Monday, April 7, 2014

Wedding Traditions: The Groom's Cake

Beau and I are down to less then three months with planning our wedding, eeekk. We are now planning the little details and recently something will come up where It makes me think about when the tradition begin. Traditions such as; something borrowed something blue, wedding veils, throwing confetti and especially the Groom's Cake. When did these traditions start and why? I love traditions with a lovely meaning so I thought over the next few weeks it would be to fun to share those ideas with you. First up this week, the groom's cake. The cake that many people consider an American tradition, actually begin here in the UK! 
{Armadillo Cake on Southern Weddings}
The tradition of having a separate cake for the groom is now known as more of a Southern American wedding tradition, however, the groom's cake actually begin in the Victorian era here in England. In addition to having the main wedding cake, there would be a smaller cake next to the main wedding cake for the bride and one for the groom. At the end of the wedding the smaller cakes were served and the grooms cake was served to the unmarried female guests. 
{Operation Cake on Style Unveiled}
The story goes that the unmarried women would sleep with a slice of the groom's cake under their pillow and dream of their future husband that night! However, with a few glasses of bubbly on the dance floor, was that dream a little foggy?;) That being said, I love the story! 
 {Champagne Cake on Southern Weddings  & Chocolate Praline Cake on Southern Weddings}
The tradition of the groom's cake eventually made it over to the US and the popularity of a separate smaller cake for the groom stayed popular, especially in the South. The tradition still continues till today when often the groom's cake is a nice idea to showcase a hobby, passion or love that the groom has, as so much spotlight is placed on the bride throughout the day. The groom's cake started as a traditional English fruitcake but has now become popular in less traditional wedding cake flavors like; chocolate, liquor, peanut butter and even interesting combinations with cheese. 
 {Maryland Crab Cake on Fancy Cakes by Leslie }
 {Donut Cake on OneWed}
You often see the groom's cake as a really fun cake that is decorated with the groom's favorite sports team, favorite hobby, favorite food, drink, etc. However, I think there are also fun ways to honor your new Mr. without over decorating the cake. Does your husband to be love going out for breakfast at your local diner? How about a cake all decorated with doughnuts! Or is his favorite movie popcorn Reese Peanut Butter cups, why not decorate the cake like one for the big day!
 {Peanut Butter Cup Cake from Williams Sonoma}
{Cookie Cake from B.Loved Weddings}
Is the groom a big fan of Golf? The cake below is an amazing cake that even includes personalized golf balls! 
 {Golf Cake by Brooke Roberts Photography}
Another way to honor your groom is by where he is from, somewhere you lived together, somewhere you love to holiday! I love the below cake because my beau is Dutch and if I were to get him a groom's cake, this would be a perfect choice! It is small, decorated not to elaborate but also clearly showcases a big importance in his life, where he is from. 
{Dutch Wedding Cake by Our Daily Food}
I would love to hear from you about what wedding traditions you would like to read about! Did you know the meaning behind the groom's cake? See you in a couple weeks with more wedding traditions explained! 

xoxo - Rebecca

Friday, April 4, 2014

I Fancy Friday v.27

Oh week oh week, it has been a week. We have not been home much this week, but when we were I managed to pull a couple of late nights at the computer but still I'm just feeling the pull for MORE time, anyone else. I am so happy to see the weekend here, but also, before Saturday even starts, I am already wishing I had one more day, my my my. Does anyone else have this feeling? Even though life is a bit hectic right now, I still managed to find a few seconds to fancy some things during the week, I hope you enjoy! 

Cook: {5} Healthfully Ever After's Spring Vegetable Noodles with Goat Cheese This recipe looks so light and refreshing, I am going to add it to my lunch list for next week as it looks perfect into fitting into my healthy eating plan. I also LOVE this entire clean eating plan Abby shot with her and Caitlin on SMP.

Wear: {2} Baublebar has created some pieces for Nordstrom that I am crushing on, especially this Baublebar Hinge Bracelet!{6} I peaked into Zara this week to discovery the cutest ballet flats ever; rhinestones for my wedding week and how about these swiss dot ones for spring, eeekk, love!

