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3 Don’ts for Your Cake Cutting Ceremony

Wedding Traditions

Earlier this week we talked about how to cut your wedding cake during this sweet wedding tradition, but now let’s talk about some things you want to avoid.

1) First off, don’t cut into the fun. Basically, what I mean here is to pay attention to the timing. Cutting the cake has usually been at the very end of the reception, but a lot of couples are wanting to do it earlier in the night, especially if it is the only desert of the party. This can be a great idea and allows those guests that need to head home to do so and not miss out on these time honored traditions. So, don’t cut the cake during the dance portion of the evening. It can be good to do it between dinner and the fun or right after you close the greeting line. These are both good because they tend to be transitional times where the focus is not yet at any one place.

2) Don’t take too long. The cake cutting ceremony is meant to be short and sweet. Don’t gather everyone to the cake to have your father talk for 15 minutes or to explain your frosting choices. It is meant to be simple, so don’t try to over complicate it. Plus, because it a is a simple tradition, it doesn’t need more than a few minutes.

Wedding Traditions

3) Don’t Smash Without Permission. A lot of couples want to smash the cake into their new spouses face – it is funny right? And it puts on a good show for the guest. BUT, if your partner really really does not want to do that new part of this tradition. Just don’t do it. This, small as it seems, is something you should discuss with your soon-to-be when you are planning your wedding. A groom may feel uncomfortable with the chaos and a bride may be worried about getting the cake on their dress….or in their hair.


How To Cut Your Wedding Cake

Cutting the Wedding Cake

On your wedding day, not only are you going to marry your best friend, but you are also going to get the opportunity to participate in wedding traditions that have been practiced by millions of people from all walks of life. Really, one of the things that makes the tradition of a wedding so special is its creation of community, its link through generations and for some traditions even continents. It really is a beautiful thing.

If you don’t have someone to show you the ropes, you might feel at a loss when approaching these time old traditions. So, lets take a look at some of the things that you should do when cutting your wedding cake.

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Vintage Real Wedding with President and Jackie Kennedy

JFK Wedding Day

As we approach Independence day, we would like to pay homage to and feature the wedding of one of the most loved presidential couples in our history as a country: President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Jackie). Known for being a socialite and having impeccable, classy style, it is a wonderful privilege to be able to take a peak into Jackie Kennedy’s wedding day and to celebrate a time in their lives that was full of hope and promises.

Vintage Wedding Entering the Church escorted by her step father, with a look of absolute thrill.

President Wedding Ceremony The church and ceremony

bridal party  The wedding party.

Keeping Wedding Traditions

As a country, the U.S. is full of traditions as a part of the foundation of who we are. The fact that most of the country will be attending holiday parades, park events, and fire work shows in honor of those who have served and in celebration of the independence of this country is a demonstration of our love for (and need of) tradition. There seems to be a security or reassurance in tradition. That is probably why we uphold them and why it is so comforting -and even exciting- to see that in the lives of our Presidents traditions are kept. JFK and Jackie Kennedy upheld many wedding traditions, including but not limited to the first dance and cutting the cake.

Kennedy first dance The First Dance.

Jackie Kennedy's Wedding Veil Is that wedding veil not insanely gorgeous?

Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

President Wedding TraditionThey look like the kind of couple that would smash the cake in each other’s faces (under extreme punishment if he got any on her dress, of course).

Having so many glimpses into their wedding, knowing where their future led, emphasizes the wonderful nature of the wedding day. It is a snap shot, and captured moment of simple joy, complete love, and the promise of many days of happiness.

As you approach your wedding day, don’t forget it’s significance goes beyond the table settings and the reception decorations. Have your goal for the day to have the same look of joy on your face as the Kennedy’s do on their wedding day.


4th of July Wedding Inspirations and Tips

July Wedding Ideas

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July brides will be faced with the decision of themeing their wedding after independence day or avoiding it completely, and that may feel a little bit annoying. However, no matter when you get married, their will be some sort of convention or expectation in that month. For example, in her wedding feature, bride Dani indicated that she wanted bright colors for her wedding, but had to work with something warmer and darker to fit the fall season (To see Dani’s November wedding follow this link). Here is the thing, no matter what month it is or what season or holiday is around it, you get the final say – you don’t have to have a 4th of July theme or color scheme if you don’t want to.

That being said, an independence day wedding can be a lot of fun and very pretty. Plus, it cuts the worry of the color scheme out immediately.

Why Use an Independence Day Theme?

  • This theme is great for couples who are or are from families that have served in the military or are police officers or fire fighters.
  • It is also great for couples highly involved in their community or politics.
  • It is a great for the summer season, drawing on traditions of BBQs, fireworks, the joining together of people.
  • It has a simple color palette that can be tweaked easily to fit your tastes (there are about a gazillion shades of red and blue!)
  • People are more likely to have fun with it

Tips for Using This Theme

Unless you are a fan of the bright colors, it will be easier to keep the wedding theme more subtle or less like a parade threw up on it if you use warmer or softer versions of the United State’s red white and blue. Also, you can draw on more than just the literal American flag. Think about important moments in history, symbols of unity in the country, and more personal memories you have surrounding Independence day celebrations. For example, if you family always throws fire crackers on the 4th, you could give them out as your wedding favors or if you love the fireworks show, you could do a sparkler send off (Find great sparklers for your grand exit here or at The Wedding Sparkler Store). It may even be cool to throw fire crackers and have sparklers for your grand exit. If you have the budget and make the appropriate plans, you could even have actual fireworks go off! Additionally, you may want to consider keeping the dress code more casual; think summer dresses and sandals.

