Wednesday, February 4, 2009

More things to think about when you're having a holiday wedding - The Cheese Factor

We dealt with the logistics of a holiday wedding in my last post. Now let's talk about aesthetics.

So you're getting married on Valentines day. You've got your venue, your caterer, your wedding planner--everything.

Holiday weddings can be fun, but they can also be cheesy, even tacky and obnoxious, if you go too overboard with the theme. This can be a fine line. There's a reason you chose the holiday, and after all, there's no point in paying the extra money to get married on Valentines Day or New Years Eve if your wedding looks like it could have happened on any of the other 364 days of the year.

But how much is too much? Only you can be the judge of that. For example, the first cake would be fine at a V-day wedding. In fact, it would look fine at any wedding. It would be a good choice if you wanted to acknowledge the holiday, but in an understated way. The second cake says "Valentines Day" a little louder. I'd imagine the bride who went with this cake had red table linens and rose petals, maybe even little heart-shaped boxes with favors for all the guests. (By the way, these pictures are not from my weddings. I am not a very good photographer in general, and for some reason pictures I take of food are especially heineous. The first two are from Cinda's in Raleigh, the third I found online). She would incorporate Valentines Day in the little details without beating people over the head with it.

The third cake practically screams Valentines Day. It would be great for a fun, over-the-top kitchy Valentines day for a Bride and Groom with a sense of humor. By the way, I love the new "topsy turvy" cake trend but watch out because they're hard for the inexperienced to cut.

(If you are wondering, Why pictures of cakes?, well it's because I believe the cake sets the tone of the wedding. I don't make any decorating decisions until I know what the cake will look like.)


  1. I despise Valentine's Day, and refuse to celebrate it, but I actually think that bottom cake is pretty cool!

  2. I've been meaning to ask some of my baker friends how to get a cake to do that.