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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


What to Look for When Buying a Wedding Veil

By: Lisa Parker

Although many brides today walk down the aisle without a veil, it is still very much part of the bridal experience. Some brides choose not to wear a veil because they feel it does not fit their personality, style, or matches the dress. Other brides simply cannot imagine their wedding day without a veil. Those brides who feel they must have a veil are probably the same little girls that have taken a scarf, piece of fabric, or shawl and made their own “wedding veil” as they played wedding growing up.

Just because a bride wants a wedding veil does not mean she knows how to choose one. A wedding veil is the perfect way to complete the perfect bridal ensemble, from the dress to the jewelry to the shoes. The wedding veil is very much a part of the ensemble for many brides not only because it is a traditional part of the day but because of what it symbolizes. The wedding veil symbolizes suspense and a new beginning for the bride, her groom, and all the guests.

Choosing your own veil can be quite a difficult task. There is a wide variety of wedding veils to choose from and the prices vary as well. First and foremost, when choosing a wedding veil, make sure that you have chosen your wedding gown. This is the best way to determine not only which style veil works best for you, but also what your budget will allow. Use these tips and suggestions when shopping for a wedding veil to make sure that you get exactly what you want.

The Wedding Venue

While you may not have considered it, the venue of your wedding will also have an impact on the type of wedding veil that will work best for you. An indoor, formal church wedding is the ideal place for a formal, elaborate veil with all the trimmings. If you are tying the knot outside on the beach, or at the courthouse, you may want a simple, short wedding veil.

The Wedding Gown

Think about the style of your wedding gown before you settle on a wedding veil. The dress and the veil should actually complement each other. If you are wearing an informal wedding dress, you probably will not want a formal wedding veil and headpiece. Also, if your wedding dress is long, the longer your veil should be and vice versa. Remember to use common sense when buying a wedding veil and you should do fine.

The Hair Style

Think about how you will wear your hair on the wedding day. Are you keeping your locks long and lovely or sweeping them up in a funky, fantastic up-do? If you have short hair, you may not want to buy an elaborate wedding veil. Your best bet is to keep it simple and stylish. You may want to bring your veil to your hair salon for a few “practice” sessions before the big day.

The Hair Accessories

If you have already established what hair accessories, if any, you will be using on your wedding day, bring them along when you shop for the wedding veil. Remember, less is more, so if you have chosen beautifully detailed hair pins, you will want your wedding veil to be simple and understated.

The Veil Price

A key factor in staying sane during all the wedding planning and hoopla is to stay within your budget. When figuring your budget, determine how much you will spend on your wedding dress and the veil and stick to it. A few ways to save a few bucks when buying a wedding veil is to shop sample sales or ask to purchase the floor model. You could even make your own wedding veil if you are handy with a needle and thread!

One more thing…

Remember, your wedding veil doesn’t have to come “as is.” You can have your wedding veil tailored by your favorite seamstress based on your specifications. This means that the veil will fit you perfectly, will not fall off, and will never overpower your dress. Tailoring your wedding veil will also ensure that the veil you wear down the aisle is like no other.

The perfect wedding veil is out there waiting for you; you just need to know how to find it. Using these simple tips will make the quest for the perfect veil that much easier. Your wedding is a special occasion and an event to remember, so walk down that aisle in style!

About the Author

Lisa Parker is a freelance writer who writes about weddings, often focusing on a specific aspect of weddings such as a wedding veil.

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Top 10 Things to Avoid on Your Wedding

By: Dave J. Davies

There is nothing worse than a wedding that ends up as a total disaster. You’ve spent a lot of money, your family and friends have shared their time and experience. The perfect wedding isn’t always easy to pull off. It takes a lot of work to make that special day a lot of fun.

Experts on weddings all give tips and information on how to have a perfect wedding. What they sometimes neglect is the things you should avoid completely. Here are a few tips about things not to do to make your wedding better.

1. Spend Way Too Much Money On Your Wedding

Many couples make this mistake, and it can ruin your entire wedding, and years into your marriage. A perfect wedding isn’t about spending thousands of dollars. It isn’t the price of the wedding that makes it a success. Your guests aren’t going to ask you how much you spent on china and catering. (If they do, you have permission not to answer.)

Develop a budget and stick to it. If you plan far enough in advance, you can have the wedding you want without spending a lot of money. Don’t spend money where you don’t need it. Write down what’s most important to you at the wedding, and research ways to save money on your wedding, so you can save or spend the money as you want later.

2. Forgetting What Will Make It Fun For You

You and your other half have worked hard to get to this moment. You’ve made a commitment to each other, and you know those little quirks and the individual personalities. Does this come through in your wedding? Is this wedding simply filled with things and objects?

Who says the bride has to wear white? Who says the cake has to be traditional? Who says you have to be inside a church? Weddings are not about tradition any more. It’s about a wonderful day, shared with family and friends, as they join you in celebrating becoming husband and wife. Forget tradition if that’s not what will make it a special day for you. Do what you want.

