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Your wedding deserves more than a traditional cake

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A dress, venue, invitations, and exceptional food are just a few of the wedding planning basics that happy couples expect. You can’t discuss “wedding season” without conjuring up images of flower arrangements and tiered cakes that look more like art installations than something edible. But in recent years, as cookie-cutter wedding receptions have given way to more original thinking, the dessert table has been the site of the most exciting changes.

The traditional three-tier (or four or five-tier, depending on the guest list) wedding cake is no longer the rule, if not the norm. It’s not what newlyweds aspire to anymore — and it makes sense, considering what else is on offer.

Not everyone likes the taste of cake

It’s a shocking revelation to find out, but yes, many couples today just don’t want cake at their wedding. because they don’t like it. Love is Dead. Send everyone home. Joke!

Although some would say that every occasion calls for a cakethese wedding planning experts have years of experience to prove otherwise.

“A lot of our couples just don’t like cake or don’t care to have it at their wedding,” says Christina Hubeli, CEO of Burst Event Co., a wedding company in Chicago. But some couples choose to have a “cut-out cake”, a much smaller version of the traditional cake that they can cut out for the photoshoot. The cake is therefore always part of it, but more as a symbol integrated into the ceremony than as part of the dinner menu.

“I asked a couple to make a display cake where she put it in a [glass] bell and it hasn’t even been taken out,” says Diane Brisk, founder of HBIC Weddings. “It was just on a table seen by people.” So literally an art installation!

The Brisk display cake pictured is strictly for photos and nothing else. She notes that one of the downsides to the traditional wedding cake model is that often times the timing can be off and guests will already be on the dance floor when the slices are served, resulting in wasted cake.

Find a personalized wedding cake alternative

Wedding planning usually comes with a ton of family expectations. Whether these pressures come from parents, in-laws, grandparents, uncles and aunts, or even cousins ​​and siblings, the weight of these expectations can cause many couples to spend money. money for things they wouldn’t otherwise have included in their special. daytime.

Hubeli explains that a common question from couples is, “Should we do (empty)?” His answer is always that they don’t. Homework do anything. It’s their day and they can choose to do or not do whatever they want that day. Once couples embrace this fact, that’s when the creativity really starts to flow.

“Now I see more couples than ever opting for interactive experiences,” says Carlene Hartline, owner and chief event planner for Naturally your events. “What I mean by that is a make your own ice cream bar, or a build-your-own bubble tea bar, a hot chocolate bar, or a s’mores bar… whatever you like allows you to design your own perfect dessert.”

Hartline also remembers a Buddhist couple whose small, intimate ceremony was complemented by their choice of interactive reception. The couple invited their guests to join them for a cooking class after the ceremony because, as a couple, they loved to cook together. The class was accompanied by a personalized dessert pancake station where guests could choose toppings and toppings for their pancakes.

Both Hartline and Brisk note that when it comes to the candy table, many couples like to get nostalgic by offering childhood favorites such as Rice Krispies treats, push pops and cookie sandwiches. ice cream. And at these receptions, no one seems to miss the traditional cake.

No one freezes wedding cakes anymore.

For couples who decide to have a tiered wedding cake, there is still room for innovation in the shape of the cake. What adorns the top of the cake and what is made with that top layer continues to break with tradition.

A figurine

A “dog eating cake” figurine is a fun alternative to classic bride/groom cake toppers.
Photo: Photo: Diane Brisk, HBIC Weddings

The wedding tradition of freeze the top tier of the cake and saving it for a future anniversary is one that couples, wedding planners and even bakers all seem to agree should end.

“I think back in the ’40s and ’50s it made perfect sense, but nowadays it doesn’t,” Brisk says.

Instead, the wedding planning industry has seen new alternatives to consuming thawed wedding cake. Hubeli, Hartline and Brisk all explained that many bakeries offer to recreate a couple’s wedding cake in a smaller size, or as a cupcake, if they come on their anniversary, which makes them happy. avoid disappointing pastries.

Couples are also getting rid of the usual bride and groom figurines. If you learn one thing here when it comes to wedding cake toppers, it’s that Etsy settles first.

“These aren’t your grandma’s figurines…the bride dragging the groom around with a cannonball,” says Hartline. She explains that gender roles are changing, and queer and trans couples aren’t necessarily looking for updated versions of those cookie-cutter numbers. Instead, all couples want a topper that best represents them, which is why the three wedding planners often guide their couples to Etsy for this personalization.

By far the cutest trend, highlighted by both Brisk and Hubeli, is that some couples will get a small figurine made to look like their dog or other furry companion and place it on the cake with a small piece of dessert. missing, as if bitten by his pet.

Overall, the wedding planners we consulted all agree that the traditional wedding cake will never completely go away. Some people will always believe that love and cake go together. But there are so many different ways to satisfy a sweet tooth, it’s a wonder it’s taken the industry so long to break the cake.