WEDDING season is upon us and if you’re one of the lucky few saying ‘I do’ this year then be sure to follow these top tips and get the cake of your dreams.
Your mind may be buzzing with all the various questions that come along with choosing a wedding cake; what size should it be? What flavour? Will it feed all our guests?
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Remember to stick to your budget
The price of the cake really depends on the size you’re looking for, but remember to consider your budget, you don’t want to get the most expensive cake and not have enough money for anything else.
“There’s no set price list, and each baker will price their work according to their own set-up. Some bakers charge per person, but most will base prices on the size of the cake, the detail of decorations required and where the cake is to be delivered,” says Annie.
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She adds that it’s usually the decoration that will increase costs, and that if you want a seven tier cake you should be prepared to fork out four figures.
What size should your cake be?
You don’t want a cake so small that you can’t give everyone a slice, nor do you want a huge cake that you’re still going to have slices of in your fridge months later.
The important thing is to cater to how many people you have invited – if you have 100 guests you’ll want enough for everyone to have a slice, including yourself.
And if you still have some left over, Annie has one tip for minimising food waste, “ask the caterers to wrap any leftover cake, and then take it home and freeze it,” she says, “you can then have memories of your wedding for up to three months after it!”
Don’t do this if the cake has already been frozen and defrosted though.
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The questions you should ask your baker
Annie has handily revealed the key questions you should be asking your baker before signing a contract.
Is it possible to try some samples?
If you haven’t tried cake from this baker before you should be sure to ask for some samples so you can avoid a disaster on your big day.
Some bakers may charge extra for this, but it’ll definitely be worth it.
Can I change my mind about design and/or flavour?
Some bakers will want to know the final design and flavour you want as soon as you sign the contract, while others may allow for great flexibility.
Make sure to ask if you’ll have any flexibility, even if you won’t need it it won’t hurt to know where you stand.
What is included in the price?
You want to check this prior to making any payments, to avoid any issues.
For example, you may find out that the cost quoted doesn’t cover delivery and you need to go and collect the cake, which may cause mayhem if you haven’t checked before your big day.
Can I read your terms and conditions?
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This is super important as you’ll want to know what happens if you unfortunately have to cancel or postpone your wedding.
The terms and conditions will let you know if you’ll be able to get your money back, in the case of any disasters.