There is a lot to consider when choosing a cake. Gone are the days of the standard traditional fruit cake that no one liked, today we go big on flavour or we go home! After supplying weddings for a few years now, The Cuppa Cakery prides itself on their range of developed flavours, Vanilla sponge, with a Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream and Raspberry Curd, Lemon sponge with a Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream, Chocolate sponge with Chocolate Buttercream, Salted Caramel sauce and Chocolate Ganache, Red Velvet with a Cream Cheese Buttercream, and Traditional Pale Fruit Cake are to name but a few.
“For most of our tiered cakes, we offer our clients the choice to mix and match their favourite flavours. Flavour is such a huge part of what we do and we feel it's necessary to offer an extensive selection ensuring something for everyone. When we aren’t creating, we look for flavour inspiration to try and keep our selection, fresh and up to date”. Also consider Cupcakes.
The design of the cake is often the most important factor. It needs to reflect the style of the wedding and look good. Sugar paste flowers are one of the most popular designs for cakes. The delicate sugar work can increase the price of a cake, but the fine detail that goes into such work is well worth the extra outlay. An alternative is using fresh florals to adorn a cake. Whether it’s a simple cluster on each tier or a full-on cascade of flowers from top to bottom, it’s a sure fire way of adding a splash of romantic decadence without breaking the bank.
The ‘Naked’ cake has seen a huge resurgence in popularity since the vintage wedding became in vogue. Decorated with a selection of seasonal fruits and berries it provides a perfect addition to any informal village hall or garden wedding. Similarly, the ‘Ruffle’ cake is a nod to the informality of a more relaxed wedding but a little more refined. Covered in soft buttercream and finished with a flower or two it would hold its own in the grounds of a barn wedding or somewhere more formal.
Think about the type of venue. Castles and country manor weddings are often a little more luxury and formal, mainly requiring a more formal cake design. Barns and garden marquees however, are slightly more relaxed - your cake should reflect this!
Size… we all know it's important! The larger more luxury weddings often require a bigger and more impressive cake. Instead of spending a small fortune on seven tiers of scrumptious solid cake, ask your cake maker to provide dummy tiers that are iced and decorated to tie in with the rest of the edible layers. – Just make sure you cut the right tier during the big moment!!
Lastly, and possibly the most important factor in all this, is to make sure you talk at length with your cake maker and get the individual components perfect for you. Your cake should reflect your personality. Don’t be afraid to add a little of your charisma into the design. It will be memorable for all the right reasons.
Bristol, Bath, Somerset and the surrounding areas offer a wide array of options when it comes venue choices. There is something for every couple. Chic, contemporary city spaces, harbourside views, country manors, Tudor castles, rustic and naturally beautiful barns, sophisticated hotels, cosmopolitan cocktail bars… Being a stone's throw to the Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty, ranked second as the most romantic place to marry according to the Independent, is it any wonder the South West is attracting couples from all over the country to host their day.
Venues such as Orchardleigh House, Babington House, Coombe Lodge, Leigh Court, Old Down Manor and St Audries Park are the perfect choice for couples wanting a grand and elegant day. They offer the best the South West has to offer, beautiful grounds and gardens with grand, impressive rooms to host an elegant reception for your guests.
If it’s a little History you are after look no further than Walton Castle in Clevedon and Thornbury Castle in South Gloucestershire. They give you atmospheric rooms and impressive grounds for your guests to enjoy. Walton Castle gives you the opportunity to have a marquee reception within the grounds of the Keep that gives you the added bonus of mixing the old and new seamlessly. Alternatives include the historic SS Great Britain docked in Bristol and the elegant Assembly Rooms in Bath. Allow your guests to soak up the atmosphere and history whilst enjoying the celebrations.
The Paintworks, Mud Dock and The Forge, are all chic, industrial feeling spaces to really go to town on, décor wise. All set within the buzzing city of Bristol, these spaces offer a contemporary twist on the traditional wedding. Great spaces to stamp your individual style on, with plenty of scope to ‘think outside the box’ when it comes to décor.
When it comes to elegant hotels, Bristol and the South West has it covered. The Avon Gorge Hotel benefits from glorious views of the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, providing a picture-perfect backdrop to your photographs. Hotel Du Vin and The Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel both offer the benefits of city centre, on site room convenience with a sophisticated event space that can cater for a decent number of guests.
Last but not least in our venue guide are barn venues. Priston Mill, near Bath, Almonry Barn in Somerset and Kingscote barn near Tebury have the stunning scenery and perfect backdrops for a beautiful outside ceremony with open views onto England’s finest countryside.
When it comes to flowers, there is a lot to consider. For most, flowers are an integral part of their big day, quite often providing the main source of décor and colour to any venue. Your florist should take you on a step-by-step journey about what varieties are available on your date, as well as providing information and advice about types of bouquets suitable for your dress shape in addition to table centre options.
As a wedding specialist, Stephanie Saunders works a lot within Bristol and the surrounding areas.
“I get to work in a variety of spaces within Bristol, some require big, impressive arrangements, others need only a smattering of flowers to enhance the natural beauty of the venue. Our tall vase arrangements have been hugely popular and it’s a trend I’m happy to see continue well in to the next few years”.
Weddings in Bristol can vary significantly. There is a good mix of contemporary, city spaces, elegant hotels and beautiful rustic barns, each bringing their own unique charm. Flowers are the perfect way to stamp your own style onto your wedding. Consider where you place most significance for your day. “For most clients, their reception space is where they wish to spend most of their budget. Many wish to create a wow factor to greet their guests, and often spend at least half, if not more, of their budget achieving this”.
Most florists offer a no obligation consultation, which gives you the opportunity to sit and chat with them, view their work and discuss at length the options available to you. Arrive armed with some images of things you like, and if possible, swatches of dress material (usually Bridesmaids dresses) for a colour guide. The more information you can supply the better chance your florist has of getting it absolutely perfect for you.