7 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Your Wedding Cake

Number 1: Why white cakes?

Why are most wedding cakes white? As with most things wedding related, the color of the wedding cake is all about symbolism. Just like the dress, the white cake symbolizes the purity and virginity of the bride. So all those parents out there who get all worked up about their little girl wearing white to the wedding and then have no problem with a colorful explosion of a wedding cake…yeah… For our two cents, it’s either go all out with the tradition and symbolism or say to heck with it and have the wedding that you want. It is 2013, after all, right?

Number 2: Symbolism

Adding insult to injury, the venerable tradition of the wedding cake was not even what we currently think of as cake until the Victorian era. At its earliest beginnings in Ancient Rome, the wedding cake was a “cake” of grain that was broken over the bride’s or sometimes the couple’s head(s) as (yet another) fertility symbol and wish. Later it became a “bride’s pie,” which could be extremely elaborate, sometimes including live animals like birds, or even snakes!

Number 3: History

Not only did Queen Victoria, venerable style icon that she was, set the tone for many of our attitudes about marriage and life in general, she even helped popularize the wedding cake itself. Queen Victoria’s wedding included an extremely elaborate cake with pure white icing and royal figures made out of said icing. The type of icing used on Queen Victoria’s cake is what today is called Royal Icing, so called because it was first popularized by a queen. Although now less popular on wedding cakes, this confection is still used in a number of applications including cookies, gingerbread houses, and any other place where a pure white, hard icing is called for.





Number 4: Grooms Cake

On the other end of the symbolism spectrum is the now primarily southern tradition of the Groom’s Cake. This cake was usually fruitcake, and was a symbol of the groom’s fertility!



Number 5: The first cake known

The very earliest known sweet wedding cake was recorded in 1655 and was a type of cake called “banbury cake.” Banbury cake bears little resemblance to modern wedding cake, however. It is a flat, oval shaped, spiced pastry filled with currants and generally served with tea. To the modern palate that may sound distinctly uninspiring, but in a time when the ingredients for an actual cake were prohibitively expensive, something as fancy as Banbury cake would have been a real treat.

Number 6: Ingredients

As ingredients for what we now think of as cake became more available and less expensive, the go-to cake for wedding cake, or “bride’s cake” as it was then known, was a white pound cake. This cake would be covered in white frosting. All of which was, of course, fraught with symbolism.




Number 7: The infamous cake topper

The cake topper is actually a holdover from the 1950’s. Modern cake toppers range from the traditional to whimsical depictions of the couple to the abstract and are generally in keeping with the overall decorative theme of the reception, while traditionally they were representations of the bride and groom in formal attire and symbolized the togetherness of the couple.




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Banquet Halls in Atlanta- Top 10 Summer Wedding Ideas




Summer is unquestionably wedding season. The weather is warm, flowers are blooming, and love is in the air. Vacation season is in full swing, so it’s the perfect time for an exotic honeymoon getaway, too. Here are ten colorful, refreshing ideas to beat the heat and bring summer fun to your wedding celebration.





For an outdoor wedding, go ahead and own that it is a little less formal than a church wedding. Your guests will be looking to stay comfortable and have a good time. The last thing you want is for your guests to say “I’m sure it was a nice ceremony, but it was sweltering hot and the sun was in my eyes the whole time so I couldn’t see anything.” Keep the glare at bay by passing out sunglasses for your guests. You can have ushers hand them out, keep baskets at the ends of the aisles, or simply place a pair on each chair before the ceremony.


An added bonus? cute shades make a fun wedding favor reminder of a breezy summer ceremony. If you don’t like the look of shades, consider umbrellas to shade your guests from the rays, or offer a combo – parasols for the ladies and shades for the gents. Weather in your neck of the woods not so breezy? Let your guests create their own breeze and keep gnats at bay with personal fans. Again they can be passed, offered in baskets, or placed at chairs prior to the ceremony and they make a fun wedding favor.



After the ceremony, make sure you have a cocktail hour that gives your guests a chance to mingle and cool off with a refreshing beverage. Start by giving your guests some shade if your cocktail hour is outdoors. You don’t have to go all traditional-white-tent on this one. Stick with a smaller tent, some strategically placed umbrellas, or even an outdoor patio or two. Once you get the guests in the shade, liven things up with some ice cold summer cocktails like a margarita or a mojito. Stick to the cool and refreshing.


Remember, it’s hot out there! Instead of (or in addition to!) the more traditional nibbles that get served at cocktail hour, consider adding a touch of childhood whimsy to your summer shindig with ice cream. Many gourmet ice cream shops will create a signature flavor just for your special day. You can also combine the two ideas – refreshing adult beverages and childhood whimsy – and serve boozy milkshakes to liven the party. If your party runs to the wee hours, consider a late night ice cream sundae bar to reward the party goers who stick it out with you to the end.

