Top 5 Wedding Cake Planning Tips

There’s so much to think about when planning your wedding that it can be overwhelming and stressful at times.

But it doesn’t need to be, and as a wedding supplier I promise to be here to help and guide you however you need. Here are my top tips to help you start planning your wedding cake…

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October- Cakes of the Month

October – Cakes of the Month

It’s that time again when I look back at the cakes I’ve created over the past month and share my favourites with you.

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September – Cakes of the Month

September – Cakes of the Month

It’s that time again when I look back at the cakes I’ve created over the past month and share my favourites with you.

Here are just a few of my favourite cakes from the last month:

If you are looking for a wedding cake designer, or cake maker, in the Lincolnshire and Newark area, I would love to hear from you. Send me a message using the form below and I’d be happy to discuss your cake with you.

Wedding Traditions and Origins

Wedding Traditions and Origins

Around the world there are so many wedding traditions, in the UK the typical ones include “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”, throwing the bouquet, and of course the dislplay and cutting of the wedding cake. But have you ever wondered where these traditions originated?

In this blog, we take a look at some of these traditions and how they came about.


Tie The Knot

A custom from Roman times – the bride and groom’s hands would be tied together during the ceremony, only releasing them when the marriage was official. This tradition is still common in various cultures and is called “handfasting”.

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Wedding Rings

A ring represents eternity, with no beginning or end. Ancient history shows women wearing papyrus rings around their wrists and ankles; with the Romans this changed to iron, which eventually changed to gold and became the first wedding rings.

Wearing a wedding ring on the fourth finger stems from the Egyptian belief that this finger contains a vein that is connected straight to the heart. How lovely!

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A Wedding Veil

The wedding veil originates from arranged marriages where the groom was forbidden from seeing his bride until the wedding itself. The veil was a way to conceal the bride up until the very last moment so the groom couldn’t decide not to proceed with the marriage.

Something Blue

Did you know that blue is actually the true colour symbol of purity and fidelity, not white? This dates back to early Christianity and the Virgin Mary and her blue gown. But blue wedding dresses aren’t quite so popular, hence the little something to represent.


Throwing Rice

Rice is known as a sign of prosperity and fertility, so showering the bride and groom with it is seen as offering them good fortune.

In more modern weddings, we now often see rice replaced with petals, bubbles and waving of sparklers.

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Bridesmaids

The tradition of bridesmaids actually started as protection for the bride. In Ancient Rome, bridesmaids wore the same dresses to confuse evil spirits and stop them from finding the bride, and therefore there would be no evil curse on the wedding day.

Groomsmen

Rather alarmingly, the tradition of groomsmen originates from the ancient tradition of kidnapping the bride! The groom’s friends had to fight off warriors and stop the bride’s family from finding the couple. The groom’s main warrior friend would be the equivalent of the best man.

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Page Boy / Ring Bearer

During Victorian times, a page boy would carry the bride’s train and a prayer book down the aisle. Rings were also placed on small pillows as a display of wealth – pillows were a luxury item only afforded by the wealthy.

Naturally, this tradition developed into the page boy carrying the rings on a pillow.

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Bridal Bouquet

There seems to be many explanations for the bridal bouquet tradition, but it’s commonly suggested that the first bridal bouquets were made up of herbs and garlic to drive away evil spirits. I’ve also read that the bouquet was to mask people’s odor in the 15th century at the time of “annual baths”.

Throwing the Bouquet

Previously, the bride would actually through her garter to the men rather than the bouquet to the ladies as we know now. The groom would then have to save his wife from the burly crowd, which inevitably caused chaos. In a move to something supposedly less rowdy (we all know a few ladies who will tackle for the bouquet right?!), this tradition changed to the tossing of the bouquet, leaving throwing the garter to the groom!

4 tier all-white wedding cake by The Cake Queen, Lincoln

The Wedding Cake

According to history, cakes represent fertility and so Ancient Romans would bake wheat cakes and break over the bride’s head. They would then stack as many loaves as they could, as tall as they could, and the bride and groom would be challenged to kiss over the tower without knocking it over. If they were successful, they would be blessed with a lifetime of good fortune.

Cans Tied To A Car Bumper

This isn’t one I’ve seen done for a long time, and again there are many reported origins, but one source comes from the English Tudor period. Wedding guests would throw shoes at the newlyweds’ as they left the ceremony. Each shoe that hit the carriage was a token of good luck for the couple – sounds awful to me!

Today, shoes have been replaced with cans tied to the bumper because a) who wants to throw their shoe? and b) throwing anything at a passing car is barbaric and grounds for trouble!

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Honeymoon

Ah the honeymoon! This tradition dates back to the 5th century when the calendar was represented by moon cycles. Once married, the newlyweds would drink mead made with honey during the first moon of their marriage, hence the term honey-moon.

What traditions will you be having, or did you have at your wedding?

Let me know, I’d love to hear about them! Join me over on Facebook or Instagram and comment on my blog post to tell me.

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Our Wedding Day

This week, my husband and I are celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary! I can’t quite believe how quickly that time has passed, but so many places visited, our first dog, Charlie, together, two beautiful daughters, and three house moves, it’s fair to say we’ve done a lot in that time.

In this blog, I’m reminiscing and reliving our wedding day, so if you’d like to join me on my stroll down memory lane, grab a cuppa and a biscuit or two and read on…

Saturday 23rd August 2008

Having stayed at my parents’ house on our wedding eve, I woke to bright blue skies – I couldn’t believe my luck as it had rained persistently for weeks before, but here I was, Saturday 23rd August 2008, clear blue skies, today was going to be amazing!

