Different type of wedding cake toppers: What can you top your cake with?

A little while ago I saw a post on one of my favourite blogs Rock n Roll Bride about cake toppers and I thought I could show you a few that were selected to be placed on my cakes.

Personalised wooden heart

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                                              Flowers: TJ

Little wooden people

geek                                   Photo: Alexa Loy, Cake topper: Genefy Playground

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Asya                                                        Flowers by Rebel Rebel

Old-fashion plastic couple

(from my own wedding, awwww, kitsch??? I knoooowwww)

Wedding                                                     Photo: Paola De Paola

Here it is in action.

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Oops, no sorry, I’d already taken it off…

Cute Animals

Sylvanian Family Bride and Groom and mini bunting

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Old-fashion ceramic swans

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Feathery little birdie

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More birdies

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Photo: McKinley-Rogers, Flowers: Ladybird

Flowers

Artificial flowers

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Photo: Kat Forsyth

Fresh flowers

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+ Personalised Stationery

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+ Berries

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Usual cake toppers

Such as this one, made of seashells, brown sugar and flowers!

Vintage-Nautical_Julie-Siddi-40-576x384                                                     Photo: Julie Siddi

OR

These Star Wars figurine. Why not?

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Annnnnnnd, that’s it for now. Etsy is a good place to find cool cake toppers I think.

So, which ones do you prefer?

A bientot!

Lau x

How much does a wedding cake cost? Your wedding cake and your budget

Bonjour! It has been a while. Too busy baking beautiful cakes for lovely couples this wedding season ;). Today, I would like to talk about how to choose your wedding cake according to your budget.

WeddingFirst, let’s not forget that wedding cakes are real artistic creations individually designed by your cake maker. It is bespoke and made to order to meet your personal requirements. Of course, the price is primarily determined by the cost of the ingredients and size of the cake but also the level of decoration required and the time spent on it.

Here are a few points you may find useful to understand how your cake is priced.

  • The choice of covering.

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You can usually choose between buttercream, cream cheese frosting, fresh cream, chocolate ganache, royal icing fondant icing, marzipan etc… Fondant icing and marzipan tend to be more expensive due to the original price and time spent one it.

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                                               Photo: Paola De Paola

Naked cakes should be cheaper as they require less work but it does depend of what decoration you wish to go for. Summer berries are quite costly, even more so in the winter!

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                                   Photo: Urban Bridesmaid Photography

  • The choice of decoration

The possibilities are (almost) endless, lace, ribbon, sugar flowers or figurines, fresh flowers or fruit. Again, price and time spent will determine your final quote.

  • The choice of structure and height.

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Photo: Paola De Paola

You may go for a single, 2/3/4 tiers etc…

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The height of each tier could be standard (approximately 3”), higher (4”) or double (6”). Obviously, The higher the more expensive as more ingredients used, time spent and materiel such as cake boards and dowels.

So ask yourself the question, do you want a tall cake to impress but not necessarily one that caters for all your guests?

Why not add fake, polystyrene tiers that will add to the height. These are cheaper than a real one.

Abby & Feisal                                                Photo: Paola De Paola

  • The choice of the shape.

Classical shapes are square or round but there are also other possibilities such as oval, heart-shaped but be aware that fancy shaped will add extra cost especially if it requires a special baking tin.

  • The cake topper

geek                                              Photo: Alexa Loy

                                             Cake topper: Genefy Playground

Sugar flowers or fresh ones. couple figurines, wooden initials. Try Etsy.com, they have a fantastic range of toppers. Personalised or not.

Voila. A bientot!

Lau xx

Pretty in Pink at Brixton East, London: A vintage modern wedding for the quirky bride.

