October Wedding Cakeapalooza!

by Jenny Bryde 5. October 2015 01:13

We have some really great October/Fall themed wedding cakes to show you today!  Not only are they deliciouis, they are adorably themed to fit an autumn affair.  What do you think?  White sheet cakes are fine, but these have a little something extra!

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Anything Can Happen!

by Jenny Bryde 17. May 2015 15:57

I was discussing weddings with someone recently who was lamenting that she really loves yellow and ombre but that who has a yellow ombre wedding?  I told her that as far as wedding colors, everything goes, and it's totally up to the couple what they want to see happen.  I promised her some inspiration pics of cakes in particular, so for your consideration, I give you yellow ombre cakes!

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Cool Drinks for Warm Weather Weddings!

by Jenny Bryde 9. May 2015 15:17

Signature drinks are the trend du jour, and why not?  How much fun is it for your guests to enjoy a special little something with a twist.  Something they can only have at your wedding and not at every tavern.  With warm weather coming up, a cool drink is just the thing.  Today I'm featuring a few recipes that I found on Allrecipes.com that sound amazing!  Spice them up with a little liquor for an adult version, or keep it straight for a general crowd pleaser.

First up: Homemade Lemonade! 

  1. Peel the rinds from the 5 lemons and cut them into 1/2 inch slices. Set the lemons aside.
  2. Place the rinds in a bowl and sprinkle the sugar over them. Let this stand for about one hour, so that the sugar begins to soak up the oils from the lemons.
  3. Bring water to a boil in a covered saucepan and then pour the hot water over the sugared lemon rinds. Allow this mixture to cool for 20 minutes and then remove the rinds.
  4. Squeeze the lemons into another bowl. Pour the juice through a strainer into the sugar mixture. Stir well, pour into pitcher and pop it in the fridge! Serve with ice cubes.


Next: Watermelon Margaritas!  

  1. Bring 1/2 cup sugar, water, and orange zest in a small saucepan to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove simple syrup from heat and allow to cool completely.
  2. Place watermelon in a blender or food processor. Pulse until pureed.
  3. Stir watermelon puree into a large pitcher with simple syrup, tequila, and lime juice.
  4. Place a small amount of salt or sugar into a saucer. Rub edge of margarita glasses with a lime wedge to moisten. Lightly dip the rim of the glass into the saucer to rim the glass; tap off excess salt or sugar.
  5. Fill rimmed glasses with crushed ice; pour margarita mixture into glasses and garnish with lime wedges to serve.

Last but not lease: Mojitos! 

  1. Put 3 mint leaves and 2 teaspoons sugar into each of 2 glass tumblers; vigorously stir sugar and mint together, crushing mint with the back of a spoon to release oils. Add 3 lime wedges to each glass; again stir vigorously to release some lime juice. Pour 1 jigger rum into each glass. Fill glasses with ice cubes and top with carbonated water; stir.

Anyone thirsty yet?


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Amazing Cupcake Recipes!

by Jenny Bryde 1. June 2014 01:13

How do cupcakes fit into your wedding plans?  Are you serving them at your rehearsal dinner?  Are they what your guests will receive instead of a piece of wedding cake?  Are you giving them away as to-go favors?  Either way, there are so many different options when choosing cupcake and cake flavors.  Today I am featuring some cupcake recipes that you could try to tackle yourself or that you could take to your bakery to ask them to replicate or to see if they have something similar.  In the meantime, someone needs to whip up some samples for us to try!  Click on the cupcake names to go directly to the recipes.

Mocha Cupcakes!


Angel Food Cake Cupcakes!


Peaches and Cream Cupcakes!


Caramel Apple Cupcakes!


White Chocolate Raspberry Champagne Cupcakes!


Variety is the spice of life, right?  We still love the good ol' standbys like chocolate, red velvet, and so on, but dang!  These look good too!

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Options for Serving Food at a Wedding

by Jenny Bryde 12. May 2014 01:02

A question came up recently in a discussion with a bride who didn't want to have the "same old" food that all weddings tend to have.  Those of us married in the group kind of chuckled and tried to console this bride to be that all weddings are unique regardless of what is served for food, but maybe for this couple, unique food is a priority.  So after a little digging and thinking, I've come up with a list of different ways you can feed your friends and family.  Depending on your style and budget, any of these options could be done.  Let's take a look!


The Buffet - A popular choice due to ease of feeding a lot of people a lot of food in a little amount of time, a buffet can be a great choice!  A pro would be that people could tailor their plates for what they'd like to eat.  A con would be that you might be paying for a ton of left over food since your servers will keep the food trays full throughout the serving time.


The Plated Dinner - A classy and simple way to have all your guests fed, a plated dinner can be a great option!  Pros - The bride and groom can tailor the experience with a special food item that everyone will receive.  Conversations can be more intimate amongst tables as they don't have to stand and wait in any line.  Cons - Plated dinners often mean limited options for guests.  The bride and groom will often opt for only one choice or a couple of choices due to logistics and budget.


Family Style Dinner - Combining the buffet and the plated dinner, a family style keeps the food right at the table for the guests to dish up themselves.  Pros - guests can decide what they'd like on their plates without having to stand in a line.  Cons - dishes of food can take up valuable table space making less room for decorations.


Appetizer Stations - A fun way to get your guests to mingle and eat, appetizer stations or butler passed appetizers can be a lot of fun!  Pros - you won't need to plan for specific table counts, in fact you may not even need tables for every single person as many people will stand and wander in this set up.  Pros - a fun atmosphere with the opportunity for guests to try a little of everything.  Cons - The dinner hour often provides the time for the bride and groom to take a breather.  During an appetizer hour, the bride and groom will be the sought after company as guests mingle and eat.


The Dessert Buffet - Who says you have to serve dinner anyway?  If your reception is in the mid afternoon or morning, a dessert reception might be just what the doctor ordered.  Pros - If you aren't serving dinner type food, you can save a bundle on your budget.  Cons - You'll have to clearly communicate to your guests that you aren't serving a meal as guests might otherwise assume they will be eating food other than dessert.



Working with your caterer, you can create any number of options.  Any of these options can be toned down or jazzed up to meet your budget and tastes, so speak up!  You don't have to do what everyone else does for food!

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Hi!  Welcome to the QCWeddings.com blog!  My name is Jenny, and I am a Quad Cities bride to be.  Our goal for this blog is to share information on all things wedding including local vendors, new trends, and amazing inspiration.  Let us know if there is something you'd like to see on here!  

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