WEDDING season is upon us and if you’re one of the lucky few to say “yes” this year, be sure to follow these tips and get the cake of your dreams.
Your mind may be buzzing with all the questions that come with choosing a wedding cake; what size should it be? What flavor? Will this feed all of our guests?
Annie Bennett, founder of Leading Lady Cakes, spoke with Hello and shared some of her top tips for choosing a cake for your big day.
Remember to stick to your budget
The price of the cake really depends on the size you are looking for, but remember to consider your budget, you don’t want to get the most expensive cake and not have enough money for something else.
“There is no fixed price list, and each baker will price their work according to their own set-up. Some bakers charge per person, but most base their prices on the size of the cake, the detail of decorations required and where the cake is to be delivered,” says Annie.
She adds that it’s usually the decorating that drives up the cost, and if you want a seven-tier cake, you have to be prepared to shell out four figures.
How big should your cake be?
You don’t want a cake so small you can’t give it to everyone, or a huge cake that you’ll still have slices of in your fridge months later.
The important thing is to respond to the number of people you’ve invited – if you have 100 guests, you’ll want enough for everyone to have a share, including yourself.
And if you still have some left over, Annie has a tip for minimizing food waste, “ask the caterers to bag up any leftover cake, then take it home and freeze it,” she says, “you can then have memories of your wedding for up to three months after that!”
Do not do this if the cake has already been frozen and thawed.
Questions to ask your baker
Annie ably revealed the key questions you should ask your baker before signing a contract.
Is it possible to try some samples?
If you’ve never tried this baker’s cake before, be sure to ask for samples to avoid disaster on your big day.
Some bakers may charge extra for this, but it will definitely be worth it.
Can I change my mind about the design and/or flavor?
Some bakers will want to know the final design and flavor you want as soon as you sign the contract, while others can allow a lot of flexibility.
Be sure to ask if you’ll have some flexibility, even if you won’t need it, it won’t hurt to know where you stand.
What is included in the price?
You want to check this before making payments, to avoid any issues.
For example, you might find that the cost quoted doesn’t cover delivery and you have to pick up the cake, which can cause a mess if you haven’t checked out before your big day.
Can I read your terms and conditions?
This is super important because you will want to know what happens if you unfortunately have to cancel or postpone your wedding.
The terms and conditions will let you know if you will be able to recover your money, in the event of a disaster.