Choosing The Right Wedding Cake For Your Big Day
Think of a wedding cake and the traditional white tiered fruitcake with a floral arrangement tends to spring to mind. This classic wedding cake style remains popular even today but increasingly, brides and grooms are thinking outside the box and choosing from the many modern styles of wedding cakes out there.
To help you decide on what style of wedding cake is for you, think about your overall setting and style of the day. For instance, a grand stately home venue is just the place to see a more traditional tiered Victorian style wedding cake, while a vintage themed event could be the ideal setting for a naked, semi naked or rustic style buttercream wedding cake.
Popular wedding themes have included modern vintage and 'shabby chic' designs. Soft colours such as pastel pinks, sage greens, and light golds are being used together with cameos, pearls, Vintage jewellery, Victoriana patterns, vintage lace and English country garden flowers all beautifully adorning the wedding cake. However more bold patterns and modern elements such as dark blues, greens and burgundies are being teamed with metallics to give striking statement pieces. Geometric patterns continue to be popular and give a really modern look to a wedding cake. Cake makers are experimenting with new mediums and wafer paper is emerging as a fantastic product to create patterns, cut-outs, lifelike flowers, feathering and really add texture to an otherwise minimalistic wedding cake.
Make sure the wedding cake makers on your shortlist specialise in the type of wedding cake you're looking for, research this important factor even before you even consider making a booking. A cake maker who makes a croquembouche tower or chocolate wedding cake, may not have the right skills to create an novelty style wedding cake. Of course, equally important is the flavour, texture and taste - make sure you get to have a taste along with seeing photographs of their work. Ask for advice, a good wedding cake designer will be able to take inspiration from your ideas, (not neccesarily replicate it) and the style of your wedding to come up with a sketch of your ideal wedding cake design.
Final point to remember- your wedding photographer will take alot of photographs in and around the wedding cake. In order to get the best from your wedding photographs consider the following at your wedding venue , a white or light coloured wedding cake may stand out better on with a darker background vs. a white painted wall. If there is a window behind the wedding cake, the lighting for the wedding photos may need to be adjusted. Also watch for unattractive elements at the wedding venue that may be in the background, such as a radiator, pipes, electric cords, toilets, fire exit signs, and other doors, etc. Generally, take a look at your reception wedding venue in advance to find the ideal place to set up the cake table.