When should I order my wedding cake?

With the hundreds of wedding every weekend in Florida, I suggest that the sooner the better. Most cake designers get booked far in advance. If you have a cake designer that you really want to make your wedding cake, it is best to order your wedding cake 6 months to a year before the wedding to assure that you can retain their services.

Schedule a cake consultation/taste testing, estimate the number of servings of cake you’ll need, sign a contract and pay the retainer fee to hold the day for your wedding. A month before the wedding you should be able to finalize the number of servings of cake and pay the balance due on the cake.

Why are wedding cakes so expensive? It’s just flour, eggs, oil and water.

The wedding cake is more than just the ingredients. In most cases, the ingredients are the least expensive part of the cake. You are paying for the expertise of the cake designer and labor. When you see the wedding cakes being made on the cake competitions and bakery shows on TV, you must realize that much of the film is left on the cutting room floor. So what seems to take only seconds to do on TV, in real life may take hours to accomplish. The more detailed the cakes design (more time involved) the higher the price. The simpler the cakes design (less time involved) the lower the price.

Some brides have made the decision to make their own wedding cake only having disastrous results. The best advice is to hire a professional. Remember, next to your dress, the wedding cake is a wedding’s most photo icon. Enjoy your wedding; leave the wedding cake to the professionals.

To save money can I have someone pick the cake up rather than pay for having it delivered?

This is not a birthday cake, so if it gets damaged it’s a big deal. It’s your wedding cake! This is one of the most important days of your life! Have it delivered!

I am a small business and part of my service is to be with that cake until it is delivered to the venue, set up on the table, and the final decorations are put on it. If it gets damaged during setup (like a fresh flower toppling down the front of the cake and messing up the frosting), I will be there and can repair it so it will be perfect for your pictures.

To save money, my cousin said she’ll make my wedding cake. After all, it can’t be that hard! She has gone through Wilton’s basic cake decorating course at the local Michaels.

Where did he/she receive her training? How many wedding cakes has he/she done? Will this be his/her first? You want him/her to experiment on your wedding? This is not a birthday cake! Does he/she know about the foundation inside the cake so it doesn’t topple over? The icing designs on the cake must be precise. Is he/she going to set your cake on a piece of foil covered plywood or are you going to purchase a silver base? A wedding cake must be centered on each tier, and level on each tier (you don’t want your cake leaning).

This is one of the most important days of your life. That cake will be the most photographed at your wedding next to your dress. Hire a professional cake designer; it will be worth every penny. If you are not happy with the cake your cousin makes you there will always be hard feelings. You don’t want that!

When is the balance due?

30 days prior to the event. There will be a $5.00 late charge assessed for every day that the payment is late! At this point, payment MUST be made in cash.

How far in advance do I need to order my cake?

If you are planning a Saturday or Holiday weekend wedding, these days book months in advance. The answer is ASAP.

The reason why is, most vendors are only able to do a certain number of events on a given day or weekend due to limited resources or personnel.  So if you find a vendor that you really want, you need to see if they are available and book them ASAP. Just make sure you have your date locked in with your venue before booking!