Bridal showers are a great gift for any bride to be. Traditionally, they were an excuse to put together home essentials for the new bride. Stuff like cookware, linens, and other household necessities were commonly given at bridal showers.

But today, bridal shower parties have evolved. They've come a long way from traditional to modern and fun. It's a really good excuse to show that special bride, just how much she is loved by friends and family.


So if you're planning a bridal shower, focus on the bride. She will remember it for a very long time, so you must endeavor to make it an unforgettable experience.


Bridal Shower Pre-planning Questions

Hosting a bridal shower takes a lot of work and can be a daunting task for the planner. Figuring out where to start in a sea of information is where the problem lies.


If you're not the only one hosting the party, then things can get very confusing really fast. A bridal shower checklist is a welcome tool for times like these, it is one tool that you should have handy.


But before you start ticking off items on your bridal shower checklist, preplanning is highly adviced.


The first thing you must do is choose a theme. Without a theme, you cannot put all the other nuts and bolts together for an amazing party.

To get started though, you must ask yourself several important questions:


What does the bride enjoy doing?

The success of the bridal shower ultimately depends on the bride and how much she enjoys the party. That is why her likes and dislikes have to be taken into consideration. For example, if she is a hopeless romantic, then a classic romance theme will do just fine.

If she loves the beach, then a bridal beach theme will be perfect. You can incorporate some seashells and starfish into your decor if you can't throw the party at a beach.


Who will be attending?

Your main focus should be on the bride, but knowing more about the attendees will help you throw a great bridal shower. The bride cannot have fun if her guests are not! So you need to be creative to ensure that everyone has a good time.


One way to do this is to assess the age groups and social status of the guests. Are they in their mid-20s, 30s, 40s or 50s? Are they work colleagues or longtime friends? The information will help you plan effectively so that majority of the guests are at home with your choices.


What is the bride's favorite color?

No matter the theme you choose, you must settle on a color for the day. The bride's favorite color is usually the best way to go, but you can also decide to try something different. Your theme and color should complement your tableware, banners, and balloons.


You can decorate with any color you choose, but make sure that there is symmetry in your color and theme. For example, you can't do a gothic theme justice with loads of whites and bright colors.

Check out the below bridal shower decoration ideas from

What's your budget?

Every great party starts with a budget. Your budget should be your guide when choosing your location, menu and the total number of guests.

Traditionally, the maid of honor is responsible for the cost of the bridal shower, but anyone can foot the bill. Just don't ask the bride or her guests to contribute - it's seriously tasteless. Instead, set a budget from the onset and stick with it.


Bridal showers can run into thousands of dollars and can easily spiral out of control if you're not careful. If you're not the only host, a bridal shower checklist and a budgeting app can help keep you in check.


Download this free party budget spreadsheet. It's great for managing budgets when planning parties and weddings. You can input your budget and expenses as you go along.


Party Planning Template

The above spreadsheet will also help you stay on track so you don’t lose sight of the big picture – your total spend.


Are there any deal breakers?

If there's something you absolutely don't want, then you should know what it is before you start planning. The excitement of planning the party can sometimes take over and make even the sanest of people cross unexpected lines.

For example, if you definitely don't want to go out bar hopping or don't want alcohol at the party then you need to know from the start.


Most deal breakers are out of respect for the bride. If it is a surprise bridal shower, then you must know the bride well enough to outline the things she absolutely will not condone. The last thing you want is an uncomfortable party or an unhappy bride😩😢😡.


When do you want to hold the shower?

Bridal showers are typically held about 1 month before the wedding. But you can be flexible and choose anywhere from 1 week to 2 months before.

Find out the brides' schedule and when she will be available for the party, then let her set a date that will be suitable for her guests. Consider out-of-towners when choosing a date for the shower.

If you choose a date that is one week before the wedding, it might not be conducive to people coming from out of town.

The typical rule is to pick a weekend day - Saturday or Sunday. This way, work or business schedules can be cleared up for the event. Let your guest list guide you in picking the best day for most of the attendees.


Where will you hold the bridal shower?

A bridal shower can be held anywhere as long as the attendees are comfortable. You can have it at home, a restaurant or even outdoors. The location you choose must be comfortable and easily accessible to everyone.


There are several factors that you should consider when deciding on a location for the shower. Your budget is ultimately the main factor, but if money is not an object, then the number of people attending and your theme are important considerations.


If there are more than 50 people on your guest list, then you don't want to hold the bridal shower at home. There's nothing worse than a bridal shower party in a cramped space. However, if the party is taken outdoors, then home can be a really comfy and affordable choice.


