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Catherine Zeta Jones & Michael Douglas wedding cake

Many brides are looking for ways to trim a few costs off the wedding budget. If you are a baker, or have a talented family member who is willing to help out, baking your own wedding cake is a good way to save some money while still creating a beautiful wedding. There are many amazing cake recipes and instructions that can help you create a delicious and memorable dessert. Alternatively, you can source a cake at a large franchise store and save some costs that way.

Sunny Smiles Cake Topper

The cake decoration and it’s final look is what will have the most impact. Once the cake is frosted, you can set it up in creative and lovely ways on a table or pedestal to create a personal and very memorable presentation.

Upper Secret Cake Topper

One of the best ways to add decorative beauty to your cake is with flowers! Adding fresh, blooming wedding flowers to your cake will create instant flair and will tie the cake into your wedding theme with little expense or effort.

Pink Champagne Cake Topper

Bunches Direct offers several beautiful and affordable floral cake toppers that are ready to go. You supply the cake, and these special wedding flowers will provide the professional added touch that will give your cake that “wow” factor you are hoping for.

You can also order Bunches Direct bulk flowers of your choice and cover your cake with even more beauty! Fresh roses, lisianthus, lilies, carnations, baby’s breath—there are so many excellent choices.

Polar Star Cake Topper

In this blog we’ve shown you a few of the gorgeous cake toppers available through Bunches Direct—and visit the site to see the full range of cake toppers in many colors and styles. If you don’t see quite what need, remember that our professional floral consultants are happy to create a custom design just for you! Happy wedding planning :)

 

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Every year, the Pantone Color Institute picks a color that they predict will be the biggest of the year. This means that based on current trends and indicators they feel that this color will have a big impact on fashion, beauty, housewares, home design and consumer packaging. The 2014 pick was Radiant Orchid, a rich jewel toned fuschia, and in 2013 the pick was Brilliant Emerald.

The pick for 2015? An earthy, brownish-red hue called Marsala after the wine that inspired it. This color is described by Pantone as being “a naturally robust and earthy wine-red,” whose “impactful, full-bodied qualities make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.”

Marsala shown in book, sofa, toss cushion and clothing

What do color experts think of Marsala? “It’s nice, but it surprises me,” says color consultant Jean Molesworth Kee, owner of the Painted Room in Alexandria, VA.. “We have been veering from red or burgundy wall colour now for years. This has a dusky, earthy quality.” Kee says she could see Marsala used in “an ethnic bohemian place.” She added, “It’s muted and it reminds me of Morocco or of faded old Oriental rugs. It would go nicely with warm, sandy colours and browns.”

Celebrities like Beyonce and Taylor Swift are already embracing Marsala in fashion.

If you want to stay on trend with your 2015 wedding, consider using Marsala! It would make an excellent color for bridesmaid dresses. It would pair well with the guys in beige, warm gray, brown or black suits, and could be used in their ties. (For a tie example using Marsala, check out this one from Michael Kors.)

It could also be used in event linens such as napkins or tablecloths, or perhaps in backdrops or accessories at the venue. Marsala can also be incorporated into wedding flower color schemes as well, either by selecting flowers of a similar tone or a coordinating color mix.

As a general guide, Marsala goes well with neutrals such as warmer taupes and grays, umber, creamy beige, blue-grays, dark browns, or blacks. It would also look great with brighter hues like turquoise, bright yellow, or certain shades of pinks. Overall it’s a stable and versatile shade and will be flattering to many people.

Here are some suggested wedding flower color palettes, with bouquet picks from Bunches Direct that would look great with Marsala. Happy Wedding Planning!

1. Marsala with cream or ivory wedding flowers

Classic Cream Rose Bridal Bouquet

Hold me Close Bridal Bouquet

2. Marsala with blue wedding flowers

Heavenly Mist Bridal Bouquet

Blue Sky Bridal Bouquet

3. Marsala with wedding flowers in shades of pink / peach

Pretty Woman Bridal Bouquet

Sporadic Glory Bridal Bouquet

Never Say No Bridal Bouquet

4. Marsala with yellow wedding flowers

Sunrise Bridal Bouquet

 

Sunny Berry Bridal Bouquet

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Life can throw you a lot of ups and downs, and Lauren Scruggs is living proof. In December 2011, the model and fashion blogger known as Lolo took an airplane ride over Texas to look at Christmas lights with her family. Shortly after landing, Lauren survived a tragic accident in which she lost her left eye and part of her left arm to the airplane’s moving propeller.

Lauren endured emergency surgery and ICU and faced several delicate operations to repair damage that also included a broken collarbone and injured shoulder. She then faced months of recovery and the challenges of coping with the accident, a process which was not an easy one. She now wears a prosthetic eye and hand.

“I thought I was ugly and that no guy would ever love me and I just thought that my life was ruined,” she says, adding that she has slowly come to terms with the incident. “I think I’m seeing that this life is way bigger than me and that I think a lot of things that I held important earlier even in my career were quite shallow,” Lauren continues.She later wrote a book that detailed her experiences. (Click to watch the video in which Lauren gives an inspirational recounting of her ordeal.)

