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What you should do before you meet your wedding cake designer

If you are a bride whose dream wedding vision includes a towering, magnificent and spell-binding masterpiece cake, detailed wedding cake plans are on your list of must-do’s!

Your cake designer is the single person who can bring your perfect wedding cake to life. However, she needs your ideas and inputs to execute the plan to perfection. Although she may have her own suggestions and ideas, it may not meet your expectations unless you provide her the blue print to plan her cake around. This simply means that you cannot start with a blank slate. You need to first do a list of things, before you meet with your cake designer and discuss the cake design. Let us take a look at this list now.

Get inspired

Just like with wedding dresses, there is a whole world of fabulous wedding cakes waiting to be discovered. You will find drool-worthy pages and pages on Pinterest, in bridal magazines, on cake websites as well as on our own wedding cake gallery. Your first step to planning your wedding cake, is identifying what you want. Begin by setting up a wedding inspiration board (read all about it on our previous post here), and adding pictures to it. If you find interesting pictures in magazines, collect them too. Begin at random, by just dragging any picture that appeals to you onto your inspiration board. Once you have a number of pictures, edit out the ones that do not seem as interesting as they did initially. As you do this, you should see a pattern emerge, and this will help you identify the factor that appeals to you. It could be the color combinations, style, texture, the decoration used, shape, size or any other factor. Once you recognize what it is, it will be easier to refine your board and eliminate those that do not feature this factor. This will bring you closer to your final idea of how your wedding cake should be.

Research your options

Once you have narrowed down your choices to just those that would be ideal for your cake design, it is time to research and identify what would work. For this, consider the various details about each of the cakes you’ve shortlisted. Some questions to help you in this direction are

  • what are the ingredients used in the frosting—fondant, buttercream etc?
  • What techniques may be involved in making the design?
  • Is there any special work involved?
  • How are the special touches done?
  • Are the accessories you like ready-made or custom created by the baker?
  • Why do you think you like a particular detail?
  • What would be the features you could eliminate, if required?

Match it to your wedding

Your wedding cake, as much as it is an entity on it’s own, still has to belong to the wedding. For this, you should match it to the wedding theme. This would be in terms of colors, features, style and size. Where cakes are concerned, your options are numerous. You can have a wedding cake with as many layers as you want, without all the tiers actually being “cake.” Or, you can have a couture cake that is impressive, and serves for the cake cutting, while the guests are served with sheet cake slices in the same flavor. This brings down the cost, which is a very important factor in making your final cake decisions.

Determine your Budget

The quantity of cake you need depends on the number of guests at your wedding. Before meeting with your cake designer, you should compile information on the guest count, and calculate your cake budget. This will help you decide on the possible options, so you have enough cake for all your guests, while also meeting your expectations. Once you know the maximum you can afford to spend on a cake, it will also put you in a position to shortlist a suitable cake designer who will do the job for you within your set budget. This also gives you a general idea of the little extras that you can afford to have, without eating into other aspects of your wedding.

Consider aesthetic aspects

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The main factor that influences your choice for the cake is how it will finally look. Here are the aesthetic factors that you should consider.

  • Wedding theme: There are different ways in which you can integrate the cake into the wedding theme. This could be using the colors or similar details that are part of your décor.
  • Wedding colors: A talented and experienced cake designer should be able to create your cake in any color of your choice. She may also be able to suggest colors that work together, or tell you if something you suggest will not look good when executed. While all colors are possible, it is best to remember that appetizing cakes are usually done in light, breezy colors. So, you may like to stick with the lighter colors in your palette, for your cake.
  • Shape and Size: This article should help you understand the different cake shapes you can have at your wedding. This includes both traditional and contemporary styles, so you know abut all the choices you have. If you have a limited budget, remember that simple shapes like round and square cost less, while the topsy-turvy shape or irregular ones will usually cost more. Where the size of the cake is concerned, you can have a huge-tiered cake, with faux tiers in between as a budget-friendly option. Or, if this is one area where you don’t mind splurging, go with the real thing all the way.
  • Cake accessories and decorations: You can dress your cake up easily, using suitable accessories and decorations. You have plenty of options, including fresh blooms, sugar flowers, plastic figures and other accessories. Think of what you would like to have on your cake. Would you prefer elaborate embellishments, ready made cake decorations or ones made from fondant or sugar?