The theme you want to create is also another factor to consider during your search for the perfect bridal shower location. Whatever choice you make, don't let the location take a big bite out of your budget because you still have some more bills to settle.


Bridal showers held at restaurants are usually more expensive, but if you're holding it at a restaurant that allows you to bring your own food, then this will also be cost effective.


These bridal shower preplanning questions will help you get started on your planning. When you know the answers to all the above questions, you can decide on the type of shower that you want to throw. Now let's get down to the actual planning.

Lora Akyazi's Bridal Shower Checklist

So you have a date for the shower, a theme and a budget to work with, now it's time to create your bridal shower checklist. You can download this checklist in pdf form so that you'll have a paper copy for your day to day planning.

Download the checklist here...


The guest list

Decide on the number of people that will be attending the party. If this isn't a surprise bridal shower, consult the bride before creating the list. Remember your budget and location as you create the guest list.


Buy or make an invitation card

Some people prefer to make their invitation cards because it's more customizable. But nowadays, there are many design services that make it easy for you to get personalized and uniquely designed invitation cards.

Try 99Designs. They have many creative designers that will deliver truly unqiue invitations. If you want ready-made invitation cards that will stand out without the fuss of designing, then Minted's invitations are my number one choice.

I like the fact that I can order a sample before placing my final order. Here's the link - Minted's bridal shower invitations


bridal shower card


When the invitations are ready, send them out as early as possible. If the wedding is taking place one month after the bridal shower, then you want to send out the invitations at least a month before the party. This will give the guests ample time to plan and prepare.


Shop for decorations

Since you already have a theme, next thing to do is to shop for decorations and centerpieces. For your theme to come alive, there are certain items you'll need to nail your theme. List them all out first before hitting the shops.


Shop for party favors

You can choose a variety of party favors as long as it's within your budget. You can choose small trinkets or expensive gift baskets. Just make sure that each guest has a favor to go home with. Limit your choice to affordable items that will not break the bank.

There are many great ideas for party favors, but we highly recommend Wedding Favors because they offer unique and affordable bridal shower favors. Check them out here...

Plan the menu

There is no hard and fast rule for planning a bridal shower menu. You can choose a light lunch or snacks. You can also go all out with a 3-course meal. It doesn't really matter what you choose, just endeavor to stay within your budget.


Bridal shower activities and games

The heart and soul of a bridal shower are the games and activities. So you must choose activities that will be fun and engaging. You want everyone to enjoy taking part in the games, so pick games that you know the guests will enjoy. The idea is to hear a lot of giggles all around.


Buy the bride a gift

The preparation and planning can get hectic and you could easily forget one important task - to buy the bride-to-be a gift. The gift doesn't have to be an expensive one. You can budget $50 to $100 and still get a kick-ass gift.


Book your location in advance

If you're not having the bridal shower in a home, make sure that the location is available in advance. Book your space by paying a down-payment and securing the location for your desired date.


Don't leave this to chance, many bridal showers have ended up being a flop because the event location wasn't available on the day of the party.


Pay for catering in advance

The same rule applies to catering. If you are cooking the food, then you don't have a problem. But, if you'll be using the services of a caterer, then make sure that you pay a down-payment.

Ensure that the caterer is aware of the date and is prepared to deliver on time. Choose a vendor that understands the importance of a bridal shower. You don't want a tardy caterer, so it's highly advisable you make your choice a local one.


Bake a cake or order one

Bridal shower cakes are an important tradition that some people overlook. This is supposed to be the best party of the bride's life, so it's impossible to achieve that without a cake.

If you want to give it a personal touch, or can't afford to order one, baking a cake should be a fun and personal way to show how much you care. An example is this graffiti chocolate cake. It's simple, fun, and easy to make.

Ordering a beautiful bridal shower cake is also acceptable. But remember to place your order early. Your baker or cake shop should have the right date and can deliver on the eve of the party.


Planning a bridal shower is a great way to ease the bride's pre-wedding jitters. Make it fun and creative and don't get stressed out about the details. Use our bridal shower checklist to make planning easy.

You can download the checklist here, and if you feel that I missed out any crucial steps. please feel free to leave your comments below so I can add it to the checklist.


Being a wedding planner is not as easy as planning your own wedding. Some people feel that because they planned a badass wedding or bridal shower, they can run a wedding planning business successfully. In reality, this is not the case at all. Learning how to become a wedding planner takes much more than your ability to throw one wedding.


The wedding planning business involves a lot of factors that must be adhered to for it to be successful.

First, you must love parties and have a helpful disposition. You must also be a great organizer and enjoy every minute of it. Being open to other people's ideas should be one of your strong virtues. This is simply because you may be asked to change your plans at a moment's notice.


