For many newly engaged couples a new year brings with it the anticipation of planning a wedding. The wedding cake consultation is one part of the planning process that usually evokes a smile and an eager appetite. From choosing cake flavors and fillings, to designing a tiered cake that embodies your wedding style, the cake consultation should prove to be a satisfying experience. I hope to give you some insight into the process, as we strive to make your planning a joy! Knowing what to expect and coming to the appointment prepared, will make our time spent together most effective.
I allot one hour for a complimentary consultation. There is limited space in my meeting room so I recommend that just the bride and groom OR persons with significant input be a part of this process. The more guests you bring with you the harder it will be to make effective decisions. At your consultation, you will have the opportunity to sample some crowd friendly cake flavors and fillings in order to get a taste of our cake menu. I suggest scheduling your cake consultation 9-12 months in advance, especially if your wedding will take place over peak wedding season. Spring and Fall tend to be prime times for such events.
Establish a realistic price range for your cake. Wedding cakes are typically priced by the slice. Tiered cakes will vary in cost, depending upon the complexity of the design, the mediums used to achieve that concept , and the cake flavors and fillings you desire to have for your guests. Kitchen cakes are one way to lower your cost per serving. Knowing what will effect your price range allows you to prioritize your choices effectively. The more cake flavors and fillings, the more cost. Intricate cake design concepts will also increase the price tag. Delicate hand made sugar flowers, will cost more than fresh flowers. Fondant is more expensive than buttercream. Although these upgrades can raise the price point, bare in mind the overall presentation. Your wedding cake is the centerpiece of the reception! Make it a treat for the eyes and the mouth.
During your cake consultation we will determine how many tiers you want and what size your displayed cake will be in order to reflect the style of your choice. I recommend that you bring with you anything that will be beneficial in giving me a true picture of your wedding cake vision. A list of your vendors and their contact information is also helpful. Things that inspire me include:
~Color schemes with dress swatches and table linens
~Bridal Dress styles and fabric textures
~Florals chosen for the bouquets and reception decor
You will peruse photos of my past work, but I also encourage you to bring 2- 3 pictures of cakes that capture design concepts of your liking. Having a keen sense of your wedding style is essential to designing a cake that will reflect the atmosphere and personal character of your event.
At the conclusion of our meeting, I will provide you with a proposal for the custom designed cake you have chosen. A $100.00 deposit is needed to secure a spot in my schedule of events. I appreciate a follow up call or email of your intentions, if you are not prepared to leave a deposit at the time of your consultation.
Planning for a stress free wedding means that you have put the time and energy into choosing people you trust, to capture your vision, and make it a reality. It is my desire to help you choose a cake that embodies your style and leaves your guests with a mouth full of deliciousness. I look forward to guiding you through the process and being a part of your vendor team!