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April 2014 - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning

We Investigate: 3 Designers In the Running for Kim Kardashian’s Wedding Dress

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Apr 302014
Kim Kardashian Wedding Dress Designer

Photo: Getty Images

While she may already be officially married to Kanye West, Kim Kardashian is just T-25 days until her blowout Parisian bash. In preparation of the big day, the reality star jetted to Paris to meet up with old friend and tennis pro Serena Williams. The two went shopping for what we can only assume is Kim's highly-anticipated wedding dress. During their girls' day, the ladies were spotted at the luxe hotel Le Meurice and celeb-loved bistro L'Avenue for lunch, as well as a few designers' ateliers. We can't help but wonder whether she was attending fittings for the dress (or three) at these high-profile, high-fashion (and Kanye-approved) couturiers.

Here, the designers we believe will make Kimmie's most important outfit yet — and why.

Balmain: The first stop on Kim's Parisian romp with gal pal Serena? Balmain. The two spent more than an hour at the design house, run by Olivier Rousteing, who's friends with both Kim and Kanye. (The couple met with him during their trip to the City of Light last month!) Plus, Kim has been wearing a suspicious amount of Balmain lately — so much so, that fans have sketched her wearing one of the most memorable looks.

Lanvin: Along with Rousteing, the future Mr. and Mrs. West also met with Alber Elbaz, creative director of Lanvin, during their Parisian jaunt. Kim made a follow-up visit to the Lanvin HQ with Serena, which is why we have a feeling the storied French fashion house might be at the top of the star's list. Also, let's not forget she's wearing a bridal-inspired Lanvin gown on her controversial Vogue cover.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on Vogue

Photo: Annie Leibovitz/Vogue

Azzedine Alaïa: The last stop on Kardashian's shopping spree: Azzedine Alaïa's showrooms. Like Balmain, Kim has been rocking a ton of Alaïa lately — vintage Alaïa no less! She also received a personal tour of the fashion house's Palais Galliera exhibition by Mr. Alaia himself just three months ago and subsequently freaked out on Instagram about it.

Case in point: During their walk through the Galliera, Kim snapped a photo and wrote the caption, "Thank you Mr. Alaia for taking me to the Palais Galliera to see your iconic exhibition! Love you!!!"

And she also posted a picture of a few Alaïa archives with the note: "Every single Alaia dress from the exhibit today, even if made decades ago is still wearable today!!! #timeless"

All three are very, very likely possibilities for Kim's wedding dress. And while one may come out on top, we have a feeling all three are contributing some sort of couture to her big day. We can't wait to see what she ends up wearing come May 24!

5 Real Brides Reveal Their Biggest Wedding Day Surprise

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Apr 302014
Brides Biggest Wedding Day Surprises

Photo: Katy Gray

Let's face it: No matter how much planning and preparation you put into your big day, there's bound to be a few surprises that pop up — for better or worse. From the aww to the aww sh*t, these five brides are confessing their biggest wedding day surprises.

See More: 7 Real Brides Reveal Their Biggest Wedding Planning Regret

An Unexpected Gift from Dad
"My biggest surprise was a gold coin necklace that my dad gave me right before we walked down the aisle. My now husband's dad had given it to me the day I was born when he and their family came to visit me. My dad had kept it in our safety deposit box all those years, and I never knew about it. It was such an amazing reminder that I was truly about to marry my soulmate!" — Sarah, 26

No Time to Eat
"My biggest wedding surprise was how I didn't get to eat any of our wedding food. I was expecting to sit down and have a meal with my new hubby, but between all of the guests it was such a whirlwind that it was time to go before we could enjoy our food. We ended up ordering room service later because we were so hungry." — Heidi, 28

It Went By Too Fast
"No matter how many people told me the wedding would fly by, I wasn't ready for it! Looking back, I felt like there were so many people that I don't know if I even said hello to them all. I had short term wedding memory loss, I guess because of the adrenaline." — Melissa, 26

