A Guide to Cake Size

Cake Infographic

Infographic Source: weddingbells.ca

A Guide to Cake Size: Infographics and other helpful hints

This wedding infographic is extraordinarily helpful as you plan one of your center stage details for your wedding.

Here’s why:

The typical sizes of a wedding cake range from as large a base as 14 inches in diameter to as small as 4 inches in diameter. As you decide on a wedding cake topper (or the lack of one) you need to keep in mind the size of your top tier. In other words, you will want to keep the size of your wedding cake topper proportionate to your tier size and the over all height of your cake.

Cake topper size

Aside from the aesthetics, another very important detail is the serving size. Ask yourself these questions three:

  • How many guests will you have?
  • Are you serving other deserts?
  • Will you serve a sheet cake version of your cake and get a smaller “display” size?”

It is a matter of balancing how much cake you want to serve, how much cake will be eaten, and how you want your cake to look. If you have always dreamed of a 6 layer cake, you may not need to serve any other deserts. Also, keep in mind if you are going to keep the tradition of saving the top tier for your 1 year anniversary, as this will decrease the serving size of your cake.

A lot of couples will get a simple and small two tier cake that’s main purpose is to keep traditions: cutting the cake and saving the cake top. Remember, small sizes will also often mean smaller prices. So if you are on a budget, you may want to consider just getting a small cake with sheet cake to serve or other deserts.

 

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 Weddingcollectibles.com – 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.

 

Top 10 Toasting Glasses

Top 10 Toasting Glasses

toasting glasses
One of the more intimate wedding traditions are the wedding toasts, whether it be the maid of honor sharing sweet memories, the best man telling inappropriate stories, or the father of the bride tearing up. These unique bride and groom (and whoever else you would like to have them) are a perfect addition to your wedding. There are so many styles, there is no doubt that you will find one that fits your wedding tone.

If you are having a particularly small wedding, it may be a good idea to get these unique toasting glasses for each of your guests — minus the bride and groom etchings. Or, they would also work great at an engagement party and some even at a bridal shower. Whatever the event, you have some superb options.Review Android Smartphone

1) Mr. & Mrs. Stemless Champagne Toasting Flutes
stemless wedding flutes These stemless champagne flutes are a summer wedding favorite. They offer a unique and more casual style without sacrificing the elegance of the moment.

2) Contemporary Champagne Flutes
Mr and Mr toast glassesThese more contemporary toasting glasses are great for any modern or contemporary wedding. We love their sleek and crisp design!

3) Contemporary Double-walled Champagne Flutes
wedding champagne flutesTimelessness mixed with modern, these champagne flutes offer a one of a kind feel. They even look somewhat like an hour glass and can easily be mixed with both modern and vintage wedding styles.
4) Dangling Jewel Toasting Glasses
heart toasting fluteThese curvy sweetheart champagne flutes are beautiful. They serve as being a more traditional option with some added bling.
5) Firelight Platinum Signature Crystal Flutes — Lenox
toasting glassThis simple set is high quality, sophisticated, and meant to be a part of a high class wedding.

6) Bird of Paradise Etched Champagne Flute Set

etched toasting fluteThere are a few different etched glass options when it comes to toasting glasses. This bird of paradise design is great for summer and beach wedding themes. It is a symbol of relaxation of fun.

8) Elegant Calligraphy Champ Glasses
bride and groom glass

These toasting glasses offer a different tone than the traditional champagne flute that is both lighthearted and sweet.

9) Monogram Cream Sash Toasting Glasses
Monogram Toasting GlassMonograms are a great thing for weddings. The bride and groom are joining together to make their new family and their wedding monogram is a symbol of that. That is only a small part of what makes this long stemmed flute a great option and a part of our top 10.

10) Lusterware Stein
wedding bear mug  If you want something spunky, look no farther. These are great for casual weddings or even just bachelor parties.

Use Real Weddings While Planning Your Wedding

real wedding inspiration

We are having so much fun receiving and sharing your weddings! Real weddings are the absolute best source for ideas and inspiration because they are doable and have a much wider variety. If you are a new bride beginning your planning, read through and check out real weddings before your search through a catalog. Features are great because they often come with advice from the bride and groom that can help you avoid the same complications. All in all, it is a great starting point for before you make any purchases and even set a date. It is like window shopping!

