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2019 Wedding Style

2019 wedding styles are sure to inspire you and elevate your wedding plans.  One of the most dominant themes for the year is a move to include the wedding party, family members and guests in the wedding experience. This isn’t just a few new trends, but a completely new view of the dream wedding experience including elements that are evolving the wedding scene.

Focal Floral Centerpieces

Floral pieces have visited tabletops before. They’ve even been hung from the ceiling, but 2018 weddings saw floral tabletop center pieces emerging and rising to new heights. The floral tabletop trend will continue into 2019. It will be exciting to see the creative approaches florists use to expand and personalize this growing design theme.

Weekend Weddings

Weekend weddings are an extended friends and family experience. Capitalizing on a central location, weekend weddings keep guests engaged for more than the ceremony. Guided tours or a list of suggested places to visit inspire local area exploration.  2019’s unique twist has the weekend experience culminating at the wedding on Sunday.

Purple is the New Pink

This year purple is pushing out the blush pinks of the last seasons.  Dominating wedding scene for the past few years, blush is on the way out. Shades of purple from light lavender to bold and dramatic violet hues are in.

Interactive Drink Bars

Fairly fresh on the scene, interactive drink bars continue to develop the truly shared wedding experience for 2019 bridal parties and guests. These stations give an opportunity to customize drinks and strike up conversations.  Guests are not expected to be seated and stationary, but are welcomed to move about, talk to each other and engage socially with food, drink and dancing.

Explore these new and expanding trends as you seek inspiration and plan your wedding.  Have some fun creating an unforgettable wedding experience for you, your fiancé and your guests.

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Custom Cake Showcase

One of the best parts of owning a local bakery is meeting so many wonderful people who live in and visit our eastern North Carolina community. We enjoy hearing stories of celebrations and helping each person create a delicious centerpiece for their special event.  Here’s a showcase collection featuring some of our favorite custom cakes.

Rose Birthday Cake

This elaborate custom cake was an 18th birthday cake for a special young lady who loves roses. It featured strawberry cake, iced in delicious buttercream. Many beautiful, handmade fresh fondant petals transform this birthday cake into a birthday rose.

May the Force Be with You Graduation Cake

Inspired from the Star War’s storm trooper character. “May the Force Be with You” is fitting life advice for any graduating Star Wars enthusiast.

Clover and Tartan Wedding Cake

White buttercream provides bridal tone and beautiful contrast for the rich reds and greens atop this cake. A realistic red and black tartan scarf and green clovers celebrate the couple’s Scottish and Irish heritage.  It’s all deliciously edible.

 “We the People” Fundraiser Cake

“The We the People cake was for a fundraiser, but we’ve made it multiple times since. The document is edible and so are the flowers. The document is printed on our food printer and added to a thin sheet of fondant. The flowers are hand-made. This cake design is a great choice for any patriot, 4th of July or History buff occasion- birthday-celebration.”

~Gunilla

“Happy 3rd Birthday Captain Chance”

A charming custom pirate birthday cake made for Icing Smiles.

USMC 20 Years in Service Retirement Cake

A beautiful four-tier red velvet cake for USMC retirement. Details included the cover, flag, and dress blues. It also features all the countries and states the USMC members had served in over those 20 years of service.

See more American Dream Cake’s custom designs on our Facebook page or Instagram.

 

New Year, New Engagement

With endless lights and decorations, holidays provide a romantic backdrop to inspire wedding proposals. He popped the question, and you said yes!

You are bubbling over with excitement, and ready to start planning your dream wedding. Here are a few helpful suggestions for next steps now that you’re newly engaged.

Initial Family and Friends Announcement

After saying yes, the first “next step” is telling family and friends. Tempting as it is to update your social media status, call family and close friends first. Personal phone calls keep the sense of romance alive.

Establish a General Time Frame for the Wedding

After your initial announcement, the most common question will be, “When is the wedding?”

If you don’t have a date set yet, you can have a general time-frame answer ready. For example, “We’re planning for Spring 2020.”

Protect Your Ring

Your ring is a symbol your love.  And it represents the soon-to-be forever bond between you and your fiancé. Take some practical steps to ensure your ring is well taken care of and protected. Professional ring sizing and insurance are essential practical first steps. Homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies both should offer ring protection.

