Wedding Cake: The Ultimate Wedding Cake Guide

The cake and accompanying desserts are one of the sweetest parts of your wedding day. Whether you envision a lavish multi-tiered showstopper or cupcakes galore, there are many things to consider when deciding on the confectionary delights for your wedding day. From how much to spend to the latest trends, this guide will help you get ideas for the wedding cake of your dreams. 

Wedding Cake Budget

All good wedding planning starts with a budget…your wedding cake is no different. Start by setting a comfortable wedding cake budget for both you and your partner. The budget will need to take into account 

  • How much cake do you need to feed your guests and bridal party? 
  • Do you want to freeze the top tier of the cake? 
  • How many layers of cake and filling would you like? 
  • What style best suits your wedding and the budget? 
  • Do you have any dietary restrictions? Nut-free? Gluten-free? Dairy-free? 
  • Would you like any additional accessories to go with your cake? 
  • Would you like a Groom’s cake? 

Wedding Cake Style

Before contacting any cake vendors, consider your wedding cake style. Start by creating a wedding cake inspiration board on Pinterest and pinpoint what makes you happy! From the colors that inspire you to your favorite wedding cake toppers, the designs for your wedding cake are endless. You may even want to consider a wedding cake alternative, such as a savory cheesecake or doughnut tower with matching cake pops. 

Wedding Cake Vendors

Talented wedding cake vendors book up quickly! While nine months to a year before the wedding may sound like a ridiculous amount of time to reserve a cake vendor, availability is the number one deciding factor on whether they can or can not create the wedding cake of your dreams. After researching cake vendors in your area, narrow down the list and schedule a consultation to compare pricing, style and delivery options. 

Wedding Cake Tasting

Now for the fun and tasty part of the wedding cake decision! After confirming the availability of the cake vendor and discussing base prices, it’s time to taste the cakes! Each baker should provide a list of cake flavors and fillings that pair well together. While it is important to consider your guests during the wedding planning process, this is one time when you can pick a flavor pairing that suits your tastes! 

Request some of your top flavor pairings and enjoy the experience with your partner. Once you decide on the flavors, discuss your theme, color palette and decor to inspire the cake decorator. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box regarding the design of your wedding cake. 

Wedding Cake Finalization

Wedding cake logistics is the final step of the process. Don’t skip over this part of the planning because it could be the difference between a memorable wedding cake-cutting moment and an embarrassing scramble to find the proper utensils. Ask the following questions to round out the wedding cake agenda:

  • What is the delivery process? 
  • Are there any fees to deliver the cake?
  • If picking up the cake, when can that be done? 
  • How should I store the cake before the wedding? 
  • Do I need to rent a cake stand, knives or topper? Will these items be provided?
  • Do you have a cake-cutting fee at the venue? If so, how much?

Wedding Cake Enjoyment

Remember, the wedding cake should be enjoyed! Take a moment to cherish the confectionary delight with your partner. Carve out some time (pun intended) to relish your wedding day and the cake. 

J&J Tent and Party Rentals is Here to Help

No matter which style cake you pick, your wedding planning just got easier with J&J Tent and Party Rentals. We know the North Carolina wedding industry well, so we can answer any questions you may have about throwing your wedding or engagement party. With J&J Tent and Party Rentals by your side through every step in this process, soon enough, it will be time to say “I do.” 

Contact us at (919) 977-3691 or visit our website at J&J Tent and Party Rentals. Feel free to follow us on Facebook for tips on planning your next event. 

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