Sometimes Love is In The Stars. Or The Star Wars. Same diff, right?

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Having met my husband at a Halloween party, dressed as Star Wars heroine Princess Leia, this cake photo struck near and dear to my heart. As I knew well at the time, Princess Leia revvs up the hearts of many men of a certain age, and my costume interpretation of “Leia goes to the disco on Hoth” was killer. I had him at cinnamon buns. Almost exactly two years later, we threw a party (aka destination wedding) in Palm Springs, (I had another killer up-do) and became husband and wife.

The night we met: Princess Leia goes to the disco on the Ice Planet, and Harry Potter

Just about everybody knows someone who is really into Star Wars.  And when it comes to weddings, many a shout out has been made to the citizens of the galaxy. Some are musical (a recessional from the movie’s score is a good one), pastry, like these folks did, or fashion (Leia did wear a lot of white..).  So don’t fear throwing a little George Lucas inspiration in the mix.  We do advise however, that a soup-to-nuts all out costumed, Star Wars themed wedding would make people uncomfortable, as does any 100% re-enactment wedding.   And in the end, we’re celebrating our friends and family as much as ourselves.  If they are all miserable in their storm trooper armor and ewok hats, they may as well have stayed far, far away.

On wedding day. Different outfits (but still a killer up-do)

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All you need is…cake?

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Wedinator put up this excellent example of a cake that was a lot of fun for the bakery – and is actually really cool – but will suck all of the energy and focus of any picture, (and any cake-cutting ceremony for that matter, and what couple wants the cake to outshine them)? If you’re going for a kitschy cake, embrace the Southern tradition of a Groom’s Cake: a cake that is generally a contrast in flavor to the wedding cake, and frequently (though not always*) created in a theme or shape related to the groom’s hobbies or interests. This could be a golf ball shaped cake, or a college pennant, even a car.  A nice cheesecake or flourless chocolate also works well if the groom has a passion for something that’s not represented in the wedding cake.  Even Prince William and Kate Middleton were inspired by the traditions of the Colonies, and had a groom’s cake at their recent wedding. Whatever it is, if it looks like a greeting card exploded all over it, keep it far away from your cake table.  Let the bride and groom be the main attraction – not the pastry.  Once the cute feeding each other part is done, and the photos are taken, cut that beauty up and let them eat cake!

*One of our brides, whose groom had a passion for chocolate chip cookies, arranged for platters of fresh baked cookies as a groom’s dessert.  He was thrilled – and they were spared the cost of an elaborate cake in the shape of a fishing boat.

R2-D2 Groom's Cake

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You can’t take your eyes off it. A car wreck? Nope, a Cake Wreck.

Cakewrecks was hot hot hot a while back, but I can’t resist calling attention to it again.  The perfect blog based antidote to the basic cable cake worship shows, it’s the place bad cake photos go to be laughed at. Hooted and hollered at, if we are being specific. And when I say bad cakes, I mean reeeeaaaallly bad cakes. Check it out, but make sure you don’t have anything in your mouth that you wouldn’t want coming out your nose.  Brides: click here for a humorous yet cautionary lesson in paying more attention to your actual baker’s skills than your fantasy photo!  And enjoy tasting when you go – it’s one of the most fun moments of the process….mmmm…makes me want cake.  Somebody pre-heat the oven, ok?

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