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Delicious Dessert Tables | Event Ideas

It’s a big thing in the US, but Dessert Tables are only JUST beginning to become popular in SA. While a table with your mom’s milk tart, aunt’s apple crumble and granny’s brandy pudding is great (for a family event), it’s taking this supposedly insignificant aspect of a wedding/event and turning it into a masterpiece!

The closest I ever got was displaying my wedding cake (a three tier dark and white chocolate dotted mousse cake covered in berries, blushing brides and a wire bicycle make for two on top) on a table with proteas and a beautifully ribbon-wrapped serving knife. If I could do it again and have the option for more than just cake, I might just go with one of these decadent dessert tables!

Together with your wedding/event theme, create a gorgeous table with beautiful vases, cake displays, trays and plates with seriously ‘attention-to-detail’ desserts. Check out today’s post on The Good Girls Guide for more awesome ideas 🙂

A High Tea in the Garden

A High Tea in the Garden | source here.

Green & Red Party Poppers

Green & Red Party Poppers | source here.

Butterflies and Colourful Candies

Butterflies and Colourful Candies | source here.

Sweet Love

Sweet Love | source here.

Babyshower or Birthday

Babyshower or Birthday | source here.

Wedding DIY Dessert Table

Wedding DIY Dessert Table | source here.

Lavender High Tea

Lavender High Tea | source here.

Beautiful Dessert Table Detail

Beautiful Dessert Table Detail | source here.

Dramatic Dresses | Ballgowns & Cocktails

Goodness I love dramatic dresses! I once did a shoot up at my university for a close friend of mine, and got to wear a super dramatic black satin dress, the skirt the widest I’ve ever seen, a train and all. I felt so empowered (it’s funny how something that gorgeous can do that for you!) It’s worth having a dress up party just to put one on.

Dramatic in Black

Dramatic in Black | source here.

Today’s inspirational post on The Good Girls Guide is all about the drama, the passion, the power that emanates from a gorgeous and dramatic dress. Be it red and flirtatious, pink and bubblegum pop, cream and stylish or frilly and fun – let it be dramatic! Maybe you’re looking for bridal gown inspiration, or scrounging around for ideas for that next Masquerade Ball dress up event – well, here you go. Enjoy!

A Pop of Pink

A Pop of Pink | source here.

Looking Lovely in Lavender

Looking Lovely in Lavender | source here.

A Cloud of Blossoms

A Cloud of Blossoms | source here.

A Splash of Red

A Splash of Red | source here.

Poised in White Petals

Poised in White Petals | source here.

A Splatter of Red Polkadots

A Splatter of Red Polkadots | source here.

Gorgeous Flapper in Cream

Gorgeous Flapper in Cream | source here.

Juliet in Shades of Grey

Juliet in Shades of Grey | source here.

My Wedding: Decor & Ideas Inspiration!

I’ve always loved weddings that go the extra mile in the detail. It’s the light touches, the hard work, the attention to detail that for me, shines as extra special! Having attended quite a few weddings in the past few years, I’ve seen some incredible ideas on what to do with ‘the detail’.

Wedding Flower Arrangements

Wedding Bliss

There are so many elements that go into making a wedding day breathtakingly beautiful, and I suppose it’s totally up to the couple to decide which is the most important. Photography, cake, stationery, decor, outfits, favours, guest entertainment, music, vows & ceremony…there’s plenty to release your creativity upon!

Some great ideas for some of the above:

Photography

Choose your photographer wisely. I would recommend a partnership team: they have experience working together and can ensure a wider variety of pictures. Also, choose someone whose style you enjoy – you want your vibe to be captured 100%! Most of all, feel comfortable! My lovely friends Rebecca and Bruce Meissner rocked our wedding 🙂 (see them here: Love Made Visible)

Photography by Love Made Visible

Cake

Cake Schmake. Yes, R4000 cakes are around, but trust me, unless you’re a confectionist, you really don’t need one of those! If you have a talent in your family/friend circle who can bake – go for it. Else, investigate cakes that taste amazing but don’t cost a bomb! We did an awesome chocolate fudge mousse cake from Melissas – and then decorated with blushing brides, icing sugar and a wire bicycle made for two!

