We asked bridal bloggers to share the sweet inspiration behind their favorite cakes.
Swirls of buttercream, cascades of iced ribbons and blossoms — wedding cakes are the stuff of dreams, and it’s the rare guest who doesn’t look forward to the prospect of that magical last course. But there’s no sugar coating it; the cost of confection perfection can soar. Especially these days, with desserts (and dessert tables) such a major trend.
(The national average cost of wedding cakes and desserts will be $451 in 2013, jumping to $466 in 2014, up from 2012’s $437. In areas like New York City and Napa, CA cakes can run as high as $1,200-plus.)
No worries! We’ve gathered loads of ways to slice your costs.
Want your cake to wow? Here's how to guarantee confection perfection.
Sampling cake flavors and choosing from a rainbow of frosting colors make working with a cake designer a truly delicious task. To be sure your just as satisfied with the end result, follow these steps.
1. Ask Around
Begin your search for a cake designer about three to six months before the wedding—even sooner if you want an in-demand pro. Some bakers' schedules start filling up about a year in advance.