DIY Wedding Wednesday: 5 Lovely Ways to Fake Your Cake

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When forced to pick between the “practical” and the pretty, I rarely allow functionality to be the victor. That’s especially true when the pretty comes with a lower price tag. It’s with that mentality in mind that today’s DIY Wedding Wednesday post was born, for all you brides out there looking to save some pennies without compromising an inch of the good stuff. Taking on the DIY’ing of a wedding day staple, the cake, we’ll show you how to shave hundreds off your wedding day budget by simple going faux over the real deal. With a basic fondant covered faux creation at the base of it all, here are five lovely ways to fake your wedding cake.

Look #1: Love In Full Bloom

Thinking nothing could beat the beauty of delicate sugar flowers? We’re guessing you’ll quickly change your tune after laying your eyes on these fabulous fabric flowers, oozing romance from every textured layer. Couple with your favorite topper for the perfect finishing touch.

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Get This Look: The Supplies and How-To

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Look #2: Wrapped in Rustic

There are two rules to pulling off a rustic look, keep it simple but make it pretty, which is the exact visual created by these greenery wreaths. Top with a clean monogram wood veneer topper to mark it as yours.

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Get This Look: The Supplies and How-To

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  • simple three tiered fondant covered faux cake
  • boxwood, seeded eucalyptus (seeds only) and shears
  • personalized wood veneer cake topper 
  • How-To: Wrap the base of the cake and the space between your tiers with your greens. Keep your wreaths simple and dainty, securing them in place with bridal pins, overlapping pieces of greenery such that they cover the pins. To keep your greens fresh, create the day before and refrigerate until ready to display.

Look #3: Made for Two

For the understated couple who appreciates the little things, this mini combo allows for the honoring of tradition in an effortless way.

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Get This Look: The Supplies and How-To

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  • simple one tiered fondant covered faux cake
  • mini bird nest 
  • two decorative eggs and a bridal pin
  • How-To: Executable in minutes, we recommend pulling this piece together on site. To perch the nest on an angle gently insert a bridal pin into the top of the cake and lean the nest against it. Position your eggs accordingly.

Look #4: Around the World

For the love of travel, for the love of fun, this DIY mini garland topper marks your sweetest adventure to date. Get the complete look and how-to here.

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Look #5: Birds and Butterflies

Going back to basics is never a bad idea. And birds and butterflies are about as classic as a wedding cake itself. Add a punch of color to the concept with these beautiful decorative butterflies for a contemporary twist.

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Get This Look: The Supplies and How-To

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xoxo.

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Wedding Theme Inspiration: Burlap Chic

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To say that I’ve got a thing for all things Shabby Chic would be a serious understatement. In fact I’d go as far as to say I’m full-fledged obsessed! But mine is not a one girl club. From home to wedding day decor, Shabby Chic happens to be one of the most popular design approaches around. Defined by floral patterns, soft hues and distressed finishes, by its very nature Shabby Chic puts an effortless twist on the formalities of Vintage and a sophisticated spin on the casual carefree ways of Homespun. Right in the middle is where you find Shabby Chic, with its abundant layers, sheer feminine textiles and pink that goes for miles. Could anything be better to frame your wedding day celebration? I think not!

So without any further delay, let’s explore all the design elements that come together to create a stunningly Shabby Chic event, including our very own design twist tips on how to make the look uniquely yours.

The Look – Effortless Beauty

Shabby Chic is about the appearance of a balance between the tossed at whim and the perfectly placed. From the hair, to the shoes, to all the things that come in between, the key is to make it all appear effortlessly natural even though it takes meticulous planning to get the look right. The end result, well worth the effort, is drop dead gorgeous.

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The Design – Distressed and Layered

If it’s not rich in layered fabrics or defined by distressed finishes, it need not apply! And what’s the easiest way to bring in dimension and complexity to your set up? Props. Think outside the must have pieces that serve a tangible function and incorporate items that are purely decorative. And although traditional textiles, like linens and lace, will always have a place in a Shabby Chic design, don’t be afraid to mix in your own fabric of choice, like we did with burlap.

shabby chic greeting table

old fashion typewriter prop

featured here: vase trim created using ruffled jute and pink ruffled fabric ribbons, bound with craft paper twine

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suitcase prop

featured here: rolls of ruffled fabric ribbon used as decorative accents

shabby chic cake setup

shabby chic decorative props

The Colors

There’s no mistaking that the Shabby Chic design has its own distinctive color palette. But how you incorporate and blend the pinks and blues that inherently make up this theme’s color story, even what exact shades you select,  is up for interpretation. Make them mere accents to a dominant white palette, allow them to overtake your design as a whole, or mix with an unexpected shade like pewter grey. Get inspired by your selected venue’s existing look and feel and go from there.

shabby chic wedding tablescape

shabby chic centerpiece

featured here: vintage inspired wood case used as a centerpiece prop

shabby chic fabric details

featured here: vase trim created using layered ruffled fabric ribbons bound with craft paper twine

shabby chic flowers

faux fabric flowers

featured here: faux floral arrangement made using single stem ruffled fabric flowers

shabby chic chair back

featured here: custom chair back – ruffled burlap wreath and vintage inspired distressed key hook

Love It? Want More?

For more inspirational eye-candy from our ‘Burlap Chic’ shoot pick up a copy of this year’s issue of Weddingstar’s print magazine, and shop the entire look on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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