Have you ever thought about what you would do if something went wrong on your wedding day? I mean some of the little things that you think are insignificant, but one on top of another, could add up to make your big day a disaster.
Take for instance you have a beautiful outdoor wedding planned for the month of August in St. Louis. You and your family needed to save a little money and decided to handle the wedding cake yourself. You need to thoroughly review how frosting on your cake reacts to the heat of the summer in your area. Here’s a few pointers to help you decide how to handle your cake.
Sunlight and florescent lighting– will alter icing colors. Keep your cake stored in a covered box and out of direct sunlight and florescent lighting.
Humidity– can soften royal icing and gum paste decorations. If you live in a climate with high humidity, prepare your royal icing using only pure cane confectioners' sugar (not beet sugar or dextrose), add less liquid and add 1 more teaspoonMeringue Powderto the recipe.
Heat– can melt icing and cause decorations to droop. Keep your decorated cake as cool as possible and stabilize buttercream icing by adding 2 teaspoonsMeringue Powderper recipe. Protect your cake by placing it in a clean, covered cake box. Avoid using foil or plastic wrap to cover a decorated cake – these materials can stick to icing and crush delicate decorations. The icing that covers your cake determines how it should be stored – in the refrigerator, at cool room temperature, or frozen, if storing for longer than 3 days. If you want to store your iced cake in a different way than noted, make a small test cake.
If you did not do the cake yourself and you have a wedding planner, this person/persons would be in charge of your cake. Once the dessert table is set for the reception, the planner would make sure your cake or dessert table for that matter, would stay intact.
Let’s say the florist forgot your throw-away bouquet. Believe me, things like this happen more than you think. You panic and don’t know what to do. You or your family/wedding party don’t have the necessary tools to put together even something that remotely looks like a bouquet. You need to stay focused on your reception and guests. Most wedding planners have a magic bag (emergency kit) that is full of many items needed in case something goes wrong.
Another item to consider for outside weddings and receptions are mosquitoes. St. Louis especially has had lots of rain this summer. This might be something that could easily be overlooked. You would be surprised how this ‘little” element could really dampen your reception.
On another note, with a word of advice,…always check the bustle on your wedding dress. It is always good to have either your mom or Maid of Honor go through the actual function of tying up the bustle before the reception. You’ll be glad you did. If you do not have time or completely forgot, the wedding planner will always step in to help.
These are just a few incidents that could happen at your wedding. I have witnessed many more. When you have someone in charge like a wedding planner, you and your guests can enjoy the day. Starry Night Events has a pre-wedding checklist that we go over the week before the wedding. We make sure the “little” things are not left out. Think about it, this is your wedding and you want it to be perfect. You, your family and even your wedding party should take in all the wonderful elements of the day without having the stress.