Recently I saw some adorable graphic cake toppers and of course I immediately wanted to create an easy DIY for them. After some brainstorming I figured wire hangers could work perfectly for this project. Of course, if you don’t have wire hangers lying around you can go buy them. They’re inexpensive and the ones you don’t use for the project you can use to help organize your clothes. If your clothing collection is anything like mine, a little organization would be helpful regardless. So how do we get started on this cake topper? First gather your materials. … read more
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Hi, all! This is just a quick add-on to my cake-buying post: how we’re planning to decorate the cake table.
It doesn’t need much. Our venue provides the table, a beautiful, ornate silver stand, and a fancy tablecloth. But I did want to add our own little touch—with pictures.
The cake table at Valley Country Club / Personal photo
Mr. Puffer has a sweet tooth. No matter how much I make for dinner, he always tells me that he needs “a little something sweet” before he does the dishes.* Needless to say, he was looking forward to the cake tasting.
Doesn’t he look psyched?
And so was I. I’m not afraid to skirt some wedding traditions—and we’re planning to. I’ve told Mr. Puffer unequivocally that I would not do the bouquet toss or the garter dance or the being-lifted-in-the-chair part of the hora. (Reasons: My unmarried friends are unmarried by choice, I’ll save the skirt-lifting for after the wedding, and I don’t want to even think about how many people it would take to lift me up.)
A tiered wedding cake, on the other hand, is one of my must-have traditions. I’m not sure why that is, considering I don’t even like cake all that much. But when I picture our wedding, I see three tiers, two forks, and a fancy topper.
I love cakes and the details people put on them. Cake toppers have to be one of my favorite details to look at. They are so unique and creative, and they can literally be anything.
Mr. Sea Monkey and I wanted something more unique than our initials, but also didn’t want to break bank. Some of them can be hundreds of dollars and, while they are beautiful, I just didn’t have it in my budget to spend that on a cake topper. We took to Etsy for our search. I’m an artsy person myself, so I’ll take any opportunity to help out my fellow artists. What I didn’t realize was just how much I was helping out.
I actually ordered our cake before the topper, but I already knew that I was going with a couple of beach chairs. When I started looking into cakes, I used Pinterest to find different beach wedding cakes, and I thought the two beach chairs were perfect for our theme.
Photo via idofavors Etsy shop
I pored over all the different chairs Etsy had to offer. I had about 20+ tabs opened up on my computer after I narrowed it down to the ones I liked the best. It took me about two hours to do this. I then had Mr. Sea Monkey help me narrow those down. Somehow we finally chose one. They were all so cute, and we definitely went back and forth on which one we liked the best.
I will be the first to admit that I am a cake girl. My old roommate and I used to live in an apartment that was located behind a grocery store and we would go on “cake runs.” We were like sisters (and definitely fought like sisters), so it was a nice bonding experience for us. Unhealthy, but nice. We would hop in the car, usually at a very ridiculous time at night, and go and get the individual slices of cake, and then we would gossip and eat them together. Those are some of the greatest memories I have.
As much as I love to eat cake, I also love to see the concepts people come up with. Wedding cakes, in particular, can tell a story of the couple. Even the smallest of details can add a unique touch. It’s amazing what bakers can do with cake, frosting, and fondant.
Keeping this in mind when I started researching bakeries, I used The Knot app to look at the creations each bakery made. I looked through their pictures and their reviews, and then I gave a list of potential bakers to Mr. Sea Monkey so that he could help me choose. I want this wedding to be about both of us and not just me.
If you know Mr. Sea Monkey, you know he only has two requirements:
To expo or not to expo, that is the question. Our answer? You bet we went. Because, you know, free cake. Free beauty products. Free paper samples. And free cake—did I mention that?
In the spirit of full disclosure, Mr. Puffer and I had an ulterior motive for checking out the local wedding expo: to get both sets of parents in the same room, at the same time, for the first time since our engagement. We’d managed an initial meeting pre-engagement by finding a somewhat central location between my Pennsylvania-based parents and his folks in Maryland. It went about as well as we expected, which is to say it was incredibly awkward.
I didn’t get any pics at the expo, so a GIF it is. Bad blogger. / GIF via WiffleGif
Whoa, sorry for the radio silence there, y’all. I put “vendor reviews” as the next thing to knock out on my list, and it’s definitely a topic that’s more tedious and not as fun to write, so here we are a few weeks later. And wrapping up my journey here on the ‘Bee isn’t that fun either, so I guess I’m subconsciously delaying that a bit too. But now we’re back on track, and I figured it would be more manageable if I split the reviews up. Today’s post will focus on the New Orleans based wedding vendors we used, and next time I’ll share “everything else.” Sorry for the length, and the fact that it only applies to a small percentage of readers, but I wanted to make sure I was thorough.
