Thursday, December 16, 2010


With so many wedding vendors available in every city across the nation, I believe it's important to find a  confectioner that can create a truly magical wedding cake for your event. Why stick with the ordinary? When looking for a confectioner, it's wise to select one with the knowledge and expertise that is demonstrated in their work. There are a great variety of cakes out there, but there are only a few that can truly create works of art. A wedding should be a symbol of your unique bond and exemplify that in every element. The cake is one of the most important elements to a wedding! Therefore, it should also be just as distinct as you are as a couple as well as fit in with the theme. I always look for a confectioner that has a gallery of cakes that are out of the ordinary. The reason for this is because when I get a client that requests to have a wedding based on an unconventional theme, the last thing I want to do is introduce them to the traditional wedding cake! If you're going to think outside of the box, then you better carry it all the way through.

Another important point that needs to be addressed in selecting a wedding cake vendor is not only to look for creativity but quality. How do you find quality in the cake? Well, simple! Eat it! It's the most fun part of wedding planning. I have a big sweet tooth, so for me, I could live at a bakery! Well, no, not really, but wouldn't that be fun? You also must thoroughly research the vendor prior to working with them to ensure that you are hiring a reputable company. Check their work history, their portfolio, ask for client referrals and of course do a taste test. It can be a lot of fun, but there are still a lot of details when selecting the right cake. The confectioner, who is an experienced professional in their field, is able to guide you in the right choice that matches with your food selection-cake pairing is just as important as pairing wine with the main course. When you're ready to sign on the dotted line, be sure to check the following details:
  • Cost per slice
  • The deposit amount, date it was paid (usually 50%), as well as when the remainder is due (usually upon delivery of the cake)
  • The date the cake will be prepared. The start date for the baking and the end date for the finished product should both be listed.
  • Be sure a complete and accurate delivery address (reception venue) is listed, date of delivery, time of delivery and the exact location at the venue that the cake is to be displayed is listed accurately. 
  • A list of the ingredients used with acceptable substitutions indicated in the event an ingredient becomes unavailable.
  • A complete description of the cake, including the number of layers, the flavor and fillings, the icing, and the embellishments.
  • What is included in the fee-- will delivery be extra? Any free extras or extra charges that you were not aware of when discussing the chosen caken?
  • List of any items being rented and their cost (cake table, cake knife, dessert plates, etc.).
And of course, if you're not a big fan of cakes or sweets, there is always the real alternative method to the traditional cake, the dessert table and many other alternative options. More on that subject in the next blog!

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