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Hello lovelies,

My good friend and amazingly talented London photographer Paola De Paola, and I had been planning a bridal styled shoot for a long time. We were joined later by an awesome team of suppliers such as Natalie and Guy from Curious Fair, with helped out with the planning  and the props and the styling on the day and many many more! Kiki the fabulous organiser of Chosen Wedding Fair loved the idea so much she asked us if she could use the images and video as a promotional shoot for her 27th April lovely event. We said ‘OH YEAH!’ 😉

‘The Chosen Wedding Fair was created in 2012 by a frustrated bride-to-be, and has steadily been growing as it aims for a fresh and fun way to discover and design your own unique personalised wedding. Chosen work very hard to handpick each exhibitor and they are fortunate enough to showcase excellent talent from bespoke designer makers and vintage aficionados in the surrounding area.’ 

The shoot that took place at alternative wedding venue, a Victorian warehouse Brixton East showcases a modern vintage romantic ‘secret wedding’ which offers a fresh approach just like the Chosen Wedding Fair aims to do. “We really wanted to show how contemporary styling could bring a different look or edge to a vintage styled wedding, offering an alternative fresh look to what is already lovely, but may have been done before. Finding Brixton East was a fantastic part of the journey in planning the shoot, the brickwork walls, wooden flooring and rustic feel set the perfect backdrop for the playful ‘secret wedding’ shoot bursting with colour, excitement and a lot of tiny details to bring the wow factor to life.”

And here are the results. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Wow, wow, WOW!

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And here’s the AWESOME video: http://vimeo.com/89971062

Contributors

Location: Brixton East/ Photographer: Paola de Paola / Designer + Stylist: Curious Fair /Headpieces: Curious Fair / Cake Designer: French Made / China + Props: Mrs Terrence / Hair + make up: Cristina Pala Hair Make up / Decor : The Sweet Hostess / Promoter: Chosen Wedding Fair / Flowers:  Ladybird Flowers  / Veil: Kelly Spence Bridal Design / Suit: Tweed Addict / Dresses: Days of Grace Vintage / Videographer: Love Storage  /Models: Adeline & Scott

 

The National Vintage Awards 2014: Votes are open!

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Hello lovelies,

We’ve decided to enter the competition this year so please, vote for us!!

Follow the link then click on ‘Best vintage event service and supplier’ and French Made. It’s us. Thank you so much. Pass the word round, it would be great! 🙂

http://thenationalvintageawards.co.uk/vote2014/

 

Lau xx

A Most Curious Wedding fair: 4th-5th April

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Hey Lovelies,

It’s been a while, I know… But I was involved in soooo many exciting projects, I didn’t have time to write much…I can’t wait to share them with ya all!

One of the most exciting things coming up for French Made is exhibiting at A Most Curious Wedding Fair for the 3rd time. This year, it’s on 4th-5th April in Hackney Downs Studio. How cool does that sound, hey?Image

I LOVE it! Let me tell you a little bit about it.

‘A Most Curious Wedding Fair is the bridal event for the expressive, style savvy , design-loving and fashion-forward couple.

A Most Curious has a love affair with fashion and evolves and follows it wherever it may go. Yes 5 years ago the emerging fashion was vintage and we were aaaalll about vintage, we’re not ashamed! But it isn’t anymore, its still there, we still love it, you still love it and it will be at our fairs, but it isn’t the overriding theme.

Now on our eighth fair, A Most Curious has taken a solemn vow to bring brides and grooms the very latest fashions, with the foresight to be changeable, en vogue and never tired or standing still. If it’s beautiful, fresh, fun and cool or just about to be cool, we will incorporate it into our wedding fair so it can, in turn, can be incorporated into your big day.

Most Curious and it’s handpicked exhibitors draw inspiration from the lifestyle trends around us, yourlifestyle trends, not weddings trends, weddings shouldn’t have trends, they should be about you having fun and being creative, dreaming big and most importantly an expression and celebration of who you are as a couple.

A Most Curious Wedding Fair encapsulates that with it’s mix of innovative, design-led suppliers, fashion shows, entertainment, styling, activities, music and performance.

