Whether ordering your wedding cake is the least of your worries or it’s high on the “must-obsess-over” list, you should always do a little legwork when seeking out your vendors—including your wedding cake baker. (And if you’re not sure where to start, take our fun Style Quiz from our All-In-One Wedding Planner to connect you with the best pros based on your vision.) Once you know what you’re looking for, you can start your search for the perfect confection for you—and we’re here to guide you in the right direction, of course. Find your options (and the pros and cons of each) below.
Nine times out of 10, these folks can produce a delicious wedding cake. But just because you trust their take on poached salmon and penne alla vodka doesn’t mean they’re wedding cake wizards. Our advice? Be specific about your desires. During your meeting, show visual examples of what you like and ask to see pictures of past cakes. Then sample your heart out.
Cons: May not be able to create your dream wedding cake design
Commercial or Boutique Bakery
Check out your neighborhood (supermarket or specialty) bakery to find out whether they make wedding cakes. Commercial and boutique bakeries often cost less, but you may have to work with limited, simpler designs that are made further ahead of time. While many smaller bakeries may not be equipped to provide the most complex motifs or embellishments, they often make up for it in the taste department, with a focus on ingredients and flavor.
Pros: Lower cost, great taste
Con: May not be able to create your dream wedding cake design
Custom Wedding Cake Bakery
Seek out an independent wedding cake designer for the ultimate in design, ingredients, flavor and decoration. While this route will cost you more, wedding cake designers are passionate and treat each confection like a work of art. This approach allows for personalization and imaginative planning. Many couples use their cake to reflect certain unique characteristics or qualities, and a gifted cake designer is often the only one who can turn that vision into reality.
Pros: Great taste, can create your dream wedding cake design
Cons: Higher cost
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