At my age, everyone is having babies and getting married. Weddings in general make me barf. Well, that’s an exaggeration. I usually only gag.
If I’m a total cynic about weddings, it may be because I was raised by wedding cynics. My parents recently celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary and they eloped, only telling a handful of people of their plans. Chuck and I announced our intention but didn’t invite anyone to our 30 second JP ceremony in Arlington, Va. Best decision I ever made.
I have been a bridesmaid two and half times and that’s really enough for me. The cost, the stress, the cost, the scheduling, the cost, and the general nonsense are really too much. Chuck recently sent me this funny article on being a bridesmaid. I can’t say I’ve ever had it this bad, but I don’t want to try.
Chuck has missed several weddings in the past several years due to football. These include the weddings of two of my brothers. Before you jump to conclusions and call him selfish, please remember that weddings are pretty darn selfish as well. Chuck likes to remind people that he only has about a dozen football games to attend each year so as long as an event takes place outside of those days, he will attend.
Out of 12 grandchildren, four of us are now married, but this was the first of my cousins to be wed. I have to say, she did an excellent job at keeping it beautiful, low-key, and budget-friendly! It was my honor and privilege to bake a “cutting” cake and 4 dozen cupcakes for this wedding. I also designed and built a tier for the cupcakes and I made custom toppers for each of the cupcakes. This helped coordinate them as there were a few other bakers also contributing.
Here is how to make a cupcake tier:
1. Make cardboard discs: You can buy these at the store but I have tons of clean cardboard left over from my new kitchen cabinets.
2. Cover the discs to make them pretty. I used wrapping paper, but I suppose you could use contact paper/shelf liner as well
3. Construct the layered tiers.
4. Add the finishing touches!
More wedding musings and photos to come, and then Farm Show pictures!