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Did You Know?

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I’m going to share some things with you that you may have heard or thought about, that might not necessarily be true or warranted.

  • Hardly anyone really saves the top layer of their cake anymore.  Sure, they say they will eat it at their first year anniversary, but come on. Let’s be real. A lot of brides are ditching that idea and tradition– I hear so many say “I am not going to want that nasty thing next year! Let’s eat the whole thing!”  Besides, many bakers now give their clients discounted or free cakes at their first year anniversary. 
  • Speaking of cakes…Wedding cake is cute. Wedding cake is sweet.  But believe it or not, not everyone eats it!  So it is really unnecessary to have a huge cake; save that money and apply it elsewhere.  You may even want to consider doing dummy layers to get that “big cake” look or order a cake for only 70-90 percent of your guest list if you are having a dessert served with dinner.
  • You can eliminate the inner envelope from your invitation order.  Save a tree.  No one uses them anymore– they are antiquated.  I know some of the etiquette books might tell you otherwise– but when you crack it open again, ask it if it is contributing to your budget.  Originally, inner envelopes served a grand purpose:  it kept the invitation clean and free from smudges and dirt when they were delivered by a courier on a horse.  If that applies to you, then keep your inner envelope 🙂
  • If you have a small wedding guest list, you can do an iPod wedding. Many entertainment companies now rent out sound systems for this exact reason.  This is particularly good for those smaller parties, especially with those in the guest list who are not big dancers.  iTunes offer the “clean” versions of several songs if you are afraid of offending Grandma.  Just remember to have a tech savvy friend man the station for important events (i.e., introduction, first dance, cake cutting, etc.).  Remember to put some thought into your playlist.   Start your party with something upbeat and fun, include songs from different eras to appeal to the masses, and occasionally slow it down to allow the couples a little romance time. 
  • You should ALWAYS order extra invitations and envelopes.  Not just because someone might mess up the envelope or one my tear, but because sometimes envelopes are addressed incorrectly and are returned back to you (or sometimes not at all).  You will need to easily get out new invitations to go to your guests or send out invitations to those on your B list,in the event  from your A list sends their regrets.  Time is of the essence! Being able to do this quickly can eliminate the stress when the final numbers are due.
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  • Excellent and sound advice on all 5 points. You rock! (But you already knew that.)

    September 29, 2007 at 2:36 pm
  • Great points! In my area though, cake designers are not discounting for dummy layers. In fact, they say finding the right size of foam core is difficult. If that happens, you may try to find some bakers that actually rent an entire FAKE cake (small real area for when you cut it in front of everyone). Great for pictures and you get that BIG affect!

    September 30, 2007 at 10:53 am

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