How Lucrative is a Wedding Planning Career?

Most brides are too busy to plan every detail of their wedding. This is not a surprise when you consider the mountain of activities and errands necessary before the wedding day.


A career in wedding planning is a lucrative one for those who are talented event planners, patient, flexible and creative. If you're starting a career in wedding planning, below are some pointers to get you started:


1. Free up your evenings and weekends

To be a hands-on wedding planner, you must be flexible with your time. Most wedding planners run home-based businesses and work odd hours. This is understandable because most of the time, the job is done over the phone with many unexpected callouts.


There are no strict guidelines on how you'll work. One minute you can be at the church, and the next at the reception venue. Most wedding planners work on the weekends and evenings because these are the most convenient times for their clients.


You will need to be at the wedding venue right before the event starts to ensure that all the details are inline with your requirements. You'll also need to be there during and after the event. So be sure that you can free up time to work as a wedding planner before starting a career as one.


2. Be open to learning and training

If you really want to know how to become a wedding planner, then you should be willing to learn, learn and learn! Simply reading up some blog posts will not do.


Professional wedding planners attend seminars, training, and courses. You must be open to learning and willing to adapt. Besides, you'll get many networking opportunities when you attend these events.

There are some great online courses available. See the below recommendations:


Wedding Beautiful - Certified Wedding Specialist Course (CWS) & Cetified Wedding Planner Course

Wedding Planner Institute - Certified Wedding & Event Planning

QC Event School - International Wedding Planning Certification

International Institute of Event Management - Certificate in Wedding Planning


There are many more great online wedding planner courses. Aside from the knowledge that you'll gather when training, wedding planners must have the below skill set:


• Great organizational skills
• Creativity
• Budget management skills
• Good communication skills
• Problem-solving skills
• Attention to detail
• Ability to handle pressure and meet deadlines
• Sales and negotiation skills


3. You are just as efficient as the people you work with!

In the business of wedding planning your success is dependent on the vendors that you work with. You must be connected to the people that matter such as photographers, florists, caterers, decorators, service staff and so many others.


Before you get started, put together a network of vendors that can help you achieve your goals faster. It will take you some trial and error to get the right ones, but you can get a head start by taking referrals from people who have used them before.


Remember, the vendors you hire should be able to give you a discount. The price should be below market rate so that you can offer your clients a good deal and break even. In some cases, you might be able to work out a trade by barter arrangement whereby you scratch their back and they scratch yours.


4. Get your portfolio together

Because you're just starting out, you may not have any clients yet. But this can be easily remedied by doing some free work. Offer your services to about 5 clients for free, just to gather some valuable pictures and recommendations for your portfolio.


Make sure you do a great job that will get you a brilliant recommendation. After doing some voluntary work, your portfolio will look just as great as that of any other seasoned wedding planner. The key is to get as many great pictures and videos as you can. Hire a professional to take pictures of every aspect of your work so you can make a good first impression.


5. Create a brand that will stand out from your competitors

A career in wedding planning involves marketing your skills and creativity. You're basically selling what many others are selling, so the difference should be your packaging or brand.


To get started in your career, you need to get some professional branded materials. Your brand should show that you are a wedding planner with class and sophistication. Your portfolio MUST make an impression the first time a client looks at it.


A great place to get stationeries is Minted. Check them out here. They offer great professional branded stationery that can be customized to suit your unique brand.  I also like 99designs for card designs and logos. You can get some really talented designers to create a work of art that you will be proud of. Visit 99designs via this link.


Brides and grooms will want to see that you're organized. No one wants to hire a wedding planner without class because it invariably means that they'll provide you with an unsophisticated service. The level of professionalism you display will usually tip the scale in your favor.


Your portfolio can be printed out as a brochure, but if you can't afford anything too expensive, a simple flyer will do.


6. Getting a website is an absolute MUST...

The truth is that in today's world of online businesses, you can't grow your brand without a website. If you don't want to limit your clients to friends and family, you must take your business online.


Getting started with a simple website made with WordPress is usually the right way to go. There are so many free themes that will suit a wedding planning business. But if you don't want to get your hands dirty, Shopify is another great choice. Shopify offers a simple one-click install process and just as great as WordPress.


After setting up your website, the next thing you need to do is get social.

With the entire world on social media, you now have a brand new opportunity to reach more people. Create social accounts on the major social communities and get your friends and family to follow and like your page.


As a wedding planner, you need to let people know your achievements. Your business model is visual so social networks like Instagram and Pinterest would be my number one recommendation.