As for aesthetics, our summer pick goes to color. Color color color everywhere. Think colorful flowers in your bouquet and centerpieces, colorful table runners and decorations, and colorful, nontraditional place card holders, like ripe summer fruit. It’s plentiful, it’s inexpensive, and it will add an unexpected touch to your special day, not to mention that a table full of ripe peaches smells just fabulous. Set off your colorful tablescapes and flowers with an assortment of hanging lanterns in interesting shapes and sizes and you’re set to have an unforgettable summer wedding.

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Benefits Of Cocktail Hour- Atlanta Wedding Specialists


In planning an Atlanta wedding, one thing many budget conscious couples ask is, “do we really need a cocktail hour?” While you can schedule your wedding day festivities as tightly as possible, the reality is that your guests are going to spend at least a little time waiting around for you between the ceremony and your reception.

After all, the reception doesn’t start until you get there, and even if you take your photos before the ceremony and instruct the caterers to have the food ready precisely 45 minutes after your ceremony begins in order to minimize waiting, things happen, delays occur, and there’s a good chance your guests will spend some time milling about, waiting for you to arrive. Frankly, it’s nice to give folks a little refreshment while they wait.

Also, for many guests the cocktail hour is the highlight of the party. This is the time when guests mingle and chat, meet new people, sample signature cocktails (or mocktails if that’s your preference), and try sweet and nibble on appetizers in a more laid back environment before the reception gets going in full swing. Remember that this may be the only time that Cousin Mona from Ft. Lauderdale has seen Aunt Letty who lives in Seattle in several years, and they’d like to have a chance to chat over a refreshing beverage and some snacks before going in to dinner. An added benefit is that a cocktail hour gives you a little breathing room, so you don’t have to rush from the ceremony directly to the reception.  Do not underestimate the power of the “holy cow, I just got married” realization. Respect it, and plan to give yourself a few minute to breathe here and there throughout the day.




Once you’ve decided to have a cocktail hour, you owe it to yourself and your guests to make it the best cocktail hour possible, whatever your budget. If you’re having a formal reception, consider a more laid back, lounge-y cocktail hour. Provide enough seating so that older guests and guests with mobility concerns can sit, but not so much that everyone parks it in a chair and mingling is stifled. For drinks, consider a signature cocktail or cocktails – something that reflects your personality as a couple or the theme of your wedding overall. If you are cutting corners cash-wise, limit the type of drinks offered, but don’t go the cash bar route. Open bar is always better, even if it means a wine/beer only bar, or a nonalcoholic “mocktail” hour. Consider buffet-style snacks rather than formal wait staff and fancy hors d’oeuvres. Another fun twist on the cocktail hour is a coffee bar, or iced coffee bar if it’s hot, and small, sweet treats like little cakes. It’s not enough to spoil guests’ appetite for dinner, but a nice change from the traditional.




Remember to provide enough options so there’s something for everyone, and take into account any special dietary restrictions. If you are having a real “cocktail” hour, provide at least one, preferably a couple of nonalcoholic options for the non-drinkers and designated drivers at your event. If your party is kid-friendly, set up a few activity stations, like a photo booth, bocce ball, croquet, or other themed activities to keep the kids (and adults!) active and happy while they wait for your grand entrance.



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Fruit Display Special- Your Banquet Hall in Atlanta

Booking your event with our Banquet Halls in Atlanta has many benefits, including amazing specials to enhance your event theme! One of our most popular specials is our famous Fruit Displays! Why would you want a fruit display at your event? Read below to get the scoop on how this display is perfect for Summer time events.

Why Have A Fruit Display At My Event?

Summer time calls for fun, tasteful displays at every event and what better way to bring your party to life with delicious fruit! Not only is fruit enticing to a majority of guests, but it is also refreshing and very aesthetically appealing. People like to eat with their eyes, so having this delightful display at your event will draw your guests in to mix and mingle while they cool off with chilled, refreshing fruit!


Whether you are hosting your next Atlanta corporate event, planning your Atlanta wedding, or simply throwing a Summer event, book your next event of 150 guests or more and get your FREE fruit display at your next Summer time event today!

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Trendiest Wedding Dresses – Atlanta Banquet Hall

It’s here, ladies, Atlanta Wedding Season! – Here’s a look at all popular wedding dress trends we’re seeing on the runways for the Spring/Summer 2013 wedding season. Happy shopping to all of our Atlanta brides from your Banquet Hall in AtlantaReception Hall International!

