Post # 1
Our wedding cake is included in our wedding package and is exclusively provided by a bakery that our venue has some sort of deal with. We haven’t gone to our offical tasting yet, but we did attend an open house that the bakery had hosted to the general public and I was not impressed by their cakes.
I’m an avid baker and dabbled in cake decorating for a while so my standards may be a little higher, but I expected something more than cake with bad artifical flavoring and “buttercream” that tasted like overly sweet frosting from a can. It’s just surprising to me since they have wonderful reviews on Yelp and Wedding Wire.
To be fair, the open house didn’t feature the other types of icing and fillings they have to offer so I’m going to wait until our tasting to make a final decision, but it makes me wonder if I should look for another bakery. The downside to that is that the venue will charge a $3.50/serving cutting fee if we use a cake from any other outside vendor, which means it will cost an extra $350-$437 for 100-125 guests on top of the cost of the cake and delivery fee.
Our cake isn’t the most important element at our reception, but it is the only dessert we’ll be serving so we definitely want it to be tasty. If the tasting doesn’t go well, would you guys pay the extra money for a good cake or save the money and go with the provided cake?
Post # 2
That a tough one and I think it all depends on your budget! For my first wedding when we went to the tasting I was in love with the cake. Taste and presentation. I went to the venue the day before and was unimpressed with the cake and on top of that when they moved the cake it slipped and someone stuck their fingers through it! I was not happy. The quality of it on our wedding day was not as good as the tasting. I am an avid baker too….With standards that are probably higher like yourself. I decided to make my own cake. I knew I wouldn’t be happy with anyone else doing it and I more than likely wouldn’t get what I wanted! So I believe it comes down to what YOU are comfortable spending!
Post # 3
If you’re into it, you could circumvent the cake cutting fee by doing wedding cupcakes! I know it’s not for everyone, but with specialty, gourmet cupcakes out there these days, there are so many options. And honestly, the cake is probably the least important part of the meal to most people. I always find that the cake people choose is no good. You can budget for 1.5 cupcakes per person so if someone wants just one, they can have one, and if someone wants to go for two, well they can do that too.
You could have a cake topper or small two-tiered cake for the decorative purposes and then have cupcakes of the same flavor for everyone else.
That’s just my 2 cents.
Post # 4
Agree, plus not everyone wants a sweet treat right away, so they can take it with them when they leave for a midnight snack. That’s what we’re doing. I didn’t want to worry about the hassle of having to serve cake. The last wedding I went to I looked around and no one hardly ate their cake!!!
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida
We are doing a Cupcake tower because the last 2 wedding i attended only half of the wedding cake was touched and the rest was trashed…… SO we decided to do Cupcakes and orded White Chinese take out boxes for guest to take one home if they wished. Does this exclusive cake vender do cupcakes? You can mix it up with a couple different flavors!!
Post # 6
Thanks for all the helpful replies!
I didn’t even think about how not everyone eats cake at weddings, so now I’m considering doing cupcakes with take out boxes. I’ll have to ask my event manager if they’ll bypass the cutting fee if we do that. The bakery also does cupcake towers for weddings, although I’m not sure if that would cost extra since only their Tier 1 level cake designs are included in our package. I’ll find out once we do our tasting.
My mom also has a friend that works at the Watergate bakery in DC and she always gifts us an AMAZING white chocolate mousse cake for Christmas. I’m pretty sure she would give us a great discount if we used her and even though we could swing the extra cost for the cutting fee, I’m not sure if it’s worth it to do so. Plus I’m fairly certain that my mom would insist on inviting her and her husband, and our guest list has already gone over. That’s a separate topic for another day! 😉
Post # 7
Our wedding package included a wedding cake as well but we already known we really wanted a cake from a certain bakery so we communicated this to our venue. They were really awesome and let us switch out the cake for chiavari chairs which usually required an upgrade in the package. It saved us money in the end since the provided banquet chairs they had were terrible and we planned on upgrading anyway! Would your venue allow you to use the cake credit toward something else that you would want? <br />