GSS Wedding Cake Trends 2012 :: Uniquely Inspired Cake Ideas :: Maggie Austin Cakes

We love cake and we especially love these inspired designs that incorporate unique ideas. A Tiffany Stained Glass inspired cake, ruffles, pearls, and there’s  more!  Maggie Austin Cakes are truly jaw dropping….just see for yourself on her site.

Following her career as a classical ballet dancer, Maggie was accepted into the L’art de la Pâtisserie program at the French Pastry School. Under the instruction and guidance of world-renowned chefs and pastry champions, including directors Sébastien Canonne and Jacquy Pfeiffer, Maggie trained using the very best techniques and ingredients. Graduating from the program with honors, Maggie immediately began an internship at Charlie Trotter’s, a Mobil Five Star, AAA Five Diamond, and 10-time James Beard Foundation award winner that is recognized as one of the finest restaurants in the world.  Through the direct mentorship of executive pastry chef Della Gossett, Maggie’s commitment to excellence was solidified.

Girls dream in Tiffany Blue. This Tiffany Stained Glass inspired cake is a dream come true for many.

How about some ruffles? Yes, please and super-size them. This design is so delicate and feminine.

Clean and modern? No problem…she’s got this. Ribbon and a little ruffles on the side.

Bright and lady-like….styles that fit all brides styles. Maggie is a great artist.

Be sure to visit her site to get inspired for your cake or order a masterpiece from this artist!

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2011 Wedding Dress Trend :: Feather Accented Wedding Dresses!

Feathers slowly began creeping into the wedding scene on shoes and veils in late 2009 and throughout 2010.  Now in 2011, feathers have made their way onto wedding dresses as well!  We’re loving the rich texture and fluttery movement that these feathers add to the gowns!  Gorgeous!

 Teresa Helbig

 Sue Wong via Nordstrom, Oscar de la Renta Bridal

 Marchesa “Emmy”, Pronovias “Fidji”

 Lazaro #3051

 Allure Bridal C178, Allure Bridal C174

And if you’re not quite ready to take the big plunge and have feathers on your actual wedding dress- You can add a beautiful feather adorned sash to add the perfect amount of sass to your gorgeous gown!

 Gracylu Originals, Beatrice Von Deutsch, Beatrice Von Deutsch

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GSS’s Top 10 Wedding Trends :: 2011

Last year we did a post on 2010’s Top Wedding Trends and we thought we’d do it again for you this year!  You may recognize some are the same as last year, as not all trends die that quickly.  And, rightfully so- we believe the ones that have stuck around for this year deserve to be here and have some serious staying power.  So, without further ado, we have taken the liberty of researching the emerging trends for weddings in 2011.  Here’s what we have found:

