Welcome to our newest installment of “Ask the Consultants,” the place our contributor group of marriage ceremony planners solves readers’ most urgent wedding-planning dilemmas! This week, Dora Manuel from Viva Bella Occasions, William Parkinson from William Parkinson Occasions and Sara Geiss from One thing Occasions weigh in on a reader’s marriage ceremony cake debate. Do you’ve got a query that you just’d wish to submit? E mail [email protected] and we’ll do our greatest to reply to your inquiry as quickly as doable.

Q. “Do I have to have a marriage cake? I personally suppose it is a waste of cash — nobody ever appears to eat it. As an alternative, we’re serving dessert with our meal and at midnight, we’re providing a chocolate fountain, in addition to different goodies.” — BG reader Amanda

Dora Solutions:

“Wedding ceremony muffins have and at all times might be a marriage staple. However creating your individual traditions could be actually distinctive and enjoyable! What evokes you as a pair? If it’s not marriage ceremony cake, then possibly it’s your Grandma’s well-known cherry pie, an ice cream cookie tower, a donut station, or a nostalgic s’extra bar.

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In case you’re nonetheless on the fence about breaking custom, have a small cake or cupcake made only for the 2 of you — reduce the cake with out slicing the character! Both manner, custom or not, there’s no mistaken reply so long as you’re keen on the concept.”

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William Solutions:

“Hello, Amanda. Wedding ceremony cake is actually not for everybody, and there may be completely nothing mistaken with forgoing the normal multi-tier cake for another candy deal with to your friends to take pleasure in. I like that you’re creating an interactive dessert station as a late-night snack. As an alternative of the normal cake slicing, think about having a ceremonial ‘first dip’ within the chocolate fountain. Not solely will you pacify these involved with you not having a standard marriage ceremony cake or cake slicing however additionally, you will create some enjoyable moments to your photographer to seize.

Personally, I’m a fan of marriage ceremony cake and as a marriage planner, I believe a customized cake can add lots to a marriage design. That being stated although, friends are simply as happy with a enjoyable dessert show and equally joyful to meet their sweets repair with some ice cream, macaroons, cupcakes, and cookies. I consider most would share in that sentiment, so I say don’t be involved with not having a marriage cake and as a substitute, Joyful Dipping!”

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Sara Solutions:

“Hello, Amanda. I get a variety of marriage ceremony cake questions like this from my brides and grooms, and what the choice boils right down to is what’s vital to you and your loved ones. Because you’re serving a dessert course after dinner, there is no such thing as a have to have a big cake, too. If your loved ones is extra conventional than you’re, then you definately would possibly wish to think about having a small cake for a cake-cutting picture op. That manner, you are not spending lots, however your family and friends nonetheless get to see you participate in a basic cake-cutting ritual. And as a bonus, you’ll be able to take leftovers with you to snack on later on the resort.

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Now if cake simply is not your factor, strive having a ‘cake slicing’ with pie, donuts or one other candy as a substitute. It is enjoyable, cute, and private to function your favourite dessert in an interactive manner. Finally, it is your marriage ceremony, and if a cake or a dessert slicing is not for you, then don’t be concerned about it. Friends might be simply as proud of the opposite particular treats that you’ve got deliberate.”

—Stefania Sainato

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Dora Manuel discovered her ardour for weddings and occasions after a 10-year profession in gross sales and advertising, most just lately working as a nationwide account supervisor for a Fortune 500 firm. Realizing she had discovered her calling, Dora left her company profession to launch Viva Bella Occasions — and she or he hasn’t appeared again. Dora’s skilled background, coupled with an beautiful sense of favor and a mind for style, make her a pure for the occasion planning enterprise.



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William Parkinson is the proprietor of William Parkinson Occasions, an award-winning marriage ceremony and occasion planning firm primarily based in Fairfield, Connecticut. He’s a seasoned occasion skilled with over a decade of expertise in hospitality and occasion administration. He has efficiently deliberate weddings within the Better New York Metropolis space and varied areas throughout the nation.



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Sara Geiss is the founder and proprietor of One thing Occasions, a full-service marriage ceremony and occasion firm. Sara’s been planning, designing, and coordinating weddings, events, and different occasions since her personal marriage ceremony in 2010. She and her group have over a decade of mixed marriage ceremony expertise. She’s bought a watch for particulars and leaves nothing to likelihood. She strives for each occasion to be picture-perfect, with the number-one precedence being an excellent expertise for the bride and groom.