The most obvious place to start is online, but this can be a bit of a minefield! How do you know who is the best company to choose?
Look at the photographs of the cakes on a companies website and Facebook page. Do they look genuine? Are they all of a similar standard? Can you see anything you wouldn't be happy with if it was your cake?
Check the supplier is insured, food hygiene qualified and registered with their local council. They don't have to have a physical shop. Lots of cake suppliers choose to work from their home these days (us included), but there are strict hygiene and health and safety rules and regulations that need to be followed so if they have taken these steps, they are at least trying to do things properly.
Ask friends who made their wedding cake, or if they have been to any weddings where the cake was amazing. Look on social media sites; Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram etc. Lots of companies advertise on these sites or post examples of their work.
Ask your wedding venue if they have a preferred supplier or any suppliers they recommend.
Read reviews of people's work. Most companies post testimonials on their websites but Facebook is a fantastic way to leave feedback for companies so check this too. Also, Google the business - are they present? Do they have Google reviews? These are obviously not the be all and end all but its good to read other peoples experiences to help you decide if this is the right business for you to work with.
Ask To Meet With Your Chosen Company
Once you have narrowed down your search, arrange to meet your chosen company/companies for a consultation. Does the company let you taste their cakes when you meet them? This is very important, as obviously you want your cake to taste good too.
Some people offer consultations for free, whereas some may charge a small fee to cover their time and expense in making samples for you to try. Clarify this before you book. Our consultations are free of charge.
Questions To Ask During A Consultation
Usually you will have around an hour of someones time for a consultation. You may want to ask some of these questions during that if they are not already covered:
- Do you make your cakes and filings from scratch?
- What will my cake be filled with and covered with before it is iced?
- Will you deliver and set up my cake?
- Will you liaise with the venue and other suppliers for me if needed?
- How tall will each tier of my cake be?
- Can I have each tier a different flavour?
- What are your payment terms?
- Do you hire cake stands?
Hopefully then, you will be happy with the person you have chosen and they will go on to make the wedding cake of your dreams a reality.
If you are interested in a consultation and tasting with us, please contact us using the 'Contact Us' form on our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading!