Photos: 6 Gorgeous Cake Ideas for Your Spring or Summer Wedding

From the lightest watercolor washes to the most intricate designs, hand-painted wedding cakes are this season’s most popular Big-Day confection.

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These delicate hand-painted blooms give fresh ones some rare competition. Vanilla cake soaked with honey/lavender/white wine syrup, layered with honey/goat cheese buttercream and wrapped in Swiss fondant with hand-painted and three-dimensional flowers, $13 per person, created by Cake Life, Kensington. Italia Kastehelmi cake stand, $69.95 at Scarlett Alley, Old City. Villeroy & Boch Mariefleur salad plate, $29, after-dinner cup, $24, and saucer, $19, and La Classica gold fork, $140 for a five-piece place setting, all at Bloomingdale’s, King of Prussia.

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Gold, Buttercream & Watercolor: Get Inspired by This Year’s Most Popular Wedding Cake Trends

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A beautiful hand-painted cake—illustrating one of the season’s biggest trends—by Fishtown’s Whipped Bakeshop.

There are plenty of perks that come with working at a wedding magazine, but perhaps one of the sweetest advantagesespecially for dessert addicts like me—is that twice a year, on the days we shoot our gorgeous cake and flower spreads, we get to indulge in massive amounts of locally-made wedding cake. (Yes, it’s as glorious as it sounds, even if by day’s end we’re all in sugar comas and sick to our stomachs.)

Cake is, after all, one of the major elements of a couple’s Big Day, and we want to make sure we’re offering up the very best suggestions our dear city has to offer. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.

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Philly Pretzel Factory Can Now Bring a Concession Truck to Your Wedding

No doubt your guests will be pumped to see Philly Soft Pretzel Factory's new concession truck pull up to your reception. Photo courtesy of Philly Soft Pretzel Factory.

No doubt your guests will be pumped to see Philly Soft Pretzel Factory’s new concession truck pull up to your reception. Photo courtesy of Philly Soft Pretzel Factory.

Displays of soft pretzels—more than likely sourced from Philly Pretzel Factory—are hardly an uncommon sight at weddings around these parts. You’ve probably even given a little internal jump for joy yourself when you’ve stumbled off the dance floor at a friend’s celebration to find trays of them, warm and beckoning hours after the reception dinner has been served.

If you were considering offering your guests the same treat/relief at your celebration, you should know that there is now a new way to get our city’s signature treat into your guests’s hungry little hands: Philly Pretzel Factory’s new food truck!

Here’s the deal:

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Spring Wedding Inspo: Cakes & Flowers In Every Shade of the Rainbow

Which color will your spring or summer wedding be?

Which color will your spring or summer wedding be? Scroll below for credits.

Rainbow Bright: Maybe it’s all the celebrating we’ve been doing since same-sex marriage became legal across the country, but we can’t stop dreaming of monochromatic wedding palettes in every hue of the spectrum. Take each color, tweak the shade so it speaks to your celebration, and let it shine over everything from your Big-Day confection to your flowers and decor.

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You Can Now Book the Wahlburgers Philly Food Truck at Your Cescaphe Wedding

The Wahlburger truck, parked outside Cescaphe's VIE on North Broad. Photo by Sarah Christiansen.

The Wahlburger truck, parked outside Cescaphe’s VIE on North Broad. Photo by Sarah Christiansen.

After South Philly’s Marissa Patterson and Justin Fiordimondo (below) booked the Wahlburgers food truck to come feed their wedding guests late in the evening at their November nuptials at Cescaphe’s VIE on North Broad—and it was a huge success—the fine folks at Cescaphe knew that they’d have to team up with the famous family to bring their burger truck to other weddings at their Philadelphia venues.

And now, they have.

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Cut Your Wedding Cake With One of These 13 Pretty Knife Sets

Kate Spade Take the Cake two-piece dessert set

Kate Spade Take the Cake two-piece dessert set

At my bridal shower the other week, my 95-year-old grandmother, who is the classiest and most proper lady around, gave me a silver Reed & Barton cake knife engraved with my and my fiance’s names, and our wedding date. It’s perfect and I adore it—I can’t wait to use it and then have it forever, and I love even more that she’s the one who gave it to me.

The other thought in my head, though, as I packed it up with the rest of the gifts was: Wowza, I’m glad she gave that to me, because I definitely wouldn’t have thought of that! And then we would have been cutting our cake with some rando knife from the kitchen in our wedding venue, and I would have been sad that I didn’t use that opportunity to obtain a special heirloom that we’ll have forever. Details aren’t my thing.

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10 Fall/Winter Wedding Color Combinations for Your Cake & Flowers

The cold-weather season brings its own set of colors and textures that can inspire everything at your wedding, from the decor to the special touches scattered throughout the day. Use perfectly paired shades to tie your flowers, cake and details together, for a seamlessly beautiful celebratory look.


Greenery and winter white give a subtle nod to the holiday season. Table garland of locally grown anemone, ranunculus, hellebore, pierus, tulips, ivy, white pine and cedar, around $350 for a six-foot table, created by Love ‘n Fresh Flowers, Chestnut Hill. Sweet potato spice cake with lemon cream cheese buttercream and salted caramel buttercream, covered in white fondant and a confectionery ranunculus, $10.75 per person, created by Van Earl’s Cakes, Langhorne.

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Greensgrow Farm & Birchtree Catering are Hosting an Open House on Friday

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Clear your calendars for Friday night, friends, because this intimate wedding show is one you won’t want to miss: Greensgrow Farm, a darling urban farm and event space in Kensington, is teaming up with Birchtree Catering to host an open house on Friday, September 18.

Engaged couples are invited to spend an evening at the farm—it will be all dolled up with mock table arrangements and a ceremony space so you can get a feel for how the farm can be decorated for your wedding—where there will be live music and a variety of local vendors on hand to help plan your Big Day. The Birchtree team, whose focus is local and seasonal ingredients, will be whipping up happy hour treats for you to snack on, too.

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Here’s How to Set Up a Make-Your-Own Cocktail Bar at Your Wedding



Make-your-own cocktail bars have been trending in the wedding world for about a year or so now, and while they sound like a fun, interactive option to have available to your guests, we were a bit skeptical of the whole concept when we first caught wind of it (having guests wield their own bottles is not likely to end well).

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