Wedding

Boho Wedding Dress Trends

The boho wedding trend rooted in whimsical romance, seems here to stay. From rustic to beach boho, this trend is evolving across venues and styles. Each element of a wedding symbolizes the love story you visually tell your guests. One of the most personal details from the bride’s perspective is the bridal gown. If you are a boho bride, here are some upcoming boho wedding gown trends curated just for you and your love story.

Illusion Lace and Transparent Layers

Boho dresses highlight softness, natural beauty and sensuality with bare or finely detailed illusion lace backs and contrast with romantic, decorative floral designs. From a bare back to more risqué bare-it-all bridal gown, this trend is one to watch in 2019.

Floral Crowns

Floral crowns are definitely in.  Some brides favor simple adornments, but recently, high-fashion floral “crowns” were pushed to new levels – literally.  2019 Spring Bridal show Reem created boho floral crowns to remember. Model brides wore flowers that towered vertically, like literal crowns.

https://www.theknot.com/content/reem-acra-wedding-dresses-bridal-fashion-week-spring-2019

Jump Suits

In a modern, but just as boho-inspired trend, jumpsuits with intricate designs and details are contemporary reception dress alternatives.

Crochet Detailing

In another element of boho texture, crochet detailing on wedding dresses add an earthy detail to the romance of the boho wedding gown.

Statement Sleeves & Colored Gowns

From big bell to dream catcher inspired, wedding gown sleeves are making a statement.  Lace sleeves and illusion lace sleeves are favorites among brides and will be well through 2019 seasons. White and ivory are always popular, but more and more brides are leaning toward colored gowns.  Look for pinks,  blues and purple accents in 2019.

If your heart is yearning for a fresh boho wedding style, you can find more information in our Boho Bride Wedding Guide.

FALL WEDDING TRENDS

Fall brides find inspiration in crisp autumn evenings, warm fires and nature-inspired elements for planning their wedding.

Let’s take a look at some of this fall’s wedding trends.

FALL BEACH WEDDINGS:

At first thought, beach weddings seem to fit only in summer. However, early fall is an optimal time for a beach wedding. It pairs warm sunshine with cool wisps of autumn air. Combining ocean air blue with warm autumn tones creates fall beach vibe harmony.

Accent the beachy-feel with elements like edible seashells and sea stars, while connecting to fall with earthy driftwood pieces. Trendy mid-length dresses (think Audrey Hepburn style) are ideal for a beach wedding too.

(Photo by Chad Hansen for First Mate Photography Co.; Cake by Mayflour Confections) (Photo Credit Brides.com)

NAKED CAKES:

Many naked cakes are vanilla. You can go a step further. Inspired by fall flavors, this naked carrot cake topped with fall blooms captures the fall season in a cake.

(Photo Credit https://www.weddingomania.com/halloween-wedding-ideas/) (Photo Credit Weddingomania)

MATTE BLACK:

Unlike barely-there frosting, matte black cakes are trending just in time for a darker fall feel. If you love dark-colored themes, combining deep purples, reds, and a matte black cake may be the ultimate fall trend for you. Adding metallic detail designs can give the cake a regal air, while lighter colored flowers brighten darker tones.

BOHO ELEGANCE:

Seeing naked cakes everywhere, and want a unique spin? Use a chocolate cake paired with figs and berries for a boho, woodland wedding to remember.

Want a truly fall-inspired twist?  Try a deconstructed cornucopias display.  These trendy centerpieces offer a variety of seasonal fruits for guests to eat right off the table.

(Photo via http://happywedd.com/decor/20-giant-wedding-wreaths.html)/ (Photo Credit happywed.com)

OVERSIZED CIRCULAR WREATHS:

Over-sized wreaths, symbolizing unity, are the trendiest wedding backdrop this season.   Your wedding theme and style inspires how to decorate the large beauties. Fall weddings can take advantage of the season’s flowers and harvest fruits to celebrate fall harvest abundance.

GO NAKED FOR YOUR WEDDING (CAKE)

Wooing brides with laid-back charm since 2013, naked cakes have proved they are here for the long haul. Initially showcasing a bare cake layer with all the icing or fruit filling on the inside, styling variations have popped up everywhere. From multiple cake flavor tiers to more icing on the outside, giving a “peek-a-boo” look, naked cakes have evolved from laid-back trendy to simple sophistication.

