Choosing your wedding cake flavour and design is always a memorable part of the wedding planning process alongside putting together your gift list, but as with any aspect of the wedding, there are so many things to consider. How much cake do you need for your wedding guests? How much should you spend?
This article will answer both of these questions and show you how you can save a few pennies on your dream wedding cake in the process.
Tackling the logistics
Before you go wild adding pictures of wild and outrageous cake designs to your Pinterest boards, it’s essential to get to grips with logistics.
Firstly, how long before the wedding you should order your wedding cake. Brides are usually recommended to order their cake a minimum of four months before the big day. For smaller bakeries you might be looking at even longer, as much as a year out from your wedding, as space in their schedule will be at a premium.
The next thing to consider is how much wedding cake you’ll require. How big a cake to order will depend on how many guests you have, the size of the piece you intend to serve each guest, and if you plan to save the top tier of your cake for your anniversary. Which, by the way, sounds a lot better than it tends to taste.
If you’re ordering a bespoke cake, your baker will be able to give you a bit more advice on size but in general a cake 6, 8, and 16 inches a side will serve 12, 24 and 100 people respectively.
Save or splurge?
A major thing to consider when choosing a wedding cake is how much you want to spend on it. If you want to save money, you could delegate the task to a capable friend or family member. Or if you are having a really frugal, informal wedding you could ask guests to bring their own.
The price of a wedding cake will depend on how many tiers you want as well as the choice of filling and design. Wedding cakes can range anywhere from £200 to £1200 so it’s wise to have a strict budget in mind before you visit a specialist.
There are a number of ways to save money on your wedding cake of choice without compromising on size or design. Many cake specialists give you the option to use artificial tiers to make your cake visually appealing while saving money, or similar budget-stretching ideas. Don’t forget to budget in delivery costs involved in getting your cake to the wedding venue.
Simple or Striking Design?
Once you’ve set a budget, it’s time to turn your attention to the design of the cake itself. The options are pretty much endless but it’s wise to choose a cake that complements the style of wedding you’re planning.
Your cake should blend seamlessly in with your wedding theme. If you’re having a traditional wedding in a stately home for example, your choice will differ from that of an informal destination wedding.
Simple fondant icing looks striking at a traditional wedding while the on-trend naked cake would be a superb option for a rustic venue. If you have your heart set on something current and modern, marble, rose gold and drip designs are all the rage.
Don’t forget to liaise with your venue co-ordinator and tell them when you want to cut the cake, where you would like it placed and if you plan to serve it in place of a dessert or after the wedding breakfast.