Linkedin is another place where you can meet other professionals like you and can be very handy for referrals.


These days, when people look for a job the first place thing they do is check out your social profiles. Just as you have branded yourself, ensure that your social accounts are branded and that the content you share is engaging and professional.


Final Thoughts

You will need to do some advertising to build your audience. Start with social ads on Facebook and Twitter. If you can't afford to advertise, then be prepared to spend a lot of time posting, engaging, commenting and sharing. In no time, your audience will grow.


Get active on social networks. Post new pictures of events you attend and give credit to people who deserve to be given credit. Respond to inquiries and questions and in no time you will land your first online customer.


Don't expect it to happen overnight though. A career in wedding planning requires patience. The first year may be a bit slow, but in time, it will grow and your business will expand. Remember to ask for reference letters from patrons who you have worked for and be sure to give out your business card at every event you attend.


Always exceed your customer's expectations. If you give extras, you will get glowing recommendations. You can even offer a commission for referrals and you'll be surprised how many brides will take you up on the offer.


Weddings are very expensive celebrations, but also a once-in-a-lifetime event and you do want to look your best, feel your best, and ensure that everything from the church decorations to your wedding reception is decked in splendor. That’s right, the wedding industry is a huge one and items like flowers and centerpieces can drill a huge hole in your pocket.

The idea is to have a budget for your wedding – of course, you can spend less or more. If you’re thinking about getting that really expensive centerpiece, think again. We have some great ideas on how you can save by creating your very own inexpensive wedding centerpieces.


Create DIY table centerpieces with flower petals

Florists always have spare flowers that go unsold every day. These flowers will eventually meet their expiry date and fade away if not used within a day or two. You can get a good bargain with the florist to buy off those unwanted flower petals in bulk, without cashing out a lot.

Shower a generous amount of petals at the center or along the perimeters of your tables. Or create design with your petals.

Make a triangle or pentagon shaped area in the middle of the table for that extra pizzazz. To make it even more idealistic, place some candles in between the scattered petals.


Share the tasks

Instead of hiring a florist to work on putting together handmade wedding centerpieces, why not gather a few family and friends that serve as your wedding support group to assist you with making all the flower centerpieces that you need.

It will not only be fun, but also help bring together all whom you love at a time that means the most to you. That way, you can also save tons of money on pricey bills from the florist.


Fill in with fillers

As with all weddings, flowers often take up a chunk of your wedding budget. Think about it carefully – if you are willing to spend, then go all out for it. Otherwise, get wedding savvy. There are many creative and innovative ways to save cash on floral arrangements. One excellent method is to use fillers in your floral bouquets.

Just say that you intend to go with sunflowers for your bouquet, include one very big bloom in the middle and surround it with cost-effective fillers such as baby’s breath, snap dragons, or other more affordable buds.

Having the wedding of your dreams is really not far-fetched – DIY table centerpieces are creative thinking and will give you a head start for your “happily-ever-after”!


There are many different choices when it comes to quality flower girl dresses, and not surprisingly, most of the very best deals are found online. There are a variety of websites from resale outlets to bridal and wedding specialists that you may find it hard to pick one. These online outlets are quite easy to navigate to find exactly what one is looking for, regardless of the style, setting or individual budget.


Anniversaries are a special time. It is a mark of reaching yet another relationship milestone with your significant other. Hence, this day, without doubt, requires special attention.

Anniversaries are a time to make your partner feel special and strengthen your bond with thoughtful and romantic gestures. This is why, it is important to give it some forethought and plan something romantic for your partner.

If you are out of anniversary ideas, then this article will help you in deciding on great ideas that will make the day memorable for you and your partner.


Wedding Anniversary Ideas For Him & Her

Wedding anniversaries can be an important event for most couples today. A wedding anniversary present exchange is a tangible symbol of love that gets more powerful with each passing year. It symbolizes that your spouse still occupies a special place in your heart. For this reason, many people want to find the best gift for their partners.

You and your partner should try to remember the very first date you ever went on. It is always a special memory, right from the movie you saw on that date, to the restaurant you ate at and the music that played in the car on your way back.

Even though you may be living hundreds of miles away from the place you went on your first date, you can recreate the magic anywhere, even right in your home. Rent the DVD of the movie you watched, recreate the menu you had that evening and maybe go out for a drive with that same song playing in your car. It’ll be even more magical so many years later.

Make an anniversary scrapbook

This is a good way to relive the years spent together and cherish the relationship on youre anniversary. Make a personalized scrapbook with various pictures of you and your partner, that has been taken since the beginning of your relationship till the present.