Popular naked wedding cakes show yellow cake with fruit topping or a light colored icing swipe; however, options are not limited there. Gather inspiration from your wedding season, style or venue to personalize your unique cake story.

Here are ideas to help you make your naked wedding cake details unique.

MORE THAN ONE
Include more than one cake flavor in a multi-layer naked cake by choosing different flavors for each tier layer. Various cake flavors add another dimension of colors and contrast.  We’ve even seen a naked cake taken up a notch with playful confetti cake colors.  The sky’s the limit.  Be creative.

DREAMY DECADENCE
Chocolate naked cakes filled with chocolate frosting or ganache offer an indulgent option without being overpowering.

SEASONAL STYLE
Choose a seasonally inspired cake flavor like carrot cake, or choose fall-friendly fruits to add the perfect little element of “extra.”

FRESH & FUN WEDDING CAKES

Fresh and fun wedding cakes are great for informal weddings. Boho, beach or country-chic wedding styles all pull in fresh and fun options for great centerpiece cakes. Fresh fruit, bright colors, and lighter fillings allow these cakes to keep a bit of sophistication at a less formal affair.

Here are a few top choices for “Fresh and Fun” inspired wedding cake styles.

Bare Naked Cakes

As the name says, bare naked cakes show all. A light cake and filling are paired with fresh seasonal fruit to create fresh, fun with a sophisticated twist.  Not too stuffy or formal, but fully elegant, this option is a trendy style that you’ll be seeing for several years. Top your bare-naked cake with garnished layers of fresh fruit, berries, flowers or a topper of your choice.

Almost-Naked Cakes

More conservative than her bare-naked cousin, an almost-naked cake adds a thin layer of frosting.  This has the effect of sealing the cake edges a bit for freshness while allowing the cake and filling layers to show through. Showcase vibrant, in-season flowers as cake decoration or topper. This is an excellent choice for brides who want an event that’s laid-back with a cake that still feels a little fancy.

Uniquely Fresh & Fun

Perhaps it’s fully frosted or wrapped in fondant, but your wedding cake can be uniquely “fresh and fun” by being uniquely “YOU!”  Not all wedding cakes are towering 4-tiers and traditional.  Opt for a cake that fits your theme and personality – down to the unique filing flavor and decorations.  Is it bright and colorful?  Seasonally themed?  Perhaps your uniquely fresh & fun cake is more like a cake topper and cupcakes!

At American Dream Cakes, our cake designers work with you to create a cake that compliments your wedding season, style, and more. You can order a Tastings Kit on Fridays and Saturdays, to sample 5-6 different cake and filling flavors (some seasonal availability), and buttercream to help you decide on your favorite combination.

3 Extraordinary and Creative Wedding Proposals To Inspire

Cinderella wedding proposals are the stuff that inspires movies and books. But for some, it less about a fairytale and more about reality.  Enjoy these three extraordinary reality-based wedding proposals.  They’re thoughtful, witty and insanely romantic to boot.

1.An Adventurous Proposal

Sometimes, the road to a proposal isn’t a direct one, as Lisa Bridge learned. Her soon-to-be fiancé did plan to propose to her, but not before he sent her off on an adventure to remember.

Before he proposed to her, her fiancé Gilad Berenstein sent her a note telling her to get an Uber to a local hotel. She admitted to a bystander that she thought she was going to meet her love and her proposal, but instead she was surprised by two friends who were waiting to have tea with her.

Then, Gilad sent her to another location, to a salon, where she got pampered in the company of two more girlfriends. This meetup was also unexpected.

PHOTO: NY TIMES

2. My Love is Deep as…

How deep is your love? Sometimes, a gal may wonder how much her guy loves her, but not Alesha, whose proposal was captured on Earth Porm.

Alesha’s boyfriend escorted her into the depths of the world’s biggest cave before he took a knee and proposed to her, surrounded by the rolling rocks and lush, grassy hills of the cave’s depths.

