These days, brides are taking more things into their own hands when it comes to their weddings. Rather than hiring wedding planners, DJs, and a whole slew of individuals, a lot of brides are doing things themselves or recruiting friends and family for help. Wedding food is no different, and your meal can be even more delicious if you do it yourself instead of hiring a caterer.

Delicious, Cheap Hors D’Ouevres

Cold hors d’ouevres are easier because you don’t have to worry about keeping them warm, but both can be done fairly easily and cheaply. Make delicious fruit kebabs with fresh sliced cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwi and peaches. You can also make tinier cold hors d’ouevres with mozzarella cheese, grape tomatoes, zucchini slices and black olives drizzled in vinaigrette.

Fruit Kabobs
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For hot hors d’ouevres, consider a buffet style warming plate to keep them hot. Broiled slices of roma tomatoes on top of wheat crackers and sprinkled with parmesan and herbs are a great and affordable option. Sliders are a very popular appetizer and very affordable as well.

Main Meal

For your entrée or your main meal, working with a budget can be difficult. However, there are some great ways to save money while creating delicious food. Consider foods that make large portions easily, like chili, certain types of stew, or spaghetti. When the food is cooked well and served elegantly, your guests will love it. You can also consider having a “potluck” meal where friends and family bring different dishes.

Italian Wedding Soup
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Alternatives

Many brides are doing non-traditional snacks or meals for their reception. Rather than serving food, have a candy buffet with an assortment of candy in pretty glass jars with scoops and bags available. Or, have a dessert menu that features some of your favorite desserts. These are great options for receptions that fall between meals when guests have likely already eaten.

Black and White Candy Buffet
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While wedding planning can be stressful when you’re on a budget, there are always DIY wedding food and other alternatives you can consider.

While the simple and elegant wedding cake will always have fans, many brides are more demanding when it comes to their wedding cakes. If you’re a bride who can appreciate immaculate details, then these 7 cakes are going to blow your mind.

This 6-tiered beauty is absolutely amazing. It features tiers that are ruffled, textured, quilted and all tied in bows. The thing that ties it all together into one uniform cake is that it’s all ivory. It’s absolutely immaculate and beautiful!

6 tier wedding cake
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This French-inspired wedding cake is marvelous, and it’s absolutely covered in ruffles and charming flowers. It’s beautiful and very feminine in appearance.

marie Antoinette inspired floral wedding cake

This white and gold peacock cake is absolutely unbelievable. The skill and time it took to make this masterpiece is hard to believe. It’s stunning, and sure to impress wedding guests!

white and gold peacock wedding cake
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This pink and blue masterpiece has a bit of a boho feel to it. With gold piping, quilting, fondant embellishments and beautiful flowers, it’s incredibly detailed and very colorful.

pink and blue boho wedding cake

This shamrock inspired wedding cake is perfect for the Irish couple, or anyone else! The detail in this cake is amazing – and the color is fantastic.

shamrock, irish, celtic wedding cake

Unbelievably bold, this black and yellow wedding cake is just sensational. It features a hand-painted black and yellow flower accent and is undeniably eye-catching.

Black and Yellow Bold Wedding Cake
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This magnolia wedding cake is nothing less than divine. Absolutely beautiful, it’s the subtle pink and green in the flowers and gold embellishments that make this cake breathtaking.

magnolia wedding cake

These are just a few of the highly-detailed wedding cakes that have been created for other brides. Use them as inspiration when planning your own outstanding cake.

If you love the idea of a cocktail hour but don’t want any alcohol at your wedding, there are plenty of alternatives. Check out these super cute ideas for a non-alcoholic cocktail hour:

Chocolate Milk/Milk

This idea can be really cute! Simply utilize tall shot glasses or milk bottles and start by melting some chocolate in a double boiler. Dip the rims of the glasses or bottles into the melted chocolate and allow it to set. You can also dip the chocolate in sprinkles for a “salted glass” look. Then, fill the bottles up with milk or chocolate milk, add a cute straw and voila – you have a delicious and adorable cocktail alternative.

