Next to planning your wedding and honeymoon, choosing your wedding cake is one of the most exciting and adventurous elements of your wedding planning however it can sometimes leave you with more questions than answers. Questions such as how many tiers the cake should have; which would look better with my theme, a round cake or a square one; a simple versus extravagant design, contemporary versus traditional; chocolate or vanilla, or a combination of flavours and so on and so forth. At Tees Bakery, our aim is to minimise the stress you might be experiencing from all the decisions that need to be made about your special day and make the process of choosing your cake as smooth and enjoyable as possible. We take you through some of the common mistakes and pitfalls that you should avoid when choosing your wedding cake.
Mistake 1: Leaving it to the last minute
Sufficient time should be allocated to choosing your wedding cake like you would with your other wedding needs. You need to consider who you will entrust with the task of creating your wedding cake. That might sound a little dramatic but believe it or not there is a huge demand for wedding cakes and a lot of baker’s diaries get booked up very quickly. You need to think through what design you want and the growing wedding cake trend does not make this a very easy decision to make. You also need to take into account which flavour to choose, cost, delivery and setup, table décor and a long list of other requirements. The sooner you get your wedding cake out of the way the less stressful the planning process will be.
Mistake 2: Having too many outside influences
It is nice to have others involved in the planning process, but as the saying goes, “too many cooks spoil the broth”. Remember, it is your wedding and it is your cake. Having too many opinions on what makes a great wedding cake can actually create more stress for you than it resolves.
Mistake 3: Not having it in Writing
Always be specific about what you want for your wedding cake. Make sure the requirements and details you have agreed with your cake supplier are written down - even the smallest details. This will act as your contract and it should lay out what you expect from your cake supplier and what they expect from you.
Mistake 4: Choosing your own unique flavour
It is important to choose the flavour that YOU want, but it is also considerate to try and be all inclusive when it comes to choosing flavours. You want your guests to enjoy your wedding cake too so do take that into consideration when making your choice.
Mistake 5: Not showing colour swatches
When having conversations about colour with the person you have chosen to make your cake, it is important to take along with you a colour swatch. From the perspective of how the brain is wired, people perceive colour differently. What you may see as pink may be seen as orange by another person. This might seem like a bit too much detail and effort for choosing a cake, but don’t underestimate the effect that a cake not fitting into your wedding theme and colours can have on your big day.
Mistake 6: Not taking your venue into consideration
The size of your venue will impact the appearance of your wedding cake. Smaller wedding cakes are well suited to small venues but will be dwarfed in large venues such as ballrooms or function halls. This might sound like common sense but it is therefore important to consider the size of your venue when agreeing the dimensions of your cake. Also, the style of your cake should complement the style of your venue.
Mistake 7: Not considering the weather
If you are having an outdoor wedding in a hot climate then stay away from buttercream and the like as they tend to melt. You could opt for fondant covered cakes in such climates but remember that these could also be affected by heat (they tend to swell). So ensure you use a supplier that is experienced in making cakes in hot climates.
Mistake 8: Overlooking the cake stand and table
No doubt your cake will look exquisite but consider the cake base or stand, and the display on the table to ensure your cake is presented in all its glory. The cake presentation matters just as much as the cake itself.
Mistake 9: Forgetting to cut and distribute the cake
This is very important! Again it seems like common sense, but you would be surprised at the number of events where guests do not receive any cake. Do not forget to cut and distribute the cake. Allocate this task to someone as part of your wedding planning or opt for a dummy display on the day and cake slices in favour boxes.
Mistake 10: Forgetting to eat your cake
You got that right! And yes it does happen more often than you think. With all the fun, excitement, and mingling with your guests on the day, it is very possible that you could forget to eat your cake (other than the bite you have when cutting it). Get a bridesmaid or your Wedding Planner to set aside a slice for you and your spouse. It is your cake, you should enjoy it just as much as your guests.
In conclusion, choosing your wedding cake can be a nerve-wracking experience but it doesn’t have to be. It can accentuate your special day or go disastrously wrong. By avoiding these common pitfalls, choosing a wedding cake can be a stress-free and extremely fun process. Tees Bakery will work closely with you to take your dream wedding cake from concept to reality by inspiring confidence through our experienced portfolio and an understanding of our client’s needs. Thus, ensuring that your requirements are delivered right down to the finest detail and that the process of selection is as smooth and relaxing as possible. As a perfectionist with a passionate desire for creativity, Tees Bakery pours their best efforts into every creation. We expect each cake to tell a story that brings together artistic design with mouth-watering flavours that leave a lasting impression in the mind of the client. This is the most important aspect of delivering value