Sunday, 22 May 2016

Ideas for a Garden Wedding Cake

When having a wedding or reception in a garden, that presents a wonderful opportunity for your wedding cake. A garden wedding cake will fit in perfectly with your special day, and allows great flexibility when choosing a design.

While your garden wedding cake could be modeled after a very traditional cake, it can also be created with a more modern flair. For example, instead of traditional tiers, you could instead opt for offset tiers.

Because the key to the garden wedding cake will be the beautiful flowers, you are pretty much free to choose a wedding cake of any shape that you would like. When it comes to the flowers for a garden wedding cake, you have some options here as well. If you are to be married or hold your reception in a garden that is very well known for a certain flower, consider having that bloom highlighted on your cake. That does not mean that those flowers must overpower the entire cake, but simply that they are included in a way so as not to be missed.

Another option is to have the baker create a garden of sugar flowers on your cake. Ask him to include several varieties of sugar flowers. An experienced baker will be able to choose a selection of flowers that will complement each other. Also, he will have the skill to add just the right amount of flowers to ensure that the cake will not look crowded or too busy.

In addition to using sugar flowers for your garden wedding cake, another option is to use all real flowers. The baker can create a very simple cake and leave spaces between each tier. In those spaces, the florist or baker will add a selection of fresh cut flowers. The flowers can be chosen based on your wedding colors or they can be selected based on the flowers that grow in the garden in which the wedding or reception is to be held.

A garden wedding cake should play up the theme of your wedding. That means that when the guests see the cake, there should be no doubt that it was designed in a way to be an important part of your overall garden theme. Another fun idea for a garden wedding cake is to include other elements that one might find in a garden. For example, adding some butterflies or a dragonfly. One bride had her tiered wedding cake placed on top of a sheet cake. On the sheet cake she had the baker create an entire garden scene complete with benches, children playing and a happy couple strolling among the roses. The tiered section of the cake was made to look like a fountain in the middle of the garden scene.

When you work with a baker to design your garden wedding cake, don't allow yourself to be boxed into what you think a wedding cake should be. Instead, be open to new ideas and work with the baker to create a cake that is both beautiful and uniquely your own.

Bible Readings For Your Ceremony

For many couples, Bible readings are an important part of their wedding ceremony.  Selecting appropriate Bible readings for weddings is made easier by enlisting the help of clergy and some wedding planners who are familiar with appropriate passages of scripture.

When the reading takes place during the ceremony is up to the couple. Some opt to have a reading and prayer to open the ceremony and then again at the conclusion. Some devout couples choose to sprinkle Bible readings for weddings throughout their ceremony. Another consideration is who the couple will choose to read the verses.
Some choose to have all of the scriptures be read by clergy. Others ask special family members or friends to read them. In some cases, the bride and/or groom may elect to read select passages of scripture themselves.

While there are scriptures that speak directly about marriage, the most common Bible readings for weddings tend to include passages that speak about love in general.  Here are some examples of scriptures that are appropriate Bible readings for weddings.
Proverbs 30:18-19

"There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid."
Song of Solomon 1:2

"Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine."
Ephesians 5:20-25,31-33

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband."
I Corinthians 13:4-7,13

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."These are just a few of the many possibilities for Bible readings for weddings.  With a little thought, you'll be able to find meaningful scriptures that will add to your wedding ceremony.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Cut The Cost of Your Wedding With Affordable Jewellery Making Supplies


I've been handcrafting necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings for myself for years now, and have developed my skills to the point where even complete strangers are stopping me on the street to ask about particular pieces I'm wearing. A few of my closest friends have told me that I can probably make a lot of money from this hobby, and have convinced me to set up a website in order to start selling my creations online. After giving this idea a lot of thought, I'm finally ready to take the plunge and move forward with this project.

I've got my web hosting and graphic design taken care of already, so now the most important thing left for me to do is find affordable jewelry making supplies. This will represent my largest investment, as I'll have to stockpile a bit of inventory before I begin selling. When I was just fashioning necklaces or whatever for myself, I simply bought everything I needed from a local crafts store. Prices weren't an issue before because I wasn't manufacturing huge quantities of products. However, now that I plan on selling my creations, I have to keep a close eye on the bottom line -- which means that buying discount jewelry making supplies will be critical to the success of my business.

In order to make things as simple as possible in the beginning, I'm going to sell pieces made up mostly of beads, crystal, black onyx, and quartz. These are among the most common jewellery making supplies provided by wholesalers, so I'm hoping that by sticking only to these items for the time being, I can limit my up-front production costs. Once I get a feel for sales volume and customer tastes, I can start buying a wider range of jewellery making supplies.

I've been checking out some online distributors, and have found several promising leads already. I didn't realize that so many companies sell discount jewellery making supplies these days! I want to work with distributors or wholesalers that ship reliably, engage in trustworthy business practices, and offer the most competitive prices around. There are three such companies that I'm willing to try in the beginning here. If things work out with them, I hope to forge a lasting business relationship that could perhaps translate into even bigger savings for me in the long run.

Anyway, I am very excited about the prospect of selling my original creations online! All I have to do now is wait for my first order of jewellery making supplies to come in so I can get started in earnest.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Cheap Wedding Ideas

Are you looking for ways to have a beautiful wedding without having to spend a ton of money that you do not have? There are ways that you can save money while still having a day to remember when you get marred to the man or woman of your dreams. What you have to do is to use your imagination and look around for what others have used for cheap wedding ideas. You don't want your wedding to look cheap, but you want it to be affordable. There are always ways to get it done as long as you are realistic.

Some cheap wedding ideas are going to center around your wedding flowers. Most people want flowers all around them when they get married. If you are short on cash, get just a few fresh flowers for your wedding party and the bride's bouquet, and then make your own centerpieces from artificial flowers. Don't worry. These flowers look better than ever before. Some look real even upon close inspection. Another idea would be to have your wedding at a local botanical gardens if you have one near. Most allow wedding ceremonies and do so relatively cheaply.

There are great ways that you can save money on a wedding dress so you can spend your dollars elsewhere. This is one of the most popular cheap wedding ideas out there. All you have to do is be willing to shop around for sale items. Believe it or not, you can find off season dresses that are amazing for substantial savings, only because they are a year old. You can also see if you can wear one someone else in your family wore (but only if you love it!), or if you can find a place to rent one. You can't keep a rented dress, of course, but you can get something stunning to wear and save a lot of money at the same time.

See if you can find somewhere to have your wedding ceremony and reception in the same building. If you are getting married in a church, they may have a basement or other building they use for receptions, allowing for a package deal that saves a lot of money. If you are not getting married in a church, find a place where you can have both. This is one of the easiest cheap wedding ideas to pull off if you live in a larger area because you have more choices for venues. You can find these in smaller areas too, but not always.

Other cheap wedding ideas include asking friends and family to donate their own personal talents to save you money. A baker in your family may very well give you a wedding cake as a gift. If someone is good at taking pictures, ask them how much they would charge you to take over the role. They may also do it for free. Those that love you will want to help you save money, and will be delighted to be a part of your day by offering you their services for free or at a very low cost. Be sure you really like what they do before you ask though, as you don't want to be bitter because you have bad pictures or the cake looked terrible.