Photo: EarthPorm

And for the ultimate effect, the moment included a swath of sunlight from a natural skylight above to light the moment perfectly.  Sigh… and what a photo op!

How deep is your love, indeed?

3. A Little Girl Makes Three…

Getting married to someone who already has children takes a certain amount of class and sensitivity. Steven DeLuca found himself in such a predicament and rose the occasion with style.

Here’s the scoop.

His intended, Sophia Tang, had a seven-year-old daughter that DeLuca wanted to include in the process of formalizing their new family. So what did he do? He bought her a miniature ring of her own.

DeLuca explained that just as the girl’s mother’s ring demonstrated DeLuca’s devotion to her mother, the heart-and-diamond ring he gave Tang’s daughter represented his commitment to her as well.

Photo: NY TIMES

Definite points for style and class.

Final Words

The most memorable proposals are rooted in the unique aspects of your partner and your relationship. To create a meaningful proposal, look for things in your life that mean the most now and will in the future. These shared and meaningful experiences provide inspiration and will show your thoughtfulness in an extraordinary, personal proposal.

How to Plan a Destination Wedding

Destination weddings add a unique element to an exciting day that starts the rest of your life together. A destination wedding can be a honeymoon + wedding two-for-one, and it is essential to start planning early. When planning a destination wedding, there are some specific items to consider. Here are some tips to help you along the way.

CHOOSE A THEME EARLY

There are many decisions to make as you plan your wedding. From the location, color palette, and bridal party to name a few, choosing your theme early will help create a reference point for future decisions.

KNOW YOUR BUDGET

Knowing the range of your budget for big-ticket items such as cake, venue, and catering is makes early planning easier.  Destination weddings include travel expenses, so break your budget down according to “must haves” and “want to haves.”  If you have to spend a little more on a “must have,” you can cut a little from a “want to have” item.

Shop local to save.  You can help minimize some expense by using the beauty of the local scenery and using local wedding service providers.  Local companies won’t have to charge for travel on top of services.

PLAN FOR GUESTS AND BRIDAL PARTY

Destination weddings tend to include a smaller, more intimate guest list. Ask intended family members and friends early as possible to allow travel arrangements to be made and reserved. It is crucial to book hotel rooms early to ensure availability. If flying, purchase tickets as soon as possible for the best price.

LOCATION CONSIDERATIONS

Once you have a general theme, budget, and guest/bridal party list complete, research your destination location. Check typical weather forecasts for your intended date.  Review local activities to ensure major festivals or events are not already scheduled for the same date and location as your wedding.

FIND LOCAL SERVICES

Review and book local wedding services. Connecting with a local caterer, photographer, bakery, band or DJ service can save you some expense, but also can give you more local, destination flavor.  No one knows a destination like the locals.  Look for ways to incorporate touches of local food, music or fun into your plans.  The sooner you connect with locals and book services the better.  And you’ll have less stress in you planning process.

North Carolina Coastal Weddings

If you dream of a wedding on the beach, overlooking a lake or on a waterfront…  there’s no shortage of waterside wedding venues in Eastern North Carolina.  Onslow County boasts beautiful waterways and Atlantic Beach, part of the southern Outer Banks boasts 81 miles of white sandy beaches.

American Dream Cakes serves destination weddings in the Carteret County coastal area and Jacksonville and Onslow County.  We serve brides and grooms by email and phone, or when you’re going to be in the area, schedule a free wedding cake consultation at our main location in Jacksonville or our wedding showroom in Cedar Point.

Call us today at 910-346-2437 to start your custom wedding cake order.

Marrying a Marine: 3 Wedding Traditions Brides Can Expect

Welcome to the Marine Corps.

Many brides include traditions from their families’ religious or cultural background in their wedding ceremonies.  The United States Marine Corps “family” welcomes a bride with wedding traditions unique to the history of the Marine Corps.  Marrying into this family means you’ll probably learn some new jargon and get used to a lot of acronyms.  You may expect some sacrifices like time apart or relocations.  But as in any family, marrying into the USMC family means you’re welcomed with traditional displays of affection unique to the Corps.

Here are three unique Marine Corps ceremonial traditions, their history, and what to expect as the bride.

