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Wedding Cakes are an iconic part of a wedding day. Traditionally, the cutting of a wedding cake symbolizes togetherness between the bride and groom. They would share one piece of the cake before distributing it to their guests as a symbol of two becoming one. It has also been interpreted as a promise both parties make to always provide for one another.

While many people still partake in this tradition, some couples are opting for new and unique ideas that supplement or replace the wedding cake. Here are a few we’ve seen, as well as some suggestions if you’re thinking of heading in this direction.

  1. Cupcakes!

Who doesn’t love cupcakes? They’re essentially personal mini cakes that are cute as well as delicious. Some couples choose cupcakes instead of multiple tiers of wedding cake. This way, you can get the best of both worlds – still having a wedding cake as the top layer, with a modern flare of cupcakes.

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  1. Cake Pops!

Much like the cupcake trend, cake pop wedding cakes are becoming popular. Cake pops are a quick and easy fix for guests that may not want a full cupcake or a piece of cake. If you’re considering an alternative wedding cake, this option is great for weddings that have children in attendance.

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  1. Cupcakes and Cake Pops!

Why not mix the two together for equal parts fun and delicious? This is great option to mix as it offers guests a choice between cupcakes and cake pops. It may also allow for more flavours and can incorporate themed colours very nicely.

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Source: Madelinesweddings.com

  1. Macarons!

Macarons are a fun twist for any wedding, and they’re particularly useful for colourful and vibrant wedding themes. They provide a French element and offer a truly unique taste.

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Photo by Mango Studios: Grace & Yulin’s Wedding

Ice Cream!

Perfect for a beautiful summer wedding, ice cream cones are a refreshing alternative to the traditional wedding cake. It’s a great way to cool down on a hot summer night, and have fun too!

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  1. Donuts!

Another popular alternative for wedding cakes is a donut wall or tower. This option can also be combined with a top tier cake, and can have different flavours depending on the bride and groom’s taste.

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Source: disneyweddings.com

  1. Pies!

Some couples are opting to serve pies, instead of cake. Pies offer a wonderful selection of flavours and textures that are sure to leave a lasting impression on guests.+

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  1. Cheese!

For a really different option, try a cake made of cheese wheels.

 

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Source: westcountrycheese.co.uk

9. Croquembouche

Croquembouche is a traditional french wedding cake made up of cream puffs (called Choux in French) dressed with caramelized sugar.  It is also a celebratory dessert that is often served at weddings, baptisms and first communions.  The name croquembouche is translated as “crunch in the mouth”, meaning that the sugar is very crunch.

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Remember that any of these options can still incorporate a traditional wedding cake on the top tier, so you can still cut the cake if you wish to.

Without the top tier as a cake, some of these alternatives may save money! This is because some venues charge a cake cutting fee. We look forward to more alternative wedding cakes this upcoming year!

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Last November, we coordinated a destination wedding at the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Here are a few of our favourite shots.

We began the week with a Welcome Dinner by the beach, in one of the perfectly located gazebos on the Hard Rock’s expansive property. The couple surprised their guests with a fire show at the end of the dinner.

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After a few fun days under the sun, the big day arrived. The first event of the day was the Chinese Tea Ceremony.

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The dress, shoes and rings were a perfect fit for the tropical atmosphere.

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The ceremony took place right by the beach, under cover of another beautiful gazebo decorated with tropical shades of yellow and blue.

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The ceremony took place in one of the Hard Rock’s ballrooms that allowed for stunning decor and excellent entertainment.

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Photos by Kelvin from Kelvin Young Photography

 

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More and more couples are opting for non-traditional engagement rings. Diamond rings are stunning and are always a good option, but if you’re considering a different type of ring, here are a few options.

Green Garnet:

Cluster rings have been around for a while, but this cluster ring includes colourful gems that catch the eye.

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Source: Mociun.com ($2,500.00)

 

Sapphire:

Sapphires are deeply stunning stones that typically appears in a blue colour, but can also be yellow, purple, orange, and green.

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Source: Brilliantearth.com ($4355.00)

Opal:

Opals also come in many different colours and sizes, which make them a great option for personalized engagement rings.

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Source: bluenile.com ($1,150)

Aquamarine:

Often found in light blue, aquamarine is adds a delicate touch to an engagement ring.

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Source:  debebians.com ($3,930.00)

Tanzanite:

Tanzanite is a very rare stone (about 1000 times rarer than diamonds). They are typically a rich deep blue, but sometimes they can be found in purple shades.

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Source: gemvara.com ($2,345)

 

 

 

Morganite:

Named after J.P. Morgan, this stone has a beautiful rose colour.

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Source: shopvale.com  ($1,150.00)

 

Ruby:

Rubies are commonly known to be red, and they stand out on any ring. Having a ruby as a centre stone really makes a bold statement for an engagement ring.

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Source: jeenjewels.com ($649.00)

 

 

Dinosaur Bone:

For the truly unique and ancient rooted look, consider this dinosaur bone ring. It’s one of a kind, and will definitely be remembered.

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Source: moniquepean.com ($9,980)

Lab-Created Diamonds:

Lab generated diamonds are also becoming more popular. They typically cost about 20% less than equivalent natural diamonds, making them a great budget saver. Scientists are able to great a wide variety of colours, including white, black, yellow and blue diamonds.

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Source: labcreateddiamondrings.org ($690-$2815)

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