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Feast your eyes on this gorgeous cake! If you’re having trouble deciding on wedding colors, you can dive in cake-first. Confectionary colors can provide lots of guidance in bringing the theme and feeling of the wedding together!
We at MHW love all things British, especially for a wedding. We also love whimsy, great food, and sunny afternoons. Therefore, when we stumbled across Fortnum & Mason’s website, we went giddy with delight (while of course maintaining our decorum).
Fortnum & Mason began as a side business in 1707 (!) when William Fortnum rented a room from Hugh Mason, and made candles for Queen Anne’s household. The rest is history – and lots of it! Read about it here.
It has grown into a flourishing business of gourmet foodstuffs and “hampers” (fancy picnic baskets). What newlywed couple wouldn’t be delighted by a beautiful wicker basket full of champagne, delicious cakes, plates, napkins, untensils, and oh-so-British “cheerful string of bunting” (triangular flags on a string – quite festive!). I have been giving picnic baskets as wedding gifts for years and I have yet to receive a thank you note that didn’t include the words ‘unique’, ‘delightful’, and ‘one-of-a-kind’.
And if you need further proof, note that Kate, Camilla, and the Queen shop here:
Give your next newlywed friends a glorious hamper from Fortnum & Mason – and your gift giving will surely be a smashing success!
Stephanie and Jonathan’s elegant wedding combines a little European culture with lots of Chicago high style. This international couple (Jonathan is from England, and the couple met in Hong Kong while Stephanie was working and he was on holiday) was married in the glorious Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago, IL. Isn’t this what you fantasize about when you imagine “walking down the aisle”?
A gal could browse Etsy for hours…it’s like the most upscale flea market you’ve ever visited where everything is made lovingly by hand by super creative folks who adore beautiful things as much as you do!
It’s so fun to pop over there and see what new in their wedding section. We’ve seen these little customizable cake toppers from Creative Butterfly XOX everywhere:
and her hilarious photo booth props:
And I love these vintage hand fan / programs from GoGoSnap:
A quirky hanger from rockabuy creations would be a cute shower gift:
There are tons of items on Etsy that are fun, quirky, cute, and beautiful for all kinds of wedding events!
Although many hotels make their own cakes, some will allow you to bring in the cake from the vendor of your choice.
Just a few pointers regarding your cake:
- Always do a cake tasting if possible
- If you’re not buying your cake from the hotel, ask what the cake cutting fee is. This is the fee hotels charge to cut, plate and serve the cake. Sometimes hotels will add berries and a coulis to decorate the plate, if you’re on a budget ask if the fee can be lowered if the cake is cut and plated without any decoration.
- There should not be a cake cutting fee if you are buying your cake from the hotel
- Ask if the cake presented is a display cake and if sheet cake is actually served to guests. Depending on your cake of choice, sheet cake can taste better as fondant can sometimes have a funny taste. Talk to your Pastry Chef to see what is best for your wedding cake.
- Remember to ask the hotel to save the top for you to eat on your 1 year anniversary and don’t forget to take it home with you after the wedding!