Bustle Blog by Liz Beck

Topping the Royal Wedding Cake

Prince William and his bride Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, cut the first slice of the magnificent eight-tiered wedding cake this afternoon as they celebrated their marriage with friends and family.

The confectionery masterpiece covered in cream and white icing and decorated with up to 900 delicate sugar-paste flowers was centre-stage at the Buckingham Palace reception held in the picture gallery.

The project has left cake-maker Fiona Cairns exhausted but elated after working for five weeks on it  which has tested her skills and those of her team to the limit.
The masterpiece: Fiona Cairns, stands next to the wedding cake that she and her team made for Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, in the Picture Gallery of Buckingham Palace

There were infill features of cascading orange and apple blossom, honeysuckle, acorns with oak leaves – meaning strength and endurance – and bridal rose, which symbolises happiness, and myrtle.

The fourth tier featured the intricate garlands, reflecting the architectural details in the room, and above this was another cake covered with lattice work and piped leaf detail.

Lily of the valley – representing sweetness and humility – covered the sixth tier which also had an artistic interpretation of the couple’s cipher – their initials intertwined below a coronet.

The four flowers of the home nations – English rose, Scottish thistle, Welsh daffodil and Irish shamrock – were featured on the penultimate tier and the top cake, around six inches in diameter, was covered with lace details with a garland of lily of the valley and heather on top.

         Fruity! The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are fans of the baker's fruit cakes, while Paul McCartney orders one for Christmas every yearFruity! The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are fans of the baker's fruit cakes, while Paul McCartney orders one for Christmas every year
The cakemaker would not reveal all the ingredients she used but said the cake contained a range of produce from dried fruits such as raisins and sultanas to walnuts, cherries, grated oranges and lemon, French brandy and free-range eggs and flour.
Hard work: The project has left cake-maker Fiona Cairns exhausted but elated after working for five weeks on the project

Thank you to the Daily Mail UK for the details!

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Hat’s Off to the Royal Wedding!

What would a Royal British Wedding be without the hats?  Kate and William’s guests did not disappoint with posh hats of all shapes and sizes.

Royal Wedding Crazy Hats

Princesses Beatrice, 22, and Eugenie, 21, cousins to Prince William, complemented their wedding outfits with some over-the-top headpieces. According to UsMagazine.com, the sisters, daughters of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson, chose Philip Treacy to design their hats.(Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Royal Wedding Crazy Hats

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall wore a bowl-shaped Philip Treacy hat. Treacy designed many of the hats worn by guests of the Royal Wedding. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Royal Wedding Crazy Hats
Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s wife Miriam wore what looked to be a Flamenco-inspired hat. (Alastair Grant/AP Photo)

Royal Wedding Crazy Hats

Sophie Winkleman joined the hat mania in honor of the Royal Wedding, wearing a sculpted straw head piece. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Royal Wedding's Mad Hattery

David Beckham and Victoria Beckham arrive to attend the Royal Wedding. Victoria wore a petite navy blue chapeau with accents designed by Philip Treacy. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Royal Wedding Crazy Hats

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (L) arrived to the Royal Wedding wearing a dazzling electric blue hat by Phillip Treacy. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Royal Wedding Crazy Hats
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, wore a rosette spray from Jane Taylor perched on the side of her hair. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Inspiration…  when planning your wedding, think about the dress code for your guests.  Maybe it is a hat, maybe a color but what a great way to have your guests set the tone and accent the decor!

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A Modern Day Princess

More than a billion eyes were on Kate Middleton as she stepped out of the queen’s 1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI in front of London’s Westminster Abbey  wearing a wedding dress of fairy-tale princess-esque proportions — a dress that will be immortalized in fashion history.  The designer, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, was only named as the bride, 29, arrived at Westminster Abbey with her father Michael.

The lace appliqué for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace.  Individual flowers were hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create an organic design with rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock motifs.  The train is just short of 9 feet. French Chantilly lace was combined with English Cluny lace to be hand-worked in the Carrickmacross needlework tradition which originated in Ireland in the 1820s.

The influences of Carrickmacross and Arts and Crafs on Middleton’s dress design are the “old,” says Palmer. The earrings, a gift from her parents, are the “new. ”The tiara is “borrowed,” and a blue ribbon sewn into her dress is the “blue.”

Officials released a statement that said: “Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work.” They also said that Middleton worked “closely” with Sarah Burton to formulate the design of her dress.

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No Invitation from the Palace???

