Saturday, December 7, 2013

Fondant vs Buttercream

Choosing your wedding cake style can be a tough but fun decision.
If you are attempting to decide 
between the two most popular icing styles
this will give you some information so you can make 
the best decision for your dream wedding cake!


There are really three types of fondant; poured, sculpting, and rolled. Rolled and Sculpting Fondants are far more common at bakeries that bake wedding and special event cakes. Poured fondant is much more of a liquid so it is more commonly used as filling. Rolled Fondant (featured in the photos below) is created to be a more dough-like consistency which makes it easy to roll out in sheets in order to smoothly cover large or complete portions of a cake. Rolled Fondant's pliable nature also makes it easy to work with to create a draping effect and other soft cake decor pieces. Sculpting Fondant is meant to be rolled but become stiffer as it dries so that it will hold the shape the sculptor has created (decor on the cakes below contain sculpting fondant, gum paste, and sugar work).

Rolled Fondant tastes a bit like a marshmallow peep but more firm in texture.
Sculpting Fondant has a marshmallow or sweet vanilla taste but has the texture of frozen Turkish Candy.
Poured Fondant is sort of like the creme part of a Cadbury Egg in taste and texture.

3 Pros:
~A wide variety of designs and sculptural details can be accomplished with Fondant. You can also have it painted with edible paint if you like the growing trend of the water color cake.
~Fondant will hold up (extreme cases aside) in just about any temperature/weather making it a couple hosting an outside wedding reception's friend. This also makes transportation of a Fondant cake easier.
~The super smooth texture is quite attractive if you want a flawless background for your cakes decor.

3 Cons:
~Fondant is not always a majority favorite because of older more traditional generations being a little unfamiliar with it and some people just simply don't like it.
~Tears can occur if the baker you choose uses too thin of a layer of Fondant.
~If you are looking for a specific color of Fondant other than white make sure you are hiring a top notch baker so there are no inconsistencies in the coloring.


There are really two common types of Buttercream; Simple Buttercream and Cream Cheese Buttercream sculpting, and rolled. Simple Buttercream is made mainly with butter and powdered sugar while Cream Cheese Buttercream cuts down the sweetness by using more cream cheese. Both are applied artfully with a smooth knife and a steady hand.

Simple Buttercream tastes just like the name suggests, a sweet buttery flavor with a soft texture.
Cream Cheese Buttercream typically has a similar taste and soft texture to simple buttercream but with less sweetness.

3 Pros:
~Buttercream is traditional and recognizable throughout the generations so it is often a crowd pleaser.
~Adding fresh flowers and iced piping designs are especially easy when using Buttercream as your icing.
~You can often control the level of sweetness Buttercream has by discussing your preferences with your baker so that they concoct the perfect icing for you.

3 Cons:
~Transportation of a Buttercream cake can be a bit tricky especially because it is a fluffy cream like surface with no protective outer shell.
~Melting or relaxing of the decor pieces that are attached to Buttercream can happen, so be sure to have it placed in a good location that is out of the heat and any other type of weather while it is on display.
~Buttercream needs to be spread onto a cake so it may not always be completely consistently smooth.

Groom's Cake Inspiration 

Need a Great Bakery Reference? Try One of These...

Candy and Confections
Christie's Memorable Cakes
Momma Millies Bakery
Sweet Addictions Bake Shop
Byer's Butterflake Bakery
Sublime Cupcakes
Piece a' Cake

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Black Friday

Black Friday Promotion!
Email or text DMBF and your Mailing Address to us
on Friday, November 29th between 6AM and 4PM
to receive a
$150* and Free Clean Up Gift Certificate 

Text: 570-691-7740

*$150 off any package purchase

Monday, November 11, 2013

2013 Postcard Winner

The Winner of the 2013 DM Postcard Contest is...
Jennifer Morris-Kotzmoyer!

We would like to send out a big thank you to the newlyweds, Jennifer and and Brian Kotzmoyer,
 for allowing Designing Memories to be part of your special day! 

Also, a big thank you goes out to Krista Bevan, owner of Kphotography,
for allowing us to use the photo she took on our postcards. 
Click Kphotography to visit her website and find out if she is available for your wedding!

Flowers by Pod and Petal in Pottsville

Postcard design and development by Melinda Evans of Designs by ME

Sunday, November 10, 2013

2013-2014 Bridal Expo Schedule

Bridal Expo Schedule
We look forward to seeing you soon!

October 27th
Eden Resort
12 noon to 4 pm
See our decorating talents put to use at the Lancaster Host booth!

January 12th
Reading Country Club
12 noon to 4 pm

January 25th
Fairlane Village Mall
Open During Mall Hours

January 26th
Lancaster Marriott & Convention Center
11:30 am  to 4:30 pm
See our decorating talents put to use at the Lancaster Host booth!

