The Edmonton Wedding Guide: Cakes, Flowers and Stationery

The Edmonton Wedding Guide. A four-part guide chock-full of everything you need to tie the knot in Edmonton. We found all the venues, gowns, flowers, cakes, invites and photographers you need to fall in love with wedding planning all over again.

Here’s what we’ve covered so far:
The Vow Factor: Meet Jennifer Bergman Weddings
Unique Edmonton Venue Ideas
Gowns, Baubles & Shoes

Here’s what you can look forward to:
Wednesday, Feb 29: Photographers – Who to Snap Your Big Day

For now, discover the best in Edmonton for cakes, flowers and stationery.

Top Row: All images via Cake Couture Edible Art. | Middle Row: 1. Image via Whimsical Cake Studio  2. Cupcake image via Jennifer Bergman Weddings captured by JDS Photography. | Bottom Row: All images via Over the Top Cakes

Let Them Eat Cake

The wedding cake: fruit cake, carrot cake, vanilla sponge cake or chocolate deliciousness, this tasty wedding tradition has a long history. It started with the Roman Empire where the action of the bride and groom cutting the cake symbolized the first joint task in married life (can you imagine?). Then, came the tradition of freezing your wedding cake for consumption on your first anniversary. Now, these gorgeous tiered confections are pure edible art. And if cake's not your thing, you could serve pies, cupcakes or have a cookie buffet.

Jennifer Bergman Weddings shares a tip for selecting your cake :

When it comes to dessert, there’s no need to play it safe! Be bold and have some fun with your wedding cake’s design. This is a great area to incorporate your personalities and shared interests.

Have your cake, and eat it too with these amazing local cake designers:

Cake Couture
Cake Couture specializes in freehand sculpted works of art. Cake artist Erica Krone and cake decorator Annie Dam bring some serious artistic talents to cake design. And, they taste good, too. Precisely why Cake Couture is referred to as edible art. These gals are so talented that they’ve publishing a book {Cake Couture: Modern Sugar-craft for the Stylish Baker}. P.S. Order early. Book at least 6-8 months in advance. Now, that’s popular.

Whimsical Cake Studio
Whimsical Cake Studio knows delicious cakes. Owners Ken and Ailynn focus on custom cakes in jaw-dropping flavours (marbled cake topped with dreamy cookie dough sugar frosting, strawberry cake with vanilla buttercream). Create a fully custom wedding cake or save a little money with a pre-designed signature wedding cake. For an elegant take on cupcakes, consider the cupcake tower.

Over the Top Cakes
This shop opens in April 2012 but you best order now. Over the Top Cakes brings together two of Edmonton’s best: Jen Gray and Deb Lasiuk previously of Deliciously Different Cakes and Bee-Bell Health Bakery. These serious bakers offer some mouth-watering options like chocolate mocha kahlua, chocolate raspberry swirl, cherry coconut, strawberry amaretto – and any other cake flavour you can invent. All cakes are filled with vanilla Italian buttercream. 

Top Row: All images via The Artworks. | Middle Row: All images via Jennifer Bergman Weddings captured by Sharon Litchfield Photography. | Bottom Row: All images via Akiko Floral Artistry

Blooms for Every Style

These florists will customize to suit your needs, from bridal bouquets to boutonnieres to colorful centerpieces.

Jennifer Bergman Weddings shares a suggestion for your flowers:

If you’re on a tight budget, instead of cutting back on all flowers focus your floral funds on a few important areas: your bouquet, the head table, and a statement piece at the reception. These items will be in many photos throughout the day.

Laurel’s On Whyte
Leave your flowers to the amazing Lori, owner of Laurel’s on Whyte. Lori will craft arrangements that are so fun, so rustic, so different, and so exactly what you want. Not quite sure what you want? Lori is brimming with ideas to bring your wedding to life with flowers.

The Artworks
The Artworks handcrafts gorgeous bouquets, centerpieces and
boutonnieres from the finest quality flowers and greens. These flowers say elegant, modern, and simple with a penchant for colour pops (garden roses, calla lilies, exotic orchids).

Akiko Floral Artistry
Looking to push the envelope with your flowers? Meet Jennifer Pederson, owner of Akiko Floral Artistry. Her approach to flowers is innovative and contemporary. The designs are modern, constructed, almost Asian-inspired in style. Need proof of her creative talent? Consider her pocket boutonniere.

Top Row: All images via Pinkpolka Wedding Design. Clockwise from top left, photos by 1 & 2 by Pinkpolka Wedding design and 3 by Sharon Litchfield Photography. | Bottom Row: All images courtesy Notables Stationers

Wedding Stationery

Whatever people say, stationery is a big deal. Put your guests on alert with every invitation, program, menu card, and thank you note. 

Expert stationery advice from Jennifer Bergman Weddings:

Your invitations set the tone for your wedding’s style and level of formality. Ensure the design, typeface and wording reflect just that.

Pinkpolka Wedding Design
Impress your guests with wedding invitations from Pinkpolka Wedding Design. Owner and designer Jenelle Gartner is magical; she runs a design studio that delivers creative, non-traditional solutions to wedding stationery such as postcard style invitations, removable vinyl signage and bespoke stickers. Couples flock to Jenelle for custom wedding invitations to impeccably fit their wedding style from modern to sophisticated, to playful, to downright classic. The biggest trends this year: simplicity and bold typography. Looking for a more affordable option? Talk to Jenelle about her ‘Off the Rack’ collection of more than 75 invitations. Plus, her website is full of helpful resources – invitation wording, colour inspiration and etiquette 101.

Notables Stationers
The local stationery pros at Notables will create and design invites, save-the-dates, and thank-you cards. The process starts with a one-on-one meeting to discuss your wedding details and visions for papery. More of a DIY bride? Choose paper products from Notables Stationers selection of single-sheet stationery and envelopes. The finished look will be layered elegance from the finest papers.

A DIY bride who wants professional printing? Your first stop: Papyrus. This gift shop offers custom printing and personalization for wedding stationery. Select your design, create your message and customize with 15 ink colours, 26 type styles and optional printed envelopes. Online ordering is available, but skip into a Papyrus store (Southgate Centre and Edmonton City Centre) to peruse the full collections.