Watch: {4} I've really enjoyed watching Marie Forleo's videos, I find her silly, fun, inspiring and encouraging. This week she sat down with Arianna Huffington and lets just say, I need more sleep to achieve my goals;) Watch it HERE

Breathe: {3}I need to remember this myself, I can do anything but to everything…because right now my limit is being reached! 

Make: {1} I need to arrange more flowers! Seeing this simple and gorgeous centerpiece of ranaculas makes me want to run out and buy some fresh flowers. 

xoxo - Becca

Thursday, April 3, 2014

London Wedding Event: Fulham Palace Luxury Wedding Fair

Are you getting married in London and still looking for your perfect wedding venue? Are you free on Sunday? I may be biased because I love this venue {we are getting married here in less then three months!} but I would highly recommend heading over to Fulham Palace this Sunday for their Luxury Wedding Fair. 
{Image from Fulham Palace Weddings NEW site}

Last year Beau and I attended the wedding fair and met our amazing florist Jay Archer and I knew from then, she was perfect. The wedding show is a lovely time to see the Palace in action but also a wonderful time to meet creative and talented wedding suppliers that could be a good fit for your big day. 

Sunday 6th April 2014, 11am - 3pm, Fulham Palace
Head over HERE
for more information on details of the day.

To apply for your complimentary ticket, please call  0207 610 7162 or 
email for more information.

xoxo- Rebecca

DIY's for your Big Day - Part II

I am back today with part two of some of my favorite DIY projects for your wedding day. Today I am following up from Tuesday with some of the easier and small DIY projects you can add onto our wedding day. If you try any, do let me know, I would love to see your ideas come to life!

How amazing are these flowers! It would be a lovely addition in a photo, as a photo booth prop or even  multiplied and added to your decor. 

This headpiece is SO pretty and SO easy to make! I am thinking of making one for my rehearsal dinner, hhmmm. 

How amazing are these escort cards, WOW! I probably did not need to see this DIY, because now I love it and am envisioning even guests on the dance floor with them!

A crate, cardboard, a knife, glue, easy. This easy little project can make some of your hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour look 100 times more adorable. 

Who doesn't love a giant balloon for a photo op, I do! I know I see them all over the blogs and they still make me happy. 

Bows. Bows. Bows. I've casually mentioned before how much I love a nice bow {wink!}, well I certainly will be adding these to some gifts. 

What a better way to start the day off with the groomsmen then by giving them some nice whisky, a flask and a lovely tipsy brownie!  This is still an all time favorite that Laura and I put together when we first started Floridian Weddings and it is still a great idea! 
We haven't chose how we are getting to and from the ceremony, however, I dream of pretty garland like this attached to the cab, should I make it??

I have long been a fan of these water color cards I saw a few years ago floating around the blog world, aren't they lovely!

Whether you choose to take on some DIY projects yourself or buy all of the DIY goodies on Etsy, either way, make it personal, make it the both of yours day and add little pieces of you sprinkled all over! 

xoxo - Becca

Monday, March 31, 2014

DIY's for your Big Day!

A couple months back I gave my advice to Wedding Magazine on DIY projects for your big day. I love a little do it yourself project for your wedding day, personal touches are something I am adding a lot to on our big day and think are well worth it. This being said, I also believe that just because you are planning your wedding, does not mean you all of a sudden turn into Miss Crafty when you use to have no desire to cut, glue, sew and glitter everything. I love crafting and enjoy painting and doing little projects, however if this has never been your thing, its OK!
 The picture above are some projects I have been working on over time. Below I rounded up some of my favorite DIY projects that do not require 101 hours of your time, but I think everyone of all craft levels can do. My biggest advice, if you are taking on a lot of projects, give yourself a month before your wedding as a deadline to have your projects complete. Nobody wants to be stressed up the night before their wedding adding glitter to 101 candle holders! 

{Image from BHLDN}
Make your own Pom Poms, purchase tissue fans from companies like Peach Blossom and start gluing to your backdrop! The nice thing about this project is it does not need to look perfect, thats the look. 
Make your own confetti sticks! I know we are having guests throw confetti after our ceremony, it is very British and I LOVE it! Having the confetti already in little tubes would be a great way to pass them out to guests. 

