The cake that you choose for your wedding reception is more than just a cake; it’s a multi-layered treat, designed to reflect the special relationship between you and your fiancé. Like everything else about planning your wedding, it’s important to take your time when selecting a wedding cake vendor, as they will be the engineer behind one of the most iconic parts of your wedding.
Selecting the right wedding cake vendor may seem simple, but there are a few things that you should always get squared away before you hire one. The Georgia Bridal Show’s experience handling hundreds of different wedding cake vendors has made us uniquely qualified to help you select yours.
Next time you attend a bridal show, make sure you ask the following questions:
1. Do you Design Custom Cakes?
This day is all about you and your fiancé. If you think you’re going to want a custom cake, it’s important to mention this with your wedding cake vendor, to see if they’re willing to do a custom design for you. Some vendors work strictly from a book of predetermined designs, and therefore may not offer custom designs.
If you do find a baker willing to create a wedding cake according to your specifications, be prepared to pay more than you would for a standard design. If you’re okay with that, make sure you understand the pricing before agreeing to work with the vendor.
2. How Much Does the Cake Actually Cost?
The pricing of a wedding cake isn’t always as straightforward as you may assume. The final price you pay may depend on the number of people served, any special design requests, the experience level and location of the baker, and delivery costs. A good wedding cake vendor will provide you with a written breakdown of costs and explain each one if asked. Most will also request a deposit before starting their work.
3. How Fresh Will the Cake Be?
Some bakers are so busy that they might make your wedding cake a few weeks before the big day. Although that might work well for their schedule, it could mean that your wedding cake is not at optimal freshness when it arrives to you. When talking with wedding cake vendors, be sure to ask about prep time and habits. A cake made in advance can still taste fresh if the baker takes proper steps to protect it.
4. Will You Deliver the Cake?
You may have a helpful friend who’s offered to pick up your wedding cake and bring it to the reception. This is probably fine if it’s a small, one-layer cake; however, transporting a cake with several layers or a complex design pattern in a private car could be a recipe for disaster. When booking your wedding cake vendor, be sure to find out if the company delivers the cake and sets it up on a serving table. This is the best way to ensure the wedding cake arrives in one piece and looks picture-perfect before anyone cuts into it.
Meet Wedding Cake Vendors and More at the Georgia Bridal Show
Servicing hundreds of vendors in the wedding industry, the Georgia Bridal Show is your one-stop shop for meeting wedding cake vendors, or any other vendors you can think of. If you’re interested in attending the next show, purchase tickets here, or contact us today.