Welcome to wedding cakes 101, the ultimate guide for choosing your dream wedding cake. With so much choice out there, it can be really hard to know where to start. So we thought we would start at the only logical place – the very beginning – and take you through the ins and outs of finding your perfect cake.
Stage 1 – inspiration
Whether you’re ordering a bespoke cake or choosing from a designer’s collection, it’s great to have a good idea of what you’re looking for. This is much easier, of course, when you have an idea of what your wedding theme or colour scheme is going to be. Once you know this, you can start narrowing down styles that suit your chosen aesthetic.
This is when you have full permission to spend day and night on Pinterest or leafing through magazines and making collages of cake pictures you love. Enjoy it! It’s a really exciting and highly creative time. Once you have decided what you want, start to look for designers who work with that style.
Stage 2 – meeting your designer
The cake design process is a collaborative one and it can be a lot of fun for both the designer and client to work together to create something amazing. Bring a lot of visual ideas to your first meeting. Your designer may already have something in their range that’s perfect and, if not, will be able to work closely with you to design your dream wedding cake. Be aware that while it’s good to have inspiration, your designer can’t directly copy a cake you’ve seen elsewhere.
Stage 3 – tasting
It’s true what they say – real beauty is on the inside. This is especially true of cake. While your wedding cake may be a five-tiered, intricate masterpiece, it’s not just a work of art to be displayed, its destiny is to be eaten and enjoyed. With that in mind, the tasting is a crucial part of the wedding cake journey. Oh, and it’s an excuse to eat lots of cake, of course.
Here at GC Couture, purveyors of luxury wedding and celebration cakes, we have over 50 flavours to choose from. Some people need a little bit of help narrowing down their options. Remember that you can have the best of both worlds and have different flavoured tiers. Perhaps a safe, crowd-pleasing option for one tier and a more adventurous personal favourite for another. With flavours from Pina Colada to Chocolate Orange and our famous Fruitcake Without the Bits, one thing is certain – the tasting is going to be a fantastically fun experience.
Stage 4 – making your order
Once you’ve decided on the design and flavours for your cake, all that’s left is for you to confirm your order and put down your deposit. This is the time to talk through delivery or transport, storage and serving with your designer and venue to make sure that everything goes smoothly on the big day. This will vary from couple to couple, so make sure you have a solid plan in place.
And it’s that easy. All that’s left to say is bon appetit!