How to make sure you can have your wedding cake and eat it too!

Online wedding sites and bridal magazines are filled with pages and pages of beautiful wedding cakes. The array of wedding cakes in all their varieties can be almost dizzying. If you want your wedding cake to be a centerpiece of your wedding then there are lots of choices to be made and things to consider. However, it can be easy to become overwhelmed with all the choices when you are deciding on a wedding cake. The good news is that there are some guidelines to help you out. Here is what you need to know to about how to make sure you can have your wedding cake and eat it too!
•    Shop early-Just like anything else of importance that is connected with your wedding this is not a decision that should be made at the last minute. The top cake designers and bakers will fill up fast so if you wait to begin the wedding cake decision making process you may be stuck with using someone you really didn’t want to.
•    Be prepared-When you meet with a cake designer you should come prepared with everything that is applicable to the cake. Keep in mind that generally people who make wedding cakes are very visual so it will help to have samples from flowers, gowns, or even pictures of what you want. You should also keep in mind that you need to very specific (unless it doesn’t matter to you), if you have a certain cake, color, and style in mind. Remember that your pink, vanilla, bejeweled, or what ever else you want  for your wedding cake may look very different from what your vendor has in mind.
•    Use someone with experience-If the cake is down the list on your wedding priorities then it really won’t matter who you use. However, if you want a certain type of wedding cake it pays to go with experience. Keep in mind that making a wedding cake is most often a fairly complicated process that takes a certain skill set. If you are paying someone to make the wedding cake for you then it pays to go with someone who has done it many times before. You should also be prepared to ask for references and samples.  The bottom line is that it doesn’t really matter how beautiful your cake is if no one wants to eat it. Professional wedding cake bakers should be prepared to provide samples so that you can choose the cake, frosting, and filling that you really want.
•    Think about your wedding venue-While the delivery of your wedding cake is really the wedding cake designer’s problem you should still consider the venue before making a final choice on a cake. Are you asking a cake designer to travel a long distance, navigate tricky stairs or other obstacles, or even ship your cake to your destination wedding? All of these conditions will cost you more when it comes to the final price of your wedding cake. You also want to make sure that your wedding cake fits in with your venue. Having a small and simple wedding cake in a grand venue can make it seem out of place. Consider the theme of your wedding and have it reflect in the wedding cake that you choose and enjoy on your wedding day.
•    Consider price as a real factor-It is extremely important to be realistic about how many guests you will have at your wedding and how much cake you will serve. Nothing is more embarrassing then running out of wedding cake before all of your guests are served. Consult with your cake designer in order to make sure that you have enough cake and consider his or her suggestions on how to make your wedding cake budget go as far as possible.

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