Tag Archives: Mother of the Bride

Custom Cake

With all of the cooking and baking shows, the flexibility of having a cake created to perfectly reflect your style and theme is definitely a reality.  And with so much talent in the Twin Cities, you don’t have to travel far to be able to have your cake and eat it, too.

Gateaux created this intricate designed cake for a wedding designed by b. Inspired Events.  Photo by Studio 306.

This design by Country Cake Cupboard is both sophisticated and whimiscal.  Photo by Kelly Brown Weddings.

Light and airy, Country Cake Cupboard made this adorable cake for a wedding designed by Mother of the Bride.  Photo by Olive Juice Studios.

Gateaux made this cake to match perfectly with Mi Mi Design’s overall wedding design.  Photo by Red Ribbon Studio.


And this one is one of my favorite cakes from Gateaux (maybe because I have a soft spot for our military).  Photo by Kelly Brown Weddings.

Getting It Right in the Rain

As I was riding the bus to work (yes, I am all about public transportation these days…good for the environment, good for the pocket book), I was looking out the window as people were setting up on Peavey Plaza for a “Got Milk?” event.

All I could think about is the number of times clients would say that they didn’t feel like they needed a back-up plan for their outdoor event, because they had a direct line to the big Guy and just knew it wouldn’t rain on their event.

I’ve always said that is pretty much a guarantee that it will rain.

So here are a few things I’ve learned about doing outdoor events:

* I’ve mentioned this before, but rain falls at an angle and rarely falls straight down. Therefore, it is imperative that you have sidewalls available for the tent. If God is smiling down on you, you can always remove the sidewalls. (I do love that look…the open air)
* Are you thinking of setting up a tent at a bottom of a slope? It doesn’t even need to be a steep slope. Just remember that water runs downhill and the last thing you want is for your guests to be waterstaining their Manolo Blahnik’s.
* You may want to have fans set up. It’s July, hotter than a dickens and raining. The sidewalls are down and there is no circulation. You now have the equivalent to a sauna.
* Be sure if you are setting up a tent that it isn’t over a septic system. Why you ask? Well, if it is raining and the sidewalls are installed and it gets steamy, what basically happens is the air acts as a wick to the sewage, which manages to make itself well known. Soggy, smelly ground. Not to mention, unsafe and unsanitary.
* Have your rental company do a site visit prior to deciding on an outdoor site. Apres Party & Tent Rental has done this a number of times and even talked clients out of doing an outdoor event if the conditions of the site aren’t conducive.
* If you are going to be at the bottom of a slope, consider having a temporary floor put in. Apres Party & Tent Rental has installed wood floors for some of my outdoor weddings and events. It kept the female guests really happy as their heels didn’t keep sinking into the ground.
* And if everything is planned outside, it’s always a good idea to have a viable back-up plan.
* My best piece of advice when you are planning an outdoor event is hiring a wedding or event planner. They know all about back-up plans and have the experience to fight the weather. After all, it is hard to beat nature as far as beautiful backdrops to an event.

Photo Credit Olive Juice Studios for Mother of the Bride and Apres Party & Tent Rental

Transforming a Room

A comment that is brought up on a regular basis by wedding couples is “I don’t want a boring hotel for my reception.”

Well, maybe the blame is being unfairly placed on the hotel. This wedding reception, designed and planned by Mother of the Bride (who, by the way, is the largest wedding design and planning company in the state) definitely doesn’t look like it’s in a boring hotel room.

Granted, it does take some imagination and knowing the right people to call (this is why we recommend working with wedding planners and/or designers), but a room can definitely be transformed.

In particular, I love that floor covering was brought in for the lounge area…sleek, yet approachable. By adding some draping with soft, luminous lighting and covering the chairs and tables with satin linens from Linen Effects, the room really does look anything other than a “boring hotel room”.

Photo Credit Matt Blum

Traveling Theme

Generally, when a wedding client wants to integrate a theme into their wedding, I gently remind them to edit themselves. It is fairly easy to run wild with a theme that the wedding loses the focus.

As I met with a client on Saturday, one of the things they want to integrate into their wedding is the travel theme. They looked at this wedding by Mother of the Bride Event Planning as the theme is beautifully presented without losing the focus of the wedding itself. Touches of the travel theme sprinkle throughout the reception as part of the overall backdrop to the wedding.

Mother of the Bride Travel Theme Wedding Style Board

Photos by Wendy Woods Photography

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