Shonna’s Rustic Farm Wedding

Growing up on a farm in the mountains of North Carolina, I wanted a rustic themed wedding with the reception in a barn.  We wanted our friends and family surrounding us, good food, good music, and a beautiful setting.  We knew when … Continue reading »

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Buon Appetito! Family Dinner Time!

When my mom and step-dad were married back in the 1990’s, we had an amazing rehearsal dinner at a little family owned Italian restaurant in the town we lived in. I remember the warmth of not only the food but the conversations … Continue reading »


Beach Theme Wedding

presents Beach Theme Wedding by Taylor Briggs There’s nothing like the airy, fresh, carefree atmosphere of a beach wedding! Whether you actually decide to celebrate your big day on the shoreline, or simply choose to add beachy details to your event, you … Continue reading »


The Invitation Dilemma

My fiancé and I have quickly become adept at making quick (yet hopefully sound) decisions. We “hee-hawed” when we first started planning the wedding, wanting to make sure that everything was perfect. We quickly realized, however, that with literally hundreds of decisions … Continue reading »

Vegas Photographer Special

In celebration of their move to Las Vegas, Emily Ku Photography is offering a special to Big Fat Cake readers: Receive a free 16×20 mounted print any wedding package when you mention “BigFatCake.” Valued at $120! Claim the offer before 04/30/2011! If … Continue reading »

Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil Gives Me Great Hope!

I’m a March Bride. Not a June bride, not a fashionably Fall bride, not a Oooo-I’m-being-trendy-and-snowy winter Bride, but a March Bride. Great for negotiating with vendors, but perhaps not so great for the weather. I’m taking a big chance on this … Continue reading »

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Win Sarah’s Wedding! With Hot 99.5

Win a free wedding worth more than $26,000 with radio station, Hot 99.5! Just for entering, you’ll get a pair of tickets to the Washington Bridal Showcase on any of these three dates: Sunday, Sept 12 @ Dulles Expo Center at Chantilly … Continue reading »

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Carpet Store Seeks Wedding Vendor Barter

Desperate times call for creativity. You gotta give this bride some credit for figuring out a way to get what she wants. She’s bartering her family’s carpet store products in exchange for wedding vendor services. Someone help her out! :O) Have you … Continue reading »


Sale: Bluedotpapershop Closing Down

Hi everyone – it’s been a while! So I have some sad news – my favorite paper shop, BlueDotPaperShop, is closing down :-(.  BUT, to every downside, there is always a plus – for any brides going the DIY route, this is … Continue reading »


Negotiating with Photographers

<question> Every photographer I’ve talked to is very expensive. How can I find a cheap photographer, but someone good? </question> Yes, I agree that photography tends to be on the pricey side, but in my opinion, I would pay good money for … Continue reading »

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Paparazzi Perfect

My fiance are I are major photo lovers! So photography was the one big budget item other than the venue that we were willing to splurge a little– maximum of $3,000 (~28% of the budget!). Our requirements? We wanted about 9-10 hours of … Continue reading »

Venues in Virginia!

Hi! New blogger here… and the topic is reception venues! When we had started talking about receptions, we dreamed of an outdoor reception with white Christmas lights strung everywhere and lots of candles. Then reality hit. We realized that the table rental, … Continue reading »