Those things you can’t quite put your finger on but you know you want it on your day? We’ll find it for you.’

AND my very talented super duper London Photographer friend, Paola De Paola will be there too!

Simply perfect 🙂

A bientôt!

Lau xx

Vintage Hen parties with Vintage Hen House

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Bonjour Peeps,

Today, I proudly present to you another great guest post by lovely Claire from Vintage Hen House. And I tell you what, I even provide cakes for some of their fabulous collections!

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‘Hen Party. Those two words can either strike fear into the hearts of your hens – think veils, willy straws and strippers – or completely delight them – think glamorous vintage makeovers, Charleston dance classes and afternoon tea. Here at The Vintage Hen House we most definitely prefer the latter!
Inspired by the glamour and style from bygone eras we plan vintage inspired hen party collections that cover the whole of the UK. So whether you fancy some 1920s decadence or some rockabilly fun- it’s certainly a hen party like no other.
We also have an online Hen Shop selling gorgeous handmade hen party accessories from rosette style badges to guest books – meaning you can ditch those L plates!
So if a run of the mill hen party isn’t your thing, then take a look at what we do and prepare to be inspired with a hen party that’s memorable, for all the right reasons – no L plates allowed!’

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La Noce, le festival de mariage qui pétille!

Quelle bonne nouvelle! Enfin, une opportunité pour les Marseillais de découvrir une nouvelle génération de mariages, présenté par une liste de prestataires super créatifs qui offrent un autre regard: innovateur, original et décalé. La talentueuse photographe Julie Siddi avec qui j’ai eu récemment le plaisir de travailler sera de la partie par exemple. Organisé par Monsieur+ Madame, La Noce se déroulera le 25 janvier 2014 à The Carrosserie, en plein centre ville.

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L’évènement

‘Au cours d’une belle journée festive, au sein d’un chouette lieu atypique au charme industriel, venez décourir des prestataires

inventifs et créatifs qui pensent le mariage autrement. Wedding planner, event designer, photographes, créatrices de robes de mariée, traiteurs, fleuristes, coiffeurs et maquilleurs seront sur place de 11H00 à 21H00 afin de proposer une large palette de services pour les futurs mariés de la région en quête de prestataires locaux pour leur joli jour.

Des ateliers de chignons et dégustation de wedding cake sont prévus au programme, de même qu’un coin cosy avec buvette de

boissons chaudes et cookies seront à la disposition du public. Également un coin pop-up store avec des créateurs talenteux seront présents. Et parce que la décoration est une part importante au sein d’une journée de mariage, la scénographie du lieu sera prise en

charge par l’équipe de Monsieur + Madame. La Noce : une chouette journée festive où la

mode et le fun font bon ménage !

Le lieu

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Situé à deux pas de la place Castellane, en plein centre ville de Marseille, le lieu offre un espace de 230m2 avec une hauteur sous plafond de 8m surplombé d’une grande verrière qui procure une très belle lumière naturelle. Les murs et les sols en béton brut ont le charme industriel. Un lieu atypique à fort cachet pour accueillir cette première édition.

Les organisateurs

Monsieur + Madame est une agence d’événementielle qui organise de jolis et pétillants mariages. Nous sommes un couple d’amoureux, jeunes mariés, qui imaginons le mariage comme une belle fête chaleureuse et élégante, qui réunirait famille et amis bien loin des conventions. Chic, rétro, champêtre, bohème, contemporaine, nous élaborons tous types de décorations jusque dans les moindres petits détails pour une cohérence parfaite. Nous proposons plusieurs services afin de simplifier au maximum les démarches des futurs mariés : photographie / décoration / organisation / DJ / papeterie.’

Je vous le recommande vivement. J’ai vraiment flashé, tellement assorti à mon univers et d’ailleurs, French Made a l’honneur de faire partie des partenaires de l’évènement! Yay!

Lau xx