25 cakes we love by Scottish wedding cake designers
Earlier this week, a group of talented Scottish wedding cake designers got together to share a message on Instagram.
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A little message from… . I saw a post from a photographer friend last week and had an idea. Wouldn’t it be great to get together with some of my amazingly talented cake buddies and put something lovely together to show that despite everything strange going on around us we are here, we are together, and we’re raring to be making fabulous wedding cakes again for you here in Bonnie Scotland. . Take a look at the faces, there’s some AMAZING talent, and I can’t be prouder to sit amongst this bunch of cake artists who stretch from the west coast to the east, the borders to the north, covering 4 of our main cities and the countryside too. We’ve basically got Scotland covered 😂. And this is not an exhaustive list – there are so many others I could have added but there just wasn’t the room. Hoping this brightens up your Monday because it’s brightened up my whole weekend 💕 . A HUGE thank you to all the fabulous cakers who took part. . @acakesglasgow @gorgeouslysweetcakeemporium @littlelacecakedesign @suzanneespercakes @littlecakeparlour @kimgordoncakes @cake_halliday @rubyandpearlcakeart @little_cakes_of_art @lovelauralane @cakemammajools @sweetandflourcakes @happyhillscakes @copperroseweddingcakes @cakes_n_crafts @cakesbykirsty_sugarelli @threecupcakescakery @joscrumptious @aprilcottagecakery @forgoodnesscake.biz @allthatglitterscakes1 @sprinklesontop_12 @carolinejaxcakes @theweddingcakestudio @marieclarecakedesign @eccasioncakedesign @enticingicingcakedesign Cake That and Party Weddings
It was so lovely to see the faces behind some of Scotland’s leading wedding cake companies sharing such a positive message, and we figured it’d be lovelier still if we could showcase some of the most gorgeous, creative cakes they’ve made for Scottish weddings.
So if you’re in need of wedding cake inspiration, look no further.
Here are some of the most beaut wedding cakes made right here in Scotland.
A black and grey marble wedding cake
This beaut monochrome black and grey marbled cake was designed by Cake Halliday, who organised the group photo above.
“I love little details, so I included an inset layer of tightly packed sugar ruffles and pearls in the bottom tier,” says cake designer Caroline Halliday. “The stencil is part of a new range I have custom designed for American company Evil Cake Genius.”
A white and gold wedding cake
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“It’s four tiers with a delicate gold watercolour band, finished with a personalised cake topper and beautiful fresh flowers,” says Kirsty.
A blush wedding cake with edible flowers
“This was a blush pink buttercream cake decorated with gold leaf, macarons and organic edible flowers in colours to match the bride’s bouquet and venue decor,” says cake designer Lisa. “The flowers were supplied by Maddocks Farm Organics.”
A stylish blue wedding cake
Your ‘something blue’ surely doesn’t come more delicious than this creation by Copper Rose Wedding Cakes, which serves 165 people.
“This is a striking classic blue cake with a contemporary flawless finish, featuring delicate hand-crafted sugar orchids and hand-painted gold detailing for a touch of luxe!” says cake designer Alison.
A glittery watercolour wedding cake
All That Glitters Cakes made not one but five seriously cool wedding cakes for this wedding! “There was a mix of naked cakes, super glittery tiers and some hand-painted watercolour-effect tiers with silver leaf and paint flecks,” says cake designer Rachael.
The cakes were also adorned with roses and lavender, and one bake even had a hand-made edible bride and groom and a model of the couple’s daughter.
A classic white wedding cake
This chic four-tier classic wedding cake was created by Little Lace Cake Design.
It features an intricate lace effect on the third tier and is elegantly finished with ribbon wrapped around each tier, including a pink bow fastened with a pearl brooch.
A gold ruffled wedding cake
“This is my favourite wedding cake from the past year as I love a bit of gold,” says cake designer Joanna of Truly Scrumptious Cakes by Joanna.
The pearl ruffle and gold lustre cake has personalised initials and is finished with delicate sugar roses and berries; just look at that amazing detail. And the finishing touch? A gorgeous gold hoop stand!
A decadent forest green cake with gold leaf
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“The theme for the lovely Dawn and Ollie’s wedding was very eclectic with nods to vintage and lots of quirky details like neon signage, old typewriters and abundances of wild foliage and flowers,” says Nicola from Ruby and Pearl Cake Art who made this unique, creative cake.
“We decided on a forest green on ivory palette with gold drips and gold leaf, leaving the flowers to bring in touches of blush and burgundy. The fresh figs just finished the cake off perfectly, adding even more decadence.”
A blush pink and rose gold wedding cake
“Ruffles continue to be a firm favourite along with a blush and rose gold colour palette,” says cake designer Sharon of Wedding Cakes by April Cottage.
This oh-so-pretty wedding cake was created for a wedding at Macdonald Crutherland House Hotel in March. We love that the cake was displayed on a rose gold sequinned tablecloth to mirror the cake design!
