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Wedding Cakes: Rules For Success!
Rule One: Don't Cut the Wedding Cake...
Don't cut the wedding cake at the beginning of the reception. That's Rule One. The wedding cake is the focal point of the reception. It is to be admired and enjoyed.
If your caterer or catering property insists upon it, put your foot down. Wedding cakes cost lots of money and they should be enjoyed for as long as possible before they're cut.
Wedding Cakes: More Rules For Success!
Sylvia Weinstock, that celebrity cake baker of some of the most fabulous wedding cakes I've ever tasted, gave me some good tips when it comes to ordering the perfect cake:
* The size of the cake must relate to the size of the room: Tall ceilings, for example, require a tall cake.
* The size of the cake must relate to the bride’s size and the groom’s: If they’re small people, the cake should not overpower them. If they’re tall, the cake should be also.
* The cake must relate to its surroundings: If it's positioned in a formal, ornate room, the cake should be formal and ornate, too. If it's outdoors, surrounded by light, and the beauty of colorful flowers, for example, the cake should also be colorful and vibrant.
* The color of the cake must relate to room colors, not necessarily the bridal-party colors. Let's say your client’s colors are hot-pink and white and the walls of the reception room are paisley, green, and purple. Would your client want a fuchsia and white wedding cake? When in doubt, go white.
* Decorating spells MONEY! The more intricate the decorating, the more expensive the cake.
Cake Chatter For More Info...
Cake Chatter (www.cakechatter.com) has a wonderful, free guide that you can download on how to purchase the perfect wedding cake. You'll find lots of good info and advice about ordering the right cake for you!
And one, last word of advice: Your wedding cake is your wedding's dessert! Make it as wonderful and flavorful as it should be! (Don't be talked into serving a second dessert with your wedding cake. It's a waste of money.)