The Cake Files

Many details will go into making your wedding day one to remember. One of the most important things you will have to decide on (aside from your dress) is the wedding cake. Now there will be tons of magazine articles and Pinterest boards dedicated to showing you the fanciest cakes out there. Before you get swept away with ideas of grandeur, consider these following tips to select the wedding cake of your dreams.

Price It Out

Before you begin envisioning what your perfect wedding cake will look like, consider how much you can afford to spend. Wedding cakes are often priced by the slice and the cost varies from $1.50 to $15 per slice. Things that contribute to this variation in price can be attributed to the popularity of the baker and the complication of the design. The more complicated the cake, the more you can expect to pay.

Size Does Matter

From my extensive research when planning my own wedding, you can expect three tiers to serve 50 to 100 guests. If you plan on having 200+ guests, you’re looking at roughly a five-tier cake. It’s important to nail down how many people you expect to attend your wedding and thus how much the cake will truly cost you.

Select a Style

Once you’ve determined the budget and size of your wedding reception, it’s time to decide on the style of your cake. It’s best to choose a cake after decisions about the overall look and feel of the wedding has been made. There are many ways you can go when choosing the style of your wedding cake. Consider the style of the venue, the season, your gown, the flower arrangements, the menu, or even the theme of your wedding. Your wedding cake should be an extension of the day’s festivities and not a major distraction from it.

Tasting Time

You’ve now arrived at the best part of the whole process…tasting the cake! Start setting up appointments with various bakers and be prepared to sample some of their offerings. While in your appointment, use the time to ask questions about their specific approach to cake design and most importantly, their experience and reliability. Reviewing their selection of cakes and discussing whether they can bring your vision to life will help you determine if they are truly the right folks to make your wedding cake.

Save a buck or two

A variety of websites on the internet would suggest ordering a smaller cake that reflects what you’ve envision for your big day and offer several sheet cakes of the same flavor to your guests. This is not a horrible idea, but I would feel cheated! Besides, how big is this “miniature” cake going to be and will this only be for members of the wedding party?

There are easier ways to save a few dollars on your cake. First, avoid the really fancy stuff like decorative flowers made of sugar and extremely intricate designs. Opt for real fruit (fresh, no sauce please) and flowers to jazz up your style. And, if all else fails, opt for a simplistic design that will let the love in the room be the focal point and not the cake.

I hope you find these tips helpful.

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