Let’s Eat Cake – Making the Most of your Wedding Cake Consultation
A cake consultation is fun and delicious and is something you can do as a couple. Who doesn’t love tasting cake? At your consultation you not only get to eat cake, but talk about it as well. As I spend pretty much 90% of my day thinking about all things cake, believe me there’s nothing I love more than chatting about it as well. It gives me the chance to meet you both in person and gain an insight into your sense of style and wedding plans, so I can create you a cake that is meaningful and unique to you.
Read my tips and advice below for preparing for your wedding cake consultation.
1. It’s best to book your wedding cake consultation once you have a date set and your venue booked, most importantly as you need to be sure your cake decorator is available (it’s not the best plan to find a cake decorator you love only to find out later they are fully booked). The type of venue will help decide on the style of your cake. Usually I recommend booking a consultation about 6-9 months before your wedding.
2. How many guests? Will you be serving your cake during the toast (finger portions 1” x 1”), for dessert (larger portions 2” x 1”) or later for the evening reception? The answers to these questions will determine the size of your cake.
3. Choose the flavour/s you want, it’s your cake. I usually ask couples beforehand for a choice of flavours they would most like to try. If you’re undecided then don’t worry you will have the opportunity to try several.
4. Get together some ideas that you like – pictures of cakes, design details from your invitations, lace details from your dress, flowers, colour swatches, etc. Bring these with you as I can use all of these for inspiration for creating a mood board or sketch for the design of your cake.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, this is your opportunity to get to know your cake decorator you are entrusting them with a big responsibility. I am always more than happy to tell you how long I have been making cakes, what my training is and to show you my portfolio, etc.
6. Be open minded to the advice from your cake decorator, even if you are set on your dream wedding cake, your cake decorator should know what will work and may need to tweak designs for the best.
7. Have a budget in mind but be realistic, if you want elaborate decorations or need a 5 tier cake, a £200 budget just won’t cut it! All things said I am always able to make suggestions/compromises to help your costs.
Don’t forget to enjoy it and have fun! Your cake should taste amazing as well as look amazing, so my advice is get tasting.
If all this talk puts you in the mood for some cake then why not get in touch with me at The Cotswold Cake Kitchen to book your consultation.
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See Cotswold Cake Kitchen at our Spring Inspired Brides Wedding Show In The Cotswolds on Sunday 7th May 2017. See the event details HERE
With the prospect of summer being round the corner, and outdoor weddings being at the forefront of our minds, I wanted to revisit this glorious styled shoot we did at Talton Lodge. It was a stunning summers day, the venue is quite literally in the middle of rolling Warwickshire countryside, it is a truly beautiful and tranquil setting for the ultimate boho wedding.
Photography captured by Kayleigh Pope Photography
This fabulous setting was ideal for out boho bride styled shoot, the venue just calls out to those boho & festival brides, Talton Lodge has a wonderful sense of peace & calm, so when I discovered the beautiful bridal boutique Boho Brides was just literally down the road from Talton Lodge, and not only that they stock the most jaw dropping dresses, I couldn't wait to see their range.
Boho Brides provided the beautiful designer gowns for the shoot, the dresses are by Terry Fox & Marta by Emma Hunt London. To complete the look the very talented Clair Louise Make-up set to work creating a natural make-up palette of subtle golds & soft pink tones. The crowning glory hair accessories of both looks were designed and made by Lucy of All Things Lucy, a gold vine halo 'Golden Muse' and the silver head chain 'Liberty' perfectly complemented the entire look.
Inside the Giant Tipi, Elegantly Fished Events created a wonderful table dressing, bringing together the great outdoors and creating a 'enchanted garden' set. Layers of lace, glass jars, filled with flowers & thyme, then finishing the look with moss and tea lights.
Photographer Kayleigh Pope
Stylist Sarah Humphreys
Dresses Boho Bride
Hair Accessories All Things Lucy
MUA Clair Louise Make -Up
Venue Dressing Elegantly Finished Events
Model Shukria Noor
Venue Talton Lodge
Written By Sarah Humphreys
'The biggest question on everyone's lips when your planning your wedding is naturally....
What's your dress like?
With so many styles to choose from......eeek .....what is YOUR dress like?
If your still deciding on your style, take a peek at the selection of images here from our 'Bridal & Bridesmaids Catwalk Show ' hosted by Dress Me Pretty Bridal Room at our Inspired Brides Wedding Show at Bosworth Hall. Dried flower floral crowns designed by talented ladyKimberley Simone
Images captured by Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography. Videography by James Douglas Film
Amy of Dress Me Pretty Bridal Room Said 'Our Bridal Catwalk which was held at Bosworth Hall Hotel on Sunday 5th Feb and was a huge success!'