See More: 6 Wedding Traditions You Shouldn't Feel Bad About Skipping

So Many Emotions (And Tears!)
"My biggest wedding day surprise was probably how weirdly emotional I got before the ceremony. Everything was fine and I felt great. Then while I was getting my hair done and my sister asked me what sandwiches we were ordering for lunch, I suddenly felt a sea of emotions and just started crying in front of all my bridesmaids. They didn't really know what to do, and I had no idea why I was crying — scared, anxious, happy? Just too many weird emotions going on at once and they decided to come pouring out at that moment. I had no idea that would happen. I thought if anything I would cry at the ceremony, but I was totally calm and composed for that." — Vanessa, 27

A Last-Minute Change of Venue
"Everyone seems to get a kick out of this. I got married the day before a hurricane at the beach! The venue literally had to be changed two hours before the ceremony was supposed to start. I was amazed by how calm I remained. It's a lot of work for everything to change and then be over in the blink of an eye." — Megan, 29

Apr 302014
Olivia Palermo Brides in Monique Lhuillier

Photo: Matt Jones for BRIDES

If there's one thing our June/July cover girl Olivia Palermo knows, it's style. The star has garnered a serious fashion following thanks to her enviably chic ensembles. So naturally, we can't wait to see what kind of wedding dress she'll wear when she marries her equally gorgeous fiancé German model and photographer Johannes Huebl. In the meantime, though, we have our stunning fashion spread of her in everything from a short ruffled Marchesa dress to a billowing blush Monique Lhuillier gown.

To help speed up the dress shopping experience, we're taking Palermo's own advice and looking to the most recent runways for the designs that would look best on the beloved bride-to-be and cover star. Here, our picks from the Spring 2015 bridal runways for Palermo.

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Olivia Palermo Dress Predictions

Photo: John Aquino and Steve Eichner

Monique Lhuillier
Olivia loves her layers. What better way to satisfy that signature of hers than with a dress that features a removable tulle overskirt? Also, the lace illusion sleeves look as polished as one of her many chic jackets.

"Karlotta" white Chantilly lace A-line wedding dress with with a portrait neckline, illusion long sleeves, and an embellished tulle overskirt, Monique Lhuillier

Reem Acra Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Olivia Palermo Dress Predictions

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone

Reem Acra
In addition to layers, Olivia tends to wear sleeves, which is why this Reem Acra look would be another fitting choice. The stark contrast between the delicate lace bodice and skirt also creates the illusion of separates, another personal fave of Palermo's.

Crepe sheath wedding dress with an embroidered illusion bodice and long sleeves, Reem Acra

Jenny Packham Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Olivia Palermo Dress Predictions

Photo: Robert Mitra

Jenny Packham
If Olivia is to change into a shorter dress for the reception, we totally see her rocking this metallic shift from Jenny Packham. The high neck and heavy, armor-like embellishments make it both on-trend and high-fashion.

Wedding dress by Jenny Packham

Marchesa Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Olivia Palermo Dress Predictions

Photo: Robert Mitra

This Marchesa mermaid gown is a more polished option for Palermo. The three quarter length sleeves give coverage, while the antique lace and subtle trumpet skirt make for a very sweet, understated, and, of course, stylish bridal look.

Fully embroidered corded lace mermaid wedding dress with a bateau neckline and elbow-length sleeves, Marchesa

Vera Wang Spring 2015 Wedding Dress - Olivia Palermo Dress Predictions

Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang

Vera Wang
If Olivia wants to go for full-on fashion, this slim-fitting long-sleeve lace sheath from Vera Wang is just the ticket. Both bridal and couture, this gown would fit right into Olivia's sure-to-be cosmopolitan ceremony and reception.

Chantilly lace sheath wedding dress with hand applique corded lace details and long sleeves, Vera Wang

A Fresh Way to Use Wedding Flowers: Boutonnieres for Your Guests!

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Apr 302014

Traditionally, boutonnieres and corsages are given to members of the wedding party, close family members, ushers, and ceremony readers as a way to honor them during the wedding. But essentially everyone loves flowers, so why not give every guest their own floral accessory? More and more couples are creating a DIY station where guests can create their own boutonniere, corsage, or floral crown to wear throughout the ceremony and reception. It's a fun way to keep guests busy, plus, your wedding photos will wind up being full of color and whimsy.

