When you are going to pick out your wedding cake, the event should be fun and relatively stress free compared making a choice of reception venues. To keep the occasion simple and uncomplicated, only bring one or two people to the cake tasting. The choice you make too should be what you, as the bride, makes you happy.
There are some things you should know before you go cake shopping and sampling all that cake. Start looking around for a bakery no later than 3 or 4 months before the wedding. Your best bet is to choose a bakery near where your reception’s going to be held. The less distance the cake has to travel, the less likely there will be a problem with delivery. Also, some reception venues in Melbourne will charge a “cake cutting fee” if the cake isn’t being supplied by them. So see what the policy on this is, so you can account for the extra charge if needed.
On the day of the cake tasting, you can try out your favorite baker or several bakers. Bring along pictures of cakes you’ve seen and liked. You can also bring along some swatches of your dress, a bride’s maid dress swatch; plus pictures or descriptions of whatever your wedding theme is, if you have one. If you’re having a themed wedding, then the cake should match the theme. When choosing a flavor for the cake be adventurous, but try to stay away from exotic flavors which may cause problems with older or younger guests.There are different shaped wedding cakes with the oval shape being a trend at the moment. With an oval cake, there’s also more room for the decorating, and it’s an attention grabber.
Delivery of your cake should be in the hands of the baker. You could have someone pick it up, but once it leaves the bakery with someone else, it’s no longer the bakery’s responsibility. If the bakery delivers it, then it’s less of a hassle for you. So let the baker know which one of the wedding reception venues you chose to have the reception. Then they can contact the reception venue to set up the delivery time on the day of the wedding.
After the cake tasting is done and you’ve made your decision, then a contract needs to be drawn up between you and the bakery. The contract should include the wedding date, time and location of the delivery. A sketch of your cake with description should be included. It should state what flavor the cake is going to be, the shape chosen for the cake and the number of people it will it feed. It should have your deposit, balance owed information and date due by. The contract should also state what items and services the bakery will be providing. If you decide to use fresh flowers, you need to decide if the bakery will place them on the cake or if the florist will.
Choosing your wedding cake is where you, the bride, can sit down and relax. Enjoy it!!
Taking the First Bite