Taking the Cake

Taking the Cake

According to bridalguide.com, it was around the 19th century that wedding cakes started to become the multi-tiered, elaborate, fancy cakes we see today. Historically, the top tier of the cake from the wedding was preserved for the Christening which was expected to happen within nine months of the wedding. Today however, most couples are preserving the top tier to celebrate their one year anniversary. Sadly, they are finding the cake doesn’t taste as great as they may have hoped.


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If you do choose to save your top tier, place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes to let the icing harden before wrapping it; then wrap several times with plastic wrap, place in an airtight container and then wrap that with aluminum foil.


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Be sure to keep in mind, if you do save the top tier of the cake this means you’ll need to order a cake with sufficient tiers to feed all your guests and preserve the top one! An alternative is to revisit your baker and order a replica of your cake on your first anniversary. Some bakeries also offer a free small cake on your anniversary date!

Whatever option you choose, we hope you indulge in the tradition of celebrating your one year anniversary with cake!

Happy Planning!

The Swank Team



Wedding Day Essentials: A well-dressed groom.

One of the most important (and exciting!) items on our wedding checklist is “buy a wedding dress;” another equally important, but often talked about much less task is “decide on groom’s attire.” Graham Shaffer-Rais, Fashion Consultant and Representative for J. Hilburn, reminds us “a woman’s best accessory is a well-dressed man.” Often times the groom’s attire is picked out hastily, without much thought. We wanted to share some different styles for the groom and the groomsmen – from full formal, black tie looks to barefoot on the beach – we have suggestions for any type of celebration!

Full Formal, Black Tie


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A full formal, black tie wedding calls for the groom and his groomsmen to be dressed in a full tuxedo. Traditionally, the difference between a tuxedo and a suit is the presence of satin on the lapel, button and pocket trim, and down the side of the pant leg. Modern day tuxedos may diminish the use of satin, but primarily this is the main difference between a suit and tux. Tuxedo accessories have changed throughout the years as well. Traditionally, the tuxedo was only paired with a bow tie, cummerbund or waistcoat. Today we see more long ties and the absence of the waistcoat or cummerbund as pictured above.

Formal, Not Black Tie

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Today, we tend to see more suits than tuxedos as weddings become smaller, less formal and more personalized. “People know they are going to want to dance,” says Shaffer-Rais, “so comfort is key.” If going for a more casual style but still want to add some color to pull the look together, he suggests using a pocket square in place of a tie to keep your groom’s look polished, while still conforming to the dress code.


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The view on what’s appropriate to wear in a more casual wedding has transformed over the years – anything from a suit without accessories to a nice pair of pants and a polo shirt have all been worn at weddings depending on the venue, location and season. For example, what you wear to an evening city wedding will differ from a beach wedding, which will also differ from what you may wear in a backyard reception. However, one thing remains consistent – no denim!

We hope this is helpful in determining your groom’s attire. The most important thing is to be true to your style. Nowadays, anything goes!


The Swank Team

Vendor LOVE: BearFight

BearFight: Chris Mathison

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We first worked with BearFight when coordinating Catyn and Dave’s wedding at the Liberty Hotel in Boston this past June. Catyn and Dave are super cool so we knew the band would be good – and were they ever! They knew just how to read the guests and everyone was on the dance floor the entire night. What a party! We can’t wait to work with them again. Until then…here’s a bit more about lead singer Chris.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up on the mean streets of Wakefield, MA. Come for the lake, stay for the two dozen sub shops that claim their roast beef is famous.

How long have you been in business and how did you get started?

BearFight is entering our 8th year together as a band. We started out playing the bar and club scene in Boston, then gradually moved to weddings. Now we do about 25-30 weddings every year.


What’s your favorite part of your job?

Being behind the scenes (and then center stage) for the biggest day of someone’s life is pretty incredible. We see all the ins and outs of the day that no one else knows about – from vendor mishaps and venue blunders (everyone freak out!!), to the really happy stuff, like a mom seeing her daughter as a bride for the first time. That kind of access is all at once hilarious, entertaining, exciting, and fun. The magic is making it all go smoothly once the stage lights are on.


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How would you describe your style?

We’re a high-energy party band, for sure. If you want to dance to the Beatles, Lady Gaga, Zac Brown, the Killers, and Daft Punk all in one night, we’re your guys. And of course we’ll throw in a singalong or two at the end of the night. If peoples’ arms aren’t around each other for the encore, it’s probably not a BearFight wedding.


What’s your guilty pleasure?

Give me a weekend off with some patio drinks and I’m one happy dude.

What’s your favorite quote?

“Hi will you play our wedding? We have a beach house you can stay at.” I do. I mean, yes.

What makes you unique in your field?

We are definitely the anti-wedding band. I always say, if you want a traditional Motown-Top 40 wedding band with horns and keyboards etc., we’re not your guys. But if you want a great rock band at your wedding – and we’re finding TONS of couples do – then let’s do it.

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What is the best piece of advice you can give to a couple?

Pinterest is great, but make sure you make the wedding your own. The most memorable things for you and your guests will be the things that best show your own personality and creativity. Last year we did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in our suits with the bride and groom who were still fully dressed in their gown and tux (Shout out to Matt & Sydney!). And just this weekend we had a couple make their big entrance on a tandem mountain bike. (Shout out to Ryan and Kim!) That’s the stuff people remember.

Visit www.bearfightlive.com to book this awesome band for your next event!


The Swank Team