A well-designed wedding cake always takes into account every element of your day, from colours and flowers to your dress, and as we’ll discuss here, your venue. It’s important that your wedding cake fits the style of venue and architecture, so that it doesn’t look out of place. Here I’m taking a look at a range of wedding venues to illustrate how the style and interiors can influence a wedding cake design.
From grand country estates such as Somerley House in Hampshire, to luxury hotels like the Corinthia in London, venues with exceptionally grand interiors require a sizeable cake so that it doesn’t get lost in the decadent backdrop. An option for this is to add dummy tiers to the wedding cake to build it up, so that you’re not eating cake for months! Whether you want an intricate cake with details to match the setting, or a blank canvas to have dressed with a statement floral arrangement, there are a wide range of options to make sure your cake fits your venue.
This example refers to a specific venue, Froyle Park in Hampshire. The grand ballroom in this historic country estate is elegant but understated, with its marble floor, white walls, tall french windows and grand crystal chandeliers. It’s important that a wedding cake matches the elegance, but also uses the white and neutral backdrop to its advantage. A dessert table is a great option especially where there is a vast space, and in a room such as this with a capacity for 300 people, it makes a wonderful feature.
This is England, so we can never guarantee being able to marry outside. However, wedding venues such as the Italian Villa in Dorset, Chewton Glen and the Four Seasons Hampshire bring the feel of the stunning surroundings into the venue. With water features, glorious greenery and colourful blooms, there are lots of options to incorporate the beauty of a garden. In 2018 I created a pastel pink and blue four-tier wedding cake with flowing blue ribbon to represent Compton Acre’s water feature, complete with an abundance of pastel-hued sugar flowers.
There are many ways to bring some luxury to a more rustic venue, such as Burley Manor in Hampshire. Using buttercream icing and fresh flowers can bring a more authentic countrified feel while still being elegant and stylish. Another way to bring the rustic luxe look to life is to have a ganached cake to give a textured effect and combine it with sugar flowers. This would also look fantastic in white chocolate.
As you can see, taking your wedding venue into account is important when we start the exciting process of discussing your wedding cake design. Together with colours, flowers, dress and other creative elements, creating a wedding cake that suits your venue really is the icing on the, well…cake!
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