Getting married in December doesn't mean Christmas wedding cakes are your only choice, but there is no other time of the year when it would be more appropriate!
From fun and whimsical to elegant sophistication, your wedding cake should be in keeping with the overall theme of your wedding. While you can easily choose a winter theme such as snowflakes or snowmen, only in December can your wedding cake feature Santa and his elves, poinsettias, candy canes or wrapped Christmas gifts.
I know how easy it is to get carried away and think you can incorporate the entire theme of Christmas into your wedding but I am going to caution you against that.
For example, poinsettias make such a bold statement they are well suited to be showcased on their own. On the other hand, if you love candy canes then incorporating another element such as Christmas trees would work well. It also gives you a convenient location to hang all your candy canes from. A theme of wrapped gifts would work well on its own or with trees.
Play around with ideas and choose one or two and no more then three Christmas-themed aspects for your wedding day.
Continue your theme from your invitations and decorations right through to your cake using the elements that you love the most.
For example, by choosing different colors and designs a Santa theme could go from bright and colorful Santas of North America to a very sophisticated Santas of the World theme in ivory and gold. Both of these cakes would be dramatically different from each other and would provide an entirely diverse atmosphere to your day.
Your wedding cake will take center stage at your reception so consider not only the cake itself but the display table. Ensure your cake is the focal point and choose non-competing decorations to complement the setting.
The size of your cake will be determined by the size of your guest list and your budget. The larger the cake, the more you can experiment with flavors, with each tier essentially being an entirely different cake from the next. Regardless of the time of year that you are married, vanilla, chocolate and carrot cake are still the most popular.
With a Christmas themed wedding you may want to surprise your guests with a white cake with a hint of peppermint, a spice cake or go with conventional fruitcake. Whatever you choose, the best cakes are the ones with good flavor and universal appeal for your particular culture and customs.
Although traditional fruitcake is making a big comeback for many of today's Christmas wedding cakes, it still tends to get a bad rap. In defense of fruitcake, there is no comparison of a homemade cake lovingly prepared months in advance and saturated with alcohol to the mass-produced cakes that populate most store shelves in November and December. If you decide to use fruitcake, determine early if it is something that you and your family are ready to take on or enlist the assistance of a baker and be sure to sample before you order.
In the end, there is no more perfect time for Christmas wedding cakes then for nuptial celebrations in the month of December. Enjoy your day and your cake!
Winter, and Christmas in particular is a romantic, magical season to tie the knot. A lot of thought will go into making this your special day. Check out more ideas on Christmas themed weddings; You might also like to use these christmas wedding invitations.
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