Breaking with Wedding Cake Traditions

The most famous of cake quotes, “Let them eat cake”, does not have to apply to wedding cakes anymore. Either in the big city, or herein the Smoky Mountains, I am pleased to say that brides and grooms are stepping out of the “cake box” and getting creative in choosing their wedding cakes or wedding desserts. With so little understanding of the tradition of wedding cake and what it has meant through the ages, couples are free to come up with traditions of their own.

Some traditions are best forgotten? A bride today would never go for the wedding cake or bread as used 2000 years ago, to be broken over her head by her groom to show his dominance over her as they did in Roman times. Stacked, sweet buns were popular in medieval times and brought the bride and groom together by them kissing over the top. From the 17th to the 19th century, minced and meat pies were customary, meat being a luxury much like sugar. As refined sugar was introduced to Victorian England, cakes were developed to showcase a family’s wealth and the virginal state of the bride. It is only in the last 100 years that a couple cuts the cake together as their first act of unity.

Today’s couples are choosing a smaller version of a wedding cake and offering cupcakes instead. We have hosted weddings where family members were asked to bring their specialty dessert. Guests were lined up to sample Aunt Connie’s Rum cake, Great Grandma’s Pecan Tarts and Mom’s Coconut cake. This personal touch reflected the bringing together of both families in a “sweet” way. Pies and cobblers are making a huge comeback, a common wedding dessert in Pioneer days. One of our Destination Brides is having a Rice Crispy Cake we had posted on facebook. She wanted an easy, fun and inexpensive alternative to cake.

Some traditions are worth keeping, the cutting of the cake, hand over hand, in the promise to support and nurture one another. Feeding of the cake symbolizes love, honor and respect for each other, so….no smashing of cake! The final tradition, another symbol of respect and love, the serving of cake to each others parents is worth keeping. I challenge you to test the boundaries of all things sweet until you find what is meaningful for you.

Destination Weddings in the Great Smoky Mountains

The beauty of the mountains and southern hospitality combine to create the perfect venue for your Destination Wedding at Laurel Ridge Country Club.  The rustic elegance of the clubhouse, open-air pavilion and new outdoor wedding arbor overlooking the golf course and pond offer many choices for your ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner.  And our impeccable service and food will definitely impress your guests.  Be inspired by other weddings and view comments by visiting our website and Facebook!


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Wedding Planning Tips

Tips for Planning a Mountain Wedding

NC Mountain WeddingsAs if weddings are not wonderful enough, mountain weddings are spectacular, iconic, awe-inspiring and they offer venue, food and design opportunities that are hard to match in an urban environment. Mountain weddings also offer unique challenges in terms of logistics. We’ve included a few steps to get your mountain wedding planning process started and perhaps the most important place to start is to recommend that you keep things fun!

Hire a planner.

It should be fun to plan your wedding. After you’ve announced your engagement and toasted with champagne and handled the congratulations phone calls, you and your fiance should take a week or two and really talk about what you would like your wedding to look and feel like. A good planner will save you time, money and hours of stress.

Set a budget.

Once you have decided what planner to work with start sketching out a budget. Your planner will be able to guide your plan and show you where to save and where to spend. Setting a budget is vital before you select your venue.

Start Your Pinterest Board.

Pinterest is a great tool for design. It allows you to save your photos (instead of trying to remember which wedding blog your dream bouquet was in) and share inspirations with your vendors. Seeing 20-25 inspirational photos enables your wedding vendors to see what you love. With that information – you are setting everyone up for success.

Create a Top Three List.

Every couple is unique and each wedding has different priorities. Sit down with your future spouse and write down the top three most important elements for your wedding. Compare lists and compromise. If your fiance chooses bar, band and food and you have chosen band, food and decor – it only makes sense to find a venue known for their chef and menu with a reception space ready for a band. Put these lists somewhere you can both see them and revisit them from time to time. Remember what matters to the two of you.

Find the Venue.

Now you can find your dream mountain wedding location. With the budget, vision and priorities in mind, your wedding planner will be able to easily guide to a spectacular mountain venue. This will save you hundreds of driving miles and several weekend scouting trips!

Weather Plan.

Always always always have a back up weather plan. There’s an old saying in the North Carolina Mountains. If you don’t like the weather, hang around for thirty minutes, because it will change. Those of us who call the NC Mountains “home” can tell you that we’ve seen sunny & mild June mornings that turn into a surprise snow by noon.Work with your wedding planner to create a weather plan and establish exactly how it will be communicated to your wedding party, vendors and guests. Make sure that you have allowed adequate time for reception rooms to be reset by the catering staff and for the florists to move any outdoor decor to your indoor location. Explore and plan for the worst case scenarios . . . and hope for sunshine.

Consider Your Guests and Altitude.

Although you and your honey may have no problem hiking above timberline or taking a chairlift – consider your guests. Have alternate transportation, and encourage everyone to enjoy the mountains at their own pace.

Consider the Elements When Buying Your Dress.

If you are planning to get married outside, consider what the ground will do to your train. If you are getting married on grass, consider a shoe with a wedge heel (or cowboy boots – what can I say – they are functional) and always have a wrap or coat that compliments your dress. It gets chilly when the sun goes down!

Outdoor Mountain Ceremonies.

There are 3 must haves for North Carolina Mountain outdoor ceremonies. Have water available for your guests. Have sunscreen available for your guests (even 30 minutes at 4,000′ elevations can do a number on you!) and consider offering the ladies parasols (there are several options for renting).

Have Fun.

There may be a little more wind than you planned for. You may have forgotten your veil at home. No matter what hiccups may occur, your mountain wedding should be fun. Remember what is important to you and your new husband and trust in your planner, venue and the rest of your wedding team to make your day spectacular.The team and wedding coordinators at Laurel Ridge Country Club would like to invite you to contact them about hosting your special day in the mountains of Waynesville, North Carolina.We’ll help you handle everything and make your wedding day a spectacular one.Click HERE to visit this beautiful NC MOUNTAIN WEDDING VENUE

New Outdoor Wedding Arbor

The picturesque setting overlooking the pond and golf course will soon be home to a new Outdoor Wedding Arbor.  The soon-to-be-completed structure will complement the post and beam style of our clubhouse and open-air pavilion.  Brides are going to love this!