Although the winter months are traditionally less busy for me as a cake decorator (there usually aren't as many parties or weddings held during the colder months), I've been busily preparing wedding cake quotes and taking orders from all the brides planning their spring/summer weddings. Generally speaking brides will normally book in their wedding cake about 3-6 months in advance of the big day. It's one of those big items you can tick off your list of things to do and best to do as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Gone are the days of a ‘cookie cutter’ wedding cake. The options are limitless and a couple can show so much of their own personality through the style of their wedding cake.
The importance of your wedding cake:
Aside from the happy couple, on your wedding day your wedding cake should be one of the main focal points at your reception. Your cake helps set the tone of your wedding, carries the theme through and shows off your unique style as a couple.
The cutting of your cake not only makes a great photo opportunity but also signifies a very special and symbolic moment so it’s important to have a cake that looks beautiful and one that you love.
Here's my top three things to consider when first planning your wedding cake
Find your style:
When researching your perfect wedding cake you can find so much inspiration online, including website such as Pinterest or 100 Layer Cake, as well as in glossy wedding magazines.
There are so many things to consider when choosing a wedding cake you love. Do you want a square cake or a round cake? Buttercream or fondant? What do you think is going to be the general style of your wedding? Will it be a formal or more casual event? Where will your reception be held? All these things should be considered when thinking about your wedding cake.
Start your own Pinterest Board and pin the things you love or that inspire you. Don’t limit yourself to just pinning cakes from certain decorators, you can find inspiration in flowers, fabrics, colour swatches, invitations and so much more. Share your board or things that you've collected with your decorator and they can bring all these components together to create something truly unique and personal for your special day.
Cake decorators are creative people but you will need to give us a starting point, an idea of what you like, or just as importantly things that you don’t like, to make the process of designing something for you as easy a process everyone involved.
Some of the hottest trends for 2016 include hand painted cakes, geometric patterns, metallics and the popularity of the naked and semi naked cake continues.
Be realistic and honest about your budget:
Set yourself a realistic budget and be honest with your decorator about what it is. A five tier cake covered in beautiful hand crafted sugar flowers will look amazing, but if you only have a limited budget you’re going to be disappointed because it won’t be possible, at least not to that scale.
I know we’ve all heard that as soon as people realise that you’re planning a wedding, the price of what they’re selling goes up. While that may be true for some businesses (I certainly encountered this when planning my own wedding!) that’s certainly not the approach that I take. Wedding cakes are expensive because they are usually created to cater for a large number of people and literally hours and hours of work go into them. But regardless of whether you want a wedding cake from me or a birthday cake, the same factors are considered when costing a cake - number of slices required and the complexity of the design you choose and therefore the time that goes into making it.
If you’re honest with your decorator about your budget, they can suggest ways of getting the biggest bang for your buck, while still having an amazing centrepiece at your reception. I want your cake to be a showstopper just as much as you do!
Choosing your cake flavour:
During your research you’re going to see some amazing and exotic cake flavours and combinations, but be mindful when choosing your cake flavour. Flavours that are not familiar to your guests can turn them off. Often it’s better to choose a more simple flavour combination that the majority of your guests will enjoy like a delicious chocolate mud cake or white chocolate mud cake. If you feel like that’s a little boring, you could choose a flavoured filling. Hazelnut buttercream is perfect when paired with a chocolate mud cake or a raspberry buttercream with white chocolate mud cake is delicious!
You’re potentially spending a significant amount of money on your wedding cake and you don’t want to see cake left on your guests’ plates because they’re reluctant to try it or likely may not enjoy it. If you and your hubby have your heart set on something a little different, perhaps choose that flavour for your top tier and enjoy it for yourselves when celebrating after your wedding.
If you can, taste the cake before you go ahead with ordering to make sure you love it. I offer tasting boxes and you can choose up to three different flavour combinations to help narrow down your favourite combination. There is a cost associated with the tasting box however this cost will come off the final cost of your wedding cake if you choose to go ahead with your order. Many decorators offer this as an option so be sure to ask.
When it comes to cakes these days, really, anything goes and it’s YOUR special day so have fun!
I'm going to be at the Hills Wedding Expo on sunday 19th June. Make sure you pop along if you're planning your big day. I'd love to say hi and discuss your wedding cake with you. I'll have some gorgeous new cakes on display and will also have some tasty samples for you to try.
If you can't make it on the 19th, send me an email or call me - I'd love to help make the cake of your dreams. All my details can be found on my contact page.
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