Let’s Eat Cake – Making the Most of your Wedding Cake Consultation
A cake consultation is fun and delicious and is something you can do as a couple. Who doesn’t love tasting cake? At your consultation you not only get to eat cake, but talk about it as well. As I spend pretty much 90% of my day thinking about all things cake, believe me there’s nothing I love more than chatting about it as well. It gives me the chance to meet you both in person and gain an insight into your sense of style and wedding plans, so I can create you a cake that is meaningful and unique to you.
Read my tips and advice below for preparing for your wedding cake consultation.
1. It’s best to book your wedding cake consultation once you have a date set and your venue booked, most importantly as you need to be sure your cake decorator is available (it’s not the best plan to find a cake decorator you love only to find out later they are fully booked). The type of venue will help decide on the style of your cake. Usually I recommend booking a consultation about 6-9 months before your wedding.
2. How many guests? Will you be serving your cake during the toast (finger portions 1” x 1”), for dessert (larger portions 2” x 1”) or later for the evening reception? The answers to these questions will determine the size of your cake.
3. Choose the flavour/s you want, it’s your cake. I usually ask couples beforehand for a choice of flavours they would most like to try. If you’re undecided then don’t worry you will have the opportunity to try several.
4. Get together some ideas that you like – pictures of cakes, design details from your invitations, lace details from your dress, flowers, colour swatches, etc. Bring these with you as I can use all of these for inspiration for creating a mood board or sketch for the design of your cake.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, this is your opportunity to get to know your cake decorator you are entrusting them with a big responsibility. I am always more than happy to tell you how long I have been making cakes, what my training is and to show you my portfolio, etc.
6. Be open minded to the advice from your cake decorator, even if you are set on your dream wedding cake, your cake decorator should know what will work and may need to tweak designs for the best.
7. Have a budget in mind but be realistic, if you want elaborate decorations or need a 5 tier cake, a £200 budget just won’t cut it! All things said I am always able to make suggestions/compromises to help your costs.
Don’t forget to enjoy it and have fun! Your cake should taste amazing as well as look amazing, so my advice is get tasting.
If all this talk puts you in the mood for some cake then why not get in touch with me at The Cotswold Cake Kitchen to book your consultation.
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