I have been checking the mail but still no invitation from Buckingham Palace.  It looks as if we are going to be watching the ROYAL WEDDING on this side of the pond.  Not to worry, there are a lot of places around town rolling out the red carpet for William and Kate and you ARE invited!

Shakespeare Pub & Grille (3701 India Street, Middletown) - The Royal Wedding watching festivities will begin at 6:00 a.m.* A special breakfast will be offered during the celebration: Eggs Benedict or Wild Smoked Salmon & Bagels followed by seasonal fruit. Like any good wedding reception, complimentary champagne will be poured throughout the ceremony. The cost is $19.95 per person and reservations are required. Please call (619) 299-0230, Extension 5.  In a nod to the UK’s  love of millinery, a prize will be awarded to the lady wearing the best hat.

All Things Bright And British (8401 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa) - Bill, the owner, has plans to broadcast the Royal Wedding live at his charming British goods establishment in La Mesa. He is planning the live wedding watching event as we type. For the latest information, please call him at (619) 464-2298. He plans on having an open house all weekend long so the merriment will go on past Friday morning. Additionally, if you plan on having your own Royal Wedding watching party, you can stock up on real British goods ‘Made in England.’ If you like candy, tea, Cornish Pasties, bangers, Wensleydale cheese, and real Cadbury Chocolate bars (the U.S. ones are made by Hershey), make a mad dash to Bill’s place before the BIG DAY.

Don’t plan on making an outing of it?  YouTube has received an official sanction to broadcast four hours of live Internet coverage on The Royal Channel which will include the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, the procession to Buckingham Palace, and the newlyweds’ appearance on the palace balcony for “The Kiss.”

Royal Wedding Day Schedule 

8: 15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. – The general congregation will arrive at the Great North Door of Westminster Abbey.

9:50 a.m. - Governors-General and Prime Ministers of Realm Countries,the Diplomatic Corps, and other distinguished guests arrive at the Abbey.

10:10 a.m. - Prince William and Prince Henry of Wales leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey.

10:20 a.m. -  Members of Foreign Royal Families and Mrs. Michael (Carole) Middleton and Mr. James Middleton arrive at Westminster Abbey from Buckingham Palace.

10:25 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. -  Members of the Royal Family (except those listed below) leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey.

10:38 a.m. - The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla) leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey.

10:40 a.m. -  The Queen (Elizabeth II) and The Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey.

10:48 a.m. -  The Bridesmaids and Pages leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey.

10:51 a.m. – The Bride (Kate), accompanied by Mr. Michael Middleton, leaves the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey.

11: 00 a.m. -  The Marriage Service begins.

12:15 p.m. – The Carriage Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom with a Captain’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, followed by The Queen’s Procession with a Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, leaves Westminster Abbey for Buckingham Palace.

12:30 p.m. -  The Bride’s Carriage Procession arrives at Buckingham Palace.

12:40 p.m. –  Members of the Royal Family and Members of Foreign Royal Families and other guests for the reception arrive at Buckingham Palace.

1:25 p.m. -  The Queen and the Bride and Bridegroom, together with their Families, appear on the Balcony.

1:30 p.m. –  Fly Past by the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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Princess Brides and their Royal Weddings

The Royal Wedding is everywhere.   And why are we so enthralled?  Well, because this is the real life fairytale that many women dream of and very few can really have.  The enormous chapels, hand stitched silk gowns, thousands of guests in attendance, amazing jewelry AND a castle is enough to make any girl swoon!  Oh, and did I mention the title of “Princess?”

With only FOUR days until the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, we thought we would take a look back at some of the most unforgettable Royal Weddings of the past.

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco

April 18, 1956

Grace and Prince Rainier had two weddings: one was a civil wedding and the other a religious ceremony.  Grace and her 65-member wedding party sailed to Monaco on the ocean liner Constitution on April 4, 1956.

April 18, 1956 was the civil ceremony in the palace’s baroque throne room. Grace wore a pale pink taffeta dress with cream-colored Alencon lace, white kid gloves, and a Juliet cap. Rainier wore striped trousers, a white vest, gray tie, and a black morning coat. They exchanged their vows in French.

Lady Diana Spencer and Charles, Prince of Wales

July 29, 1981

Their wedding took place on Wednesday, 29 July 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral, London,United Kingdom.  It was watched by a global television audience of 750 million.  Lady Diana arrived at the cathedral in the Glass Coach and made the three-and-a-half minute walk up the red-carpeted aisle with the sumptuous 25 ft (8 m) train of gown behind her.

