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Eat, Drink and Be Married!

Edition 1 – Wedding Cake Trends

Move over florals, and make room for the Cake! The wedding cake is a centerpiece of any couple’s big day – and now it’s become primarily an intricately sculpted piece of art, and the dessert factor is secondary.  Have your cake and eat it too!

Texture, color, and inventiveness are the hot trend of the year, and many of these wedding cake styles we are seeing today will likely continue to satiate our sweet teeth at 2014 weddings as well.

The latest and greatest is the delicate, yet mesmerizing look of ruffled and frilled fondant:

Ruffle Wedding Cakes by San Diego Bakeries The semi-soft and super smooth texture of fondant ruffles can be oriented upward, downward, spiraled, and sideways, which is part of what makes this technique so interesting. And when embellished by a strategic use of colors, the combination is breathtaking.


Speaking of colors, Ombre has taken the world by storm! This may be the most popular trend for 2013 weddings.

San Diego Bakery Ombre Cake Subtly fading colors with a gradient effect is known as ombre- and we’re seeing it used with both fondant and buttercream cakes. So those that want to wow their guests with that creamy, dreamy frosting can still delight in this cake style.


Patterns also transcend both fondant and buttercream frosted cakes.

Pattern Cakes by San Diego Bakeries The always elegant damask pattern and lace overlays have taken the stage with the vintage throwback we’ve been experiencing in 2013.


And we’ll take the concept of the wedding cake being a piece of art one step further with the interesting emergence just last year of hand painted wedding cakes.

San Diego Hand Painted Wedding Cakes They are incredibly unique to each and every wedding; they are meticulously artisanal; and when it comes to wowing guests, they never fail.


Needless to say, we think that the 2013 wedding cake trends happening are truly sweet, and we hope they stick like honey!

For more cake ideas, visit the Weddings at Twin Oaks Pinterest Page, which features some amazing wedding cakes by our favorite Preferred Bakeries:

Make your Reception a Party!

Instead of asking yourselves how to keep the kids occupied during the cocktail hour or reception, think about your entire guest list. Great food and drink is a must, but even better is to add to a few games or ice-breakers to get guests mixing and mingling before they sit down to dinner.

For a twist on the traditional, take a look at a few of our favorites:

Corn Hole

We love weddings with Southern charm, and what’s better in the south than Corn hole… or a good old fashion bean bag toss – no matter what you call it, this cannot be a bad idea.  Imagine how much fun your guests (and you!) will have sipping a cocktail on the terrace and tossing a beanbag? Plus, the options are endless for creating your very own custom corn hole set.

Cornhole at your Oceanside Wedding Reception

Photo Booth

Okay, so you probably already have a photographer…but having a photo booth at your reception where guests can take their own pictures is always fun too. Whether you rent a photo booth or make your own, offer props and signs for guests to use while striking a pose. With a photo booth, you can capture the great moments your photographer may have missed while taking your glam shots!

Photobooth at your Oceanside Wedding Reception

Wedding Piñata

One of our favorite new trends is the wedding piñata! We’re not talking about a donkey or a cartoon character you find at the generic party store down the street. These are serious paper art pieces designed and constructed to complement your wedding. And couples aren’t stopping there — fill it with small favors for your guests like lottery tickets, personalized pins, small toys (for the kids) and mini plastic liquor bottles (for the adults).

Have a Pinata at your San Marcos Wedding Reception

Bocce Ball

Can you say ice-breaker in Italian?! Bocce Ball is the perfect opportunity for your guests to let their hair down and get to know each other better. Lawn games pair great with outdoor weddings with warm and sunny weather – which pretty much describes all San Diego weddings!

Bocce Ball at your Fallbrook Wedding Reception

A Spectacular Send-Off

Let’s not underestimate the power of a spectacular send-off. Once guests are riding high on a night of dancing and drinking (open bar, right?) sending you off in style can be a fun way to end the night. Offer up a fun way for guests to wish you well as you end . Bubbles and sparklers are tried and true choices, but don’t limit yourself to these! Other ideas may include throwing confetti, having guests create and toss paper airplanes, or having them attach a secret note for the bride and groom on a balloon and letting it go!

San Marcos Wedding Reception

Congrats! and Thanks!

Congratulations to Sondra and Casey Garness!

Happy Couple Sondra & Casey


They were married on July 6th and celebrated with their friends and family on August 3rd here in San Marcos, at Twin Oaks! 

Twin Oaks would like to wish you lots of joy and happiness – May it be the start of a wonderful and exciting life together.






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To all those that attended the Weddings Open House at Twin Oaks this past weekend, thank you! We hope you enjoyed our San Marcos wedding venue and will consider Twin Oaks for your next event.

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