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Wedding cake for the Nouveau Poor

In cake on April 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm

If you don’t fancy handing over a wild amount of crisp notes to a wedding baker, then a home made cake is the way to go. The secret is to avoid the traditional…

1. The Rainbow Cake – Cut through the white icing to reveal rainbow sponge. This is modern day genius.

OMG, simply the most awesome wedding cake on the planet.

OMG, simply the most awesome wedding cake on the planet.

Making rainbow cake

Making rainbow cake

Find out how to make it here.

2. Big balloons, tiny cake. The cutting of the cake isn’t really about cake. It’s about drama. Create an exciting cake environment, and no one will notice the frugality of your actual cake.

Big balloons, tiny cake

Big balloons, tiny cake

3. No cake. Really, you wont spontaneously combust if you don’t have cake.

4. Sweetie Bar. Or, as the Americans say, a candy bar. You could sack off the cake, and have your photo taken opening the Sweetie Bar by cutting a ribbon with an ornate pair of scissors. It could be called The Opening of The Sweetie Bar Ceremony.

The Sweetie Bar a.k.a The Candy Bar

The Sweetie Bar a.k.a The Candy Bar

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Another recession-defying wedding theme: Alice in Wonderland

In cake, Decoration, Dresses, Readings, Themes on March 24, 2009 at 11:51 pm
Alice in Wonderland: the perfect Credit Crunch wedding theme

Alice in Wonderland: the perfect Credit Crunch wedding theme

So, here’s the secret. If your wedding isn’t being planned by The World’s Leading Wedding Planner with a diploma in Co-ordinating Colours, and is rather more of the budget variety, the Alice in Wonderland theme could be for you. It excuses all sorts of ridiculous randomness, wonky home-made cakes, mismatching decorations and strange behaviour. In fact, it encourages it.

Courtesy of Bridalcheek

Courtesy of Bridalcheek

Here’s a few requirements to keep the Cheshire cat grinning and the Mad Hatter sipping:

1. Croquet.

Croquet with flamingoes as mallets and hedgehogs as balls

Croquet with flamingoes as mallets and hedgehogs as balls

2. Wonky wedding cake. Get a friend to make one and encourage her to wonk it up.

3. Top hats. The more ridiculous and ill-fitting the better.

4. Eat me, drink me signs. These can be adapted for any situation throughout your venue. Drive me, follow me, avoid me, wee inside me etc.

5. Ornate tea cups for your very own Mad Hatter’s tea party. Indeed, add a tea party flavour to your canapes with tiny sandwiches and mini scones.

6. Whimsical nonsense such as stopped clocks.

Ushers with stripey socks: a must for all serious Lewis Carroll fans.

Ushers with stripey socks: a must for all serious Lewis Carroll fans.

7. Nonsensical readings such as:

The Bat
Lewis Carroll

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat
How I wonder what you’re at!
Up above the world you fly
Like a tea-tray in the sky.

By Style Me Pretty

By Style Me Pretty

8. Hallucinogenic drugs. Then you can have all the experiences dear Alice had.

Anne Hathaway as the Alice in Wonderland brides muse

Anne Hathaway as the Alice in Wonderland bride's muse

9. Roses. No need to paint them red. That’s officially When A Theme Goes Too Far.

10. Playing Cards as favours. If you do favours, which I don’t. Though if you do, that’s fine too.

Credit crunch wedding cake

In cake on March 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm
Cupcakes are the wedding cake's smaller cuter little sisters.

Cupcakes are the wedding cake's smaller cuter little sisters.

The wedding cake a particularly flagrant waste of money. Here’s how not to end up spending all your hard-earned pounds on icing:

1. Use a non-weddingy supplier. Jane Elliott in London is apparently very reasonable.

2. Doughnuts. On a tiered cake stand. You can even get a Krispy Kreme version.

Krispy Kremes for your wedding cake?

Krispy Kremes for your wedding cake?

3. Mum’s help. Get your mother to make one for you.

4. Cupcakes. Crumbs and Doilies do amazing ones.

Antique rose pink wedding cupcakes

Antique rose pink wedding cupcakes

5. Don’t have one. No one ever eats them anyway.

6. Fake cake. Have a real cake on the top tier and plastic replicas on the lower tiers. They’re iced with a gummy fondant. Some people have the whole thing fake, with just one edible slice which they cut around. Find them at Cake Rental in the States.

A faux cake from Cake Rental

A faux cake from Cake Rental

In the UK, there’s an Ebay seller doing them for £150 for four tiers.

Real icing over plastic foam

Real icing over plastic foam

7. Supermarket cakes. Marks and Spencer do an ivory coloured three tier sponge cake simply iced for £75.

Marks and Spencer wedding cake

Marks and Spencer wedding cake

8. Decoration by guests. Get guests to decorate cupcakes with a choice of hundreds and thousands and chocolate drops.

Found by the ingenious Budget Bride

Found by the ingenious Budget Bride

9. DIY Decoration. Decorate your cake yourself, with fresh strawberries, silk flowers or edible pansies.

10.Have a sweetie bar instead.

A wedding sweetie bar courtesy of Stickers and Donuts

A wedding sweetie bar courtesy of Stickers and Donuts

Make it ethical

In Themes on January 22, 2009 at 6:17 pm

The beauty of the environmentally-friendly wedding is that it’s secret theme is cheapness. Suddenly you’re not a cheapskate but an eco-warrior. Here’s some tips for your perfect eco-wedding:

The child labour that makes your engagement diamond shine so brightly

The child labour that makes your engagement diamond shine so brightly

1. Avoid blood diamonds, as in any new diamonds, they’re bound to have been mined by Congolese slave types. Plus, vintage diamonds, or a non-diamond ring is way cheaper. To get extra eco points, go for a wood ring, like Touch Wood Rings.

2. Go big on something borrowed. If your friends have got married recently ask them for table runners, left over ribbons, cake tops etc, all under the cunning ruse of saving the planet.

3. Plump for potted plants. No one wants to see flowers being cut to death, so love the planet, love your wallet and have a potted flower as your centrepiece.

4. Arrive on foot. Dont use up the world’s valuable oil resources.

5. Love the charity shop. Insist that not only your dress but all the bridesmaids’ dresses are ethically sourced from charity shops.

6. Donate your gift list to charity. This may hurt, but to keep up the ethical pretence, it really is necessary. Ask guests to donate the price of a goat at Oxfam Unwrapped, rather than buying you John Lewis crockery.

7. Email your invites.

8. Make the cake yourself. Or get your mother-in-law-to-be to do it. That’ll keep her out of trouble for a while. FairTrade carrot wedding cake recipe here.

DIY carrot cake

DIY carrot cake

9. Talk the ethical talk. Stuff like ‘being true to our values’ and ‘neutralising our carbon footprint’ goes down a storm.

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