Today we are talking about one of my favourite wedding subjects CAKE! As you know we LOVE cake here at Boho Weddings and I know you do to. I also know there are many of you who will be attempting to bake your own wedding cake, so todays post is just for you.
To give you some first class advice I have invited Samantha Warwick from The Craft Company onto the blog to tell you more about her top tips for wedding cake baking.
For over 20 years, The Craft Company has provided cake makers with the equipment and supplies. Founded as a family-owned business, The Craft Company is now one of the UK’s best online retailers for cake decorating equipment and a specialist in sugarcraft supplies.Samantha is a Marketing Executive for The Craft Company and part-time cake maker. Sam is one of The Craft Company’s resident cake experts, and has just recently made and decorated her own wedding cake in April.
I’ll pass you over to Samantha…….
With more and more brides opting for DIY wedding cakes the team at The Craft Company decided that we wanted to help brides looking for advice on making wedding cakes themselves.
I got married myself in April and made my own wedding cake so I know how daunting it can be and how many questions I had before I started.
We canvassed our 78,314 Facebook followers to find the most frequently asked questions brides to be and hobby bakers had about making wedding cakes and favours. Teaming up with expert cake decorator and blogger She Who Bakes, we answered these questions and pulled together advice and inspiration on wedding cake colours, flavours and styles creating a wedding guide.
We thought we would share some advice on some of the top questions we received to help and inspire bridal bakers.
1) Is there a timeline I should stick to when making a wedding cake?
You will need to make sure you have time the week before the Wedding to bake and prepare the cake. Some types of cake will last longer than others, for example a fruit cake will last longer than a Victoria sponge, so you can buy yourself a few extra days by choosing something that stays fresher for longer.
One time saving tip is to use cake dummies to add a few extra cake tiers which can be decorated in advance and then you just need to bake and ice cutting cakes a couple of days before the wedding. It’s a really cost effective and quick way to add some drama to your wedding cake. Cake dummies are also great for practising decorating the cake ahead of the big day.
One thing that can be prepared ahead of time is decorations provided they are stored correctly. She Who Bakes suggests using a Tupperware box with kitchen roll over the top instead of a lid so air can get in and decorations don’t go soft.
Icing covered cakes do stay fresh for longer so you do have less time to work with when baking a naked cake with no icing.
She Who Bakes recommends baking it a day or two before the wedding and wrapping the cake thoroughly in cling film. Leave yourself enough time on the day of the wedding to fill and assemble your naked wedding cake. It will stay fresh for about four hours on display and then it should be eaten.
photo by: Sarah Jane Ethan – full wedding HERE3) What’s the best way to assemble a cake with multiple tiers?
You can make life easier when it comes to assembling the cake by being precise in the size of your cake tiers when baking. Each tier should be two inches wider than the last and the top tier shouldn’t be any wider than six inches. Each cake tier should also be the same height.
Cake boards should be used under each cake tier. Royal icing should be used to secure these and the cake should not be moved until the icing is entirely dry. Advice from She Who Bakes is to ensure that you are using enough dowels in the bottom cake tier. Five should be sufficient.
Photo by: Gideon Photo – full shoot HERE4) How do I create a lace effect on my cake?
The easiest way is to use a silicone mould and paste. We would recommend having a few tries before the big day to perfect the technique. We also have lots of answers to cake lace questions on our blog.
5) How can I make sure that I have no waste?
Although you need to make sure you have enough cake for all of your guests, wedding cake portions should be smaller than those for a normal party so make sure you don’t order or make too much. A 1” piece of wedding cake per guest is a good amount to stick to. We have a portion guide and guides to help you work out the amount of ingredients required.
Leftover cake need not go to waste. Wrap it up in some cling film and freeze it to have at a later date.
This afternoon on the blog we are all about the flowers: Flower chandeliers to be more exact! Over the last few years these amazing flower installations have become very popular in the wedding world. Personally I am a sucker for them, I absolutely LOVE to see these adorning any wedding reception ceiling, high or low, big or small – I love them all. Today, Pro Flowers, the same people who brought you this amazing DIY Balloon Arch have put together a fabulous video to help you put together your own flower chandelier. If you are looking for inspiration they have also given us some fab ideas to help find the design that suits you and your wedding style.
TAYLOR FROM PRO FLOWERS IS HERE TO TELL US MORE
Flowers are a staple decor element for all of life’s greatest celebrations. Between breathtaking centerpieces and fresh bridal bouquets, florals are yet another way to make your wedding day one-of-a-kind. One wedding trend we’re obsessing over lately is a DIY flower chandelier. With an effortless look and statement-making design, this is one of those decor pieces your guests won’t be able to take their eyes off of.
This do-it-yourself project may seem daunting at first, but don’t let the impressive design discourage you from creating your own. Flower chandeliers are surprisingly simple. Plus, if you love the idea of creating something unique for your big day then this DIY project has your name written all over it.
