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Summer Wedding Trends

Trends & Tips to Planning a Summer Wedding Like a Pro – A Guest Post by David Tutera

Hi, I’m David Tutera and I’m thrilled to be sharing summer wedding trends and tips with you today. Planning a summer wedding allows you to celebrate your special day during one of the most beautiful times of year. Your wedding day is all about the celebration of your love and you want to make sure to tell that story by letting your personality shine through every little detail of your day.

If you join the many brides and grooms who take advantage of the weather and setting a summer wedding offers, then you want to be sure it goes off without a hitch and keep in mind some of the top tips and trends I’m sharing to plan your summer wedding like a pro.

The Perfect Accessories

Accessories are the essence of you and can bring out your personality and your overall wedding style through a variety of additions. Add some pizzazz to bridal fashion or bouquets with a beautiful bling brooch or make a statement with a stylish belt that gives your gown just the right amount of sparkle.

And the accessories don’t stop there. This summer, when it comes to hair, brides and bridal parties are opting for chic accents like floral hair combs or delicate gold leaf hair vines crawling along a low bun or a free flowing hairstyle to add the look of ethereal elegance.

Bouquets are one of the most important accessories that complete a wedding day look. Take advantage of adding a little personality to your bouquet with shiny accents or a bold pop by wrapping the stem with fabrics like my applique lace wrap with a pop of bling. Some brides even choose to nix flowers all together for a more unique approach with an all bling bouquet made of floral brooches and crystal picks!

‘Props’ to the Bride

Take advantage of special items that make for the perfect photo opp in the summer months–think outdoor photos of the couple surrounded by a botanical garden while holding a charming vintage parasol, or a picture perfect wedding gown hanging from a personalized “Bride” hanger on a sun-drenched day.

These small details make a meaningful impact and even more memorable photos for years to come.

Floral and Décor

With the summer months, comes very hot and humid temperatures in many regions, and the last thing you want to see are the flowers you spent so much money on wilt from the heat. Fear not! I am happy to share that there are so many stylish alternatives that can save your wallet and your worries!

When planning your floral scheme, not only should you look for blooms that can withstand the heat, but you should also consider mixing both real and faux flowers into bouquets and centerpieces, like the roses and peonies from my collection at Michaels. You’d be surprised at how real they look and the fact that they last far beyond the wedding day makes for a great memory for you and your guests.

Specifically trending this summer are greenery focused weddings with beautiful, organic elements and metallics making a bold statement alongside traditional floral. To achieve this look, add touches of faux greenery like succulents and metallic accents like gold eucalyptus leaves into bouquets and reception décor.

It’s only the smallest of details and personal touches like these that will give your wedding a great ‘wow’ factor for your dollar, while creating a bigger impact overall that you and your guests will appreciate and remember for years to come!



Michaels Makers July Challenge: DIY Trends

From tie-dyeing to macramé, pineapple prints, tassels & pom poms, there are so many hot DIY trends we’re seeing in our social feeds, magazines and even fashion. This month for our Michaels Makers July challenge, we asked them to share what trend they’re currently loving! Check out all of their DIY trends below and make sure you leave a comment with what trend YOU love.


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2015 Wilton Sweet Up

Just a couple of weeks ago I had the honor of joining some of our Michaels Makers at the Wilton Sweet Up where we learned about new delicious trends and innovations in the baking world. We even got to try out some of their brand new products!

On the first night, we got to mingle with other bloggers and test out some sweet treats. Wilton’s team presented their top baking and decorating trends of 2015:


I’m really excited about incorporating watercolor into baking. It’s such a beautiful art… why not use it to decorate your baked treats as well? And some of those flavor combinations sound sultry and delightful. These trends are really about elevating your flavors and designs.

We were given samples of the marvelous merveilleux – a meringue sandwich with layers of whipped cream that was rolled in sprinkles. It was light and airy and the perfect sweet bite.

smore truffle

Next we sampled a s’mores truffle. This one hails from the Dessert Mashups Remix trend… turning a classic dessert into a new form. The center of the truffle was a mini marshmallow that is coated in S’mores Candy Melts (coming soon!) and then rolled in graham cracker crumbs. How easy is that?

Lastly, they unveiled the 2015 Cake of the Year. This year’s theme was “Celebration of Women” and I think this cake represents that just perfectly.2015 Cake of the Year2015 Cake of the YearOn day 2 of the Sweet Up, we were up bright and early for somehands-on sessions. We started off with The Art of Cookie Decorating with Amber of Sweet Ambs. She is one talented cookie decorator! Here are just a few of her designs:

Sweet Ambs CookiesSweet Ambs CookiesShe showed us how to outline and flood a cookie with royal icing. It actually wasn’t as difficult as it looks! The trick is to move quickly or your icing will start to dry before you are done decorating! We used Wilton’s new Color Right Performance Color System to tint our royal icing. This system gives you the exact formulations to create specific colors. No more guessing and trying when you have to make a second batch of frosting!

These were my first attempts:Color Right SystemAfter our cookie decorating session, we packed up and headed over to the Wilton School of Decorating for a lesson in boozy baking. 

Mega Mini Muffin PanWe made White Russian Cookie Cups, as well as Bloody Mary Muffins with a compound butter. We used the new Perfect Results pans which feature a Mega Cookie Pan & Mega Mini Muffin Pan. If you’ve ever need to bake for a large event, you’ll want to get these pronto!Boozy BakingWhite Russian Cookie CupsGiggles Galore, Love the Day, Just Destiny & I paused for a Sweet Up Selfie.sweet-up-selfieAnother fun innovation that Wilton introduced to us was their new Treatology™ Flavor System. These are concentrated gourmet flavorings that enhance icing, cake batter, cookies, dessert fillings and more. We had a blind taste test, and all of the combinations were just delicious! I really can’t wait to use these in my baking.

Wilton TreatologyOur last session of the day was with Jenny Keller of Jenny Cookies.  Not only is she a cookie decorating pro, she is an all-star at creating jaw-dropping dessert tables and partyscapes. After a quick tutorial, we were let loose on a dessert table decorating challenge. I think our team did a pretty fantastic job.Dessert TableDessert TableDessert Table

Our team won the “Brave” award for being extra resourceful. It was a sweet ending to our time at Wilton.

Have you used any of these trends in your baking adventures? Which are you most excited to try?