Gorgeous Desserts by Allison of Wild Rose Sweets and Styling
When I married my husband 14 years ago there was a very formulaic way of planning a wedding. Each wedding was a replica of the last… there was a pure white dress, a church, a tiered fondant covered cake, and a bridesmaid in a floor length gown. Nowadays we live in a connected, social media-dominated planet and have unprecedented access to photos, ideas and inspiration from throughout the world. Brides today are opening up their eyes and imaginations and are creating their own unique day, rather than what tradition has previously dictated.
Wedding cakes have also come a long way from the marzipan-covered fruit cakes of not so long ago, and the times are continuing to change. As brides continue to buck tradition and choose what they love, gone is the notion that you even have to have a wedding cake! Other popular alternatives are a small cutting cake with cupcakes, a small cutting cake with mixed desserts, a full Candy Buffet, a Macaron Bar, a Cookie Bar, a Dessert Tower, and a fully styled Dessert Table. As the idea of a Dessert Table is a relatively new concept in Australia we’ve put together some points to give you a clearer idea of what’s involved.
What is a Dessert Table?
A dessert buffet is a professionally styled table that is designed as a work of art. Your stylist will work with you to coordinate your table’s theming and colour palette with the overall look of your wedding. A professionally styled table will include items such as a table backdrop, quality cake stands and compotes, gorgeous tablecloth, printed labels, coordinated props and special embellishments that provide the final finishing touches. Your dessert table will be a part of your reception décor and will have your guests looking forward to dessert long before dinner is completed.
Why choose a Dessert Table?
A dessert table will be a beautiful addition to your décor and another way to impart your taste and individuality to your day. The table also offers a wonderful social aspect as your guests collect their dessert, share a laugh and enjoy a break from their seats. Most importantly, the table offers a selection of mouth-watering desserts that the guests can choose themselves. This is also valuable when catering for guests that are gluten-free or dairy-free as you can offer a selection that will tempt everyone.
Pricing out a Dessert Table
There are two popular ways to price Dessert Tables. Some Stylists provide a ‘per head’ charge that covers both their services and the desserts. This can be an easy way for you to work out your costs straight up, but be aware that this usually means that the stylist sources their sweets from outside vendors and quality control can be difficult. The other pricing option, and the one we choose to use, is to charge a set price for our Styling services and then you have the luxury of choosing your dessert selection from our large Sweets Menu. Our Styling service also includes a consultation to discuss your style and colour palette, and we work together to choose a selection of sweets to offer your guests.
Will I still need a wedding cake?
This one is entirely up to you. We can work with you to provide a full wedding cake, or smaller cutting cake with any dessert plan you choose. You can then serve your cake as part of dessert, you can choose to take the cake home to serve later, or you can choose not to have a cake at all.
I would love a Dessert Table but I want to try it myself…
There are many aspects of a wedding that can be a wonderful DIY project and a Dessert Table is definitely one such possible venture. There are many hire companies that offer a variety of products for you to include in your own table. We make it easy for you as we sell all our desserts separately, therefore you can purchase our sweets and have a friend or family member assemble the table on the day. Our other services include a rental service of boutique tablecloths, quality cake stands and compotes, as well as other general props, so we can provide everything you need to create your own table. Whether you hire or purchase your own display items, just remember that these costs do add up, as do the hours of planning, shopping and designing the table. You also need to make sure that you have someone with a sense of style that is trustworthy enough to be relied upon for such a special occasion.
I would love a dessert table but I can’t justify the expense…
Weddings are an expensive business and everyone chooses to allocate their budget in their own way. You might love the idea of petite desserts, but a complete Dessert Table might not be in your budget, so a gorgeous Dessert Tower could be just what you need. You just place your dessert order and for a small fee we deliver the desserts to your venue and arrange them on a beautiful, mirrored, tiered dessert display.
A beautiful dessert table can be a wonderful addition to your day and it is one of those unique aspects of your wedding that is sure to be talked about for years to come. While I might not have been able to express myself creatively for my wedding years ago, it’s such a joy to work with brides today to make their dream day, and dessert, come true.
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- 0403 197 736
Real Weddings – Libby-Jane + Mark
You wanted details, so here they are! Libby-Jane and Mark married at Tuscany Wine Estate Resort in the Hunter Valley in front of 80 nearest and dearest. Candice Campbell Photography captured their beautiful images.
Mark and Libby-Jane met in an unlikely location – out the front of a take-away shop in Cessnock’s main street. Mark, on his lunch break, noticed Libby-Jane chatting with a friend of his. Needless to say, he wasted no time getting her phone number.
Libby-Jane’s stunning white strapless gown was purchased from Newcastle Bridal House.
Libby-Jane and Mark left their reception for their accommodation at Chateau Elan, Hunter Valley Australia, before a 7-night honeymoon on Hayman Island.
Real Weddings – Katie + Noel
Katie and Noel had been together a year when Noel made a romantic proposal at Warners Bay foreshore. They married in front of 100 guests, with Curly Tree Photography on hand to record the day of their lives.
Katie found her perfect princess-style gown – a Henry Roth designer gown – at Simple Elegance Boutique. The bridesmaid’s dresses were from Forever New at Charlestown.
