Wedding cakes have never been so innovative. Quite right too: it’s the centrepiece of the table, the epitome of your style theme – and it should be utterly delicious.
We spoke to keen baker Lottie Mans from blog Rock My Wedding, for the inside track on the trends, tastes and tiers to be seen at all the best ceremonies this year. We’ve also teamed each look with the perfect Waterford product to create a table setting your guests will never forget.
Image source: Rosalind Miller
The soft, fading ombre effect makes for a showstopper – just look at this beautiful rose cake by Rosalind Miller. A great way to incorporate your wedding colour scheme: just remember, it’s never too pretty to eat…
Elevate with: Adore the pretty colours of the ombre effect? Complete your table setting with Waterford’s Rebel flutes in pink.
The deconstructed cake trend is here to stay but expect to see a little less nudity, according to Lottie.
“Naked cakes are still going strong,” she told us, “But there is a move towards the slightly more refined look of the semi-naked cake. These have a light coating of buttercream around the edges which takes it away from the traditional rustic look into one that works for a variety of wedding styles.
“There are also a lot of buttercream cakes coming in which provide a different look to the traditional iced cake. Think lots of textures and pretty shades. Everything from plain cream to peach ombre can be achieved. Either way, bakers are decorating them with an abundance of fresh flowers to create a truly beautiful look.”
Elevate with: Waterford’s Mixology champagne coupes share the same stripped-back elegance. Perfect for the toast to the bride and groom.
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A regular at birthdays, the rainbow cake – with multiple layers in vibrant hues – is now being seen at weddings. The playful trend suits a less formal event, particularly in the summer.
Elevate with: If you’re a fan of colour, create an elegant riot with Waterford’s Mixology champagne coupes.
Image source: Finch Bakery/Instagram
It’s popular on Pinterest and now Lancashire’s Finch Bakery is booked up for months, having made the extravagant creations a speciality. A feast in all senses.
Elevate with: An indulgent, lavish wedding calls for indulgent, lavish flowers. Waterford’s Fleurology collection has been designed to create impressive centrepieces, whether used singly or en masse. This Fleurology Cleo angled rose bowl in emerald can’t fail to make an impact.
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If the traditional bride and groom perched atop the cake isn’t up your street, opt for something a little left field.
Lottie said, “When it comes to toppers, the sky’s the limit. Lots of word and signage toppers are around, from swirly calligraphy to bold acrylic lettering. We are also seeing more unusual ideas. A pile of peaches or a flamingo anyone?”
Elevate with: Follow the golden colour palette of your cake topper with these Rebel napkin rings from Waterford.
But maybe you don’t even want a single, big cake?
Lottie told us, “Dessert tables are a great alternative, piled high with cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Or how about a cookie station or brownie bar? Even a doughnut tower.”
Wheels of cheese piled up in elegant fashion is another fitting alternative. While less traditional, it’s a firm favourite with those who prefer savoury treats. West Country Cheese offers a range, built to your own cheesy choices.
Elevate with: If you’re breaking all the rules, why not do away with traditional stemware altogether and serve your wine in tumblers? There’s nothing inelegant about Jo Sampson’s stunning Amethyst Rocks glasses.
Bake it off
Image source: Anna Clarke
Forget about the woes of coordinating a wedding cake altogether. Instead, leave it in the hands of your family and friends. Lottie said, “Get your guests involved and host a bake off, with everyone bringing along their best creations.”
You could even ramp up the competition, with a vote among guests for the best pud, with a prize to match.
Elevate with: Layering the elements of your table creates a sum that’s definitely greater than the parts. Create extra impact by serving wine – or water – in the Mixology neon decanter in lime green.
Planning your wedding? Take a peek at our guide to the wedding dress trends of 2016.
*Lead image source: Babb Photo
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