There are a number of things to plan for and factor in, when it comes to ordering your wedding cake. Sweet Cheeks Bakery has pulled together a comprehensive list to help you through the process!
Basic Steps to ordering a wedding cake
1. Contact Sweet Cheeks Bakery - Start by scheduling a Free Consultation with Sweet Cheeks, Heavenly Baked Goods and reserve your date. You can reach us through our Contact Form, or by calling 919-303-9305.
2. Deposit - Be prepared to leave your $100 deposit to reserve your date. Our deposit fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. (The remainder of the balance is due in full, two weeks prior to your wedding. No desserts will be delivered if payment is not received and cleared.)
3. Choose Your Ideal Cake - The taste, flavor and texture of the cake itself is the most important decision you will make when you order your cake. The outside beauty of your wedding cake will be important for your pictures and your personal statement. But, the inside of that cake is what you will be serving to your guests. You want a cake that is flavorful, moist and yummy to eat. Sweet Cheeks Bakery can help you select the perfect wedding cake and choose the ideal frosting for your special day.
Would you like to see some examples of the quality of cakes that Sweet Cheeks can provide? Please visit our wedding cake photo gallery.
4. Cost - Simple cake designs are the least expensive. The more labor intensive and complicated the cake design, the more you should be prepared to pay. Sweet Cheeks Bakery has a number of examples of wedding cakes we've created in the past and we have the expertise to create the ideal cake for any budget. Know ahead of time what amount of money you can spend on your cake. That will help you choose wisely from design options.
5. Outdoor Pitfalls - If you are planning an outdoor wedding, plan as best you can for the potential pitfalls. Some examples: insects love sweets, hot weather can melt most icings, high humidity can turn gum-paste flowers limp and , chocolate curls into puddles, fresh flowers will wilt in prolonged exposure to heat. rain and wind can collapse tents and blowi tablecloths right off of the tables. It's always advisable to have a backup site just in case of unforeseen extreme weather conditions. You might also want to limit your cake's exposure to the outdoors if the weather is less than ideal.
6. Fresh Flowers – Your florist can help you select the appropriate flowers.
7. Color - If you expect your cake decorator to come close to the colors you are using in the wedding, you need to provide a swatch of fabric that is at least 3 inches square. If at all possible, try to have a solid color in each swatch. You should also be aware that dark colors can sometimes be difficult to achieve the right shade and color in icing, as well as difficult to arrange attractively on a decorated cake.
8. Artificial Pearls - If you are using artificial strings of pearls on a wedding cake - those pearls must be removed before the cake can be served to your guests. It is your responsibility to make sure the cake cutting people understand to remove those pearls from cake being served to your guests.
9. Cake servings - The Cake designer can guide you as to the number of servings of cake you will need.
10. Fruit fillings - Be considerate of your guests. Seeds and coconut in fruit fillings can be very difficult for many people.
11. Cake Placement at your Reception - Where will your cake(s) be placed in the reception area? Look at the walls and consider the background for your wedding pictures when planning your cake's location. Are there fire extinguishers, plugs, restroom signs, and etc. in the background of your cake placement? If you are planning to use a fountain in your cake set up, is there a wall plug nearby? Does the reception site furnish extension cords or will you need to provide those?
Other things you might want to consider at the reception site are how the traffic flow will be handled. All of the food placement in one area might cause a traffic jam. A cake placed near a dance floor can be hazardous for traffic flow. Is there a door that opens in toward the cake? Are the tables sturdy enough to hold the cake(s)? Does the reception site have tables and table coverings?
12. Person to cut the cake - Don’t assume that a caterer or reception site personnel will be cutting your cake. You should ask if this service is included and if so how much the fee will be for the service.
13. Ornament for top tier -When picking an ornament for your cake, consider the weight. Icing and cake are soft, so very heavy ornaments must have some extra support in the cake. If you do select a heavy ornament and it should fall from the top, there is good likelihood it will do damage to tiers as gravity pulls it downward. If that should happen you should be prepared to pay the decorator extra to make an extra trip back to the reception site to repair the damage.
14. Phone Numbers - Phone numbers are always appreciated by the persons you have acquired to work together on your wedding. The caterer, florist, cake decorator and photographers generally need to know the others schedules, to be able to coordinate deliveries for your wedding day schedule.
15. Final Cake Payment - A $100 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required to book your date. The remainder of the balance is due in full two weeks prior to your wedding. No desserts will be delivered if payment is not received and cleared.
16. Delivery – Sweet Cheeks Bakery strongly recommends having us deliver your wedding cake to the reception venue. We have the know-how to get your cake there safely, on time and in perfect condition. Regardless of where your event is being held in the Raleigh - Durham - Cary - Chapel Hill area, we can remove this item from your lengthy "to do" list. There's no need to experience a cake pick up horror story, when experienced wedding cake professionals can handle this for you.
17. Cancellation - If for some reason you must cancel your wedding, you should notify the bakery as soon as possible. Depending on the length of advance notice, a forfeiture of some or all of your deposit may be required.
18. Unexpected Happenings - Finally ... expect to have the most wonderful day of your life. But with all the advanced planning and the numerous people required to complete your wedding plans, there's a decent chance that something will probably go wrong. Only life threatening circumstances should warrant your truly getting upset. Cake decorators, florists and etc. do the best they can for you. If a mistake is made, please don't let it upset your day. Just chalk it up to a future fun memory. Great memories are not always made up of all the things that go right. Sometimes they include some of the little and big things that go wrong. They may not seem funny as they are occurring, but someday may become one of your favorite wedding day memories.
So .... are you ready to get started? Please use our Contact Form, or call us at 919-303-9305 to schedule your Free Consultation with Sweet Cheeks Bakery. We have the expertise and enthusiasm to help make your wedding day, the best day of your life!