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The History of the Wedding Cake and Wedding Cake Topper

One of the center pieces of any modern day wedding is the wedding cake. This has a long history dating back all the day to the Roman Empire. However the wedding cake was very different back then.

The history of the wedding cake dates all the way back to the Roman Empire. At this time wedding cakes were not the sweet iced cakes that we know of today. Back then the cakes were made of a whole wheat flour. These bread cakes were then broken over the brides head and the guests of the wedding would eat the small pieces of broken break eagerly considering it good luck.

Later in the 17th century the wedding cake became known as the bride’s pie or cake. These were typically mince pies made of sweet breads. The one of the main ingredients of these pies was a glass ring. It was believed that whichever lady found the ring would be the next women to be married.

Wedding cakes have historically been white a universal symbol of purity.

Another tradition that was probably first seen in fashion in the 17th century was sleeping with a piece of cake under ones pillow. The cake was broken into small pieces and then passed through the bride’s wedding ring. The pieces of cake were then given to the female guests who would put the pieces under their pillow when they went to sleep. It was believed that with the piece of cake under their pillow they would have a dream of the future husband.

The wedding cake topper has a long history and has been a tradition in wedding for a long time. It has been so long in fact that most of the details of when it started are shrouded in mystery. Yet there is no denying the significance of the wedding cake topper.

The story goes that it was first used over 100 years ago when the daughter of a baker was getting married. She asked her dad to make some symbol of the love between her and the her groom that everyone could see.

After several attempts and carefully deliberation the baker finally came up with an idea. He secretly place two figurines on top of the wedding cake. One of them symbolized his daughter and the other her future husband. The baker felt this was the perfect symbol of their love and their unity.

On the wedding day the daughter was so excited to see the cake and she was overjoyed with the beautiful gift her father had given her. The figurines stood in the center of the cake and at the center of the wedding. This showed the importance of the love between the couple!

It is not exactly known if this is a true story or not but it is a fun story at least and one that shows the significance of the wedding cake topper.

These are just a few of the historical traditions of the modern day wedding cake. The wedding cake is one of the oldest traditions of the wedding.

Ever since its introduction, a topper on wedding cakes has long been a traditional symbol for married couples.  These are always symbolically placed on the top of the wedding cake so that everybody can see them.

Couples have many options to choose from among various designs, colors & styles.  Trying to decide what fits not only their style but their budget is something every couple must go through.

Below are some important suggestions when it comes to choosing the right cake topper for your wedding:

1.  Your wedding cake topper should be a piece that reflects your style as much as the cake it adorns.  This might take you a bit over your budget, but it will be worth it.  Brides on a tight budget may opt for the traditional bride & groom found in many department stores but keep in mind, these pieces are not exclusive to your style or personal taste and may not fit the overall design of your wedding cake.  ‘Nothing like a bad hat to ruin a beautiful outfit’.

2. Be creative. Have a personalized topper created to look like you and your fiancé.  Choose something that shows a shared hobby or interest, a special memento from a trip, etc.  A personalized wedding cake & topper makes your wedding very creative and adds a sheer layer of romance, glitz & glamour to the reception.  Stay away from the usual, generic plastic bride and groom and design your own wedding cake topper.

3. Now-a-days there are several contemporary designs being promoted in the market that couples can incorporate into their décor.  Ask the baker to come up with some ideas as well. And choose what you feel is the best fit for you.

4. Family Heirloom. To honor your parents, grandparents, or someone else that was very close to you and your fiancé, and it’s available, why not use the cake topper from that person’s wedding.  It not only adds a lot of emotional value to the decor, but also pays homage to someone special.

The idea is that whatever style you pick for your wedding cake topper, it should be a symbol of your personality, your style, and your marriage. That’s what makes it a special piece to be cherished forever.

Cake toppers are not just decorations on a cake. They serve as the symbol of love that flows between two hearts coming together as one forever!

For a list of local bakeries, visit our vendor list on TodaysBride.com


A Wedding Dress Box vs a Plastic Bag For Your Valuable Dress

By: UK Wedding Store

When trying to decide what kind of storage to use for your wedding dress, you may be stuck between a proper wedding dress box, or a plastic bag. Let’s take a look at reasons why you should use a proper box instead of a bag.

