Wow! There’s a lot out there for wedding cakes! But before you contact a baker, or wedding cake designer I guess they are called these days, it’s a good idea to take a few things into consideration. (My daughter is planning her wedding for next year, so I find all this information very useful since it’s been a long time since I helped plan a wedding.)
Most brides-to-be, and her groom too maybe, will have a theme idea they will prefer for the cake, but that may have to wait until the other, larger issues have been resolved. In other words, the cake doesn’t come first. Anytime after the wedding date is set, the cake can be ordered, unless it’s years away, and provided you already know what you want and how big it should be.
Cake choices have virtually no limit, so your budget, guest count, and color scheme will all be requirements first off. Once you have a very good idea of what you like (save pictures), choose a cake maker near the place of the wedding and set up a consultation and cake tasting (yum) to see if you feel comfortable with their abilities and agree with their price quotes.
Most cake designers would like to have the order at least a month ahead of time and they may need more time if you get married during their busy season.
As far as cost, it’s impossible to say, but The Knot has a post with helpful general info about what is pricey and how to cut costs.
The post at My Sweet Wedding gives some good pointers from a cake decorator’s point of view.
The wedding cake for the beach Bride and Groom can be a stunning centerpiece. Tropical themed wedding cakes come in an array of shapes, sizes and cuteness to accommodate the likes and personalities of the bride and groom. It’s not just about adding sugar seashells to blue icing – although that design is awesome too – the couple can choose from so many themes and colors their sunburned heads will be spinning.
- Do you surf? Add surfboards made of sugar to use as the cake topper and have your names added to each.
- Orchids – light green orchids on a white cake – oh so yummy.
- Plumeria flowers are the popular Hawaiian flower that has the prettiest colors.
- Sea turtles
- Palm trees
The list is long and the Maui Wedding Cake page even has a Hawaiian shirt shaped cake.
So look around and get some ideas and take them to your favorite cake decorator.