(Closed) When to get the cake?!?!

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you’re interested in booking with some of the more popular bakeries, I would start looking now.  The person who made my cake is already booked for some weeks in July and September of 2011 (and he’s only been in business a few years!)!

Post # 4
597 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I waited til I got other major things down first: church, venue/catering, bridesmaid dresses, my dress….and now i am onto the cake. 

I am going to go with a more popular bakery where I live, and they seemed okay with the date…my wedding is in december and I just contacted them this week(late Sept)…of course I am having a wedding in a less popular marriage month. We’re doing the tasting/discussing designs this week…. I’m excited! They are also going to give me a discount on my groom’s cake if I get one:) 

So I think you have plenty of time, but book as soon as you think you can handle dealing with that:)

Post # 5
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Since it is considered a major vendor, start shopping for one asap. You do tastings before you book anyone. When you do book them, all you are doing is reserving the date. The other details are taken care of much closer to the wedding date. You don’t want to fall in love with a baker (and their products) and them not be available because someone else chose your date before you did.

Post # 6
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Since I’m planning long distance, I did a tasting in August, but probably won’t book the bakery for several months yet.  It depends on what kind of bakery you’re going for.  The trendier ones book faster.  Think about what kind of cake you want, how important it is to you and plan accordingly.  It never hurts to start early, but definitely do a tasting and get an idea of pricing before you book!

Post # 7
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m getting married next June.  We already have a baker (a friend), but have no formal design hashed out.  If you’re lax about your baker, I think you can get one next spring.  If you’re more picky, I say the sooner the better!

Post # 8
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’d leave atleast 3-4 months.  You could need more based on location and your budget or expectations.  If you’re not super picky and just want a pretty standard cake at a good price you should be able to find something as long as you’re not super rural.

Post # 9
1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We were planning long distance so I booked mine last August (14 months before), but my brother ordered his about 4-5 months before.

Like PP I think it depends on if your going with a popular baker or not and how important the cake is to you. In the area we are getting married in there were only a few bakers within our budget so it was important to book fast (plus last August was the only time we would be there before the wedding). However, my SIL didn’t really care much about the cake and my mom and I ended up doing the tasting and booking for her.

Post # 10
16195 posts
Honey Beekeeper

You can always call around and see what your local bakeries suggest. I think it varies from region to region and from bakery to bakery.

Post # 11
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My mom has a wedding cake business and she recommends 3-8 months out. I guess it depends on if you’re looking at a super popular bakery, or someone smaller. You might want to look into saving your date with someone if you’re picky!

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