During the vows Diana accidentally reversed the order of Charles’s names, saying Philip Charles Arthur George AND she did not promise to “obey” him; that traditional vow was left out at the couple’s request, which caused a sensation at the time.
Lady Diana’s dress was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel and  made of silk taffeta, decorated with lace, hand embroidery, sequins, and 10,000 pearls.  Her STUNNING £30,000 ring consisting of 14 diamonds surrounding a blue sapphire which was previously gifted to Queen Elizabeth II is now gracing the hand of Miss Kate Middleton.

Queen Rania of Jordan and Prince Abdullah

June 10, 1993

Their wedding was a glittering affair. At the time, Prince Abdullah was not the nation’s crown prince. That title was held by King Hussein’s brother, Prince Hassan, for years the assumed heir to the throne. Still, as oldest son of King Hussein’s 12 children, his marriage was feted as a grand state occasion.  The marriage was performed by King Hussein, who, like his now-sovereign son, is considered by tradition to be a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.

The princess wore a gold-trimmed, short-sleeve gown by British designer Bruce Oldfield for the traditional Muslim ceremony. Their first multitier wedding cake resembled apartment lofts with its elevated rectangular layers embellished with crowns, which the newlyweds cut with a sword.

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Miss Mary Elizabeth Donaldson

June 18, 2010

The wedding ceremony took place in Copenhagen Cathedral, and the wedding festivities were held at Fredensborg Castle.  The royal wedding marks the conclusion of something of a modern fairy tale after almost four years of courtship since the couple first met at a bar during the Sydney Olympics.

The dinner and the evenings’ events took place in a tent on the Fredensborg palace grounds with 450 guests in attendance.

Mary wore a wedding gown designed by Danish designer Uffe Frank and was white duchess satin.  Mary wore Queen Ingrid’s veil and the train, weighing over 22 pounds, took 300 hours to make.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland 

 June 19,  2010

The wedding took place in Stockholm Cathedral on the 34th anniversary of her parents’ wedding.  More than 1200 guests including royalty and statesmen from various countries were invited to the wedding ceremony.  After the wedding the newlyweds were driven through Stockholm in a coach and then rowed in the antique royal barge Vasaordento the royal castle where the wedding banquet was held.

The radiant and beaming 32-year old bride walked down the aisle on the arm of her father, the king, in a cream-colored duchess satin gown with short sleeves and an off-the -shoulder, rounded neckline. Designed by Pär Engsheden, the dress has a V-shaped back and a 16.5 foot train fastened from the waist. Topping off the look, as everyone predicted, was the Cameo tiara which the bride’s mother, Queen Silvia, also wore to her own wedding on the same day in 1976.


The Wedding Party… and all of the questions that surround them

We have the privilege of working with couples during one of the most exciting times in their lives but along with the excitement can come stress.  Of course, hiring a competent, professional and FUN wedding planner goes along way for relieving a lot of that anxiety but there are some things that we can’t do.  There are some things we can only guide you through and one of those things is the Wedding Party.

The Wedding Party is there to stand by you and support you and your fiance as you make this lifetime commitment to one another.  Remember this when selecting the people who will be standing next to you at the alter!

Today, I thought we could answer some of the questions that we get asked most often when it comes to the attendants and the overall wedding party.  I wanted to give you a little etiquette (Emily Post and Martha Stewart) along with some insight from the modern day wedding world.

Here Goes…

How many people should I have in my bridal party?

According to Emily or Martha, concrete numbers should be one groomsman to usher each 50 guests. More often that not, couples will pair one bridesmaid with each groomsman; modernly, a groomsman can escort two bridesmaids or vice versa. In today’s world, more couples are throwing tradition to the wind and, simply, going with the number of attendants that they feel comfortable with. Some couples even choose to go without attendants or only honor attendants; whereas, other couples have as many as a dozen close family and friends they choose to include in their bridal party.

How do I determine who should be my honor attendant?

Traditionally, the position of maid or matron of honor is assumed by the sister closest in age to the bride. If the bride has more than one sister, she can have both or all of them be honor attendants; or, alternatively, if the bride doesn’t have a sister, she would ask a close friend, cousin or aunt. In the modern world, brides entitle their closest friend whether that be a sister, other family member or someone who is not related at all.  There have even been brides who have gone off the beaten path and had their male best friend stand by their side on their big day – literally. Just make sure all male attendants’ attire coordinates. Whether the honor attendant be related or not, male or female – remember one thing: it should be someone who can understand and give you the support you need at this very special time in your life.

 I have too many friends and family – how do I choose?