A crisp white and navy ruffle wedding cake
“Ruffles are one of my absolute favourite things to do on a cake; they are paper thin and take forever but with navy being that bit different I knew it was going to be a stunning cake. Teamed with a crisp white lustre and a Russian blue textured tier they chose a mixture of sugar ranuculus, Avalanche roses and thistles with an extended full foliage of eucalyptus and various greenery to top the cake.”
A Japanese inspired wedding cake
This stylish, minimalist cake, designed by Moira of The Wedding Cake Studio, was inspired by the Japanese art of flower arrangement, Ikebana.
“It’s so muted yet there is so much detail to this cake: texture, sharp edges and slight marbling all on a white canvas,” says Moira. “The orchids just come alive. The flavours were just as much out the box as the design with earl grey, lemon and lavender.”
A hand-painted castle cake
Marie-Clare Cake Design created this dreamy hand-painted cake to reflect the couple’s wedding venue.
“This is a hand-painted castle ‘Eilean Castle’ and skyscape,” says cake designer Marie-Clare. “The couple were married in a castle and wanted to carry that theme through the cake.”
A wedding dress inspired cake
Why not take inspiration from your wedding dress when coming up with your ideal cake design, like this fashion-led creation?
“This tall contemporary cake, with sugar flowers, marble, silver leaf and edible material (to replicate the bride’s dress) was a real hit with my lovely bride and groom and on my social media,” says cake designer Laura of Love Laura Lane Cakes.
The cake was finished off with an acrylic stand decorated with foliage.
A marble monogrammed cake
Cake designer June of Cakes-n-crafts was inspired by the darker tones of winter when designing this contemporary cake (believe it or not, those are sugar flowers!).
A forest green tier perfectly complemented the rich red sugar flowers, balanced out by a marble-effect and crisp white tier with the couple’s initials in gold monogram.
A very Scottish wedding cake
If you’re getting married in Scotland, why not incorporate traditional Scottish touches into your cake design?
“This cake had hand-painted tartan drapes, hand-made sugar thistles and roses and an antler topper provided by the bride,” says Leanne from Little Cakes of Art. In spite of its traditional Scottish appearance, the couple went for an unconventional flavour combination with one tier of vanilla, one key lime tier and a tier of cookies-and-cream sponge. Yum.
A pearl wedding cake on a cake swing
If you’re going for a stunning six-tier wedding cake then you may as well go all out and display it on a swing, which is exactly what this couple did with their A-Cakes cake when they got married on the beach at Balmaha.
“This cake was six tiers in white and pearl lustre with edible lace, piping and moulded details, and it also had a large front floral centrepiece,” says cake designer Ashleigh.
A glittery pink and white marble cake
Cake designer Aileen of The Three Cupcakes Cakery designed this gorge marble-effect cake with sparkle detailing.
“This cake was four tiers of different flavours,” she says. “The bottom tier was a very light pink marble, the second tier was CK squares, third tier was white with some light pink watercolour, and the top tier was white lustre. It was finished with hand-made red David Austin roses and foliage. As you can see it matched their candelabra perfectly!”
A Classic Blue wedding cake
“This cake was styled on the Pantone colour of the year Classic Blue and features lots of sugar flowers, stencilling with monogram and watercolour blue,” says cake designer Jennifer of For Goodness Cake.
“The sugar flowers are O’Hara roses, Avalanche roses, delicate blue hydrangeas and ranunculus along with lots of greenery to frame the flowers.” Beautiful.
An all white cake with a hint of blush
“It was a five-tier cake (three tiers being cake with two dummy tiers) with personalised monogram stencilling, a starlight lustre-dusted top tier adorned with pale blush pink sugar flower roses and leaves to match the floral arch, and it was edged in diamanté trim and satin ribbons,” she says. “The bride wanted an all-white brief with just the slightest hint of blush pink.”
An intricate sugar flower wedding cake
The sugar flowers in this cake, designed by Emma of Cake That and Party, were so realistic that the groom’s mum mistook them for real flowers!
The couple went for a classic Victoria sponge and a fruitcake layer, with a fondant-covered white chocolate ganache shell. Cake designer Emma has been designing and making cakes for seven years and was a graphic designer for 13 years previous, so she has a great eye for visuals!
A beautiful botanical bake
Cake designer Suzanne Esper is renowned for her sugarcraft which is shown off to perfection in this 30-inch-tall creation (which served 230 guests!).
A modern colour palette of ivory, peach, burgundy and orange creates a fresh look, enhanced by lots of beautiful sugar greenery.
A statement gold cake
When you’re getting married at a striking venue such as Turnberry in Ayrshire, only a statement cake will do: and that’s exactly what Samantha at Sprinkles on Top created.
“This has a statement edible gold leaf tier which provides a striking contrast to the all-white cake, adorned with literally hundreds of sugar flowers and leaves,” she says. “It was settled beautifully on the stunning cake hoop provided by Supernova Wedding Design & Flowers.”
A crisp and clean all-white cake
This super-elegant four-tier cake was designed by Caroline Jax Cakes and would be perfect for any couple going for a clean and minimalist wedding theme.