I decided to use the same rubric as Mrs. Turkey to rank my vendors (highly recommend, recommend, recommend with reservations, and do not recommend), but honestly you’re going to see that most of these are raves. All of our vendors were fantastic to work with, and I have no regrets with who we chose, so I had to get really critical in my assessment here. Hopefully my explanations of each are helpful in deciding if a certain vendor is the right choice for you. As always, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message if you’ve got any specific questions.
Makeup by Amanda – Highly Recommend
Amanda is a part-time makeup artist, but she definitely has all the skills and equipment to be the real deal. She worked all day long doing makeup on myself, my bridesmaids, our moms, and a few extra family members. We had airbrush foundation and false eyelashes for a reasonable price. I remember she had to redo my eyelashes because some powder got on the falsies, and even though it took a little bit longer, I appreciated the extra attention to detail. In my humble opinion, I think everyone looked amazing, and if you’d like to contact her, just shoot me a message and I’ll send you her email.
Photo by Eau Claire Photographics
I have to give a lot of the credit of the success of our wedding to all our amazing wedding vendors. I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of everyone who had a hand in helping us pull off our big day with the hopes that it might help some local NYC/Brooklyn brides. I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend each and every one of them!
Wedding insurance: WedSafe. It should be no surprise that I’m listing our wedding insurance first because without the insurance, there would’ve been no wedding. We recovered our entire upfront payment of almost $22,000 from WedSafe when reBar suddenly shut down. The agent I spoke to was incredibly comforting (you can imagine how distraught I was on that telephone conversation) and the claims process was easier than I would have expected (even before reBar’s closing was official, we were allowed to file a claim). We received a check from WedSafe less than one week from when we filed the claim and were even able recoup other wedding expenses under the “extra expense” category. (More explanation on that in my budget post.)
Venue: The Liberty Warehouse. I cannot sing the praises of the LW loud enough. Jeff came to our rescue when we lost reBar and gave us an amazing deal on our progressive cocktail / stationed reception (I doubt we would have been able to afford the LW under normal circumstances). When it came to signing a contract with the LW, I was wary. After all, we had spent months researching reBar and poring over all the details of what was included and what wasn’t. What if the contract at LW had hidden costs? When I questioned Jeff on the potential additional costs of linens, table and chair rentals, staff, cake cutting fees, etc., he assured us, “If you have your wedding here, you will not have to worry about a thing.” And he was true to his word. Jeff and everyone at LW are expert professionals at putting on a memorable event, and Mr. S and I could not believe the level of service given to us and our guests throughout the planning process and on the day of our wedding. For all his bravado, Jeff was undoubtedly the fairy godfather to our Cinderella story, and we are ever grateful.
As you might know, we were going for a “nautical” look to our wedding decor with all of the decorations we made. Since the cake is often the center of attention at a wedding, at least for some period of time, we had to make sure it fit with the theme as well. I had the great idea to build our cake display using driftwood from the beach, like we had done when Mr. Coral built our coffee table a couple years ago. I gave Mr. C some pretty good inspiration from Pinterest to work off of, too.
We decided to do cupcakes for our wedding cake instead of a traditional tiered cake. We both love cupcakes and wanted to give people lots of options for flavors instead of just one flavor that not everyone would like. So we needed to make our driftwood cake display so that it could hold lots of different layers of cupcakes.
So we went to the beach and gathered driftwood. For some reason, Mr. C really didn’t think he was going to be able to pull anything off this time like he had with the table. This just seemed more difficult to him because there had to be multiple platforms and he had no vision. But he started out by building a sturdy base like he did with the table. That is always step one. From there, he would be able to build up.
Back in early February, Mr. Hammer, my parents, and I braved the snow on Cape Cod and went for our tasting at Wychmere. Six-plus months out is a little early to be doing a tasting, I know (especially since a few of our meal choices depended on tomatoes, which will be ripe and delicious in late August, but tend to be pretty mealy and tasteless in early February), but our super-amazing coordinator at Wychmere recommended that we get it done in the winter, since it’s so hard to find a Friday night without a wedding come spring. Plus, since we’re DIYing our invitations, and I wanted to get our meal choices nailed down sooner rather than later so I could get going on the RSVP cards.
So, February it is! Our venue lets us pick five hors d’oeuvres, two salads, and two entrees to try. However, I knew we were going to do six hors d’oeuvres at the wedding (a little heavy for cocktail hour, but we’re not planning on doing any cheese displays or anything stationary like that, so I wanted to make sure there was plenty of food circulating!), and I am very suspicious of salads (and thus felt that we’d only have to try one to pick our salad course), so we switched out a salad for an extra hors d’oeuvre. Helpful hint: Our venue didn’t tell us we could switch out a tasting course; I just checked with our coordinator to see if it was possible, since they were, after all, only cooking for four people this time around. Never hurts to ask!