Top 7 Alternatives to a Traditional Wedding Cake

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ombre ruffled wedding cakeA tiered cake is a common sight at many weddings. But what if you just happen to not like cake? Or another type of dessert is your favorite? Or you just want something different?

Offer your guests a tasty treat with one of these delicious alternatives to the traditional wedding cake.

1. Cake pops

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Cake pops are still a popular choice for weddings. They can be decorated to fit your wedding color palette, and come in the same delicious flavors as a traditional cake.

2. Doughnuts

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Glazed, filled, iced. Stacked them on a pretty cake stand, or displayed on trays. Doughnuts are a perennial favorite. Try a doughnut tower with Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

3. Cupcakes

Don’t let other articles fool you. (You know, the one’s that say cupcakes are on their way out). Cupcakes served at weddings is still a popular choice. Mix and match flavors.

4. Cheesecakes

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Many people prefer cheesecake over cake. If this is you, why not serve cheesecake at your reception? You can do full-sized cakes or serve mini ones. Offer a variety of flavors.

It’s A Nice Day for a (Non) White Wedding (Cake)

5. Cookies & Milk

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What a better way to end the day than with a tall glass of milk and cookies? Yum!

6. Pancakes

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Having a wedding breakfast or brunch? Then how about a stack of pancakes with delicious layers of maple syrup, seasonal fruits, and cream?

7. Ice Cream

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Ice cream is a favorite with all ages. A make-your-own sundae bar with different flavors and multiple toppings will be a bit hit.

Can’t Pick?

Who says you have to pick just one? Serve multiple types of sweet treats with a dessert buffet.

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Nina's Hidden Gardens – An Elegant Garden Venue

I’d like to introduce Nina Griffin and Nina’s Hidden Gardens, a new wedding and special event venue, conveniently located in Beavercreek, Ohio.

Nina’s Hidden Gardens, is a tranquil setting that will provide a memorable locale for your special event, including wedding ceremonies and receptions, showers, family reunions, and corporate events. Nina says whether you’re looking to have a rustic backdrop or a formal setting, she can accommodate both.

Her English heritage lends itself to the enjoyment of cottage gardens and spending time outside communing with nature, and you can enjoy several different areas for your special event, including:

The Scenic Pond

Walled Garden with Stone Steps

Poolside with Terraced Seating
Or bring in a tent on the spacious grounds.

The sense of peace and intimate tranquil setting is a rare find only three miles from the mall in Beavercreek.

“I want to share the pleasure of this lovely setting with those who also appreciate the elegance yet rustic nature and calming influence this unique retreat has to offer. Whether it be a wedding or a small event you will experience that sense of joy that I find here every day.”                                                              ~ Nina

Visit Nina’s website at Nina’s Hidden Gardens for more photos of this beautiful venue, and be sure to contact her at 937-271-1609 or by email at and see how Nina’s Hidden Gardens can be the perfect setting for your wedding or special event.

Wedding Gown Glossary

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Wedding gowns have a language all their own. To help you “talk the talk” when you’re visiting bridal salons, here is a glossary of several of the most common terms.


A dress fitted at the bodice and gradually flares from the waist to the hem

An uneven hemline, often high in the front and low in the back, to create interest

Ball Gown

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A classic shape with a fitted bodice and full skirt

A high waistline that sits directly below the bust

A dress that is fitted at the top, long waisted and flairs below the knee. Also referred to as Trumpet or Fishtail

This gown is form fitting and contours to your natural silhouette


Blusher veil

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A 2 tier veil with one layer shorter than the other which is traditionally brought forward to cover the bride’s face

Bubble Veil
A short, 2-layered veil made from one piece of fabric which poufs out to create volume

Typically a circular piece of lace or fabric and can be embellished with lace applique or pearls



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The dress has a fitted bodice and drops at the waist, dipping in the center

Natural Waist
Falls at the natural waistline

Princess Waist
Slimming silhouette with vertical seams from the shoulder or under the arm, over the bust, and down to the hem.


Brush or Sweep Train
The shortest train barely brushing the floor

Puddle Train
Similar to the Brush/Sweep train but has more fabric at the sides

Chapel Train
More common train extending 75″ from the waist

Cathedral Train
Formal train extending 102″ from the waist

Grand Cathedral Train
Formal train extending 120″ from the waist