When you consider all of the elements included during a wedding day, the two biggest iconic pieces have to be the bride's dress and the wedding cake. In terms of your wedding cake, there are so many options to choose from, it can actually be staggering. You are no longer wedded to the traditional round white cake. In fact, the order of the day is creativity when it comes to a wedding cake. Feel free to let loose when you start thinking about what kind of cake you want. But whatever you do, make sure that your wedding cake reflects your personality. Once you have some ideas, you can start your search in the New Jersey area for a professional cake designer. In order to help you find the right own, use the guide below to help you find the designer that you will be completely satisfied with.
Once you have a few candidates to consider, sit down with each one and interview them for the job of designing and making your wedding cake. A good place to start is talking about their background. Find out how long they have been in business and how many wedding cakes they design per year. Are they licensed and insured? How did they learn how to make wedding cakes? Make sure that you take a look at their portfolio of past wedding cakes. As you are perusing the images, ask yourself if you like the styles and if you could see this person designing your cake. Ask them to provide you the names and contact information of at least 5 brides they have designed cakes for. Then follow through and contact each references and have an honest discussion about how it was to work with the designer and how they handled any roadblocks.
When it comes time to talk about the actual cake you want, ask them if they can come up with a custom design that will match your wedding theme and color scheme. Make sure that you go to each meeting with all of your wedding information and things you have cut out or printed out that caught your eye. Knowing all of your likes and dislikes will help them get a sense of what will work for you. In fact, they should be able to give you some ideas at your meeting which will give you insight as to how they think. Ask them to arrange a cake tasting. You will want to decide on elements like icing. What do they recommend considering your budget? Here is one question you may not have thought about: do they freeze cakes? This can really affect the taste so you will need to decide if this is alright or if you want a fresh cake.
Eventually the conversation will make it around to price. Most wedding cake designers and makers price by the slice. Usually the more complicated the cake design the higher the price. Ask each candidate what their recommendations are based on your budget. What is the fee for delivery and setup? And what about the cake table? Can they provide on or at least decorate one that you have? Does your cake need a cake stand? Who will provide that? Do you have to pay a deposit to reserve their services? What kind of payment schedule do they require after the initial deposit? Once you are satisfied with all or most of the answers from one specific cake designer, ask if they can put everything in writing. Then make sure that you sit down with them and go over each point in the written contract. This is your chance to questions anything that doesn't look right. Once you are satisfied, you can sign on the dotted line and move ahead with your professional cake design.