A Proper Wedding Dress Box

A proper wedding dress box will be acid free (because the acid will break down the fabric and cause discoloration) and will also be pH neutral, because a box that is acid free without being neutral will likely have a reverse alkalinity which will cause the same kind of damage as not having an acid free box. The proper wedding dress box will also be solid with no viewing window, because a viewing window will let light in.

A Plastic Bag

While it may be good to help you get your dress from the store to the seamstress for alterations and to the cleaners after the wedding, using a plastic bag allows light to get to the dress which will break down the fabric and lead to discoloration. In addition to light, the bag will likely be more susceptible to moisture which can cause the dress to mildew and mold. As time goes on, the plastic bag will break down, whereas the proper dress box will stay intact. Chances are the plastic composition of the bag will also contain acids that will break down the fabric.

While it may be more cost-effective to store your dress in a bag initially, in the end it will do more harm than good when you go to take out the dress in a few years to give to your daughter, friend, or other loved one to find it ruined with discoloration and weakened fabric.

Save yourself potential heartbreak later and store your dress correctly with an acid free, pH neutral wedding dress box. This way you know your dress will be safe through it all and when it is time to renew those vows, you will be ready to go.

Contact any of the vendors listed on our Website for more information on Gown Preservation

About the Author

UK Wedding Store is an online retailer of wedding favors, favor boxes and wedding dress boxes.

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How To Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet For A Lifetime

When you imagine your wedding bouquet sailing through the air as you toss it toward eagerly waving hands, how do you see it?

Floral arrangment by Flowerama

Flowers by Flowerama

There are thousands of different types of bouquets, each one stunning and unique. There are a lot of choices to make when it comes to creating the wedding bouquets, the flowers and accents play a big part, but also if they will have long or short stems, how the bouquet will be wired together or if it will be placed in a holder. Every little detail is thought of by the florist and needs your approval.

The whole point of a bridal bouquet is to accentuate the wedding gown. You do not want the bunch of flowers to take focus away from the dress. If you have a Victorian style dress or one that is on the petite side, a small elegant short-stemmed one tied with a ribbon will accent the gown and bring it all together.

If your wedding gown is elaborately made out of layers of satin and lace with a long train, you may want to choose a wedding bouquet of larger flowers known as cascade style. The petals of the flowers are tear shaped and flow downward toward the gown.

You should also consider the brides body frame when choosing a wedding bouquet. There are certain types that do not compliment certain body types.

Timeless Moments Flower Preservation

Most brides want to preserve their wedding flowers. There are several ways that you can do this. Air drying and pressing the bunch is the oldest used method of preservation today. When you use these methods, your flowers will not look fresh; they will lose their color and finally wither away. This will also happen if you use dry silica gel.

The best way to preserve the flowers is to freeze dry it. This not only preserves the colors, but also helps it hold its shape. This method needs to be done by a professional, but your bouquet will last a lifetime.

When considering preservation of your wedding flowers, remember to avoid putting in certain flowers like some orchids to make the flowers stay as fresh looking as possible.

Summary:
The most important part of choosing a wedding bouquet is the final arrangement. You can go with the traditional one or an unconventional one-of-a-kind work of art.  It is your decision. Those who have a wild side have often chosen the unconventional! Just remember, your bouquet will be in your wedding photos forever, so choose correctly.

For more information on preserving your bridal bouquet, visit Timeless Moments Flower Preservation in the Greater Cleveland/Akron/Canton area.

Visit our list of area florists here.  Each one is looking forward to speaking with you about your ideas!

Source: Brooke Hayles,  Free Articles

In Remembrance of Family That Has Passed

How to Keep the Mood Joyous While Remembering a Relative that has passed at Your Wedding

When a parent or other close relative has passed away recently, it’s important to find an appropriate way to remember them without ruining the joyous tone of the wedding. After all, a wedding is a celebration, and while a missing parent is certainly sad, it shouldn’t overpower the wedding day.

