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6. Don’t be afraid of expensive flowers.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re going to need LOTS OF FLOWERS. Something like five football fields worth of different flowers to cover your bouquets, your ceremony decorations, and all of the table tops for 200 guests! But something to keep in mind beyond the sheer volume of flowers you’ll need – is the visual impact that the arrangements can have. This is where some well placed peonies or cattleya orchids will have so much more impact and cover more space than a bundle or roses.

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7. Communicate with your florist. Let them know your likes and dislikes

Your floral designer needs to know BOTH what you like and don’t like. It helps if you have some idea – even if you’re not bringing a full page list, it’s always helpful to give your designer a direction to work towards. Bring photos. Showing is always better than describing what you do and don’t like.

8. Use a palette of colors and not just ONE color.

Right. Look. You might love purple. I mean LOVE PURPLE. ALL of your flowers do not have to be purple.  Your flowers don’t have to be the same color as the bridesmaids dresses or your sash, or bow ties. Flowers are a really good place you can select an accent color. Of course your floral designer will definitely be able to help you with creating a palette and giving you many options to coordinate colors.

9. Reconsider using strong smelling flowers.

You may think that it’s a brilliant idea to have flowers that smell amazing – EVERYWHERE. Unless you’re allergic. And unless you know the allergy situation for all 200 of your guests – you may want to rethink having highly aromatic flowers in the centerpieces sitting on every table.

10. Take care of your flowers – at least until you’re done with the photos!

Many flowers are delicate – so you’ll want to keep that in mind as your photographer drags you all over the property for portraits before the ceremony. Especially if it’s hot outside (like during the spring & summer) – your flowers are very likely to start wilting and won’t look their best as you walk down the aisle. Not only do you want to avoid the heat as much as possible – you’ll want to keep your flowers hydrated. So remember to put them back into water after the portrait session!


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47 Different Types of Wedding Cakes!*

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I f*cken love wedding cake. I mean sure – I don’t always get to get some because well sometimes there just isn’t enough to go around. I’m supposed to wait for all of the guests to get their piece of cake first, and then I have to offer some to my 2nd/3rd shooter, and then if there’s any left, I can have at it. Oh. And. I. DO. Because come on! It’s wedding cake! IT’S WEDDING CAKE! How many other times do you get to find out what $300, $500, $700 CAKE taste like? ALSO.

$700 CAKE?! Yeah! That sh*t better taste damn good and be pretty for my photos because otherwise you might as well have gone to Publix and just had them wipe off ‘Happy Birthday’ and stick your cake toppers on top. (because Publix cake IS amazing yo!)

Have you ever had $700 cake? I have. LOTS. I’m fancy like that.


Our creative director Joy told me I shouldn’t just write complete nonsense in this post (like I usually do) and that I should at least try to throw in some useful bit of information. So here. Some useful bit of information.

How do you go about creating, picking, deciding on your wedding cake? I don’t know.

But hey – don’t stress out about how your cake looks. Stress out about how it tastes. There are many ‘cake designers’ out there and not all of them know how to make good tasting cakes. And dammit – if you’re going to spend $700 on a cake, it better taste good. Right? RIGHT. Suckas. ALSO. What color do you want your cake? White? That’s classic and formal and romantic and modern. WTF?! I KNOW! You’re like “I just want a big good tasting and pretty wedding cake” and your cake designer is like “oh well would you like a romantic cake? what about a formal one? or how about a formally romantic wedding cake?” Yeah… can you throw in a unicorn with laser eyes? I’d pay $700 for a cake like that. Oh and it has to be a purple unicorn.

The best part about making decisions on your wedding cake? THE CAKE TASTINGS. You know – where you try out the different flavor cakes from a specific cake-maker. Basically an excuse to eat lots of cake on a Wednesday afternoon for no other reason THAN TO EAT CAKE. Getting married is worth it just for that part alone.

I guess you could also have pie instead of a cake. or cupcakes. whatever. this post is about CAKE. Shut up about pie and cupcakes.

Also. Sometimes people have the colors on their cake do that matchy-match thing with the rest of their decor from their wedding. You can do that too. You should do that. It makes everything look nice. And people like nice looking things.

As you can see from these photos – our brides don’t always give a f*ck about the Geneva Cake Convention rules and did whatever they wanted – and they rocked the sh*t out of their wedding cakes. I know I was beating back my assistant for a piece.

Finally – buttercream over fondant ANY and EVERY day. Come on – even the word Buttercream PWNS over the word fondant. (does anyone even say pwns anymore?)

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*Actual number of wedding cakes in this gallery is not 47.


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