Here is a selection of Q&As from Your East Anglian Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to email@example.com
Q. We're great cake lovers and want something that looks and tastes delicious for our summer wedding. What would you suggest that's on trend?
A. Terri Newman says: Small cakes and single tiers are hot for this summer and next. The semi-naked cake remains popular, but increasingly with white chocolate ganache as opposed to the more traditional sugarpaste finish.
Painted cakes always make a statement and can reflect a seasonal theme beautifully. We're also seeing lots of interest in hooped cake stands which are amazing as they allow you to extend the design of the cake creating a stunning showpiece for the big day.
Terri Newman, Erivica Cakes
Q. We're big cake lovers but can't make up our minds what to choose for our big day. What's popular currently for an on-trend showstopper that looks and tastes great?
A. Fern Harman says: The colour trends we're seeing for 2022 are hot pinks alongside orange hues and also gold and green shades. Both are popular themes but if the bolder colours aren't for you, ivory, green, gold and peach tones remain on trend for more traditional cakes. Floral decorations can add a seasonal touch such as bold coloured tulips to provide that extra punch of colour. Not only do we use seasonal flowers and decorations, we also try to incorporate seasonality in our jams and preserves too, such as lemon curd, elderflower and rhubarb
Fern Harman, Two Magpies Bakery
Q. We want our wedding cake to reflect our autumn wedding theme – any ideas?
A. Trudy Copeland says: Trudy says: There are a number of ways you can do this with the look, taste and staging of your cake. Things like adding some seasonal flavours, such as apple spice, and using autumnal colours especially rich tones like burgundy and burnt orange. Incorporating natural elements into the design is also a good idea, like fallen leaves. These can be edible, pressed foliage or decorative sugar work; dried fruits and fresh seasonal berries work well too. To make a focal point of your cake go for a moody look and create a seasonal ambience.
Trudy Copeland, The Iced Vegan
Q. We're both great cake lovers and want a real showstopper for our wedding that not only tastes and looks great but is personal to us and reflects our lives and loves – is this possible?
A. Terri Newman says: Terri says: Absolutely! You can have something bespoke to you and tell your story through your wedding cake, whether it's by hand-painting key points in your life together on to it or by creating a unique design to reflect hobbies or favourite things. As well as how you want your dream cake to look, it's important to factor in how many portions you require, so no one misses out on tasting it too. As far as we're concerned, there are no limits and as much as we are truly happy to follow tradition and fashion, we do love a challenge!
This four-tier, dairy-free cake was decorated with fondant icing and hand-painted with silhouettes to show various aspects of the couple's journey together including the proposal at the summit of Mount Snowdon, important places they'd visited, their house, dog and other meaningful things. It was airbrushed in an ombre effect from white, through pink into purple to match the colours of the memory lane roses they had for their wedding flowers.
Terri Newman, Erivica Cakes
Q. We've downsized our big day and will be having an intimate gathering instead followed by a bumper party to celebrate with all our friends and family next year. Although small in numbers, we still want our wedding day to be special though, especially the cake! What would you suggest?
A. Emma Thorburn says: Emma says: I firmly believe that the 'new normal' in whatever form that takes, is up to us as wedding suppliers to create with our existing couples and those newly engaged who are looking for a bit of direction. With the right creative people at the planning table, I think a micro wedding can truly be a thing of splendour. Slimming down your guest list can mean more money available to splash out on extras to add impact and create a more abundant affair. Your cake can still be a star of the show, beautifully presented and decorated to complement your wedding flowers by coordinating with your florist. I always prime each bloom, ensuring its hygienic and food safe, and each finished look is created organically on the day. Inspired by texture, form and colour, I love the final reveal of the florist's selection and finding the perfect placement for each stem or frond.
Layering blooms, petals and greenery underneath the stand also helps create an ambience and a 'space' for the cake, hopefully generating a buzz so your guests will gather around to admire it.
Emma Thorburn, Buns of Fun
Q. We're great cake lovers and want a real showstopper for our wedding. What's set to be popular for the year ahead?
A. Wendy Chapman says: Wendy says: Dried flowers and foliage are very on trend at the moment and mixing dried leaves with hand-crafted sugar flowers can make a delicate and eye-catching display for your wedding.
With the number of guests allowed still likely to be restricted many couples are choosing smaller, one- or two-tier creations, which can still be strikingly beautiful and elegant. Adding texture is another key element. This can be achieved in many ways including ruffles, textured icing and wafer paper flowers from large blooms to tiny delicate ones directly on the icing.
When it comes to colours, there's a move towards palettes of ochre, mustard and buttery tones in 2021, which will add a calm, relaxed vibe to your wedding.
Wendy Chapman, Wonder Cakes
The sweet stuff
Q. Is it worth having a cake for our micro wedding as we're only having our closest family and friends and we wouldn't want it to waste?
A. Caz Dennis says: Caz says: Whether you're planning to have a big reception later on or just prefer the romantic intimacy of a smaller wedding, a beautiful wedding cake is always a great idea.
Just because your downsizing your guest list, doesn't mean you have to compromise on the style or quality of what many consider to be the centrepiece of their wedding celebration. A smaller cake can be just as stunning and eye catching in whatever style suits your theme.The current trend for taller cakes allows more scope for your designer to get creative too.
However, if you've always dreamed of a multi-tiered masterpiece but feel you can't justify that amount of cake for your micro wedding, one option is to use dummy tiers to achieve the look. This isn't necessarily a much cheaper option as a dummy tier still needs to be iced, decorated and put together with the same amount of skill. It does mean less risk of waste though and personally we pride ourselves on the fact your guests will never know the difference!
Another alternative is to have a tower of mini cakes or cupcakes either with or without a top tier for cutting. They can be decorated to match your theme and can be as ornate or simple as you like. These individual portions are ideal as they can be easily served to your guests or they can help themselves. Ask your cake designer for some individual boxes too so you can deliver some to family and friends who can't be there.
If you decide to opt for a smaller simpler cake, you can always provide extra sweet treats such as edible favours for your guests or a dessert table with individual servings. Geo cake hearts and cakesicles (a tempered chocolate shell filled with cake mix, ganache or other deliciousness) can be decorated in a variety of ways to match your style and colour scheme. Iced biscuits can be personalised with guests' names and wrapped individually to double-up as place settings and favours to be enjoyed later.
Caz Dennis, Cazs Cakes and Sugar Craft