  • Smarter Budgeting:  The recession that has hit our economy has affected most of us these days… So gone are the days of frivolous spending on lavish, outrageous weddings.  Many engaged couples are becoming more and more budget conscious and refusing to go into debt for their wedding.  We agree with this trend whole-heartedly.  (We applaud these couples for their responsibility!) Come up with a reasonable, reachable budget for your wedding and stick to it.  Most couples can foresee their engagement, so start saving when you begin to talk about getting engaged.  
  • Honeysuckle:  Pantone has chosen Honeysuckle (a very rosey pink)  to be the big color of 2011.  They predict that we will begin seeing this color everywhere you look… clothing, interiors, and especially weddings.  Honeysuckle can create the feeling of warmth and romance and is perfect for spring, summer, and destination weddings.  If you love this color, Honeysuckle is now one of the nearly 200 PANTONE WEDDING Colors available from Dessy, a leading manufacturer of bridesmaid, social-occasion and flower-girl dresses.  
  • Friday or Sunday Wedding Dates:  Don’t get upset just yet, Saturday is still the most popular day to get married.  But a lot of venues offer significant discounts to couples who choose to get married on a Friday or Sunday.  This is another way to save money in one area in order to use it in another.  Or maybe the venue of your dreams is just not within your budget on a Saturday, but if you book on a Friday or Sunday, it would be.  It’s definitely something to consider…
  • Internet Wedding Planning (DIY Wedding Planning):  With the tremendous amount of helpful wedding websites and blogs (GSS Included!!!), it makes planning your wedding by yourself a much easier task.  A bride can find almost anything she needs online to plan her wedding.  Side Note:  However, even though the Internet can aid you in planning every detail up to the wedding, we HIGHLY recommend hiring at least a “Day Of” wedding planner.  We suggest scaling back on other areas of your wedding, if need be, in order to make this happen… You could get married on a Friday or Sunday as mentioned above, or make your own favors, centerpieces, or invitations… There are ways to scrounge up enough money to hire a planner.  Trust us, having a wedding planner on your big day is 110% worth the money.  If a problem arises, which chances are at least one will, your planner will handle it with grace while you’re relaxing and enjoying every minute of your big day.  Trust us, GSS’s Tamra learned this the hard way and that’s why we’re preaching to you.
  • Personalized Wedding Favors:  Personal wedding favors can come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  These can be made by you…  Maybe you’re known for your baking or cooking skills.  Make cookies and bag them up nicely or whip up some homemade jam in your favorite flavor.  Or maybe there’s something local that you want to share with your guests.  We’ve even seen a couple who had a local winery bottle their favorite wine in small bottles and personalize them  with a custom label.  The couple then added a tag to the bottle that requested the guest to have a toast to them on one their one year anniversary.  Also, charitable donations are always an extremely personal wedding favor.  Maybe you’ve lost a loved one to Cancer or Alzheimer’s.  In lue of a box of chocolates that means little to your guests, make a donation to a charity of your choice in honor of your lost loved one(s).  Photo Booths are also a wonderful personalized wedding favor.  Guests get a fun strip of photos to remember the wedding by and you get a copy for you to remember your guests by! Personalized wedding favors make so much more of an impact on your guests than anything you can buy at a store.
  • Blast from the Past:  Looking to the past for wedding inspiration is an excellent resource.  All things vintage and retro are all the rage when it comes to weddings these days.  Incorporating items that have a historical past is absolutely a growing trend and is much appreciated by most wedding guests.  Think of broadening the “Something Old and Something Borrowed” from the bridal tradition of “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” to include your guests.  Things like:  Wearing your mother’s wedding dress or veil, incorporating your relatives’ wedding pictures into the decor of the wedding, historical wedding venues, or evening theming the entire wedding after the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, or 50’s.  
  • Man Caves at Weddings:  Yes, we said Man Cave and Wedding in the same sentence, you read correctly!  Brides, don’t freak out yet!  Generally the wedding day centers around the Bride and what she wants.  Why not make an area for your Groom to enjoy this day as well?  It is his day too, after all!  Take RSVP Events Bike Table for example:  They created a wonderful and manly space where the Groom and Groomsmen can congregate while sipping on some bourbon, snacking, or smoke a cigar. 
  • Unique Wedding Guestbooks:  As most of our faithful readers know, we seem to be on a mission to help brides break from the normal (and simple) wedding guestbook mold… A book full of signatures is simply dated and easily forgotten about.   Take this opportunity and have fun with your wedding guest book- Your guests will appreciate it!  Try thinking outside of the box…err… book and use some of these great ideas:  Video Guestbooks, Photo Guestbooks, Sign-In Trees, Engravable Signatures or Platters, using the Anniversary Box as a guestbook, or even a Magnetic Guestbook! 
  • Honeymoon Registries:  This isn’t exactly a new trend, but we definitely think it’s worth talking about.  Since couples are waiting until their mid to late twenties and early thirties to get married these days, most couples already have their homes all set up.  With that said, couples just don’t need all of the items that you’d see on a normal wedding registry… It’s much more common to see couples create Honeymoon Registries instead.   Honeymoon registries allow couples to register for excursions and spa treatments during their honeymoon.   Wouldn’t it be great to go hiking, rock climbing, or ziplining and follow it up with a couples massage to recoup?  Absolutely!  And especially if newlyweds don’t have to pay for it!   We think this is a marvelous idea! 
  • Hairpieces instead of Veils:  Some Brides are forgoing the traditional veil and opting for unique hair accessories that can be worn again and again.  Just watch, we’ll see a lot of brides wearing ornate headbands, vintage inspired hair clips and flowers in their hair instead of veils this year. 

Photography Credits:

Personalized Wedding Favors Image:  Portland Photo Booths, Charlotte Geary Photography, Charlotte Geary Photography, The Knot, Steven Myers Photography

Blast from the Past Image:  Zasey Photography, Amy Karp Photography, and Stephanie Davis Photography

Man Cave Image (RSVP Events Bike Table Image):  Nine Photography

Unique Wedding Guestbooks Image:  Image 1:  JL Designs, Image Courtesy of Gabriel Ryan Photography      Image 2:  Stephanie Williams Photography        Image 3:   I Do Engravables           Image 4: Happily Ever AfterWords  

Hairpieces Image:  Image 1:  Bethany Lorelle, Image Courtesy of Amy Karp Photography         Image 2:  Bethany Lorelle          Images 3&4:  Gracylu Originals, Images Courtesy of Mark Eric Photography

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