“For better or for worse” brings a whole new meaning to wedding planning thanks to the ongoing pandemic, making many couples rethink how they want to get married. From mini-monies to intimate backyard ceremonies, the type of wedding might have changed, but the details like the dress, flowers + cake still matter.
A wedding isn’t complete without a cake | Photo via Publix
Despite changes to other aspects of a wedding, about 83% of couples still plan on having some type of cake-cutting ceremony. Keeping with tradition? Here’s how you can get a custom yet affordable wedding cake from Publix.
Choosing the right flavor Across the industry, the most popular wedding cake flavor is vanilla, followed by chocolate and red velvet. Set up a tasting and sample different flavor combinations before placing an order. From the traditional vanilla and chocolate to the unexpected (who says confetti cake is just for birthdays), here’s a breakdown ofPublix’s flavor options.
A personal touch During a consultation, Publix’s talented decorators will help you and your partner choose flavors, colors, decorations + style to bring your vision to life. Decorators are happy to help you coordinate your cake to match perfectly with the rest of your wedding.
ProTip: Bring fabric swatches so they can help you select ribbons, flowers, ornaments, and toppers for your cake. Bonus: They can even match the icing to your wedding colors — perfectly matching bridesmaids’ dresses.
An affordable option Theaverage costof a wedding cake is ~$500. At Publix, a three-tiered cake (which feeds 75-100 guests) starts at $300 — which means more of your budget can go towards a honeymoon. Not sure how much cake you’ll need? This serving chart can help you with that.
Fun facts • Most popular frosting: Buttercream • Most popular filling: Strawberry
Not only can the Publix Bakery create the ultimate centerpiece wedding cake, but they can also provide other wedding sweets and treats like groom’s cakes, bridal shower cakes + desserts for the rehearsal dinner. Bonus: Publix also offers other wedding-related services such as catering + floral options. Ⓟ
Weather ○90º | Mostly sunny | 10% chance of rain ○ Anabove-average hurricane season was predicted yesterday. Hurricane experts have reported a 75% chance of a hurricane coming within 50 miles of the Florida coastline and a 41% chance of a major hurricane, both of which are greater than last year’s predicted odds and well over the 100-year average. (WESH 2)
ComingSoon ○A new co-working space is coming to downtown Lakeland. COhatch, a coworking space company out of Ohio, will be taking up residence down the block from Nineteen61 at 211 E. Main St. The development hopes to be fully operational by January 2022. (LkldNow)
Politics ○ The option to take your alcoholic beverages to-go with your takeout orders, a temporary move to support struggling restaurants during the pandemic has the potential to remain permanent. The Florida Senate approved the motion by a vote of 38-2 and is now awaiting Florida House approval. 🍹 (Fox 13)
Civic ○Lakeland Water Utilitiescustomers can now expect to be notified of important events, such as planned water outages and precautionary boil water notices, by phone calls, texts, and emails. This measure will replace the City of Lakeland Water Utilities’ previous method of attaching written notices to customers’ front doors.
Announced ○Registration is now open for the new youth sports league hosted by All Saints Academy. Children ages 5-12 can join in on the fun in spring volleyball, summer soccer, and fall flag football.Click here to learn more and register.
TryThis ○Put this virtual roundtable on your calendar — Register onlineto hear from Dr. Lynn Johnson on the evolving gig economy and the resulting implications for Polk County employers.
Coronavirus ○ On Thursday, the Florida Department of Health announced 7,939 new cases of COVID-19 and 86 deaths in Florida. That brings FL’s total number of cases to 2,104,686 + the total deaths to 34,562. See Lakeland + Polk numbers here. ○Monitorthe Florida Department of Health in Polk’s websitefor the latest information regarding vaccines.
Picture this: It’s a sunny Florida day.You’re hot, you’re hungry, and then, you remember.Union Taproom (245 W. Central Ave. #102) now serves pizza.Unsure of what to order? Ask one of their “beertenders” for a pairing recommendation.
Looking for something else to quench your thirst? In addition to ice-cold beers on tap, you can also pour yourself a cider, wine, cold brew coffee, or kombucha.
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Show ○ Earthfest 2021| Fri.-Sun., April 9-11 | Various times | Maddox Ranch, 255 W. Bella Vista St. | $38+ | Three stages of live music ranging from indie rock to EDM to reggae. ○ Concert Under the Stars: Comedy & Country| Fri., April 9 | 7-9 p.m. | Bok Tower Gardens | $40+ | Each ticket includes admission to the gardens. ○ Union Hall Grand Reopening| Fri., April 9 | 6-11:30 p.m. | Union Hall, 1023 Florida Ave. S. | $10 | Featuring Rich Shelton, Alma Vertical, and Hope Darling.
TheBuy ○ Freehand Goods Pop-Up at the Joinery | Fri., April 9 | 6-9 p.m. | The Joinery | Free | Shop small-batch handmade goods, including custom leather goods, tees, grooming products, and unique gifts.
Saturday ○ Lakeland Farmers Curb Market| Sat., April 10 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | 200 N. Kentucky Ave. | Free | Shop from up to 100 local vendors selling arts, crafts, food + fresh produce. ○ Goat Yoga| Sat., April 10 | 10-11 a.m. | Monarchs and Miracles Farm, 1385 Ewell Rd. | $20 | #ProTip:Bring a closed-back shirt in case one of the furry friends jumps on your back. ○ A Night of Destruction| Sat., April 10 | 7-10 p.m. | Auburndale Speedway, 5640 E. CR-542 | $10+ | A combination of thrilling events like demolition derbies, monster trucks + full-contact racing. ○ Silent Auction| Sat., April 10 | 12-5 p.m. | Rec Room | $20 | All proceeds will benefit Polk County Fire Rescue Captain Laube in his battle with lung cancer.
Sunday ○ Lakeland Ski Club Show| Sun., April 11 | 2-3 p.m. | Lake Hollingsworth | Free | Don’t miss Lakeland Ski Club’s final show of the spring season. ○ Tinkerbell Tea Party | Sun., April 11 | 3-5 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $10+ | A meet + greet with Tink.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.