The cake; it continues to occupy that all-important role of wedding centrepiece and this year, wedding cake options are unfolding like blossoms in spring – they are eye-catching, gorgeous, joyous and more wildly diverse than ever! From naked cakes to extravagant drifts of multi-coloured art, from royal lemon and elderflower iced beauties to tiers of actual cheese wheels – the variety is stunning.
History has it that the Romans broke a simple wheat or barley cake over the bride’s head after the ceremony for good luck and guests shared the crumbs, starting a long tradition of sharing the cake with friends. In the Middle Ages couples kissed over a tall tower of small spicy buns for a long and happy marriage, hoping the stack would not fall over! The 17th century brought in sweet fruit cakes and, at Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840, a hard bright icing was created and called ‘royal icing’. But it wasn’t until 1882 that the first iced tiered cake was presented – with every tier edible. From then on the cake became the marvellous wedding icon it is today.
In 2019 we have seen numerous trends emerging. Meghan and Harry cakes – lemon and elderflower concoctions on three separate stands – have been popular. But other trends are rising too.
Multi-tier cakes – as high as 10, 12 or even 14 tiers – are hot property. Some prefer the rounded look with a large base leading up to a small top, while others are going for the stark beauty of geometric squares and rectangles – with an occasional triangle or hexagon thrown in. Some use copper or black colouring for elegant effect. And, to add even more interest, it has become popular to ice some of the tiers with geometric designs – gorgeous Moroccan and Middle Eastern motifs are becoming extremely popular. A geometric tablecloth is sometimes added to create yet another layer.
For the nature lovers, ferns have replaced eucalyptus leaves. Crisp, elegant green leaves add a new dimension with the soft beauty of green against white, while trailing greenery incorporated expertly with icing is another style proving popular.
Also on-trend are ‘naked’ cakes, where the fillings between the ‘fault lines’ have been extended for added interest, with the outside iced only minimally or not at all. And the 100 percent plant-based vegan cake is another popular must-have.
For the lovers of artistic abandon, there is a rising trend of cakes showcasing palette knife-painted buttercream, sometimes with poetry inscribed or the names of the married couple, and sometimes a creation of lavish multicoloured modern art, almost too beautiful to cut – let alone eat!
It seems that 2020 will be the year where creativity will run riot – so let’s enjoy the tasting and the unfolding evolution of the cake!
Specialising in wedding planning for more than 20 years, Suzanne Carson of Wedding Professionals NZ Planners is dedicated to ensuring your special day is seamless, memorable and personalised.
Wedding Professionals offers planning, design and style expertise, and comprehensive packages to suit the happy couple.
Destination weddings are also on offer and, with 29 years’ background in event management, Suzanne plans and manages weddings throughout New Zealand and the South Pacific.
“Listening and working through concepts, searching for the uniqueness of the couple and identifying the most important aspects is our passion, along with providing the perfect, stress-free experience during planning and on that special day,” Suzanne says.
“Having a conference management background, there’s an abundance of expertise available to our couples for budgeting and time-planning, with the bonus of well-formed supplier relationships in the industry to obtain best prices, products and services to make sure the day and budget fits to perfection.”
Full planning, partial planning and on-the-day support are available.
Wander through the hidden gardens of Chateau on the Park, a DoubleTree by Hilton and meet the handpicked local wedding suppliers.
The team is hosting a one day only wedding showcase on the five-acre property, which boasts a moat, a vineyard and a beautiful rose garden. Join them from 11am-3pm to explore this inner-city sanctuary, and chat to the team to find out how they can tailor the space for your big day.
There will be a selection of trusted wedding suppliers on-site to discuss details, from flowers to music. Joining them on the day are Brides of Merivale, Country Feasts, HMS Hair and Makeup Styling, Little Paper Store, I Do For You Weddings, Kim Chan Events and more.
Entry is free on the day. To register your interest, head to eventbrite.co.nz and search ‘Better Together’. Be inspired by the relaxed environment and let Chateau on the Park, a DoubleTree by Hilton make your dream wedding a reality.
Let’s face it, when it comes to proposals of marriage, nothing beats making it an unforgettable one. Who can resist the bended knee, the proffered ring and the view from atop the Eiffel Tower?
While it’s winter here, it’s summer over there, but you want this romantic getaway to be perfect – so you need to visit bespoke jewellers Via Sollertia at 11 New Regent Street!