Katie and Noel were married by Dr. Rev. Peter Oliver (Chaplain of the John Hunter Hospital) on the lower deck at Milano’s On The Lake.
Renee Tuckers Wedding Flowers and Cakes created classically elegant bouquets.
The reception was held in the function room at Milano’s On The Lake. Tables were decorated with candles and crystal, while fabric and fairly lights floated from the ceiling.
Hunter Valley Cadillacs transported the newlyweds in impeccable style.
Real Weddings – Rebekah + Lachlan
Memories of Tuscany prompted Rebekah and Lachlan’s decision to marry at the similarly picturesque Peppers Creek. They made their vows in front of a roaring fireplace in the company of their immediate families. Sue Taylor Photography captured their special day.
Rebekah’s gown was from Alfred & Angelo, while Locky’s suit was from Diamond Weddings (both in Somersby, NSW).
Locky had asked Rebekah’s 6-year-old son Isaiah for permission to marry his mum. Isaiah was given a ring of his own, symbolising a complete family.
Elope with Maree Callaghan Hunter Marriage Celebrant married Rebekah and Lachlan at ‘The Residence’ at Peppers Creek Village Accommodation, which was also where everyone stayed.
Winter at Peppers Creek, and the grounds are still picture-perfect.
The wedding bands were purchased from Michael Hill Jewellery, while the flowers were made by the bride.
Love in the Vines – A Hunter Valley Wedding Festival
Love is in the Air… or is it in the Vines?
Not just another wedding expo… A Hunter Valley Wedding Festival!
‘Love in the Vines’, brought to you by ‘Your Hunter Valley Wedding Planner’ magazine.
Finally, we’ve brought you the Hunter Valley Wedding Festival you’ve all been waiting for! ‘Your Hunter Valley Wedding Planner’ magazine is excited to announce the inaugural ‘Love in the Vines – A Hunter Valley Wedding Festival’ to be held on Sunday 26th October 2014 against the stunning vineyard backdrop of Lindeman’s Estate Pokolbin. See ‘Your Hunter Valley Wedding Planner’ magazine COME TO LIFE before your very eyes in a carnival style atmosphere in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country!
Prepare to be entertained and inspired by an amazing array of talented wedding suppliers and professionals who are ready to show you how they can bring your big day in the Hunter to life. On arrival at the iconic Lindeman’s Estate you will be greeted with a glass of famous Hunter Valley sparkling and mouth-watering canapés courtesy of the talented chefs from Café 1843. Wander through the picturesque surrounds of Lindeman’s and immerse yourself in beautiful, unique and creative wedding ideas for your special day. From floral designers and dream cake creators to photographers, wedding venues and caterers, you are sure to find inspiration around every corner.
For further wedding ideas and advice why not take in one or more of the exciting workshops or seminars scheduled throughout the day? Sit back and dream of your wedding day while watching the fashion parades showcasing stunning gowns and suits as well as magnificent jewels and headpieces.
Don’t forget to stop by the ‘Pamper Pavilion’ for a complimentary mini beauty treatment and to indulge in some sweet treats at the candy bar, along with a chance to glam it up at the ‘bling bar’! When it’s time for a break, sit back and relax on the grass with a picnic lunch and a bottle of famous Hunter Valley wine, immerse yourself in stunning vineyards and rolling hills and be entertained by live musicians.
What to expect on the day…
Pamper Pavilion – Get yourself in here for a bunch of FREE mini beauty treatments along with the candy bar offering a smorgasbord of sweet treats and of course try on a huge range of bling at the ‘Bling Bar’ by Exquisite Jewels for Hire! There’s no shortage of pampering here!
Mobile Video Games – Something for the boys (and the girls)! You’ll find it difficult to pull yourself away from this state of the art video games trailer where you can drop in anytime for a FREE gaming experience. www.mobilevideogames.com.au
Workshops & Seminars – Scheduled throughout the day and FREE for all, these workshops and seminars are the perfect way to pick up some extra tips, advice and extra inspiration.
Fashion Parade – Sit back, relax and take in the visual delights of a huge array of stunning gowns and accessories on offer.
Picnic Lunch or Dine in Style? The choice is yours! There will be pizzas and picnic hampers on offer if you’d like to chill out on a blanket in the picnic zone, or sit down for a culinary treat indoors or alfresco style at Lindeman’s own Café 1843.
Entertainment – Enjoy the musical stylings provided by a range of wedding entertainers as you wander through the event.
Prizes & Goodie Bags – Any good wedding festival needs a fabulous little goodie bag to take away and of course the opportunity to take home some big prizes! All that and more will be on offer at Love in the Vines!
‘Love in the Vines’ runs from 10.30am to 4pm on Sunday 26th October 2014. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for local accommodation specials and create a weekend away in the vineyards for you and your friends.
‘Love in the Vines’ is a ‘must visit’ festival where the very best wedding professionals and suppliers in the Hunter Region will be showcased in one gorgeous, unique and creative event! Not just another wedding expo, but an amazing Hunter Valley Wedding Festival!
See you at Lindeman’s, Hunter Valley on Sunday 26th October 2014 from 10.30am – 4pm!
Happy Wedding Planning! Love from the team at ‘Your Hunter Valley Wedding Planner’ magazine and ‘Love in the Vines’.
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TICKETS: $17.50 available at www.loveinthevines.com.au