It can be extremely stressful and overwhelming to plan a wedding, since there are so many things that must get done. However, throughout all of the stressful parts, there are some fun parts too. One of those is designing the wedding cake, because you get to take part in cake tasting! Of course, if you don't know how to go about the cake selection process, things can get a bit tricky. So, with that being said, here are a few tips that will help you in selecting the perfect wedding cake and lead you on a smooth wedding cake selection journey.
1. Finalize Your Space and Guest List First
Before you can order your cake, you need to determine what size of cake that you need. To do this, you need to finalize both your wedding space and your guest list. You don't need a five-tier cake if you are only going to have 50 to 100 wedding guests. If you are going to be holding your wedding in a grand ballroom (particularly one with high ceilings), then you may want to consider placing columns between your cake tiers so that your cake stands taller and looks more elegant. Your space and guest list will play a huge role in the style and size of your cake, which is why these things need to be finalized first.
2. Choose the Cake Style Last
You want to make sure that the style of your cake complements your wedding. Therefore, it is a good idea to wait until after you have chosen your wedding dress, wedding décor, reception décor, etc. before deciding on the cake design. Your cake should blend in with the venue, your gown, the season, the flower arrangements, etc. While you do want your cake to stand out, you don't want it to clash with everything in the reception hall.
3. You Must Go to a Tasting
Your wedding cake is crucial to your wedding and reception. After all, everyone is going to be eating it. So, it is important that you take the time to go in for a tasting before deciding on the flavor of cake that you want. There are so many flavors, like chocolate, vanilla, carrot, devils food, hazelnut, lemon, pink champagne, and more! Just make sure that you decide on a flavor that you both like.
4. Consider Cost and Ways to Save
When it comes to the price of your wedding cake, it will vary. However, wedding cakes are typically priced by the slice. The more intricate the decorations, the more expensive it will be. Buttercream icing will be less expensive then fondant icing. Vibrant colors, molded shapes, and handmade flowers will make for a higher price tag. To help save, you can opt for seasonal fruit and flowers instead of molded shapes and handmade sugar flowers. You can also save by opting to have a dessert table in addition to a wedding cake.