Chocolate Milk Cocktail
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Sweet Sparkling Punch

This is perfect for summer – simply choose your favorite fruit punch juice and add 1 part of that to 1 part sprite or ginger ale. Add fruit slices to garnish. You can also use colored sugar for the rim of the glass!

Pina Colada

For a non-alcoholic pina colada, you can mix 1 part pineapple juice with 1 part coconut milk. Candied coconut works well around the rim of the glass, and you can garnish with cherries and pineapples.

Hot Tea and Coffee Bar

Rather than serving the “cocktails,” allow guests to get their own favorite drink from a hot tea and coffee bar. Provide flavored creamers and a variety of syrups that guests can use to flavor their drinks.

Root beer Floats

Finally, serve up root beer floats in frosted mugs garnished with whipped cream and cherries. This is a delicious and favorite drink that works very well for a non-alcoholic cocktail hour.

These are just a few ideas you can use for your alcohol-free cocktail hour. Using your imagination, you can come up with more – or ask friends and family to brainstorm for fun and unique ideas.

If you’re planning a summer wedding, especially if it will be outdoors, you’ll need something to keep your guests cool and refreshed. A drink station can do exactly that! Here are a few great ideas to help you create a fantastic summer wedding drink station.

Cool Drink Ideas

There are lots of cool drinks you can create! Lemonade in a large drink dispenser is a great idea. Display it on a buffet or covered table. You can also add rustic barrels beside your drink station filled with ice. Inside, have mason jars with infused water, lemonade, or whatever else you want staying super cool. Containers with striped straws are a super cute addition. Peach iced tea, raspberry water and fruit punch are all great ideas as well.

Glass Ideas

If you want it to be super chic, pick up stemware from your local thrift store or yard sale. It’s charming if it’s all mismatched. Clean it well and stack it on your drink station table. You can tie small napkins around the stems with ribbons for a fancy look. You can also purchase plastic stemware as well.

Drink Garnishes

Provide your guests with fun drink garnishes. Slice lemon and lime wedges and place in glass bowls with lids. Don’t forget to provide the tongs! Have fresh mint sprigs ready (but be careful, as mint wilts easily in the sun). You can also provide cocktail salt if your lemonade will contain alcohol.

Summer Drink Station
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These are just a few great ideas you can use for your summer wedding drink station. Use your own style and preference to make it unique and fun!

Choosing the wedding cake can be a lot of fun, especially since you get to taste several different delicious flavors! However, it’s important to know how large your wedding cake should be. You never want to end up without enough cake to serve your guests, so here’s a great guideline when it comes to ordering cake.

Tiers

Most brides want some sort of tiered wedding cake, and typically, it’s made from sponge cake. You can always have larger tiers for more guests, or smaller tiers if you’re having fewer guests. Dummy tiers are also great, especially if you want a three or four-tiered cake but it’s just too much cake for the number of guests you’ll have. These tiers are decorated just like the rest of the cake, but they’re not actually edible.

Tiered Wedding Cake
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Sponge Cake

Sponge cake will serve fewer individuals than fruit cake, so you’ll need a larger cake for the same number of guests. A typical 3-tiered sponge cake with a 10-inch bottom layer, 8-inch middle layer, and 6-inch top layer will serve around 72 guests. If you’re having closer to 150 guests, a cake with four tiers is closer to what you’ll need, and those tier sizes should be 14-inch, 12-inch, 10-inch and an 8-inch top tier.

Sponge Wedding Cake with Fruit
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Backup Cake

If you order a cake and you’re simply not sure whether you’ll have enough (especially if you’re serving the wedding cake as dessert), then you can have a sheet cake made as backup and keep it in the kitchen of your venue. Your guests won’t know whether they’re not getting the actual tiered wedding cake, and you’ll be sure to have enough to serve all of your guests.