Wedding Website

A wedding is one of life’s most meaningful events. So many wonderful updates to share a long the way, it is common for new brides to create a wedding website. The first things to post include: a couple photo, your meeting story, engagement news and a guestbook.

Once you have the essentials up, you share wedding information all along the way, too. Bridal registry information and engaging components like interactive quizzes are fun options for your friends and guests. There are several great wedding website template options to help guide you.

Wedding Planning: Gather Inspiration

Do you have a wedding Pinterest board? If you have been planning for the last 3 years or not, now is the time to dive into your dream wedding details.

Wedding Tip: Choose your décor to support the experience and feel you want your dream wedding to create.

Wedding Budget

Think about your wedding budget.  Will you have help from family or are you and your fiancé taking this on together?  Once you have a figure in mind, create a bank account just for this event.  Track your expenses through the separate account to maintain control of the budget and gauge your progress toward the wedding day.  Written budget sheets and estimates will also help outline each part of the wedding expenses and help you keep your budget focused.

Guest List Request

The size of your wedding guest list and party impacts every element of the wedding itself.  To build your list of potential attendees, ask parents and immediate family for guest list suggestions.  Pull your lists together and estimate the number of attendees you could have.  You can consider your budget and prospective venue sizes to determine the maximum number of guests who will be able to attend.  Remember, not everyone you invite will come, so plan on a decline count, too.   Approximate guest numbers are important for your budget and venue selection.

Wedding Party

Once you have an idea of the budget, guest list, venue, etc., it is time to consider who you will ask to be in the wedding party. Plan a special way to ask your bridesmaids and coordinate a similar plan for asking groomsmen.

Interview Planners/ Vendors

If you will do the planning yourself, schedule potential vendor appointments. Ask friends for references and research reviews to choose initial vendor visits. Arrange interviews and tasting sessions  for caterers and bakeries.  If hiring a planner, the process will be simpler, but you must select a planner you trust and who gets your vision for your wedding day.  Referrals and reviews are helpful.  Meet with top prospects and have a face-to-face conversation.  Trust your intuition.  You’ll know the right planner when you meet them.

Check Dates for Local Area Bridal Expos or Trunk Shows

A great experience for local brides-to-be is to connect with vendors at local bridal expos and events. You’ll enjoy the inspiration offered by many professionals in one location providing you with helpful information for planning your dream wedding.

Enjoy the Moment

Our modern lives are filled to the brim with demands and to-do-lists. Your engagement is important and can be magical.  Take a moment (or more) to allow yourselves to be fully present and savor the experience.

Plan a special time away for you and your fiancé. Turn off your phones, TVs, and screens. Enjoy a quiet, romantic evening together. Talk about the wonderful journey that brought you to the place you are enjoying now.  Stay connected to each other and don’t get lost in wedding details.

ADC Reflections

American Dream Cakes is proud to share the sweet moments of making life delicious.

From wedding cakes, a baby’s first smash cake, to a 70th birthday celebration, we love each custom cake. Inspired by a story or memory, our custom design service connects us to our customer in way we cherish. Unit and community organizations and military ball celebrations are an honor to create for a memorable evening.

Here is a highlight of our favorite moments from our staff to customers and ADC’s trip to Sweden.

Staff Favorite Moments and ADC Events

(Photo: Happy 4th from ADC Bakery Team)

 

(Photo: 17 Years serving Jacksonville Community)

(photo: American Dream Cakes Bakery Booth at ENC Bridal Expo, January 2018 New Bern, NC)

Joining over 70+ wedding experts, American Dream Cakes booth display at ENC Bridal Expo 2018. Bride-to-be’s come from local and surrounding areas for the latest trends’ inspiration.

(photo: American Dream Cakes Bakery Booth Crystal Coastal Bridal Fair Sponsor Jan 2018 Morehead City, NC)

Crystal Coastal Bridal Fair is held annually in Morehead City, NC. Over 50 local area wedding vendors come together for the longest running bridal event on the coast of North Carolina.

Making Life Delicious: Special Cakes

We have the honor of making so many delicious cakes for our customers. Here are the highlights of our favorites this year.