It features a double-barrel tier and is adorned with white sugar roses, lifted by gold accents for a touch of subtle glam.
A unique cake pop wedding cake
Lisa of Eccasion Cake Design specialises in cake pop tower cakes, like this beauty which comes in a gorgeous powder blue, ivory and blush colourway. This is brilliant if you love the idea of giving your guests something a little bit different (we love a sweet treat that can be carried on to the dancefloor).
It holds 200 cake pops and has a stencilled cake tier at the bottom, dressed with sugar orchid flowers.
A sparkly wedding cake
If you want a wedding cake that’ll catch everyone’s eye then take a look at the five-tier ‘Orla’ cake which stands 27 inches tall and was created by Cheryl from Sweet & Flour Cakes.
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The lowdown on ordering a Jappacakes wedding cake
If you’re looking for a delicious, beautiful and creative wedding cake, Jappacakes is the place to go.
Cake designer Laura first launched the company in 2013 and has proved so busy, she’s since opened a Jappacakes shop in Lanark.
It’s safe to say she’s a wedding cake expert so we sat down to ask her all your commonly asked cake questions.
From knowing when to place your order to choosing flavours, getting the cake to your venue and freezing slices for future special occasions, Laura covers it all…
1 How far in advance of the wedding should couples book in their cake order?
Ideally as soon as they know who they want to make their cake, but it really depends on a number of factors. For our shop, we book up quickly April to October so would advise at least a year for summer weddings.
For weddings November to March, three to six months is ok. Generally, we would say book and then come back to the design at a time nearer the wedding date.
Because we have a shop and staff, we can accommodate shorter notice than someone who works alone from home and is perhaps booked up two years in advance.
3. What information do couples need to be able to give you when ordering their cake?
The only information we need at the point of booking is who the cake is for, when it’s for and where it’s being delivered. We are happy to put a pin in it and come back to the design later.
Often it can be helpful for budgeting for the couples to have an idea of size or design so they know how much to put aside, but we allow them to make any changes to the size or design of their cake up until eight weeks before their wedding.
Flavours don’t need to be decided until four weeks before, when the couple have had their sample kit and a good chance to discuss it!
4 Can you talk us through the process of ordering a cake with Jappacakes?
We are very flexible and are happy to go with what works best for the couple. Some couples come for a booking consultation in the shop, where they can look at our portfolios, sample some flavours and discuss designs and prices.
Others meet us and book at a wedding fayre. Again, they’d be able to discuss prices and sample some flavours. We also take bookings online or over the phone too.
Initially we would discuss prices and rough ideas, write out the order and take a £50 deposit. That’s all that’s required to book.
We offer complimentary sample kits to all our booked customers, containing a good-sized slice of each of our 10 flavours. We do these every 3 months and they can be collected from the shop or posted. Again, we leave it to our couples to decide when they get theirs and how.
The final stage is to get our couples into the shop for a design consultation. We go through absolutely everything; colours, size, design. We try to make every cake unique. If the couple live too far or don’t have time (or the inclination) to come to the shop, we can finalise everything over the phone or by email.
5 What advice do you have for couples looking to make a big impression with their cake on a tight budget?
We have designed enough cakes now to know what’ll immediately push the cost of a cake much higher. If the couple want a wow cake but want to spend a little less we would suggest alternatives for expensive design work, such as fresh flowers instead of sugar flowers.
Dummy tiers instead of real cake can lower costs too if the couple want a large cake but don’t need that much cake!
The best advice I can give is to be honest about your budget and choose someone you trust to give you as much as they can for your money. We want every cake to be spectacular and will always try to get the best of every penny!
6 Can you talk us through the process of getting a cake to the venue?
We always deliver and set up our wedding cakes. We don’t spend a week creating something perfect only to cut corners at the last minute.
We contact the venues directly to arrange a time to deliver, always on the day of the wedding. We discuss with them issues such as whether the couple are being married in the same room as the meal or evening reception, when the cake will be cut and where it will be displayed.
We want to ensure when we arrive at the venue we will be able to set the cake up on the stand and it won’t be moved.
If this means we have to go to the venue during a room turnaround from ceremony to meal, that’s when we will go. In that case, we allow time for dance floors, etc to be installed. We like to be the last person to touch the cake before the bride and groom do!
7 Do you have any advice when it comes to saving or freezing wedding cake?
We make everything fresh, from scratch. Everything is baked in our shop. We don’t use cake mixes and we don’t buy our sponges in premade. This means that we can say with absolute certainty that our cakes are ok to be frozen.
We don’t freeze anything. We always advise our couples to cut any cake they want to freeze into slices. This means they can defrost a slice or two at a time rather than a big chunk of cake!
Wrap it well in cling film and place the wrapped pieces in an airtight container, then freeze! Some of our flavours have a shorter ambient shelf life, such as the white chocolate and raspberry due to the fresh raspberries we use for the coulis. We always advise our couples to freeze these flavours quickly to avoid them spoiling.
