Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Six Steps to Choosing a Wedding Cake Vendor

It Takes More Than a Taste Test 

Choosing a wedding cake vendor can be a stressful chore, but it doesn’t have to be. Unlike choosing bridesmaid dresses, this is one task that both you and your spouse-to-be can tackle together - with joy.

That’s right, joy. After all, it’s not everyday that you’ll get to sample free cake.

But before you get to that point, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind as you begin your search for a wedding cake vendor.

1. Don’t get overwhelmed. Forget for a bit that the cake is a highlight of your wedding. The truth of the matter is that the cake should be something that you and your spouse-to-be will remember fondly so it's important to choose wisely but cake is dessert, after all, so enjoy the process.

For starters, don’t let yourself get carried away with the task at hand. At its simplest, your job is to find a vendor who you feel is the most qualified to provide a tasty, great-looking cake at your wedding. Break the job down into several steps.

2. Get recommendations. First, ask friends, colleagues, relatives and other trusted wedding vendors for recommendations on cake vendors. The job may be easier for those who attend a lot of weddings and have a list in mind of favorite vendors. Otherwise, whittling the list down to a manageable size can easily be done by checking their online portfolio to look at other cakes they’ve done and calling them to figure out whether their prices are in line with your budget.

3. Determine whether they’re the right fit. From the first phone call you make to them, you will begin to get a feel for whether you’ll be able to work with them to discuss your vision of your wedding cake. Friendliness and professionalism go hand-in-hand on this front.

4. Taste test. Set up appointments with your top three choices to taste some of their cake samples and view their portfolio in person. This visit will you a first-hand look at how they run their business and whether this is consistent with the image they portray online and in their advertising. Of course, it goes without saying that you should love eating their cake samples. This meeting is also an opportunity for you to discuss how you want your cake to look and whether the wedding cake vendor can accommodate this.

5. Choose your vendor. Oftentimes, choosing your wedding vendors is really just a matter of doing your homework and then following your instinct on which one best fits your needs. If you've taken all of the above steps, this last part should now be easy.

6. Sign the contract. Make sure the contract spells out the basics, including how many people the cake will serve, when and where the vendor will deliver the cake, etc. Also make sure it includes wording that describes how the vendor will reimburse you if he or she is unable to provide the cake as promised.

Enjoy your cake!

Remember that Ontario Bakery is happy to provide you a quote for a wedding cake and discuss your wedding cake needs. You can check out some of the wedding cakes we've done in the past in our online gallery of wedding cakes.