Wedding DIY: I baked my own cake

Last updated 05:00 16/07/2013
Shelley Frith
Shelley Frith

Shelley Frith with her $80 bouquet of Avalanche roses.

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The homemade cake.

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We saved many dollars on our wedding in February this year in Whitianga.

We bought old crystal glasses and vases, saved jars and tins. I bought pink and gold glitter from Spotlight and we decorated these with the rose gold glitter. On the day we had babies breath or candles in them and they sparkled beautifully.

We used left over wedding invitations to create our placecards. We had good quality card for the invites, so we were able to fold these off-cuts in half to create stands.

We also used free PDFs online for table number templates and for our 'program of the day' fan. I found cool split pins to put the programs together at Spotlight for $2.

I learnt to bake a wedding cake - a lemon and blueberry pound cake, with a lemon curd filling and a white chocolate and passionfruit ganache. It's heavy like a fruit cake, but it is mainly eggs and butter. I did a couple of trials before doing the final one. We iced it up and froze each tier, transporting them up to our wedding location as in-flight baggage. We refroze the cake on arrival. The day before the wedding, we took the cake out to unfreeze. It was perfect. If you can bake, you should do it. It probably cost all up about $100.

We saved heaps on flowers. We ordered some  babies breath and freesias at the local New World. For the special roses I wanted - Avalanche roses - I ordered them through a flower wholesaler, that delivered nationwide. When they arrived, all I had to do was to put them in a cool place in water and spritz them for a couple of days. We were then able to get rid of the storm petals and create a simple bouquet.

I went online earlier in the year and watched YouTube videos of how to make a basic bouquet. I practised with supermarket roses. The girls bunched their babies breath together and we used ribbon to tie them up. I paid about $80 for my bouquet all up and the girls' bouquets were roughly $15 each.

I definitely recommend DIY - but put in the trials and practise so you aren't stressed. Freeze the cake when iced in advance (sealed in plastic) and accept any help you can get.

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