Bling Is In!

Bling is definitely in this season. From the judicious jeweled accent to the fully bedazzled bodice, sparkle never fully went out of style, and it is certainly making a comeback in 2013.

Reserved Looks

Since Princess Katherine stunned in a long sleeved number at the royal wedding, the more demure, covered up look has been making a comeback, and are ruling the runways this season. Far from frumpy, though, the sleeves we are seeing are fun and flirty and a great way to show off the individual personality of a bride. From fitted lace that mimics full tattoo sleeves to billowing, slightly sheer arms gathered at the cuff that add a vintage, hippie-chic feel to your big day, sleeves are back in a big way.

Key Hole Back

Covered up does not have to mean “not sexy,” and the keyhole back is one trend that makes sure of that. Keyhole backs making appearances this season vary from the form fitting dress with an almost completely open back to the tantalizing glimpse of bare skin provided by a looser fitting, draped keyhole or simple slit-back. All of these provide a dose of sophisticated sex appeal that’s a step away from your standard-issue, sleeveless corset topped dress.



Bow Ties Are Back!

Another old trend that’s new again is the bow accent. This season’s bows are not the dreaded butt-bows of yesteryear. Small, structured accent bows are making appearances on belts, veils, shoulders, and headpieces. Bolder brides can rock the oversized and more deconstructed bow accents in a variety of colors and dress placements.


Softer Peplums

Somewhat harsh, structured peplums were a trend that we saw in previous seasons. This has been replaced by a softer, cascading peplum in varying lengths that is flattering to more body types. We’re seeing it in the usual waist-accent on top of a longer skirt placement, but also as the style of the skirt itself. Bold floral accents also continue to hold strong this season, from the small, well placed flower accent to skirts designed to mimic the shape of a flower in and of themselves.

Mixing Fabrics Up

This season, designers are not afraid to mix fabrics. Brides won’t have to choose between lace and tulle in Spring/Summer 2013, because bold designers are taking the bull by the horns and pairing the two together to make dresses that show off the best of both worlds.


The so-called “illusion neckline” is another strong trend this season. An otherwise strapless dress has a higher collar/neck of a more sheer material, creating the illusion of a strapless look, while offering demure coverage and a more flattering look on a variety of body types. This look also allows brides to pair the “strapless” look with the long sleeves and/or keyhole back looks that are popular this season.

Gold Is The New White

Most seasons there is a popular color in addition to traditional white. This year the winner is…GOLD. we see gold sparkle, solid gold dresses, gold accents, gold gold gold. We’re not talking scarey 1970’s gold lamé here. We’re talking classy, rich, buttery golden hues across the spectrum. Of course, if what you’re into is the gold disco ball look, you can probably find that…which leads us to the final hot trend of the season…

At the top of just about every bride’s list for her dream dress is a dress that shows off her unique style and personality, and more and more designers are striving to do just that by adding a touch, or a dash, or a truckload, of whimsy to their designs. If there is a quirk of your personality that you want to show through in your dress, keep searching. Chances are you can find it this season.

Finding your perfect gown is only one step to this every exciting process! Booking your Atlanta banquet hall is another thrilling moment to getting closer to your special day. For more information on our Atlanta wedding services such as our Atlanta Event Facilities, Atlanta Event Planning, Catering Atlanta, Child Care, and additional accommodations, feel free to contact us today! View our specials and packages online as well. Our friendly staff is always here to help you on any event you have coming up!


Catering Atlanta Tips for Any Event

For any event, choosing your catering can become time consuming. At Reception Hall International, we provide world renowned Catering in Atlanta for all events at our facility and at remote locations. We understand that catering is tough to narrow down, so we strive to make it an easy and enjoyable process for you every time. Catering depends on many factors including the type of event you are having, the amount of people you plan on serving, and your personal touch. With these in mind, we have formulated a little cheat sheet to help make your adventure a little easier.


You want to customize your food to the type of event you are hosting. So selecting the type of event you are having will be step one. Are you planning a corporate event, a wedding or ceremony, or a birthday or special celebration? After deciding this, we can then narrow down additional choices. For corporate events, you typically want to stick to small bites and appetizers. This will keep the momentum going at your event!

Since weddings tend to be larger celebrations and have many stages throughout the course of the night,they tend to take a little more planning. For starters, it is always recommended to have small bites during cocktail hour. This allows for your guests to mix and mingle until dinner is ready. For dinner, there are a few options you can choose from, but the two most popular are seated dinners and buffet dinner set ups. Once we have decided your event theme, the fun begins with getting creative!