Scribble little anecdotes and incidents you two have had- laughs as well as fights. Write down all the romantic as well as quirky things you used to do in thoughts of our partner. You can get as creative as you want here. Your partner will cherish the effort you made in capturing your relationship within the pages of the scrapbook.


Trying a new experience can be better than the old ones!

Relationships are all about sharing new experiences. So for your anniversary, plan to do something you or your partner have never done before. It can be something adventurous like scuba diving, sky diving, river rafting. Or something creative like taking a painting class, salsa class or even a cooking class together.

You can even go to an amusement park together and relive your teenage days. The options are endless. Just make sure to have fun doing whatever you choose.


Simple anniversary ideas for both of you

Something most guys want is a gift that will thrill her. If you can manage it, why not? There are a bunch of great ideas for an anniversary present. Keep in mind, a wedding anniversary comes yearly, so what you can't get this year, you could get the year after.

Men are one of the most hardest to shop for. The perfect wedding anniversary gifts for him will surely fire up the enthusiasm he has for you. Now is the moment to stun your hubby as well as to show to him how thoughtful you are.

Below are some recommended wedding anniversary ideas for him or her:


1. Flowers

It is one of the most romantic wedding anniversary gifts for your partner. Most people usually love flower and there are a lot of beautiful flowers available today. If you want to create a romantic wedding anniversary event, you need to buy classic roses.

Red and white roses are one of the best gifts for your partner. The combination of these colors always creates a beautiful bouquet. You can buy some of these flowers from the best florist in your area. Bring this bouquet of flower during your wedding anniversary dinner.


2. Romantic CD

When you are looking for an affordable wedding anniversary gift, you can consider a romantic CD. It can help you re-ignite the love between you and your partner. Make sure that you choose the most memorable for both of you.


3. Chocolate

If you are looking for the simplest gift for your wedding anniversary, chocolates are a great choice. There are many types of chocolates, just choose a high quality box. If your partner loves chocolate, this can be a perfect romantic gift for your wedding anniversary.


4. Jewelry

Your partner will be very happy to wear any jewelry from you as an anniversary gift. Beautiful jewelry can help you show your love and can even become a family heirloom.


5. Honeymoon tour package

If both of you love traveling, then you should consider this gift. It's not only for newlywed couples and can be a special way to celebrate your wedding anniversary.


6. Spa voucher

Spa vouchers can be an interesting gift for your busy partner. When you are planning a time-together romantic wedding gift, you should consider buying a spa voucher. You and your partner can enjoy your spare time by visiting your favorite spa or massage center.


7. Wine

If your partner loves wine, you should consider buying a high quality bottle of wine as a gift. There are some recommended wines that are available today, for example Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and many other types of wines. These wines are very popular for their unique and interesting flavors.


8. Love letter

Not many people realize this, but a simple love letter can make a world of difference. It can be a perfect gift for your partner during your wedding anniversary and is believed to be one of the most romantic wedding anniversary gifts ever.

You can write a love letter to express your feelings towards him or her by simply looking back on the years together. Be inspired by your tears and smiles knowing that your letter will improve the intimacy between you and your partner.

Your anniversary is a day dedicated to you and your partner. Take the  day off and focus only on your partner. Switch off your cell phones and spend quality time with each other. Have a quiet dinner together or lie down in a field and gaze at the stars together. Nothing is more romantic than making your partner feel like they are the center of your world.


Lighting is always important in any wedding, but it takes on even more significance when you’re getting hitched outdoors. Good wedding lighting will ensure that everyone can see all your beautiful decorations, as well as making sure they can see where they’re going!

It’ll help to elevate your wedding to the next level if you get it right, so here are some tips.

Be Realistic

While it’s good to dream big with your wedding, once you’ve got a venue nailed down, everything else you plan has to be able to work around it.

For example, some venues may have a policy that there can be no open flames, which means no candles. Or they may have limited power sockets, which could make it difficult to light up the space the way that you want to.


Make sure to visit the venue and check things like this out, because you don’t want to get carried away with any great ideas and then find out you have to come up with a new plan at the last minute.

Visit at Night

It’s well and good seeing your venue during the daylight, but it’s when the sun goes down that your lighting is really going to be important, so be sure to visit after dark as well.

Look out for areas that are going to need to be more illuminated than others and consider where you might be able to place generators if you’re going to need them.

Create an Ambience

Lighting is a great way to create an ambience and set the mood for the day. We recommend opting for warm colours such as reds and yellows because these create an intimate, relaxed atmosphere for your guests.

If you’re a bit lost on the idea of ‘colour temperature’, check out this blog for a little more info.