Sponge Sheet Cake Pieces

By using this guideline, you can ensure that you have plenty of wedding cake for your festivities!

If you’re a chocolate and peanut butter fan, you’re going to love this recipe. It’s absolutely perfect for the wedding dessert bar, or you can place these in a pastry cup and put them inside your wedding favor bags and boxes. They’re absolutely delicious and super easy to make. This recipe was found at Baker Lady’s blog, and she has the recipe available plus step-by-step pictures.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup of melted butter

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup peanut butter and 4 tablespoons peanut butter

1 and ½ cups chocolate chips

How to Create the Peanut Butter Bars

First, stir the 1 cup of peanut butter, the cup of melted butter and the graham cracker crumbs together. Keep stirring until they’re fully blended. To make the right consistency, you want the graham cracker crumbs to be really finely ground. Continue mixing until it’s mixed together completely. Press this into a 9 X 13 pan; you can use your fingertips to make sure it’s evenly pressed.

Next, you’re going to melt the chocolate chips.  You can do this in a bowl or on the stove top. Once it’s melted, go ahead and mix in your 4 tablespoons of peanut butter until it’s evenly incorporated into the chocolate. This will create a lighter, fluffier looking chocolate. Spread this very evenly over the top of the peanut butter and graham cracker mixture.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bars
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Once that’s done, place the pan in the fridge to chill and in thirty minutes to an hour, you can take it back out and cut it up into even squares. Not only does this create a beautiful dessert, but it tastes just like Reese’s peanut butter cups and you certainly can’t go wrong with that!

If you’re planning a spring or summer 2013 wedding, you’ve probably already seen the ombre wedding cakes that have been posted across social networking sites and decorating bridal magazine pages. There are many different kinds of ombre cakes, and they can be made to fit with every possible theme.

If you’re still on the fence about the ombre thing, here are some different cakes that have been created using the technique. Checking them out might help you decide whether this is for you or not.

Traditional/Highly Embellished Style

This beautiful wedding cake is highly embellished and very beautiful. It has a very formal feel and the shades go from a medium teal up to an ivory color. This is perfect for a more traditional or formal wedding.

Embellished Ombre Wedding Cake
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Beautiful Rose Ombre Cake

This gorgeous cake is embellished with roses that move from a deep crimson red color to a very light shade of pink. This is a fantastic choice for a spring or summer wedding and has vivid color that is wonderful for any theme.

Rose Ombre Wedding Cake
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Classy and Elegant

This classy and elegant cake looks perfect for a fashionista. Created in shades of blush that move from a warm rose to a very pale pink, this cake is absolutely gorgeous and fit for a wedding princess.

Classy, Elegant, and Vintage Ombre Wedding Cake
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Artistic Wedding Cake

This gorgeous wedding cake in shades of vivid purple is perfect for a bride and groom with a little artistic flair. It’s also great for summer or spring.

Artistic Ombre Wedding Cake
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Modern Ruffles

This ruffled cake is absolutely gorgeous and is done in shades of black and gray. It has a very modern look that is perfect for more modern themes.

Modern Ruffled Ombre Wedding Cake
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As you can see, there are a variety of different styles that can be done with the ombre fashion. It can literally be done in a variety of different ways so you’re sure to find something that suits you well.

If your spring 2013 wedding is currently in the planning phase, you’ll really appreciate these fresh new ideas. After all, a bride can use all the help she can get! See if something here strikes your fancy – at the very least, these ideas will inspire some great ideas of your own.

Rose Napkin

To create a rose napkin, you’ll need a green napkin, and a napkin in a color of your choice for the “rose.” You simply fold the green napkin into a triangle (one point pulled across to the other point). Then, you’ll place it into a small water glass, with the points sticking out on each side. Fold the rose napkin into thirds and roll it up. Then, place it on top of the green napkin. Voila – you have a charming little rose your guests will love.

