#Wedding cake can be as fancy and elaborate or as simple as the bride and groom choose it to be.
Choosing your wedding cake should be a happy, fun event if you keep certain things in mind. Here, we provide you some simple guidelines to help keep you focused on the big day!
Base your budget on how many guests you expect to have – let your event coordinator or cake decorator know as soon as possible.
If you have a theme in mind, for example a military wedding, special colors, special flowers, share the information with your cake decorator. Colors are very important unless you are going all white.
More and more brides and grooms are choosing optional flavors and designs for their wedding cakes. The cake is part of your celebration, so choose what goes well with the rest of the menu and makes you happy! It’s all about you!
Schedule Delivery/Setting up of the wedding cake – CONFIRM!
Be sure you have a timetable in place and ask one of your bridesmaids to confirm the order two days and one day in advance.
Serve your wedding cake as a dessert or favor
You can save money by serving your cake as the desert. If you plan on serving a meal, this works very well. If you are having a mid-day wedding with hors oeuvres, then consider getting a cake with pre-cut, pre-portioned favor boxes for your guests to take home. Wedding cake pops are also becoming very popular!
Novelty wedding cakes
Novelty cakes can be fun – but the novelty will not last forever. Consider this when choosing a novelty design.
Making your own wedding cake
Superstition has it that you should never make your own cake. However, it’s your day! Have fun and make several before your big event!
Helping hand from family and friends
Before accepting an offer from a friend or family member to make your wedding cake, ask to see their work and taste the cakes. Be honest with them, without offending them, instead of feeling sorry on your big day.
Displaying your wedding cake
Your wedding coordinator should have this under control – be sure to confirm that your wedding cake will be where your guests can see it in its full glory.
Keeping the top tier of your wedding cake
Tradition has it that the top tier should be shared on the 1st anniversary. Be sure to freeze it in a quality freezer box or bag to prevent frostbite or freexer burn.
About the Cake
Unless you have a specific cake flavor in mind, visit several cake decorators and sample their cakes. By keeping some of these pointers below in mind, you can have your cake and eat it too!
- Ask Around
Begin your search for a cake designer about three to six months before the wedding—even sooner if you want an in-demand pro. Some bakers’ schedules start filling up about a year in advance.
Word of mouth is the most powerful tool. Ask recently married friends and family members for their recommendations. Many caterers, reception sites, photographers and florists have favorite bakers.
- Narrow the Search
Most cake designers showcase confections they’ve created on their websites; you can also get an idea of whether you’ll like their work from a phone conversation. Ask how they would define their style. Is it traditional, simply elegant, modern, whimsical, and intricate? Don’t forget to ask for an estimated price range per guest.
In your initial meeting, look through a portfolio of the cake designer’s work, and double-check that the details you know you want—say, intricate sugar flowers—are part of his or her body of work. If not, does he show versatility and an experimental spirit? Does she have the resources and background to do what want? Some small bakeries may not have the manpower or know-how to create the grand, geometrical structures in which others specialize.
If you establish a good personal connection and trust the person designing your cake, your worries are few. The ideal cake designer is someone whose personality sets you at ease and with whom you communicate well.
- Keep Talking
After you’ve booked your cake designer, you will begin to create the cake. Share your ideas as well as photos of cakes that have caught your eye. Provide the baker with as much information about your wedding as you can; the location, the level of formality, your dress, the colors, the flowers, and the menu. If you havespecial needs, such as gluten-free, discuss this with them as well. This will help them customize the look of the cake. If your cake will have filling, be sure to try a few before settling.
Price will be based on the size of the cake, the amount of labor needed to create it and the cost of its ingredients. More experienced or reputable pros are usually pricier.
- Get it in Writing
To ensure you get exactly what you want, check that all the details, including the date, place and time of the wedding, plus the style and flavors of the cake, are in your contract with the designer. Your baker should update the contract anytime you change your mind, and as you choose further details. Whether it’s with a written description or a sketch, it should be clear exactly how your cake will look on the wedding day.
Choosing color, flowers, fruits, stones, crystals, pearls, etc. is easier than ever. Your designer has these and more – all in sugar and edible. Or choose a monogram!