Soon you will be enjoying the happiest day of your life with the most important person in the world. You want that day to be perfect. One often overlooked vital element to the occasion is the wedding cake. Standing as the centerpiece of the celebration of the wedding, you want a cake that dazzles your guests. Here are a few tips to help you purchase the wedding cake of your dreams.
1. Not all bakeries are the same
Some places will charge high prices for their wedding cakes, and others will keep it cheap and simple. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for, and a higher cost company is going to put more time and resources into developing your cake while a lower budget option may put together something that many can make at home.
2. Bakers have personal styles too
Pay attention to the style of the bakers previous cakes. If you like the artistic style of the baker. It is much more likely that you will have a design that you will be happy with.
3. Cake Quantity
People tend to think that they can only get one cake for their wedding, but that’s not true. If you’re having a large wedding, sometimes two cakes can be the better option. A unique idea is to have a cake for both the groom and the bride, allowing it to represent each person while showing their unity. It also never hurts to order a backup cake in case something happens to the first.
4. Fondant vs Buttercream
Choosing the finish on your cake – You can choose to have your wedding cake decorated with fondant or buttercream icing. Fondant is a smooth texture rolled icing. Fondant can be made in a wide array of colors, making it a great decorating tool. Fondant provides a canvas for bakers to apply their design. Similiar to painting on canvas except bakers do it using food coloring! The option to finish your cake in fondant is not available with all cake creation companies. Buttercream also has many different variations. The general texture and appearance appears similar to whip cream. If you are having trouble deciding which you like more, the option to have both is always available.
5. Cake Height
Keep in mind that wedding cakes are often made to be tall and wonderful, but that’s not always a good thing. Make sure that the wedding cake you order is going to have plenty of space in the area you’ll have it sitting in. You’d be surprised how tall some cakes can get, which also makes them harder to manage and increases the risk of it toppling over and falling on the floor.
Selecting the cake is usually done after all the other major style decisions of the wedding. This does not mean it should be a last minute decision. At minimum try to reserve your cake at least 3 months before the date, 6 months preferred. This will provide time for consultation, tasting, and preparation. This also helps avoid many unnecessary surprises.
7. Saving Money
The final price for a cake revolves around the time required, details, and features. It is possible to have a large beautiful cake without breaking the budget. Consider more classic and elegant design in order to save money.
8. I like Vanilla, I like Chocolate, I like Buttercream?!?!?
Choose the flavor that you want. Have your baker provide a sample so you will know how it will taste. Don’t go alone. While the baker won’t host a tasting party for 20, 4 or 5 people is not out of the question. Preferably 2 or 3. The more people you bring, you may find it difficult to please everyone.
9. Specially made for the Bride and Groom
With all the excitement and entertaining, it’s not uncommon for the bride and groom to miss out on their own cake. Request if you can have a slice or 2 of cake set aside for the Bridge and Groom to enjoy after the wedding.
We hope you were able to some of these tips useful. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions!
Artistic Confections – Specializing in luxury wedding cakes, Tallahassee Florida