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New Studio Pictures by Nashville Wedding Photographer Joe Hendricks

We can’t say thank you enough to Nashville wedding photographer Joe Hendricks for taking these amazing studio pictures!

Planning a wedding? Stop in and see our cozy, fun studio located in Edgehill Village off of music row!  Packed with amazing vendors, wedding inspiration, snacks and champagne, it’s the perfect spot to come relax and plan your wedding stress-free – whether you are starting from scratch and don’t even know which questions to ask or just have a few more items to plan! To schedule a free consultation, call us at 615-739-5477.

AND Brides who schedule an appointment in August will be automatically entered to win our monthly giveaway: a relaxing massage from our neighbors at Body Bar – perfect for relieving any wedding planning stress!

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StudioWed Nashville Wedding Cake Tips from The Knot

When it comes to picking out a wedding cake, every bride is different. Some would prefer to splurge on a beautifully designed cake that will act as the focal point of their reception, while others prioritize taste above intricate designs. Below are some helpful tips to read before budgeting and shopping for your wedding cake from, along with some beautiful Nashville wedding cake photos from Royal Icing to inspire your search!

1. Taste the Cake – As you start setting up appointments, find out when each baker’s next tasting is scheduled. At tastings, clients are invited into the bakery to sample exemplary cakes, ask questions, and review portfolios. This is an excellent opportunity to meet bakers and fully understand the range of their abilities.

Royal Icing Custom Cakes

2. Select a Style – Deal with the cake after all decisions about dress style and reception decor have been made. These elements can serve as a blueprint for the design and structure of your wedding cake. Choose a cake that’s compatible with the style of the venue, the season, your gown, the flower arrangements, or the menu. If you want colorful accents (such as sugar flowers or icing ribbons), give your baker fabric swatches. The cake should be part of the wedding, not a glaring sideshow.

3. Size it Up – Generally, three tiers will serve 50 to 100 guests; you’ll likely need five layers for 200 guests or more. If the reception is in a grand room with high ceilings, consider increasing the cake’s stature with columns between the tiers. (A “stacked” cake is one with its layers stacked directly atop each other, with no separators.)

Royal Icing Custom Cakes

4. Price it Out – Wedding cake is often priced by the slice — the cost varies, but generally ranges from $1.50 to $15 per slice (though this is a very general and loose estimate). The more complicated the cake (based on intricate decorations or hard-to-find fillings), the higher the price tag. Fondant icing is more expensive than buttercream, and if you want elaborate molded shapes, vibrant colors, or handmade sugar-flower detailing, you’ll pay for the cake designer’s labor.

Royal Icing Custom Cakes

5. Find Ways to Save – Order a small cake that’s decorated to perfection but can only feed a handful plus several sheet cakes of the same flavor to actually feed the guests. Stay away from tiers, handmade sugar flowers, and specially molded shapes. Garnish with seasonal flowers and fruit for an elegant (but less expensive) effect. If you’ll have a dessert table (or another sweet) in addition to the cake, consider a cake sized for half your guests. Servings will be smaller, but the fee will shrink too.

Royal Icing Custom Cakes

6. Get the Facts on Frosting – Buttercream or fondant? That’s the main question. Buttercream is often much more delicious. But if you love the smooth, almost surreal-like look of fondant as much as we do, consider frosting the cake in buttercream first and then adding a layer of fondant over the entire confection.

7. Consider the Weather – If you’re having an outdoor wedding in a hot climate, stay away from whipped cream, meringue, and buttercream: They melt. Ask your baker about summer icing options; You might want to go for a fondant-covered cake — it doesn’t even need to be refrigerated.

Royal Icing Custom Cakes

8. Mind your Magazines – Keep in mind, magazines have food stylists, editors, and assistants working nonstop to keep the cakes looking perfect. These people spend hours fixing the sweating, dripping, leaning, or sagging that can happen to a cake after it’s been sitting for a while. And if what they do doesn’t work, they can fix it with Photoshop. They also have the luxury of creating cakes from stuff that isn’t edible — most cakes in magazines are iced pieces of Styrofoam, which certainly doesn’t taste very good. So don’t expect your cake designer to be able to replicate exactly what you see in print.

9. Take Note: It’s All in the Details – When it comes to decoration, adornment costs run the gamut. The most inexpensive option is fresh fruits or flowers that, in some instances, can be applied by your florist for a minimal fee. On the high end are delicate gum paste or sugar paste flowers, which are constructed by hand, one petal at a time. But here’s the bottom line: All add-ons — including marzipan fruits, chocolate-molded flowers, and lace points — will raise the rate. (For the record, we think it’s worth the cost!)

