To Smash Or not To Smash: A Wedding Cake Dilemma

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When it comes to your wedding day there are a  lot of decisions to make, we all know that, but how much thought have you put into your wedding cake? Will there be enough to go around, what kind of cake will it be, and will you or your new spouse be walking away from the cake cutting with frosting up the nose? Decisions, decisions-right?!

Well Ashley and Ben’s gorgeous Grange Audubon Center wedding will help you to think all of this through. Plus there are some adorable details to be seen in the full gallery all captured by Studio127 Photography and don’t forget to keep reading to see the full budget breakdown!

peach and teal bridesmaids dresses

peach and teal bridesmaids dresses

baby's breath bouquet

assorted grey groomsmen atire

trendy groomsman ideas

From Studio127 Photography:
This beautiful wedding was full of friends the couple had known for years, and the location was quaint and perfect. The old vintage truck parked in the field offered the cutest unplanned prop. Babies breath scattered around. Mint and coral mismatched bridesmaid dresses. Friends weren’t just wedding guests; these talented people were vendors as well. It was a perfect day, one that should be shared with the world.

here comes the bride sticks

wooden guest book

mason jar and bunting wedding programs

We love the ceremony set up for Ashley and Ben’s outdoor wedding. Bunting, burlap, and baby’s breath. Need we say more?

handmade wedding arch with brulap bunting and babys breath

outdoor wedding ceremony

rustic bride and groom looks

From The Bride:
If I were to do it all over again I would say don’t sweat the small stuff! The wedding goes by too quick to fret over the weather, or things that you cannot change. I was checking my phone every 5 minutes for the local updates on the weather. One minute it would say 80% chance of rain, the next it would say sunny with a 0% chance of rain. I was too stressed about the weather to fully enjoy the getting ready process with my girls.  I wish someone would have taken my phone and hid it. The weather ended up SO beautiful, the sun was shining, and the rain left just in time. 

escort cards hanging on old door

Steal Worthy Idea:
It appears that they hung cream fold-able business cards from a vintage shutter. If our eye is correct, it looks like they used the Martha Stewart printable template for their escort cards, go check it out!

mint and peach wedding ideas

mini wedding cake

Every table had a miniature wedding cake on it. Do you love this idea?

easy floral arrangement

just married wedding cake

Spread the cake around!
How do you ensure that everyone at your big day gets plenty of cake? By giving each table their own mini cake to enjoy, of course! This makes all of your guests feel extra special and makes for a super cute centerpiece. I mean those mini bunting toppers are adorable, am I right?!

Alright wedding enthusiasts here is a classic conundrum that many couples face when it comes down to the cake cutting; To smash or not to smash cake into your new spouses face? This time honored tradition can be hilariously memorable or it could land you in the dog house soon after saying ‘I do’.

Opinions are definitely divided, some consider it an act of aggression, tacky, humiliating, and down right rude to the point where smashing cake will equal an instant annulment of the wedding. Others find this all a light-hearted fun way to make the wedding memorable and to demonstrate their outlook on life as being fun and spontaneous. It is definitely a personal decision, what do you think?

cake smash

first wedding dance

Photography: Studio127 Photography
Venue: Grange Audubon center
Flowers: The Flowerman
Cake: Golden Delight Bakery
Caterer: Weilands Market
Dress shop: Wendy's Bridal

Read on to see how much Ashley and Ben's wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

Budget Breakdown:
Total: 17,500 give or take a few hundred

Cake: 20 small cakes and 1 large cake = 300 roughly
DJ: (was a friend) 200
Dress: 1,300
Dress alterations: 200
Bridesmaids Gifts: 150
Weiland's Catering, tables, service, bar, napkins, plates, table cloths, chairs : 9,400
Photographer: 2,000
Videographer: (friend) 200
Venue: 1,600
Decor: 300 roughly
Invites: (had a friend print them) 100
Flowers: 800
Makeup: 65
Hair: (free friend) Rachael Weber
Wedding favor: cd's 60
Shoes: 75

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  1. -100. @NguyenTHThanh says:

    To Smash Or not To Smash: A Wedding Cake Dilemma

  2. -100. Kate Breuer says:

    I really like the idea of smashing the cake. I can see why people wouldn’t wanna do it but I think it’s fun.

    I’ve shot many German and European weddings. German couples just feed each other the cake. With a fork, no smashing involved. I really think that’s rather boring and like the more fun way.

  3. -100. @alliestudio127 says:

    RT @weddingchicks: The cake dilemma you’ve thought about…consider it conquered! @alliestudio127

  4. -100. Ann says:

    No cake smashing for me – I’m not going to pay $100+ on professionally applied wedding makeup only to have to wipe off half of it (or all of it, if your new husband is feeling extra enthusiastic) when the cake gets smashed in my face!

  5. -100. @YoungPhotoJax says:

    RT @weddingchicks: Burlap, bunting, and baby’s breath make for a beautiful and very affordable wedding day! The details and full budget: ht…

  6. -100. Natalia says:

    Who is the designer on the bridesmaid dresses? They are exactly what I’m looking for!

  7. -100. Natalie an says:

    Ah! This is a great post. I love the idea of the mini cakes at each table. Gorgeous pictures. And just found out I need a turquoise bridesmaid dress. Do you know where they got them?! Or who I can contact to ask?

  8. -100. Nicole Marie says:

    I love the bridesmaid dresses. Who are they made by and/or where could I find them?

  9. -100. Blaire says:

    love all of your bridesmaid dresses! Who is the designer/ where did the girls get them from?!

  10. -100. Chelsea Hoskisson says:

    I love your bridesmaids dress! The one with the longer sleeves! My sister is getting married and I love it! Do you by any chance know where she got it?

    Your wedding was beautiful! I love the color scheme!

  11. -100. Olivia says:

    Where are these bridesmaid dresses from I am in love! i keep trying to find them and can’t find anything like them! HELP

  12. -100. Lauren K says:

    Happened to find your wedding on Pinterest – love the colors – saw that you had Golden Delight bakery!! I live in Columbus, Ohio as well!! I love Golden Delight. Small world!!


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