Choosing your wedding cake is definitely a fun part of the wedding planning journey, especially when you consider the tasting process!
Last week the blog was about choosing your wedding venue, which should be one of the first decisions you make in your wedding planning journey, as it has such an impact on all your other choices.
Your wedding cake, in contrast, should be one of the later elements to decide on when planning your wedding. This is because your wedding cake should work with the other decisions you’ve made, you should use your existing wedding plans as a blueprint.
Here are my tips:
Make sure you have a good idea of your guest list before choosing your wedding cake so you can ensure you choose one that is suitable for your size of wedding party.
Think about what style of cake you want. Do you want your wedding cake to make a statement or are you simply ticking a tradition box?
Research different shapes and styles of wedding cakes, whilst thinking about your chosen wedding style. For example, if you are having a rustic wedding you might choose a naked style wedding cake. If you are having a modern wedding, you may want to go for a square or hexagonal cake with artistic finishing touches.
If you do not want a ‘statement cake’, you might choose a plain iced cake. But you can still tie it into your wedding style by using some of your wedding flowers or your wedding colour scheme.
Consider your budget as this can affect the detail on the cake. For example, whether you can go for sugar flowers (which is labour intensive) or whether you will garnish with fresh flowers.
You should consider the season you are getting married in and the likely weather forecast for your wedding day, as this can affect whether you will go for whipped cream, buttercream or fondant icing for example.
There are so many cake makers out there, so do your research! Look at who makes cakes in the style you like, who has worked at your venue before and importantly you should try before you buy. Whilst the look of the cake is important you need to make sure it will taste nice!
As with the exterior of your wedding cake there are many options for the interior of the cake. Lots of cake makers do traditional flavour combinations as well as some more modern ones, they may also create a new one for you if you have a strong desire for a certain flavour.
If you have a large wedding but you don’t want a big wedding cake then you can always ask for a ‘cutting cake’ along with your main wedding cake. This cake will be kept in the catering area for caterers to serve along with the main wedding cake, to ensure there is enough for guests to enjoy.
Finally, make sure you have sufficient space and set up time at your wedding venue for the cake maker to assemble it.
Whatever design you go for, your wedding cake should be compatible with your other wedding plans, so as I suggest you should leave this decision until later in your wedding planning journey, so you can consider all of the factors above.
Enjoy the tasting!