Here, a few examples of real brides' floral stations.

At Jill and Matt's wedding (she and a friend co-own the wonderful San Francisco flower shop Studio Choo), she made boutonnieres, corsages, and hair pins out of assorted silk flowers and vintage fixings in the weeks leading up to the wedding and displayed them, along with fresh blossoms, for the guests to put on as they entered the wedding venue.

make your own corsage station

Photo: Leah Verwey

For their laid-back Oregon wedding, the bride and groom set up a "build your own corsage" table so guests could create their own rustic floral crown or boutonniere to wear during the celebration.

DIY flower bar

Photo: Flory Photo

And lastly, at Natalie Bowen's wedding (she's another talented florist also based in San Francisco), she set out trays of freshly cut flowers, along with hair pins, boutonniere pins, and a sign encouraging guests to get creative. You'll get a kick out of seeing everyone wearing flowers in their own unique way.

A Vibrant Multicultural Wedding at the Chicago Illuminating Company

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Apr 302014
Bride and Groom Indian Wedding in Chicago

Photo: Okrfoto

Megha and Adam's wedding bucked tradition from the beginning. "We didn't have a proposal or an engagement," reveals Megha. "We decided to get married, talked to our parents about it over dinner one evening, then went to City Hall with our families and did the deed!" But that doesn't mean this couple was going to skip the celebration. They spent the next year planning a wedding that honored their Indian and Jewish heritages, minus the pressure of impending nuptials.

Over the course of two days the weekend of June 21st, 2013, Adam and Megha celebrated with 260 guests, and every detail was captured by Oriana Koren of Okrfoto.

Red and Gold Wedding Saree

Photo: Okrfoto

Megha's red-and-gold saree was purchased in India. "We got lucky and found it on our first day of shopping," says the bride.

Bride's Wedding Henna Beaded Bridal Headpiece

Photo: Okrfoto

She paired her traditional henna with bright red toenail polish and beautifully beaded jewelry, and kept her hair and makeup simple.

Red and Gold Wedding Bangles Bride in a Red and Gold Wedding Saree

Photo: Okrfoto

The bride's red-and-gold bangles, bracelets, and necklaces matched the saturated hues of her saree, accented with touches of green.

Groom at a Hindu Wedding Ceremony Hindu Jewish Wedding Ceremony Hindu Wedding Ceremony

Photo: Okrfoto

The ceremony took place at Megha's family's home near Chicago. Both a rabbi and a Hindu priest officiated over the union.

Hindu Wedding Ceremony Bride and Groom at a Hindu Wedding Ceremony near Chicago Bride and Groom at a Hindu-Jewish Wedding Ceremony

Photo: Okrfoto

Traditional Jewish and Hindu rituals, including the taking of seven steps and the sharing of a glass of wine after the Seven Blessings.

Bride in a Colorful Wedding Saree in Chicago Groom in a Blue Suit with a Nehru Collar

Photo: Okrfoto

For the reception the next day, Megha wore a more modern saree, with shades of green, pink, orange, and gold, as well as beaded peacock earrings. Adam wore a custom suit, with a Nehru collar and blue velvet trim.

Bossa Nova Wedding Band in Chicago

Photo: Okrfoto

The reception, at Chicago's Illuminating Company, began with cocktails in the courtyard. "We loved having both indoor and outdoor spaces, and getting to move guests from one space to another for each moment of the evening," says Megha.

Music was incredibly important to the couple, who had Bossa Tres, a Bossa Nova band, play as guests sipped Negronis.

Wedding Reception at Chicago Illuminating Company Wedding Centerpiece with Orchids and Lemons

Photo: Okrfoto

Sleek gray linens and gold chairs were contrasted with tropical centerpieces that mixed orchids and birds of paradise with lots of greenery and fresh fruit. "Our main colors were fuchsia, orange, green, and gold," says the bride, "so using plants and fruits instead of only flowers really helped transform the space.

Colorful Flower and Plant Wedding Centerpiece Black and Gold Escort Card Display

Photo: Okrfoto

The bride and groom's mothers created the black and gold escort card board. "We loved having that handmade element," says Megha.

