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Wedding Tip of the Week- Hire a Wedding Planner

Why You Should Hire A Wedding Planner Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillNo, seriously, hire a wedding planner! A wedding is a big production. There are a lot of moving parts, and let’s face it, you’re going to be busy being radiant, and so dealing with the centerpieces just isn’t on your list.

1. Wedding planners are terribly useful when it comes to things like picking vendors, venues, and all sorts of things you wouldn’t necessarily think of yourself. Who else is going to have a rolodex full of florists or know which DJ has the coolest retro vibe? It’s a super time saver to have vendors pre-screened for you.

2. They’re great in an emergency! We’ve had a planner call us at 11am the day of a wedding to say the baker was in a car accident and they needed a cake for a 4pm reception. Can you imagine the poor bride when she got that call?! Fortunately, her planner knew us well and it was easy for her to get in touch with us. Another one of our brides this year had her venue go bankrupt and close. Her wedding planner found her a new venue in just three weeks!

3. Wedding planning is an actual job. Your maid of honor/sister/friend Susie who got married last year is not a professional wedding planner. And although she’s more than happy to help you in any way she can, at the end of the day, she has other things to do than deal with the details of the ceremony or reception (like your bachelorette party and bridal shower!), and probably can’t dial up an emergency babysitter when the flower girl throws up all over the carpet from poaching too many tasty chocolate wedding favors.

If a full wedding planner isn’t in your wedding budget, most planners offer month-of or day-of services. Even that will help make sure your vendors deliver flowers, cake, or food on time, your last dress fitting is scheduled, the name cards are printed, and your cousin with the gluten allergy will get the right meal! If you’re looking for a few suggestions- we love Megan at A Southern Soiree, Chelsey at Gather Together Events, Katie at Events by La Fete, and Amanda at A Swanky Affair!!

 

 

Another year older is just another reason to eat cake!

Here at Sugarland we believe in a cake to celebrate just about any occasion, most of all a birthday. We know not everyone gets super into their birthday, that whole getting another year older thing and all. But even the biggest of birthday non-believers can’t disagree with a good reason to eat cake! Don’t forget, another year older means another year wiser. You can use your newfound wisdom to pick your favorite flavor! After all, we have a lot of options and choosing is hard. So tell us which one you’d pick if it was your birthday! If you need a little inspiration, here’s a few of our favorite birthday cakes we’ve made recently. Let us know what you think in the comments :)

Cirque Du Soleil Birthday Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThis Cirque du Soleil cake features a beautiful ribbon dancer and some pretty groovy colors.

3D Mr Wuf NC State Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillWhat better way to celebrate a Wolfpack fan’s birthday than with a 3D Mr. Wuf cake?!

Kermit the Frog Birthday Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillHow cute is this Kermit the Frog cake?!

murder mystery birthday party cake sugarland raleigh and chapel hillA Murder Mystery party is a great idea for a birthday party!

Minecraft birthday cake sugarland raleigh and chapel hillMinecraft makes a surprisingly cute cake!

Chevron and Swirl Birthday Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillChevrons and Swirls are perfect for a girly sweet 16!

50th birthday paint splatter cake sugarland raleigh and chapel hillJonathan wanted a colorful cake, so we splattered rainbow paint all over it for him!

Wine and Cheese Birthday Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThis cake highlights all the birthday girl’s favorite things!

21st Birthday Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillNo 21st birthday is complete without cake!

Police badge cake sugarland raleigh and chapel hillThis police officer got his badge on top of his cake!

The Giving Tree Birthday Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThe Giving Tree is just as good of a cake as it is a book!

Cat Birthday Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillJulianna and Caroline love cats so we put these cute kitties on their cake!

 

A whisk, a spatula, and a blowtorch?!?

3D Mr. Wuf Cake Making Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillEvery once in a while someone will ask why 3D cakes are so expensive. “It’s just cake!” they say.  Au contraire, mon ami!! Let’s use a cake from this weekend as an example. We were asked to do an NC State “Mr. Wuf” cake for a Bar Mitzvah at The Umstead Hotel in Cary.

3D Mr. Wuf Cake Making Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillWe do, in fact, make a lot of cakes that are  “just cake”. I mean, it’s really good cake, but it’s eggs, and flour, and sugar… you know, “cake”. But, a 3ft tall, standing, baseball playing, wolf…. that’s not “just cake”.

Cake, after all, is not know for its good posture, and convincing it to stand up 3 ft tall is part engineering, a little metal working, and sometimes, um, praying.

3D NC State Mr. Wuf Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillMr. Wuf started with a galvanized steel skeleton. Then, to get his legs in a proper pitcher’s stance,  we used copper pipe and PVC, with lots of cursing and repeat trips to the hardware store. Thanks, Burke Brother’s Hardware!! We couldn’t have done it without you. So, at this point, about 30 hours into the project, we have…… a cake stand.

