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.