(Photo: First Birthday Flapjack Cake ADC Instagram Image)

This adorable first birthday cake is designed as a stack of pancakes completed with real whipped topping and a strawberry.

Donating to the local community is part of who we are, this 50’s-theme sock hop cake towers at three foot tall. A lot of heart, soul, and ADC creative talent went into this donated community fundraiser cake.

(Photo: Donated 50’s Theme Sock hop Instagram Photo)

International ADC Trip: Sweden

This year has come and gone so quickly!

We’ve been blessed to make so many wonderful cakes and treats for all of you.

We’ve added team members and we’re sad but Proud to see our Sam go off to the Air Force this month.

Gunilla has gone through and recovered from not one but two back surgeries this year.

We’ve all watched Grandbaby Ela grow up and now as she turns One in December, we can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for all of us!

From all of us to all of you, Merry Christmas and Thank you for a Wonderful 2018!

Randy, Gunilla and Team ADC

 

Wedding Trends 2019

In 2019, the wedding experience includes more than colors, theme or style. A sincere focus is put on small meaningful experiences that include all in attendance.  This is the era of the “experience” and these trends encourage visual and other forms of engagement for wedding parties and wedding guests.

BOLDER COLORS

Brighter, deeper color palettes are on the rise. Specifically shades of purple are trending for not only floral decorations, but event space lighting. While previous years held on to pastel, rustic and shabby-chic vibes, 2019 is bringing forward a more modern and refined elegance.

GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE

2019 weddings encourage everyone to express a bit of their own, unique style. As with bridesmaids’ dresses that no longer match, groomsmen’s attire is taking personal expression into account.  Expect to see more men in coordinated mix and match pieces.  Look for checkered, dot and floral patterns to flank the groom instead of matching suits or tuxedos.

CEREMONY VENUES

Rustic scenes are taking a back seat to modern industrial.  Green foliage against industrial metallic and architectural backgrounds softens and adds sophistication.  Tailored greenery centerpieces bring coveted green and emerald colors inside for organic beauty.

GO UNPLUGGED

Another trend during ceremony encourages guests to go unplugged. Attendees are asked to power-off or put phones away to engage in the wedding ceremony. Guests share their perspectives, during the reception in real time.  This new “I do” trend is gaining steam as couples, family and friends look for meaningful ways to be “present” during the celebration.

RECEPTIONS

In addition to the bridesmaid and groomsmen mix and match wedding attire philosophy, table settings are being varied as well as wedding registries and more.

Menus in 2019 are offering more individual choice. Smaller plates are paired with more courses to offer each guest low-risk but plentiful food options.  Buffets, food bars, and “build-your-own” options abound – as do mingling and interaction opportunities.  DIY food stations are becoming more popular and creative.  They are tied into wedding themes and increase guests’ interaction, mingling, and experience.

Personal touches like unique, statement place cards create a WOW experience for guests. This is an element that couples can customize to really share a special moment with each guest and recognize them as a part of their wedding.  Creating an interactive, engaging experience for wedding guests allows everyone to enjoy celebrating the couple and their big day.

Boho Themed Cake 2019 Trends

Plenty of brides will be planning boho-themed weddings in 2019!  We’ve got a few new trends and old twists that will make your cake stand out as a beautiful boho themed centerpiece for your wedding day.

Bohemian weddings are wildly popular.  Here are a few bolder 2019 twists.

Bold Floral Elements

While elegant floral elements are a timeless staple to wedding cakes, boho themes added more natural-feeling foliage and colors in floral displays.

Pastels and organic greenery-only schemes are reducing, and bolder colors are moving in. Bright oranges, reds, and jewel tone blooms are arriving on the wedding cake scene.

Industrial Chic  

In recent years, boho themes embodied a rustic feel, but this is evolving into an industrial-chic look that is softened and complimented with natural textures and elements. Wedding spaces have evolved from open barns and gardens into open buildings with metal architecture and modern lines.

Almost Dressed Cakes

Most brides are familiar with “naked cakes” and have watched them evolve into nearly naked. In 2019, you can welcome a new version to the trend: “almost-dressed.” Graceful layers of frosting cover a bit more of the cake, but still allow for bare peeks of the cake beneath.