You should not choose an attendant to meet a certain number. They should be standing at your side that day because you can’t imagine not sharing every step of your special day with that person. They should be a team of support to the bride and the groom, made up of individuals who won’t worry about assisting with little tasks as well as bigger ones. If after carefully evaluating, you still have more people in mind than you would like in your party, consider one cousin from each branch of family or the friend you spend most of your time with as opposed to the one you see once or twice a year. You may even consider keeping it to family only. You can always include family or friends you cannot include in other ways, such as a reading or ushering a family member in the processional.

Bridal party member and I had a falling out – what do I do?

If you don’t have anyone in mind that you would like to include, there is no need to fill the spot. You don’t need to have a 1:1 bridesmaid-groomsman ratio.  If there is someone that you would like to have included now that this member has dropped out and it’s not too late (aka, dresses haven’t been ordered yet), a little white lie won’t hurt anyone. Just explain that you had a really hard time narrowing down your list and that you have finally finalized it. Or, if you feel you need to be completely honest and that they won’t be offended being on your “B”-list, go ahead and sit down with them and explain.

I dislike one of my fiancé’s choices for groomsmen. Can I battle this?

In this case, this is your husband’s decision to make. Try to appreciate that this is a friend or family member of he holds near and dear – and that may never change. For the sake of your marriage, you might want to make every effort to accept that. If you just can’t live with this person being one of your attendants, explore other ways of honoring this friend of his in your wedding.

Should my wedding party be allowed a “plus one”?

“And guest” suffixes are only mandated by etiquette in the case that they are spouses, fiancés, or live-in partners.  If you would like to have a member of your party invite a person they have been in a long term relationship with, you have to keep it consistent and do the same for the entire bridal party.

I would like all of my bridesmaids to have a specific hairstyle and/or make-up done in a specific style. Is this too much to ask?

It is fair to ask your bridesmaids to wear their hair a certain way; however, if you require a professional to get the job done, you should really offer to pick up this tab, unless they offer to do so.

They’re near and dear to our hearts, but we have friends that get rowdy or emotional once they’ve have had too much to drink. Should we request that they limit the amount of alcohol they consume before a certain time of day?

Talk to your friends on your own – you speak with yours and your fiancé can speak with his. Share with them what you want out of your day, rather than what you don’t.  For example, share with your college friend who tends to get emotional when she drinks too much that you are looking forward to having a great time at your wedding and don’t want to drink too much as you would like to cherish your special day. Hint, hint.

Once you’ve done that, you should also forewarn your wedding planner or caterer that alcohol can be a problem with a select few. They may have solutions for you as to inconspicuously limiting alcohol.

We hope this gives a little insight when determining and working with your wedding party.

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Happy Earth Day!

For over 40 years, Earth Day—April 22—has inspired and mobilized individuals and organizations worldwide to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.

How can your wedding or event be GREENer?  The most important thing we can do is be AWARE and do what we can to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  The Wedding and Event Industry is notorious for waste and today is as good a day as any for each of us to take another step towards being green.  It can be as simple as letting your wedding planner know that you would like to make eco-conscious decisions.  We will take it from there.
There are always great ideas popping up for ways we can be creative and earth conscious at the same time.  These are just a few that we love…

1. Head to your neighborhood farmer’s market for welcome bag goodies and favor ideas.  Also, talk to you caterer to make sure the produce they use is local.

2. Encourage your friends and family to bypass plastic and paper bags by giving a recycled/reusable bag as your welcome gift.  The Wedding Chicks sell customizable Eco Bags that are adorable.


3. The iPad…  This is my personal favorite in so many ways but I can honestly say I have almost eliminated my need for paper.  From contracts and notes to photographs and calendars, this is a bride’s dream for organization and simplicity.  As a planner, it is eco-SANITY!
4. Check out the Esty Local page for inspiring goodness from fashion and accessories to stationery and decor.

5. Add a planting tree as part of your ceremony.  Include your family as you add the soil, the seeds and the water.

On the hunt for your engagement ring or wedding band?  Look no further than Brilliant Earth and their conflict-free diamond guarantee.  This week through Sunday they are giving away the below pendant (with ethically sourced green sapphire) with any ring you purchase!

Brilliant Earth Jewelry Giveaway

We challenge you to take on ONE GREEN GOAL and stick with it.

At LBE, we are committing to becoming as proficient as possible on the iPad to eliminate our use of paper all together.  We are also committing to using our Eco Bags whenever we shop (not just when convenient!).

