Tuesday, April 9, 2013

DIY weddings are popping up everywhere. Brides who no longer have unlimited budgets to work with are finding solace in their ability to multitask by creating decorations, bouquets, dresses and even food from scratch.

As a result of this trend many traditional wedding components are being altered to fit the DIY bride's budget, timeframe and personality. Flexibility is key for today's bride-on-the-go and we've got a few helpful tips for those looking to simplify their cake and favor offerings.

Image courtesy of marthastewart.com


In the world of DIY weddings few things offer as much fun and flexibility as cupcakes. Huge, elaborate sheet cakes can put a serious strain on your budget and your sanity; cupcakes, on the other hand, are sweet, simple, sophisticated bites of pre-packaged goodness that offer variety, portability and creativity, three things your guests will truly appreciate.

Think about it, how many times have you been to a wedding and had to wait for your thin slice of cake to make its way to your table? Some guests wait up to an hour for the kitchen to plate the cake after it has already been cut by the bride and groom.  A cupcake tower allows each guest to calmly make their way to the dessert table and select their flavor of choice without the muss and fuss of slicing and serving. 

The possibilities with cupcake towers are endless. Brides can create as many flavors as they want in as many colors as they want. You no longer have to worry if you and your groom can't decide between apple-spice and red velvet, now you can have dozens of BOTH!

If you're looking to really get your guests involved, ask your baking buddies to bring a dozen cupcakes of their own as a gift to the bride and groom. It could be fun to see how your friends and family help build your cupcake centerpiece, and it will give each contributor a sense of ownership in the evening's festivities. 

Images courtesy of greatcakes.net and marthastewart.com

Just as the possible cupcake color and flavor combinations are endless, so too are the ways in which to build your tower. Many brides look to decorative platters and cake stands as a way to showcase their desserts. Others explore garden planters, tables and stands as a way to bring the outdoors in.

Themed cupcake towers can be an excellent way of integrating your personality as a couple. Towers of books set at different levels for the couple who loves to read; vintage suitcases both open and closed for those who enjoy travel; sports memorabilia; broadway costume pieces; the possibilities are endless!

Another way to dress up your cupcakes are to design personalized wrappers. Plenty of templates are available online in an array of designs based on bride and groom names, colors, patterns, textures, etc. Get creative and use actual photos of guests in your wrapper design as another way to make them feel special.

We realize that planning your own wedding can be extremely stressful, but we hope you'll find some solace in the sweet sanctuary that creating your own cupcake tower can provide. Cheers!

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