One cool option could be to have lights which can change colour, so you can have them brighter for the meal, so people can actually see their food, but dimmed and more colourful for when the party gets started!

Make Use of Candles

As we’ve stated, some venues may be reluctant to let you use candles, but with an outdoor wedding, you should be ok, which is a relief because they’re one of the best ways to light up your event.


Candles instantly create a romantic atmosphere, so be sure to stock up! Tea lights and lanterns are some of the best ways to display your candles and create a really dramatic space for you to walk down the aisle in.

Statement Lighting

While lighting can be useful in setting a scene, it can also be used as a centrepiece to really make a statement and draw attention to it.


If you were indoors, this could be something such as a chandelier, but outside, one of the best options is light up lettering, such as that offered by Light It Up UK.

They create a real talking point and add a touch of style to the event, all while helping to light up the space, especially once the sun goes down.


If you’re getting hitched in the summer, an outdoor wedding can be a magical experience that you and your guests will never forget.

However, one thing that many people don’t know is whether or not they need an alcohol licence for their outdoor wedding.


After all, it’s not the first thing to come to mind when you’re planning your big day, but it is something to be aware of so that you don’t get any nasty surprises on the day!


Do I Need An Alcohol Licence For My Outdoor Wedding in The UK?

The answer will depend on several factors. If you’re going to be serving alcohol for free, then, fortunately, you don’t need a licence.

However, if you’re going to be charging for it, you will need a Temporary Event Notice (TEN). Fear not though, they’re actually very easy to get thanks to the Licensing Act 2003.

Often, if you’re running a paid bar, the company organising it will take care of all of this for you, but if you do need to get one sorted for yourself, here’s everything you’ll need to know.


Obtaining a Temporary Event Notice

First things first, make sure to make your application in plenty of time. Even though there’s a million and one things to get sorted before your big day, you must have submitted your notice at least ten working days before the wedding, so be sure to be prepared.

Start out by visiting the website of your local borough council (which you can find by entering your postcode at gov.uk).


Once there, find the Temporary Event Notice application form (which is fairly straightforward) and return it back to them along with the £21 fee.


Once everything has been approved, you just need to make sure that a copy of the TEN is clearly displayed somewhere, just to make sure there are no problems.



There likely won’t be any problems with your application, but there are a couple of grounds on which the council can object to your TEN, which they must do at least three days before the event.


The council will likely only object if they believe that the event could lead to crime and disorderly conduct, cause a public nuisance or be a threat to public safety, all of which hopefully shouldn’t apply to your wedding!

However, if there are any objections, then you can always appeal the decision to your local magistrate’s court.


While it is fairly easy to get a licence sorted, it’s understandable if you don’t really have the time, with all the other things you need to organise for your wedding day, so there are companies such as Hospitality Training Solutions who will help you take the stress out of the experience and sort whatever licence you may need.


Whether you apply for your own licence or let a third party take care of it, just make sure that it gets done, as the last thing you want is for your big day to be ruined by regulations and red tape!




Finding a soul mate to spend the rest of our lives with is something we all hope for in our life time. The journey from a casual relationship to marriage takes a whole lot of devotion from both parties. One ingredient is emotional readiness and willingness to say “I DO”.


Graffiti isn't always a sign of criminal behavior, in truth, it is used to display our inner-artist struggling to be set free. We have put together some creative graffiti cakes to show confectionery art and style at your bridal shower.


Graffiti bridal shower cake designs


Graffiti Chocolate Cake Recipe

Ban it, legalize it, exhibit it in a museum ... no matter what town councils do, graffiti will always make its way to us. Nowadays, we see graffiti in deliciously made cake - as if it wasn’t tempting enough.


There are so many bridal shower cake designs, but a unique graffiti cake will look fabulous in your wedding album. It is definitely not a one-size-fits-all kinda recipe.


Check out this basic graffiti chocolate cake recipe for your bridal shower.


The ingredients:

7 ounces of butter, softened, and more for greasing

1 ½ cups of packed light brown sugar

¾ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

Seeds from one vanilla pod or 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

1 tsp of baking soda

¾ tsp of baking powder

5 big eggs, lightly beaten

1 ½ cups of self-rising flour


For the syrup:

One cup of sugar

¾ cup of water


For the buttercream:

28 tsp or 3 ½ sticks of unsalted butter

¼ tsp of vanilla extract

7 cups of powdered sugar


For the graffiti:

1 ¼ cups of sugar

½ cups of water

½ cup of liquid glucose

Food coloring

¼ tsp of vanilla extract


For decoration:

Chocolate shavings

Berries, optional



Preheat your oven to about 350 degrees F.