To help you get started, ProFlowers created a step-by-step flower chandelier tutorial to walk you through the process. Take a peek at the video below and don’t forget to check out the chandelier inspiration too. From rustic and refined to whimsical and homespun, you’ll be sure to find the right style for you.
Flower Chandelier DIY for Your Next Party - YouTube
Big Thanks to Pro Flowers for this fab Step by step video, if you want to see the whole thing in pictures you can see it HERE FORE MORE INFORMATION ON PRO FLOWERS GO TO
With only four more sleeps till Christmas, the countdown is well and truly on! If you’re anything like me you will still have a few Christmas jobs to do. Present wrapping anyone? Oh and all the food shopping still to buy! To help you along the way we have some really easy last-minute Christmas craft ideas for you to get stuck into! If you love a bit of Christmas crafting or any form of DIY you are going to love these fun ideas They are all taken from the fantastic book Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring. The images are gorgeous and instructions really easy to follow. Enjoy!
LIGHT BULB ORNAMENTS
Recycle light bulbs by turning them into ornaments for your tree. Some you may choose to spray paint (we used matte black on some of ours) and others you may opt to keep as is, especially if they are frosted. Use a glue stick and apply sequins, glitter or beads. Allow to dry overnight and then twist copper wire around the base several times and create a loop for hanging.
CREATIVE WRAP IDEAS
White butcher paper, gold washi tape, white twine and a hand-cut gold paper feather.
Kraft paper, paint-dipped doily, corrugated kraft paper heart, finished with black twine.
White butcher paper, black glitter tape with gingham ribbon.
Handmade bamboo skewer star finished with washi tape and tied on with black twine.
White butcher paper with polka dot scrapbook paper, white office tag, black ric-rac ribbon and a flagged paper clip.
White-paint-splattered kraft paper wrap, lacy ribbon and a white paper snowflake.
White butcher paper, black cardboard ornament wrapped with white yarn and tied on with black twine.
Black-paper-topped box, white twine with kraft star.
SIMPLE DIY PAPER-FRINGE TREE
This super-easy, inexpensive tree is perfect for small spaces or to decorate a tabletop in your home. It is modern and minimal and looks lovely with white twinkle lights and some candles nearby. You can purchase larger sheets of cardboard at most art supply stores.
YOU WILL NEED
hot glue gun
lightweight white paper
1) Cut the cardboard to your desired triangular tree shape.
2) Start about 5cm/2 inches from the bottom of the tree and cut approximately a 5cm/2 inch-wide strip of white paper to a length just wider than the width of the tree.
3) Glue the top edge of the strip of white paper to the cardboard and then trim the width to the angle of the cardboard.
4) Create a fringe along the bottom edge of the white strip of paper you just glued down. Make the cuts about 1cm/½ inch apart.
5) Repeat with more white strips, making sure to overlap each one over the previous one.
6) Finish by adding a black strip of paper to cover the exposed 5cm/2 inches of cardboard along the bottom of the triangle. Use black tape to wrap around the sides of this base, or just wrap the black paper around.
Extracted from Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring, published by Jacqui Small (£20).
This afternoon I have something rather special for you. As it’s Christmas week I have a series of Christmas related articles for you starting off with this rather fabulous Christmas DIY, courtesy of our resident flower expert, Tracey from Campbell’s Flowers.
A couple of weeks ago Tracey invited me over to her brand new studio, to show me around and also teach me how to make this gorgeous Christmas table arrangement. We do love a DIY tutorial here at Boho HQ and we especially love them when we can do them ourselves! So I spent a lovely afternoon with Tracey creating this gorgeous arrangement, which has taken pride of place in my house. After 2 weeks it is still going strong. The arrangement was really fun to put together (I may have found my calling as a budding florist!) and it was lovely to have a good look around Tracey’s new studio.
Thanks so much to Tracy for taking the time out of her busy day, you are as always a delight to work with and a true inspiration.
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO CREATING YOUR VERY OWN CHRISTMAS TABLE ARRANGEMENTFor this design you will need:
A florists plastic tray
2 tapered candles
Floristry ‘pot’ tape
A selection of foliage such as eucalyptus, pine etc
Flowers! We used some snowy twigs, a few stems of wax flower, 2-3 stems of lisianthus, scabious seed pods, sparkly thistles
Step by Step instructions
Step 1: Soak your foam – it’s best not to poke it or push it into a sink full of water, just let it sink to the bottom, that way you know it’s soaked fully.
Step 2: Strip the bottom of your foliage making sure you have a clean stem of around 1.5 cms to push into the foam.
Step 3: Secure three cocktail sticks to the end of each of your candles to help anchor them into your foam. Push the candles into your foam.
