Cake or Not to Cake

Tips from Trish

The inventiveness and creativity of those who bake, continues to impress.

Obviously, the traditional wedding cake is still a strong and delicious presence in wedding receptions everywhere.  But more and more modern brides are choosing variations on this theme.  Wedding cake has been expanded to be wedding dessert and the options are gorgeous - and delicious.  Some of the most intriguing and stunning desserts are appearing at weddings all across the country. 

In celebration of National Cake Day, this is a list of just a few cake "replacement" ideas that we have seen and admired.

  • Towers of frosted cake donuts.
  • Towers of cupcakes with a small classic wedding cake starring on the top of the tower.
  • Two tiers of rice crispy cakes frosted with whipped creme.
  • Towers of whoopie pies.  Or small individual fruit pies.
  • Three tiers of heart shaped cake and/or pie pops.
  • Three tiers of stacked Oreo cookies.
  • Tower of ten tiers of multi colored macaroons on a dramatic base filled with gorgeous fresh blooms.
  • Five tiers of various flavors of Cheese cake.  (Each one with a tiny flag specifying the flavor)
  • Four tiers of mini Bundt cakes in varying flavors.
  • Tiers of various cake cups served in engraved glasses that become the guest favors.
  • Towers of classic donut holes with tiny accents of flowers and greens.
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Small Business Saturday

We all are aware of the post Thanksgiving shopping tradition of Black Friday. In 2011 American Express began promoting small businesses across the US with Small Business Saturday. As a thank you to our continued customers we have extended the National Bridal Sale through Thanksgiving Weekend and hope you will join us on Saturday, November 25th and Shop "small" with big savings!

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Wedding Time Gap?

Tips from Trish

One of the biggest challenges in wedding planning is managing the time gap between the end of the ceremony and the start of the reception.  Ideally the one should flow from the first, but the reality is that there is often a gap between the two that can be difficult for guests and a conundrum for brides and their families.

Here are some helpful and workable suggestions.

  • If your wedding and reception are in two separate locations, try to minimize the travel time for guests moving from one spot to another.  Try to consider this when booking venues.  As a rule of thumb, guests shouldn't have to drive more than 20 - 30 minutes (including traffic) from one to another.

  • Consider taking as many photographs as possible prior to the ceremony.  That gap between ceremony end and reception beginning can be managed more efficiently if there are only  a few post ceremony photos.  To insure that guests aren't sitting in their cars at the reception site or wandering around on their own, arrange for a host couple to handle greeting guests at the reception while the wedding party is delayed.  The host couple's names should be listed in the wedding program notes.

  • While wedding guests are waiting for the bridal party to arrive, they should be served beverages and appetizers.  Music should be playing when they arrive.  There should be a coat check area available and the gift table should be highly visible.  There must be someone there at the gift table to accept gifts on behalf of the couple.  Someone from the venue staff or a family member should be there to help with seating plans.

  • Once the wedding party arrives, the maitre d’ should introduce the party.  As the stars of the evening, bride and groom are introduced last.  Introductions are in this order:  first are the parents of the bride, followed by parents of the groom, followed by the "little people" (if any), the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and the maid of honor and best man.  Once the bridal party is in place, the bride and groom are announced and make their grand entrance to special music.

Be sure that names are double checked for pronunciation and that information is passed on to the person in charge from staff or to the reception hosts.

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Your Planner is Terrific!

Tips from Trish

Your Wedding Planner is Terrific…but know that there are some things that only you and/or your family can deal with!

Your planner can help with a truck load of issues and projects that will help you pull off your vision of your wedding. They can help you screen and hire local vendors. They can see that everything goes as planned from your walk down the aisle to your honeymoon get away. They can help you save money and stretch a wedding budget, but there are some things and decisions that the bride and her family must control.

  • They can’t manage who sits where. They can suggest and assist but only you know the complex family relationships and arrangements that govern who sits where and why. You must make those decisions. You communicate those decisions and he/she can handle the mechanics of it. They can offer ideas, facilitate compromises, but in the end it is your decision.
  • They can’t change your budget. Only you know how much you can afford to spend. Be honest with your planner and let him/her help you have the fabulous wedding within those budget guidelines.
  • They can’t select the members of your wedding party. Only you can decide who matters enough in your life to be selected to be a member of your wedding party. No one else can make that decision. They can offer opinions, but in the end it’s your call.
  • They can’t select your music. Only you and your groom can make the final call. They can offer a wide variety of options. They can suggest bands, string quartets, vocalists. You make the choices.
  • They can’t write your vows. They can offer suggestions, help you think through options, suggest resources, but vows are a highly personal statement of what the bride and groom mean to each other.
  • They can’t write your Thank You Notes.

We would love to hear what you think. Have any additional tips for working with your wedding planner?

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Beautiful Bride

At the Country Bride and Gent we strive to make every bride’s experience memorable and find the perfect dress for the occasion. We are always happy when they send us notes and photos after the wedding.

Here is one of our most recent favorites including gorgeous photographs by Divine Light Photography.

Hello Ladies!!

I hope you all are having a great day. Thank you so much for helping me find the
dress of my dreams. It was stunning and fit perfectly the day of the wedding. My
mom was able to corset me up nice and tight and I even got a “wow” from my
groom!! You all were such a joy to work with.

Please see some photos to see how your hard work and service pays
— Jessica - CBG Bride

Cinderella for an Evening

At the Country Bride and Gent we want every occasion to be a special one and use our over 26 years of experience in formal wear to find just the right style for your special day. We were so happy when we received this note from one of our clients and thankful she was able to even share a few photos from the evening. And of course…she looked amazing!

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Trish…My Fairy Godmother,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I felt like Cinderella! I received sooooo many compliments at the gala. A few strangers stopped me and asked where I bought the dress! I had over 100 “likes” on Facebook and so many more people complimented me at work. I was told by a few girls, later in the week, that I was the most beautifully dressed girl there! I felt so honored. The nickname Cinderella lasted this whole week!

I cannot thank you enough.