At a wedding, the focus is usually on areas including the beauty of the venue, the exchange of heartfelt vows, the gorgeous bridal dress and the general joyful mood of the day. Aside from these, there are other things that contribute to a successful wedding and that includes the cake.
The wedding cake is the main centrepiece of the reception whether it’s a simple intimate wedding or a huge extravagant affair.
Once you secure a cake baker who you would like to work with for your wedding, you need to remember a couple of details.
Surprisingly it’s not as easy as telling them what cake you’d like and waiting until the last day to see your cake for the first time. There are stories of wedding cake disasters where what the bride and groom got versus what they ordered did not meet expectations.
You can save yourself from joining the list of those who have experienced wedding cake nightmares by asking you baker these questions.
How long have you been operating?: It’s your right to know how long they have been in business. This will help you gauge whether they are experts or amateurs and whether you can trust them to handle a cake like yours.
You should also find out whether they have the necessary licenses to operate which is important because you never want to experience any food safety concerns with your cake.
You’re allowed to move on to a different baker if you’re not fully satisfied with the answers they give.
What measures have you put in place since the pandemic started? The bakery needs to have top level hygiene standards before anything else. And now that we have a new global problem, which is the pandemic, you need to be assured that they are adhering to the necessary hygiene protocols.
You should know who will be preparing you cake and how serious they are when it comes to sanitation.
Do you have a portfolio I can look at? Having a portfolio is important for any business. Without it no client can be fully confident of your skills.
Here, you should ask them to show you their portfolio, especially the one that highlights their history of wedding cakes. A wedding cake is more intricate as compared to other cakes which is why you should insist on seeing their baking history.
What extra costs should I know about? Every wedding cake is unique in its own way. Some ingredients and designs cost more and you need to get a breakdown of costs as you negotiate the price.
You also need to find out whether they charge extra for the cake tasting, how much they charge for rented items like stands and toppers and any other hidden fees you need to know about.
When will the cake be prepared and delivered? It’s essential to discuss the schedule you’re working with. Find out when is the best time to order, how long it will take to be prepared as well as delivery or pick up dates.
If your cake requires some specific ingredients for example, this could affect how long the cake will take to be ready. Keep in mind that they could also have many other clients in line.
Be completely sure that you’re comfortable with the final schedule.
What if I’m not satisfied with the cake? Ask what policies are in place to deal with customer complaints. This will show you what you can expect in case you’re not happy with something during the process, the final result, as well as some problems like damage during delivery.
Get to know how they handle their customers and how they have handled previous complaints.Photo Credit: Getty