Apart from the wedding ring and bridal outfit, another wedding essential that needs special attention would definitely have to be the wedding cake. It is a wedding day must-have, and no wedding should be celebrated without it. Your wedding day serves as the ultimate centerpiece of your reception. That is why it’s important that you put the same consideration when choosing your wedding cake, as you would for your wedding ring (well, to some extent).
Fix the budget
The first thing that you really need to consider before choosing your wedding cake is to set your budget. On an average, a wedding cake in the UK can cost you around £300. This will depend on the number of layers, size and how elaborate your cake design will be. The number of guests will also be a factor in the cost of your wedding cake.
Scout for the best baker
It’s ideal that you scout for the bakers, who specialize in wedding cakes, ahead of time. It’s even recommended that the final booking should be made at least six months prior to your wedding day, especially if you’re getting the services of an in-demand bakers in your town.
Choose your wedding cake design
Make sure that you already have a cake design in mind when you go scouting for your wedding cake. Take reference from wedding magazines and online sites for your design ideas. Discuss this clearly with your cake baker and ask them for a drawing or a render of your concept. And be as detailed as possible – from the colours down to the tiniest of decoration. This way you get to see whether they will be able to materialize your vision for the wedding cake.
Be open to cake flavor options
An elaborately designed cake should be complemented with an equally flavorful cake. Your choice of red velvet cake with peanut butter icing may not be the most appetising combination. So, be open to professional recommendation from your baker. Apart from the taste, the texture of the cake also matters. Like in the case of fondant icing, it requires a more compact type of cake to hold its weight. If you want a soft, fluffy cake, then a buttercream icing may be a better choice.
Don’t forget the cake tasting
Make sure that you request a cake tasting session from your baker. Not only is it fun, this ensures that you will exactly know that what you are serving at your wedding, is as appetising as how it will look.
Consider cake placement
Apart from ensuring that everything is perfect with the cake itself, visualise where it will be placed at your reception venue. You would not want a multi-layer cake almost touching a low-ceiling venue. Also, consider the background of the cake to make sure that it looks perfect in pictures.
Think of delivery
As a suggestion, do skimp on delivery costs. You want your cake to arrive at your reception, fully intact and right on time.
Your wedding cake is definitely a crucial part of the celebration. Make sure that you put in the extra effort to get only the best and the tastiest, as well.
Feature image Vanilla Orchid Bakery