Cake - Melissa's

Stationery

If you’re creative, do as much as you can yourself (table menus, name tags etc), but even if you are, leave the actual invitation to an expert! Trust me, it’s worth it. Look online for ideas – invites these days can be crazy fun and inspirational, elegant and classic or totally out of the box and different. Think different textures, wording, typefaces and imagery! Thanks to the gorgeous Nikky Dowding of Moonbeams & Polkadots for ours…

Invitation - Moonbeams & Polkdots

Decor

My absolute FAVE! Be specific – think of a theme/colour scheme and then go with it. Don’t look back. We did a vintage theme with lots of proteas, fynbos, old suitcases, lace overlays, clear glasswear of different sizes, a wine menu and white candles... Start with a moodboard and collect ideas. Pinterest is a good place to start brainstorming! Remember, decor is TOTALLY 100% DIY doable – have fun!

Decor - 100% DIY

And those are my tips to making your day extra-special. Get involved, do the hard work and be rewarded with a magical day when it all fades blurrily into the background as all you have eyes for is your husband. You can see how gorgeous it all looked in the photos later on!

Wedding Love Photography

View all our wedding photos here.

Oh, to Fall in Love!

As a newlywed, I’m still so inspired by incredible wedding photography, decor, clever ideas and just general great wedding tips & tricks. But for the most part, it’s being inspired by couples in loveyou can really tell when a couple loves each other, and with a good photographer who is all about capturing natural moments – you can definitely see it!

Having been to about 7 weddings since my own (which was in November), it’s just amazing to appreciate it from the other side of the table. Seeing a couple making their vows to each other in front of God, family and friends is so much more meaningful when you yourself are married. WOWNESS!

And you know what…falling in love has nothing on loving in marriage. It’s something quite amazing and very special, and has such incredible potential for growth.

Anyway, after the lovey-dovey smushy parts of this LOVE post, I thought I would share my favourite wedding photography and inspirational sites with you, courtesy of The Good Girls Guide – in case you’re planning, dreaming or wishing you could do it again…

Love in the SunBeautiful Vintage Wedding | source here.

Vintage Mantilla Veil | Bridal Wedding Inspiration

I couldn’t resist posting these beautiful shots this morning; inspired by good friends of mine who are getting married this weekend at stunning Kleine Valleij in Wellington – this amazing vintage-inspired veil is enough to make any bride shine.

On my wedding day I wore what is called a ‘cathedral’ veil – because it’s long enough to drape on the ground. Not quite Lady Diana or Princess Catherine – but stil, it was long! But it was truly beautiful. I think veils can make such a statement as part of your outfit on your wedding day. That’s not to say go wild and go massive (think Josie from Married to Rock), but rather go stylish, go elegant and go beautiful – short, netted, full length, chin length…you name it!

This beautiful embroidered veil below has had mantilla and beaded detail delicately added to the veil, adding a little weight and a lot of prettiness. Something like this would look amazing on a simple figure-hugging dress or something with a slight fishtail skirt. Have you got any tips on veils? Been a bride or planning on getting married soon? Let The Good Girls Guide know your inside tips, tricks and clever ideas. Happy Tuesday!

Bridal Veil BeautyVintage Mantilla Veil | source here.

Sheet Music Boutonniere | Whimsy Wedding Inspiration

We all love weddings. If you’re a savvy Good Girl, you probably jump for the bouquet, eat the cake, dance all night and celebrate loudly with the bridal couple. It’s ok – we all do it!

Although I’m already married, it sure hasn’t stopped my browsing the web for beautiful wedding inspiration that I can oogle over and share. Girls, the theme, decor and colour of your wedding is the most obvious indicator of who you and your groom are as people (let’s hope it’s not all pink, who knows what everyone will think of him!), so it’s your chance to really go wild and be creative!

I found this incredibly unique idea as  replacement for the traditional ‘white rose buttonhole’: a sheet music boutonniere! How incredibly creative, and it makes your groom and his best men stand out from the crowd in a big way. And just think of what else you can do with this idea just a small part…

Any other ideas on a whimsical and musical theme for a wedding? Post your ideas below & share the love.

Sheet Music inspired Boutonniere | photo here.