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Your wedding cake is probably the most significant dessert you'll ever order, so it's important to make sure you do the research to find a confection that's ready for the spotlight. Before you start interviewing wedding cake bakers, make sure that your venue will let you bring in your own cake maker -- some sites require couples to use an in-house baker. You should start looking for your wedding cake baker at least four months before the wedding, or even earlier, since some of the top bakers are booked a full year in advance. Next, consider the cake's cost. Generally, wedding cake price is calculated per slice and can range from a few dollars to upwards of $15 per piece. Another cost you might not have considered? The delivery fee. It's best to have the wedding cake baker deliver the cake themselves, since they're pros at transporting the confection without any damage. Finally, don't forget the cake cutting fee! If you don't use an in-house baker, many venues will charge you up to $3 a slice to pass out your wedding cake, so be sure to check with your reception manager before finalizing the budget. Once you have a pretty good idea what you want your wedding cake to look like, it is time to start interviewing bakers -- you can find plenty of great wedding cake bakers in our local resource guide. Happy tastings!
Not sure where to start? Here's what you need to know to find your wedding cake.
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Find the best wedding cake bakers in your area. Use our local wedding planning guides for photos, contact info, and pricing for wedding cake bakers near you.
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