When planning a wedding most people give plenty of thought to their
dress, the hall, the
music, the flowers and the catering and only then stop to think
about their cake. Wedding cakes are just as integral to hosting
a memorable wedding as the color of the table cloths and is, in
fact, far more important since the cake is among the things that
your guests will remember most from your big day. Getting a fabulous
wedding cake is easier than it might seem as long as you do a little
bit of research before
Look through magazines to get an idea of the kind of style you like.
Once you have settled on one or two designs then start looking for
a baker or cake designer. If you do not know any bakers ask around.
You will be surprised at how many people will be able to point you
in the right direction. In fact, your caterer, the reception hall
manager and your band may also be able to provide you with several
good cake designers with whom they have worked with in the past.
Once you have a list of bakers, call them up and make an appointment
to meet with them. This whole process should be started at least
six to four months before the date of your wedding.
When meeting with the baker or cake designer you should make sure
to cover several key areas including:
- Design - take pictures of cakes you like
- Size or number of tiers – this is usually dictated by
your guest list
- Frosting – specify your favorites: butter cream, fondant,
- Flavors and fillings – taste a sampling of their best
sellers or their specialties
- Accents and toppers - fresh flowers, beading, traditional
- Cost and delivery
You should also find out how the cake will be made. For example:
- Will the cake be fresh or is it baked in advance and frozen?
- Is everything made from scratch? What are the ingredients
that are used? Can they make allergen-free cakes if necessary?
- How many contracts do they sign per weekend?
- Are they certified by the Department of Health and Agriculture?
Never feel pressured to settle with a baker if you are not fully
satisfied that they can produce the cake you want. After all,
it is your big day and you should not have to worry that the cake
will be anything short of outstanding.