Planning a Wedding?
Planning a wedding?
How to plan your wedding day and some ideas for wedding cakes too!
If you are Planning a Wedding- Firstly CONGRATULATIONS! and may we wish you and your partner all the best for your futures together!
Enjoy this moment and have fun planning
your upcoming Wedding!
But where do you start?
Planning your wedding with SO many choices and decisions to make, for some people the most they’ve ever organized is a dinner party for 4, and now are expected to arrange a wedding day for 150 people!
The day can seem overwhelming, but there are many experts around that can help you and the more pre-planning you can do, the easier it will be as the date gets nearer.
Take a task at a time and enjoy each task along the way. This is the only time you’ll probably buy a Bridal magazine- so buy them all and enjoy the moment dreaming about your day.
Start to formulate a plan and pre-prepare as much as possible
1) Have one or two dates in mind for the marriage. Bear in mind – Bank holiday weekends get booked up quickly, Friday wedding venues are often cheaper
2) Think of the ‘vows’ how and where and approach the church/register office/ venue and pencil in the date you want.
3) How many guests (roughly jot down who you would plan to invite and check it out with family and friends) This will give you an approximate number
4) Search for a venue that can accommodate this number of guests, phone for availability and book an appointment to see 2 or 3 ideal venues to see the layout of the room and meet the wedding organizer.
5) Finally plan your wedding cake maker close to your venue. This reduces costs for you and allows maximum set up time on the day for your wedding cake maker. Arrange a taster session where the baker will discuss all styles available.
As a Bride to be
Take a look at some Bridal magazines which will have lots of hints and tips.
The saying always is ‘It’s the Brides day!’ but allow others to take some of the strain!- CHECK OUT THE TOGETHER JOBS!
As a Husband/ Partner to be
Soon your wife/partner will become the most important person in your life – but let your mum be involved in the wedding plans (even a little)
Date of Wedding and type - will it be in a church or a registered venue here's a good start for a venue
Maybe you'd consider a celebrant wedding - take a look here at the registered celebrants in your area
Venue, accommodation and Food
Guest list – priotise your list
1) Must have people
2) Like to have people
3) Feel duty to have
A way to compromise on the list- All day guests, evening only Guests, Children invited
Planning the date for hen and stag nights
Discussing Best Man and Bridesmaid
Honeymoon destination/ cost
MONEY SAVING tips whilst planning the wedding:-`
Does anyone have a hobby/ passion they could offer as a gift-
Flowers for the venue
Calligraphy for place setting
Craft for wedding favours
Video or photography
Baking or catering.
Any friends that are able to offer assistance are great as an additional support, although you need to be wary of using these friends as the main supplier.
Professional services are paid for, carry insurances and therefore are working with you to ensure you have the day you want to remember.
Having an additional ‘friend’ photographer could ultimately reduce the number of professional photos you buy at the end thus saving you money- but should the pictures from your friend not materialize you would always have the professional photographer on hand.
Using the wedding cake as your dessert on the day, could save some money with the venue- check out some hints and tips below for choosing your wedding cake supplier.
Ensuring child portions are served could reduce the overall bill
Having sparkling wine for the toast – most people wouldn’t notice and won’t comment anyway
Looking for a significant item as ‘something borrowed’- Veil, Dress, Shoes can help to reduce the costs.
Considerations for your Wedding Cake
There are many wedding cake designs and the professional bakers will help you choose the right design, the size and the flavours.
The cake is central to the reception as it is often admired in the room as one of the wedding centrepieces, before you as the bride even arrives! The cutting of the cake with the ceremonial Wedding cake Knife and the inevitable wedding photographs will often include the cake for all the guests. So the cake design and the overall look of the wedding cake will stay with you forever.
Many wedding venues across the UK are asking brides to confirm that the Wedding Cake Supplier is registered with their local authority and insured- showing proof of insurances.
All professional bakers will have this information and are used to supplying it.
Please check that the baker you have commissioned has this in place.
Why use a registered and insured baker?
- Professional bakers use tried and tested recipes and designs- developed over time
- Run a business they care about- having turned a passion into a business
- Have a reputation they want to maintain
- Pay taxes and support local economies
- Charge a decent rate to ensure they earn a living wage for hours dedicated to their passion- many undercharging as perfection is high on their agendas!
- Will always deal professionally with clients as much of their future work will come from recommendations.
Some Questions below that our bakers know you will be asking yourself and the task can seem daunting, but the professional bakers have helped many brides before and will want to take the time to help you too.
What wedding cake should I choose?
What choice of wedding cakes are there?
What wedding cake topper could I pick?
What wedding cake designs are there?
What wedding cake decorations could I have?
Once you have decided on your style of wedding- the wedding cake will compliment your event. All wedding cakes are a work of art and will stay on your family photos for years to come. The taste, texture, design and size are all important for your big day to ensure your guests all receive a piece, and you enjoy the ceremony of cutting the cake and all enjoy the taste.
For smaller guests cupcakes maybe more in order or even a ‘cake smash’ maybe the order of the day!
What can you expect from a baker when organising
your wedding cake?
Bakers can arrange a consultation and will ensure all your designs, flavours, tastes and care of the cake are of the highest quality, whilst also giving you confidence from their experience.
Some simple questions to ask yourself before commissioning a Wedding cake maker:-
1) How many servings do I need (the baker will advise on the size of cake once you know roughly the guest numbers you are inviting)
2) My style?- Traditional, Quirky and unusual, comical, rustic, personal items included
3) Cake as a centerpiece or as a dessert
4) Any allergies in the family- perhaps you need an eggless cake, or some cupcakes for specific individuals to be able to cater for all.
5) Flavours? More than one- traditional- Lemon, vanilla, Chocolate, red velvet or unusual and let baker suggest lemon and elderflower etc.
6) Venue location, date and approximate timing
Budgets will be discussed- Be Realistic! The creation of some cakes take weeks of intricate designs, to ensure the sugar-crafted designs are suited to the colours and styles to match the rest of the wedding. Real flowers can be used to reduce the cost, together with various other tricks of the trade that bakers use to keep to budgets wherever possible.
As soon as you have decided -confirm this to the baker- many bakers have wedding weekends booked a long way in advance- ‘everyone wants the cake delivered at the same time’- so book early to guarantee your spot!
Pay the deposit on time- bakers will confirm the booking-so that the baker has the date in the diary and plans can begin. Prior to the deposit being paid the baker will continue to accept wedding consultations.
On confirmation- bakers will confirm when/how communication with bride, so that bridal party can relax and know that cake is taken care of. Baker will confirm set up times and plans for storage of left-over cake.
Professional bakers have created wedding cakes, many times over- so allow them to help guide you to make your day magical.
Let us help you find your local baker
Whilst planning your wedding, take time to enjoy the experience.
Once you have the plans in place each of the wedding suppliers will contact you nearer the time, they will have all taken deposits for securing the date and therefore will contact you for payments prior to the date, so take that time to focus on yourself! Your dress, your hair, your stag/hen do etc.
Remember- On the Day- everyone wants it to go smoothly for you,
and all the experts will help this happen
So ENJOY YOUR DAY – and look back with fond memories!