3. Using Just Anyone In Your Wedding

Too many people quickly pick a Master of Ceremonies, a DJ, caterers, without spending time with them. That’s crazy! You never know what the person might say or do. He could be so boring. That caterer could be completely rude. You simply don’t know if you don’t talk to the people before hand.

Don’t pick out a DJ, or a preacher or anyone else involved in your ceremony or involved in the reception based on rates alone. Get referrals from everyone, and talk to each of your options. Get to know them a little bit and you’ll find a personality match.

4. Disorganization On All Sides

The reason why many couples spend much more than they really should have on a wedding is usually due to disorganization. Party favors get bought early on, and then are misplaced and have to be repurchased. That location you wanted, you delayed on getting and now it is no longer available.

It happens at many weddings. Probably the worst offense being tuxes rented too late or wedding rings being misplaced. Such small things can be so much trouble. Help yourself and your loved ones by setting aside one area where you can keep everything organized and together.  For items that need to be reserved, rented, etc, keep a calendar of important dates with your planning information.  Download the Today’s Bride 40pg Wedding Planner to help with all of your planning needs.

5. Rainy Day Wedding

Too many people neglect to check the weather and make separate preparations in case there is going to be rain. Check the weather in your area the week before. You could actually save yourself some trouble by picking beautiful indoor locations for the wedding ceremony and reception.

6. Celebrating The Night Before Or The Morning Of

A huge mistake made by a lot of bride and grooms or friends of the bride and groom is the huge celebration made the night before. It’s common, especially for friends of the groom, to go out and drink and celebrate the night before. However, the disasters that have occurred because of this are plentiful in wedding history.

Think before going out the night before. If you’re planning a celebration, consider having it two or more nights before the wedding. Let the few days and nights before the wedding be relaxing.

7. Not Doing The Wedding Planning As A Couple

All too often, the bride takes over most of the wedding planning, leaving the groom with nothing to do. This is a common mistake. The wedding is just as much for the groom as it is for the bride. Let him pick out a few things he’d like in the wedding as well.

Ask him what he’d like to help out with. Make sure he gets to choose elements that will make it a special day for him too. Working on this together can help strengthen the relationship as well.

8. Being The Star And Asking Too Much

Yes, the bride is usually the star of the wedding, but does that mean that it has to be all about you? Ask for too much from your wedding party , and you could be left disappointed and losing friendships. Take it easy, girl. Remember why you’re inviting your closest family and friends to the wedding, or asking for their help. Be kind to them.

9. Too Many Cooks In The Kitchen Syndrome

Everyone wants to be involved in the wedding planning, both mother-in-laws to be, best friends, sisters, cousins, etc. Everyone wants to contribute because they want to feel they mean something to the bride and groom. In some cases, it can get too overwhelming. Remain organized and in charge of your wedding. Pass out assignments to those who want one, and keep it that way.

10. Is This A Wedding Or Just A Fancy Party?

Weddings don’t have to be traditional, but some people forget the meaning behind the wedding. It’s about the couple coming together as husband and wife, and sharing that moment with close friends and family. Make it special for everyone.

About the Author

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Integrating Cultures With Wedding Invitations And Themes

By: Amy Carter

Your wedding should be a celebration of you and your fiancé’s love and the seamless union of your cultures.  Often, this can be a difficult task as the religious aspect of your traditions and cultures don’t always mesh together.  To best combine cultures pick those elements that you love and integrate those details into your wedding invitations, reception décor, even your wedding dress and bridal party attire.

A delicate mix

Combining cultures as you plan your wedding isn’t always easy.  It is important that you, your fiancé and your families are comfortable with the things you are including and those elements you are leaving behind.  There is no automatic ‘right’ answer, just knowing that you are going to have a wedding experience that is uniquely your own.  From your wedding invitations to the reception, you should think about intertwining your personal cultural customs and traditions that will suit you.

Picking the right elements

While it is important to include elements from both of your cultures, you should also be aware of the impact of these elements.  Including too many elements, customs and traditions can often be just too much to handle.  Not only will you have your hands full with planning and organizing, but too many things can decrease the significance of any one thing.  You don’t want to have a confusing ceremony or a reception that feels like a multicultural circus.  Choose just a few things to pepper into your ceremony and reception and you’ll have a tasteful and interesting ceremony.

Start with a well-composed wedding invitation

Your wedding invitation is a great place to start your cultural combining.  Since it is a small in size you’ll be forced to choose some essential pieces from both cultures to showcase.  Your wedding invitation is also a great place to include a note about the cultures you are highlighting and the significance of those cultures to you and your fiancé.

