It’s easy to get caught up in the Pinterest rabbit hole and think you need a perfectly styled cake topper in order for your wedding to exist. I get it, you want cute things for your big day.

Here are some of my favorite options from around the web and some tips for finding your match made in cake heaven.

A few words on cake toppers.

1. Polaroids (SIMILAR DIY VERSION) // 2. Cookie Cutters // 3. Heart Pom Pom  // 4. Flamingos // 5. Flowers + Fruit // 6. CroWN

Don’t blow the budget. Let’s be honest, this isn’t the best place to spend your money (unless cake toppers are your thing, in which case, get down with your bad self and buy those flamingos). There are lots of adorable and inexpensive options.

Do it yourself or let someone else DIY it for you. You know that crafty friend that keeps asking how she/he can help with the wedding? Ask if they’d be up to the cake topper task. Buy the supplies and send them a thank you treat.

Make it personal. This is great place to showcase your personalities, your theme for the day, your shared history, your sense of humor or your overall awesomeness.

Repurpose and reuse. How great is a cake topper that can be used in life post wedding? I guarantee cookies made with your wedding topper cutters will taste more delicious.

And now I’m hungry for cake.


Amber + Scott // Emily Hill Events // Photo by The Wiebners

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite details from Amber and Scott’s wedding. They tied the knot last July (happy anniversary!) at the Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, Pa. Grey and orange goodness, DIY details, and a fairly attractive bride and groom equals magic.

Flowers + Event Design by Emily Hill Events // Photo by The Wiebners

Flowers by Emily Hill Events // Photo by The Wiebners

Emily Hill Events // Photo by The WiebnersFlowers + Event Design by Emily Hill Events // Photo by The WiebnersEmily Hill Events // Photo by The WiebnersEvent Design by Emily Hill Events // Photo by The WiebnersEmily Hill Events // Photo by The WiebnersEmily Hill Events // Photo by The WiebnersPhotography: The Wiebners // EVENT AND FLORAL DESIGN: EMILY HILL EVENTS // Location: Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, Pa. // Bridal Gown: Jeanette’s Bride n’ Boutique // Invitation + Paper Goods Design: Erin Brett // CAKE TOPPER: BHLDN


More from Amber + Scott’s wedding here!


Buttons are my new favorite party accessory. I recently used them for a baby shower and a friend’s graduation brunch. They’d be great as wedding party favors or escort cards too!

Graduation Buttons // Emily Hill Events Baby Shower Buttons // Emily Hill Events

“People can get a cheeseburger anywhere, okay? They come to Chotchkie’s for the atmosphere and the attitude. Okay? That’s what the flair’s about. It’s about fun.”

'I Make Parties' Flair

I order my flair from this Etsy shop. They’re so nice and work quickly. Plus their buttons are cheap (hence the name) but great quality.


Astro Doughnuts & Friend ChickenAstro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Have you had breakfast?

GO THERE: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
1308 G Street, NW (near Metro Center)

FROM THE THERE: At Astro, we satisfy your inner cravings for two all-American favorites: fried chicken and doughnuts. Call it an astronomical clash of two iconic comfort food classics, exploding on the DC scene together. Our chicken and doughnuts are prepared daily and on-site by our fry master, Chef Jason Gehring. Expect an artful and whimsical touch to Astro’s daily rotation of doughnut flavors with nostalgic flavors like peanut butter and jelly or dessert-inspired renditions like crème brulee. Astro is the brainchild of longtime friends and native Washingtonians, Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern. They are as excited as you are to share their love for fried chicken and doughnuts with Washingtonians.

WHY YOU SHOULD GO: I can’t speak for their fried chicken, but I tried Astro’s maple bacon doughnut last weekend and I’ve been dreaming of it ever since. You must try one. Their doughnuts would make a perfect dessert table addition or late night wedding reception snack. Or maybe throw a fancy doughnut party?


Wedding Dress Inspiration #goldenglobes

Lots of fashion porn at the Golden Globes last night. We can take several of these red carpet pointers right down the aisle.

1. Brooke Anderson // Rachel Gilbert
2. Hayden Panettiere // Roberto Cavalli
3. Amy Adams // Marchesa
4. Michelle Dockery // Alexander Vaultier
5. Anne Hathaway // Chanel
6. Heidi Klum // Alexandre Vauthier

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Mary and I were coworkers first. For nearly two years we shared an office. For nearly three more years we worked down the hall from one another. During that time, we learned each other’s preferences and habits. We saw each other stressed out. We were together for early mornings and late nights. We took trips. We helped each other. We saw each other get promoted. We grew to understand the difference between the other’s professional voice and their regular voice. We laughed a lot.

Mary has become much more than a co-worker. She’s often filled the role of therapist, cheerleader, partner in crime, yoga buddy, fellow Twilight enthusiast (we may or may not have taken off part of today to see Breaking Dawn Part 1), confidant and best friend.

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