Now let’s look at how many people you are having to your event. This is important to factor in because we obviously want to make sure everyone has a plate of food in front of them when it is time to eat. Sitting down with our professional event planners will help make this process easier for you. Most catering in Atlanta will break it down for you according to plate price or suggested amounts for buffets. This makes it easier for you to select a package and usually offers more of a discount when done this way as well. Our professional event planners are here to help you plan every step of your event and to make your decisions easier and more affordable by customizing options for you.
Incorporating your own taste and style into your catering options is the most fun of it all. What do you like to eat or what are your favorite foods? There are so many options you can choose from when it comes to food. Narrowing down your options by adding in a few things you like to enjoy will help to style the catering around your theme. Indoor events tend to stick more to the traditional foods like lasagna, steaks, and pastas, while outdoor events steer more towards smaller bites, seafood feasts, and BBQ. The best part about this part of planning is that you can do whatever you want! Our professional carters encourage you to be creative and add in a sense of your own style. After all, this is your own event and we want it completely customized to you!



Professional catering brings your event to life with laughter and mixing and mingling over delicious foods! Choosing your catering is a fun part of planning! All the taste testing’s, choosing from a wide variety, and mixing and matching food selections brings out the creative side to your planning! Start today with our professional planners and our state of the art catering to bring your celebration to life.

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What’s a wedding without a cake?

What is a wedding without a wedding cake? Have you ever been a guest at the wedding where you remember how amazing the cake was? Or maybe how horrible it was? Wedding cakes are a great way to make a scene at any wedding and if you answered the questions before this, you clearly know they make a memory for many of your guests as well. They are one of the many items at a wedding that can say so many words without saying anything at all. Here are a few secrets to designing a wedding cake that your guests are sure to remember.

Flavors and several layers create excitement for everyone. Not only can you incorporate all the flavors you and your groom love, you can build it to compliment your style. Having one layer brings out a softer, simpler side of you both, whereas having several layers creates a bolder, more dramatic ensemble. Another fun design I have come across is using cupcakes to form the shape of your cake. This is a really unique idea to add into your special day. Not only can you have as many flavors as you want, but it is also easier to serve to your guests. Keep in mind that in many traditions, the top of the cake is used for the christening of your first child. So if this is a tradition you wish to follow, make sure you add the extra layer on top to take home.


The best part to designing your own wedding cake is the actual design. You can bring your cake to life with so many little details. Flowers, icing, fondant, candied pearls, and additional figurines can be added to your cake to bring out the creative side of you both. Add as little or as many colors, as you want to make your cake pop.  Get creative and be the couple that had the amazing cake everyone is talking about, not the dull cake that makes your guests want to redesign it when they look at it.

The final topping to every cake is the cake topper. Cake toppers are a great way to have something fun and quirky to resemble your relationship with your groom. It can be a simple figurine of the two of you holding hands or kissing, or it can be something completely surprising and fun like the bride dragging the groom off by his collar as he plays his video games. This is the final touch to adding a little of the two of you to the cake, so make it memorable and as fun as you want it to be.


Now that we have fun flavors, layer after layer, and a creative design, your cake is ready to show off on your special day. Whether you choose a simpler design, go bold and dramatic, or get a little inspired with cupcakes, featuring both of your styles into the designing process will add that unique touch needed to bring your cake to life. You only have one day to have fun and create all the memories you ever wanted as a little girl. Play around with a few ideas and do not be afraid to be as creative as you want on your special day.

Great Surprises to Make Your Event Great!

Every event host wants their party to be the biggest hit of the year. You want everyone to remember how much fun they had throughout the entire night right? The best way to make your event “an event to remember” is to make sure you show appreciation to your guests who are bringing this all together. One of the best ways to say thank you is to pamper them from the start. You want to let them know how much you appreciate them taking the time to be there and how much they mean to you. As we have attended events all over, here are a few of the best ideas we have seen work wonders.


The very first way you can pamper your guests with a fun surprise is to provide childcare services. You want your guests to enjoy their time throughout the night without the stress of wound up children bugging them and there is no better way to do this than to book a venue that offers it for you. Go out and buy some coloring books, crayons, snacks, movies, and a few blankets and allow your venue staff to take charge for the evening. Your guests will show their appreciation by dancing with you all night- headache free and thank you in the morning for allowing them to break free of the parenting world for a few hours.


Now that your guests have been partying all night, it is time to treat them to a little midnight surprise. Roll out the midnight snack cart and watch your guest’s eyes light up as they make their way to grab a bite. It can be as simple as cookies and milk shooters, french fries, waffles and pancakes, or even fun tacos. Whatever you decide, your guests will be sure to love and appreciate every nibble as they begin to settle down for the end of the night.