Next, butter the bottoms and edges of two 8-inch cake pans and also line the bottoms using parchment paper.


To prepare the cake

Cream the butter along with the sugar in a bowl until both are fluffy and soft.

Add the vanilla with one egg and beat the mixture properly.

After that, add another egg and also beat it as well.

Mix the flour and the baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder in a bowl and set it aside.

Add a few tablespoons of the mixed flour and stir, repeat, and add two more eggs.

Add them one by one, and beat them well between every addition.

Mix the remainder of the flour well till it is smooth.

Divide this mixture into the two prepared pans, and smooth out the tops while you are at it.

Bake it on the middle shelf for about 25 to 30 minutes.

The cake will also feel springy to touch, look chocolate brown and will smell baked. Take out the cakes from the oven and brush with the sugar syrup straight away. Let it cool completely in the pans.


Prepare the sugar syrup

As the cakes bake, place the sugar and water in a small pan over medium heat. Stir it until the sugar dissolves.

Increase the heat and allow the mixture to boil for about two minutes.

Remove the baking pan from the heat and keep it aside.



Prepare the buttercream

As the cakes are cooling, place the vanilla and butter in a large bowl.

Beat it well with a wooden spoon until it's creamy and light.

Add some powdered sugar in small quantities at a time.

Beat the mixture until it's smooth and becomes lighter. Keep it aside.


To ice the cakes

When the cakes have become totally cool, get them out of the pans. If you wish to make icing easier, place them in the freezer for about 20 minutes to allow them to become nice and hard.

Place a round cardboard on a plate if one is available and spread some buttercream. Place one of the cakes on it and spread the buttercream on it.

Now the fun part: spread a lot of the buttercream on the sides and the top of the cake. Then smoothen it out, round the edges and on top to make the first layer neat.

Put it in the refrigerator or the freezer if you are a bit impatient and allow it to harden. Once this is set, bring it out from the freezer or refrigerator and spread it over another layer of the buttercream.

Try to ensure that it is smooth so that the edges can be really sharp. Place the cake in the refrigerator again to set.


Make the graffiti

Place two baking sheets using parchment paper and keep a cup of cold water, a measuring cup with a spoon and a small pastry brush.

Keep the sugar in a heavy-based average pot together with the liquid glucose and water over medium heat.

Twirl the mixture a bit rather than stir. Otherwise, this glucose may stick to the spoon. When the sugar is dissolved, increase the heat and allow it boil away.

If any sugar is attached to the edge of the pan, use your wet pastry brush to brush it off. The sugar has to be cooked for about 10 to 15 minutes. However, you can check it every five minutes to know if it is ready.

Take the teaspoon and dip it into this hot mixture, prudently scooping out a tiny amount, and then place the spoon back in the cup and allow it to cool down for a minute.

Get the spoon and touch the sugar mixture found at the end of the spoon to see if it is ready. If it has vanished, that implies that the mixture is in its early stages of cooking. Allow it to boil again and you can test later using the same technique.

Note, if this mixture is still soft, it is not ready. There are various stages that it'll go through before the last hard crack stage, where the sugar mix becomes rock hard.

When the mixture gets to this stage, completely shut down the heat and add a few drops of your vanilla and food coloring. Stir gently, so it’s just combined and then carefully pour sugar into the jug.

Ensure that you use oven gloves as you handle the pan because hot sugar can burn real bad.

Allow it to cool for about a minute or so, and then dribble onto a baking parchment to create graffiti squiggles shapes. You can use your hair dryer to ensure that the sugar syrup is flexible.

The graffiti may be long or even short, but it needs to be as high as the cake at the very least. When you are content that you have enough bands to use, set down the jug and wait for a few minutes for the sugar to get harder a bit.

Take out the cake from your refrigerator. While the graffiti is still firm, but pliable, carefully peel the back of the baking parchment. Stick the graffiti all around the cake.

It's okay if you have a long piece that will go around, but small pieces also look good as well.

When all sides of the cake have been covered, you can arrange the berries of your choice if you prefer it or the chocolate shavings on the top. Enjoy!



  • Use half or double the ingredients for a smaller or larger cake
  • You can add some edible decorations like cream flowers or chocolate chips, etc
  • Don't cut the cake or try to take it out of the baking pan until it has cooled for at least 5 minutes. If possible, leave it to cool completely
  • If using eggs, whip the yolks and pour it in first- fold the whites in at the end
  • To find out if your cake is baked? Stick a pick in the center
  • Add more baking powder for a softer cake
  • You can use milk instead of water
  • You can bake the cake at a reduced temp to make it spongy. This may require baking it a little longer
  • Before freezing, taste it
  • You can use milk instead of water


Graffiti is writing or drawings that have been scratched, painted or scribbled illicitly on walls. Use your imagination when creating your graffiti, you'll be shocked at the result.


