I finally ran across an article that gave decent advice for once!
I was quite impressed, I might post the link on my site!
Here was another one listed underneath, although we all know a rental cake is not always less expensive. I do rentals with just ribbons, which are cheap, but customize it, and it costs the same! I do like how it discussed events that already have a dessert (some catering companies include it) or cakes out in high heat that wouldn't make it all day.Anyway, it was a great article also:
I just noticed it was from Canadian living... lol I guess all Canadians aren't stupid!! ( I am Canadian, and got razzed about it all the time when i lived in Detroit )[/url]
edited to fix the links!! lol
wow! this is a really great article i've already got it on my website!
here you go:
good link. one of the better suggestion pages... but still some stuff (like nut free and sugar free) that I personally don't think is "common" just yet...
Here is the type if you don't wanna go to another link.
One of the most fun and tasty tasks of planning your wedding is choosing your dream wedding cake. Limited only by your imagination (and your budget), how does one decide? Here are some easy tips to help you plan, select and coordinate with your baker for the perfect wedding cake, making this the easiest and most delicious job of all.
1. Start early
Reputable cake professionals are very busy and popular wedding dates are quickly taken. Book your wedding cake as early as possible to secure the date you want. As long as your date is secure, details such as cake flavour and icing type can be decided upon later. Also, be prepared to leave a deposit to solidify your order.
2. Know your numbers
Prior to your first visit with your cake professional, you need to know your budget and how many guests will be enjoying your cake. If you intend to serve your cake as dessert following a meal, you will need a larger cake than if you are serving it later in the evening when guests arent as hungry or have left the reception. Your cake designer can help you figure out how large a cake you need for your guests. A good cake designer will also help you focus on staying within your budget.
3. Be prepared with your wedding colours
If your wedding décor has a prominent colour, bring a swatch or sample with you. A sure-fire way to be disappointed with your cake is to leave your cake designer guessing which shade of pink will match your bridesmaids dresses. Also, many brides want the base colour of the cake to match their dress. If your dress is a colour other than white, a swatch will ensure that your cake professional will achieve a close match.
4. Illustrate your wedding style
Every bride creates a unique style for her wedding through her choice of colour, flowers, dress, ribbon, candles and other decorative items. To select a cake that will fit with the style or theme of your wedding, bring pictures or samples of anything that will help your cake professional see your vision. Clip pictures from bridal magazines and online shops of cakes that interest you. From all this information, your cake designer will help you narrow the decision and bring you closer to selecting the perfect cake.
5. Cake tastes and special requests
Decide in advance what flavours you truly love and what you can live without. If chocolate is your passion, then be sure to include it. If you, your fiancé or family have any allergies or dietary restrictions, be sure to mention them to your cake designer. Sugar-free and nut-free cakes are now common as brides strive to ensure the comfort of their guests.
6. On your wedding day: Delivery or pick-up?
Once your cake is chosen, the final detail will be how to get it to the venue! Be realistic about your time and the reliable help available on your wedding day. Your cake is very fragile and it is important that it arrive at the venue on time and be set up with perfection. Great-Uncle John may not be the best choice for the job! More often than not, it is worth the professional delivery and set-up fee to ensure your cake is intact and ready for the party! Triple-check that the time and address that you give to your cake professional will allow them to access the venue without difficulty. It is also wise to ensure that the spot where you wish your cake to go, within the venue, is clearly marked. Nothing frustrates a cake delivery person more than guessing where to place the cake!
7. Communication with your cake professional is key
If you are responsible for dropping off your cake topper - or any other items - at the cake shop, be sure to do so on time. Your cake decorator will have a schedule in place to ensure your cake is baked and iced to arrive at your wedding as fresh as possible. He/she will not have the time to chase you for décor items. Remember that if any changes arise, to communicate these changes promptly to your cake professional. Respect your cake professionals time and talent and it will go a long way to ensure you get the perfect cake for your special day!
Once you have made all the decisions surrounding your wedding cake, relax. It will be beautiful and will taste delicious. There are so many other details that will need your attention, trust your cake professional to do a wonderful job. And finally, enjoy your day and your cake!
Rockegirl, I know you were being helpful, but it is a violation of Canadian Living's copyright to reprint that article here without their permission. I recommend you edit your post to remove the full content of the article.
Here's a link that explains more:
Already on my site...with credit given to the magazine of course!
one of the better suggestion pages... but still some stuff (like nut free and sugar free) that I personally don't think is "common" just yet...
IMHO, Canada is way more nut aware than the US. Most Canadian products are labeled with warnings if they may contain traces of nuts or labeled if they are nut free.
I had a tough time in California trying to buy a peanut free chocolate bar for DD - almost everything had peanuts in them and what was left at the store wasn't labeled. Other grocery items were also difficult to find - yes they were labeled but most everything "may contain peanuts".
There is a bakery in my area that is tree nut/peanut free. It's such a huge industry right now as all the schools are peanut/tree nut free and there is demand for products for fundraisers at school. There has also been a major increase in peanut/tree nut free products in the bakery section of the grocery store.
Not to change the subject of the thread!
Much better article than suggesting the bride could make it herself the morning of her wedding in a few hours or less!
Actually, after reading this article I am prepared to swear that it was most likely written by a cake maker. Either that or the author had an in-depth interview with a resposible cake maker.
Excellent link! Thanks for posting!
I agree with chutzpah...it's amazingly well written and accurately informative. Too accurate to have been written by a cake civilian.
I too think Canada is more nut free ( although, we are a bit nutty! lol), and I also agree that this article may have been written by a cake decorator. Which is awesome!
I am so glad i found this article, i was beginning to lose hope!
Glad you all like it.
Already on my site...with credit given to the magazine of course!
(if you didn't publish it, you don't get to decide whether you can repost, even with attribution.)
well...I had no idea that you couldn't copy and paste from a website...NOW I KNOW! with that said...I am not getting any updates from this site...so that person that just copy and pasted may not know to fix her post. just wanted to put that out there.
I know I "linked" that site to my website...maybe that is what jlsheik meant? *shrug*
Great article. Glad someone finally got it right!