Step 4: Start ‘greening up’ your design by adding your foliage at an upwards angle so that your greenery flows downwards and covers your foam. Do this all the way around the outer edges of your floral foam.
Step 5: Continue to add different foliage to create texture throughout the design.
Step 6: Choose your flower combination and start to add the flowers throughout your design making sure that they are evenly distributed and that you don’t have all the same blooms in one place.
Step 7: Once you have covered all your foam you can add any nice Christmassy bits and pieces to your design – Kelly chose these really natural pine cones and some pretty birch twigs too.
Our thanks to Kelly for coming along to our studio to create a pretty design for her Christmas table.
If you’d like to have a try at creating your own masterpiece, why not pop along to our YouTube channel for lots of handy hints or check out our Flower School on the website, where you’ll find all our upcoming dates.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW STUDIO
We are really thrilled to be sharing our big update from Team Campbell’s HQ, as we’ve moved premises and finally have our very own studio space! Hurrah!
As the Floral Expert here at Boho, we really wanted to share our news with you all and show Kelly around our new pad. Thanks so much Kelly, for coming to hang out with us and have a bit of a sneak peek into what our new space is all about.
If you’ve followed our journey at all on Kelly’s wonderful blog (we’ve been fortunate enough to have featured in Boho since our early days) you might know that Campbell’s Flowers are a Sheffield-based Wedding Florist. I first started the business after a decade of retail floristry working for others. Wanting to focus more on weddings and corporate events, and not wanting the grueling overheads of a shop I first began making my designs from a small workroom in my home.
As we quickly expanded, and took on lovely employees, we soon moved to a shared studio space in Sheffield City Centre. We loved working there, but as we continued to grow and our work literally became bigger we knew deep down that we needed more. So when a studio unit came up at the Albyn Works in Sheffield’s Kelham Island we went to look around and fell in love.
As you might be able to tell from our super new shiny photos of our studio (Thank you Danni from Maytree Photography!) , our new space has everything we could have dreamt of, and more.
Behind our freshly painted, gleaming black façade, we have a dreamy space of Tardis–like proportions. Nestled at the very back and bedecked by beautiful botanical illustrations galore we have our oasis of calm, our very own happy place- the work area. With worktops aplenty and more than enough space for all the blooms needed for even the most luxurious or regal of weddings (just saying, Megan and Harry!) it is a complete treat to work in.
As always you can find Campbell’s Flowers in a number of ways
It’s been a while since I shared a DIY tutorial with you, so when this super cute DIY Terrarium Centerpiece landed in my in box from Meaghan White, I knew I had to share it with you. These terrariums are so hot in weddings right now, I see them all the time, and I really do LOVE them. They manage to mix the modern, with the bohemian and are a perfect addition to any wedding.
As well as using them for centerpieces for your wedding, they would also make amazing christmas gifts. Imagine how thrilled someone would be to receive this, especially when they find out that you have made it yourself. As DIY’s go this is a pretty easy one, so why not give it a go and see what you can create yourself.
For this project you’ll need:
3-5 varieties of 2″ baby succulents.
An assorted jar of Pebbles.
A bag of Moss
A glass container.
A wet rag for cleaning the glass of your vessel
How to make a terrarium:
1. Add pebbles to the bottom of your terrarium glass.
2. Put topsoil on top of the pebbles and press down with a spoon.
3. Use your fingers to add a hole for each succulent.
4. Press the soil with the bottom of a spoon, making sure that no roots are exposed and that you get rid of the air bubbles.
5. Finally, add Moss or other embellishments to your terrarium.
6. Give it a few light spritzes of water with a spray bottle.
Here at Boho Weddings we LOVE doughnuts! (or Donuts as our american friends would spell them) so when Shari’s Berries emailed me over this super cute and absolutely delicious looking DIY doughnut wall, I just knew that I had to share it with you. Doughnut walls are BIG in weddings at the moment and you can see why! It’s a fantastic way to show off your tasty food, add a fun element to your day and tie in any kind of theme you may be running through your day. They look amazing and I’m sure your guests would be over the moon to see a doughnut wall at any wedding!
Jules from Shari’s Berries tells us more about these fab DIY Donut Wall
Does it get any sweeter than a donut wall at your reception? If you’re planning a wedding (or getting ready to), you may have seen this unique take on wedding desserts popping up more and more. Whether your theme is inspired by soft, ethereal details or natural accents, this tutorial by Shari’s Berries can be customized to complement your own wedding decor and style.
They conceptualized this simple, six-step tutorial for a beautifully rustic donut wall that anyone can make, complete with styling inspiration and helpful tips to create a swoon-worthy surprise that will make your big day even more memorable.