  1. Arch of Swords: A select group of six to eight Marines stands on either side of the wedding exit to “shelter the bride” as she and the groom walk out. Traditionally, it represents the USMC’s pledge of fidelity to the couple. The selected Marines cannot be groomsmen in the wedding, but they can escort guests of honor during the ceremony.
  2. Spanking the Spouse: Spanking the spouse is a tradition representing a welcoming of the bride into the USMC family. As the couple near the end Arch of Swords, they are blocked by the last two Marine’s swords.  A designated Marine shouts, “Give this Marine a Kiss.”  After they kiss, swords are raised, the couple is announced and they move forward together. When the bride moves forward, the lead Marine lowers his sword and gives a gentle pat on the backside saying, “Welcome to the Marine Corps Family, ma’am!” In this tradition, the lead Marine honor is similar to the best man and is a coveted honor between friends in the Corps.
  3. Cutting the Cake with Sword: If the bride or groom is an NCO in the Marine Corps, they can choose to cut their wedding cake with a sword. The groom presents the sword to the bride, places his hand over hers, and they cut the cake together.

Marine Corps Inspired Wedding Cake or Grooms Cake

Another way to include the Marine Corps traditions into the ceremony is by choosing a USMC wedding cake. If a USMC wedding cake is too much, include the Corps in a Grooms cake.

Inspired by USMC Blues Uniform, this four-layer cake is topped with white service hat and finished with the bright blues uniform pants. Middle layers display gold service uniform buttons.  Cakes can also have edible EGAs (Eagle, Globe & Anchor) or American flags, as shown in the Marine Corps-inspired cakes below.

Welcome to the Marine Corps Family, ma’am!  Contact our team for cake-design planning for your USMC wedding.

 

5 Key Factors for Custom Cake Costs

When planning a special event, from a birthday party to a wedding, a custom cake helps make lifelong memories. A fresh, custom-designed cake takes an event’s personalized feel to the next level. Custom cakes can require more time and cost more. If you want a personally inspired, custom cake that will fit your budget, here are five factors to consider while preparing for your event.

Event Size / Group Count

The longer the guest list for an event, the more cake you will need to serve at your party. You may want to consider having two flavor options for larger groups. Two or three-tier cakes can be made with various flavors to offer choices to the group. Family-friendly events can pair a custom cake with coordinating cupcakes for children.

Creative Design Work

Deciding the design details of your custom cake is exciting. When considering a specific type of theme or design, remember the more intricate designs will take more time which creates more expense. If you have a limited budget, our design pros can usually scale your design concept to a smaller size or simpler design version that will reduce detail work time.

Custom Cake Details

Part of the fun of creating a custom cake is the ability to completely tailor the design. For example, you may select a favorite specialty flavor of cake or filling. We offer traditional cake flavors such as white, yellow, and chocolate.  We also offer flavors such as almond, lemon, orange, cookies and cream, red velvet, and chipper cherry to name a few. In addition to unique cake flavors, we also offer a variety of cake fillings including buttercreams, ganache, German chocolate, fruit cremes, raspberry, seasonal fruits and more.

With a custom cake on the inside, you can coordinate your cake’s exterior presentation to your event color scheme and décor.

Budget Time Too

Each cake is made fresh and decorated just before your event. It is important to allow time to meet with a cake designer to ensure availability for your event date.  For significant events such as a wedding, we encourage you to plan six to twelve months in advance of the event date for the best results and coordination.

Transportation Arrangements

Planning cake flavors, colors and décor details to personalize your event’s memorable centerpiece is exciting. Another essential element to consider when ordering your custom cake is transportation arrangements.

We offer free delivery for three-tier or larger cakes within the city limits of Jacksonville. Other locations, depending upon the distance from the bakery, incur a delivery fee. Sunday deliveries are also charged an additional $100 to cover staffing non-traditional business hours. Two-tier cakes must be picked up at the bakery.

A custom cake creates a distinctive, memorable experience at your event.  This is a memory you’ll cherish for years to come.  Call us today to plan your next event’s custom cake design.

