Your wedding cake should reflect you
It used to be that some talented aunt would be tasked with the job of making the wedding cake.
It would all be glazed in white and she'd pop on a couple of sugar flowers and a ribbon in your colours and that was that.
The traditional wedding cake was a fruit cake covered in marzipan icing because these were a sign of fertility and prosperity.
In the 17th Century two cakes were made, one for the bride and one for the groom.
In the United Kingdom the traditional wedding cake is rich fruit cake with ingredients that last without degrading.
This allowed the top tier to be stored after the wedding to be eaten at the christening of the first child.
In recent years, wedding cakes have become as big a deal as the dress for many brides, and come in just as many different styles.
Trends have seen the cute and kitsch both take their place atop the cake with individualised, cartoon-style toppers (the little figurine designed to look like you, made from fondant), or towers of cupcakes or macaroons.
Monograms are also still big, often hand-painted or stamped, and continued throughout the wedding decorations; on the invitations, the menu or program, the serviettes, place-cards and the cake.
Flavours such as chocolate and vanilla have made a comeback, as has butter cream, which was shunned by health-conscious brides for a long time but is now the must-have frosting.
Even cheesecakes made up of tiers of round cheese, everything from gouda to brie, have come on-trend as a quirky cake substitute.
Many brides are using non-traditional items in place of the traditional tablecloth-covered tables.
Things like wine barrels with raw timber planks and restored, distressed or antique dining room tables make for a great rustic feature piece on which to place your unique cake.
One new trend we're seeing coming through is a perfect mix of retro, homemade charm and modern sophistication all coming together and presented in the fashion of a dessert bar.
It can be a great DIY project for those who are willing.
One fun idea is to ask family members and friends to make, bake or fake it and bring along their all-time favourite dessert to contribute to your dessert buffet.
This is a particularly good idea if you're on a tight budget.
You can also load up on glass vases and fill with all kinds of sugary goodies.
It's super cheap, easy and adds plenty of colour.
Whether you are going for rustic chic or elegant and gourmet, your dessert bar can be personalised and
themed along with the rest of your decor.