Happy Earth Day…


Don’ts for Husbands and for Wives (circa 1913)

Looking for some sound advice on creating and maintain the “perfect” marriage. Well, it seems Blanche Ebbutt had the answers in 1913…

Her books,  Don’ts for Husbands and Don’ts for Wives, have been reissued by A. & C. Black, Ltd. in pocket-sized editions.  Penned by Ms. Ebbutt on the eve of the First World War, these books contain snippets of entertaining advice for a happy marriage.

I may be an authority on weddings, but I will leave giving advice on marriage to an expert!  Surprisingly enough (or not surprising at all) so much of what Ms. Ebbutt has to say holds true today.

Don’ts for wives:

– Don’t let your husband wear a violet tie with grass-green socks. If he is unhappily devoid of the color sense, he must be forcibly restrained, but — don’t be sarcastic about your husband’s taste in dress.

– Don’t let him have to search the house for you. Listen for his latchkey and meet him on the threshold.

– Don’t try to excite your husband’s jealousy by flirting with other men. You may succeed better than you want to. It is like playing with tigers and edged tools and volcanoes all in one.

Don’ts for husbands:

– Don’t be surprised, or annoyed, or disappointed, to find, after treating your wife for years as a featherbrain, that you have made her one, and that she fails to rise to the occasion when you need her help.

– Don’t give up cricket, or football … or whatever outdoor sport you have been accustomed to just because you are married. Athletics will keep you from becoming flabby.

– Don’t argue that a new hat isn’t necessary because there is nothing visibly wrong with the one she is wearing. You probably have forgotten that this is its third season, but she hasn’t.

I just love the relevance of this book that was written a century ago.  Times may have changed, but I bet we can all learn something from Blanche Ebbutt.
Plus, it is a super cute gift!



What comes to mind when you hear the word, “barbershop?”  For some people, the picture of a barber pole pops into their head with images of old men giving a quick shave and buzz cut.  Barbershops continue to pop up all over the country catering to men per usual, but with a modern spin.  The stereotypical old-fashioned barber has been renewed with a fresh crop of young hip barbers with fading skills that would make their predecessors proud.

So ladies, you can have your manicures and pedicures while the guys can have their own variation of pampering.   Hot towel shaves, straight razor shaves, a trim, styled cut, beard shaping, style consultations, facials, MANicures are just the beginning.  If you man is not the type to schedule this for himself, get it as a gift and make the appointment for the morning of the wedding for a close shave and a relaxing facial.  Most places cater to grooming events for pre-wedding pop ins and bachelor party events as well.

There are so many men that relish in the idea of being pampered and proper grooming but the concept of going to a spa  is more than they can handle.   I know this because I married one of those guys!  These cutting edge MASCULINE barbershops are just the ticket…

These are some of our suggestions for local Barbershops…

Rayzors Barber Shop- Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-7pm and Saturday 9am-5pm.  You are assured a great service in a comfortable, unpretentious environment at a reasonable price.  They also cater to groups.

The Urban Shave Shop- By Appointment Only.  The Urban Shave is a one chair barbershop based on the late 1800′s classic gentleman’s barber shop experience.  This would make a specialized experience for the groom.

Dapper Jay’s Barber Shop - Open 7 days a week from 11AM to 7PM. Appointments taken. Specializing in all mens cut and hot towel shaves. They also book shave and grooming events for weddings.

Two Roses Inc.- Open 7 days a week from 11AM to 8PM.  This blend of barbershop, caffe and tattoo parlor offers a unique 1940′s style vintage experience, with an emphasis on the finest details.

The Barber Surgeons- By Appointment Only.  The Barber Surgeons are full service barbershop that can offer a classic old-fashioned shave and still deliver todays most modern haircut styles.  Where else could you confidently order up a Lobotomy and look forward to it?


Vase Time

Nothing goes better with flowers than a fabulous vase to put them in.  Whether they function as an accent piece or the center of attention, a unique vase is a great way to add color, style and personality to your event.  It may simply require a single bloom to make a statement!

An overall great design is the collaboration of all of its pieces so don’t forget about this one.

Kate Spade Camelia Avenue Vase

Indoor/Outdoor and Awesome Concrete Planter -Circle-
Mini Concrete Planters

Jonathan Adler’s Carnaby Hollywood Vase

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Z Gallerie Miami Vase

Anthro’s Curvy Chrysanthemum Vase

Crate and Barrel Corinth Aqua Vase

Bottle Hood’s Recycled/Repurposed Bombay Sapphire Vase

Happy Friday!