Category: Bridal

My Wedding in a Week: Part 6. Cake, Cars and Candy

As Kate Middleton and Prince William got married during my wedding planning process, I had to keep telling myself our weddings were not comparable and we would never need a cake that grand!  Their’s was the most fantastic wedding cake I have ever seen, and Fiona Cairns makes the most beautiful creations.

Tip 1: If your guest list is for example 100 people, don’t go for a cake that feeds any less hoping that not everyone will eat it.  They will.  Wedding cake portions are normally classed as a 1×1 inch piece and people might want to take some home.

After setting my heart on an iced tiered creation, we settled for cupcakes.  Due to allocating budget elsewhere we just couldn’t afford a big cake, and cupcakes are much better value for money.  We picked out five different flavours, and our cake makers also made us a fantastic chocolate marshmallow top tier for us to cut.  This leads me on to cake stands.

wedding cake stand cupcakes

To display all the cake, I found an amazing carpenter who crafted a bespoke 6 tiered ivory and gold wedding cake stand.  It was statuesque to say the least, and lucky we couldn’t reach the top tier to cut the cake as it had become unscrewed! Had we put any pressure on it, the whole stand would have fallen apart and ended in a cake mess all over the floor.  Oops!

Tip 2: If you have multiple flavoured cupcakes, make a cake menu.  This will help guests decide what to pick and looks really cute.

wedding cupcake menu

There’s not too much to say about cars.  This is one decision you can leave in your groom’s hands (but emphasise no mini buses or fire engines!).  We picked a beautiful black and white Beauford and the driver was so helpful and courteous.

Tip 3: To cut costs. ask your wedding car company if they will do multiple trips. Mine took my bridesmaids first, then came back for me and Dad.

wedding car beauford

As we went low key on the favours, we decided to hire a Victorian candy cart so that our guests could indulge in treats throughout the day.  I was really conscious not to make it look tacky so purchased beautiful glass apothecary jars that I filled with red, pink and white sweets to match our colour theme.  I collected jam jars which I tied with ivory satin ribbon to hold swirly lollipops which was a pretty touch.

Tip 4:  Leave personalised paper bags so your guests can take sweets home.  A couple of our guests even ate some for breakfast the next day!

victorian candy cart candy jars

Cupcakes: Madame Fromage

Beauford car: Brecon Wedding Cars


Milkbooks wedding album review

front cover of album

My ‘official’ wedding album produced by my photographer only allowed for 60 photos, which gave us the huge task of choosing from 900 digital images captured from the day! We picked a lot of the super glamorous edited portrait photos, which didn’t leave much room for the hundreds of family/friends and detail shots we wished we could also include.

We had put so much effort into the day and wanted to have an additional book that could hold every photo we loved, and tell a true story of the day. So I decided to create my own album.

I received an email from Living Social deals, with an offer for a 60 page printed photo book from Milkbooks.  I checked out Milkbooks website, and was impressed with the beautiful examples they showed.  I did a little research and discovered that Milkbooks recently teamed up with Moleskine, a company known for their legendary notebooks.  With this in mind I ordered the voucher and was able to start putting my wedding album together immediately.

I chose approximately 180 images and uploaded them to Milkbooks online software, which was simple and user friendly.  The software lets you choose from a small variety of text, label and cover options, with an okay selection of design layouts.  This varied from one large image fill of the page, to nine small tiled images per page.  I mixed and matched all of the different image templates to keep it varied, bearing in mind that I would need to average three per page to fit in my 180 images.

design layout screen

design mode screen

The book took about 2 weeks to arrive and was packaged well for the long journey it had taken (from New Zealand).  The box was beautifully presented with a button and ribbon tie, and I love that you can choose an image to display on the front of the album.

top view of box

side view of box

button close up

front cover of album

first page of album

nine image page

images close up

I was a little disappointed with the print quality, as the uploaded images were over 700 dpi, and looked grainy in comparison to the album produced by our photographer.  I queried this with them and they said their books are printed at 300 dpi which is the standard for digital offset.

Overall this was a great value offer at £40 plus £8.75 p&p, with a normal price of US$150.  As we have two albums, I am not too bothered about the print quality.  The finish is perfect for a wedding album, and I would recommend if you are able to find an offer.

Book specifications:


Finally a Mrs!

I had such a wonderful wedding day and everything came together beautifully!  The sun even came out and I didn’t see a drop of rain (which money cannot buy!)

I have to wait a little while for my photos but after a polite request I have been sent this one, which I want to use for our thank you cards.

