Friday, January 9, 2009

10 Helpful Tips for Selecting Your Wedding Cake

Below I have listed 10 tips which may be helpful in determining what style wedding cake you are looking for.

1.) Determine whether the overall feel of your wedding reception will be formal, semi-formal or casual. This will help determine your style.

2.) Are you airing more traditional in your overall design, or would you like to create a more contemporary and non-traditional mood for your wedding?

3.) Some designs look better on a particular shape of wedding cake. It is important to think about what shape you envision your cake having, be it round, square, mixed shape, varying heights, separated by flowers or other decor...etc.

4.) Begin to think about ways to (or not to) incorporate your colors into your design. Common ways to do this are by adding sugar flowers or edible ribbon borders to your cake which match the colors of your wedding. This is a classic way to add a splash of color to an otherwise monochromatic design.

5.) How many guests will the cake need to serve? Are you having any desserts other than the wedding cake? Knowing this information before your consultation will greatly help your baker determine the size cake that will best suit your event.

6.) Would you like multiple flavors? It is very common to have multiple flavors in the same cake. With Sheri's Edible Designs, each tier can be a different flavor, rather than the entire cake having just one flavor throughout. You may certainly choose to serve only one flavor of wedding cake, but it is important to know you have options.

7.) Hilton Head is a popular destination wedding location. Local vendors tend to book up quickly. At Sheri's Edible Designs, we carefully limit the number of commitments we accept for a given date, so it is important to begin the ordering process as soon as possible.

8.) Most wedding vendors (myself included) will require you to know your wedding date and venue prior to contracting a wedding cake. This is to assure your wedding will not change in date or location which will in turn change the availability of your vendors.

9.) Will you be needing a separate cake or dessert for your rehearsal dinner? It is common to present the grooms cake the night before at your rehearsal dinner. This is popular for two reasons. 1) It acts as dessert for your guests the night of the rehearsal dinner. 2) It allows the groom to get more creative with his cake design because the bride does not have to be concerned with the grooms cake over-shadowing hers at the wedding :).

10.) Determine whether or not your venue will suggest your wedding cake be displayed indoors or outdoors. This is instrumental in creating a design. Some designs require the use of rolled fondant which is ideal for cakes which will be displayed outdoors at an event. If your first choice is a butter cream finished cake, check to see how flexible your venue is with displaying the cake indoors which will keep the butter cream safe from exposure to wind, dirt, sand, bugs and heat elements that are iminent in the south!

Planning and preparation are essential for a successful event. It is sometimes easy to forget that things such as cake and flowers and rental items need planning of their own. To help you keep track of what is important to you, make a list of questions you would like to ask each of your vendors. This will help keep you from getting distracted at meetings and forgetting to ask the most important questions for your most important concerns.

Happy Planning!

~Sheri's Edible Designs

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