Nothing says you know you had a fabulous time more than departing gifts. Prepare your valet staff to hand out little thank you gifts as your guests hit the road to sleep off all the fun. Mini sleep masks, Tylenol packets, and a bottle of water with your event name on it will do the trick. Not only will they be able to sleep peacefully, they can also sleep assured they were taken care of and waking up to a wonderful memory.


Your guests have danced the night away, free of children, were pampered with midnight bites as they began to wind down, and then sent home with special gifts, what more could you ask for. Sometimes it is the little things that can say the biggest thank you. Take the time to plan ahead and bring out the fun side of you to pamper your beloved guests. Next thing you know, you will be the hit of the event and they will want to be first on the your list for the next.

How to Choose Theme Colors for your Event

The number one way to set the vibe for your Atlanta event is to choose the right color theme. In order to have everything coordinate properly for your entire event, this is the one step you want to start planning early on. Once you choose your theme, everything else comes easy from there. The color selection is up to you, but there are a few things you want to keep in mind as you begin to select your colors.


The most important key element to choosing your color theme, is knowing which season you are going to host your event in. If your date is in the Fall, you want to avoid using cool, Winter colors such as white, dark blue’s, and dark purples. You would want to use warming colors such as creams, rich reds, and vibrant oranges. So choosing your season is going to be step one to guiding you along the right color scheme.


After you have selected the time of year for your event, it is time to select your colors. Everyone has a favorite color, and incorporating something you love is a great way to getting you started in the right direction. Pick the number one color you are in love with. This will help make things easier for you as you continue to plan. You will be more willing to work with your favorite color, then a color you semi like.


After you select your favorite color, you want to then choose accent colors to add an additional color pop. Select colors such as lavender or yellows to give your event a calm tone. Or you can go darker, or more romantic with reds and additional darker shades for a more drastic tone. These complimenting colors will add to your vibe so you want to make sure they work with your number one color. You want to stay away from too many eye-popping colors because it will take away from your theme. So select a dominant color, then an additional three to four accent colors to compliment your taste.

What colors do you plan on using for your event or have worked for you in the past? Be sure to share your “bright” ideas with our other readers!

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Wedding #2

Once you’ve chosen your date and figured out your budget – both the budget you want to stick to and the budget you know you have to stick to, you should start working on your guest list and your ideas binder. You’ll also want to approach your first string bridal party folks early and start talking to your first choice venues as soon as you’ve identified them so you make sure you don’t miss out on a great location because you were asleep at the wheel.

Nailing down your guest list early is crucial. A modest wedding budget will stretch much farther if you have fifty guests instead of two hundred and fifty. By the same token, your fourteen bridesmaids and interpretive dance routine will feel a little silly if you realize you only have a guest list of twenty-five. Your guest list – not so much who is on it, but how many, will inform where you have your wedding, what time of day, what kind of food, what kind of wedding favors, and any number of other factors. Feel like your wedding will be ruined if you don’t have the glitter infused, hydroponically grown calla lilies but just can’t squeeze them into the budget and pay for the sit down dinner and cocktail hour for all of your guests? One of the most efficient ways to trim a wedding budget is to trim the guest list.  Having the guest list in place early also helps you stay organized as the RSVPs and gifts start rolling in. A simple excel spreadsheet or other database will help you keep track of who is vegetarian, who needs a kosher meal, who gave you the awful gravy boat, and who sends their regrets. This information is invaluable both when talking to vendors and at thank-you note time when the dust clears.

But I thought planning my wedding would be fun?! When do I get to look at sparkly things and talk about tulle?! That, my friend, is what the big binder is for. Start an idea book for yourself. Anything that inspires you, put it in the binder. From wedding magazines to flower ideas to fabrics and music. Put those ideas in your book and don’t be afraid to dream. You’re still far enough out from your wedding that you don’t have to decide on the mermaid gown or the princess cut just yet. Think about the crystals in the flower arrangements. Try out sparkly nail polishes. Let those ideas percolate for now. If you find a vendor you particularly like, get their card and talk to them about how far in advance they are getting bookings.

Oh yeah. You should probably also book your officiant. Particularly if you are having a religious ceremony, you’ll want to make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to complete any premarital counseling required by your particular faith or officiant. While your head is whirling with all of this mediocre-to-un-fun stuff, have a little fun, too. If you’re so inclined, throw an engagement party. Not only are they a smash, it’s also a great opportunity to flex your fledgling party planning muscles and let your hair down a little before you buckle down in full on wedding insanity mode.