I found this great post from One fab day and thought I’d share it with you. If you are thinking about your budget and don’t want to spend a fortune on the cake then these are some great ideas and the best place to start.
Seeing as all the brides I know are on the DIY wedding buzz, we thought we should examine one of the most accessible ways to add that personal touch to the day – a DIY Wedding Cake. In theory this is a straightforward DIY but In reality, preparing your own wedding cake can be a tricky proposition as you are in a time-crunch; only able to prepare the cake a couple of days before the wedding. To ensure your cake is a success we have some helpful DIY Wedding Cake Tips & Tricks…
Before you Bake Your Own Wedding Cake
Even if you are a fantastic baker, making your own wedding cake can be an extra stress you just don’t need in the run up to the big day. Be realistic, and before you start bookmarking recipes, ask yourself a few important questions (and be honest!)…
- How experienced are you at baking? Have you made the cake many times before, or is this an experiment?
- How many hours of baking, and crucially, decorating, time will you need?
- Do you have that amount of time in the days before the wedding, when things are going to be crazy-busy?
- Can you make a comeback from burned fruit cake, runny fondant or sticky sugar flowers?
- Do you have all the baking supplies and tools available to you and if not, how much will it cost to buy it all?
- Make sure to always have a back-up plan – things happen, no matter how skilled you are at baking.
How to DIY Your Wedding Cake with Cake Toppers | http://www.onefabday.com
Ask for Help from Family or Friends
Even if you are a great baker you’ll inevitably have a lot of other planning and organising to do before your wedding so why not ask a talented baker pal or family member to help out. Here are some guidelines if you decide to…
- If they are not confident enough to take on your entire wedding cake ask them to make a mixture of their favourite cakes to go on display for a dessert table
- You could also ask a number of your guests to bring along some of their finest home-baked goodies to add to the table
- If you have an idea in your head of the style of cake you want send them on some images or share a pinterest board so that you’re both on the same page
- Even DIY wedding cakes can work out pricey so be realistic and don’t ask for anything OTT
- Ask your venue if it’s ok to bring in homemade cake, there are rules and regulations around this so best to ask before any baking begins
- Don’t forget about transporting the cakes to your venue – have a plan in place, especially if the cake/cakes are of a delicate nature
How to DIY Your Wedding Cake with Accessories | http://www.onefabday.com
Fabulous DIY Decorations for Wonderful Wedding Cakes
So you (or a friend/family member) are baking the cake, and making sure that it’s yummy, but don’t forget that it has to look as good as it tastes. Depending on your wedding colour palette, look ortheme, there are lots of easy ways to jazz up a shop-bought or homemade wedding cake. Here are some of our favourites…
- Fresh Flowers: Ask your florist for some extra blooms that tie in with your colour scheme to be added to the cake
- Classic Wedding Cake Pillars: Little pillars that go in between the layers can be store bought and add that traditional wedding cake touch
- Go Metallic: Spray your cake with metallic spray paint like one of these shimmery metallic cakes
- Hand-Paint your Cake: This is not for the amateur, but if you’re a talented artist then something you could have a go at – check out our post on hand-painted wedding cakes for some inspiration
- Ribbon: Tie some ribbon in with your chosen colours – a simple but elegant touch. Check out Vibes & Scribes or The Party Parlour for a good selection
- Cake Toppers, Flags & Bunting: From classic couple toppers to cute animal cake toppers, cake flags and bunting – check out Project Party for some great options
- Make your own Decorations for the cake with beautiful cut-outs or moulds, or add cute ornaments, teacups or funky bow ties
- Sugar Decorations: Find sugar craft flowers and gum-paste at Decobake and The Crafters Basket
- Cake Stands: Hire or buy a gorgeous cake stand (Tiger often have great inexpensive ones) – this will give even the simple home-made or shop-bought cake a very pretty touch.
DIY Wedding Cake Secret – Shop-Bought!
If you don’t feel confident enough to tackle the cake but still want to cut costs why not consider a shop-bought cake? Marks and Spencers, Asda and Tesco all now have a great selection of plain white iced fruit cakes, or more alternative wedding cake options.
So, what do you think? Are you going to DIY your wedding cake or rope in a talented friend or family member? Anyone have any tips or ideas to share?
DIY Cake Table Darek Smietana via One Fab Day | Cake with tassels and fresh flowers Anne Claire Brun via One Fab Day | Pink butter cream cake with flowers Christina Brosnan via One Fab Day | White cake with fresh peach rose décor Lani Elias Fine Art Photography via Best Friends for Frosting | White and gold striped cake Karen Buckle Photography via Style Me Pretty | White cake with red heart cake topper Crystal K Martel Photography via Style Me Pretty | Yellow cake with cut out illustrations and banner topper Samm Blake via Swooned Magazine | Gold metallic cake with gold scripted cake topper via Wedding Chicks | White and gold cake with painted apple decor Greg Finck via Style Me Pretty | White wedding cake with vintage tea-cup topper Karma Hill via Wedding Chicks | Wedding cake with bow tie decor via The Cake Blog
Re-posted from http://onefabday.com/uk/diy-wedding-cake/