Wedding Reception at Chicago Illuminating Company Dhol Drummer at an Indian Wedding in Chicago Wedding Reception in Chicago

Photo: Okrfoto

During dinner, guests listened to a mix of reggae music while they visited food stations featuring South Indian and Mexican cuisines, like lamb curry and chicken mole. "We didn't want anyone to be hungry at the end of the night," says Megha, "so we encouraged everyone to try everything!" As a surprise, a drummer playing a traditional dhol led guests from the dining room to the dance floor. "It was amazing to turn around and see all of our guests dancing like crazy. It captured the joy we felt all evening."

Even though they had technically already been married for a year, Megha and Adam were thrilled to be able to decompress in Kauai. "Wedding planning can be overwhelming," says Megha. "The best advice I got was to take care of as much as possible, communicate well with our families and, two or three days before the wedding, let it all go and just have fun. Even the 'mistakes' will be cherished as fun memories!"

Ceremony Venue: The Bride's Home || Reception Venue: Chicago Illuminating Company || Bride's Wedding Dress: Purchased in Bangalore, India || Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti || Jewelry: Family Heirlooms, Vintage || Hair: Smith & Davis Salon || Wedding Bands: Bride - Barneys New York, Groom - Christopher Duquet || Florist: Kehoe Designs || Invitations & Paper Goods: Vik Agadi of Agadi Design || Music: Cocktail Hour - Bossa Tres, Reception - Furious Styles || Catering & Rentals: Entertaining Company || Photography: Okrfoto

Want, Need, Love: 5 Finds for the Artsy Bride

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Apr 302014
Want Need Love Picks for Artsy Brides

Photos: Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of One Fine Stay, Paperless Post, Bonnie and Neil, Natalie Stopka, Temperley Bridal

In the world of weddings, an artsy bride is kind of a rare, wonderful breed. (Admittedly, there's some pressure to go the classic route.) And while we love the classic bride and her elegant, crisp wedding, we also dig the boho girl who wants a groovier organic look with painterly details and nods to her design-hunting lifestyle. So we had a blast finding a few cool items for her year as the bride-to-be.

The Invite
First off, we found the perfect high-aesthetic/low-cost engagement party invite: "Coupling," by famous West Coast interior and fashion designer Kelly Wearstler. (The invite was named before Gwyneth and Chris's breakup, BTW.) It's part of Wearstler's first wedding collection, launched just a few weeks ago on Paperless Post. "[The collection] mixes the raw with the refined and evokes a handsome luxury and soulful spirit," she says. We really like the sound of that.

See More: 10 Classic Registry Items with a Modern Twist

The Bachelorette Party
Next up, the bachelorette party — in Paris, of course. Where to stay? We're blown away by this amazing duplex on Rue Charlot in Le Marais. It's for rent via OneFineStay, a sort of upscale Airbnb that lets you shack up in gorgeous private homes in New York, London, and — as of fall 2013 — Paris and L.A. when their owners are out of town. The Rue Charlot property is located in the city's most fashiony nabe, sleeps up to five of your besties, and is just a 10-minute walk from Centre Pompidou, France's national museum for modern art. Tip: OneFineStay doesn't accept reservations for parties, so don't broadcast the fact that you're there to celebrate your last days as a single lady. Drink your French 75s responsibly, ladies.

The Registry
We went for something splashier than white-on-white bone china. This splatter-painted stoneware by one of Australia's most renowned indie design studios also comes in blue or black — but we love the pink!

See More: Olivia Palermo's Most Wedding-Worthy Hairstyles

The Day-Of Detail
We're obsessed with these hand-marbled ribbons that New York-based book-and-textile artist Natalie Stopka started making this year. They're great for wrapping gifts, favors, and glass votives — but we really like them for tying romantic bridesmaids' bouquets.