4 Things to Look For

  1. Location: Try and find weddings local to your area so that if you like their vendor or venue you may actually be able to use it.
  2. Vendors: Pay attention to links to who their photographer was and where they got their dress. It is always so much more useful to know exactly where you can get a cake like the one in the picture because you will know who made it!
  3. DIY: If the real wedding you are looking at was pretty crafty it will be easy to find wedding accessories and decorations that you can make yourself on your budget.
  4. Tips and Tricks: These couples have been through exactly what you are doing. It can’t hurt to head their advice!

Real Weddings Featured on Wedding Collectibles 

sunflower wedding

For a country rustic themed wedding take a peak at McKenna & Vince’s Tiffany Blue Wedding.

gay wedding

For ideas on how to pull of an elegant and traditional same sex wedding check out Josh & Jason’s Real Wedding

hawaii wedding

If you are looking to have a destination wedding, Melissa & Cameron’s wedding has a lot of good ideas to keep it on budget.

Check out more weddings in the real wedding category of our blog!

Don’t Forget to Submit Your Wedding

We absolutely love our brides and grooms. It is our hope that their stories and weddings can help new brides in their own wedding planning. If you are a bride or groom that want to share the beauty of your wedding day or are a wedding photographer or planner that wishes to submit a wedding you have recently worked on, be sure to submit a wedding feature application by following this link!

Thank you to all of you that have submitted to us already; we are looking forward to publishing your feature!

Fun Bridal Shower Game

Fun Bridal Shower Game

Bridal Shower Guest Book

When planning a bridal shower it can be kind of tricky figuring out what to do other than watch the bride open gifts and eat cake, but there are a ton of fun activities that work great for a bridal shower. One of the tried and true games is the newlywed questionnaire. This bridal shower game has a ton of variations and can be completely catered to the bride and groom – this is probably why it is so successful.

The main idea of this game is for the bride and groom to answer a set of questions about their relationship, each other, and marriage and then to see how well – or not! – their answers line up.

Warning: This can be a lot of fun and is suppose to be silly, so try not to push too hard or make the bride feel dumb for not knowing the answers. Also, pay attention to the audience or don’t ask inappropriate questions that will embarrass the bride or is none of anyone’s business.

Below we have two versions that have been shared with us by our wedding collectible brides during their interview to be featured on our blog (To see our real wedding features click here and to submit for your wedding to be featured click here.)

Behind the Scenes

Bridal Shower Question Game

The behind the scenes version of this game is for showers that have the rule of “no men allowed” or the groom cannot be present. The person planning the shower or planning the games would need to set up a time to interview the groom with a set of questions that the bride and groom should probably know about each other or questions about who is going to be doing what in their marriage (ie. who is going to be doing the dishes?). It is fun if you can get the interview on tape and then play his answers after the bride has made her guess, but if you cannot do that, the host or host of the game can read off his responses. This game is easy and can bring in a lot of laughs.

Barbie and Ken

fun bridal shower game

This version is great for co-ed showers or for a bridal shower where the groom can pop in for an hour. In this version of the game the bride and groom are seated back to back and are asked questions that all of answers of him or her. Examples would be, who said I love you first or who is the better dancer. To answer each question the bride and groom will hold up either a barbie (bride) or a ken doll (ken). If you don’t have barbie dolls accessible, then any “girl toy” and “boy toy” can work or you could even use shoes.

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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How to Judge Quality When Shopping Online

When shopping online there is often a fear that what you see is not what you are going to get. This can be particularly stressful when you are shopping for accessories for one of the biggest days of your life: your wedding. Wedding Collectibles works to provide the best quality and a variety of choices, but we also look to provide items that will work for a variety of budgets. We’ve come up with 3 tips that should help you buy exactly what you are looking for.