Fast forward three years, to December 2014. Lauren, healthy and happy, walked down the aisle on Friday, December 12, to marry Jason Kennedy, the co-host of E! News. Clearly, she found a guy who is smart enough to see that her beauty includes her past trials and triumphs. When asked about Lauren, Jason stated “God has blessed me with somebody I’ve been waiting for my whole life. Lauren changed everything for me and I can’t believe I get to spend the rest of my life with her.” Clearly, a man in love. Jason proposed to Lauren in front of family and friends, and used electronic candles to spell out the big question on the grass under her apartment balcony.

 

The lavish wedding took place at the Four Seasons Resort Dallas in Los Colinas, Texas. The couple shared their joy with friends and family and Jason had a whopping 11 attendants in the ceremony. Guests included Kathie Lee Gifford and quarterback Tony Romo.

Lauren, 26, looked glowing in a strapless Romona Keveza gown.  Jason, 33, rocked a dark grey Tom Ford tux.

The bridesmaids long dresses of a soft taupe color. The wedding flowers were chiefly in hues of white and pink.

For the reception, Lauren changed into a dress by Dallas designer Nardos Imam (check out the amazing back of this dress! Love it).

Their lushly tiered wedding cake featured pink and white flowers. If you love this look, check out the many amazing cake toppers that are offered by Bunches Direct.

Post wedding, the happy couple jetted off on a honeymoon at the Rosewood Mayakoba hotel in Mexico, where Jason posted a relaxed photo on Twitter.

It’s so nice to see that after enduring a nightmare, Lauren found her dream of love and happiness. We can enjoy more of Lauren’s beautiful wedding very soon: E! airs the full wedding special on December 22, 8 p..m. EST. Can’t wait to watch :)

If you love Lauren’s look, here are some Bunches Direct picks for bridal bouquets. And we hope you enjoy your own “dream come true,” just as Lauren has.

 

Anything For Your Bridal Bouquet

 

Pink Triumph Bridal Bouquet

 

Pastel Sparkle Bridal Bouquet

 

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi from the hit reality show The Jersey Shore married her longtime love Jionni LaValle last Saturday, November 29. The wedding took place at the St. Rose of Lima church followed by a reception at the Venetian hotel in Garfield, New Jersey. The pair have been engaged since March 2012 and have two children together, Lorenzo, 2, and Giovanna Marie, 3 months.

Snooki apparently stayed calm leading up to the big day, saying, “It’s not that hard to plan a wedding. For me, it’s just that I don’t let myself get stressed out. I just enjoy the moment and I try to be positive about everything.” (I guess we would have to check with Jionni and her friends to see how true this statement was.)

 

 

 

Approximately 500 guests attended the nuptials. Other Jersey Shore guests included their friend Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio, who looked conservative and crisp in a navy suit and tie. (What, no tank shirt and gold chains?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wedding was arranged in a black and gold color scheme in a “Great Gatsby” Roaring 20′s theme, complete with cigar and scotch bar. Snooki’s BFF Jenni “JWoww” Farley and fellow reality stars Sammi Giancola and Deena Nicole Cortese served as bridesmaids, wearing sexy strapless black dresses with bows. All rocked glittering headbands that were a nod to the “Roaring 20′s theme.

The simple but elegant bridesmaid bouquets were done up in shades of cream and white, which nicely contrasted with the black dresses.

Snooki wore two dresses, both from Bridal Reflections, for her special day. For the ceremony she wore a cream-colored, traditional lace gown in a vintage style. She changed into a strapless dress for the reception. (Nope, no leather or animal prints in sight.) She posted a photo of the gown on her official website an hour before the ceremony.There was still bling to be had in the gown’s detailing, and a lot of it added to the wedding bouquet.

There was also a lot of glitter on her fit-and-flare style reception dress, the “Elite” style gown designed by Ines DiSanto, which Snooki wore with a bejeweled headband and fingerless gloves.

After after a big night of celebrations that included free-flowing scotch, the new husband and wife woke on their first morning as a married couple feeling a tad under the weather, in true Jersey Shore style.  “Hungover with my husband (That will not get old),” Snooki shared via Twitter on Sunday morning. “Getting mcdonalds and being slobs together. Waiting for walking dead tonight,” she added.

Later in the day, the newly minted husband-and-wife posted a photo of their sparkling wedding bands.

“Thank you @bandbjewelry for our gorgeous wedding rings,” Snooki wrote. “We couldn’t be happier!!”

Snooki has already updated her name on her Instagram account and seems to be proud and happy to be “Mrs.Nicole LaValle.” We wish them all the best (and seeing as there was no pre-nup signed, we assume Snookie will make every effort to make the marriage last!)

Wedding bouquet suggestions: Fancy White Bridal Bouquet, or Heavenly Morning Bridal Bouquet would both be amazing if you love Snooki’s look.

Heavenly Morning Bridal Bouquet

Fancy White Bridal Bouquet