The crowning moment of every wedding ceremony is the cake! Everyone, even those people who are on a diet, always look forward to a piece of delicious wedding cake! To help you source the best wedding cakes in your hometown, therefore, consider the pointers below.
- Give yourself time to get a great cake
- The search for a suitable wedding cake should begin early. That way, you will have time to look through magazines, visit wedding fairs and pop into a few weddings in your search for the perfect design. You will also have enough time to choose the best baker.
- Find a baker
- Do not select just any baker. Get all the reviews and recommendations you need to before you make a decision. Social media pages are an excellent place to see what the different bakers’ works look like. Pictures alone can, however, be deceiving, so be sure to visit the baker’s premises and meet him/her in person.
- Select your cake style
- The style that you choose for your cake should match that of the entire wedding. Most importantly, the color scheme and general design should be reflected in your cake. You, therefore, need to get an excellent baker who can give you exactly what you desire.
- How many people do you intend to have at your wedding? This number will influence the size of cake that you require. Together with the baker, figure out how many large pieces of cake you will have, and how you want them set up. Most people opt to have a few large cakes, and several small pieces of cake pre-packed and given to the guests.
- Price the cake
- Before you sit down with a baker to come up with a cost, ask around to find out how much a cake of the size you want would cost. When you finally sit down to have your cake priced, consider the cost per kg, cost per pre-pack and delivery cost. If the price quoted is too high for you, negotiate, and if that does not work, look for a more reasonably priced option.
- Is there a contract?
- Most professional bakers will have a contract for you to sign, indicating what obligations each party needs to fulfill, and the timelines. Ask your baker if there will be a contract between you two, and what it will contain. Once the contract is signed, keep your copy safely in your wedding file, taking note of how and when all the commitments are to be fulfilled. A contract should also indicate what course of action will be taken if something happens to the cake before the wedding day.
- See the real thing, and taste it
- After you sign the contract with the baker, see what the real cakes look like. Arrange for a cake tasting, preferably some months before your wedding, to ascertain the baker’s quality and expertise. You can also plan to visit the baker’s premises when he or she has just completed another wedding cake order so that you see a sample of a finished product. Note that you should also taste your own cake before and after it is iced.
- Sort out the delivery details
- Many couples assume that the baker will transport the cake to the venue. To be on the safe side, confirm the delivery details with your baker. If he or she needs transportation to the wedding venue, make the arrangements in good time. Also, verify the time of delivery, and find out if the baker will need help setting up the cake.
There you go – some tips to help with your search for wedding cakes. Before you make the final decision, though, attend a few weddings so that you know how a real wedding cake tastes!