'We showcased around 40 bridal gowns and 15 bridesmaids dresses and met loads of lovely brides-to-be. Visit our bridal shop In Hinckley to see our full range of dresses & find your dream dress'
Below is a short Vimeo by the fabulous James Douglas Films.
A Special Thank You To These Wonderful People
Photography Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography
Room Dressing & Light Up Lights The Wow Business
Catwalk Hosting & Dresses Dress Me Pretty Bridal Room
floral crownsKimberley Simone
Videography James Douglas Films
Music On The Day Vintage Wedding DJ
The models, Victoria, Colleen, Karen, Luvena, Demi, Rosanne & Rheo
Planning a woodland wedding? We have some wonderful wedding inspiration captured by Lindsey Arber Photography, in this beautifully styled shoot........... the colours of the floral arrangements are simply a feast for the eye. Enjoy...
With ‘Woodland Wedding’ as our theme, East Carlton Country Park was the perfect setting with its old wooden cabin and woodland backdrop, and a veranda that gave us enough space to create an intimate setting for the top table.
Honey Bee’s Vintage Tea’s worked their magic, supplying the table and church pew chairs that complimented the cabin exterior, which was then dressed with lots of lovely china, champagne flutes, brass bowls and candle sticks. The table top covered with different types of foliage which wrapped around all of these items making them stand out even more and brining a hint of woodland to the table.
Marion from Bluebell Floristry worked her magic on the cascading bouquet and table flowers using warm tones of deep reds and plums mixed in with lots of foliage to compliment and blend with the surrounds whilst adding a bit of colour.
Victoria’s Cake Company created a beautiful semi naked cake which worked perfectly in the surrounds of the woodland, photographed on a vintage dresser, with foliage escaping from the draws to merge the items with the woodland floor.
Jenna Claire Wedding Stationary provided everything from save the date cards, invitations, rsvp's, information slips, order of the day slips, a seating plan, table names and menus along with name settings all with red berry details and hand drawn woodland creatures to tie in with the woodland theme.
Our bride Raven looked stunning in her tea-length Lottie gown by true bride from Wedding Belles Kibworth. A practical option for real woodland weddings whilst still creating that statement. Teamed with the fur shoulder wrap from Amy's Vintage along with the sage green umbrella, which kept the rain off in a stylish way.
Frankie created an elegant up-do with Ravens hair which was finished off with the gorgeous Nightingale Moonstone Headdress from Miss Clemmie Bridal Accessories. This design included details of feathers, Swarovski Crystal and hand cut Moonstone, tying in nicely with the stationary. With make-up by Beauty by Bethany which consisted of warm browns and golds to create smokey eyes with a deep red on the lips which picked out the reds from the bridal bouquet.
It was all about the Harris Tweed for our groom Kieran's suit, available at Mark’s and Spencer’s. Finished with a simple golden tie to keep the main focus on the button hole which was again supplied by Amy's Vintage.
Words by Lindsey Arber
All of these details were captured by Lindsey Arber Photography.
Suppliers involved with the styled shoot-
Photography- Lindsey Arber Photography
Location- East Carlton Country Park
Set Styling- Helen Aston from Honey Bee's Vintage Teas.
Flowers- Marion Aitken from Bluebell Floristry - Freelance Wedding Florist
Cake- Victoria Roberts from Victoria's Cake Company
Stationary- Jenna Claire from Jenna Claire Wedding Stationary
Wedding Gown- Debbie Taylor from Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique Kibworth
Make-Up- Bethany Smith from Beauty by Bethany
Hair- Frankie Yates
Head Pieces- Clemmie from Miss Clemmie Bridal Accessories
Suit- Mark's & Spencers (contact via Helen)
Button Hole & Shoulder Wrap - Amy from Amy's Vintage
One of the biggest wedding trends for 2017 is the Pantone Greenery, I absolutely love this fresh and stylish look, and what better venue to showcase the stunning greenery floral displays by Florae Foray.........than at Stapleford Park. This venue is cram bang full of unique rooms inside and stunning gardens outside, so we were literally spoilt for choice with areas to create the look for photographer Sarah Brookes to set up and bring this look alive. .
Hannah from The Lanes added the finishing touches to the table dressing, creating a simplistic style letting the greenery and white floral displays take centre stage, that along with the creative skills of White Cottage Weddings beautiful stationery and the unique design of table seating banner, which fits perfectly inside the beautifully decorated arch byFlorae Floray for me this brought the whole look together. Providing the mouth watering cherry on the cake, was the wonderful cake creator Victoria's Cake Company.
The groom wears a stylish navy suit available from Christopher Scotney Mens Hire and for the bride we chose a unique dress by Poppy Dover which is available at Woburn Bridal and looks simply stunning along with hair accessory by Kelly Spence. Finishing off the bride with a natural hair and make-up by Laura Firth of Victory Rolls Bridal Parlour.
