Originally Posted by SecretAgentCakeBaker
i have since learned about sps and not i prefer that.
I just re-read my post and realized there is a typo. i meant to say that NOW I prefer sps, not 'not'.
It reeally isn't that expensive and the cakes are so much more secure. I am just a hobby baker so I washed mine and can use it again. I was able to transport a 3-tiered cake 30 minutes away using the sps. i would not have done that with the straws. If you are going to stack on-site, then it is probably fine. Just take into account time issues.
I did my brother's wedding cake a few years ago. I was a crazy person that day, trying to finish the cake that morning. We packed everything all up to get to the wedding, my husband left the favors home (they were sitting right by the front door) so we had to go back to pick them up, which made us late. Then I had to set the cake up when we arrived, then get myself and my daughter (the flower girl) dresses in a bathroom (my daughter's dress would have gotten wringkled in the car seat and I was afraid of getting cake on my dress.) We both look a mess in the photos and the wedding started late, so my advice to you is to plan really, really well and add in extra time on your schedule for each thing you need to do. Better to have to sit around waiting then make the wedding start late!
Here are some tips from my experience:
-Get the cake finished the night before.
-don't let anyone else but you pack the car.
-bring extra cake supplies with you in case of cake emergency (piping bag filled with icing for repairs, spatula
-cushion your schedule with tons of extra time