In “the olden days” a couple would retain their top fruit tier and it would be re-iced and decorated for their first child’s christening. A lot has changed in food hygiene regulations since then and we are now prevented from re-icing or decorating tiers of a fruit cake that we have baked previously. This is because we haven’t stored the cake. It’s something for couples to bear in mind when deciding to keep a top tier for this purpose. You’ll have to decorate it yourself!
We are very strict in following food hygiene regulations and we’ll also strictly follow advisory standards as well as legal ones.
8 How long does a cake take to make?
The honest answer is it depends on the cake. Generally speaking, we start an average cake a week before the wedding and work on it until the day before.
Exceptions to this would be for sugar work, such as sugar flowers or icing models. We would make these approximately 2 weeks in advance.
9 Can you provide gluten-free, dairy-free or other allergen free cakes?
Again, this is a standard we are strict about. We can make a cake with gluten-free flour but as we use and store a lot of gluten containing ingredients, there’s a chance of cross contamination. Particularly when the cake is out of our hands, such as when the cake is being cut and served. Guests can often cross contaminate without realising… crumbs travel!
We would always advise that the cake would be considered “may contain traces of” and shouldn’t be eaten by anyone with a severe or life threatening allergy.
We usually suggest cupcakes as an extra for guests with dietary requirements as this cuts out most of the risk involved.
10 Any parting advice for couples starting their wedding cake journey?
Couples are often daunted by the process of designing their wedding cake and are usually surprised by how easy it is. They arrive at our shop and will often comment on how they don’t have a clue what they want.
Try not to worry about it, we know what we are doing and can promise you’ll end up with the perfect wedding cake! We don’t expect you to know what you want or to know anything about cakes.
We are the experts so choose someone you trust to make and design your cake and I promise it’ll be a fun experience! Cake should be fun!
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CREATING YOUR DREAM WEDDING CAKE WITH JAPPACAKES
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How to make a statement with your wedding cake
Take some delicious inspo from cake designers around Scotland, as they tell us about their favourite styles and flavours that are making a statement on the wedding circuit.
MAKE A SPLASH
Watercolour cake by Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes
Adorned with beautiful brushstrokes in soft shades of blue, a watercolour bake from Truly Scrumptious Designs steals the show with a touch of colour – perfect for a waterside soirée.
TAKES THE BISCUIT
Almost a decade ago Prince William and Kate Middleton shook up the traditional wedding-cake flavours by opting for a McVities biscuit-filled bake – and the quirky flavour is just as popular it was back then.
This Nutella-filled cake from Sunflower Bake adorned with the couple’s favourite biscuits to add a personal, not to mention delicious, touch.
THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS
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Give a nod to your event’s aesthetic or your own personal style with some dreamy accents. Whether its honouring tradition with a classic floral detail or a modern twist with glistening geometric adornments, delicious details can lend a wonderfully refined flair to your dessert table.
“Any cake can make a statement if the details shine – even if it’s single-tier!” says Nicola Moffat of Ruby and Pearl Cake Art.
“I’m always looking at ways to bring those personal touches to a design whether it be from the wedding invitations, details from the venue itself, or the dress.”
THE FRILL OF IT ALL
Add a major touch of romance to your bake by embellishing your tiers with ruffles and frills.
You can use this trend to reflect your wedding-day look, venue décor, or simply create a delicate design that’s almost too gorgeous to eat.
TIER DE FORCE
Pack a punch with a statement tier.
This cake from Cherry On Top marries soft golden glitz with a lush green bottom tier.
It’s a mix of textures that will keep guests eyeing up the confectionary perfection all night – and not just because it looks so delicious!
BARE IT ALL
The naked cake is a wedding trend which doesn’t seem to be shying away any time soon.
This understated statement from Loren Brand Cakes is just dripping with rustic charm, adorning the exposed Victoria sponge with smatterings of powdered sugar and wildflowers.
You can never have too many florals, can you? Too bloomin’ right.
FORSAKE THE BAKE
Raw bake by Rawnchy
Dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free: raw cakes keep ingredients simple without compromising on design.
Topped with bright pink raspberry-infused cashew frosting, this plant-based no-bake cake from Rawnchy is bursting with colour and exciting textures.
“On a daily basis I am challenged to convince a wary customer to try one of my cakes and in the three years of trading, I have never been let down,” Poppy Murricane from Rawnchy.
“I promise you that if you eat one of these cakes you will have no idea that it’s even vegan and be absolutely blown away.”
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Cakes decoded: Understanding wedding cake buzzwords!
Don’t know your cutting cakes from your naked cakes? We translate the baking buzzwords so you know exactly what to order!
~ Sugar Craft ~
Ornate 3D cake decorations, often flowers or leaves, made entirely from sugarpaste or fondant. They can be painted or stained in a variety of colours.
~ Dummy Tier ~
A fake tier, often made from polystyrene, that’s decorated to blend in with the rest of the cake. It’ll look delicious and can be used to add some dramatic height to a cake, but it’s mainly there to provide support – or create an expensive look on a budget – and is (sadly) not edible.