 

“I Do” Don’ts for Military Weddings

Image courtesy of  Elise Abigail Photography

Military weddings are rooted in carrying tradition and history to the altar whether the venue is held in a military chapel or at a scenic location. For many brides, the planning of a wedding can become stressful while trying to orchestrate each detail. Those who are planning a USMC wedding have to coordinate each detail with the current military requirements. This ordeal can develop into an overwhelming task that leads to many mistakes.

The best way to avoid mishaps is to contact the protocol officer and chaplain in order to stay current with the military requirements. If this is not an option for you, you can always hire a wedding planner who will be able to assist in meeting such requirements.

In the meantime, here are a few areas to avoid while planning your USMC wedding.

Attire

You do not want to casually select the wrong class uniform. Mess, Class A uniforms are suited for semiformal and suit-and-tie events. This uniform is typically dark blue depending on the season with optional white or blue trousers.

Remember that the groom/bride cannot wear a boutonniere or place anything additional to his or her uniform.

Do not choose colors that coordinate with the military unit without first checking with the chaplain. You will need to make sure that your colors are acceptable.

Additional items worn during the ceremony are white gloves and swords. Do not plan your date without checking to see which color is used for each season. This could cause a clash with bridesmaid dresses and the flowers.

Location

If you are choosing to get married in a military chapel, you do not want to go ahead and select your flowers and music without first getting permission from the chaplain. Music selections are often coined too secular and are rejected. You may want to be considerate of what is secular before choosing your special song.

Do not go ahead and hire a photographer for the ceremony without checking to see if one is permitted. You will need the permission of the chaplain prior to selecting your photographer. In some cases, you will need to reenact the wedding because photography is not permitted.

If you want to display the American flag, you will need to check with the chaplain, first.

Do not assume that you may marry in a military academy. In order to marry in a military academy, your “soon to be spouse” or parent had to graduate from the desired academy.

Although the chaplain is free, it is customary to make a donation to the chapel. It is also required that you attend one or more premarital counseling sessions. Be sure to check with the chaplain and their availability.

Swords

If you plan on using the famous sword arch in your wedding be sure to know the difference between NCO swords and Officer swords. You want to make sure you have the correct sword for each Marine. Be sure to seal the deal with a kiss at the end of the arch, not the middle.

The sword has also found its way into the cutting of the cake. American Dream Cakes understands the importance of carrying on the traditions of military weddings and can help you create the cake of your dreams.

Seating

It’s important to carefully consider the seating when placing military and nonmilitary guest at each table.

Be sure to pay special attention to the high-ranking officers. Generally, military guests are placed at a table together or very near to the head table. However, they can be placed with the family members but it is best to check with them to find out their preference.

Planning your USMC Wedding begins with understanding that permission is everything. These tips will help guide you to creating that special moment.

I Do, Round 2 For Military Couples

Many times, military couples marry far from home or on short notice before a deployment or overseas duty station.  When that happens, family may not be present for their vows and there may not be time to plan a big ceremony or reception.  A courthouse wedding or small ceremony with a few friends is conducted with plans to include family and more formal traditions for a “real wedding” at a later date.  Your wedding was as real as it gets, but some brides and grooms missed the feeling of celebrating their union with traditional elements and family present.  It’s time for “I Do, Round 2.”

A second ceremony can be planned shortly after a deployment or years later as a vow renewal.  No matter what brings you to the place you’re ready to celebrate your marriage with family and friends, it’s never too late to commemorate all your love has brought you through together.  What’s special about it this time, is that you and your spouse have some time invested in this relationship and are poised to make a ceremony even more personal and memorable because this time… it’s all about the two of you sharing your story with your world.

Enjoy a few tips below, then download the full version of our “I DO, ROUND 2” Guide.

  • Embrace the Round2 Factor: This is round 2. You’ve already “been there, done that” on some items.  Make it personal, and feel free to skip whatever fails to make your heart sing.
  • Guest List: You can trim it down or go hog-wild.  Your call.  Just be sure you include the folks you want to have present with you for the memory making.
  • Dress Code: Gown… yes.  It’s your last chance to wear that dress!  Check with regulations for your branch of service if your groom will be in uniform.
  • Vows that Wow: Decide together if you want to recite the same vows you originally made at your wedding or make it more personal by writing your own together.