Taste options—what should you consider?

Just like with the aesthetics, the taste of your cake is equally important. Do this correctly by paying close attention to the following factors.

  • Shortlist the flavors you like

You will be overwhelmed with the flavor options available. Avoid confusion by shortlisting a few of your favorites, before you even visit your designer. You can then look at these flavors and anything similar that may suit your palette. Once you narrow down your choices, your cake designer can arrange for the chosen flavors at your tasting session. Although you can always go with a bold and unusual choice, remember that if you stick to common flavors, it will most likely be liked by all. Your cake should also be soft, spongy and moist.

  • Discuss your filling choices

The overall taste of the cake will depend on the filling that you choose for it. So, decide whether you want something fruity, creamy or chocolate. You can make this decision based on your personal preferences, or by looking at what is easily available and budget-friendly.

  • Choose your icing options

The icing will not only determine the finish of the cake, but also the taste. Some bakers specialize in fondant, while others are experts with butter cream. It is best to choose a vendor who has enough experience in working with the medium you prefer, for best results.

Check with your venue for any restrictions

Some venues have restrictions on what you are allowed to serve at your wedding. Some of them require you to use their in-house bakers itself, while others allow you to bring your own cake designer for an additional fee. Considering health and safety requirements, it may be necessary to go with a licensed professional for your wedding day. So, you should check for this factor with the venue manager in advance, before scouting for a vendor.

How will the cake get to the venue?

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Getting your cake to the venue without damage is very important. If your cake designer will not be working onsite, you will have to check for the transport arrangements to get the finished cake to your venue. Will your baker arrange for this, or will you have to make transport arrangements yourself. If it has to be transported, the size of the cake will determine whether it will have to be transported in one piece or, if it will be assembled on-site. An experienced baker will normally have the provision to supply your cake to the reception venue. If this isn’t available, and you have to transport it by yourself, make sure you will be able to do it efficiently. Discuss the details about how it has to be transported as soon as you settle on the design.

The flexibility factor

Cakes in magazines and pictures may not always be easy to replicate. Each baker will have their unique style. As creative artists, they will appreciate a certain level of freedom, so they can contribute in their own way. If you are very particular about replicating certain aspects of a cake, make sure that you look for a cake designer who is equipped and experienced in working on that aspect. Moreover, replicating a picture entirely doesn’t make the design your own. So, we suggest you keep your options available to discuss what can be done to make a cake design that is your own. Also, keep the actual logistics in mind when you choose to go for a cake design you pick from a picture. The replication may look different in color, or the details may differ to a certain extent. Your cake designer will give you a correct idea of the extent to which your ideas are practical, and what changes would give you better results. Be open to such suggestions, and it will be a lot easier for both of you.

Create your list of preferred cake designers

Based on reviews, recommendations and your own research, you should shortlist the vendors who would be good candidates for your job. Make sure you have more than just one option, in case the person you want is booked already, or you aren’t satisfied with what they have to offer when you actually meet. In all cases, it is advised to first start visiting with vendors you like most. So, if you find a cake designer who you like, you can immediately finalize the deal without having to check on any more vendors.

Discuss your plans with your fiance first

Unless your fiance doesn’t really care about how your wedding cake looks, it is necessary to gather his inputs as well, before you come to a final decision. Before you meet a cake designer, discuss the design together and come to an agreement on what you both like. Both of you should be happy with the design, flavor and other details.

Once you have a clear idea of all the above mentioned factors, you are ready to visit your cake designer and discuss your ideas. It is much easier for a cake designer to give you what you want, when you have a very clear idea of what you would like. Nevertheless, be open to ideas and suggestions, as your cake designer is an experienced professional, and can give you valuable inputs on making the cake that is just perfect for your big day.

For more inputs and great inspiration for your special day, visit our online cake gallery at Best for Bride. Apart from delicious and great looking cakes, we also offer brides many more wedding services. With an impressive inventory of dresses for the wedding party and an exquisite designer wedding dress collection, we are the one-stop destination for everything a bride needs, when planning the event of her lifetime. You can also find wedding stationery, wedding favors, décor accessories and beautiful accessories on our website. Visit us online today, to see what we can do to complete your wedding day.

