No matter if you plan for a small gathering or a large wedding event, you’re likely to care about the details that add up to the full experience. After all, bringing people together to celebrate your union with your partner is a nice experience to have, even if you keep things low-key and perhaps eschew some of the more theatrical elements of a traditional wedding day.
Yet it’s true that one provision most couples will invest in is that of worthy, memorable catering. While the three-course meal you’re sure to enjoy (with vegan options for certain guests) you’re likely to cap off this amazing dining experience with the perfect wedding cake.
A wedding cake, while of course delicious, is much more than food on your plate. It can stand as a symbol of the couple’s union, a beautiful art piece that transcends all of the table decorations placed there. Its temporary nature and symbolic cutting only add more to the experience – a wedding cake is something that everyone can come together to enjoy, man, woman and child.
Wedding cakes are also highly crafted and artisanal creations, carefully curated by a specialist able to blend delicious ingredients with artistic frosting design and adornments. But with all of that worthwhile talent out there, it can be hard to define what sort of wedding cake is best for you. Never fear, because we intend to offer some advice so that this most wonderful provision can be planned for ahead of time.
Sure, looking forward to the wedding day solely for the cake is a little narrow-minded, but when you prepare the perfect item, we couldn’t blame you for this delectable treat being high on your list.
Consider The Overall Theming Of Your Wedding Day
The wedding cake is part of your overall wedding theme, and perhaps serves as the ultimate symbol of it. So, if you’ve decorated the rest of your wedding hall and catering tables in pastel pinks, whites and soft colors, it may be best to choose a similar theming for your own wedding cake.
For this reason, many couples decide to choose their wedding cake design after all of the other wedding styling decisions have been made, or at least until you’ve come to an agreed-upon theme and style. It’s also important to give your cake designer a few months at least to curate an appropriate design you can agree upon. Their own stipulations may vary, so clear and consistent communication is essential.
Consider Your Ideal Flavor Profile
As the decoration of a wedding cake can be so ornate, it’s good to keep the taste of the overall cake relatively simple and impactful in terms of its intensity of flavor. In other words, dozens of ingredients is probably going to be unnecessary, sometimes a simple layered filling can be utterly marvelous. Remember that wedding cake designers are highly capable bakers too, meaning that the ingredients used within your cake will be high-quality and speak for themselves.
However, if you’re set on a particular taste, such as a raspberry and cream filling, or vanilla and chocolate, then it’s good to select your own preferences rather than voting by committee. It’s your wedding cake, after all. Often, designers will help you select from a few taster samples to find the ideal outcome. While you may consider the wedding cake to be the star of the show regarding your catering, you don’t have to ‘match’ the cake to the food you provide; the two can be entirely separate.
Plan For Appropriate Expense
Wedding cakes are in no way easy to create, they take time, a dedicated idea, a full design cycle, and refinement. The cake designer will create a bespoke design just for you and your wedding day, and this takes them hours of their professional time. This is why a wedding cake is so special, you’re unlikely to enjoy a cake of this quality for at least some time after your big day.
So, it’s important to plan for this expense and make sure to get appropriate quotes from the best cake designers around you. They may be able to provide discounts based on immediate payment, but don’t try to negotiate too much with them. This is a specialist service, and you will be quoted specialist prices. Does this mean every cake is prohibitively expensive? Not at all, as the designer will be more than happy to work within your specific needs and remain mindful of your budget when drawing up plans.
How Will The Cake Be Dressed?
Depending on your aesthetic preferences and how you wish to celebrate the theme of your wedding, the dressing of your cake will differ. The traditional idea of a small male and female figure at the top of a cake with several layers is a nice one, and helps you understand a basic format. But of course, more accurately reflecting your partnership, such as if you both wear suits in a same-sex wedding, can be a great thing to reflect in your cake.
Wedding cakes tend to be tall rather than wide, to ensure the visual appeal is spread more reliably. It may also be that adornments such as flowers, the stand, and even display linen can provide a unique presentation. With frosting art, edible additions, writing in the chocolate lining, and more, cake designers are incredibly skilled at providing the most worthwhile aesthetic and will be happy to draw up some ideas and educate you as to how they’ll be applied.
While it’s an important part of your wedding day and a symbol of your love, a Vegas wedding cake is a cake, and cake is to be enjoyed. This should be a fun process. Choose a cake designer that helps you feel like you’re on a creative journey. This planning process is something you’ll remember for some time to come, and selecting a lovely cake to eat on your wedding day will be a beautiful capstone to the entire event. So, if you’re not having fun, it may be a sign to try something new or to take your business elsewhere.
With this advice, you’re certain to pick the perfect wedding cake. We wish you nothing but the best on your big day!