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We’re sorry dear readers but it’s that time of the week when we like to make you feel reeeeeeeeeaaaally hungry as we show you how to make some yummy wedding cakes courtesy of our friends at! So having already showed you some delicious tiered cakes over the last few weeks it’s time for something a little bit different: Wedding favour cupcakes with a special twist…


Let your wedding guests help themselves to dessert by setting up a cupcake display table. Perfectly smooth fondant toppers, stamped with X’s and O’s for hugs and kisses, are an adorable way to give your DIY wedding cupcakes a professional look. Add a luxurious touch with metallic food paint and gold cupcake liners. We love the look of double-wrapped cupcakes! Instead of X’s and O’s, you could also use stamps to press your initials or shapes such as hearts.


  • Cost: about $2.50 per cupcake (around £1.55)

    Serves: 1 cupcake per person


    1. Cupcakes
    2. Buttercream frosting
    3. Fondant
    4. X and O letter baking stamps
    5. Paint brush
    6. Metallic food paint
    7. Gold foil cupcake liners​


    1. Use a rolling pin to roll out the fondant to about 1/8-inch thickness. Then, use a round cookie or biscuit cutter to cut out 3-inch diameter circles.
    2. Use X and O letter stamps to press letters onto the fondant circles. Alternately, if you can’t find letter stamps, skip to the next step and just paint on the letters.
    3. Use a paintbrush to carefully fill gold food paint into the letters. Let the paint dry.
    4. Using an offset spatula, dab a dollop of frosting onto the backs of each fondant circle, and then press them onto the cupcake tops at an angle.
    5. Slip the cupcakes into gold foil cupcake liners, and then display them on a tiered cupcake holder or pedestal cake stands.
    6. Decorate the cupcake table with fresh flowers or a cute handwritten note, such as the one we created above: “Hugs and kisses from the bride & groom.”

    Our Cake & Frosting Recipe Picks
    ​Many grocery stores and bakeries will let you purchase baked, unfrosted cupcakes, but if you’re handy in the kitchen, it’s easy to bake a batch (or several) yourself! We love Add a Pinch’s recipe for chocolate cupcakes.

    Savory Sweet Life has a five-ingredient recipe for Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. For a snow white version, try substituting the unsalted butter for shortening and adding a 1/2 teaspoon of butter flavoring. Using clear vanilla extract and butter flavoring will also help prevent your frosting from becoming slightly tinted.

    TOP TIP: To prevent your fondant from sticking to your countertop, use a non-stick mat, such as Silpat when rolling it out. A silicone rolling pin and light dusing of powdered sugar can also help prevent sticking.


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Dear All Travel Websites,

May I firstly thank you for all your efforts in providing me with reasonably priced accommodation in the many and varied places to which I travel for both work and pleasure. As a busy man with little time to be ringing around hotels looking for decent prices your service is both simple and convenient and for this I applaud you. However I did just have one minor gripe that I’d like to address with you if you’d be so kind.

Your emails… What happened??!

In days of old you would each send me a very occasional email filled with attractive ways to discover destinations that I could dream wistfully of visiting. Places like New York, Mauritius, Beijing. Places with breathtaking views, white sandy beaches, sunshine, unbelievable architecture, history and culture. Opening my inbox on a cold dark monday morning used to fill me with so much hope, it used to open my mind to the dream of a glorious, relaxing holiday in the most quixotic and luxurious of your vast array of perfectly idillic destinations. In even the darkest of days I could scroll slowly through that email knowing that this is the stuff that hopes and dreams are made of. One day I would take you up on these offers. One day… one glorious, exultant day.

pT5engkbcOpening my inbox to find a vast array of special offers for staying at Peterborough Service station however is scarcely the stuff that dreams are made of. Whilst I agree that a McDonalds breakfast is a deadly yet strangely delicious treat and that the service station’s toilet facilities are indeed “average or better” (perhaps necessarily so after breakfast), it’s still not a prospect that I am necessarily aspiring to.

Now don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that my recent booking behaviour may indeed have consisted largely of Premiere Inn’s and other reasonably priced hotels with easy access to motorways within spitting distance of a wedding venue but this is really more of a necessity than a dream. Indeed sending me a list of hotels in which spitting distance is in fact often remarked upon in the cleanliness reviews is not quite the bright spark to a dreary Monday morning that it used to be.

So please, I know the honeymoon period may be over but I’d still prefer the dream of holidays in the sun to the drudgery of practicality on the M1. Unless you bear news of the M1 roadworks actually being completed and the average speed camera zones being lifted that is, for truly that is the greatest dream that was ever dreamt!

So let us live the dream together. Yes I may never take you up on them but at least we will each have something to aspire to: Me having a 5 star break and you receiving more than the £30 a night that the hotels you’re sending me will earn you.

Yours sincerely,

A weary traveller.

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One of my favourite moments of the wedding day is seeing the bride for the first time as she arrives in that beautiful bridal car. The anticipation in the eyes is something that I never tire of and always wait for. This frame of Katrina just before she emerges from the car with only the focus on the eyes perfectly highlights that feeling of emotion.
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Over the last few months we’ve been travelling all over the UK and Europe capturing all kinds of incredible weddings from grand country houses to intimate back-garden receptions and, with all that travelling, it got us thinking: with so many incredible venues spread right across the UK is it best to host your wedding in your local area or look for something a little further afield? Lets see if can find out!


