market after hearing how her friend’s fiancé proposed. In fact, it was his food-related fumbled that acted as the career changing catalyst.

“Her boyfriend proposed by placing her ring at the bottom of a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken,” Pease recalls. “Once I heard that, I knew there must be a better way to pop the question.”

With that, Pease became the pioneer of the proposal planning industry. In this time, Pease had planned plenty of food-related proposals. The most common request; use chocolate.

“The most popular is a traditional proposal that has “Will You Marry Me?” written in chocolate on a dessert plate.” Pease says. She adds, however, that most clients prefer “more original” ideas. She recalls one winter proposal that would leave most women speechless.

“The evening began with ice skating at RockefellerCenter,” she says. “When the couple stepped into their luxury transportation apres-skate, they discovered an exquisitely styled faux-fur cooler filled to the brim with perfectly decorated Christmas cookies and a flight of miniature stainless steel thermoses filled with different flavors of hot chocolate.  The car pulled away to visit the famous Christmas lights in Dyker Heights while the couple nibbled on delectable sweets and exotic cocoa flavors like spicy Mexican chocolate and indulgent white hot chocolate.”

A romantic evening and the ring remained safe. Looks like Pease is worth every penny. That being said, Pease says it is possible to plan the perfect food proposal without spending a lot of money. Simply follow her four suggestions, and the night will go as smooth as dark chocolate.

  • DO plan ahead. You don’t want waste time figuring out how to coordinate your proposal with the maître d’ while your girlfriend waits at the table. It takes away the element of surprise and is a bit aggravating for her.
  • DO have a ring. Just because you’re proposing in chocolate, doesn’t mean that you should leave the ring at home. No amount of decadence (or desserts) can compensate for diamonds.
  • DON’T bake the ring into your dessert, as there are way too many things that could go wrong. Plus, she won’t want to put on a ring that’s covered in food.
  • DON’T tell everyone beforehand. It’s tempting to share the finer details of your proposal with your friends and family before you pop the question. But, resist this temptation! The more people you tell, the more likely it is that word will get back to her and ruin your surprise.

Would you want someone to use food when popping the question? Share in the comments!

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Sara Pease, Proposal Planner

Sarah Pease, The Proposal Planner, is recognized as the foremost expert on marriage proposals and is the pioneer of Marriage Proposal Planning. Based in New York City, Sarah and her team at Brilliant Event Planning and Proposal-Ideas.com have designed and produced dream engagements for countless lucky couples around the world and are the go-to source for all things regarding “Will You Marry Me?” Sarah is available for press, speaking engagements and appearances as a subject-matter expert on marriage proposals and wedding planning.