Rose Shape Napkins

Blossoming Cake

Your cake will be the centerpiece of your wedding reception. This beautiful blossoming cake creates the perfect spring wedding centerpiece. Between each tier, blossoms and buds spill over in a rainbow of colors. This is a perfect cake no matter what your wedding colors are, because it contains a little of every color.

Spring Wedding Cake

Fruit Vase Filling

One of the greatest ways to add color and a spring feeling to your wedding is to add fruits to the insides of your vases. From lemons and limes to peaches or oranges, this is a cute idea. Plus, the fruit can always be used later.

Wedding Centerpieces

These ideas can be used in combination with each other or as an accent to the plans you’ve already made for your spring 2013 wedding.

If the environment is important to you, you’re going to want to do what you can to make your wedding as eco-friendly as possible. Here are 5 ways to “green” your wedding that will really help take the guilt away from your special day.

The Rings

Rather than purchasing brand new ones, go for vintage rings. Family heirlooms are perfect for this. You can also choose alternatives to precious metals and diamonds. For instance, there are breathtaking wooden wedding rings that many couples have chosen to wear rather than the traditional gold. Lab-created diamonds are also acceptable.

Wood Wedding Rings
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Wooden Wedding Rings
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Invitations

For invitations, go with a recycled paper material and soy-based inks. You can also allow your guests to RSVP through your wedding website or use electronic message methods for invitations and save the date cards.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Invites
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RSVP Online
RSVP Online
Electronic Wedding Invitations
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Clothing

Vintage is always a good choice if you want to be eco-friendly for your wedding. This is also a more romantic look for the bride and bridesmaids. Silk hemp dresses are eco-friendly and gorgeous, and you could always borrow or rent a dress rather than buying it new.

Silk Hemp Dress

Hemp Silk Wedding Dress
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Flowers

Rather than using fresh flowers for your reception and ceremony, go with silk flowers or a suitable alternative. You can also create potted flowers to use for centerpieces rather than cut flowers.

Silk Bridal Bouquet
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Wedding Centerpieces
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Wedding Centerpieces

Foods

Speak to your caterers and determine whether they can obtain local ingredients for the recipes they’re creating. You can also choose vegetarian dishes that your guests will love.

Vegetarian Wedding Dish
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It’s not hard to implement eco-friendly practices into your wedding. It may take a little extra time to find what you need, but when you consider the health of our planet, it really is worth it.

So maybe for your own wedding you’re going to stay more on the traditional side of things, or maybe you’re going to do the complete opposite. No matter what your own wedding theme will be, you can enjoy these 5 hilarious wedding themes!

The Superhero Wedding

Imagine walking down the aisle in a cape and mask. This superhero wedding cake looks as though it would belong to just such a wedding. It’s certainly not traditional, but you have to admire the skill of the baker.

Superhero Wedding Cake
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ATV, anyone?

This couple must have really loved their ATVs, as you can tell by the wedding cake. No, this isn’t the groom’s cake! It comes complete with sand hills and tiny ATVs that look like they’re attempting to tackle those hills.

Wedding Cake with ATV
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Bioshock

Apparently, this couple was really into the Bioshock video game. Here’s hoping the bride actually loved her cake and wedding theme.

Bioshock Wedding Cake
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Zombie Wedding

This funny wedding theme may not be something you’re considering, but you have to admit that it’s entertaining. Note that in this picture, the wedding party is being consumed by zombies.

Zombie Wedding
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Hunting Wedding Theme

Sure, there are a lot of hunters out there but how many choose to use the theme for their wedding? We’re guessing not many. Still, it’s nice to know someone else has chosen to take the leap.

Hunting Wedding Cake
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Maybe you’re thrilled at one of these themes and have decided to adopt it as your own, or maybe you’re horrified and need to thumb through your wedding planning book just to cleanse these images from your mind. In either case, these ideas can serve as inspiration for your own wedding.