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What You Need To Know Before Choosing A Wedding Cake

What You Need To Know Before Choosing A Wedding Cake

The cake is often a centerpiece of the wedding reception and is something the bride and groom literally share with their guests. Few things can be personalized as much as your wedding cake, so here are a few things to consider.

  1. Has there been a particular flavor or dessert that is meaningful to you and your groom? If he gave you chocolate roses every year on the anniversary of the day you met, or hid your engagement ring in a special dessert, you might want to have a subtle hint of that in your wedding cake design.

  2. Do you have any ideas about who you would like to design your cake? Whether it’s a cake you enjoyed at a friend's wedding or something you saw in a magazine — make a list of people you can talk to. Then interview several designers and taste their cakes. You will know when you find the right fit of personality and flavor.

  3. Will your celebration include feeding wedding cake to your husband (and visa versa)? If the answer is "yes", you may want to keep that in mind when selecting cake colors, flavors and toppings. Nothing ruins a flawless white gown faster than red crème that drips off the groom’s fork at an inopportune moment.

  4. Are you considering anything in addition to a cake? Today's brides sometimes opt for petit fours, cupcakes or a dessert sampler. Often receptions include a "groom's" cake. This second cake may be a different flavor, providing more selection for your guests. You can even have cakes on each table to serve two purposes - dessert and table decorations. Whatever you choose, your guests will be sure to enjoy it!

Once you have decided what is important in a cake, ask friends and family for recommendations on a great baker. If you are having a destination wedding, often your contacts there can help.

Create a list of possible bakers and then schedule a time to meet with them and begin cake tasting.

If you'd like to share your experiences or suggestions with other brides, please comment below! We love feedback on our articles and suggestions for new ones.