Questions For Your Wedding Cake Designer

Before you take a trip to visit the person who’ll be baking and designing your wedding cake, you need to know what to talk about. Make sure you have all the information you need to avoid disasters and to end up with the right cake for your big day. We’ve all heard wedding cake horror stories, and no one wants to be one of them! Here’s a look at some of the questions you’ll want to ask your cake designer.

  • How much experience do you have designing wedding cakes? Do you have a portfolio of work we can look at, or satisfied clients we can speak to? (And then be sure to follow up and call the previous clients.)
  • Will you be having an open tasting soon? This is an important question that allows you to try out the different kinds of cake and fillings that your cake designer has to offer.
  • Can you design a custom wedding cake?  Or will we have to work from set designs instead? Is there an extra charge for custom work, and how adaptable are existing designs?
  • Will toppers, tiers, stands, cutters, fountains and similar accessories be available with the cake, or will we need to supply them ourselves? Will there be an extra charge for these items? Do you have a portfolio of what these look like?
  • When fresh flowers are used on a cake, will the designer coordinate with the florist, or will you need to bring the flowers to the designer?  How far in advance will your need to deliver the flowers for the cake?
  • What ingredients are usually used in the cake, and what icings are generally used? The better the ingredients, the more expensive, yet better tasting the cake will be.
  • How long does it take you to make a wedding cake? How long and in what way will the cake be stored before the wedding? Better cakes are prepared closer to the wedding, but it takes several days to assemble most of them. Don’t believe anyone who says they make the whole cake from scratch the day of the wedding. Three to five days is more common.
  • How are your cakes priced? Will fillings and detailing cost extra? May I have a price list and/or written proposal to take home?
  • Do you deliver and how much is delivery? Can the delivery person make emergency repairs and arrange the cake table? Delivery is always best as the cake maker will have a secure way to transport it and the cake shouldn’t get  ruined in transit.

Asking these questions will help you make certain that you get a wedding cake that’s right for your occasion, that you don’t pay too much, and you won’t have any nasty surprises. Be prepared when you talk to your cake designer – it’s worth it.

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