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12 ideas for black and white wedding themes

Searching for a wedding theme that exudes sophistication? Or a wedding palette that simply can’t go wrong? Either way, a black and white wedding theme is just right to meet your need.

Classic and elegant, this is a timeless favorite that couples have perfected time and again. Both the colors, black and white are perfect neutrals. So, there are hundreds of ways in which you can add subtle accents to this combination to personalize your wedding palette. Whether it is a small dose of color or a metallic hue, black and white form the perfect combination to get the details right. Don’t discount the fact that these two colors are easy to find. Choose this combination and you will be saved from hours of tedious swatch matching and combination testing. After all, there is just one black, and maybe not just one, but only a handful of whites to choose from. Life cannot get easier than this, and you will be saved from so much stress when you choose this fail-safe combination.

Here, we bring you some interesting and workable ideas to get the various details at your black and white wedding just right. Check it out.

Black and white save-the-date card

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Set the stage for your black and white wedding with this black and white save-the-date card from Best for Bride. The crest shape, velvety finish and foil printing exude an air of glamour and style, and your guests will be intrigued to know what is in store for your wedding day, when the save-the-date card is itself so unusual and interesting. To check it out in detail or to place your order, visit this link here.

Follow it up with this fantastic damask black and white wedding invitation card and your guests will know they are in for a glamorous evening. This simple seal and send invitation makes work easy for you. Find out more about it by visiting this link here.

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Black and White wedding gown

Here comes the bride! As all eyes are on you during the wedding ceremony, how about a black and white wedding gown to have them saying Wow!? Not only is it perfect for the theme that’s going on, it will also be a classic choice where you do not compromise on style. I don’t think there is any other combination where you can easily find a wedding gown that blends in perfectly with the color palette. And, yes we have the perfect dress to do the job!

This Alfred Angelo 2457 is a fantastic black and white wedding gown in a modern fit. The delicately strewn lace details on the bodice extend to the waistline, with a black satin bow with flower detail highlighting the slim waist. Tasteful and striking! The Alfred Angelo 2454 and 2455 are two other black and white wedding gowns in a fit and flare design, that can also be considered for your wedding day.

White wedding flowers

Black flowers aren’t really feasible, or are they? The fail-safe option is to go with the whitest flowers available, and accentuate their stark white color with the rest of the bouquet accessories or foliage. It is a good idea to steer clear of flowers that have a distinct coloring on the inside, as this can water down the effect of the white. White roses and tulips are good candidates to achieve this effect, and the fuller the blooms, the more attractive it will be.

bouquetImage Credits: Evil Erin, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

I like the idea of adding little silver pins to the center of the blooms to accentuate the whiteness of this bouquet. Or if your florist can get hold of this picture-perfect white ranunculus with a black trim, it would be an absolute match for the theme. There are several factors that may determine its availability though. So, its a better idea to have the white rose bouquet as an alternative, if this may not be possible! ranunculus-300860_1280

White paper flower bouquet for the bold bride

Now, if you are aiming for white that is unblemished and free from any hint of color, paper flowers are your best bet. Look at the mesmerizing beauty of the flowers featured here, isn’t it a work of art? Crafted from paper that is pristine white, the little details in the center make it stunning. Now, if this doesn’t compete with a flower made from real blooms, I don’t know what will.

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Image Credits: Danielle, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

If you want to try your hand at making this bouquet which is not only unique, but beautiful as well, we suggest that you visit Its Always Autumn, which has an extensive list of tutorials to make every type of paper flower imaginable. Make your pick from the bloom that you love and work your way towards DIY-ing your own bridal bouquet.  You can also consider using real flowers for your own bouquet, and having paper flower bouquets for your bridesmaids, and save some quick money on your flower budget.

Personalized black and white unity candle

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Choose to personalize the unity candle at your wedding ceremony with a beautiful black and white motif that matches the rest of the décor details at your wedding. Here, this candle is embellished with a simple, but attractive damask motif, and the names of the couple are added in an accent color. It can also be a décor item used throughout the venue, if that is what you would prefer. The intricate design and the ideal weaving of the signs of love, such as the love birds and little hearts, make this is a pleasant addition to any wedding.

