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If you decide to opt for a specialist cake designer, it is key to find the right person to make your sweet dreams come true.
The below guide covers everything from selecting your cake designer to tips and hints for the day.
They will be preferred for a reason and will often deliver items directly on your day, removing the hassle.
These suppliers will have a good understanding of the venue, what cakes work and will have learnt lessons from others, which will make your life easier. Some may even give discounts.
These will ease transport of the cake, charge less for the transit and have a higher chance of getting the cake there in one immaculate piece.
By picking a cake designer near the venue and close to other suppliers, it also means that a cake tasting can be incorporated into a fun wedding prep day. This will also limit the amount of annual leave you have to take.
It is essential to look for nominees that are voted for by happy customers. The wedding Industry Awards is a good website to start your research from: https://www.the-wedding-industry-awards.co.uk.
Once you have found a range of wedding cake makers, it is recommended to review their websites closely to make a shortlist to contact.
Below are some tips to follow when comparing their creations online:
It is worth making a shortlist of three suppliers, just in case your favourite is busy and then reach out to all three with an initial email and details of your requirements.
Some initial questions you might like to consider are:
If you are happy with the responses, quotation, flavour options and designs, then it is worth making a cake tasting appointment as early as possible. Good cake designers diaries surprisingly get full up very quickly.
As designers are often busy preparing and delivering cakes on weekends, you should expect that tastings may have to take place on a weekday/evening.
Where possible, it is also a good idea to give the designer a couple of cake sponge choices that you are keen to try (pick these from their selection)
As a general rule, wedding cake tastings are free unless a cost is provided up front. 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 cakemaker.
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.
If the tasting doesn't go well, 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.
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 designer 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.