Some ways to remember a parent:

  • Set up a special small table at the wedding reception with a flower arrangement and a card saying “In memory of those loved ones who are not with us today” or more specifically, “In memory of Martina Jensen, mother of the bride.” You could also put a picture of the bride or groom with the deceased person you are honoring.


  • At the wedding reception, display wedding pictures of family members, or pictures of loved ones with the bride/groom. This is a more subtle way of not only honoring the bride & groom’s parents but also including the dead in your day.

  • Wear a piece of jewelry or article of clothing. (For example your mother’s wedding dress, your father’s cuff links, or your grandfather’s signet ring).

  • Carry the same flowers that your mother had in her bouquet.

  • Attach a small photo frame of the loved to your bouquet.

  • At the end of the wedding program, it is appropriate to add a memoriam line. For example, you might write “Today we honor those who could not be with us, especially the bride’s stepmother Alison Janet Brooks.”

  • If the person who is conducting the ceremony is someone who knew the deceased relative, it might be appropriate for him/her to say something during the ceremony – particularly if they are saying a homily or other sermon-like speech. They might say “Today, we have come together to celebrate the love of these two people and the life they are building together. As many of you know, the groom’s father recently passed away. And in times like these, it can be more important than ever to honor love and family. I know (groom’s father) was so happy to see (groom) find the love he has with (bride). Although it would be easy for his recent death to make this a sad occasion, (Groom’s father) would want to see you all so happy today,celebrating and full of joy. So today, let’s remember how precious life is, and be thankful that (bride and groom) are creating a new family together.”

By Nina Callaway, About.com
Center photos by Catherine McKinley Photography, courtesy of Elizabeth & Rob Mosher


Capture That Special Day with a Wedding Scrapbook

Nothing is more special than the union of two people, and a wedding can be the inspiration behind starting to take up scrap booking as a hobby. Wedding scrapbooks ensures that the day of joy and celebration lives. A couple can bond through reminiscing on the feelings and events of their wedding and can be captured through your wedding scrapbook.

Your Wedding Scrapbook is more than just memories
It is clear that as time goes by so do the memory of events in our lives. Your scrapbook can be worked on as a present to yourself and others in the future. The crucial thing to remember when starting your wedding scrapbook is that you need to work on layouts. This will ensure that you have a firm foundation upon which the wedding pictures will be showcased.   A Wedding scrapbook is more than just putting pictures into a fancy book. It is a story of its own that can be retold with the visuals provided, and in the end you could use your wedding scrapbook for your children to see and experience the beginnings to their past.

Helpful tips for creating Wedding pages
You do not have to feel alone and overwhelmed with your project. There is a whole lot of help to be found so that you get the right steps in making your wedding scrapbook project a reality. You can often go to search engines and find out how to tackle the project and get some great advice. There are books and magazine written out there that will help with layouts and techniques you can use to liven up your pages.

Save your favors, cards and wrapping papers to add dimensions to your pages. If you haven’t had you wedding yet, try having your guests write a special moment they remember of you or your spouse and leave it is a vase at the guest table. Use these through your scrapbook pages as part of your journaling.

Remember that a scrapbook is a journal as well as a photo album. Take the time to write memories down shortly after your wedding so you don’t lose the little details that you remember so much at the time. A great way to do this would be to write them on the back of family pictures when they are returned from the store.

Find a color combination that will bring the colors of your photos out. Try and stay with that theme throughout the book.

At the end of your project, remember that this will be a cherished family gift for years to come for all to enjoy.

Visit this great scrap booking company for more information:  Archiver’s

Marcy Larsen – Close To My Heart Consultant. CTMH offers much more than just scrapbook supplies, including opportunities to make money while scrap booking. I love to help people get started in scrap booking. To learn more, please visit my website at http://www.marcylarsen.com.
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The Perfect Wedding Guest Book

The wedding guest book is a very important but often forgotten detail of the wedding. It is very important for your future memories of the wedding. It will become the only written and documented record of who attended the wedding. The wedding guest book will be something that you can pull out in the future and read over and remember your special day. It is therefore to plan ahead and select the perfect wedding guest book to suit your needs. Below are some ideas that can be used or you can make you own custom wedding guest book.