The Dress
Even though this super-feminine '20s-style ethereal gown by Temperley was first shown in 2008, its beauty is timeless (love the cutouts!), so much so that it was chosen to be part of London's Victoria & Albert Museum's exhibit "Wedding Dresses 1775-2014," debuting this coming Saturday, May 3. Displayed chronologically over two floors, bridal attire is the sole focus of the exhibit, which celebrates designs by Jenny Packham, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Lanvin, and Vera Wang. For the quintessential artsy wedding, wear a work of art.

Clockwise from top left: Paris rental, approx. $793 per night (two-night minimum); onefinestay.com. "Coupling" invitation, Kelly Wearstler for Paperless Post, from $270 for 100; paperlesspost.com. Large ceramic plate in "watercolour pink," $85; bonnieandneil.com.au. Hand-marbled ribbon, $15 for a variety pack of five, NatalieAsIs; etsy.com, or nataliestopka.com for custom colors and yardage. Temperley Bridal "Jean" dress, $3,725; temperleylondon.com.

Watch Brides Live: Million Dollar Wedding Episode 4 (Fire Up Those Registry Guns!)

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Apr 302014

In the fourth installation, Brides Live: Million Dollar Wedding unleashes our final three couples on Target where they holster scanner guns, compile a registry wishlist, and compete to win all the stylish details they want (and need!) for their new homes.

Walking the couples through their registry experience is Target wedding registry expert, Brit Morin of Brit & Co., who helps each couples identify home essentials and offers the dos and don'ts when it comes to registering. The first: Register for gifts at a range of prices points to accommodate your guests' varying budgets. Another tip: Stay true to who you are as a couple when selecting registry items. If you'd get more use out of a camping tent than a standing mixer — go for it!

After Brit guides each bride-and-groom-to-be through linens, appliances, and kitchen gadgets, the grooms get blindfolded for a guessing game that requires each bride quickly to describe registry items to their fiancés. The prize at stake? A $500 gift card from Target.

Press play, above, to see who won, and don't forget to tune in to Episode 5 on May 7! To learn more about Brides Live Wedding and vote for all of the wedding-day details, click here!

Get the Scoop on George Clooney’s Proposal to Amal Alamuddin, Her Huge Ring, and More!

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Apr 302014
George Clooney Amal Alamuddin Engaged

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We're practically still in disbelief that avowed bachelor George Clooney proposed to girlfriend Amal Alamuddin this past weekend, but details keep rolling in to confirm the news. Case in point: There's brand-new information on the engagement ring and how Clooney popped the question.

People obtained exclusive photos of the newly-betrothed duo at a private dinner on April 27, just five days after Clooney's proposal. Alamuddin wore her enormous engagement ring to the dinner, where they dined with Cindy Crawford and her husband.

Alamuddin's new bling is an estimated 7-carat emerald-cut ethically mined diamond flanked by tapered baguettes. The platinum-set ring is a perfect choice for an accomplished lawyer about to marry the king of Hollywood — it's jaw-dropping in size, but still elegant.

See more: Bachelors Gone Good: How Love Changed George Clooney, Adam Levine & Matthew McConaughey

And it turns out Clooney is surprisingly traditional: People reports that the actor got down on one knee after visiting Alamuddin's family in Dubai in March. The visit was obviously a sterling success, given the ensuing proposal.

"They found George very easy to get along with, cool," a family member tells People of the meeting. "They felt at ease with him immediately."

Though Clooney and Alamuddin only started dating a few months ago, Clooney quickly realized he had found the one after a string of gorgeous girlfriends.

On Monday, Alamuddin's law firm offered its congratulations to the Oxford-educated lawyer. "The barristers and staff of Doughty Street Chambers offer their best wishes and congratulations to Ms. Amal Alamuddin, a member of Chambers, and Mr. George Clooney on their engagement to be married," the firm stated.

And now, with solid proof that Clooney put a ring on it, we can only hope that wedding planning is underway!

From a Private Yacht to a Megaresort: 4 Types of Cruises to Consider for Your Honeymoon

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Apr 302014
Cruise Honeymoon Ideas

Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Beachcombers/Paul Gauguin Cruises

Who says you have to stay in one place to have a relaxing honeymoon? Do a cruise and you can explore a ton of ports and unpack only once.