My hairdresser and make up artist arrived and our preparations began. My friends had nominated me for Bride of the Week on our local radio station, Lincs FM, but apparently there was a mix up. I’ve also since learned there was some sort of issue with the DJ that morning, but I was blissfully unaware and just remember feeling really calm.

Serenely calm, which was unexpected but so welcome. At that time in my life, and without going into too much detail, I really struggled with IBS, which nerves only made worse, so in the build up to our wedding this was heightened and I was terrified of a flare up on the day.

James, my now husband, had said to me during our planning that there’s nothing to worry or be nervous about – “it’s just me and you meeting up” and this really stuck with me and kept me calm.

Dad I ready to make our way to Branston Church


Our photographer, George Upson, took some amazing photos at my parents’ house and then it was time to leave for the church in our classic Riley wedding car.

It was only a 15 minute journey to the church. My two bridesmaids waiting at the church, Dad and I got out of the car and were ready to walk down the aisle.

That’s when it hit me – seeing everyone’s faces beaming back at me, I had to take a few deep breaths to hold back the emotion and then I was all smiles.

Cannon Brian Barrodale led our ceremony at Branston Church; he was such a great character, a “top bloke” as one of our closes friends said, and the service was so enjoyable and felt so personal and inclusive.

Cannon Brian Barrodale leading the way out after the service


In addition to ourselves and my Dad, our bridal party consisted of my two adult bridesmaids, James’ two best men (he couldn’t possibly choose between them), and one usher. One of our best men, well his wife, only gave birth to their first son one week prior and to this day I don’t know how they managed to be such an amazing support and part of our day – huge thank you to them both and a happy 12th birthday to Toby!

Our reception was another short journey to Branston Hall. We drove on a little further to give our guests time to arrive at the Hall before us, but also for us to enjoy some quiet time as newly weds and try and take in that we were now husband and wife, and of course enjoy our first glass of champagne!

Photos outside the front of Branston Hall


The Reception

At the reception we had an old-style icecream cart, supplied by the same company as our car (still gutted I didn’t get one though), which kept our guests happy whilst we had our photos taken.

Branston Hall provided a beautiful backdrop and landscape for our photos, which I treasure and our daughters enjoy looking at now.

L-R James’ Mum, James’ Grandma, James, Me, my Dad, my Mum


I don’t remember much about the meal and the bits in the middle. I do remember our cake of course. Made by the wonderful Fiona Milnes, we had a three tier square cake (sorry Fiona – as a cake maker myself now I appreciate the challenges of square cakes) with fruit cake bottom tier, lemon and then chocolate top tier which we saved for our family gathering on Sunday.

Our flowers and elegant bay trees were supplied by Alison at Chambers Florist – she understood us from the minute we walked in and created an arrangement that we hadn’t imagined and was so much more “us” than what we had in our minds.

First Dance

Cue the cringe factor – we learned a dance!

We didn’t want to just stand and hug around in a circle (although I think we’d both be quite happy with that now), so we had pre-wedding lessons choreographed to our song “Better” by Tom Baxter.

We kept this a secret from most, but one of our friends in the know organised Strictly style score cards for everyone to hold up at the end!

And then the disco began, and I can honestly say it was THE BEST DAY EVER!

A Little Drama

It really was! Despite the fact that I barely saw James for most of the night – he was busy talking to everyone, I was busy dancing. One of my cousins and I were dancing/jumping up and down as you do, and we inadvertently landed on the massive train on my dress… what was that sound? Oh yes, that would be the skirt of my dress tearing away from its corset top about 1/4 of the way round – I was honestly too blissfully happy to care!

I know if you’re a bride to be hearing this you’re probably aghast at the thought of something like this happening, but I think by this point all of my stress and worries didn’t matter any more – safety pins in place I carried on dancing and having the best time.

Everyone tells you that your wedding day will be amazing and the best day ever, and it really is, but words cannot explain the feelings I felt, from seeing all my loved ones together, all so happy and celebrating with us. That feeling of becoming Mr and Mrs.

Marriage may only be a piece of paper to some and technically nothing physical changed for us – yet, in that moment, everything was different in such an incredible, empowering way. We were now husband and wife and could take on the world, together.

So happy 12th anniversary Mr Critchley. I love you with all my heart and here’s to all the years and adventures still to come.

P.S: my wedding dress still hasn’t been cleaned of fixed! I’ll get round to it one day… maybe.

I hope you enjoyed reflecting on my wedding day – I certainly did. If you are planning your own wedding and would like to ask a question about my experience, or anything in general, please do!

As you know, I am now a wedding cake maker with diary open for 2021 and 2022 weddings, if you would like to enquire about your cake I’d be delighted to hear from you too.

Get in Touch

If you are looking for a wedding cake designer in the Lincolnshire and Newark area, I would love to hear from you. Send me a message using the form below and I’d be happy to discuss your dream wedding cake with you.

July – Cakes of the Month

July – Cakes of the Month

It’s that time again when I look back at the cakes I’ve created over the past month and share my favourites with you.

With some easing of lockdown, it’s been nice to see people finding ways to celebrate birthdays, baby showers and other occasions again, and of course I’ve loved creating cakes and treats to help put a smile on yours and your guests’ faces too.

Here are just a few of my favourite cakes from the last month:

If you are looking for a wedding cake designer, or cake maker, in the Lincolnshire and Newark area, I would love to hear from you. Send me a message using the form below and I’d be happy to discuss your cake with you.