Turquoise wedding cake dusted with gold leaf

What a pretty cake!  Inspired by natural gems and rocks, this gorgeous turquoise-hued wedding cake looks spectacular despite only being two tiers high and very simply decorated.  The combination of the turquoise and gold is beautiful, and dare I even say, if I was a fan of colour schemes this would be one of my favourites.

I don’t want to underestimate or undervalue the talent and skill that goes into creating wedding cakes – just look at this stunning sugar flower creation I featured for an example – but for those couples who either don’t have the budget for a fancier cake, or who have an eager family member or friend who is up for making their cake, I do love inspiration for simpler designs.

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Wedding reception table decoration

Apologies for the rather brief (and belated) blog post this morning – I’ve been having rabbit crisis at home with my littlest bunny not very well, so back and forth to the vets.  That being said, I wanted to bring you some inspiration and I’ve chosen this picture about as a beautiful example of why you don’t need to go over-the-top decorating your reception tables.

Sometimes you see these incredibly luxurious wedding reception tables, where there are flowers simply overflowing and you can barely see the tables for all the decorations, crockery, and wedding favours.  I must admit that having beautiful wooden tables, like they do above, does make decorating more simply much easier – I doubt there’s many of us who would want to leave plastic trestles uncovered.

wedding flower cake stand arrangement

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cake stand of pretty bedroom details

It was this picture above that prompted me to get on with my New Wives Club feature – it encompasses what I’d like it to be about – in particular, reusing items from your wedding in your home.

I have about six glass cake stands that I collected for our wedding from carboot sales, charity shops and one more pricey one found at a vintage fair.  Most of them are sitting on a shelf in our front bedroom not doing a lot.  One has been put out over Christmas in our living room to display a vase of white narcissi.

I’ve not really known what I can do with them until now – I can be a bit precious about items that are easily broken or damaged, but I love this idea from the incredibly creative Elsie of A Beautiful Mess.  In our bedroom we have a chest of drawers with a mirror on it, and what can only be described as a jumble of ‘things’.  So I’ve decided to reorganise it and use one of my cake stands to display some of those things.

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vintage country wedding cake ideas

Today’s wedding cake has a vintage country kitsch feel to it, with a fun mustard yellow tin/box used as a cake stand and a jam jar-esque cake topper.  If you want a wedding cake that captures some of the country living nostalgia then this cake could be for you.  I love the idea of using a fun and colourful tin as a cake stand.

I couldn’t resist including another image today of the wedding cake topper – it looks a bit like a jar of jam with a frilly lace cover, but I’m not sure it is a real jar of jam.  It’s such a clever idea, especially if you are an avid jam and chutney maker – it is made even prettier by the tiny poles and bunting with couples initials displayed.

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woodland wedding pie ideas

Today’s wedding cake inspiration is just too cute and ideal if you really don’t want a mountain of white frosting and sugar flowers.  This is a simple wedding pie, with crisp golden pastry and generously filled with some kind of fruit, at least that’s what I imagine.  It is topped with two very sweet birds – you could use ceramic figurines or those feathered kind that appear in shops around Christmas.

I do like this idea of displaying wedding cakes on tree trunks, and this stump is impressive – I actually like how large it is compared to the wedding “cake” – I think it suggests that this is a pretty special really tasty wedding pie.  I also really like that the “cake” isn’t sitting straight onto the stump, instead it is raised up on a while china cake stand.  And of course, a pair of kitsch porcelain deer makes this whole cake table quirky and fun.

And because I know you all hate it if I post a photo and don’t share the link to the rest of the wedding…go check out the rest of the photos from this autumnal New England wedding.  I spent a few years of my teens living in New England so for me this wedding brings back some happy memories.

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vintage teacup eco-friendly candles

These pretty vintage teacup candles are made by one of the newest additions to the directory – For The Love Of Vintage.  As well as hiring out gorgeous vintage crockery for weddings and parties, Sharon also sells a pretty collection of vintage teacup candles (they also come in sugar bowls and sundae glasses) and tiered cake stands made from recycled vintage plates.

vintage tiered cakes stands

They are available (and as seen above) at Manchester based teashop And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon (they make these gorgeous cupcakes) and one of our lovely businesses Blossom Flowers.  If you want something bespoke made contact Sharon directly at

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A gorgeous hedgerow inspired wedding cake today made by the lovely Lizzie of Pass the Teapot – she can create one for you too if you ask.  Each cake sat on a tree trunk cake stand, made by a friend of the couple getting married, and Lizzie raided the country lanes to gather ivy and blackberry brambles to decorate the table…

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