The Private Yacht
You don't have to be Beyoncé and Jay Z to sail the Caribbean on your own (sort of) boat. The BVI Charter Yacht Society will take you through the turquoise waters of the British Virgin Islands on anything from a masted monohull to a fully crewed power yacht. You set the agenda, which means you can check into the spa at the exclusive Peter Island Resort, have a romantic wade through the grottoes on Virgin Gorda, and enjoy a candlelit dinner of Anegada lobster on a deserted beach all at your own pace, with no one to disturb your afternoon siestas.
Passengers: Just you and your groom
What You'll Pay: All-inclusive seven-day charter from $6,000 for two; bvicrewedyachts.com.

The Small Ship
Who wouldn't want all the perks of a big boat — loads of dining options, top-tier entertainment, a spa — without the crowds? Sailing the Mediterranean and Latin America, Paul Gauguin Cruises' year-old Tere Moana has a restaurant helmed by Jean-Pierre Vigato, chef of the two-Michelin-starred Apicius in Paris, and a militant all- inclusive ethos (as in no tips, free drinks, and complimentary water sports). The best part: You can pull into tiny ports that those big ships only dream of, like Ithaca, Greece, and the UNESCO World Heritage town of Kotor, Montenegro.
Passengers: 90
What You'll Pay: All-inclusive seven-day sails from $5,390 for two; pgcruises.com.

The Midsize Ship
If you're looking for a little more room to move, Seabourn's three youngest ships, Quest, Sojourn, and Odyssey, each clock in at 650 feet long. Every cabin is a suite stocked with personalized stationery and your fave boozy beverages. But despite their size, the ships retain a communal vibe, especially at yoga and Pilates classes and movie nights on the open-air deck. Our advice: Choose an itinerary with a marina day, when the crew drops anchor and unfurls a cage pool into the sea so you can swim, kayak, and water-ski without fear of fish nips.
Passengers: 450
What You'll Pay: All-inclusive seven-day sailings from $4,630 for two; seabourn.com.

The Big Ship
Picture a floating megaresort with the attitude of a Miami nightclub and you've got a good idea of what's in store for you on the new 1,751-room, 1,094-foot-long MSC Divina. Onboard, you'll find a bowling alley, an infinity pool, and an "aqua park" with the longest waterslide at sea. And that doesn't include what's happening in port: four islands in seven days, launching out of Miami, so you can get outta Dodge in hours, not days.
Passengers: 3,502
What You'll Pay: All-inclusive seven-day sailings from $1,600 for two; msccruises.com.

Make it even easier!
"If you book your cruise through a travel agent, not only will she be able to alert you to deep discounts — yes, even on the expensive lines — she can work her contacts to get you upgrades and freebies like airfare and shore excursions," says Betsy Donley, of Camelback Odyssey Travel in Phoenix.

So what are you waiting for? Get cruisin'!

Is a Small Wedding Cake a No-No? I Know Most of My Guests Won’t Want a Slice

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Apr 302014
ruffled wedding cake

Photo: Corbin Gurkin

It's true—not everyone loves cake. So if you think some of your guests might pass on a slice, can you save money by ordering a smaller wedding cake? That would potentially cut down on wasted food, too. Our etiquette experts are here to answer your wedding-cake questions in our daily post.

I'm pretty sure that not everyone at our wedding will want a slice of wedding cake. We don't want to waste money, so is it OK if I order a smaller cake?

If the wedding cake is meant to be the main dessert for the night, then we recommend ordering a cake large enough to feed all of your guests. Even though you're guessing there may be a handful of guests who may not want a slice, it's not worth the risk of running out. The last thing you'd want is for some guests to get to enjoy your wedding confection, while others are left wanting. If you're on a tight budget, then consider ordering a smaller, fancier cake for your cake-cutting ceremony, then have your baker provide frosted but undecorated sheet cakes of the same flavor and filling. They can slice them up behind closed doors before serving them to your guests—they'll never know the difference. However, if you are serving wedding cake in addition to a variety of other sweets, talk to your baker—he or she might advise ordering about 25 fewer slices for a 150-guest head count since there's a bigger chance that some guests will be full from the other sweets.

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