Wedding venues play a major role in the success of many wedding ceremonies. The beauty of the wedding venue selected will look great in your wedding albums and will make an impact on the guests.

A wedding ceremony is a once in a lifetime experience and should be held in a place that captivates and enchants the couple and their guests.


Utah always seems to have weddings for the most part of the year. It could be the love in the air within the region or maybe even the Mormon culture of the area that encourages quick engagements.


No matter the case, Utah is a perfect place to have your wedding. There always seems to be a lot of available options for a venue, catering and even the wedding dresses. Most couples when planning their wedding will often grapple with a lot of information from cakes to decorations and even deserts. If you're one of these people, then this article can help you sort out one of the things most couples worry about for the wedding – the wedding venue.

Best Wedding Reception Venues in Utah County

1. Log Haven

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This beautiful wooden haven will provide the perfect outdoor experience for any wedding. Located not too far from Millcreek Canyon, Log Haven is the perfect wedding venue for couples that want to incorporate a bit of nature into their wedding.

The haven provides fantastic food choices coupled with an unbelievable scenery for the couples and guests.


2. The Natural History Museum Utah

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The Natural History Museum Utah is not a common choice for wedding planners, but this wedding venue is a beautiful option when looking for a romantic location for your Utah wedding.

The sophisticated and modern architecture of the museum is sure to captivate your guests. This new museum opened just a few years ago and therefore has the ‘new’ feeling to it.

A lot of people make use of the museum for lunch dates and outings, but it can also be used as a fantastic wedding venue.


3. Red Butte Gardens

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This is one of the top wedding reception venues in Utah. It incorporates an outdoor experience and beautiful scenery with the spell of a magical ceremony.

Red Butte Gardens is often used for concerts, but it is sometimes used for weddings. The venue has a certain brightness to it and offers a beautiful view of Salt Lake City. It combines indoor and outdoor options that make it a perfect location all through the year.


4. Tracy Aviary

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Very few people think about hosting a wedding at a birdhouse. But this venue offers a beautiful option for an enchanting wedding.

The birdhouse is located at Liberty Park and is an outdoor venue that is spacious as well as beautiful. The Chase Mill within the aviary is rented out for wedding ceremonies or receptions during the summer.


5. This is the Place Heritage

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This is a unique spot for hosting weddings in the summer, fall, and even winter.

The park will turn your wedding into a sophisticated ceremony. It is an ideal choice for people who want a ‘rustic-style’ type of wedding.


6. The American Fork Amphitheatre

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This venue is ideal for couples that are looking to have an outdoor wedding without breaking the bank. It is one of the most affordable wedding venues in Utah and has a beautiful surrounding filled with lush trees, grass and stone structures.


7. The Blue Ranch Sky

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Like most Utah marriage venues, this is a lovely outdoor wedding environment. Located on the outskirts of the city, this venue is perfect for those looking to get out of town for their nuptials.

The Blue Ranch Sky is located in Wanship, which is a couple of minutes from Park City Utah. This beautiful venue has the most adorable patio space for hosting a wedding ceremony. It also has a lovely barn that is sometimes used for wedding receptions.


8. The Depot

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The Depot has a majestic indoor hall that is used for the most regal weddings. Its large hall used to be the Union Pacific train depot but was renovated to host all kinds of Salt Lake City events. This venue has a true rock and roll feeling to it.


9. The Salt Lake Hardware building

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If you are looking for the perfect venue to host your winter wedding, the Salt Lake Hardware building be a perfect choice.

This wedding venue proves that winter weddings are just as beautiful as weddings held in the summer. It manages to pair summer scenery with a winter feeling and has the most captivating wooden columns and exposed brick that is sure to keep your guests warm and comfy all through the event.


10. The State Capitol Utah

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The State Capitol is the perfect venue for those brides that have been dreaming of a wedding out of a storybook. This castle-like venue is gigantic and has shiny marble floors with historic paintings that will give your big day an enchanted atmosphere.

Utah is a beautiful place to host a wedding and eventhough most of the wedding locations are outdoor venues, there is a host of other options that will suit your needs.

Most couples and wedding planners look to merge beauty and affordability. This is because cost is a key factor when it comes to wedding planning. If you are looking for the perfect wedding venue without breaking the bank, Utah has more than enough options for you.

It is also a good idea to hire a talented event center decorator. A decorator can transform plain looking venue into the venue for your dream wedding.