Fabulous Friday: 8 Alternative Wedding "Cakes"

While wedding cakes are a timeless feature, personalizing your wedding with a cake alternative is an opportunity to incorporate details into your big day that reflect you and your husband-to-be. If you worked together at a donut shop, why not have a donut cake? If you stayed late at an ice-cream shop on your first date until they closed, opt for an ice cream cart. If you bonded over not loving desserts, what about having a “cheese” cake? 

Just like picking your dress, décor, and writing your vows, picking your wedding “cake” is an opportunity to give tradition a creative twist and have your personality come through. Here are 8 wedding cake alternatives we love to get your stomach grumbling! 

1. Macaroons

They're small and dainty, and come in endless flavors, what's not to love? 

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2. Cookies

Imagine a cookie cake tower, with each tier being a different flavor of your favorite cookies: oatmeal, chocolate chip, red velvet, lemon, double chocolate...

3. Cupcakes

They're like a miniature cake, only a lot easier to pass around. 

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4. Ice-cream 

If you prefer the creaminess of ice-cream over the iciness of a pop, but want something equally as fresh on a hot day! 

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5. Ice Pops

Also the perfect refresher for a summer wedding! 

6. Donuts

Fried, filled, frosted, or unfrosted, you will drive your guests glazy! 

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7. Waffle, Crepe, or Pancakes 

Frosted with syrup and fresh berries.  

8. Cheese Cake 

Who says cake can't be cheesy? This one's a Gouda alternative if sweet isn't your thing! 

Fabulous Friday | Original Bouquet Portaits

Brides all over are spending crazy amounts of money to be able to hold the perfect bridal bouquet on their special day. The problem is, however, it doesn't last very long! Until now. We are OBSESSED with the amazing idea to have your beautiful bouquet painted by a wonderful, local artist, so you can cherish your wedding day for years to come. This idea encompasses all of the color, flare, and originality present in your live bouquet, and transforms it into a stunning work of art. Check out a few examples from one local, Charleston artist, Lulie Wallace- absolutely gorgeous!

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The Music Guide for the Perfect Reception

Hiring that perfect DJ or band is only the first step to perfecting the wedding reception. Once you have selected your entertainment of choice, then comes the decision of picking the perfect set of songs that will have all guests smiling. Whether you are cutting your delicious cake, tossing the bouquet or garter, or ending the celebration, we have song choices for all occasions and all types of brides.

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Cake Cutting:

It's time to cut the cake and what better way to celebrate this moment than with a cheerful and sweet song playing? We have selected several songs that we know both the modern and traditional Pure Luxe Bride will love! So take a peak and sing along to the sweet melodies below, they are sure to perfect this special moment between you and your groom.

For the Modern Bride, we suggest the following songs:

'How Sweet It Is' by Michael Buble

'Better Together' by Jack Johnson

'Accidentally in Love' by Counting Crows

’Sugar’ Maroon 5

For the Traditional Bride, may we suggest the following song choices:

'I Can't Help Myself' by the Four Tops

'This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)' by Natalie Cole

'You're My Best Friend' by Queen

Bouquet Toss: 

'All the single ladies to the dance floor!' For any woman who has heard these words at a wedding reception, she knows exactly what to do...run to the dance floor and catch that bouquet! Before that can happen, great music is needed to get everyone excited for the bouquet toss! For those brides who are having trouble finding the perfect song for this moment, take a look at our suggestions below.

Listen up Modern Brides, these song choices are for you: 

'Single Ladies' by Beyonce

'Love on Top' by Beyonce

’Wannabe’ Spice Girls

For the Traditional Brides out there, enjoy these song choices: 

'You Can't Hurry Love' by The Supremes

'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' by Cyndi Lauper

'Ladies Night' by Kool and the Gang

Garter Toss:

It's time to toss the garter! The bride and groom are in place and the groomsmen have gathered around. Whether you are a traditional, modern, or even modest bride, there are plenty of song choices that can make this moment funny, light, and entertaining.

Modern Brides can enjoy choosing from these song choices:

'I Like the Way You Move' by Outkast

'Shook Me all Night Long' by ACDC

If you're more of a Traditional Bride, don't worry we have song choices for you as well:

'You Sexy Thing' by Hot Chocolate

'Brick House' by the Commodores

'She's a Bad Mama Jama' by Carl Carlton

Looking to add a little humor? 

Pink Panther theme song

Mission Impossible theme song

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Last Song of the Evening:

The moment has come to wrap up the night and wish our congratulations to the bride and groom. Before the send off occurs, end the night with a dance that everyone will remember and enjoy! This should be a happy moment and have everyone, even Grandma, out on the dance floor. To make this moment special, use a fun song that will leave everyone smiling.

Songs that both modern and traditional brides will love include:

'I Got a Feeling' by Black Eyed Peas

'Don't Stop Believing' by Journey

'Sweet Caroline' by Neil Diamond

'Shout' by Otis Day and the Knights