~ Column cake ~
A traditional cake, popular with royals, where pillars separate the individual tiers. Allows more room for other decorations.
~ Hand Painted ~
Don’t worry: nobody will use actual paint to decorate your cake. this technique involves a cake being hand-painted using food colouring and brushes to create an arty, whimsical look.
~ Cake Topper ~
A decorative figure or model that sits on top of the cake, traditionally depicting the newlyweds although nowadays it can also be a sign or other design relating to your theme.
~ Cutting Cake ~
Also known as a sheet cake, this is a simple tray bake made from the same ingredients as your wedding cake which doesn’t go on display and can be sliced and served to guests.
It’s an ideal solution if you want a photo-worthy cake for your cake cutting, but don’t have the budget for it to be a five-tiered creation that’ll feed everyone.
~ Naked Cake ~
Super-popular style of cake where the sides are left bare, allowing the layers of the cake to be seen.
The sponge is usually dusted with icing sugar and decorated with fresh fruit. It creates a rustic look, perfect for informal weddings.
~ Cake Table ~
A table filled with smaller cakes, individual desserts or other pretty confectionaries (like macarons) rather than one large multi-tiered cake design.
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Appetite Events explain how to get creative with your wedding catering!
Feeling distinctly uninspired about your wedding food? We asked the experts at Appetite Events how to get creative with your catering…
You’ve got a tight budget to work with, the groom’s an infamously fussy eater and collectively your guests seem to have every dietary requirement going – it’s no wonder figuring out your wedding menu is proving tricky.
But there’s no need to get stressed about your wedding food; Appetite Events is here to help.
The bespoke catering company, previously named Appetite Direct, has been creating delicious, spectacular wedding menus for couples across Scotland for 15 years. If anyone’s qualified to give advice on organising bespoke catering or getting creative with your wedding breakfast, it’s Appetite Events.
Here are their top tips and trends to help you start planning.
Every wedding catered by Appetite Events is bespoke, but what does ‘going bespoke’ with your wedding food actually mean?
Basically, you’ll get a say in every morsel of food given to your guests during your wedding – and you don’t have to stick to tradition. If you want canapés, a sit-down meal and an evening buffet then that’s no problem, but you can also go for sharing platters, bowl food or a barbecue instead.
Appetite Events will help you figure out exactly what will work best for you. They’re passionate about really listening to their brides and grooms, getting to know each individual couple’s likes and dislikes in order to come up with a tailored menu and plan. If you consider yourselves foodies, then a bespoke catering package will be right up your street.
A trip down memory lane
Sick of going to weddings and eating the same bland chicken-breast-and-sauce combo? You’re not alone.
Appetite Events say that couples are increasingly forsaking traditional wedding meals in favour of good ol’ family favourites.
“We are seeing a trend in a desire to recreate happy memories from childhood, whether it be the bride’s favourite pudding or the groom’s granny’s steak and kidney pie recipe,” says Philly Nicholson, Appetite Event’s Director of Marketing and Events.
There’s always a way to put a special twist on this type of meal, maintains Philly: “We endeavour to weave memories into the couple’s wedding menu. We’re happy to work from old recipes or translate traditional dishes with a modern Appetite twist. For example, we recently had a couple who wanted to play around with the idea of serving their guests pie and mash. We came up with a simple-yet-elegant braised Scottish beef shin and puff pastry pie, served with jugs of gravy, Colcannon mash and baby vegetables. It was an absolute winner.”
Alternatively, evoke fond memories by sharing cuisine from the country you got engaged in, or your fave holiday destination!
Appeal to all sense
It’s not just about what food you serve – how you serve it will make all the difference. Appetite Events love to make creative food installations for weddings and events, and they always look fantastic.
“A charcuterie stall is a great way to serve the starter,” advises Philly. “It becomes a sharing starter. It creates quite a spectacle and can be accompanied by fantastic cheeses, flat breads, homemade chutneys and cured vegetables; creating an antipasti table of delights, I suppose! We also do an amazing fresh seafood installation, a market stall creation and our dessert installation is always well received.”
Besides making a statement, food installations help with staffing (as you don’t require large numbers of staff to circulate canapés throughout the guests) and can be a great way to get your guests mingling together. Plus, sharing platters and food installations are a good solution if you’re catering to a number of different dietary requirements!
It’s official; veganism is not just a passing fad to be ignored or sniffed at. As well as being tasty (and often healthier), vegan options are also very much in-demand.
“No longer is veganism a dietary choice of the few, as the vegan craze is sweeping the culinary world! We have created dedicated vegan menus to suit and please even the most carnivorous tastes,” says Philly.
“Ultimately, we love to create an exciting menu that will please the couple’s audience and challenge their preconceived ideas of wedding food.”
