The highlight to many of your guests will be, you guessed it—the cake! It seems like every time I hear back from a friend who’s gone to a wedding, they definitely mention the cake. I don’t know what it is, but even people who don’t LIKE cake, are excited about wedding cake!
Wedding cakes are a lot more exciting then they used to be. You don’t have to just go with vanilla or chocolate! A nice thing to keep in mind when choosing your cake flavor is what types of food you have planned for the reception menu. It’s always wonderful to have a cake that will compliment the meal.
Our wedding cake (see above, photo by VadimPhoto of Tampa), was delicious! It was an amaretto flavored cake that tasted great after a juicy steak with potato leek tort or salmon with vanilla bean mashed potatoes. We loved the way fondant looked, as opposed to buttercream, and were very happy that the lady who made our cake preferred working with fondant and did not charge us extra. Believe it or not, some bakeries charge extra depending on the fondant, and that’s something to keep in mind when working within your budget.
One thing that surprised me about cakes and weddings was the concept of a cake cutting fee. Many venues will actually charge you a fee for every piece of cake they cut. Sounds ridiculous, right? Well it is. I’ve heard of cake cutting fees being as high as $8.00 a piece! Luckily our venue did not charge this fee, but it was definitely something we had to budget for initially, before securing our venue. You could also try to negotiate this fee with the venue you’ve already reserved (before any contracts are signed!). After all, their goal should be to accommodate to you!
Transporting your cake is also another important thing to keep in mind. Expect the bakery making your cake to charge you for transporting the cake to your venue. This is one of those things were you don’t mind paying extra. It’s better to not stress about personally handling the cake and setting it up. Pay the professionals.
Another important factor in choosing your cake is how big it will be. Do you want enough cake to feed all of your guests or do you want to display a smaller tiered cake and have a sheet cake served? It is wise to have a rough estimate of how many guests you expect to attend in mind before you order your cake. That said, who doesn’t love extra cake?!
Kevin and I can’t wait to have another slice of our wedding cake when we celebrate our first anniversary. Our top tier is sitting safely in my parents’ freezer!
If you have any questions or comments on your wedding cake, let me know!