Bending the Rules | 7 Wedding Traditions that Are Open to Interpretation

Weddings are packed full of traditions, many of which have become cherished among couples planning their nuptials. However, here at Calluna we believe that every couple should have the wedding of their dreams, whether that be the ultimate traditional wedding, or an alternative soiree. While etiquette and traditions are important, we love when we see our couples bend the rules to fit their flavor and style.

Enjoy! xx, Calluna

The Dress: Many brides still rock a fabulous white wedding dress on their big day, but don’t be afraid to do something different if this isn’t your desired look. Not ready to take the full colored wedding dress plunge? Add a pop of color to your dress by adding a sash or fabulous coat. We fell in love with Page’s blush gown and Emma’s gorgeous dress.



Photo Credit: Kate Holstein (top) || James Christianson (bottom)

The Bill: If we’re chatting with Emily Post (the queen of everything etiquette), tradition delegates the responsibility of the wedding to the Bride’s parents and Rehearsal Dinner to the Groom’s. If your parents or future in laws are so gracious to sign the bill, that is wonderful! As with all things, as we progress we see versatility when it comes to managing the budget. Maybe you and your future hubby have a budget set and want to split it evenly. Maybe you set up a honeymoon fund instead of a registry. Maybe both sets of parents split equally. Whatever the way, we recommend setting expectations up front to avoid any tricky and tense conversations.


Photo Credit:Jenna Walker Photography

The Bridesmaids: Gone are the days where everything has to be perfectly matched. Though we love the look of the traditional matching maids, we are seeing some amazing bridesmaids trends that we simply adore. Some brides choose completely different dresses for each bridesmaid that accentuates the style and individuality of each bridesmaid. Not ready to give your girls completely different styles? Try choosing a color scheme but alternate the style of dress!


Photo Credit: Jessica Christie Photography (top) || Rachel Havel Photography (bottom)

The First Look: Traditionally, Brides aren’t supposed to see their future hubby until the moment they walk down the aisle. This one is a total personal choice for the couple, some brides like to see the surprise on their grooms face as they walk down the aisle, but other brides want to see their groom before and share special moments before your ceremony. If your style is the latter, than first look photos can definitely have their perks!



Photo Credit: James Christianson (top) || Manzanita (bottom)

The Walk: Many brides choose to have their fathers walk them down the aisle on their big day. However, this is another tradition that we’ve seen open to interpretation. Whether you want both your parents to walk you down, a step parent, siblings, a loved one, or maybe you want to walk down solo… don’t be afraid to do it your way. Each bride has different family dynamics, and we think its great to embrace that!



Photo Credit: Tess Pace Photography (top) || Rachel Havel (bottom)

The Bouquet Toss: Some couples love the traditional bouquet toss but others would rather mix up the tradition with other alternatives. If you don’t want to single out the singles at your wedding, try highlighting the couples that have been married the longest! We have seen anniversary dances that leave the longest married couple dancing till they are the last ones standing!


Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography (top) || Tess Pace Photography (bottom)

The Cake: In the dessert department, some couples go for the traditional wedding cake that feeds all of the guests. While this is definitely an option, we love seeing the ways that some couples are coming up with alternatives. Some couples choose to get a small cake for cutting and feed the guests a variety of other fun sweet treats!


Photo Credit: Tess Pace Photography (top) || Dawn Sparks (middle) || James Christianson (bottom)

Featured Image:: Laura Murray Photography



Something Sweet :: Cake Trends 2015

We believe wedding cakes and desserts should be as aesthetically pleasing as they are flavorful and delicious. If cutting the cake is an important tradition during your ceremony or a must have item on your photography shot list, chances are every guest is drooling in anticipation for a tasty bite.

As the 2015 wedding season has officially kicked off we (unsurprisingly) have the dessert table on our mind. We love the ever changing dessert trends (see here , hereand here) but this year we wanted to take the conversation to the pros: tride and true Colorado bakers that have paved the way for gorgeous culinary creations. Scroll through to get an insider’s perspective on this year’s scrumptious sensations – we can’t wait to see these trends brought to life!


