The Perfect Time to Serve Dessert at Your Reception

Timing your wedding reception is key to keeping your guests engaged and having a good time. While there is a typical order of events, when you serve dessert will determine how the rest of the evening will flow. Here are some tips to helping you plan ahead.

Let it flow

If you are hosting a sit-down meal, let the courses flow naturally and offer your sweet treats once the main course is complete and the dirty plates have been removed. At this point, direct everyone’s attention to the cake display and begin serving slices as soon as you finalize the cutting celebration. If you are hosting an open buffet, let your wedding coordinator determine when your guests are wrapping up their final course. Then you can cut the cake and set out dessert alternatives.  Find great options for a sweets table here.

Don’t delay

Some guests will be ready to leave after dinner is served, yet they will want to see the newlyweds cut their cake. While dinner should not be rushed, do not delay for too long! Timing your dessert will allow these guests to fully enjoy your celebration and head home before the party and dancing takes over. You can leave the sweets on display and available for your long-term party guests to enjoy throughout the evening.

Setting the party mood

Cutting the cake is a great way to direct the attention of your guests away from their table members and towards the happy couple. This can lead smoothly to toasting and first dances. It is understood to be the finality of your meal and the introduction to the reception party. Have fun with it and allow the DJ to take the floor. It’s only fun from here!

 

The Latest in Wedding Cake Trends

Cakes are one of wedding’s most coveted traditions.  They serve as dessert, decoration, and an adorable face-stuffing photo opportunity.  But wedding cakes aren’t what they used to be…they’re even better. Now brides are taking them to the next level.  Here’s how brides are sprucing up their cakes for 2019.

Incorporate your theme.  Some brides incorporate the season into their wedding theme. While nature is the most beautiful backdrop, your cake can play a role too.  For example, an enchanted forest cake would look gorgeous on display at a winter wedding. 

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Tell a story.  It used to be that the groom’s cake was the acceptable outlet for creativity. Not anymore!  Now brides let their wedding cake display whatever it is they are into.  If you and the groom share a passion, show it off! 

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Dress it up.  Yes, accessorize your cake!  Cake toppers have met their match because a bedazzled cake looks amazing.  You can use decoration, color, floral arrangements, anything you like.  Bakers everywhere have creative ways to make your wedding cake look good enough to eat!

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If it is difficult for you to decide how to customize your wedding cake, relax.  If you have a date, wedding colors, and something you are passionate about, your baker can take the reins. You’ll be amazed how dessert can bring your wedding dreams to life.  But, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

Hottest 2018 Summer Wedding Trends

This summer is all about going “natural.” Here are a few 2018 trends to help you with your dress selection, cake choice, and reception décor.  Let’s give your guest a taste of the summer season!   

Casual Dresses

While this summer welcomes a flowing and natural look, adding an oversized bow is also a hit. Many weddings this season are held on the beach, mountains, or other tranquil outdoor setting. Keeping a smooth and casual look is the perfect way to tie in nature with romance. 

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Colorful Cake

This summer, details and selection are what stands out at your dessert table.  Giving your cake a facelift with beautiful tiered décor, unique shapes, and add-on elements are sure to he a hit.  Be creative with your color and design to allow the sweets to become a focal point at your reception.

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String Lighting

String lighting is a beautiful and affordable way to make your wedding reception elegant with little effort.  It is also a perfect for adding just the right amount of illumination to an outdoor summer wedding reception.  These lights can be used as a back drop or a spectacular addition to your reception tables.  The possibilities are endless! 

Summer Lights

Make your summer wedding one to remember.  A mix of warm weather and a natural outdoor setting will create a perfect mix for your special day!

Personalized Wedding Cake Ideas

You don’t want just any wedding cake, you want a special and personalized wedding cake.  And, you may be delighted to know this endeavor can be quite simple to create.  Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Cake Toppers

You can go big or small.  But, gone are the days of the petite plastic couple.

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Personalized Script

Take the style of your invitations, napkins, and place cards one step further.

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Photos

Since you already tossed that petite plastic couple…that may or may not mimic you and the groom.  This is the perfect place to add a picture of you.

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Show Your Personality

Let your personality and interests shine through.

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A Touch of Humor

Have a little fun on your big day with a good laugh.

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Adding a finishing touch to your wedding cake is an exceptional way to show your style and character.  Be romantic or have fun with it.  This small detail can speak volumes.