Fabulous Friday: Cakespiration

At Pure Luxe Bride, we get the pleasure of seeing (and even sampling!) some of the most beautiful wedding cakes. If you love sweets, this may be one of the most exciting decisions you make during the wedding planning process!

Do your research on the baker's you have in mind and be thorough. Before you go in for a tasting and especially before you book them, check out their previous work: price, size, style, and reviews. It's important to see how this baker or bakery works with their customers.

Ideally, you should order your cake six to eight months before your special day. This will leave ample time for the cake's design to fully compliment the wedding's style. Make sure you give yourself enough time; the worst thing could happen is that you choose a bakery and a style only they can do, and they get booked for your wedding day.

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Cakes by Declare Cakes

Make sure to include your budget when choosing your baker, cake size and style. Don't set your sights on someone or something too extravagant that doesn't fit with your budget. When sticking with your budget, remember that you will get what you pay for. If you have your sights set on that elaborate cake instead of what works with your budget, sometimes it's worth reorganizing the budget to fit your wants! It's even possible to have a mini-version of your favorite flavors made for you and your groom, with the same-flavored sheet cakes in the kitchen to be cut and distributed to guests for dessert.

Portions dictate size. Portion your cake size according to how many people will be at your wedding, how many pieces you want to be cut and the amount of leftovers you want to bring home!

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Cake by Twenty Six Divine

White, yellow or chocolate; lemon, carrot and hazelnut; champagne, red velvet and coconut, just to name a few.... How can you even choose?! Not to mention choosing the flavor of the filling... If you're having a hard time deciding, just remember that it's very possible to do multiple flavors on your cake! Make it multi-tiered. Choose your flavors based on your meal, bring more flavor to the cake or just pick three... just because! Frostings are also an important part of the decision: buttercream, jam, fruit pureés, and chocolate fudge are all possible cake icings! Make sure you taste all of the possible options before deciding; this seems obvious but not everyone does it! If a bakery is known for their delicious red velvet flavor, don't assume that their yellow cake is just as good.

After the most important decisions about flavor and design have been made, ensure that all these details are established in a contract with the bakery. Also, be sure to establish a set price and a payment schedule or agreement. Lastly, get excited about your wedding cake! Between the time you go to your tasting and your actual wedding day, you'll forget how deliciously sweet your cake is until it melts in your mouth!

Take a look below to see some favorite cakes from past PLB weddings!

Allison Rasko and Alejandro Chechilnitzky's wedding at the Magnolia Plantation Carriage House in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

Cake by Jim Smeal

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Cake by Ashley Bakery

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Cake by Jim Smeal

Cassady Clayton and Joe Hild's wedding at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

Cake by Wild Flour

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Cake by Declare Cakes

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Cake by Twenty Six Divine

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Cake by Mother of The Bride

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Cake by Patrick Properties

Kellianne Boyle and Peter Tang's wedding at St. Luke's Chapel and Marion's in Charleston, SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

Cake by Twenty Six Divine

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Cake by D'Lish

Gillian Armour and Stuart Nugent's wedding at the Island House on John's Island SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

Cake by Wild Flour

Pure Luxe Planning Tip: Beat the Heat!

 The weather is just a small part of why people flock to experience all that Charleston has to offer and makes it possible to have a beautiful wedding in almost every season. However, in peak wedding season Charleston holds true to its southern roots and heat and humidity are definitely present through this time of the year. However, don’t let the heat get you down, because it can easily be overcome. With spring and summer just around the corner, here are a few Pure Luxe tips to keep your guests cool and comfortable!

Don’t let a buggy night keep your guests from enjoying your outdoor dance floor or lounge area. A local company will come out and spray or install a system before you and your guests arrive to make sure mosquitos and other pests stay far away from your special day. There are multiple options to fit the size and needs of your event.

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King of pops is certainly a crowd favorite! On a warm summer evening these popsicles are the perfect trick to cool down your guests. They have seasonal flavors to go with any time of the year and make for the cutest pictures!

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Even when the sun goes down, Charleston is known for its temperate climate. This problem is an easy fix at any ceremony or reception by using misting fans. Tented or open, fans make sure everyone is cool and happy, without getting them wet!

Another great way to cool down your guests is to provide a "hydration station". Welcome your guests to your event with passed trays of cucumber ice water and sweat tea before the ceremony. Or have a station set up during your reception with flavored water and cooled ice toilettes to make sure they stay hydrated all night long.

Kellianne Boyle and Peter Tang's wedding at St. Luke's Chapel and Marion's in Charleston, SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

One of the easiest things you can do is simply provide shade for your guests. In the hot months you would never guess how much a nice shaded spot is appreciated. We love the way this bride incorporate large umbrellas during her ceremony to shade her guests so they could truly enjoy the I Do's. Their guests were happy and look how cute it looks in pictures!

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Lastly, consider the heat when choosing your menu options. Opt for lighter appetizers or small bites instead of the heavier alternatives. Watermelon gazpacho or a raw bar complete with oysters are always great in the summertime!

Katy Tucker and Phil Lee's wedding at Middleton Place in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com