Post # 1
We just found out that our baker no longer does delivery and will not deliver our cake. Basically this woman runs a great Dutch bakery (Bakery B). It’s very small and she only does wedding cakes in two flavours – vanilla or mocha. She doesn’t require a deposit and doesn’t do formal tastings. Back in the summer, she gave us a slice of each kind of cake and that was it. Even though things weren’t formal, we wanted her to do our cake, because she has a reputation of making very tasty desserts.
I recently emailed her to confirm everything (since there isn’t a contract or deposit or anything) and she didn’t really answer my questions about having the fresh flowers sent for the cake or about ordering additional desserts for our dessert table. We’re already getting French pastries from the bakery (Bakery A) that is catering our afternoon reception, but wanted some Dutch desserts as well since part of my family is Dutch.
I’m just not feeling super confident with this bakery anymore and she doesn’t really seem to remember us. Bakery B’s cake is affordable ($275) and really tasty, but it only comes in two flavours. I’m not sure what Bakery A would charge, but maybe it would be worth it for piece of mind and more flavour choice. Both have similar decorating abilities/skills.
Would you be okay with a bakery that doesn’t deliver? Bakery B is 30 minutes from our ceremony/reception. We’re worried picking up the cake would be an added stress and I would be so worried that we wouldn’t be able to transport our cake safely or that we would ruin it trying to set it up. Obviously, other brides do it though and maybe I’m just overthinking it. We would need the cake on the cake table by 10 am on the wedding day. We would have to pick it up the day before unless we go with Bakery A who could deliver it at the same time as the other food.
Is it too late in the game to have Bakery A make our cake? They make beautiful cakes and I’ve grown up eating their desserts. Plus, they would deliver the cake when they deliver everything else. We originally chose Bakery B to incorporate some Dutch elements, but maybe we could still pick up some pastries from them for our dessert table. I just don’t know if it’s too close to the wedding to switch to Bakery A or if we even should. I’m sure they would accommodate us, I just don’t want to seem rude by asking with short notice.
Here’s our cake inspiration picture:
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
My sister picked up our cake on wedding day from the bakery and it was nbd.
Post # 4
@sugarpea: Is your venue air-conditioned? Do you have a cool place to store the cake if you have to pick it up the day before?
It can be quite warm in June.
Post # 5
@sugarpea: I personally would not be keen on picking the cake up myself (and I say this as someone who makes wedding cakes and has to deliver them, lol. I assemble on site though when I’m doing anything more than 2 tiers.) and Bakery B does seem to be a bit unreliable from what you have said. I’d probably go with A and just get some Dutch treats from B.
Post # 6
You NEED a company who can deliver a cake!
Post # 7
Our wedding is actually at my parents’ house. It’s a tented ceremony and reception (under the same large tent) in their yard. The house is air conditioned, but the ceremony and reception obviously aren’t since they’re outside aha. I think that we’d have to plug in a second fridge or keep it in the basement or something, because the house might not even be cold enough with the air conditioning.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
Half an hour isn’t at all bad; I was dreading that you might say 2 to 6 hours driving. You could ask someone to help you pick up the cake; you or your FH shouldn’t have to worry about that.
What is the price difference between A and B?
Post # 9
Thanks so much for your advice! I really appreciate it, especially because of your experience with cakes!
Post # 10
It probably wouldn’t be that bad picking the cake up the day before, because it isn’t that far. Everything is being set up by us (except for the tent) so I want to eliminate as much of extra work as possible, but as long as we could transport the cake without ruining it I’m sure it would be fine. The price difference probably wouldn’t be more than $100. Our area is pretty inexpensive/reasonable when it comes to wedding stuff!
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
Lucky! Everything is overpriced here in Edmonton, AB for wedding cakes… unless we were to go a bakery in Chinatown, lol
$100 isn’t much, but that could be easily your budget for hair/make-up. If I were you, I’d probably delegate a friend for the pick-up. As long as you’ve got a cooler large enough to store it — otherwise, the extra $100 cost to get it delivered would provide a peace of mind.