The wedding world LOVES balloons, whether you decide on giant balloons, balloons with tassels, single balloons or a collection of them, you really can’t go wrong. Today we have invited the guys from Pro Flowers onto the blog to teach you how to make your own Balloon Arch. This may seem pretty daunting to start with, but you will see from the simple step by step tutorial and video that it is actually very easy to make, AND it looks great!
Taylor from Pro Flowers is here to tell us more
How will you dress up your big day? Your wedding decor should not only make a statement, but also represent the two of you as a couple.
Balloon arches are quickly taking the wedding world by storm, and for good reason! From fun backdrops for the ceremony and welcoming your guests to the reception to adorning the getaway car and making your “I,do’s” pop, this swoon worthy decor element is a fun way to incorporate balloons into your big day. And the best part? You can create one yourself! A DIY wedding arch is your chance to customize every detail. Select a muted color palette and add drapey florals for a natural feel or customize your arch with lengths of greenery and foliage to bring the outdoors in.
This fun do-it-yourself project may seem daunting at first, but don’t let the impressive design discourage you from creating your own. To help you get started, ProFlowers put together a video guide and step-by-step tutorial.
How To Make a Balloon Arch - YouTube
Big thanks to Pro Flowers for this wonderful tutorial – Follow the step by step instructions belowFore more information on Pro Flowers go to
As you are probably well aware by now it is Valentines day today! OK hands up who of you actually forgot?!? Well if you did don’t worry as I have the perfect last-minute Valentines day gift to surprise your loved one with, and the best bit is its FREE! All you need is a printer and some card!
The lovely people at Download and Print have come to our rescue again with this super cute Valentines Coupon Book.
The coupons can be personalised if you wish to add your own messages, simply downlaod the word version instead of the PDF version.
For your FREE downloadable Coupon Book – CLICK HERE and create your own Valentines gift! FORE INFORMATION ON DOWNLOAD AND PRINT GO TO:
As it’s Christmas this week we have a Christmas theamed post every afternoon, starting off today with this super cute and FREE downloadable Christmas Party Inviation from the lovely people at Download and Print.
Maybe you are having a Christmas party and you haven’t had chance to think about invitations, maybe you are throwing a last minute dinner party, well these christmas invitations are perfect for you, plus they can be personalised with your own font.
The invitation is yours for free!! Click HERE to download the free invitation. Open the file in MS Word, add your text, and print at home. It couldn’t be easier. The fonts used are Channel and Tw Cen MT.
For your FREE Christmas Party Inviation Click HERE scroll down and then click on the Downlaod Chrsitmas template button…….Simple
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Good Afternoon to you all. I hope you are all well on this lovely afternoon. The new blog design is nearly here and I have had a few peeks from Kelly H and I have to say, it’s looking really great! The launch will be on Tuesday evening and I hope you will be tuning in to see the all new Boho Weddings Blog.
Today we are back with a fabulous DIY tutorial. Flower Crowns are SO popular at the moment, they are perfect for a Boho wedding and can really top off any wedding dress or bridesmaid dress. I’m delighted to bring you this super cute and super easy to make flower crown tutorial, I just know you are going to love it!
Interflora tell us more about how to make this beautiful Flower Crown
STEP 1) To make the base of your crown, tape two pre-cut lengths of florist wire together with florist tape. Cover the wire by wrapping a length of florist tape around it.
TOP TIP: To get the perfect fit, measure around your head with a length of yarn and cut your florist wire to size.
STEP 2) Bend the wire into a circle, and twist the ends together to secure. For extra strength, wrap a small piece of florists tape around the join.
STEP 3) Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut the stems of the flowers and foliage to approximately 2 inches long. Mount several ivy and bay leaves onto wire by stitching a length of thin florists’ wire through the leaves. Fold the wire in half, and wrap one length around the stem to secure.
STEP 4) To mount the flowers onto florist wire, fold a length of wire in half and hold against the flowers’ stem. Wrap one end of the wire around the stem, in the same way as wrapping wire around the ivy leaves.
TOP TIP: Wrap a length of florist tape around the stem and wire to create a cleaner finish.
STEP 5) Wrap a length of florist tape around the stem and wire to create a cleaner finish
Step 6) Repeat until all flower heads and foliage are mounted on florist wire.
STEP 7) Begin to arrange the wired flowers in clusters to the crown, making sure to alternate the colours and different flower sizes as you work along the length.
TOP TIP: Start the crown with a length of asparagus fern clustered with bay leaves, hypericum berries and a September flower for a pop of colour.
STEP 8) To attach the flowers to the crown, wrap a long length of florist tape around each stem, building up layers of foliage and flowers as you work around the crown.
TOP TIP: Trim any excess wires and stems as you work around the crown to keep it neat and comfortable to wear!
STEP 9) Continue building up layers of flowers and foliage around the crown
TOP TIP: Add foliage such as bay leaves, ivy leaves and asparagus fern between the flowers to create a balanced, natural look
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