If you are like us and have a sweet tooth plus an appreciation for creative confectionary, choosing your wedding cake is likely to be one of your favorite parts of wedding planning. (hello… plus cake tastings! YASSS!)

However, it can be a deceptively tricky task. There are a whole host of things to consider, including the design, the flavors, portion size and, of course, your wedding budget.

It’s not unusual for our clients to be shocked by the price of wedding cakes. But it’s important to keep in mind just how much time, talent and hard work goes into each and every cake. Especially custom designed, bespoke wedding cakes and cakes with intricate designs.

image via Armen Asadorian | Cake by Rafi’s Pastry

The Design

If you already have a design that you’ve had in your head for years, chances are someone has already got there first. Sorry, but it’s actually a good thing!

Try searching on Pinterest and Google for your cake keywords and see if you can find a vision. Get your cake designer to mix it up and create something original.

image via Wedding Wire | Cake by Fantasy Frostings

The Budget

It really is important that you share your real budget with your cake designer. Honestly. Why? Because there are plenty of ways to translate your ideas into a wedding cake. By letting your designer know, they can work on ideas that are actually realistic for what you can afford. (And they won’t try to squeeze you for every penny, we promise.)

If you’re on a tight budget, think about having an oversized statement sugar flower or blocks of colour, rather than piped lace or a floral cascade.

The Portions

The portions will dictate the size of your cake, not the other way around. The number of people you need to serve is more important than the number of tiers you think your cake should have. If your number is on the low side you can make it up with dummy tiers, but bear in mind that they aren’t free, and a 5 tier cake at a wedding with 40 people will probably result in a few awkward stares.

image and cake via Vanilla Bake Shop

The Cake Designer’s Style

Cake designers have styles too! If you are looking for an ombre cake with an extended/double barrel tier, chances are you shouldn’t go looking for someone who still uses pillars and stairways.

The same goes for buttercream vs fondant, some designers are happy to work with both, but you’re much better off finding someone who works with the medium you want for your cake.

The Bottom Line

You get what you pay for. If you want to save money, try to be flexible with your designs. Yes you can get a really inexpensive cake, but you will sacrifice on looks and/or taste. On a day as special as your wedding day, do you really want to take that chance?

As the saying goes, ‘cheap cake ain’t good, good cake ain’t cheap’.

image via Wedding Wire | cake by Cake Studio LA

So, now it’s over to you joyous readers…

We would love to hear your cake-y thoughts and questions.

What kind of wedding cake are you having at your wedding? Flavors, designs, fondant or buttercream? Spill the deets! Let’s talk cake!