The wedding cake is definitely one of the most iconic items that you’ll have to plan for your big day. But just tasting the cake and choosing cake flavors
are not the only things you need to consider when finding your dream
wedding cake. The logistics and technicalities behind planning and
choosing your wedding cake also need to be discussed with your cake
designer to make sure things go smoothly. These are seven important
questions to ask your wedding cake designer.
1. Do you have my date available?
Wedding cakes are a fairly time consuming process for bakeries, and
weddings typically all fall on the weekends. You’ll want to make sure
that the designer and bakery you’ve chosen have sufficient time and
resources to dedicate to your cake. Ask them if they have your wedding
date available and how many other cakes they have booked for that day.
Sameen of Baked In Caked Out says
that a good question to ask is how many wedding cakes they make per
year, “as it tells you how much time will be invested on your cake.” If
you feel that they’ve overbooked themselves, then this is not the bakery
2. How far in advance are wedding cakes prepared?
Because of the amount of wedding cakes that need to be made for each
wedding date, bakeries tend to make their cakes in advance to
accommodate for their busy schedules. Of course, having your cake ready
closer to your actual wedding date is better for freshness and taste
purposes. Also, the closer to your date the cake is ready, the longer
it’ll last after you officially tie the knot.
3. Who will bake my cake?
Zoe of The Cake Parlour
suggests asking “if the cakes are homemade and if it’s possible to try
them first.” Some bakeries have several people who contribute to a cake,
including bakers and designers. Other bakeries have just one person who
designs and makes the cake from start to finish. It’s important to know
whether or not your cake is made in-house and whether or not there will
be multiple people handling it so that you know who you need to
communicate with in the process.
4. How much are your cakes?
Wedding cake pricing varies from bakery to bakery, but in general a
lot of wedding cakes are priced by slice. You’ll want to find out the
size of what they consider to be a slice so that you can get an idea of
how much cake you’ll need per guest. Sometimes, the top tier of the cake
may not be included in the overall price. Another thing to remember is
that the price will increase with the number of toppings, fillings and
flavors you include. Sameen of Baked In Caked Out mentions that “having a
clear budget for the cake will make the selection process much less
stressful. Every cake designer has a price range.” Stay budget-conscious
by asking your cake designer clear questions about pricing for each
5. Can cakes be customized?
A popular trend is for wedding cakes to be matched to the wedding’s
overall theme or color scheme. Sometimes these colors are unique and
need to be custom-made. While some bakeries embrace their clients’
creativity and will actively work with them to create their dream cakes,
others do not allow customized cakes and instead have a set menu of
styles and designs to choose from. If this is the case, you can ask to
see a portfolio of their work so you can see what their style is and
whether or not that is appropriate for what you are looking for. Zoe of
The Cake Parlour recommends asking if “they are able to customise the cake to the client’s requirements (flavour and design).”
6. Are there any additional fees to be aware of? What is your cancellation policy?
On top of the cost of the actual cake, there could be other fees to
be aware of. Be sure to clarify with your designer what the fees are for
and have them outlined in a contract. Sameen of Baked In Caked Out
emphasizes that “each cake designer has a different policy. Ask the
designer detailed questions about when the contract is to be signed,
when the deposit and final payment is to be made, how the tasting
happens, how many people can attend the tasting and what time the cake
is to delivered and setup at the location.” Also make sure that you are
both on the same page as to what the cancellation and refund policies
are should you need to cancel for any reason.
7. How will my cake be delivered?
Zoe of The Cake Parlour mentions that it is important to “ask about
transportation and whether delivery is available” for your cake. Some
bakeries will provide the transportation of the cake from the bakery to
your venue, as well as set up. Others expect you to arrange your own
pickup and delivery. This is an important aspect of wedding planning you’ll want to be prepared for. Clarify with your designer what the expectations are for the day of so there are no surprises.
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