Royal Icing Custom Cakes

10. Encourage Cake Collaboration – If you want to garnish your cake with fresh flowers, find out if the cake designer will work with your florist, or if you are responsible for the blooms. If the florist is running the show, will she have time to adorn the cake? Be wary of elaborate floral accents if your reception space decor is labor-intensive.

11. Get Him Involved – The popularity of the groom’s cake, traditionally a Southern custom, is on the rise. The bride’s cake — the one cut by the couple at the reception — is traditionally eaten as dessert. The groom’s cake is usually darker and richer (often chocolate) and nowadays crafted to show off the groom’s passions and obsessions. Give slices to guests as a take-home memento or cut and serve both for dessert.

Royal Icing Suitcase Groom’s Cake

12. Go Mini? – Many bakers agree that the idea of a mini cake (where each guest gets his or her own) is a great idea — in theory, but not always in practice. Not only does each cake require its own decoration (often as intricate, if not more, than one that’s four times its size), each will require its own box. Unfortunately, boxes don’t come in mini-cake sizes. Often the bakery must construct individual boxes in which to transport these cakes. Multiply by however many guests you’ll be having, and you’ll see what a costly, time-consuming feat this actually is. That said, if you can swing it, they look amazing being passed around by waiters on sleek silver trays (and of course, they taste just as great too).

13. Get it on Display – Your cake will likely be on display before it’s cut and consumed. Make sure there is a designated cake table that allows the most elegant presentation possible. A round table is perfect for round cakes, but a linear cake design may call for a rectangular table. Figure out your options. Once you have a caketable, have fun dressing it up: Drape it with sumptuous fabrics and decorate it with motifs, colors, and flowers to match the cake (your florist can help).

Suspended Cake Design by Brocade Nashville

14. Top it Off – There are many beautiful and unique ways to top off your cake, so you can avoid plastic figurines (unless you’re going for cool-kitsch). If you have an heirloom piece — especially a fine porcelain antique — work with your baker to integrate it into an appropriate design. A pair of sugar or gingerbread cookies can look charming atop a country wedding cake. Finely sculpted maple sugar or marzipan figurines are quaint. Other alternatives: a bouquet of sugar flowers, a cascade of icing ribbons, or even a sugar block carved out to reveal your new monogram.

Royal Icing Custom Cakes

15. Lock Down Delivery Details – Cake delivery takes coordination. Complex cakes may not necessarily be delivered in final form. Allow time and space for assembly, if needed. Refrigeration may also be required.

16. After the Wedding – Avoid freezer burn! Even if you take the most painstaking packaging measures, eating the top tier of your cake on your first anniversary sounds far better than it tastes. Think about indulging on your two-week or one-month anniversary, and treat yourself to a fresh cake in the same flavor when you’ve survived the first year. If you must adhere to tradition, wrap the cake in plastic wrap, then bag it in an airtight baggie. Stay away from aluminum foil — it might not protect against freezer burn as well as plastic wrap because it’s not an airtight material.

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Modern Trousseau Nashville Bridal Accessory Trunk Show | April 26 + 27

Join Modern Trousseau Nashville for its annual bridal accessory event & save big with special trunk show discounts. Learn about our custom design services & preview styles from the 2014 couture runway collection of bridal veils, jackets, sashes, and hair accessories.

Call 615.733.0155 to RSVP, or send an email to

Modern Trousseau Nashville
425 Church Street
Nashville, TN  37219

StudioWed Nashville Open House | Thursday, April 25

Come join us on Thursday, April 25th from 6 to 8pm at our Studio location in Edgehill Village for our Open House series!
Find out about StudioWed’s complimentary service to brides and get personalized, reputable vendor recommendations!

Our April open house will feature professional and reputable photographers, videographers, floral designers, and a honeymoon planner, as well as lighting, draping, photo booth, paper good consultants. Many will be on hand to answer questions one-on-one for your specific date and needs! Check out the Facebook event for more info and RSVP here!

We will also meet with you and discuss what you currently have and where you are in the planning process, what you need, and how we can unite you with fabulous Nashville vendors to make this an easy, smooth process. Bring your fiance, friends, bridesmaids, mom, planner… or bring them all! We look forward to showcasing the best wedding vendors in Nashville and seeing you there!