If you love Boho wedding trends, read up Boho Wedding Dress Trends.

A World Through Baking

Holiday traditions vary throughout the world, but they share the most important elements: celebration of community, love, and food.  Take a world tour with us as we explore a few baking traditions from around the world.

Israel: Latkes

Potato pancakes, latkes, are a traditional Hanukkah fried food. This holiday treat commemorates the miracle of the menorah oil in the Jewish Temple.

Latkes are generally made from grated or ground potatoes, flour, and eggs. They are paired with savory seasonings and a sweet dipping sauce or applesauce.

France: Buche de Noel

The French version of the Yule Log, Buche de Noel, is a rich cake served on Christmas Eve at midnight mass. The shaped meringue decorations resemble small finds from on the forest floor, such as leaves, acorns, and mushrooms.

Peru: Spiced Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate with spice is a Peruvian Christmas tradition. Local area churches collect donations and makes large quantities.  The native holiday drink is often pared with Panettone, a bread historically from Italy, and given to those in need.


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Denmark/ Norway: Kransekake

Both Denmark and Norway serve Kransekake during the holidays. The name means “wreath cake,” and wrings are stacked to make like a Christmas tree. It can consist of up to 18 layers or more. There is even a specialty pan to bake it in.

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Greece: Melomakorona

It is common for Greeks to fast before holidays, and then feast for Christmas. Melomakorona is an egg-shaped desert made primarily from flour, olive oil and honey, orange zest, cognac and cinnamon.  This delicious sweet is dipped in a sweet honey syrup and topped with ground walnuts.  In recent years, dark chocolate-dipped varieties have made appearances at Christmas, too.

Poland: Babka

Greece is another country that fasts before the Christmas holiday. Bread is a staple, and Babka is a traditional sweet bread. Food is broken on Christmas Eve to end the holiday fast. It is also tradition to sit out an extra place for anyone who may wander through.

Japan:  Fried Chicken & Christmas Cake

While traditional Christmas is not celebrated as a national holiday, Japan still has a few Christmas traditions.  One is eating Fried Chicken on Christmas!  Started by KFC’s 1974 “Christmas Chicken” campaign, it stuck.  Japanese begin pre-orders up to two months before Christmas to enjoy chicken on Christmas. An option to add-on cake and champagne round out the meal.   Another is Christmas Cake, but this isn’t your grandma’s fruit cake.  It’s usually a sponge cake with strawberries and whipped cream.

Sweden: Schackrutor Cookies

Swedish Schackrutor are a classic checkerboard cookie made from vanilla and chocolate dough.  Kids love making and eating these delicious treats for Christmas.  Get your family in on the fun with our exclusive ADC Schackrutor classic Swedish cookie family recipe.  Download the printable recipe and art print to give it a try!

What’s your family’s favorite traditional treat for the holidays?  Share here or tag us on facebook! #ADCbakery

Favorite Boho Wedding Pictures

Boho wedding table setting with Bohemian flower arrangements and succulent plants

If you love earthy color palettes, organic decor, and free-spirited charm, a boho wedding may be your dream come true.

Earthy, outdoor settings like a park, waterfront, or garden allow nature to take care of your wedding backdrop for you. Add a few DIY personal touches to make your story shine through, and you’ve harnessed a staple of beautiful boho weddings.

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Pumpkin isn’t Just for Pie

Pumpkin is a favorite flavor for the fall season and you can see it popping up in lattes, smoothies and pies.  Here are some of our favorite “not just pie” pumpkin recipes.

Start a new fall comfort food tradition in your home with either of these two savory pumpkin recipes.  They’re sure to wow the crowd.

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Saras Pepparkakor

Swedish Pepparkakor started as a honey and pepper cookie.  They were once far spicier than the popular gingersnap-style cookie we enjoy now.  The cookies were thought to cure sicknesses, ward off depression and make you nicer.  Today, baking soda leavens the cookies, but originally potash was used.  Potash helped to settle indigestion, so maybe they did make folks a little nicer to be around.  Over the years, ginger and sweet spices have replace the pepper.  We’re not sure they ever had medicinal qualities, but they still produce smiles today. Read more