(Closed) Wedding Cake- Unlicensed Baker

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
758 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

you can try. The venue may not agree to it but it’s worth a shot.

Post # 4
4485 posts
Honey bee

Since the venue only allows licensed bakers to provide the cake, don’t push the issue. They are following regulations from the local health dept and are not allowed to bend the rules for anyone for any reason. So asking them if they can will only cause you stress and heartache if you have your mind set on it. Thank your friend for the kind offer but let her know that you have the cake taken care of already.

Post # 5
2053 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@sarahsmiles84: I agree with Ember78 that your venue probably won’t budge due to health and food regulations they must follow. However, perhaps your friend can instead provide a cake for your bridal shower or rehearsal dinner? I know it isn’t the same, but at least she can still create something special for you under the circumstances. 

Post # 6
1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Licensing in some jurisdictions isn’t that difficult. My Girl Scout troop had to get licensed for a food stand at a venue, and it literally involved taking a two hour course in food safety and paying $15 for the license.

Post # 7
8 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012


My venue is the same, no unlicensed vendors. Unfortunately, it’s usually a state restriction. If the venue were caught violating it (or if, heaven forbid, someone happened to get sick due to the food and sue them), they could lose their operator’s license. Maybe you can have the friend make a cake for your rehearsal dinner, or provide the “tier” you guys will be enjoying on your one-year anniversary? 🙂

Post # 8
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

As @Mrs.Darling:  said – isn’t there a way your friend could get the license? If it is not difficult/expensive, I would definitely consider this option!

Post # 9
450 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

This is a tough one. Unfortunately it is a difficult situation. There are a few remedies. 

A: for her to get a licence… Not as easy as one might thing as in most states this involves having your home kitchen inspected by the local Board of Health. But it is totally do able and seems like it would be helpful in her future endeavors. 


That site has a ton of info to help.

B: Another idea is for her to rent a licensed kitchen and use that, while getting a business license thru city hall. 


I know she is a friend, but your venue has this rule for a reason. It protects you, the baker and the venue.



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