The first step to a successful wedding cake experience is booking early. The bakery of your choice may be completely booked for your date if you delay ordering your cake until one to two months before the wedding. Booking four to six months in advance is an ideal time frame, and up to twelve months in advance is common.
Schedule a few tastings at different bakeries to compare taste, style, and pricing. While you are shopping for a baker to create your wedding cake, be sure to determine your budget and keep that in mind when considering vendors. Look for pricing information on the company website, or call ahead for base pricing.
So you’ve booked a tasting…now what? A tasting involves sampling a baker’s cakes for taste and texture and to identify your preferred flavors. Gateau offers three cake flavors to sample; anything greater in quantity, and you may lose your ability discern different flavors.
Bring with you any items or information you would like considered for design (i.e. invitations, fabrics, colors, themes, photos) as this will help the baker create a design and determine the final cost of your desired cake. Cake design can reflect a wedding gown, the bride and groom’s hobbies or occupations, the invitation design, or the theme of the wedding. Have an idea of whether you prefer a rustic or modern design, simple or elaborate, and formal or informal design. Elaborate and ornate cakes are more costly due to the additional labor required. Scheduling a few tastings at different bakeries not only helps you identify which baker’s cakes you prefer, but also helps you identify the personality and level of expertise that you feel will best realize your dream cake.