When it comes to a nautical themed wedding, I personally envision a stylish east coast preppy wedding. Think the Kennedy's sailing on their yacht near Hyannisport on Cape Cod. The nautical motif usually incorporates things like sailboats, lighthouses, Adirondack chairs, anchors, and beach items such as starfish and sand dollars. And when it comes to the color scheme, think blue, green and white with a hint of khaki mixed in here and there. With all that in mind, I set out on a quest to find some of my favorite nautical themed cakes at Flickr. You can see a collage of my favorites below:
As you can see from all the photos above, I generally prefer a white fondant or buttercream base for the cake color. That way, the designer can easily incorporate a wide range of blue hues into the color scheme. I especially like a navy and red or navy and light blue striped pattern around at least one of the layers. The middle cake is also one of my very favorites as I love the nautical roping that encircles the cake tiers. For the wedding cake topper, I prefer either a lovely sailboat or even a pair of white Adirondack chairs.
As always, I recommend finding some photos online of nautical themed cakes that you like and bring those to the bakery with you to show the designer. Don't forget to interview a few bakers and taste lots of cake because you deserve only the best on your big day!
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Having trouble deciding on a cake theme for your beach wedding? Well there is no need to worry! In my previous post, I gave you some ideas as well as a photo collage of my favorite beach inspired wedding cakes. So in this post, I thought I'd share my thoughts and ideas regarding cupcakes for a beach wedding.
One of the biggest trends in wedding cakes this year is the fact that more and more brides are utilizing cupcakes instead of traditional layered wedding cakes. Generally cupcakes are less expensive and guests love getting their own individual dessert that they can either enjoy at the reception or take home with them in a little cupcake favor box.
Like the large beach cakes, small cupcakes tend to incorporate the same types of motifs to create a tropical or beach feel. Consider incorporating seashells or starfish, brightly colored tropical flowers, or palm trees constructed from chocolate or marzipan. The most popular color schemes for beach inspired cupcakes are a sandy neutral brown or an ocean blue.
In the photo collage below, you can see some of my favorite beach inspired cupcake displays. In all cases, I like the use of cupcake stands to create an impressive, tall display. As you can see, the most popular beach theme is seashells that are likely molded out of chocolate. You can use various shapes on each cupcake (you can even use the shapes to denote different cupcake flavors). For instance, you could use a starfish shape to indicate chocolate cupcakes, a seashell to denote vanilla cupcakes, and a seahorse shape to denote red velvet cupcakes. The possibilities are endless!
If you are having a beach wedding or seaside event, then you've realized that there are endless possibilities when it comes to wedding favors. In the photo collage below, I've pulled together some of my favorite choices that cover the gamut of beach styles from casual to elegant.
Having a casual beach wedding? Flip-flop themed favors are the perfect choice for a casual wedding. Choose from personalized lemonade packets, luggage tags, notebooks, and place card holders that all feature a flip-flop motif. And don't forget about the margarita or cosmopolitan drink mix favors. Personally, I can't think of anything better than digging my toes into the sand, kicking back on a chaise lounge and sipping a margarita on a sunny beach in Mexico. Aaaah, wish I was there right now!
Want a more upscale feel at your beach wedding? Favors featuring a seashell motif can have an elegant feel if you choose the correct item. I suggest glass coasters, candles, or Adirondack chairs that can do double duty as the place card holder. You can find hundreds of favors online that incorporate a seashell theme including several of the items in the photo below.
Personalize It! I always think that adding your names and wedding date to a favor makes them extra special for your guests. When it comes to personalized beach wedding favors, there are many great options including candy jars that you can fill with your favorite candy (like gummy fish for example) and then add a personalized sticker with a palm tree or flip flop design. The margarita or lemonade packets that I mentioned previously can also be customized with your names and date. But I have to say that my favorite personalized favor for beach weddings are the miniature bottles of sunscreen. They come in tons of color and theme choices and best of all, their labels are printed with your names and wedding date.
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