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More than 700 attend 24th annual bridal showcase (w/video)

By Sara Sneath
Jan. 12, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2014 at 7:12 p.m.

Cindy Bird, 51, of Victoria, prepares one of her wedding cakes for The Pilot Club of Victoria's 24th annual bridal showcase. The bridal showcase featured more than 60 booths exhibiting cakes, photography, limousine services, wedding gowns and a style show.

DID YOU KNOW?

In 2012, couples spent an average of $28,427 on their wedding, according to a survey of 17,500 couples released by TheKnot.com. According to the survey, the average amount spent on a wedding cake was $560.

Brides-to-be fancy textured wedding cakes and are using Pinterest for inspirations, according to Crossroads cake makers.

Brittney Autry, 24, wants a country-style cake with "lots of burlap and lace." Autry, who is getting married in April of 2015, said she got the idea from Pinterest.

The trend has moved from elaborate trimming to textured frosting, said Ruby Hoffmann, owner of Cakes for All Occasions.

"We've gotten away from doing all the intricate trims, but what they're asking for now takes just as much time," said Hoffmann, who has been making cakes for about 30 years.

Cakes decorated by hand to look like ruffle, lace and spiky combinations of the two sat on display at the 24th annual Bridal Showcase at the Victoria Community Center on Sunday. The Pilot Club of Victoria sold 777 tickets to Sunday’s Bridal Showcase, said Valarie McGuill, the Pilot Club secretary.

Cindy Bird, with Main Course Catering, said she describes the trend as "shabby chic" or "vintage." Bird said though the textured designs are popular she gets requests for all sorts of designs.

"It's kind of exciting actually," Bird, 51, of Victoria, said.

She said she enjoys working with brides to create something custom each time.

Erin Drozd, 25, of Victoria, was excited to see a cake of Bird's with turquoise-colored flowers Sunday. The colors for her wedding, which will be in May 2015, are black, white and turquoise, she said. Drozd said her sister's wedding cake was made by Bird.

"The champagne-flavored cake is awesome," Drozd said.

Leah Appleton, 26, of Victoria, said she's looking for a wedding cake that "tastes great and looks amazing." Appleton, who will be getting married in May 2015, said she wants something elegant with textured frosting and blue flowers.

"I'm more of a classic white cake with butter cream kind of girl," Appleton said.

For those couples who want their cake and chocolate, too, Rodney May of Chocolate Fountain Memories offers chocolate fountains.

May said the fountains come in three different sizes and your choice of Belgium dark, premium milk or white chocolate.

Bonnie Hernandez, 21, of Victoria, said he was interested in a chocolate fountain but could not find a place locally that rents the fountains when she searched online. Hernandez said she was excited to find Chocolate Fountain Memories at the bridal showcase along with other services she had trouble finding online.

"It's like a bride's dream," she said of the bridal showcase.

Hernandez said she wanted a chocolate fountain at her wedding in September because she's a "chocolate fanatic."

"I was thinking why not sugar everyone up and make them have a good time," Hernandez said.

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