ultimate wedding cake checklist - planning your wedding from abroadMonday, July 01, 2013
Planning your wedding from abroad is hard work. For me, it almost became a second job. I would log out of my work computer, go home and then log back on to my ongoing wedding spreadsheet (geeky, but necessary). And surprisingly, one of the toughest tasks to organise was the wedding cake.
After several unanswered emails to various cake shops close to the location of my wedding asking what options they had, I decided on a new approach, and did what I would do at work - I wrote a Wedding Cake Brief.
The key was to be specific. Cake Designers aren't mind readers, and they especially won't be able to guess your style if they haven't met you in person, so you need to give them as many details as possible. So with that in mind I've bundled up all my learnings into a handy checklist:
Claire's ultimate wedding cake checklist
To get started your cake designer will need guidance on the following:
- Cake flavours you like (chocolate duh!), and the type of consistency your after. If you're having a summer wedding then you might like something light and fluffy like a sponge cake, but if you're planning on a winter or autumn wedding you might prefer a more dense cake, such as a pound, fruit or carrot cake
- Icing flavours and type. For example - do you want butter cream, cream-cheese or marzipan? In vanilla, chocolate or something else more unique?
- Cake size. Let your cake designer know how many guests you need to feed and number of tiers you're envisioning
- Think about what you might want to do with any left over cake after the wedding too. We took ours to our post-wedding BBQ the next day, but you might want a cake that will freeze well so you can save the top tier for your 1-year anniversary
- Find lots of visual examples of things you like (rather than what you don't like) and share these with your cake designer. Pinterest is a real life saver when planning a wedding. All the photos I found and used as examples in my Wedding Cake Brief (see below) I found on Pinterest.
- Share details about your wedding theme, including colours and flowers too - cake designers are very creative so this helps them visulise and brainstorm with you
- Confirm date, address and time of your wedding as well as the time you want the cake delivered. If you're planning to pick the cake up yourself, check on the best way to transport it.
To get you started here's a few snippets from my own Wedding Cake Brief...
Butter-cream frosting - vanilla.