As a Minneapolis bride, planning a wedding can be a very daunting task. The Twin Cities have so many exciting options for each component of your wedding and the wedding cake is the second most spectacular piece of the wedding day, next to the bride of course. When choosing the perfect wedding cake there are some simple things to keep in mind and easy steps to follow. The steps are the same as selecting any other wedding vendor, such as your search for the best Minneapolis wedding photographers, the top caterer in St Paul, Minnesota, or the coolest wedding DJ around.
Determine your Wedding Budget
It is very easy to get carried away once the ideas start rolling, and before you know it you can be spending two thousand dollars on the cake alone! Decide a budget and stick to it. The average wedding cake these days costs around $500. It’s also important to know about how many guests you will have, as cake is priced by slice. You can safely order less cake than guests (an average of 25 less pieces per 150 guests) if you are trying to save, as not every guest will partake in it. Another way to save is to make the actual cake small and then have sheet cake in the kitchen that will be served to the guests.
Look for Ideas of What You Want at Your Wedding
This is time to decide if you are going with a tiered cake, cupcakes, or something completely different. Look through magazines, family wedding photos, and online. Look at the portfolio of local Minneapolis wedding photographers to see the various concepts that are out there, and how each looks in photos. Then bring what you like with you as you interview bakers. Show them what you have in mind, and ask to see photos of their work. As you are speaking with them you can get a feel as to if they are willing and able to do what you want.
Taste some Wedding Cakes!
You can set up specific appointments for higher end bakeries in Minneapolis or St. Paul, or simply ask when you are looking for samples. Most bakeries will allow you to sample even if you are simply a walk in. If you want all one flavor or multiple flavors this is the time to make those selections. Be sure that if you are going with something unique, that there are also more basic or traditional options for your guests to enjoy. Not everyone will enjoy a cappuccino wedding cake, even if that is your favorite.
Pick a Bakery and Finish Up Your Design
Once you find a baker you are comfortable with and have sampled the cake you can choose based on your preference and budget. Most bakers will have a sit-down meeting to go over designs and draw up a final plan. They will ask you to bring photographs and sketches to help with this process. Many brides do their own wedding cake sketches to make sure it is exactly how they want.