Home Bake – Wedding Cake


My favourite You Tube ‘How To’ for making your own  wedding cake at home. Over these two videos Chef Alan Tetreault, owner of Global Sugar Art shows you have to create your own three tiered wedding cake.

I would say only people who enjoy baking and who bake regularly should even contemplate making their own cake, so do approach this with caution. If you are determined to go down the DIY route for your cake but aren’t great at baking, you could either ask a friend/family member to bake it and you decorate it.

 

Alternatives to wedding Cake


While browsing a blog that I have linked to on my bloglovin’ page I came across a post on ‘My Big Fat Wedding’ giving ideas for fun alternatives to wedding cake. I’d never even imagined a krispy square wedding “cake”!

It got me thinking about some of my favourite alternatives to the infamous wedding cake; after all the wedding should reflect your style as a couple and should include all the things you love, not just the things you think you should have. Not to mention the cost of a wedding cake can range anything from a cheap £150 to a scary £800. More personal and quirky alternatives can save you big bucks!

Some of the alternatives that really catch my imagination and set my taste buds tingling are:

Cheese Cake 
a Thornton's multi-tiered wedding cheesecake

Doughnut Tower
Simply pop to a shop, select a range of different doughnuts and stack them on a stand or just tower them on top of each other.

Sweet Pies
Either have individual mini pies or have a three or four different flavour full size pies – the pies could be served cold with cream or custard – doubling up as the wedding “cake” and the desert.
Nontraditional Wedding Cake Ideas

Cheese Stack
If you and your H2B don’t have a sweet tooth don’t feel like you have to have something sweet just because it is the most common thing to do. Embrace the savory with a cheese stack. Perhaps this could be served to guests in the evening with bread, crackers and grapes? Just be careful that the cheese doesn’t get too warm…

Will you be going alternative? What sort of alternative wedding “cake” will you be having?

Think High Street…Updated


The high street is the best friend of any budget bride for outfits and accessories. You can clothe yourself, your bridesmaids and your groomsmen all from the high street.

“You needn’t start your married life in debt from your dress – there are some stunning gowns available on the high street that fit a treat.” Cosmopolitan.co.uk

BHS, Debenhams (and any local department stores), Littlewoods, M&S, Phase Eight, Monsoon etc. BHS’s wedding dress range is one of the biggest and best ranges you will find on the high street.

UPDATE:
TKMAXX now has a wedding boutique! The range includes wedding dresses, wedding shoes, BM dresses, MOB dresses and flower girl dresses. If you’re having a slightly inconvential, relaxed or wedding abroad then TKMAXX really is the place to look for budget wedding idems.

The high street has more to offer for your wedding day then you first think. Beautiful wedding dresses, lovely bridesmaids dresses, shoes to die for, veils (traditional and birdcage), tiaras and hair slides etc, mens suits, waistcoats and cravats, you name it, the high street has it! Sometimes it may not be your local shop that has it, but their website will, and the great thing is often the prices are so much cheaper than the bridal store equivalent, especially in the sale!

Discount shops on the high street can also be great, think Poundland, 99p Store etc for your invites, balloons to decorate, banners, cake/favour boxes. They will be simpler than the more expensive alternative, however they can still look lovely and provide simple chic to your decorations and extras.

Waitrose and M&S do scrummy wedding cakes at a fraction of the cost that a specialised wedding cake maker could. With the range of styles and colours on offer you are bound to find a cake that will suit you. The other way to get yourself a high street cake but to have it more personalised, it to but the plain round cakes that are on offer (these can be bought not only from Waitrose and M&S but Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda as well), if you look around you will be able to find fruit and sponge varieties, and if you hire a cake stand you can can 1,2 or 3 tiers and buy ribbons, flowers and other decorations to personalise your cake to fit into the theme of your special day.