Nine times out of ten, these folks can produce a delicious wedding cake. But just because you trust their take on poached salmon and penne alla vodka doesn't mean they're wedding cake wizards. Our advice? Be specific about your desires: During your meeting, show visual examples of what you like and ask to see pictures of past cakes. Then sample your heart out.
Cons May not be able to create your dream wedding cake design
Commercial or Boutique Bakery
Check out your neighborhood (supermarket or specialty) bakery to find out whether they make wedding cakes. Commercial and boutique bakeries often cost less, but you may have to work with limited, simpler designs. While many bakeries may not be equipped to provide the most complex motifs or embellishments, they often make up for it in the taste department, with a focus on ingredients and flavor.
Pros Lower cost, great taste
Con May not be able to create your dream wedding cake design
First and foremost, find out whether your reception site allows you to bring in an outside baker -- increasingly, sites prefer to keep this aspect of business to themselves.
Custom Wedding Cake Bakery
Seek out an independent wedding cake designer for the ultimate in design, ingredients, flavor and decoration. While this route will cost you more, wedding cake designers are passionate about their work and treat each confection like a work of art. This approach allows for personalization and robustly imaginative planning. Many couples use their cake to reflect certain unique characteristics or qualities, and a gifted cake designer is often the only one who can turn your vision into reality.
Pros Great taste, can create your dream wedding cake design
Cons Higher cost
Looking for a baker in your area? Visit The Knot Local Wedding Resources for a list of local wedding cake bakers.
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