Post # 1
I’m confused. All my wedding “checklists” tell me I need to be booking my cake NOW. Wedding is in March. So, I am getting close to doing that, having multiple conversations with cake makers and have it pretty much narrowed down to one… BUT then I started thinking, what if I end up with a guest list that is way way lower (confirmed) than who we plan to invite?
This is quite possible because we’re marrying out of state and I know many will have trouble with money to travel.
Do I necessarily have to commit to a cake to serve X number of people at this point? Because if by chance we get a big drop (our current guest list is 49), and let’s say only 25 RSVP yes, well then I will have a HELL of a lot of extra cake plus I will have spent about sixty bucks extra for no reason. We were planning on a cake that serves 74 but part of that is so we can have the top tier. After the top tier is removed it would serve about 60. But what if we end up with just 25 or 30 people coming?
I’ve emailed the bakers in question about this too but thought I’d ask here, as it just crossed my mind.
Then again we really wanted the top tier to save (well Fiance does, I don’t care, personally) and if we go too small there will be no top tier, I don’t think. Hmm. As it is our 3 tier cake will be pretty petite.
Post # 3
With my baker, I reserved far out and told them the size that I was anticipating. I also made sure to write down the last date that I could make adjustements. I can’t imagine that most bakers aren’t flexible on that. Ask them!
You may also want to ask them about the top tier. I asked mine and found out that they actually do something cool. You don’t save your top tier! You call them up shortly before your anniversary and they will give you a free anniversary cake – the exact same flavor and decoration style as your wedding cake! I love that idea – no need to store it and it will taste fresh! I can’t wait to try ours next month!
Post # 4
From numbers I’ve heard around here, you can assume 70-80% of the people you invite will say yes, and you should provide cake for 90% of that number (not everyone will eat cake).
Post # 5
@Miss BBQ: Sooo true! I planned our numbers generously for cake and wish I hadn’t. We had tons left over! But, my family didn’t mind that!
Post # 6
The only thing you are able to do at this point is reserve the date and give them the number of people you are inviting. Your baker will let you know when they need a final headcount in order to make the correct size.
Post # 7
You could always do a fake layer to make the cake appear bigger. But, I agree with PP, they will probably be pretty flexable up to a certain date…it’s not like they make it far in advance, you’ll probably know your number way before then.
Post # 8
It’s really just a matter of a guessing game. We dunno how many ppl are coming, but we’re only inviting 125, so we got a cake that feeds 120. bakers “slices” are pretty small too, so we’re assuming ppl will have a bit of a larger slice.
Post # 9
you could just order a small cake (e.g., one that feeds 25 people, add a fake layer or whatever) and then just have a sheet cake in the back that’s cut for eating. you could probably get the sheet cake from your local sams/costco/BJ for $20 and they feed around 50 people each so no one will go without cake. that’s what we’re doing – our “cake” feeds 50, and we’ll just have 1 or 2 sheet cakes in the back ready to be cut.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone. I just got an email back from the one we are most likely to go with and she says we can finalize numbers later so YAY on that. 🙂
I didn’t consider the fake cake thing because we’re going with chocolate with bavarian cream filling and it’s a restaurant reception, so i wasn’t sure where I could hide the “other” cake.
I’d also heard about the bakeries who give you a free little cake on your anniversary but we are in Texas and marrying in Iowa so we kind of have to take our top tier with us since we won’t be back in Iowa a year later. 🙁
For the same reason, I don’t want a lot of leftovers, since almost ALL of our guests (and us too) will be flying in from out of state and then leaving the day after the wedding, I figured people wouldn’t want the leftovers bad enough to try and cart it home on the plane! 😉
But I think it will all work out. Sometimes I freak out about the littlest things then feel dumb when I get answers!