You can create a totally vegan wedding menu, but as everything Appetite Events serves is bespoke, it’s easy enough for them to adapt recipes and offerings to suit meat-and-dairy-free guests. If you’re hoping to serve up a vegan-friendly wedding meal but have no idea where to start, they’re more than happy to make some suggestions.
Oh and by the way,the same applies to other dietary requirements or needs, too. Recently they were hired by a groom who was gluten-free; Appetite Events created a gluten-free menu across the whole wedding so the groom wasn’t left out, or forced to have something different from everyone else.
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How to have a vegan wedding day
Veganism is becoming an increasingly popular lifestyle choice due to its health and environmental benefits – but how easy is it to keep it vegan on your wedding day? SWD finds out…
Last year, the (now former) editor of Waitrose Food magazine received a pitch from a freelance journalist for a series of plant-based recipes. His response? “How about a series on killing vegans, one by one?”
He was promptly sacked – cue a social media furore – with many of us left rolling our eyes at an attitude that felt woefully past its sell-by date.
While many meat-eaters have been guilty of making the odd vegan joke, the audience for them is at long last diminishing thanks to a growing awareness of the societal, environmental and health benefits of adopting a vegan lifestyle.
The number of vegans in the UK has quadrupled in four years, rising from 150,000 to 600,000 – and it’s only expected to increase.
In all likelihood, as this trend continues, we’ll see more vegan couples having the confidence to throw an entirely vegan wedding.
But how do you do it when your grandad has never knowingly eaten a vegetable?
“If you opt for a completely vegan wedding, your guests may find that they enjoy the food provided much more than they expected – and that in itself is a wonderful and effective form of activism.”
One of the best things about vegan food is that it demands chefs to really think outside of the box to create out-of-the-ordinary meals that wedding guests will remember forever.
“We are always so excited to work on a vegan wedding,” says Monika from En Croute Catering. “It allows our kitchen to get creative, and elevate the previously humble vegetable to something more celebratory!”
En Croute’s vegan menu includes options such as Sri Lankan sweet potato curry; cauliflower, apricot and almond tagine; and a beetroot, bramble, caramelised walnut and rocket salad, all of which are so tasty guests would be unlikely to be despondent over the lack of meat.
If you’re worried about bamboozling fussy eaters, think about your favourite comfort meals and work from there.
“I would say that big hearty dishes like stews, curries and pasta dishes work great as a vegan-friendly crowd pleaser,” says Susannah from Bespoke Catering.
“As soon as you can show guests that you can recreate their favourite dishes with vegan ingredients, they feel much more comfortable trying vegan food.”
Another boon of dishes centred around veg, leafy greens and fruit is that they suit informal dining options.
“Sharing-style meals are really popular at weddings just now, and vegan food really lends itself to this style of eating,” says Claire from The Edinburgh Catering Company, which serves up sharing platters of dishes such as herb falafel with ras-el-hanout yoghurt and jewelled quinoa salad with raisins, pomegranate and garlic-tahini dressing, all with a generous portion of wood-fired flatbreads.
“Contrary to popular belief, you can put together a spread that is really beautiful, colourful, interesting – and most importantly, delicious!”
Let them eat (vegan) cake
And what about the foodie Big Kahuna, the wedding dish star player: the cake. Well, according to some cake designers, punters don’t even notice the difference between vegan and non-vegan bakes.
“I have made and served a vegan chocolate cake with a yummy salted caramel filling to my own guests and they never guessed it’s vegan!” laughs Mandi at Rainbow Sugarcraft.
Alison at A Bonnie Wee Cake has had a very similar experience: “My favourite vegan flavour is the chocolate orange sponge. I regularly take it to wedding fairs where it goes down a treat, and people are very surprised to find out it is vegan!”
Breaking the news
So now you’re thinking about how cool it would be to throw caution to the wind and serve up delicious vegan food on your wedding day – but there’s a catch, isn’t there?
There’s no way that crusty old uncle no. 4 is going to let that happen without a strongly worded Facebook message to your mum.
Make it clear on your invitations that your food will be vegan, but give guests the option to select an alternative. “There’s always going to be someone who will consider a vegan meal a step too far for them,” says Claire.
“In situations like this, we’ll usually just advise the couple to put this down as a ‘dietary requirement’. Well-fed guests are happy guests and we’d rather couples didn’t stress about what certain people were going to eat!”
And before anyone tries to make you feel bad, remember that your wedding day means your wedding rules.
“It’s your day, and you should celebrate it in a way which is in keeping with your own beliefs and values,” says Elena from The Vegan Society.
“Veganism is better for the environment, for animals, and for people – so don’t feel bad about it!”
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Floral-filled nature inspired wedding day at Sorn Castle, East Ayrshire
Rebecca and Jason created a beautiful nature-inspired wedding reception at Sorn Castle following their beautiful ceremony at Sorn Parish Church.
With plenty of personal touches – groom Jason even hand-built their wooden pergola! – it was truly a day to remember.
Here, bride Rebecca shares more from their wedding, including a very exciting arrival in 2019!
Jason and I clicked right away on the first date. Although we are opposites in lots of ways, we are so similar in others.
