April 2021 Newsletter
Spring is Sweet
Carolina Cupcakery
Choosing the cake for your wedding is arguably the best part of the entire planning process. Visiting local bakeries, drooling over desserts, and taste testing a wide range of flavors makes for a great pre-wedding date idea.

The wedding cake trends for 2021 offer something for everyone! Some of the top trends include buttercream detailing and single tiered cakes. Pictured above is a cake from Carolina Cupcakery, a bakery located in both Chesapeake and Norfolk.

Check out some more sweet treats below, and even some tips on how to cater to all of your guests' dietary needs and preferences.
The Cake House
2021 Cake Trends
Gigi's Cupcakes
One top trend for 2021 involves opting for something untraditional. With wedding guest lists decreasing in size there is often no need for a large cake. Those who are having small weddings but still want something traditional often opt for a single tier cake, however some are choosing to forgo cakes altogether.

Dessert spreads are more common than ever, like the beautiful spread above from Gigi's Cupcakes!

Want the best of both worlds? Choose a small tiered cake and a dessert spread! Check out this beautiful buttercream top tier with a brownie tower down below.
Carolina Cupcakery
Choosing a Caterer
Dustin Lewis Images, East Beach Catering
Hampton Roads is home to some incredible food. So many wedding venues provide in house food and beverages, but some do not! If yours doesn't, you'll want to do some digging to find the best caterer to match your needs.

One way to find a great caterer? Ask the pros! If your venue doesn't provide food, ask the venue for a list of preferred caterers that are familiar with their location and that they recommend. They'll have incredible insight on what type of food may fit the vibe you're going for. Chances are they've worked with so many local caterers and will be able to provide you with some "behind the scenes" knowledge!

Another thing we can't recommend enough- plan a tasting! Not only is a tasting fun but it's the best way to decide between potential caterers. Sure, their personalities are important but you'll want to schedule a tasting to really see what they can bring to your big day. Check out a few amazing caterers below! From ice sculptures to food trucks, anything is possible!
Catering to your Guests
A fantastic way to be a great host is to really cater to your guests. If you're aware of guests with allergens or dietary preferences (especially if your wedding is small) let them feel seen by giving them options! If you're interested in finding out about your guests' needs, the simplest way is to add this on the invitation by including a line that reads, "Please indicate any dietary requirements."

If you choose a few appetizers, think about adding one that is allergen friendly. This is a super easy way to be inclusive and to let your guests know you're thinking about them. Also- don't forget about the cake! For example, if you have a handful of guests who are vegan, consider adding a vegan treat to your dessert spread.

It's worth being said that you can't please everyone all the time, but it's great to let your guests know that you care about their needs. This is especially important when hosting a small or micro wedding. Let everyone feel welcome!
Sweetwater Catering
Every Bride is a VIB
Studio I Do Bridals
Studio I Do Bridals Very Important Bride Event
April 5th-11th

"Some of Virginia's top wedding professionals will be on site for you to meet while you are shopping for your perfect dress. Before your appointment begins, you will come in early to get your hair and makeup professionally done! During your appointment you & guests will be treated to catered tastings, dessert, champagne, a live DJ, and much more. Our entire Studio will be decorated by lighting, table linens, draping's, fresh flowers and much more! These items are all available to rent for your wedding! Each bride will have a wedding checklist personalized for them and will have their entire experience photographed! ⁠⁠
This is an event unlike any other and we are so excited to spoil you brides!! You must register for this event on our website under our events tab! A stylist will call you to book your appointment once you hit SUBMIT! ⁠⁠
It is $200 to book a VIB Experience appointment, and this fee is non-refundable (just remember that when booking your day and time).

Dragon Studio
The next Showbride event is coming up! Here's all the info you need for this fun event where you can meet amazing vendors:

Date: May 23, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue: Founders Inn & Spa
Website: www.showbride.com
"You will always gain by giving love."
Reese Witherspoon