Creative Collaborators Involved
Styled shoot created for Inspired Brides Magazine Winter Edition 2017
Photographer Sarah Brookes Photography
Venue Stapleford Park
Dress Woburn Bridal
Menswear Christopher Scotney Mens Hire
Hair & Make-upVictory Rolls Bridal Hair & Make-up Parlour
Stationery White Cottage Weddings
Hair Accessories Kelly Spence
Cake Victoria's Cake Company
Event Dressing The Lanes
Models Tegan Booth & Adam Smith
We have such a beautiful Christmas inspired shoot to share with you today. Think rich sumptuous colours, candles, a show stopping bouquet & the most stylish dress from So Sassi at Woburn Bridal... shot at Leicestershire country hotel Stapleford Park.
The aim of the shoot was to create a non traditional Christmas wedding theme with a fabulous collective of wedding specialists.
Christmas Without The Tinsel
The inspiration for this shoot was the stunning venue Stapleford Park, I really wanted to create a stylish Christmas wedding look, that would break the traditional Christmas wedding theme, with a fantastic colaboration of wedding specialists who all worked together to bring the look alive.
The wonderful Sarah Brookes Photography captured these amazing atmospheric images on a bright November day with Stapleford Park being the perfect back drop. The team really encapsulated the essense of Christmas without the tinsel & created this super stylish Christmas wedding theme. On the day, models Tegan & Adam thoroughly enjoyed getting into the role in preparation for their wedding next year....
The Collectives Involved -
Photography Sarah Brookes Photography
Venue Stapleford Park
Dress Allie dress from So Sassi at Woburn Bridal
Suit Christopher Scotney Mens Hire
Floristry Florae Foraey
Hair & Make-up Laura Firth Victory Rolls Parlour Bridal Hair & Make Up
Event Dressing The Lanes
Stationery White Cottage Weddings
Hair Accessory Kelly Spence Bridal Accessory Design at Woburn Bridal
Models Tegan & Adam
Are you planning a outdoor wedding ? Because we've got a exciting Inspired Brides Festival Wedding Fair Open Weekend lined up for you at Oldberrow House, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, on the 8th & 9th October. So If you're planning a tipi, barn, woodland, marquee or outdoor festival wedding you really should come along and get inspired in preparation for your day... we have got so much planned for you.
Hosted at Oldberrow House this unique venue won't disappoint , if you're looking for a quiet but easily accessible location within beautiful grounds then Oldberrow House had it all, sitting within 5 acres with a further 32 acres of pasture land surrounding it.
We have a abundance of bespoke wedding suppliers, ready to give you some fantastic ideas & inspiration for your day, from creative photographers to outdoor bars, venue stylist, florists, stationery, emperor tents & many many more.....
Elite Tents have got at all covered and its going to be BIG ! With 3 giant hat tipi's set up featuring; fire pit, dance floor, bar, chill out furniture and fairy net decorations, it's going to look amazing. They are also offering 30 minute appointments with visitors to sit & talk through your ideas & plans, to book this call - 0121 663 1133. Alternatively if you're looking for a marquee, Warwick Marquees will also be set up and on hand ready to discuss your ideas for your big day.
The wonderful Gin girls at The Little Gin Company will be providing a free cocktails for you to sip on, we've also got delicious food for you to sample from Taste Events, great live music and it wouldn't be a wedding fair without a FREE goody bag including our latest edition of Inspired Brides Magazine Festival Edition.
Oh ...did I mention this event is FREE ? All you have to do is pre register for your FREE tickets HERE
A Bit About Me
I'm Sarah, of Inspired Brides, I spend most of my time immersed in all things wedding! My passion is creating unique wedding fairs...so you can find your perfect match with bespoke wedding specialist, who will inspire you with ideas that will make your heart sing. When I'm not arranging events I'm busy arranging photo shoots as I'm also the editor & publisher of Inspired Brides Magazine which keeps me pretty busy...but I absolutely love showcasing what fabulously talented, wedding specialists we have.
The Festival Edition of Inspired Brides Magazine is out on the 8th October, will be given out for FREE at the Festival Wedding Fair Open Weekend and at our Inspired Brides Wedding Show In The Woodlands You will also find it in selected venues, bridal boutiques and wedding specialists. It's also available to buy from my web site - www.inspiredbrides.co.uk
Up Coming Events
Come along to Inspired Brides Wedding Show In The Woodlands,at Hothorpe Hall & The Woodlands on the 23rd October. See high quality bespoke specialist wedding exhibitors showcasing their incredible talents at this stunning wedding venue - The Woodlands, which is discretely hidden from Hothorpe Hall. This unique venue offers couples an outdoor wedding blessing area in the woods, a elevated luxury tree-house bridal suite, in which to celebrate their wedding, a woodland village and a uniquely designed glass and timber venue should the British weather let you down on your big day, Hothorpe Hall is situated near to Market Harborough, in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside
FREE entry to all brides pre registered. FREE goody bag to the first 100 brides on the day. FREE Inspired Brides Magazine for the 'bride to be'
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Festival Wedding Fair Open Weekend - Oldberrow House, Henley-in-Arden 8th & 9th October 2016
Inspired Brides Wedding Fair In The Woodland - Hothorpe Hall And The Woodlands , Theddingworth, Leicestershire - 23rd October 2016
Come along , I can't wait to meet you.
