Visit my introduction post to learn all about this series. FYI: I use the term “wedding cake” very loosely here and believe that it covers the whole range or your options.
Now that you know what you want, it’s time to figure out who you’re going to hire. Russell and I went through a couple meetings and tastings before we knew who and what we wanted. I thought I wanted to hire someone who could make our cake look super trendy and was young and popular. But once we tried her cakes, I knew we could not serve that to our guests. It just didn’t really speak to me! We went to a couple tried and true people in our city and finally landed on a local legend. She cranks out loads of cakes for graduations and weddings. When I sat down with her at our consultation, I could tell we spoke the same language and she really got me. I am a total sucker for classic, simple designs and the classic White Wedding Cake with White Frosting. I don’t even call it vanilla. It’s WHITE. This lady nailed it and the design was spot on.
Check social media. I recommend going through the social media pages of anyone you are considering to see if their style meshes with yours. Do you see things that you just can’t live without? Are you wanting to pin every single picture to your wedding board? If so, you may have found your vendor.
Ask around. Do you know anyone who has used this vendor? Reviews are your best resource. Check with your friends, coworkers, and family members to see who they recommend. You can also check reviews on The Knot and independent Facebook business pages, but there is nothing like word of mouth.
Set up a consultation. It can be tough to book the best of the best, especially during peak wedding season, so I totally understand the temptation of wanting to book right away and put money down without a meeting. Don’ t do it! Set up a meeting with all of the vendors you are interested in. Go by yourself, take your fiancé, your wedding designer, or any other stakeholders.
At the consultation you should be prepared with the following:
- Your wedding date
- How many guests you expect to attend
- Details about your venue (location, set-up, etc.)
- Any design elements you have in mind – prepare a Pinterest board! (this is important now so you can be sure this vendor can accommodate your ideas)
Once you have your successful tasting (read more on this next week!), you have found your vendor!