Everything together will unmistakably create a night of excitement.


Return Policies for Wedding Accessories

Return Policies for Wedding Accessories

Product Returns

Photo: Urban Moxy

As you go about your wedding day shopping you may be finding that wedding shops have tight return policies. It may be frustrating, but for wedding stores to stay open and provide you with all the wonderful wedding accessories and needs, it is a necessity.

Avoid the Returns Headache

When you make a purchase on – or any wedding accessory store – be sure to read through the return policy. Return policies may vary, but in the wedding industry, you can expect a few consistencies.

  • Wedding Date is Too Late. Most places, including Wedding Collectibles, will not allow returns past your wedding date. Doing so is like encouraging shoppers to keep the tags on their dresses and return them after they have used them.
  • Quick Turn Around. Along side not allowing returns after the wedding date, a lot of shops will have a small window for you to initiate your return. Wedding Collectibles allows returns within 5 days of receipt. So once you receive your product, open it, inspect it, and either keep it or return it.
  • Personalized Items are Non-refundable/returnable. If you have put your initials or name on your product, it cannot be resold, so it cannot be returned. However, a lot of shops – not just wedding, but any store with personalized items – returns are allowed if there is an error that the store made. It wouldn’t exactly be fare for us to mess up your order and not fix it, just as it is not fair for us to take responsibility for any typos entered by the customer. Always review, triple check, any personalization.

While these are likely consistencies, be sure to review the return policies of any store you buy from, as they may differ. To view Wedding Collectible’s full return policy click here.


Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor (Part 2: The Big Day)

Engagement Photography


Meet the couple and and read about pre-wedding set up, mishaps, fixes, and planning by clicking Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor: Part 1



Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor (Part 2: The Big Day)

Beach Wedding

Wedding Photography by Dorritt Solesbee

Their California wedding was styled simply but with precise elegance. Her colors were navy, peach and creme. She decided on these colors because she desperately wanted a bright wedding, but didn’t want to use summer colors during the fall. So she used the navy to bring in a deeper tone and allow the peach to pop out. She, Taylor, their relationship and their wedding are absolutely breathtaking.

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Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor (Part 1: An Engagement to Remember)

 Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor

(Part 1: An Engagement to Remember)

Engagement PhotographyMeet the Couple

Dani and Taylor both grew up in California, but met working in the very romantic setting of In-N-Out while attending school in Utah. They dated for a whole two months before their first kiss, Dani lamented, but also proclaimed, “It was the best first kiss I have ever had.”

“Taylor was walking me to my car from his apartment and the whole way I was so nervous because I knew we were finally going to kiss. I say finally because we had been dating for almost two months already and he hadn’t kissed me yet! So lets just say I was dying. We got to my car and we hugged and I looked up at him. But he didn’t kiss me. So what did I do? I took charge and kissed him! It was the best first kiss I have ever had. As we pulled away we hugged again and he gave me the sweetest kiss on the forehead and then I went home. He will still to this day deny that I kissed him first.”

So what do you say Taylor? Will you admit she made the first move or do you have another story to tell?

Whether he admits it or not, that two months of waiting ended up helping them build a strong foundation to stand on. Plus he more than made up for it when he proposed in early august of last year.

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Top 10 Contemporary Cake Toppers

Contemporary: An adjective meaning belonging to or occurring in the present. This can be just literal, but also inspirational, especially to a bride. Belong in the present. Live in the present. Love in the present. The contemporary bride is more than existing now, she loves and lives in the now, and often needs her wedding to do just that. These contemporary cake toppers focus on the now, the moment, and the excitement of knowing that a moment becomes most special when it begins to slip away

Top 10 Contemporary Cake Toppers

  1.  Language of Love My Love Wedding Cake Topper Figurine
    Contemporary Wedding                     Aside from it’s sleek and smooth lines, part of what helps this cake topper embody the contemporary is the text along the side? Why? Because text is constantly living. As each person reads it, it exists in that person’s present. It is always. THAT is what takes this contemporary cake topper to the absolute top. Continue reading

Real Wedding: Purple and French With Trina & Spencer

 Real Wedding: A French Styled Purple Wedding With Trina & SpencerBride and Groom

Meet the couple: Tina and Spencer met and fell in love while attending their church activities. Trina quickly picked him out as a cutie and it wasn’t long until they were dating. The first time they kissed, Trina snuck a kiss on his cheek as he dropped her off at her front door and Spencer’s face lit up. Trina remembers it feeling so special and sweet to see him beaming as he drove off that night. Spencer, nervous, proposed to Trina up at the look out point in Fullerton California after spending more time than normal trudging through trails and sprinklers. Of course, Trina eagerly said yes, but right before Spencer put the ring on her finger he adorably asked “This is the finger it is supposed to go on right?” Essentially sealing the deal for Trina’s heart without even realizing it.

This sweet couple was married in the LDS Newport Beach Temple followed by a simple ring ceremony through the OC Sailing and Event Center for those that were unable to enter the Temple to be a part of. The wedding and reception was full of joy and fun; however, the night before the wedding they were met with sobering news: Trina’s father had passed away. Sharing this, Trina stated that “with love, support, and smiles, our family was able to have an amazing wedding day”. Her father’s passing made each quiet moment special and she knew without a doubt that her father was still with her that day.

Their Wedding Style : French with Purple All Over

Real Wedding CenterpiecesTheir table centerpieces alternated between tall elegant vases with flowers by Saadia Kibirya from Kismat Events and intricate birdcages.

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