Themes –
The most obvious and fun way to have a unique and individual guest book is to use one that will compliment the theme of the wedding. After the wedding guest book will be the first impression of the wedding that most of your guests will have. So this is not very shocking but if you have a fairy tale theme wedding with knights in shinning armor and a beautiful white horse etc. Then you will want to pick a wedding guest book that follows along with this magical fair tale theme.

Wedding Guest Book Platter –
The wedding guest book platter is a new non-traditional guest book but it can nonetheless be a very fun and unique. The nice thing about the wedding guest book platter is that it can easily be displayed afterwards. While the more traditional wedding guest book will be kept away the wedding guest book platter can be displayed publicly and everyone can read the plate without opening a book. There are many companies online that make these they are easy to find. However, they make for a unique wedding guest book that your guests are sure to remember.

Photo Wedding Guest Book –
Here is a great idea that has become very popular recently a photo guest book. This can be especially fun for those that are into scrapbooking. This is a very easy yet unique guest book that can create many fun memories of the wedding in a very visual way. Simply take a picture of the Bride and Groom with a digital camera. Print the photo and glue insert it into either a photo album or a regular guest book. They should then put a little message in the guest book to their guests. Something like “Thanks for coming to our wedding, it is a big special day for us and we hope you will enjoy it also.” Then leave this out with a Polaroid or digital camera and enough film to ensure that everyone get a few chances to take pictures. As guests come in they can take their picture and place it into the guest book with a little message.

Puzzle Guest Book
Wow! Want another non-traditional and very creative way to do a wedding guest book? You can do this by taking a favorite picture of the couple before the big day and turning this into a large puzzle. There are many places online that can easily turn a photo into a large puzzle. Then assemble the puzzle

Monogrammed Wedding Guest Book
Want to add an extra special touch to the wedding guest book? One easy and fun way to do this is have the book custom-made with the monograms of the Bride and Groom.

These are just a few of the many thousands of creative ideas you will have. It is necessary to spend time before hand when you are not stressed with a million other details. Think about the theme, colors and tone of the wedding and try to incorporate as much of these as you can. Again plan ahead and leave yourself enough time.

Platter, Photo, Monogrammed  & Photo Frame Guest Books photos courtesy of Beau-coup.com

Sam Smith is the owner of Plan Best Wedding found at http://www.planbestwedding.com
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Get the Facts – Wedding Dress Preservation

By: Katherine Wright

Why Preserve Your Bridal Gown?

You spent a great deal of time and thought selecting your wedding dress. You may hope that a younger sister or perhaps even a daughter will someday wear your gown. Or you may want to hold onto your beautiful gown for sentimental reasons. Either way, your wedding gown is a treasured keepsake that if properly cleaned and preserved, can last for years to come.

After the wedding, many bridal gowns are left in the plastic garment bag with good intentions of cleaning and preservation sometime soon. That soon often turns into weeks, and then years. This procrastination poses some serious risks to the gown:

  • Oxidation of stains, seen and unseen. Your dress may have noticeable stains from food or make-up, or the hemline may be soiled. Or your dress may look clean to you, but don’t be fooled, spills from alcoholic beverages or clear soda may dry clear, but oxidize with time, turn brown and become more difficult to remove later. Body perspiration may cause the dress lining to turn brittle over time. Your dress needs to be cleaned in order to keep it in the best condition possible.
  • Plastic fumes: Gowns kept in plastic gown bags are exposed to the most harmful environment possible: plastic fumes. Most plastic gives off chemical fumes that cause the yellowing of bridal gowns. Some brides take the initiative to get their dress cleaned, but still leave their gown in the dry-cleaner’s plastic wrap or garment bag.

Cleaning and preserving your bridal gown as soon as possible ensures that your gown remains in the best condition possible. Ideally, your dress should be cleaned and preserved within days or weeks of your wedding.

Determining the Best Gown Preservation

A good way to determine the best bridal gown preservation technique would be to check with museum textile conservators to see how they preserve heirloom garments.

Museum Garment Preservation

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a wonderful collection of gowns that are hundreds of years old. The dresses in storage are hung on padded hangers and covered with cotton sheeting to protect them.

