Hello from sunny LA!  We’re on the road, but had to make sure we answer all your wedding planning questions.  Can’t leave you hanging now can we?  So, let’s get started!  This week we’re talking about wedding cakes:  I think I’ve finally settled on a cake design and it’s one that has a ribbon on the bottom.  I want to be able to pick my own ribbon out (and give it to the baker) so that it matches with everything else I have going on decor wise.  Is there a certain kind of ribbon I should be buying?  Or a certain size?  Or does it not matter?

I’m more than happy to help you out, but I do want to make a little disclaimer before I answer.  I am not a cake baker, so this is not my specialty and you should definitely confer with your baker to make sure you are buying something that works with your specific cake. With that being said, most ribbon will work on your cake.  Generally brides tend to veer towards satin ribbon or a textured ribbon.  I would definitely avoid any sort of wired ribbon as that might cut into the cake. And if you are worried about the ribbon working with your frosting, usually cake bakers have little tricks to back the ribbon which makes sure the icing doesn’t seep through (like say with buttercream frosting).

Now in terms of ribbon size, that really depends on the diameter and height of your cake.  I think generally though, you want something that works proportionately with the size of your cake and whatever else you have going on design wise.  But, you really can pick kind of anything as long as it looks good to you and works with your design aesthetic.

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Aug 20, 2014 by Jamie Chang

The world lost a talented person recently, Robin Williams.  His death is sad and as the details come out about how he died and what he struggled with, I’m at a loss.  I feel for his family and the privacy they are not getting in this hard time.  I can’t imagine what they are going through.  But, I think it’s important to remember his life and all the smiles he put on people’s faces.  He was great at his craft and one such role that sticks out to me is John Keating in Dead Poet’s Society.  His role in that film is so powerful.  He teaches that you can dream, that you should live life to the fullest, that you should be true to yourself.  Oh, captain, my captain.

Aug 18, 2014 by Jamie Chang

Are you excited for the weekend?  We sure are!  And if you live in Brussels or happen to be in town or are getting married there this weekend, you have to check out this awesome biannual event.  Once every two years, this massive carpet of flowers made of 800,000 begonias (not quite roses) is laid out on the Grand Place in Brussels.  I love the bright colors and the fun design.  It’s amazing what you can do on such a large scale and imagine the photos!  So, if you’re thinking of making a trip to Brussels or are planning a destination wedding there, consider timing it so you can get this grand floral display in your photos.

(Photo credit: Labo River, Gaston Batistini)

Aug 16, 2014 by Jamie Chang


Jamie Chang

Jamie Chang is the owner and lead event consultant at Mango Muse Events. Mango Muse Events is a boutique event planning and design firm specializing in customized destination weddings and social occasions. Mango Muse Events is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and orchestrates events in Northern California, Hawaii and beyond.




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