3D Mr. Wuf Cake Making Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillMr. Wuf’s legs are then made of rice krispies treats and chocolate. Honestly, this part goes a lot quicker when we don’t all stand around eating fresh, warm, rice krispies treats (YUMMM!) Maybe that’s why Joey and Katrina like to work late at night after we’re all gone…. hmmmm.

3D Mr. Wuf Cake Making Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThen, layers of cake, buttercream and chocolate are molded into torso, arms, and head, attached to the skeleton, and Voila!! Mr. Wuf cake!  Okay, it’s really not that simple, but what, you think I’m going to give away trade secrets here?

3D NC State Mr. Wuf Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillIn the end, we think it’s worth it- these cakes are incredible. The perfect piece-de resistance for a once in a lifetime event. If a giant, 3D cake isn’t in your budget though- no worries! We have some spectacular cakes in all prices ranges that taste just as delicious as a three-foot-tall Mr. Wuf!

3D Mr. Wuf Cake Making Sugarland Raleigh Chapel Hill

Wedding Tip of the Week #6- Beware the Jobbyist

Wedding Cake FailSo, we’ve chatted a little bit about DIY weddings, and so today I wanted to take a minute to introduce you to – The Jobbyist. The jobbyist has a hobby. All the jobbyist’s friends tell him that he’s awesome. So they start to think about baking/photography/floral design/DJing/wedding planning as a way to pick up a little cash.  They launch their Facebook page that all of their friends “like”. Then the jobbyist gets a website, and some of them are pretty sexy, because the jobbyist has a lot of time to work on it, since he’s not terribly busy making cake/arranging flowers/ shooting pictures etc.

The jobbyist is fun to hire!! They’re super enthusiastic, and oh, by the way, their prices seem amazing.

But here’s the thing, the jobbyist may or may not have the slightest clue what they’re doing. Look closely. Are all the wedding planner jobbyist’s pictures from 1 or 2 weddings? Have you looked up their online reviews? Everybody has a couple of friends and family who will say nice things about them.

To make sure your wedding professional is truly professional, check out a few things:

1- Online reviews- 100 reviews with a 4 star average is a better bet than 4 5 star reviews.

2- Check the Secretary of State’s website. Businesses with Tax ID’s, insurance and all their licensing in place are usually registered as an LLC partnership or S-corporation.

3-Referrals/Media- Your wedding venue and magazines like Southern Bride and Groom are a great place to start.  A venue won’t want the liability of an uninsured amateur on the premises, and industry magazines always want the best of the best in their glossy pages.

In North Carolina, there are a lot of great wedding vendors who work out of a home office, so that’s not, by itself, something to worry about, but before you sign on for a “too-good-to-be-true” price for wedding services, do a little homework, and you’ll save a lot of heartbreak!

Happy Wedding Season!

 

 

 

Best Bakeries in the Triangle

Blue Ombre Wedding CakeWe don’t mean to toot our own horn, but we’ve got some exciting news to share! (toot toot) WRAL.com, a prime place for finding local hot spots in the community, likes to pick their favorite spots in the Triangle and share with the community. Today they announced the Best Bakeries in the Triangle, and guess who made the list? That’s right, yours truly!

Sugarland made the five faves for bakeries, and we’re thrilled to share the good news with you, our loyal Sugarfans! We’re just gushing over the announcement, we love to hear that you enjoy all our yummy treats. Was it our delicious cupcakes, fresh gelato, special house blend of coffee, or yummy frozen cocktails that helped us make the list? Who knows, but we’re sure glad you all like what we’re making! Head on over and enjoy a tasty treat from a top five bakery in the Triangle- we’ve got fresh, delicious pastries just waiting for you!

Nerdtastic Cakes!!

We are totally on board with the nerdy population right now. From the Potterheads to the Whovians, we love us some nerds. They always want awesome cakes, and we are thrilled to make them! Seriously- what’s better than a cake version of the USS Enterprise?!? It’s perhaps only slightly less awesome than a “Woman of Science” cake, get this, for a four-year-old’s birthday. Nerd is a lifestyle, not a label, and you gotta start ’em young! Nerd cakes are some of our favorite cakes to make, so we hope you enjoy looking at these as much as we enjoyed making them! Breaking Bad Birthday Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThis Breaking Bad cake is awesome for chemistry lovers!

Star Wars R2D2 Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillR2D2 has never looked quite so tasty!

Harry Potter Golden Snitch Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillHow awesome is that Golden Snitch for a Harry Potter fan?

Women of Science Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThis is a super science-y cake that is perfect for an aspiring young nerd!

Pacman Birthday Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillPacman is one of the original video game nerd favorites- and looks awesome on a cake! Waka waka waka!

Star Trek USS Enterprise Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillThe USS Enterprise is off to the final frontier- your plate!

Jane Austen Cake Sugarland Raleigh Chapel HillBook nerds will love Jane Austen- a class book and a gorgeous cake!

Minecraft Birthday Cake SUgarland Raleigh Chapel HillMinecraft looks pretty awesome on a cake!