FRESH FLOWERS ON YOUR WEDDING CAKE. .tips for DIY
Adding Fresh Flowers to your Wedding Cake
Many brides are opting for fresh flowers on the wedding cake, especially if is plain. It is economical and ties the cake in with the bridal bouquet and its pretty. Usually there are plenty of flowers, bits and pieces, broken off rose buds, etc, to completely decorate the top and sides of the cake. You can ask the florist to save rose petals as she works with your bouquets and then scatter them around the cake.
Two methods for decorating your wedding cake with fresh flowers are: 1.Take a selection of loose flowers to the ceremony and add them one at a time, or 2.premake a topper and simply set it on the top layer at the venue. Sometimes the cake does not arrive at the venue until the very last moment so a pre-made topper can be very handy.
In this top photo there is a large selection of flowers from the wedding that were added to the cake at the last minute. This is pretty and time consuming but allows for lots of dainty little trailers on the layers.You will want to build up the height of the topper with filler flowers and foliage then set your large focal point flowers around. Be sure to decorate all sides of the cake.
Other photos are examples of some elaborate cake toppers such as the fall topper with roses and miniature fruits. For this wedding the cake was not to arrive until just before the ceremony so all the decorations needed to be pre-made. A topper was constructed but also small clusters of roses, foliage and minature fruits were taped together so someone in the bridal party could add them easily. This kind of cake topper can be heavy and do some damage to the top layer so if you plan on saving your top tier discuss this with the florist.
You can create your own cake topper and perhaps save a little money. If it is rather elaborate like the green and yellow cake we show here, you will want to construct it in advance. Use a round plastic disc like a coffee can lid, preferably white and no larger than the top layer.( Probably about 5 inches in diameter.) Buy a block of fresh flower foam at Michaels and some fastening floral tape. Cut the foam to fit the disk and tape it securely, then drop the entire thing in a sink of water and let it soak a few minutes.
You are ready to insert your flower stems. Start with some greens that you direct downward to cover the edges of the lid as well as the foam. When you are finished with it, encase it into a plastic bag and put it in the refrigerator. It’s important to keep it tightly covered to protect it from food gases and cold streams of air.
If this seems to time consuming you can get a beautiful simple effect with perhaps three large open roses or a calla lily placed on the top of the cake and repeated on the layers. Sometimes we tuck a rose leaf or an ivy leaf under the blooms to accent them, or even drape an ivy stem down the side.
Another easy approch is shown here with the yellow spray roses dotted on each corner with a touch of greenery and some white freesia blooms. This is economical too, as spray roses have lots of little buds and you will only need a couple of stems. We accented the flowers with small ivy leaves.
You can arrange any remaining flowers around the base of the cake with scattered rose petals. Usually there are utensils, possibly napkins and plates on the cake table which look pretty if you tuck a rose bud around them to carry out the theme.
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