Flower Basket

  1. A great rule of thumb when shopping for anything in your wedding is that you are going to get what you pay for. So if a flower basket is under $10, then it is going to be worth under $10 (unless there is some sort of mega sale). This does not mean it won’t be pretty and nice or that you shouldn’t buy it, but that it  does mean that it will not be the same type of product as if you were buying a basket worth $60.
  2. Working off of the first point, it is important to read the product descriptions, paying special attention to size and material. For example, the flower basket above is $7.95 with a 4.9 star rating. That is a great price for a beautiful and simple flower basket. However, as read in the product description, this basket is also 7 inches tall. So, while this may be perfect for your 3 year old flower girl, it may seem dwarfish in the hands of anyone over the age of 8. Imagine if you hadn’t read the description and expected it to be larger; you might find yourself frustrated and thinking it was poor quality.
  3. The final tip for judging the quality of a product online is to read the reviews. By paying attention to star ratings and comments other shoppers have made, you can get an idea of what exactly you are buying. When doing this, be sure to look at both positive and negative reviews because what is bothersome to one person, may go unnoiticed to another.

How to Create an Intimate Atmosphere at Your Wedding

How to Create an Intimate Atmosphere at Your Wedding

Whether you are having a big wedding or a small wedding, you are going to want to have an intimate atmosphere in order to amplify feelings of love and genuine happiness. Here are four suggestions to help you bring your family and friends closer together as you celebrate your new marriage.

Unplugged Wedding

  1. Personalized Name Cards If you are having place cards for assigned seats, personalize the cards to your guests. If you have a large guest list, this can be time consuming, but it may be worth it to make your guests feel special and like you wanted them specifically to be there. A personalized place card can be as simple as their name in that person’s favorite color and can even include an icon or image that represents something about them. Or, to take it even further, you can have a personalized message to them on the back or under their name.
  2. Ask everyone to unplug – We have seen rounds of weddings that have created their own wedding hashtag for their guests to link photo’s to, but now we are seeing couples opt to “ban” cell phones and social media from their wedding. The goal is to get people off their phones and pull them into the moment of the wedding. Some are even including a “phone check” (like a coat check) as a way of making it fun, but also enforcing it. By keeping everyone in the moment, your guests will become more a part of your wedding and even be a key part in building an intimate atmosphere.
  3. Use a warm color scheme – Warm colors absorb light and bring a room closer together. Even the description of warm pulls to a more intimate feeling. Warm and full of love. So choosing a warm color scheme for your wedding can definitely help you bring a closer feel to your wedding.
  4. Don’t just greet, mingle and interact – Greeting lines are great for insuring that you get face time with each of your guests, but sometimes that cane be overly formal if you want to have a more intimate vibe. Instead, or along side it, try to take a moment with each of your guests (not necessarily one on one). This can be going around to each table to greet and talk with your guests, but also includes having things like money dances or opportunities for your guests to take turns to dance with you and your groom.

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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Does a Wedding Cake Topper Need a Base?

The most basic answer to this frequent question is no. Cake topper bases are more often than not only used for aesthetic appeal. So the question you should ask yourself is do you want your cake topper to have a base? Bases can add an element of creativity, elegance, and even fun. But, depending on your cake topper and the base in question, it may add a formality that you are not looking for. At Wedding Collectibles we provide cake toppers with and without bases and bases that can be used with your choice of cake topper. It is the DIY of wedding cake toppers. Click here for bases that can be mixed and matched with any wedding topper.

There will be some cases where a base is required or a base cannot really be used. For example, if you are purchasing a glass cake topper, it is required to have some sort of base or stand for safety concerns, such that we do not sell glass figurines as cake toppers unless they have a base. Please note that acrylic cake toppers will often look like glass toppers, but do not require a base, so please be sure to read the product descriptions if you are unsure.

Action Wedding Collectible

 The Secret Life of Pets film

Then, many of our monogram cake toppers and action toppers cannot be used with a base because they are made to be held to the cake through the use of prongs. For example, in the wedding cake topper above, the climbing groom has prongs in his hands and feet. This assures that the figure will stay where you want it, though it won’t exactly work as the best collectible on your mantle and it has no need for a cake topper base.

 The Secret Life of Pets film