If you’re planning your 2018 Wedding now, and you’re perhaps a bit stuck creatively, here are some trends that wedding industry professional are predicted for this year’s season! While some trends come and go, others are here to stay as we see a generational shift in the traditions surrounding weddings. Finding inspiration not only from tradition but also new and modern trends is a great way to make the choices that best represent you and your fiancé(e) as you move towards your special day and a lifetime of happiness together!
White monochrome is always a classic option, yet more and more couples are choosing to incorporate vibrant colours into their wedding palette, and even into their cake design! Wedding professionals are predicting that we’ll be seeing Apricots and Butter Yellows this year in addition to variations of Pantone’s colour of the year – Ultra Violet. This means that we’ll be seeing colours like lavender and burgundy, deep romantic merlots, and vibrant regal purples, complimented by or perhaps along with those hues of natural yellow. In some cases, getting those rich colours in your cake design can be done using fruits like berries, figs, plums, and apricots. In other cases, using food dyes to as nearly match your wedding colour palettes as possible may be what’s best for your preferred design.
In 2017, we began seeing trends towards metallic golds, and rose gold in specific. Gold is set, and likely won’t be going anywhere for some time. That said, wedding professionals expect to see a shift in metallic accents towards Silver rather than Gold. Silver would be a lovely accent in industrial settings and against natural backdrops, picking up light for a dramatic effect. Whether you prefer an understated accent of metallic silver painted on your cake or entire tiers covered in edible food grade silver leaf, this accent is a sure way to elevate your wedding décor and bring a modern touch to your cake design.
Along with metallic accents, natural stone textures like marble as well as geometric accents are predicted to reign over wedding décor this coming year. Imagine a cake with hexagonal or square tiers, or even a cake stand that includes a geometric shape base. Even if you’re leaning towards something a bit more traditional, there are plenty of ways to add small geometric touches to your cake design. As cake artist, this is where we come in, incorporating all of the elements of design that you love in a cohesive and custom wedding cake for you and your guests to enjoy!
Using fresh flowers will never go out of style. There’s something about bringing the beauty of nature to cake design that you just can’t beat. We are seeing movement not necessarily away from fresh flowers, but rather to include a larger array of greenery. Branches and greenery, even fresh herbs, are being used more and more in wedding décor in general and, most certainly, on wedding cakes. When it comes to florals and greenery, our goal is to ensure not only the design aesthetic that you’re after but also food safety through thorough preparing of each flower and stem added to your cake design.
STYLED DESSERT TABLES
A growing trend in weddings is to offer a variety of sweets to guests in addition to your cake. While traditional wedding cakes will never go out of style, many couples are choosing to add on items such as cakesicles, cookies, macarons, meringues, tartlettes, dipped oreos and pretzels, and the ever beloved cupcake. While candy and dessert buffets have been trending for a while now, the difference here is how stylized the tables have become. The use of backdrops, unique stands and platters, and an assortment of colours, shapes, and heights, give guests not only an array of treats to choose from, but also a visually appealing presentation to match the preferred aesthetic of your wedding décor.
Deciding how many of each item can be the hardest part of this route. It is recommended to have at least 3-4 items per guest. If you’re planning to serve a custom tiered wedding cake, you can drop that recommendation to 2-3 items per guest. Having a variety of sweets is great, but this does also allow room to get creative with flavours! If your wedding cake is all one flavour, these other treats give you room to feature other flavours that you enjoy, and perhaps also give opportunity for those guests with food allergies or restrictions to likewise enjoy treats.
Traditionally, wedding season peaks in the summer time. We are seeing a trend of weddings moving towards the fall. Wedding Wire, a leading Wedding Industry platform, states: “1 in 3 couples now get married in the fall, and nearly 15% of all weddings take place in October.” Securing your date with your vendors and venue well in advance may be the best way to ensure you get the wedding date that you prefer. That said, California in the summer and fall is still quite hot. Especially because we are seeing movement towards outdoor weddings, ensuring that you have a place to store your wedding cake until your cutting ceremony or service is very important.
Cakes are baked fresh and we use high quality ingredients. Cakes are susceptible to extreme heat and direct sunlight. Making sure that you have a space indoors, covered from direct sunlight, on a stable and level table, in a room that is no more than 75 degrees F will be the best way to ensure your cake’s quality. Please keep in mind that a Semi-Naked Buttercream Cake filled with fruit placed on a cake table outdoors in the middle of July heat in Northern California probably won’t make it. We’d love it to, but it probably won’t. Benefiting from our experience, we can offer tips and design tricks to make sure that your cake dreams come true, and we can coordinate with your day-of planners and venue to ensure the quality and integrity of your perfect wedding cake.
Our aim is excellence in custom flavours and design, and also in customer service! Getting you closer to your perfect wedding by providing a delicious custom designed cake that represents you and your partner and the love you share is our joy! Get in touch today to schedule your Wedding Cake Tasting and Consultation! (www.themixbakingco.com/contact)
Owner & Cake Artist, The Mix Baking Co.