Katy Pierson from Sugar Breck believes the more natural cake the better.

Sugar Breck - Katy

“Is there anything better than a buttercream cake?  I think not.  I really never tire of a beautifully decorated buttercream cake with fresh flowers.  Big or small, I think this trend is timeless and on point for 2015 and until the end of time….  For me, a buttercream cake makes me first in line for dessert, drooling and perhaps throwing elbows.  Nah, just kidding! (only about the throwing elbows part).

Natural and rustic bases for the cake to be displayed on are a wonderful addition to a simple buttercream cake.  A smattering of flowers with big pops of color and fresh greens also an abundance of fresh fruit will also make this trend a sure hit.

On the inside, I love a cake with a smooth and creamy texture with a “homey” feel.  You know, like the one your Grandmother used to make.  Natural and organic flavors go hand in hand with this type of cake.   Just like that old saying goes “less is more,” in my book.   One of the most common things I say to my clients is “don’t ya want to look back at your wedding cake photo in 30 years and say “that was a good choice.” ”


Megan Joy at Megan Joy Cakes has a similar opinion to Katy.  KatieGrantPhotography- megan joy


“I can definitely say that a big trend for my clients right now are those organic, textured cake designs, which I also enjoy because no two are the same. Marbled colors, rough texture, and beautiful, soft floral or feather accents reflect the mountain-glam style that so many of our brides are seeking.”

| Photo on left by Rachel Havel Photography, Photo on right by Katie Grant Photography |


Rachel Teufel, Owner and Cake Designer at Intricate Icings provides us with insight on what will give your cake that stunning “wow factor.” Her two designs below will leave you speechless and wanting more!

Intricate-Icings Art & Soul     Intricate-Icing Art & soul 2

“Some of this year’s popular trends in cakes are gold, fringe, feathers, and hand painting. While Marsala is the color of the year, there’s lots of blue, blush, and neutrals on the fashion runway as well that will influence wedding colors. This cake combines all of those trends in one.”

| Photos by Art & Soul |

 Intricate Icings Campfire studios     intricate Icings Campfire studios wafer paper

“While fresh flowers are always a nice addition to a cake, sugar flowers add a bit of wow factor. These handmade edible creations are a great choice for those clients looking to impress their guests. Gumpaste is an edible version of clay and is the most popular medium used to create these flowers, but wafer paper is making its entrance as the next big thing in sugar flowers.  Wafer paper is light and delicate giving the sugar flowers a more lifelike look and texture. This cake combines a bold gold design with rich red sugar roses.”

| Photos by Campfire Studios |


Kim with Tee and Cakes has a little more of a non-traditional cake in mind for this year’s up and coming trends but works perfectly for that gluten free couple.

Tee and Cakes

“I think that my favorite recent trend is French Macaroon towers to take the place of a tiered cake.  Yes, they are not necessarily new on the dessert front but they have received much more attention in the past year or so.  I believe that brides are willing to experiment a bit more with the choices they offer their guests.  Macaroons seem to hit on many levels of satisfaction.  The incorporation of color, texture, height, uniqueness, simplicity, and they are also gluten free which we know is a big up and coming trend.”


Thank you to all our vendors for being involved! xx Calluna Events

Trend Alert :: Naked Cakes

Here’s a polite way to get naked on your wedding day:  undress your cake by stripping it down to its layers and letting it go “naked.”  A growing wedding cake trend we love is the move toward naked cakes, particularly in the summer when frosting doesn’t always cooperate with heat.  Naked cakes underscore the old saying, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. They simply expose the inside layers, and whatever filling is used to hold them together, without the frosting covering the outside. To finish the look, naked cakes are decorated with fresh fruit and beautiful blooms so they still look dressed up enough to hold their place of honor on the dessert table.




Photo Credit: Loverly :: Annabella Charles | Kristen Beinke | Elizabeth Anne Designs

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