Bring your thoughts and ideas to Clare and her dedicated team. They will craft and create that very special and unique ring that says everything about who you are as a couple and the love you share.
But even better, your beautiful ring comes with a bonus – it’s tax free! That’s a lovely surprise and incentive, isn’t it? So much so, that now you’re wondering about a gondola in Venice… or a beach in Bali… the Empire State building perhaps? The possibilities are endless.
The true meaning of bespoke refers to handcrafted design, developed in close consultation with the client.
A bespoke ring crafted from a piece of jewellery with sentimental value is a meaningful way of re-creating something beautiful, says designer Clare of Via Sollertia. “We often have customers bring in jewellery from their great grandmother or a family member who passed away, so we can turn it into bridal jewellery or an engagement ring. It’s my favourite thing to create – I love the family story and sentimentality behind it. And there is no wastage, so it’s also an eco-conscious, sustainable option.”
Located in the heart of the city on iconic New Regent Street, the family-owned business provides a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and can work with any budget. “We’re willing to go above and beyond what customers expect. Throughout the creation process, they are involved every step of the way.”
Nestled amongst five acres of stunning gardens and greenery, Chateau on the Park – Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton, has a number of ideal backdrops for your big day.
Its outdoor spaces lend themselves beautifully to an outdoor ceremony, with options to add on a casual platter-style poolside reception to celebrate with your closest friends and family. They have your wet weather options covered, in either the Baronial-styled Camelot room or The Great Hall for larger celebrations.
Chat to the team about the wedding package, inclusive of venue hire and set up, a Honeymoon Suite for the lucky couple and a first anniversary dinner in the Garden Court Brasserie. The team will take care of every detail from ceremony to reception to ensure you have the wedding of your dreams.
We have long celebrated big events with flowers and when it comes to big events, they don’t come much bigger than the wedding day.
After all, no wedding is complete without beautiful blooms, whether they are for décor, accessories or bouquets. Delivering the most beautiful displays for your big day is Victoria Florists. For Leanne Lovell and her team, floristry has always been more than just flowers. It’s about creating something really special and personal for their customers, turning their talented hands to beautiful, imaginative designs from the freshest blooms.
Since taking over Victoria Florists six months ago, they have transformed the premises on the corner of Idris and Wairakei Roads. With a cosy vintage feel, it is a welcoming and warm atmosphere for all their clients. Leanne would like to thank all her loyal customers and welcome new customers to have a look around. Phone 03 351 7444 or email email@example.com.
While wearing a veil on your wedding day will continue to be a timeless look for decades to come, the bridal cape can be the majestic statement piece that adds something striking to your look, whether it be for the aisle or the after-party.
Your wedding day is your time to shine – so consider embodying a glamorous look on your special day with something that’s a bit different. Although wedding capes aren’t groundbreaking in the realm of matrimony, they’re definitely making a huge splash in 2019 wedding trends as brides search for a fitting alternative to the traditional veil.
Whether you’re looking to cover up or show off, capes present the opportunity to let your imagination run wild – they’re ultimately a blank canvas that can be tailored to suit your gown. Opt for a sheer, delicate shawl embellished with elegant embroidery, or go all out and complement your classic gown with a full-length cape. Whatever you choose, you’ll definitely catch every eye when you’re twirling on the dancefloor.
Engagement and wedding rings are special treasures and, when they are bespoke, perfectly fitted and sit seamlessly together, this is a marriage made in heaven. Polished Diamonds in New Regent Street can be the officiator of both.
When it comes to designing the wedding ring, the team is able to tailor design and make a wedding ring that is the perfect companion for any engagement ring. If you haven’t got the engagement ring yet – they can do that too!
This award-winning jeweller will then use cutting edge architectural CAD technology to model your ring so you can see how it will actually look. Add in workshop direct value and you have the highest quality craftsmanship, at affordable prices.
Your bride can don a uniquely designed and engineered wedding or engagement ring, which is future-proofed and backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Life has so many happy moments and the Christchurch Function Centre is the perfect place for you to celebrate them.
The venue has four beautifully presented versatile function rooms suitable for larger groups or more intimate gatherings. Set within garden surroundings, there are comfortable accommodation options and convenient parking for everyone.
So whether you want to plan the perfect intimate outdoor ceremony in the garden with only your nearest and dearest or entertain a larger group of up to 200 for your wedding reception, the team at the Christchurch Function Centre is ready to exceed your expectations.