Written by Jackie Furia | Spring 2018 Intern
As your big day gets closer, choosing a cake is one of the many things on your massive to-do list. If you have no idea where to start, this post will help to guide you through the many choices available to you and how to go about the selection.
Many different components go into picking out the perfect wedding cake, including: style, timing, and of course cost. Remember to refer to those useful terms as you're beginning this process.
There are many styles to choose from when picking out your cake. You can go with formal, traditional, modern or contemporary, nontraditional or generally more casual and fun. Pastry arts and wedding cakes are seriously having a moment, and you can find anything from a tasteful and classic all-white cake to something that (literally) sparkles and dazzles with unique twists and flares. The more unique the cake is can often require more time spent with your baker so that they can really understand your vision and image.
Going for a more vintage theme? Contemporary may be the cake style for you! There is a style for every bride and groom, so be confident in your vision and you'll soon find what you're looking for.
You want to be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to pick out your perfect wedding cake. Finding a baker is certainly one of the first steps, but can involve some research. Word of mouth, websites, and local bakeries are all great sources of inspiration. Here at Alexandria Catherine Events, we always recommend that you schedule cake tastings with prospective bakeries. Sitting down and meeting with the baker is essential; make sure to provide them with your wedding date, reception time, and venue so that they can be prepared from the start. Then, take some time to share your vision with them so that they can bring your dream cake to life!
It's not the most fun or exciting thing to bring up, but it's important and more involved than you might think. For instance, how many people does the cake need to serve? Are you going to cut something smaller and serve a sheet cake that the bakery serves to guests or will you be cutting into a three-tier cake? How complex is the design of the cake and what supplies and time will be required by the bakery to execute the vision? Will you stick to one flavor throughout, or will each layer be something different?
At the end of the day, it is important to remember that you aren't going to be able to please everyone. Go for what you both like and don't worry about outside opinions. Allow these tips to guide you as you select the wedding cake that you want to remember on your special day.