Here are 15 tips Premier Bride has when deciding who will bake your cake, what it will look like, and other fun options to consider!
There are many great bakers in the Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Orange Park and Fernandina Beach area! Check out or list of cake and sweet vendors with Premier Bride of Northeast Florida and the Premier Bride Expos!
- If you decide on a tiered cake, use different flavors/fillings for each layer to appeal to more tastes and get a greater variety for you and your guests.
- All cake bakers in Jacksonville, St. Augustine and the surrounding areas have cake tastings. They allow you to preselect 3-5 flavors and fillings. You get to taste test the cake and go over potential designs for your wedding cake. Most cake tastings allow 2-3 people complimentary but additional guests will be charged.
- Beware of cake bakers who do not bake the cake out of commercial kitchen and bake from home. There are a lot of horror stories of wedding cakes gone wrong and hiring a baker with the proper licenses and insurance is the way to go!
- Do you want an non-traditional grooms cake or wedding cake? Chocolate fountains that offer milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate alternatives. You can dip strawberries, marshmallows, cream puffs, pretzels or apples in the chocolate and much, MUCH more!
- Sweet tables are very popular these days. Think about accompanying the cake with alternatives such as cream puffs, tarts and/or chocolate dipped strawberries. This is a great way to please all the different sweet tooth’s at your wedding.
- Set one small cake at each guest table instead of a centerpiece. This is a unique and edible centerpiece for each table!
- Cake pops and cupcakes are great alternatives or additions to your sweet table! Cake pops and cupcakes can also save money on the cake cutting fees if your venue or caterer charge for that service.
- Looking to save a little money? Have only the top layer of your cake real, the rest made of Styrofoam, and then serve a less expensive sheet cake. This way you can have a beautiful cake for presentation while keeping your costs down.
- Cake table décor is also important! Incorporate old photographs of the bride and groom and/or ancestors for a vintage-looking table cloth for the cake table.
- Make your cake topper unique to you by using figurines that show your personalities. . Some companies will even specially make figurines in your likeness. Also monograms are popular or team/school mascots for the sports fans.
- If you are superstitious, make sure that the bride is the first to cut into the wedding cake. The Romans believed it was an omen of happiness and good-fortune.
- If you and your groom have very different tastes, try two small his-and-her cakes, the Bride’s cake being white and fancy and the grooms ‘tuxedo style’ in a black and white.
- Grooms cakes are popular in the South and they allow the groom to show off his personality and have a big say in a part of the wedding. If the groom has a passion for football, why not have a fun football shaped cake. Or perhaps he loves fishing, how about a whimsical fish-shaped cake. Have these surround the actual wedding cake. This can be fun and a great conversation piece.
- Another Southern tradition is a cake pull. Small metal figures representing the future fortunes are tied to a string. Each bridesmaid pulls a string and gets a charm. Charms typically represent the next to get married, have a baby, long life, travel, etc.
- Looking for a personal touch? Add more meaning to the cake moment by personally serving a piece to one another parents after you’ve fed each other.