Liz and Stephen wedding

The big day approaches

I have been so busy finalising the details for the big day but am super excited!  The weather hasn’t been too great in the UK and I am starting to worry about being cold in a strapless dress.  There are some gorgeous options like fur stoles for winter weddings, but that would look too heavy for a spring wedding.  I love the collection Pronovias offer, especially this gathered sleeve tulle bolero.  If anyone has seen anything similar on the high street please let me know!

Pronovias bolero

Engagement pics!

So excited to have our engagement pics back from the photographer!

The morning of the shoot was a bit of a disaster as we had to change the location a couple of hours before we, and the photographer set off. The weather forecast had promised that our new location would be dry, but when we got there — the rain came down! The shoot was spent running in and out of the car to shelter from the rain, and the temperature was freezing for April!!

Despite the weather challenges we think we got some really cool images and loved the stormy dramatic sky effect.  We can’t wait to add these to our slideshow at the wedding!  Here are a few of our favs:

Liz and Steven engagement 2012


Second wedding dresses

I wonder how many brides go for a second dress to wear in the evening?  I would love to know how many of you did this and what kind of dress did you go for?  As I have already purchased two dresses I sadly will not be able to do this, but in another life I would go for something like the Pearly Queen by Kittie & Dulcie.  They also have a video displaying this gorgeous frock.  What a great idea!

Bridesmaids update!

I have finally found my bridesmaid’s dresses!  After searching for red tones in a knee length style and not having much luck I came across these quirky black and white prom dresses by Ben de Lisi at Debenhams.  I think black and white is a bold choice for a wedding but am confident they will look amazing on the day teamed with the bouquets I have chosen.

Stripe prom dress


I have been searching high and low for dresses for my two adult bridesmaids but am still open to colour choices.  As it’s a spring wedding something in a soft colour with a knee or tea length would look lovely.

I love this Ivy dress in nude by Fever London

Nude Ivy dress Fever London


The Other Dress

I can’t believe I nearly passed up what was to be the best shopping experience of my life!  I truly felt like a princess and loved every minute of trying on the gorgeous gowns.  By the end of a frantic three day search I had (for sure this time) found the dress….

So after my mum consoled me of my original dress disaster I set to work with my stack of bridal magazines, searching for ideas.  I absolutely loved Jenny Packham, Eli Saab, and Claire Pettibone but these were all out of my price range.

The other dress (now named) was embellished, satin, white and too over the top for me.  So I set out to look for something simple and elegant.  My first stop was Suzanne James in Cardiff where I tried on a beautiful ivory lace fishtail by Pronovias, which was stunning but not for me.

I searched through all of the bridal shops in the centre of Cardiff trying on various styles and found a beautiful selection in Timeless Elegance where I fell in love with two dresses.  The first was from the Agnes Bridal Platinum Collection and the second La SposaSugar.  Neither were simple and plain like I was looking for, but both were spectacular with embellished crystals and delicately covered with lace elements.

Agnes Bridal dress 10649  La Sposa Sugar Dress

I went back the next day to try them both on again, and decide which one to pick, but noticed a shop I had missed opposite Cardiff Castle called Perfection Bridal.  I went in hoping to rule it out immediately and go back and pick from my two dresses, but inside there it was, my dress.  It was nothing like the other two, and was simple and elegant.  As soon as I put it on, my mum and I couldn’t agree more that this was the one for me.

Bride to be

I’m Liz, an excited bride to be in love with all things pretty!  I got engaged in October 2009 and jumped straight into the planning, most importantly – looking for THE dress.

I may have jumped a little too fast, and in a crazy spontaneous moment purchased my dream dress. ONLINE!  This was a huge risk having never seen the dress in person, and knowing that it was a little too small (or a lot – I hate to admit!)  When the dress arrived it was absolutely beautiful and I was thrilled.  I had a go at squeezing into the white satin sparkly number but knew that I had a long way to go.

8 Months later and a lot of pounds lighter I slipped into the dress, and with my mum’s help, laced up the back.  This should have been a pinnacle moment, the kind where your mum sheds a tear in awe at her beautiful daughter, but it was me that was crying.  I hated the dress.

So, moral of the story is… the dress will ultimately be one of the most important parts of the day, so don’t skimp on it and definitely don’t rush it.  Go to the bridal shops and try on as many dresses as you can and find the style that defines you.  So with 5 months to go before the wedding I had a big task ahead and was cutting it fine!