{Image from Paper N Stitch blog}
This & sign above is amazing! Making this floral ampersand if actually pretty easy! I would suggest asking a friend if they would be up to helping with it the day before the wedding so you are not running to the flower market 24 hours before you walk down the aisle. 
{Image from 100 Layer Cake}
A clear inexpensive glass candle holder with a lot of gold glitter is easy to create and adds a lot of bling to your reception! DIY glitter cancel holders.
{Image from 100 Layer Cake
How about adding a little glitter to your bridesmaids shoes! Easy and pretty idea, find it here
{Image from Confetti System}

The image above is the real paper hassle garland from Confetti System, however you can DIY your own for 1/2 the price. I found this step by step tutorial easy to use, search Paper Tassle Garland on Pinterest and you will find a lot of suggestions. 

These are just a FEW of my favorites! I will be adding a few more later on the week. Happy crafting! 

xoxo - Becca 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Adding a little SPRING to my step

"GET ME OUT OF HERE!", that is the noise of my feet screaming to finally GET OUT of my knee high, winter, leather boots. Spring has finally arrived and the stores are bursting with Spring clothes and pastel colors. Everywhere I turn, there are new spring like shoes on sale with bows, peep toes, glitter and all things pretty and feminine. You know me, bows and glitter are some of my favorite things! Below I have rounded up a few of my favorite shoes I hope can find a place in my closet this Spring! 

Happy shopping! I hope you find some pretty shoes to let your feet know they no longer need your wool winter socks! 

xoxo - Rebecca

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My Little British Bridal Shower

I can not believe in less then three months we will be getting married! WOW! The planning still continues and things are starting to get a bit stressful struggling work, plans, travel and life, however it is still fun. I've been missing my mom, sisters and US girlfriends to share in the wedding celebrations throughout this entire time, thankfully I have such great friends here, they truly made me feel SO special a few weeks ago by throwing me a little British bridal shower! 
On a beautiful sunny afternoon in London I headed to The Soho Hotel for a fun afternoon with my London ladies. I had no idea before moving here that Bridal Showers were not a UK thing at all, it is very American to throw a bridal shower AND a bachelorette party. Bridal showers are such nice reasons to get together with the bride to be and girlfriends, drink cocktails, talk about the wedding, it was such a nice afternoon! 
My friend Ann was too sweet, she took our crest from our save the dates and made me a canvas tote that I will for sure be toting around the week of our wedding! And how cute are the Laduree gift bags, with the custom stickers, I've got some good friends here for sure. 
 Tea and flowery cocktails are a highlight to tea at The Soho Hotel. The hotel is very stylish and in a quiet side street in the busy area of Soho. We did not feel rushed leisurely eating all of our high tea goodies, opening gifts and drinking tea and cocktails for a couple of hours, I would highly recommend it for an afternoon out with girlfriends. 
 Scones and clotted cream are NOT on my wedding diet, but hey, you only live once right. 
 My girlfriends gave me such sweet gifts. Instead of buying things off of our registry, they gave us experiences in London which we can not wait to use! An evening out at a wine bar {we will be using pre wedding to relax}, photography classes for our new camera, and how about a gift certificate to our favorite local shop La Fromagerie to indulge in….after the wedding! 
 After high tea we walked to the Royal Air Force Club where Ann is a member, yes, a pretty posh bridal shower right, no crazy hen do for me, we like to keep it classy;)
 A couple bottles of prosecco later, with the queen looking over our shoulder, and dinner in the pub, we managed to talk life stuff and wedding stuff for many many hours. 
I love the pretty wallpaper and the pretty royal glasses at the RAF club, fancy no?
 It was the sweetest afternoon! Big or small, it meant so much to have a little celebration here in London with some friends. Dressing up, drinking tea, toasting with bubbly, gossiping with girlfriends, it was a lovely day. I do not know why the Brits do not have bridal showers, but I highly advise them, they make you feel like a princess for a day! I will truly never forget my little British bridal shower, it was lovely. I highly recommend if you have a friend getting married soon, treat her tea and bubbly, bring the American bridal shower tradition across the pond. I know I will look back very soon and think, can I do it all again! 

*81 days and counting until the big day! 

xoxo - Becca

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