Here are our best tips for making choosing a cake the highlight of your wedding planning journey.
Give yourself plenty of time to plan
Allow 3 to 6 months for planning your cake design. This should give you enough time to decide on the style and flavour of the cake and to find a baker to make it. Ask the baker how much notice they require; if your wedding is in spring or summer you may need to order 4 months in advance as this is the busiest time for them.
Where to find your cake design inspiration
Inspiration for your cake design can be found in many places, but for starters you should ask yourself some questions about the location and style of your wedding. Is the wedding inside or outside? Is it in a church or on the beach? Is it formal or relaxed?
A formal church wedding suits a cake design with a strong ‘traditional’ aesthetic. For less formal weddings the cake design can be less conventional. Location-themed cakes are on-trend with some couples choosing seashell decorations for a beach wedding, or fresh flowers for a park wedding.
Get your creativity flowing by researching current trends in wedding cake design online, viewing websites such as Pinterest and looking at bridal magazines.
How to choose your flavour
Picking the flavour of your wedding cake is one of the few opportunities in life where you get to try lots of different cakes in one sitting . Most cake makers offer cake tasting sessions. You can use the theme of the dinner menu to dictate the cake’s flavour – for instance a Middle Eastern or Italian themed meal would suit an orange or almond cake. Bridebox make some great suggestions about how to successfully taste wedding cakes.
Selecting a cake designer
Word of mouth is a very effective way of finding a cake designer so ask your newly married friends for recommendations. Philippe Erramuzpe, the owner of Philippe’s Catering suggests asking the opinion of “a photographer or a videographer. They usually have tasted a lot of cakes.”
You can get an idea of a company’s suitability by looking at the testimonials and gallery on their website. It is also a good idea to talk with them and ask them if they have the skill necessary to reproduce your vision. Keep looking until you find someone you feel a rapport with and can trust to get the job done.
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