Planning a wedding involves a great deal of work. There are many tasks that you must think about. You must choose the venue, formulate a guest list, work out the menu, organizing the seating, and to plan the rehearsal dinner, the list goes on.
You and your partner may think that the easiest task of all would be the wedding cake. After all, how difficult can choosing a cake be? You simply need to choose the kind you both agree on, select a design, and voila! The cake is made, and everything is perfect. Unfortunately, it really isn’t that easy.
Most people today, hire a wedding planner to take care of everything. But the wedding cake is one thing that you should still be involved in, even if you’ve hired somebody to take care of all the details. You wouldn’t want to be stuck making last minute wedding cake changes.
You might think you’ve placed the order with one of the most reputable bakers in town. But you’d be surprised to learn that many wedding cakes turn out to be a complete disaster, simply because couples tend to take this task too lightly.
Your cake is the centerpiece of the wedding. It marks the beginning of your life as a couple. It symbolizes love and commitment when the couple cut the cake and share it with each other. You will want this cake to be perfect.
Here are some wedding cake tips to help you find the perfect one:
1. Plan Early
Before you choose your cake, have the venue planned out first. If you plan to have a summer wedding and the venue is an outdoor location, you need to remember that the icing on your cake won’t last long.
That is something you might have to discuss with your baker. Other important elements to consider are:
· The style of the cake, whether you want a simple cake or a tall cake or something really extravagant
· Cake accessories
· Cake layers
· The wedding cake design
It’s important that you plan all these things ahead of time. You can do a quick internet search and show your baker sample images of how you want the cake to look.
2. Find a Wedding Cake Design You Like
Baking has come a long way, and today, creativity in baking is the norm. With all these progressions in baking, you can get overloaded with all the choices. Some bakers are modern while others stick to the classics. When you are in the process of choosing a cake and a baker, make sure you know what you want. Your cake should not only be beautifully made, but it should also taste great.
3. Find a Top-Notch Wedding Cake Bakery
Your mother may be the most amazing baker in the world, but when it comes to wedding cakes, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Unless you are working on a very tight budget, we don’t recommend getting a family friend or relative to bake the cake for you. Find a good baker and get your wedding cake made by an expert.
4. Ask for Recommendations
Make sure you don’t just pick a bakery based on images of their cakes posted online. Instead make your decision after determining if they have a good reputation. Find out if others you know have had a good experience with them.
Talking to people who have had a wedding cake made recently is always a good idea. Don’t place your order online or over the phone. Meet with your baker to ensure that both of you are on the same page. You should choose someone who is reliable and can bake something beautiful.
5. Organize Pre-Wedding Meetings
Once you have selected your baker, do not just assume that the cake will be ready on your big day. Keep in touch with them on a regular basis and make sure your expectations are clear. Don’t forget to let them in on all major details, such as the venue and the number of people attending. Also, discuss the delivery details of the cake.
6. Stay Within Your Wedding Budget
Wedding cakes vary in price from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. Choose what you want based on your budget. Make your needs known to the baker and let them know what you can afford. This way you don’t waste your time or theirs.
7. Find the Right Wedding Cake Flavor
Wedding cakes can come in many flavors. The top wedding cake flavors are vanilla, hazelnut, red velvet, and chocolate. Some bakers charge extra for premium flavors. Since it is your wedding, choose a flavor that you like, but make sure it’s something that your guests would also appreciate.
8. Have a Wedding Cake Taste Session
Most professional bakers give you the opportunity to taste different cakes before you place your order. These cake tasting sessions usually cost less than $100 and give you a brief glimpse at the style, design, and flavor. This is a great way to make sure that you choose a good wedding cake.
9. Keep Your Partner in the Loop
Make sure you and your partner are at the cake tasting session. Try and decide on your cake together. It’s also a good idea to bring along your maid of honor to give input since you might become overwhelmed with all the flavors and styles to choose from.
10. Learn to Cut the Wedding Cake
People often focus on getting the perfect cake but then mess it up right at the very end when they cut it. Weddings are not like birthdays, you are both happy and anxious at the same time. That many people focusing on you can be unnerving. And of course, it’s not every day you get to cut a beautiful cake like that. Plan it all out properly. Your baker can help you with the basics.
These tips can help you choose the perfect wedding cake. Just make sure there is adequate time for the cake to be delivered and that it is in perfect condition. If the cake is delivered early, make sure it is stored somewhere where it won't get damaged.
Make sure you and the baker are on the same page - poor communication can mess things up. That is why it is important to be clear and specific about what you want and when you want it.