Garment preservation at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. is similar. Heirloom garments that are not currently on display are cleaned and carefully stored in climate controlled conditions. Many dresses are hung on padded hangers, while some garments are laid in drawers or acid free boxes with acid free tissue. Sharp creases are avoided, as they can damage fabric. To keep the folds from becoming permanent creases, the garments stored in boxes or drawers are refolded into a different position every few years.

Neither of these museums seals any of their heirloom garments. Museum conservators discourage sealing any garment in any container for three reasons:

  1. Fabric weakens where it is folded. Fabric weakens in the same way that paper weakens where it is folded, so that creases from the folds may become permanent. (You may have experienced this if you have ever let down the hem on a garment.) Or worse, the fabric may tear at the weakened creases. This is why the Smithsonian refolds the garments stored in drawers and boxes periodically.
  2. Inspection is critical. Periodic inspection ensures that the garment does not develop permanent damage from oxidizing stains or any other problems. The sooner problems are discovered, the more likely they can be remedied.
  3. Sealing promotes mold and mildew. If the textile can breathe, then the humidity remains constant around the garment. If any moisture were to condense inside a storage container, it would likely develop mildew.

Museum conservators recommend keeping heirloom garments: clean, cool, dry and wrinkle-free.

Bridal Gown Preservation

The first step to wedding gown preservation is to have it cleaned thoroughly.  Keeping your gown in the best possible condition is your next goal. You will need to protect it from:

  • Yellowing
  • Permanent creasing
  • Mildew and mold
  • Oxidation spots
  • Light
  • Dust

Yellowing
It’s important to note that one of the leading causes of bridal gown yellowing is the plastic bags that many brides keep their gowns in. Most plastics give off damaging fumes that actually promote yellowing. But, even with proper care, some fabrics will yellow more than others and it may be impossible to prevent all yellowing.

Generally, silk fabric yellows more than synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, rayon and acetate. However, nylon, which is a synthetic, has a tendency to yellow more than other synthetic fabrics. Gowns that can be wet cleaned have an advantage, in that if they do yellow, they may be able to be whitened for future use with a fabric whitener.

Preserving your gown in an acid-free environment is your best protection against yellowing. Padding your gown with acid-free tissue will help to prevent acid migration. Buffered tissue should be used for gowns made of synthetic fabrics such as polyester, rayon, and acetate. The buffering agents in the buffered tissue gives added protection against acid migration. But buffering agents may damage gowns made of animal proteins such as silk or wool, therefore un-buffered, acid-free tissue is recommended for silk fabrics.

What about warranties against yellowing?
Some preservation companies advertise that their preservation method will prevent yellowing and they may even offer a warranty. Look carefully at any warranty offered by these companies. One warranty offered by a leading on-line preservation company stated that they will cover discoloration and damages caused by their company’s cleaning and preservation processes. Another simply states that the gown may be returned to a participating dealer for inspection and pressing. None of them state that they will replace an aged, yellowed gown with a new gown.

Keeping your gown in the best overall condition should be the primary concern in preserving your bridal gown. So, protect your gown! Get it out of the plastic bag and have it cleaned and preserved in an acid-free environment.

Permanent creasing
Flat storage is recommended for textiles and garments when possible. However, because of the size and dimensions of wedding gowns, it is impractical. Some compromise must be made, either by folding or hanging the gown. To help prevent permanent creasing, boxed gowns should be refolded into a different position every 2 – 3 years. (Cotton gloves should always be worn when handling preserved gowns.) Bagged gowns that are hung in a closet are not at risk for permanent creasing, and will not need to be handled periodically.

Mildew and mold
Keeping your gown in a breathable environment will protect it best from mildew and mold growth. When fabrics can breathe, the humidity level remains constant around the garment as excess moisture dissipates into the air. But, if moisture can condense inside a box or any container, then the gown is at risk for mildew and mold growth.

