In this wedding news blog post we are taking a look at one of the most popular and long standing wedding traditions “The Wedding Cake.”
Love is Sweet
Yum, life really is sweeter when you’re in love, at least that’s what one study suggests. Researchers found that both candy and water taste sweeter when people are in love, so what better way for wedding couples to share their love than sharing a delicious slice of wedding cake.
A wedding cake is a focal point of a wedding and usually sits in a prominent point of the function room. The wedding cake is a longstanding tradition dating back to Roman and Medieval times. Back then a stack of buns was used instead of a multi-level culinary masterpiece, but the symbolism was generally the same. Over the centuries there have been many traditions created surrounding the cake and it still remains an important aspect of weddings in Ireland. As a wedding videographer covering weddings in Tipperary & Kilkenny, I always like to capture the cutting of the cake on video because it represents the first activity done as a couple.
Whilst the classic tiered, white or ivory cake appears the more traditional choice for weddings in Tipperary, this does not mean that you cannot choose an alternative for your big day. Maybe you’re not a big fan of cake, or you just want to offer your guests something a bit different to sample? Take a look at some of the suggestions below for some alternative wedding cake inspiration for brides in Ireland.
One of the most popular wedding cake alternatives over the past few years has without a doubt been cupcakes. This versatile desert can be made in a wide range of flavours, from strawberry to chocolate fudge and tiffin to blueberry, meaning you can mix and match to please all of your guests!
Another great feature of using cupcakes is that they can be decorated in a variety of beautiful ways – meaning your nuptial cupcakes can become an additional décor feature of your wedding.
- Decorative Doughnuts
Decorative doughnuts are fast becoming a popular choice for brides and grooms. These deep fried treats are a favourite with guests of all ages – and the fact that they come in different flavours, and can be dressed up in your bridal colours, make them ideal for the big day. Serve them with coffee or chocolate dipping sauce and you have got a desert that’s sure to please all your guests.
- Ice Cream
Whether you are a vanilla or mint chocolate chip fan, individuals of all ages love ice cream! So, why not set up a make-your-own-sundae bar or an ice cream cone station, where guests can indulge in some refreshing sweet treats. Ice cream is a particularly good desert option for summer weddings.
- Dessert Shots
Serving desserts in shot glasses, perhaps chocolate mousse or strawberry cheesecake is a really fun alternative to the traditional wedding cake. Create an arrangement of dessert shots on a decorated table, with three to four varieties.
- A Pie Table
Set up a pie table and let your guests enjoy the buffet. Whether you provide apple, banoffee or cherry, pies are a great option for winter weddings in particular. If you are on a tight budget, you could consider asking friends or family members to each bake a different type of pie to bring to the party.
- Desert Jars
When you are hosting a more casual, rustic styled wedding, consider serving your deserts in jars. Deserts such as chocolate chip cookies, brownies and fruit crumbles work particularly well.
- Mini Deserts
Consider serving a selection of mini deserts as an alternative to wedding cake, on your big day. Offering up a tasty arrangement of small desserts such as mini muffins, bite sized cookies or miniature cheesecake, is a great way to play with tradition.
- Made to Order Waffles
Perfect for winter weddings, a made to order waffle station is a fantastic alternative wedding cake option. Set up a waffle station, where guests can choose their own toppings, such as ice cream, whipped cream, syrup, berries, Nutella, or even a little Baileys for the adults.
Feeling hungry for something sweet now? So are we!
Here at Drangan Video myself Eamon has been providing professional wedding videography services throughout Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford and up and down the country for over a decade now. I would be honoured to capture your big day in all its finery. Get in touch today for a free no-obligation consultation regarding video coverage of your big day.
Wishing you a Sweet Wedding Day.