Bake-Off: Cupcakes (2 of 3)

Serving dessert to hundreds of guests isnt always a piece of cake.  In a non-traditional venue such as a barn, cutting, plating, and serving wedding cake can sometimes be a crumby operation.  Cupcakes are great alternative, they are easy and quick to serve. With cupcakes, the possibilities are endless when it comes to what flavors, colors and decorations you prefer.  They can all be the same, or you can mix it up with different flavors.  When you choose multiple flavors, make sure there is a way to tell which flavor is what and provide cute signs to identify the flavors.  You can do this by having different colors or flavors of frosting or different cupcake wrappers for each flavor.  With an array of different cupcakes, you can be sure all your guests find something to suit their fancy. Still want a cake cutting picture of the happy couple?  Plan to have a super-sized cupcake or a petite cake displayed with your cupcakes.  You can enjoy the ease of serving cupcakes and not lose the sentimental cake cutting moment! 


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Bake Off: Cakes (1 of 3)

Deciding what dessert to have at your wedding isnt always easy as pie!
Cakes are always a beautiful and traditional way to celebrate your big day.  You can build them up with two, three or even four tiers, depending on how big your wedding reception will be and the style you are envisioning.  Flowers cascading down the sides is a beautiful yet simplistic way to add detail to your cake.  The flowers can be crafted by your baker or real blooms, whatever you fancy.  Using fondant to cover your cake will give it a sophisticated and polished look.  On the other hand, buttercream can give a more rustic or natural feel to your cake.
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Bouquet: To Show & To Throw (2 of 2)

So you’ve spent the time, thought, and money to create your perfect bouquet…now what? Not to worry, CBE has some great ideas on how to save your bouquet after the ceremony!

1. Instead of tossing the actual bouquet you carry down the aisle, ask your florist to make a similar but lighter arrangement to toss. Better yet, a new and fun trend is to create a miniature version of your own bouquet that breaks apart when tossed! They can be made to break into 3-5 separate bouquets which is surprising for your guests and makes more than one lucky lady happy!


2. After your wedding, the flowers from your bouquet will not stay fresh for long. Save and dry some of the petals, and then you can create your own wedding memory capsule Christmas ornament. All you have to do is remove the cap, gently deposit the petals inside, replace the cap, and tie it to a bow. For the especially crafty brides, you could even etch your wedding date onto the glass bulb. This is a simple and sweet reminder of your wedding day!


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Bouquet: To Show & To Throw (1 of 2)

These April showers have us thinking about May flowers! The flower bouquet is an essential part of the bride’s look, but there are so many different options. Big bouquets with multiple kinds of flowers and cascades can be gorgeous, but they can also be overwhelming to a detailed dress, (not to mention expensive!) We love working with fresh floral, but if you are looking for a different twist, replace your bouquet with one large flower! This brings a dramatic and romantic feel to a bride’s appearance. It’s sure to look great in pictures and you can make it yourself! Check out this blog for a DIY tutorial on making a giant paper rose.


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Meet our 2014 Spring Interns!

Meet our 2014 Spring Interns!  We are excited to have them on board for our wedding season! Looking forward to lots of fun and more creative minds and ideas!

Hallie Evenson


What does your dream wedding look like?
My dream wedding would take place during the summer with my future Prince
Charming (who has yet to find me).   I would have a church wedding followed
by an outdoor wedding reception.  The color theme would be mint and coral; I
love how those colors complement each other so perfectly.  Now, for my dream
dress:  it would be white, with a sweetheart neckline, lace top, and a
beaded waist.  The dress would flow to the ground and have a small train.
My reception would be filled with music, laughter, fun and lots of food,
especially pasta.

What is one thing you can’t live without?
I would never be able to live without my family.  They are my rocks; they
support me in everything I do.

When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a hairstylist.  Since I had my
first haircut, I have had the same stylist.  I wanted to be just like her.
I even made a book for my hairstylist with drawings of me cutting hair when
I grew up.

If you could plan a destination wedding anywhere in the world where would it
For the longest time, I wanted to have a destination wedding in Hawaii.
That beautiful place is still high on the list, however, I recently traveled
to New Zealand, and I fell in love with the country.  I would love to have a
beach wedding there, with the bluest ocean in the background.

What is your favorite wedding trend of the moment?
My favorite wedding trend is cupcakes at a wedding reception.  Cupcakes are
my favorite dessert, hands down.  They are easy to eat, and they have
endless possibilities.  They are delicious – for the palate and the eyes.  I
am very glad others have also realized that cupcakes are so perfect for

Nicole Long


What does your dream wedding look like?

Even though I want to be a wedding planner…I haven’t planned my own dream wedding yet. I want it to be inspired by my relationship with the man I will spend the rest of my life with. After all, it is his wedding too! 

What is one thing you can’t live without?

I cannot live without my iPhone. I use it as my alarm clock, calendar, camera, GPS, and of course for texting, social media, and email. I would be lost without it!

When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a lawyer. My mom is a lawyer, and I wanted to be exactly like her.

If you could plan a destination wedding anywhere in the world where would it be?

As fun as a beach destination wedding would be, everyone does that. I pick Ireland! (I’ve never been, but P.S. I Love You was enough to make me fall in love with the scenery.) Not only am I Irish, but I could get married in a castle—what girl doesn’t want to feel like a princess on their wedding day?! 

What is your favorite wedding trend of the moment?

My favorite wedding trend right now is a rose gold engagement ring! I’ll skip the classic gold and silver for the soft blush color that feels vintage and exclusive. Now I just have to find the man that goes along with it!


There’s an App for That!

Smartphones have made it easier than ever to plan wedding festivities, make your guests feel more involved, and help you remember your special day! Check out these must-have apps and ideas:

1. WeddingDJWant to save money on a DJ? This app lets you organize music by portions of your day and you can control it from your iPod or iPhone. iTunes sells this app for just $4.99. You can even put a line for requested songs on your RSVPs—not only will this make your guests feel more involved, but it will also help you create the perfect playlist!


2. WedPicsYou can bet that your guests will be taking pictures on their phones at your wedding, why not share them? WedPics works on iPhones and Androids, you can invite an unlimited amount of guests to your private wedding album, access the real-time high-resolution photo feed with comments, and it’s all free! Instead of having a traditional wedding guest book, encourage your guests to take a picture of themselves with a nice note on this app!


3. #Hashtag Your Wedding — Want to discover all the fun moments your guests have to share from your wedding? Create a special hashtag for your wedding and encourage your guests to use it so you can easily find everyone’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine posts later. Make it even more special by asking your guests to tweet and post their best newly wed advice!


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