One of the most anticipated parts of planning a wedding is selecting the cake! Any person with a sweet tooth dreams of the days of trying their delicious options of cake. The cake is not only an exciting part of planning, but it is also very important to the wedding reception. It is one of the focal points of the reception and most guest look forward to it to top off the night. In essence, the wedding cake tends to sum up the sense of taste for the event, so it’s no wonder that the cake remains one of the most enduring wedding traditions.
It is ideal to order your wedding cake about 3-6 months before your wedding. Once you have your wedding venue and the style of your wedding, you can go ahead and start your journey to design the perfect wedding cake! Here are some tips from Oh So Classy Events!
1. Select a Cake Style: Your venue, dress, and decor can serve as a blue print to select the style of cake for your wedding. You will want to follow suit with the style of your wedding you have already selected. A more formal wedding generally calls for a structured, multi-tier cake; it can be elaborately or simply decorated, so long as its style implies something grand. These cakes are usually traditionally round. For a less formal wedding, you can certainly embrace the unconventional. The cake can be iced playfully with swirls of meringue or have a hexagon shape. Or you can forgo a single cake altogether and opt for a trio of smaller cakes or cupcakes, doughnuts, or pastries displayed on tiered cake stands for an impressive effect. Cupcakes are becoming a very popular item to have a weddings. Many guests enjoy them since they are easier to grab and can be customized.
2. Have an Idea of What you Want: Before going to any bakers it is important to have a good idea of things you want in a cake. The baker needs some sort of base to start to design your wedding cake. You should have ideas for cake flavor and filling, decoration, shape, frosting, color, number of people the cake is to feed, and budget.
Planning will allow you to get the most out of your appointment with the bakery. If you are a little overwhelmed with all of this, the internet is a great resource to get an idea of what you like and don’t like in a wedding cake.
Also bring information about your wedding with you to your consultation. Have an invitation, color swatches, photos of your dress and florals? Sometimes showing your style is better then trying to explain it. Providing these may spark inspiration for your baker to create the cake of your dreams.
3. Pricing and Delivery: When talking to a vendor it is important to discuss all the details when it comes to pricing. Many bakeries will charge by the slice ranging from $2 to $15 depending on the details on the cake. Certain things can really drive the price up on the cake, so you may have to cut some out if you are on a tight budget.
You also need to coordinate with your venue. Some venues will charge a “cake cutting fee” when allowing outside vendors bring in cakes. This is something you need to consider if your venue makes cakes and you are looking at outside bakers.
If you are using an outside baker you will need to talk about method of delivery. Delivery by the bakery is something that we strongly suggest at Oh So Classy. You will not want to worry about your cake getting to the venue intact and on time, so delivery is really ideal. Also the vendor is responsible for it until it gets to the venue if you have the bakery deliver. If you have a friend or someone pick it up you risk something happening to your cake before it arrives!
Oh So Classy Events is happy to help in any way possible with your event planning needs. We hope this is helpful in your search for a wedding cake!