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  • Guide to Planning and Finding the Perfect Wedding Cake

    Today we have a guest post from a fellow blogger at Quirky Bride and its a subject I can easily get into..cake. So here is a guide to planning and finding the perfect wedding cake.

    When I started planning my wedding one year ago, I set up my blog www.quirkybride.com and then set about planning my wedding. My main priority was getting all the big things taken care of. The venue, the dress, the catering – they all seemed hugely important and I became an organizational machine, ticking off each thing one by one.

    The cake however, for me anyway, was something further down the list. I knew I wanted a cake (who doesn’t love cake!?) but I didn’t really have any ideas about what I wanted, the details, or what to ask for.

    All of these other things on my wedding planning list I could pinpoint exactly what I needed and wanted. But as a baking novice, when it came to planning the cake, I was left a little bit clueless. So there were many questions I needed answers to.

    • What type of cake am I allowed to have? Do all wedding cakes have to be fruitcake?
    • Is sponge cake even an option?
    • How many tiers of cake do I need for my guest-list? (I don’t want people missing out on cake!)
    • What kind of colours can I choose from?
    • Are fake tiers a thing, and how much do they cost?
    • What is the average price for a wedding cake, and how much should I budget for it?
    Guide to Planning and Finding the Perfect Wedding Cake summer garden wedding cake display for love me love my wedding

    Image by McAvoy Photography – Cake by Cheshire Cat Cake Company

    It goes on and on. I tried asking my grandma for advice, but as her wedding was over 50 years ago, even she (the queen of baking) seemed a little out of touch with current pricing. I couldn’t even ask friends about their wedding cakes – because I’m the first one to tie the knot.

    Luckily, it’s times like these I’m ridiculously grateful for the internet.

    Guide to Planning and Finding the Perfect Wedding Cake

    Here are some amazingly helpful resources to help inspire you, and help you plan your cake:

    Pinterest – It goes without saying that Pinterest is an amazing resource for brides-to-be. You can basically type in all the ideas and inspiration you have – and it’ll pop up loads of relevant photos you can either use as inspiration, or just copy off. Prepare to become addicted ha!

    Cake Visualising Tools – I’m not sure if I’ve termed that right (it sounds a bit made up!?) but that’s how I’d describe this kind of tool. Basically you answer a load of questions about your dream cake, what you want from it, what it’ll be made up of, and the tool makes up a digital version of what it would look like. Very useful if you’re not the kind of person who describes things well.

    I also came across several great tips while I was searching for how-to and don’ts the most useful of which I’ve listed below:

    Tip 1: Match your cake to your reception space

    I didn’t really think about this until I read this tip, but your cake becomes a focal point to any room, so it has to suit the room. If you’re having a huge reception with over 200 guests – you’ll need a big cake for people to see and admire. A smaller venue can have a smaller cake – because it won’t get lost in the settings.

    Guide to Planning and Finding the Perfect Wedding Cake gothic inspired wedding cake for love me love my wedding

    Image by McAvoy Photography – Cake by Carolines Cake Company

    Guide to Planning and Finding the Perfect Wedding Cake my fari lady white wedding cake for love me love my wedding

    Image by McAvoy Photography

    Tip 2: Choose a flavour you love

    It’s your wedding, so choose some cake you’re going to enjoy eating. If you don’t like fruitcake, don’t order it just because it’s traditional. Bakers can make amazing cakes out of just about any flavour now.

    Guide to Planning and Finding the Perfect Wedding Cake white bow wedding cake for love me love my wedding

    Image by McAvoy Photography – Cake by Carolines Cake Company

    Tip 3: Think about heating

    If you’ve got a buttercream cake, but you’re wedding reception is outside on a summer’s day – that might not be the wisest choice. Best to run through these things with the cake maker first!

    Guide to Planning and Finding the Perfect Wedding Cake wedding cupcakes in the garden for love me love my wedding

    Image by McAvoy Photography

    Tip 4: Raid Etsy for cake toppers

    You don’t need to be generic anymore when it comes to personalising your cake. The traditional Mr and Mrs is so 1990’s and you can find incredible ones on Etsy for as little as £5. I felt spoilt for choice browsing through all the gorgeous cake toppers on there.

    Tip 5: Don’t forget to have a tasting

    Not every baker will offer this upfront – but you should ask for one, because it’s the best way to figure out what you actually want (and like). That lemon drizzle cake might sound amazing at first, but it might not taste how you imagined it to. It’s also a super fun part of wedding planning – so for that reason alone, make sure you pencil it in!

    Guide to Planning and Finding the Perfect Wedding Cake peacock and pearls wedding cake and matching cookies for love me love my wedding

    Image by McAvoy Photography – Cake and Cookies by Sweet Chic

    Tip 6: Don’t feel restricted to cake!

    You don’t have to have cake! You can have cheese, or doughnuts, or cupcakes, or Rice Krispy squares! The limit is only your imagination!

    Guide to Planning and Finding the Perfect Wedding Cake pork pie wedding cake for love me love my wedding

    Image by McAvoy Photography

    Guide to Planning and Finding the Perfect Wedding Cake naked wedding cakefor love me love my wedding

    Image by McAvoy Photography

     So there you have it. Our guide to planning and finding the perfect wedding cake . Do you know what style and flavour of cake you are going for? Would love to hear from you.

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