Including elements not necessarily from your culture

There are thousands of wedding traditions and customs that you may choose to use in your ceremony and reception.  These elements can have significance in other cultures; they can just be interesting and stylish touches for you. Pick a Celtic knot or a lucky Chinese red for your wedding invitations.  Dress your bridesmaids in traditional Lehnga Choli for your bridesmaids for an unexpected and fashionable touch.  Your imagination and vision is your only limitation.  A classic Jewish tradition, the yicud, when the bride and groom spend a few moments together privately before the reception, is a great idea in any culture.

What is right for your wedding?

There is no black and white answer to what is the absolute right fit for you and your wedding.  Make sure you have an idea in your head about what you must include and what you can live without.  Discuss this with your fiancé and make sure you’re on the same page with regard to the important details – wedding invitation, ceremony, reception accents, etc.  Also keep an eye out for trends.  You just might be able to have a wedding that is culturally significant to you and stylish beyond your dreams.

For information on wedding invitations, reception cites, ceremony sites & so much more, visit our website TodaysBride.com.

About the Author
Amy Carter is a former wedding and event planner with lots of great tips, tricks and advice to make your wedding spectacular. Check out MyExpression.com for great wedding invitations. You’ll also find a great selection of stylish theme wedding invitations, wedding announcements and wedding stationery.

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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


Something Borrowed Something Blue

Ever wonder where all those wedding traditions come from? Depending on where you live, weddings you attend will all have different types of things going on. Some will be in churches, some at the beach; some will even play The Chicken Dance at the reception.

Typical weddings in the United States are loosely based on the Italian’s structure. If the couple and couple’s families are religious, they start out their ceremony in a church or somewhere where a priest or pastor can unite them and a usual mass is performed. If it is the bride’s first marriage, she must wear white. This is usually called a white wedding, and originated from Victorian England, and symbolized purity. In Italy, wedding invitations are to this day still engraved and addressed by hand to show the importance of the occasion.

One interesting tradition that many brides must wear is “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a lucky sixpence in her shoe” symbolizing the unity of both families, fidelity, virginity, and financial security. This is also a Victorian-era tradition, but is now a part of many weddings celebrated in many countries.

Christians believe that marriage is one of the Seven Sacraments and it is encouraged for couples to get married, that is why is it sometimes referred to as “Holy Matrimony”. And as far as Christian weddings go, Catholics believe it is morally wrong to divorce and if done, neither of the couple may remarry in the church.

The term “cocktail hour” comes from Italian tradition. At the start of a reception, the bridal party and all the guests are separated for an hour and served cocktails. Nowadays, this hour is typically used for taking pictures and getting things ready. As soon as the hour is over, the bride and groom and rest of the bridal party enter and perform their first dance. At one point, no gifts were given. Instead, everyone brought the newlyweds an envelope of money and received a wedding favor in return.

In ancient Celtic times, the bride and groom to be married would tie their hands together (called “Handfasting“). This is where the phrase “typing the knot” came from. It’s rarely still used today, mainly in families that celebrate a pagan lifestyle.

And then there are the popular traditions such as rice. Rice is thrown to wish the newlyweds prosperity in their pantry.   This tradition has opened the door for many “green” alternatives such as, bird seed, bubbles,  & flower petals.  Then there’s the cake cutting ceremony where the bride and groom often smear cake on each other’s faces. And then there’s the part where the bride tosses her bouquet and the groom tosses his bride’s garter. Whoever catches the bouquet and garter is said to be the next in line to be married.

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Holiday Weddings – Tips For Getting Married on a Holiday

Although Valentines Day and New Years Day are the most popular, all holidays are busier than non holidays, so the key is planning. You’ll want to make sure you start the arrangements earlier than you normally would to ensure that locations are available. Since you have chosen to be married on a holiday, keep the theme throughout the wedding and the reception. Listed are some ideas you can use for keeping in the holiday spirit of your wedding day. Superstition says to always start your wedding ceremony on the half hour when the minute hand is moving upward to bring a happy wedding.

New Year’s is formal and a party night. Dress is something sleek, and formal. Have the person who marries you to pronounce you man and wife at the stroke of midnight to ring in the New Year’s with, “You may now kiss the bride.” Instead of the traditional rice throwing, give your guests confetti, and noise makes for when the ceremony is over.

We all know the color of love is red, and Valentine’s Day Wedding theme filled with red, hearts and flowers is sure to be a winner. This is a time when anyone would love bridesmaids in red and a red bouquet for the bride. At the reception, keep it red with hearts and flowers on the tables.

BlogLayoutsFor Christmas, placing a Christmas tree behind the person who is performing your ceremony looks fabulous. The bride could carry poinsettias with tiny pine-cones for her bouquet, and the groom can use small poinsettias or peddles from the poinsettias in their lapel. At the reception, have many Christmas trees, use pine-cones, and pine needles for the center pieces, with red bows tied around the vases.

For all other holidays, just follow the theme. For example, for St. Patrick’s Day, green with rainbows and pots of gold centerpieces would be perfect. A holiday wedding gives you and your guests a wedding to remember!
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