Black and white wedding cake

The quickest way to create an impression at your wedding reception is to have a majestically towering black and white wedding cake. The sky is the limit and your baker’s talent the only constraint to weaving magic with flour and sugar to create a black and white wedding dessert. There are several options to work with. You can either use fondant for a sleek and refined finish, or go with white butter cream and simple black cake accessories for a more budget-friendly choice. A simple black satin ribbon around the base of each tier is in itself sufficient to dress up your cake and make it wedding-worthy. Nevertheless, we favor the elaborate choice of dressing up each clear white tier with beautiful black stencil or lace patterns, as you can see in this cake here.

How spectacular is this cake named Damask from Natalya, our wedding vendor at Best for Bride? It is a show stopper and we think you should have one that is just as eye-catching, for your wedding day too.

Black and white guest book

damask guest bookSome things deserve a little extra attention, as it will live on as the memories of your milestone celebration. Your wedding guest book is one of these. Keep the color theme on with a matching black and white damask guest book at your wedding seen here. Simply stylish, with its signature damask print on the upper half and a serene black lower half, this guest book also is embellished with a pretty white grosgrain bow in the center. Your guests will enjoy adding their friendly messages and best wishes to the newly-married couple. The available space can hold almost 700 signatures, and it will be enough and more for your guests to pen their messages to you. It will serve as the perfect memento to remind you of everyone who attended your wedding ceremony and made your big day even more special. Take a closer look at this interesting guest book by clicking on this link here.

Black and white place card

Spare no attention to detail, and your guests will be amazed with how well you’ve planned your wedding. This lacy black and white place card will direct them to their seats in style. The pretty motifs adorning the card are both attractive and artistically done. Created with black and fuchsia ink on white card stock, you can custom print it with your guest’s names and the tag line you wish to include. If you want to take a closer look at this beautiful place card, check it out over here.  We have many more place cards in the black and white color theme, and you can find all of them at this page.

Happily ever after black and white aisle runner

damask guest book aisle runner black and white

Mark your Happily ever after Union with your life partner from the minute you enter the venue, with this attractive Happily Ever After Black and white Aisle runner. Black calligraphy adorns the white base that you will happily walk down on your wedding day. This aisle runner comes loaded with the pull cord making it both practical and convenient. Whether you have an outdoor or indoor ceremony planned, this will not be out of place, and will add the necessary dose of white to your ceremony venue in an instant. Find out about how you can order this, and also check out the other black and white aisle runner options we offer by visiting this page on Best for Bride.

Wedding Favor boxes

black and white tuxedo box

Black and white favor boxes can house any gift and still have you sticking to your wedding color palette. That is what these interesting black and white tuxedo favor boxes can achieve with ease. Ideal for storing a handful of candies or sweets, they make the right choice for a tasty and interesting gift to pack your guests home with. Don’t forget to customize them with a small line that reads your names and the date of your wedding, and it will be ready to be taken away. Or if you prefer to leave it plain and keep it as it is, you can choose to do that too. Either way, we are sure this is a gift that every guest will be dying to open and find out what is within. Click here on this link to find the pricing and other details regarding this customized wedding favor choice.

Wedding party chair decorations

Reserve your places at your wedding reception in style with a pair of black and white chair backs that mention who the bride and groom are. The easiest option to set up the décor to match the palette is to use chairs that are painted white. Ones similar to those shown in this picture will look beautiful in both indoor and outdoor settings. The shimmery base of the signs are embellished with a flourish of black foil to make it attractive and ideal for the party. This particular design is available at Best for Bride, and you can place your order by clicking this link.

Table décor with Miniature glass bell

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Small white and black elements on all the tables at your reception will pack a punch as they add more detail to your wedding color palette. These miniature glass bell jars allow you to customize your table settings with what you choose to display in them. The best thing about this is that it can also double up as wedding favors which your guests will find useful in their homes, after they enjoy the yummy little treats that you pack into them. Whether you choose to display little cupcakes in pretty black and white filigree cases, stuff it with cookies, or line it up beside a stack of gourmet milk chocolates with a custom black and white wrapper like seen here, it will be a befitting element that adds to your classic décor.

black and white chocolates

For more wedding décor items, wedding dresses, accessories and cakes for your dramatic black and white wedding, visit our Best for Bride website.