In the Red Corner, arguing this week for keeping your wedding local (even if she did end up getting married abroad herself!) It’s Dom “The Tog Bride”

In the Blue Corner, arguing the case for hosting your wedding further afield, in fact as the designated driver he’d really appreciate it if you could all have your weddings directly on his doorstep, it’s Matt “The Gormless Groom”

Close to Home Vs Further Afield


Dom: There’s something really special about getting married in a place that’s actually significant to you as a couple whether it be the place you grew up or the place you now share your lives together – it’s a place that already holds special memories for you both and that personal connection with your surroundings can really shine through at a wedding.

Matt: But there can be a real excitement in going somewhere a bit different for your wedding and creating new and incredibly significant memories there. Every couple has their dream venue and sometimes it’s necessary to travel around a little to find it.

Dom: There’s something lovely about getting ready for your wedding at home, particularly if it’s the family home where you grew up and may no longer live, surrounded by all those incredible memories and keepsakes from your childhood rather than just a neutral room that might be attractive but has no personal significance to you.

Matt: Travelling further afield affords you the chance to get your close family and friends to come and stay with you for longer, perhaps spreading the festivities over the week rather than just the day itself, whereas if they’re close to home chances are they will only take the one day off to spend with you.

Dom: But if you hold your wedding in the place you grew up then your guests may well have family and friends there that they would also like to visit as well as local accommodation which can make everything much simpler from their point of view.

Matt: Venues in your local area may be incredibly expensive and you may get more for your money by travelling to a different part of the UK. For example many London based couples choose to travel to Yorkshire or Scotland for their wedding as you may be able to hire a grand country house for a similar price to something far less grand in London itself.

Dom: Getting married further afield though also has the potential to be more expensive as you may need to pay for accommodation and places to get ready and, not knowing the local area it can be more difficult/more pricey to obtain decorations and other bits and bobs you need as you probably won’t know where to look or who to talk to.

Matt: Many of your friends and family may have been married locally and if you want your wedding to be completely different and individual  to you you may need to travel to a very different kind of venue elsewhere in the UK.

Dom: Getting married in the local vicinity is much more practical than travelling great distances. It’s easier to visit your venue, look for suitable decoration locally, talk to suppliers and transport and story anything you need for the big day.

Matt: With the rules relaxed and so many venues now capable of holding weddings now the possibilities are endless and by looking around the country (or even abroad) you may be able to come up with amazing ideas for your wedding you’d never even thought about when simply looking locally.

So those are our thoughts but where do you stand? Would you prefer to be married close to home or somewhere further afield? Join the debate by completing our poll below or leave a comment to have your voice heard!

Close to Home Vs Further Afield
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Bhavna Profile PicFood, the one thing that is talked about at every wedding and for years after…I’ve heard aunties (all the women who are likely to be the same age as your actual aunties) at weddings, ‘did you see what the bride was wearing, no but I didn’t like the food’ – People always seem to come back to talk about food and so food is an integral part of an Indian wedding celebration.

Indian weddings are lavish when it comes to food, we have an extensive menu and not just for the one day, but for all the events leading up to the wedding day itself and after. For me, as long as there is gulab jamun, I’m a happy bunny.

It’s paramount to have good food, but its even more important that you keep in within your budget, when you’ve got 250 guests, the cost of catering can be a large part of your wedding budget.

Planning a menu can be tricky, for example if you’re having a Hindu wedding do you go for a vegetarian menu for lunch and then a non vegetarian menu for the evening reception? Or do you just have one big vegetarian dinner? What are the preferences for both sides of the family, what do they like and not like…lots to decide about.

So first decide on the vegetarian/non vegetarian option.


Then choose a caterer who can provide you with the best options, so in the case of a Hindu wedding, if you are having a fully vegetarian meal, then make sure that the caterer you choose specializes in providing this type of cuisine to ensure quality of taste and a wider selection of items that you can have on your menu.

Make sure that you always cater for more people than you have invited, the last thing you want is for your guests to go home hungry, so a buffer of 20 guests may be an option.

If you are having a fusion wedding, you may want to incorporate different cuisines within the menu so that you cater for Asian and non Asian guests.


You then need to decide if you are having a sit down meal or a buffet and whether your starters will be served as canapés during the reception or when guests are waiting, or if they will be served on the tables.

For your starters try and include at least three to four items, the most popular choices are samosas, gol gappe, chaat and aloo tikkis, offer plenty of salad for those who don’t want to eat all the fried food.

Bhavna Barratt - Planning your indian wedding : the menuThe main courses that are popular include at least 2 vegetarian options and 2 non vegetarian options, some popular choices are dal makhani, some kind of chicken or lamb curry, a vegetarian curry and naan bread with some condiments.

This is then followed by dessert (my favourite part). At an Indian wedding you’ll often find gulab jamuns, ras malai and ice cream.  If you’ve not tried any of these, you will want to find the nearest Indian sweet shop and try them all out.

indian wedding : the menu

In all, you want to first decide what cuisine you want to go for, then choose your caterers, make sure you go and taste the items you want to have on your menu (keep the aunties voices in mind). Once you’ve done this place your order and decide whether you will have a sit down meal or a buffet and don’t forget keep the budget in check at all times.

Right, I’m off to eat some gulab jamuns with ice-cream. Happy wedding planning.

Now go watch this to find out what the desserts are…

Bhav xx

planning your big fat indian wedding : The menu

Indian Wedding Photography by Bhavna Barratt

Profile picture by Tux & Tales Photography

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