Your dream dress has been found, the invitations are being printed, and the florist has ordered up the perfect blooms, now your attention has turned towards the ultimate confection – your wedding cake.

Order your cake 4 – 6 months prior to the wedding

Not all wedding cakes are equal. Generally, you should order your wedding cake 4 to 6 months prior to the wedding date. If you already have your heart set on a cake designer – by all means contact them before this time period to reserve your date. If not, consider attending local bridal fairs to see sample work from area designers, or ask other vendors that you are utilizing to make recommendations. Often your caterer or banquet facility can recommend fine bakers that they have worked with in the past.

When choosing a private cake designer or bakery shop, there are many aspects to consider before making your final selection. Brides should always make it a point to view photographs of the designer’s recent work to weigh in on quality and workmanship of the finished products. Also ask for references from past brides utilizing their services. This is your best guide regarding how accommodating, professional, and reliable the baker is. And, above all, schedule a cake consultation to include product tasting.

When choosing your wedding cake, consider these possibilities

  • Design style – take photos/magazine clippings of design elements that you like.
  • Size or number of tiers – this is usually based on your estimated number of guests.
  • Types of frostings – buttercream, fondant, royal icing.
  • Cake flavors and fillings – ask to taste a variety.
  • Accents – fresh flowers, gumpaste flowers, edible beading.
  • Cake topper styles – traditional, fresh floral, sugared fruit.
  • Pricing and delivery fees.

This is a delicious task – enjoy!

Contributed by Jody Wimer

Photo by SkySight Photography Pittsburgh