January 28th
Lancaster Host
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

February 23rd
Caldwell Consistory
12 noon to 4 pm

March 2nd
1 pm to 5 pm

Email us your contact information and receive a Prize Pass in the mail
good for your choice of one of many gifts
 such as a box of gourmet chocolate, a $75.00 DM Gift Certificate,
bling ring, free clean up Gift Certificate, bridal emergency kit...etc. *
*Your Prize Pass must be presented to a DM staff member at one of the above listed bridal expos to redeem.
(one per bride)

Required Contact Information
Bride and Groom Names
Wedding Date
Mailing Address

#DMBridalEvents  #BridalShows 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Unique Wedding Backdrops

Inspirational Wedding Ceremony Backdrop Photos 
For All Wedding Styles and Themes 
Ranging from Easy DIY to 'Hire a Pro' Levels of Difficulty


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Find Local Vendors

What Is is all about local wedding planning.
It's an online resource totally focused on local wedding businesses in this area.
Brides can find information about local bridal events, fantastic local vendors, and
links to resources for things like how to get a marriage license. Each featured vendor
 has a complete listing on the website which includes multiple images,
links to their social media and website, and complete contact information. 
There is also a wealth of information on the blog!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

DIY Centerpieces with a Twist

Colorful Twist
If you love the idea of bright and colorful centerpieces for your wedding
these DIY beauties with a fruity twist will be right up your alley!

You Will Need:                                                                     
(1) Wide Mouth Tapered Vase/ Trumpet Vase
(12) Limes
Selection of Fauxe Flowers and Greenery...approx. 21 stems
(5) 8" Linked Crystals
(1) Styrofoam Ball
~optional swarovski cystal flat backs
Glue Stick and a Glue Gun
Wire Cutters

How To Create:
Start by plugging in your hot glue gun to get it heated. Use your wire cutters to cut your stems down to about 8 inches. Arrange your stems by pushing the stems into the northern hemisphere of the ball. You can keep the southern hemisphere for stability in setting the arrangement in to the vase or choose to cut it off and hot glue the resulting flat surface to the lip of the vase. After you have your flowers in place and arranged as you would like you can pull each stem out (one at a time) and add a bit of hot glue to the end of it and push immediately (while glue is still hot) into the Styrofoam where you removed it from. This will secure your flower stems. When your flowers are all secured you can begin to add you greenery to the lowest flowers on your arrangement one at a time by gluing the top edge of the leaf and adding it to the back of a flower or another leaf. This will create a layered effect around the bottom edge of the arrangement. You can also add greenery throughout the flowers of your arrangement. After completing your arrangement, add the each of the chained crystal strands by spacing them evenly and hot gluing them to the Styrofoam ball. Adding them to the syrofoam ball will help them to stay in place and will put them oat a relatively level location around the vase when you add it to the vase. If you like a little extra bling glue your flat back crystals to the centers of some or all of your flowers. Add your whole limes to the vase and top it with your floral arrangement to complete this centerpiece.

Difficutly: Advanced
Expense: $$$

You Will Need:                                                                  
(1) Triffle Bowl or Hurricane Vase
(1) Orange
(4) Limes
Filler or Acrylic Crystals
~optional (3) LED lights or glow sticks

How To Create:
Start by slicing your fruit and discarding the end of the fruit. Begin with your lime slices by lining the bottom edge of your container with limes so that the sliced sides face out (as shown in picture). Fill container with filler or crystal just up to the point where the lime slices stop. Add one lit LED light (or all three of your glow sticks by standing them up vertically in the filler). The filler in the first layer will hold the lime slices in place as you begin to add the row of orange slices in the same way you did lime slices by facing the sliced edge toward the glass. Again, add your filler with one lit LED light to hold the orange slices in place while you add the last row of lime slices. Fill the container and  the last lit LED light and fill the container the rest of the way with filler.

Difficutly: Intermediate
Expense: $$

You Will Need:                                                                  
(1) Large Ceramic Flower Pot Base
(6) Lemons
(7) Limes
(6) Mini Daisies
(1) Pillar Candle

How To Create:
Start by adding a little more than half of your lemons and limes to the flower pot base. Place your pillar candle in the center on top of that layer of lemons and limes. Fill in around the pillar candle with the rest of your lemons and limes. Scatter your mini daisies throughout to create your centerpiece.

Difficutly: Intermediate
Expense: $

Friday, August 30, 2013

Bridesmaid Dresses

Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses
So you have your dream dress and the perfect veil, 
now your next mission is to tackle finding the right bridesmaids dresses.
 The only trouble is pleasing your whole wedding party 
and most importantly yourself with the choice you make. 
Below are some ideas to please even the most finicky bridemaidzilla!

Tradtitional with a Twist
These looks stick to the tradition of all your ladies wearing the same dress and color
 but give this tradtion a modern twist by incorporating sequins, lace, bling, and pattern.


Give a Little Get a Smile
Let your bridesmaids choose the color they wear (give them options to choose from) but 
ask them to wear the same style dress. This is a great way to get what you want as a bride 
while also allowing your bridesmaids some ownership in the dress they wear.
Another variation on this would be to choose the dress they wear entirely but 
let them choose the color of the shoes or a sash they are wearing with the dress you choose.



Individualism with Balance
These looks show off how choosing a color or color palette for your ladies to stick to 
but allowing them to choose the style of the dress they will wear appease everyone and looks fantastic!
This is perfect for every body type and varying personalities.

Contact Special Moments for help choosing the
perfect bridesmaid dresses for your wedding! 

Whatever you decide to do make it your own!
Just Don't...

 Or well...ummm...?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Unique Centerpieces

DIY or Order from a Professional
Create your own centerpieces based on the seasonal inspiration pictured below
 or ask a pro to mimic the styling of these delightful creations!

Designing Memories offers a Designer Wedding Package
which helps brides with just about any budget 
create the wedding look they have been dreaming of!





Thank you to Knights Rental for all the linens pictured and to Mandi Vivacqua for our Summer and Fall Photos