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No one wants to think of way their perfect day can go wrong. But, we all hear the stories or know someone who has had it happen to them. My sister tripped on the stairs while setting up the rehearsal hall and broke both her feet the day before her wedding. While I may not be able to tell you how to avoid tripping down the stairs and breaking your feet, I can provide you with some savvy tips on how to make sure you choose the right vendors for your cake and don’t end up with some of these cake disasters.
Make sure when shopping for a cake vendor you start early! Share your vision and your ideas, make sure they know what dates you are thinking of and if the venue will be inside or outside. If a vendor doesn’t ask about the location, start running!
Be clear about you budget and even though you understand the costs of a cake which can range from $2 to $15 per slice you may still need to budget and the cake vendor need to be on board with this idea.
One idea is to take your cake budget and split it out among your guest list to come up with a number to target per slice. Use your venue’s resources! If your venue is frequented by many brides the venue itself can give recommendations on cake vendors or ask your local bridal shops for recommendations. The advice is free and when in doubt, turn to internet sites like Yelp and research the bakeries you are hearing about.
Make sure you sample the cake! If a vendor does not offer cake sampling it is a good indicator they have no confidence in their product. Also, make sure they are not a one man shop. If there is only one person doing you cake you run the risk of that person being out due to some unforeseen event and scrambling to find another cake vendor.
Check out online wedding sites like “The Knot,” “Wedding Wire,” “The Wedding Channel,” and “Snappening” to see what their recommendations are or what vendors are available in your area. If you can order a cake from the company for a birthday, shower or holiday to see the workmanship prior to your event this will give you an idea of what to expect.