We both work really hard and help each other strive and achieve our goals – we balance each other out perfectly!
Jason proposed while we were on holiday on the island of Koh Tao.
We went snorkelling on our favourite beach, and he pretended to look under the water at some fish but instead resurfaced with my engagement ring from under the sea!
Booking the perfect venue was a priority to us, and we wanted our wedding on a bank holiday weekend to make it easier for my family travelling from Northern Ireland.
As soon as we walked into Sorn Castle, we fell in love with it.
The team made it feel really personal and special – it didn’t feel like a wedding conveyor belt like some other venues.
For the décor, we wanted it to reflect the elegance of the castle and the beautiful nature in the surrounding grounds, installing lots of floral displays throughout the venue.
We also wanted to pay tribute to my Northern Irish ancestry and Jason’s Scottish ancestry, and had fudge from my home town and bottles of Irn Bru as favours.
My dress was ‘Gala’ by Galia Lahav. It was made from vintage crochet and silk satin with a dramatic blush train.
Jason wore a customised tweed kilt made at Frank’s Gold Room at Kilts 4 U in Hillington. It was stunning and everything we wanted.
The night before the wedding was so stressful, I was almost verging on having a little bridezilla moment! Jason was still building our wooden pergola at 9pm, but we eventually had our ceremony rehearsal and that helped calm our nerves.
We were both a little nervous at the ceremony, and stumbled over a few words even though we had practised it plenty!
We got a few giggles from our guests which actually helped put us at ease.
The speeches were fantastic, and there were a few tears during my dad’s as he spoke about family and friends that are very missed.
It was followed by lots of laughs during the best man’s speech, which contained anecdotes that cannot be put down in print!
Our florist embraced our vision and went above and beyond. People are still talking about the floral displays!
At the Ayrshire Wedding Show we won the chance for West FM DJ Colin McCardle to play at our wedding! Everyone had a blast, and the marquee was jumping from start to finish.
Our first dance was Brad Paisley She’s Everything. It is a song we both love and has very meaningful lyrics. We also liked that it was a unique choice that many people hadn’t heard.
Our plan for our honeymoon is to go to New Zealand and the Cook Islands, but we have had to postpone it as we’re expecting our first baby in March 2019!
Stationery: Bespoke Wedding Stationery
Gorgeous Easter weekend wedding day at Balbirnie House Hotel, Fife
When childhood sweethearts Emma and Callum got engaged after 12 years together, they knew they wanted to say ‘I do’ within the year.
With plenty of personal touches, including some Easter-themed surprises, the happy couple opted for a spring wedding at award-winning venue, Balbirnie House Hotel, all captured beautifully by Suzanne Black Photography.
Here, bride Emma shares more of their eggscellent big day…
“We met at school and were in the same class on the first day. We were both quite shy in those awkward first years and didn’t actually become friends until fourth year at school.
Callum is one of the kindest people I have ever met and goes above and beyond to help anyone.
I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and Callum proposed on a surprise break to Glencoe. We had a trip on The Jacobite steam train, which is basically the Hogwarts Express and it travels over the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct.
We then went a walk into the hills to see the view and I turned around to see Callum down on one knee, surrounded by midges. It was the west coast of Scotland in June: prime midge season!
Finding an available venue which ticked all the boxes was first on the list. The most important things for us was a venue with character, lots of space inside and out and availability as we wanted to get married to as close to a year from our engagement.
When we found Balbirnie House Hotel, we knew it was the venue for us.
We loved the character of the old building with its high ceilings, period features and large drawing rooms with lovely decor. The grounds are beautiful and had ample space for all our guests to mingle during the canapés and drinks reception.
The winning factor for us was the ballroom downstairs which has beautiful arched windows on every side adorned with fairy lights and a huge twinkling dance floor.
We got so much help from our friends and family and Callum was so involved with every aspect of the day. We discussed together how our wedding should look and our ideas for the day, right down to small details.
My bridesmaids were fantastic throughout and understood how much goes into planning a wedding, whilst our families were also so helpful, from accompanying us venue hunting to late night arts and craft around the table.
We embraced a lot of DIY touches. We bought our wedding invitation design from a small stationery business on Etsy for £15, which we then tailored to suit us and got them printed at a local print shop and the envelopes were hand sealed with a wax stamp.
My ridiculously talented sister-in-law Corinne owns Dazed Dorothy and she hand drew and decorated our wedding chalkboards and handmade all four bridesmaids handbags, plus a bridal bag for myself which she lined with cloth that once belonged to her grandmother.
We made our favours from recycled mini glass bottles with corks, filled with pink gin for the ladies and rum for the gents. My sister then hand wrote and attached a mini tag with ‘drink me’ on each one. For our pregnant guests, we gave them Lindt chocolate bunnies.
As our wedding took place over Easter weekend, we had decorated jars full of Mini Eggs on each table to enjoy during the speeches before dinner arrived. Callum also painstakingly hand blew and decorated real eggs with gold leaves to hang from tree branches.
