Prosecco & Petals
Wedding planning guide
If you decide to opt for a specialist wedding cake maker, it is key to find the right person to make your sweet dreams come true. Scroll down for a complete guide to selecting the right wedding cake maker and getting the most out of cake tastings.
The easiest way to start your wedding cake baker search is to start by looking online using the below tools
Preferred wedding cake makers on your venue’s website: These suppliers will often be preferred for good reason due to their service, quality of cakes and good working relationship with your venue. This can help to ensure that you cake is truly memorable and the on-day delivery to venue is hassle free.
Wedding cake makers located close to your venue via a Google map search: By focusing your search on local cake makers this will ensure you cake is delivered intact by the baker directly, reduce delivery costs and also ensure that any cake tastings can be incorporated into other wedding activities on the same day.
View Wedding cake makers who have been nominated for regional awards: A short search on wedding industry award websites will often yield the most talented cake makers and those that come highly recommended by other couples.
Once you have found a few suppliers, it is worth comparing their services and cakes online. Try to pay particular attention to the below points to find the most talented wedding cake makers:
It is worthwhile contacting your shortlist of cake bakers to find out vital information before choosing who to visit – this will save a lot of additional effort. Key questions to ask are:
If you are happy with the responses, quotations, flavour options and designs, then it is worth organising a cake tasting appointment as early as possible. Good cake designers diaries surprisingly get full up very quickly.As wedding cake bakers are often busy preparing and delivering their creations on weekends, you should expect that tastings may have to take place on a weekday afternoon or evening.
As a general rule, wedding cake tastings are free unless a cost is provided upfront. Cake makers expect that couples will need to try their products as the taste is just as important as the look of the finished cake.
Unlike other wedding suppliers, where an initial meeting does not guarantee their services, a cake tasting is taken as an implicit understanding that you are seriously considering using the services of a cake maker. Therefore, it is recommended to book with your favourite cake designer first.
Generally, at the end of a cake tasting, with flavour ideas confirmed, you can then get down to the specifics of your cake. It is a wise idea to come with some pictures/drawings of what you like and portion size. This can then start a creative conversation and is a chance to test your cake designer's knowledge and interest level.
To make sure your opinions are not swayed it is best to share the tasting experience with your partner and potentially one of your parents or a close friend. This is a prime opportunity to include someone who loves cake and who is dear to you both who has a less significant role on your actual day. Cake tastings should be a fun and creative activity so it is wise to leave out anyone too opinionated.
If the tasting doesn't go well or you have doubts about the supplier, then you have every right to thank them for their time and outline that due to a stringent budget you will have to look at a few vendors too. Do be open and honest, where possible, as this niche market is built on trust and follow up with a polite email a few days later.
As this is a non-pushy wedding industry specialism, cake designers will often let you have time to go away and consider your final specifications. These are usually then filled in an order form, completed by the designer and sent back for you to check.
Deposits are often paid, but some cake designers merely run on goodwill and will only charge right before the big day. It is a thoughtful touch to pay promptly and to also contact the designer once before the big day to outline how excited you are to see their creation.
It is highly recommended to go for a delivery option, even if it is slightly more. Delivery will remove pressure on any of the guests to bring the cake and any potential cake disasters. The designer can then set up the cake to look its best and provide any stands needed. The wedding cake maker will also often deal directly with the venue, so you do not need even to be involved on the day until you see it in all its glory.