Post # 1
how important is the cake? i used to think it wasnt important but then i started looking at all the cake eye candy online! well due to my new cake love, our ballroom reception hall has completely underwhelmed me w our cake options (which are included in the package). there are 3 bakers to choose from
1- a well known traditional italian bakery- they dont do tastings and use white "cardboard" flowers. they will leave off some of the frills if you ask nicely.
2- small bakery who is willing to work with you on design & tastings but doesnt do good visual work
3- family bakery who does good work & tastings but upcharges out the wazoo for it.
none of their portfolios impressed me at all and i feel cheated bc i didnt realize they were so bad when we booked the place- 3 options sounded like a LOT. (i wasnt wedding-ed up back then) we are supposed to choose a cake from their 3 portfolios at our tasting which we didnt do bc i didnt like them. now we have to make a choice. we could opt for the simplest cake from one of them & then have our florist put fresh flowers on it, or we could even opt out of the cake, receive $3 back for each guest & book another baker. there will be ~ 150 guests & im not sure that is enough to make it worth searching around. what would you girls do? has anyone used fresh flowers on buttercream with success? ive never seen it done in person before.
Post # 3
If I were you, I’d take the $3 per person and go to another baker. I’ve decided to go to an actual grocery store for my cake- I’ve yet to see their portfolio, but I am unwilling to pay a lot of money for a cake, so the $2 per slice is what matters most to me. Also, Super Walmart bakeries have a pretty extensive selection that look quite good and are really cheap as well (like $2/slice).
If you go with your own baker, just be careful, because your venue may decide to charge you for cutting and serving an outside cake (my sister got the cake that came with the package because the savings from brinding in a cheaper cake from outside would have been destroyed by paying them to serve it!).
However, if the cakes taste good, you should totally save yourself the hassle and let the florist work his/her magic. My good friend a super simple cake that was made to look awesome with fresh flowers that perfectly matched her bouquet and the centerpieces. I think I have a picture if you’re interested.
Post # 4
I think it just depends on how you feel. I’ve been to weddings that the cake is a main focal point in the room and very ornate. I’ve also been to weddings with a simplier( no no less lovely) grocery story cake. For me the only thing I knew I wanted for my wedding for any length of time has been my cake ( I’ve saved the magazine since 2001) Even though I’m on a rather tight budget , I don’t ming paying a $5 per slice fee as I know the cake will be the main focal point at our reception.This may change as other needs for the funds come up. Do what you feel , and most important what you can afford. =)Â
Post # 5
rosychicklet, id love to see a picture of your friends cake w fresh flowers. i think the first thing to do is ask my venue if there is a cake cutting/ serving fee if we do bring our own cake. i hadnt thought about that!
Post # 6
I would go with baker #2 since they seem to be the most willing to work with you. Pick a simple design from their portfolio since you have doubts about the visual work and go to your florist. It will cause you the least amount of stress. I would be vary wary of a baker who wouldn’t let you taste their work.
Post # 7
I had this exact situation. I took the credit back and found my own baker. I wasn’t looking for cake eye candy, but the options I had just didn’t do it for me. Now the baker I have is fantastic and the cake is one of the things I’m looking forward to the most.
Post # 8
Opt out of the Cake — get your money and find someone else.
Tell your venue they need to get some fresh blood on the referral list while your at it.
Post # 9
Fresh flowers on cakes is a pretty popular thing nowadays. My bakery just delivered the simple cake to the reception and my florist decorated it with fresh flowers that coordinated with the look of the centerpieces. If you’ve booked your florist, ask if they’ll do the same.
If one of their 3 vendors has decent tasting cake, try to go that route. Finding an outside vendor won’t be that difficult, but may add up if the venue charges you more for bringing in someone that’s not on their "preferred vendor list".
To answer your question of "how important is the cake", it’s something that everyone expects at a wedding. But if you ask anyone who’s attended a wedding if they remembered what the cake looked like and how it tasted, it’s probably not at the top of the list. So make sure it tastes and looks how you want it, but it’s the bride & groom that everyone will be focused on.
Post # 10
I would price out another baker first and see if there is something you love that fits in your price range (ie the amount you would be refunded) and is what you are looking for. If not I would go with baker number 2 and pick a very simple design and add fresh flowers and maybe those crystals on wire or a monogramed topper that would add some pizzaz. (Although if you go this route you might as well take the money and go with a baker whose cake tastes amazing and will cost less.)
Post # 11
Before you take the $3/guest and find a new baker, make sure the venue doesn’t charge a plating fee for outside cakes. My venue had a cake included in their package, and while they did give a $3 credit per guest, their plating fee was $1.75 per guest, so in the end it wouldn’t have been worth it.
I had my baker make a really simple cake, frosted in white with some basic piping designs. Then my florist decorated it with roses to match the bouquets, and that was $40. It looked gorgeous. Fresh flowers are always pretty on cakes!