We also decorated lots of little recycled glass bottles with lace and twine which our florist filled with gypsophila and hung them on the aisle chairs during our ceremony.
The in-house wedding planning team at Balbirnie were absolutely fantastic. Christine, our main wedding coordinator, was so organised and helped us massively keep on track of every aspect of planning the day. Kerrie and David, our masters of ceremony, couldn’t have done more for us, even helping me across the grass in my welly boots in the rain to achieve the perfect picture!
I went dress shopping with my mum, sister and bridesmaids. I was pretty much decided that I wanted a lace fitted dress with a V shaped back which wasn’t too ‘blingy’. I tried on every style there was it feels before I found the style that I loved.
We figured out very quickly that lace was not my friend and that a more simplistic style suited me best.
I bought my Pronovias dress from Kavelle Bridal Couture in Edinburgh. It was a combination of crepe, tulle and lace ivory; a fitted mermaid style dress with a lace back, bateau neckline and lace cap sleeve.
My Swarovski earrings were a gift from my parents, a halo drop style to compliment my engagement ring. My vintage style bridal cuff was borrowed from my friend as my something borrowed and my shoes were silver t-bar peep toes which I owned already and were my something old.
Callum had a custom kilt made and opted to wear matching green woolen socks and brown brogues, complementing his brown leather sporran which belonged to my late grandad.
The night before, I stayed with my four bridesmaids in the Pearl suite at Balbirnie and the bridal party and close friends met up at the local pub for dinner and drinks.
I felt really excited the morning of the wedding. I woke really early and couldn’t get back to sleep.
We had breakfast in the room then hair and makeup started at 8am. I spent the whole morning with my bridesmaids and mum.
I was so calm walking down the aisle as my sister had just made me laugh before it started. We were all lined up in a row ready to walk in and she turned round and whispered to us ‘Feel the rhythm! Feel the ride!’ from Cool Runnings! We all burst into giggles.
Our brilliant pianist played Elton John’s Tiny Dancer as I walked down the aisle.
We wanted a humanist ceremony as we both loved how personal the service is and all about the couple. We wrote our own vows with lots of help from our celebrant, Jane. It was so special to us to write our own and ranged from heartfelt moments to some funny ones too.
As the ceremony was at the venue, we didn’t require transport but it didn’t stop Callum’s vintage 1970’s VW Beetle from making an appearance which he restored himself!
We had a drinks reception with canapés which I didn’t even eat as I was too excited! We also has a popcorn station for everyone as I wanted something that was fun, but also gluten free for my coeliac guests.
The speeches were all fantastic my dad told funny stories of me growing up, Callum was brilliant and mentioned my grampa in his speech as sadly he passed away the year before.
The only band we wanted was Corra after seeing them at two other weddings. They played a version of Zac Brown Band’s Loving You Easy for our first dance. We love that song and the words are so fitting for us.
The dance floor was full all night and Corra kept us all going and incorporated some ceilidh tunes too which we all loved. It was such a great party.
After the wedding, we went on a mini moon for four nights to a cottage in Killin in Scotland then headed to Italy the next month at the start of May.
When you have been together for this long, being married doesn’t really feel too different. It was just a beautiful day to celebrate with all our loved ones.
Walking into the room and realising that every single person whom we love and care about was there especially for us was quite a phenomenal experience.”
Bridesmaid dresses: Polly Rose Boutique
Florist: Save the Date Collective | Cake: Mark Beedie
Humanist celebrant: Jane Bechtel from Humanist Society Scotland
“We had a gamer girl wedding cake!”
Novelty cakes are always fun, not only because they look amazing, but because they always have a great story behind them!
Siobhan and Claire wanted to celebrate their mutual love for computer games, so had a wedding cake made up of their favourite gaming titles – with cake topper models of them playing them at the top!
Read about how Siobhan and Claire’s gamer cake came about…
Couples who game together stay together, and Siobhan and Claire definitely find it helps settle arguments in their relationship. “We’ve often used Mario Kart races to decide who does the dishes!” laughs Siobhan.
Gaming is incredibly important to both Siobhan and Claire, so when it came to thinking of wedding cake ideas, their thoughts naturally turned to their favourite pastime. “Gaming is our primary common interest.
“We’ve decorated our home with a lot of gaming and geeky memorabilia and merchandise,” explains Siobhan. “I saw a picture of a cake topper online that was a bride trying to drag her groom away from his console by the ankle.
I showed Claire and joked that if that was us, we’d be playing back to back and the idea just snowballed from there!”
Luckily for Claire, her sister is the incredibly talented Laura of Jappacakes, so she sat down with the couple and helped brainstorm ideas for a showstopping cake.
“Laura came up with the idea of the video game cases for the cake, and at first I was like, ‘can we actually do this?’” says Siobhan.
“But it turned out absolutely fantastic. We wanted to keep the cake a secret so it’d be an awesome surprise for everyone, and our guests were totally shocked and amazed – some of them even had to be told it was a real cake!”