There are plenty of articles out there that walk wedding planning couples through the steps of finding and designing their perfect cake. As much as we appreciate that useful information, we'd love to offer our own set of unique tips, from a venue's perspective. Take a look, you might find some useful information below.
1. Time management and coordination
This year we saw weekday weddings rise in popularity. Make sure that your cake delivery takes traffic into consideration to ensure punctuality. This applies to any other vendor who you're having at your wedding. It is very important that if your cake has flowers the florist is still present when the cake arrives. Typically, florists arrive before the cake because it takes longer to set up flowers. The cake should arrive while the florist is at the venue.
2. Check in with venue in regards to storage space
It's very popular to have one small display cake and then have sheet cake served to guests. The only problem with this is that often the kitchen where the cakes are stored is full of the food that will be served to your guests. Make sure you talk with your event manager prior to the event date about availability of a cool room where the cake can be kept. Keep in mind that some cakes need to be cooler than others so check with your baker about the appropriate temperature.
3. Save money by renting
Here at The Aerie we love to provide rentals so that you don't have to worry about remembering to bring things in. We have cake table touches which include a cake stand, cutting utensils, and a cake topper.
4. Save money by having a small cutting cake + cupcakes
On average a slice of cake costs $5-$6 while a cupcake is around $2.50. A trend that we are seeing become more popular is having a small cake that serves the purpose of the cake cutting ceremony. Not only will this save you money, but the display table is bound to be beautiful.
5. Support system + returning things to the bakery
Everyone loves a beautiful cake, just make sure it stays beautiful throughout the whole evening. There have been instances where we have seen cakes start to lean and this is totally preventable. Make sure there is a cake board between every layer and support straws to hold your cake up. Don't forget to double check with your bakery to see if they would like to get their boards back. We have seen an increase of cake boards having the bakeries information and how to get it back to them, but this doesn't mean that every bakery will do this. Make sure to ask you baker what they'd like to be done with the boards and then let the catering team know, as they will be doing the cake cutting.