Ordering Your Cake
The Wedding Cake can be one of those things that gets left to the last minute, but really should be in hand as soon as possible and at least three months before your wedding. This will ensure that you and the wedding cake supplier have all the time needed to choose which style of cake is right for you and it's always better to book your vendor as soon as possible and then finalize the details closer to your wedding date.
Make sure you request a written copy of your order or contract. The order should include:
Cake type and style
General description of the decorations
Number of layers
Fillings for each layer
Type of frosting
Your wedding date
Time and location of delivery
Total price, to include delivery and set up charges, if they apply.
Questions to Ask Your Cake Maker
Flexibility in design choices
Will they "custom-make" your cake based on your individual preferences?
Unless you want your cake maker to replicate a particular cake, all wedding cakes should be custom made and reflect your personal and wedding style.
Request to see pictures of their of work - take a look at their portfolio of cakes.
Do you like what you see?
Does it reflect good workmanship, a steady hand, and creativity?
Do you like the cake maker's style?
Will there be extra charges or deposits required for pillars, cake tops, or columns? If there are pillars or columns that are rented, ask how much the deposit is and about how and when those items need to be returned.
Sometimes if the cake maker is familiar with the reception venue or caterer, they may pick up those items on their own.
Sometimes it will be your responsibility to return them.
If you're heading off to your honeymoon, remember to designate someone to return these items to your baker while you're gone.
Who will be setting up the cake? Talk to your cake maker about how you'd like the cake table to be set up. Usually, they will use some fresh flowers and greenery to decorate the cake table. However, flowers should be used in moderation, because you don't want the flowers on the cake table to draw attention away from the cake.
Delivery and set up charges. If your cake maker is close by, there may not be an additional delivery charge. Some may charge for delivery. Usually, the set up charge is included in the price of the cake.
Price per serving varies based upon the intricacy of the design and decorations of the cake. Elaborate frosting decorations are time and labour intensive which equals a higher price.
If you're using fresh flowers for the cake, will they be provided and already be in place or is the florist responsible? This is a minor, yet important detail. Situations have occurred where the bride has paid the florist to provide fresh flowers and decorate the wedding cake, but the cake maker did not want anyone else to decorate her cake. So, there was a bit of confusion between the two suppliers, and the bride essentially paid "both" suppliers to decorate the cake. On the flip side, some cake makers will tell you that they will not provide the fresh flowers and must be provided by the florist. So, you just need to asků
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