Photo Credits -
1,2 & 3 - Kayleigh Pope Photography
4, 5 & 6 - Elite Tents
7 - Tracy Muir Photography
8 - The Little Caravan Wedding Photography
British designer and handmade bridal wear company Nicola Anne Bridal, launch their new “Radiance collection." This collection has been inspired by the desire for a slightly more bohemian look whilst retaining the key and essential elements of the Nicola Anne signature look. Slim and daring silhouettes with minimalist lace and generous embellishment are the leading factors in the new designs.
Other changes include a move to a high neckline and cut out shoulders and, as an alternative low V necklines with audacious open backs.
Autumn Wedding Shows
The new collection also has has the option of lace separates over simple duchess satin gowns. The separate option involve different styled tops and skirts to allow the bride clarity when deciding on an individual bespoke look, without loosing identity of the original choice.
Our company has been established for over 22 years, and we are able to offer a unique service on our bespoke range of gowns that is second to none. All of gowns can be made bespoke with all requests and changes possible. All of our gowns are designed and hand made in the heart of Leicestershire.
Visit the link to see the full collection - www.nicolaanne.com
Festival Wedding Fair Open Weekend
Come along to this fantastic event, meet hand picked wedding suppliers, experience a giant tipi set up for a wedding with Elite Tents , look around the beautiful wedding venue Oldberrow House & plan your dream wedding. Also cocktails provided by The Little Gin Company
FREE Goody bag & Inspired Brides Magazine. FREE TICKETS for pre registered brides.
Inspired Brides Wedding Show In The Woodlands
At Hothorpe Hall & The Woodlands -
Are you planning a outdoor wedding party in the sunshine? Take a look at these outdoor themes which will mean you & your guests will have a day & night to remember.
A Outdoor Garden Wedding Celebration.
Why not make the most of the English Country Garden theme, with rustic elements. Wildflowers for your centre pieces & bouquet. with cool & quirky props such as ladders, a unique table plan, candy bar & Pimms bar, and plenty of DIY touches. Add hessian & jam jars to tie it all together. The perfect venues for this theme would be a large substantial garden or field & a marquee.
Festival Outdoor Wedding Celebration
My personal favourite is the Festival Theme, especially if you looking for a more informal wedding day. Lots of options here for you, either track down a venue like Talton Lodge ( above pic ) where the Tipi is set up all year round with accommodation spread around in it's grounds in a form of small tipi's & yurts. Alternatively hire a Giant Tipi from Elite Tents which can be set up either on a venue like Oldberrow House , a field or a large garden. Then the world is your oyster, consider, outdoor bars or food stalls, quirky & unusual photo booths, chalk boards, cocktail bar. Simple table dressings on long tables, informal seating a live band, and then in the evenings a tipi comes to life with the added sparkle of interior lights.
A Venue With A Outdoor Option
Why not pick a venue with a option for a blessing outside & a abundance of woodland photo opportunities ? This venue is Hothorpe Hall, ( pic above) not only is there the Hothorpe Hall to get married in, they also have the amazing Woodlands area, which also has a purpose built reception room should you decide to use it or in case the weather lets you down. Dress your tables with logs, candles & moss; these woodland elements just suit this venue down to the ground. Scattered around the woodland area there are lodges for your guests to stay in & a treehouse for the bride & groom.
A Vintage Tea Party
The first thing that springs to mind with a vintage tea party theme is teacups....and these are so easy to hire out from events companies. If your Midlands based Honey Bees Vintage Teas have a vast selection, along with a vintage Ice cream bicycle & other fabulous props for you to hire. Although a vintage theme isn't just bunting & cupcakes, it can also be glamorous, add gold touches to bring out a luxurious feel, add lace & lots of roses. Venues wise, village hall, cricket pavilion, elegant Town Hall or a small venue spring to mind. Then book a vintage group to come & sing at your event.... now that would be a night to remember.
Autumn Wedding Shows
We have some fantastic wedding shows coming up for you in September & October.
The wonderful Guildhall in Leicester - September 18th 11.30 - 3.30
Festival Wedding Fair Open Weekend
Oldberrow House, Henley-in-Arden Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October
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