Oxidation spots
An oxidation spot can occur when a substance that was not properly cleaned on the dress oxidizes and turns brown. This can happen even if your dress has been cleaned as dry-cleaning solvents do not remove all substances. Spills from clear soda or wine may go unnoticed at the time of the initial cleaning. Unless these spills are pretreated, it is likely they will oxidize over time. Inspecting preserved gowns periodically ensures the gown remains in the best condition. The sooner an oxidized stain is caught, the more likely it will be able to be removed.

Light and dust
Keeping your gown covered will protect it from the damage caused by light and dust.

Preservation Options

There are several different types of gown preservation offered today. While there are slight variations offered, each will usually fall into one of these three categories:

  • Sealing
  • Boxing
  • Bagging

Sealing, Boxing or Bagging your Bridal Gown

Sealing
Most bridal gown preservation companies preserve bridal gowns in an acid-free box. Many have a window in which to see the gown. Acid-free tissue is usually used to buffer the folds and a cardboard shape is often used to fill the bodice area of the gown. However, some companies actually seal the gown inside the box.

The assumption with sealing the bridal gown is that the dress needs to be protected from oxygen. However, sealing a bridal gown puts it at greater risk for mildew and permanent creasing damage. Inspection is also impossible if the gown is sealed.

Boxing
Boxed preservation is similar to the sealing method but has some important differences. Like the sealing method, your dress is first cleaned and pressed, and then folded into an acid-free box. Sharp creases are avoided, and acid free tissue is used to buffer the folds. However, unlike the sealing method, the box is not sealed, and you are encouraged to open and inspect your gown.

Because the box is not sealed, the fabric can still breathe. And you will be able to refold your gown periodically. This will help protect your gown from getting permanent creases.

The appeal for a boxed or sealed gown is often greatest for brides with large dresses hoping to get their gowns out of their closet. However, this method may work best for smaller gowns that require minimal folding.

Acid-free box or just acid-free coated?
The quality of the acid-free boxes can vary significantly. Many preservation boxes are simply regular cardboard boxes with an acid free coating. These coatings will not hold up as well as authentic archival boxes made from actual acid-free board.

Bagging your bridal gown
This newer preservation method is not really so new. It is similar to what museums have used for preserving heirloom costumes and gowns for years. Often referred to as Museum Method,TM this preservation method is an excellent option, as it keeps the dress protected from dust and light. The gown remains un-folded, so permanent creasing risks are reduced. The bag allows the gown to breathe, which is essential in protecting the gown from mold and mildew. A bagged gown is the easiest to inspect periodically and requires no re-folding as the boxed method does.

Strapless and spaghetti strapped gowns, as well as heavy gowns should be reinforced with twill tape to add support, and eliminate any damage from long-term hanging. A padded hanger is also essential for long-term storage.

It is important to remember that a clean dress should not be left in the dry-cleaner’s plastic wrap or put back into a plastic garment bag. Remember, most plastics are an enemy to textiles. And the bagged gown should always be kept in climate controlled conditions. This is easily done is most closets.

Gown Preservation Options Overview

Sealing Benefits

Boxing Benefits

Bagging Benefits

  • Acid-free environment

  • Acid-free environment

  • Acid-free environment

  • Easily stored

  • Easily stored

  • Easily stored

  • Protected from dust and light

  • Protected from dust and light

  • Protected from dust and light

  • Can be inspected and admired

  • Most easily inspected and admired

  • Dress can breathe

  • Dress can breathe

  • Can be refolded periodically

  • Does not need refolding

  • No permanent creasing

  • Best air circulation

  • Needs no maintenance

No matter what type of preservation you choose, you should keep your preserved gown in a climate-controlled area. Do not be tempted to put your preserved gown in an attic or damp basement where temperatures and humidity levels will fluctuate dramatically. Fluctuating temperatures increase the deterioration rate of textiles.
 Leaving your wedding gown in a vinyl bridal gown bag will promote rapid yellowing. This article discusses this and other risks of not preserving wedding gowns. Also discussed are museum recommended garment preservation techniques, and the benefits of the varying wedding gown preservation options of sealing, boxing or Museum Method (hanging) preservation.
 

About the Author

Katherine Wright is a wedding gown preservation specialist and general partner of Heritage Garment Preservation located in Benicia, California providing Museum Method wedding gown preservation to the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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