While the wedding cake is still a very important part of a wedding reception dinner, not everyone likes cake. There are many ways that you as a hostess can satisfy the needs of your many guests, especially those who do not care for cake. One thing that you have to be concerned about is whether your reception venue will allow you to use an outside wedding cake baker.
A lot of venues have a small list of wedding cake vendors that they allow in, if they do let your bring in your own wedding caterer and cake baker they charge you an additional fee. So you will be looking at two fees, one for having a vendor outside of their preferred list and one from the wedding cake vendor of $15 or more to deliver the cake. Some places will even charge you for each slice that you serve. These are things you need to understand when you begin.
Since not everyone eats cake, it is also a good idea to offer a luxurious desert alternative (not a jello mold). Master wedding cake bakers will be able to offer you a listing of delicious alternatives, while maintaining your stated budget. Once you have a good idea of which way you want to go with your wedding cake or wedding desert table you can start the interviewing process. Lists are a brides’ best friends, and when you start to visit bakers you will need them. These too can be made on site. you can list the different types of deserts that you want along with any special dietary needs that you and your guest may have.
You can browse the great selection of wedding cake bakeries in our resource guide. Many of these bakeries are located near you. You will want to start early since the best of the best are booked up to two years in advance.