There is so much advice online today about what to do and what not to do when planning a wedding. It's easy to get caught up, and overwhelmed, with all the advice. However, sometimes previous brides can offer some great advice. So, today I wanted to talk about the top 3 biggest regrets brides have when it came to their wedding cake:
Regret #3 - Not ordering enough cake. It seems like an easy way to cut money, by skimming on the cake slices a little. "Most people won't eat the cake" is a comment I hear often. Ahhh...but a great tasting cake...they will and they do. By trying to skimp on the servings somebody gets left out. Aside from the couple, family are the most important attendees at the wedding. And since they are usually busy helping with the wedding or mingling with guests they are usually the last ones to eat too. Which means, family (and the couple) are the one's who end up not getting a slice of that yummy cake they had been dreaming about for months.
Regret #2 - Focusing more on the glam of a cake and less about the quality or taste of the cake. It is very easy to get caught up in all of the spark and pizzazz of some cakes, especially fondant or sculpted cakes. I'll be honest, they look really cool. But oftentimes to make a cake look like that you have to manipulate the cake, making it more tough and dry (or even using non edible parts of the cake). Many brides who chose a flashy cake wished they had gone with something a little more simple and realistic. While they did get a lot of "oohs and aahhhs" about the look of the cake, most guests were less than impressed with the taste of the cake and much of it went into the trash at the end of the evening. If brides could do it again, rather than spending thousands on a "wow factor" cake that ends up in the trash, they would save some money and order a more traditional styled cake that guests inhaled!
Regret #1 - The biggest regret from some brides when planning their wedding cake...not hiring a professional. The common consensus that most brides who used a friend to make their cake was that they were displeased with the overall look. While many brides said the cake did taste good, the look just didn't have a pretty look to it, or that it looked unpolished. If they could do it over again, they would forgo the friendly gesture and hire a professional to make their cake. And then there are those tragedy cakes too....the leaning cakes or cakes that ended up on the floor because the friend-baker has never made anything larger than a birthday cake and doesn't understand the structure of a multi-tiered wedding cake.
Engagement season is here and before you know it 2018 will be too. Are you starting to get ideas for the perfect cake for your wedding? Here are a few cake designs that brides are currently swooning over:
Drip Cakes - Naked cakes have been a popular design choice for several years and brides love of the naked cake isn't going away. However, adding a chocolate drizzle (or even a white chocolate or colored drizzle) is quickly becoming the new craze!
Gold Flakes - Gold started making a comeback in weddings a few years ago, but recently the love of gold flakes on a cake has caught the attention of brides everywhere. And yes...those little flakes are REAL gold.
Color Blocked Cakes - White used to be the hit for weddings. Then brides wanted color on their cakes. Now brides are still loving the white look of a cake, but adding just a pop of color, almost like a watercolor effect. The cake above and below are great examples of color blocked cakes.
Texture - Texture is another trend that brides just can't get enough of. To add to the texture trend though, brides are mixing up their tiers to incorporate multiple trends in one cake! Check out the cake below! We have the ruffled texture bottom tier, the metallic gold drip on the top and middle tier, and the color block on the middle tier. Super trendy, and yet still elegant and beautiful. Add the gorgeous fresh flower cascade to soften the cakes image and voila!
Kayla grew up in the wedding industry and has grown to love all things wedding. Please enjoy reading her thoughts and experiences as she continues to walk in family tradition.