Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Cake

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March 19, 2024

Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Cake

How to pick a wedding cake that photographs well and matches your wedding style.

Your cake should complement the overall theme and style of your wedding. Whether it’s modern and minimalist, rustic and vintage, or glamorous and luxurious, the cake should harmonize with the decor, colors, and ambiance of the venue. Here are a few things to help you pick your perfect cake!

bride and groom cutting their cake together on their wedding day

Browse Inspiration

Look for inspiration in wedding magazines, websites like Pinterest, and social media platforms such as Instagram. Here’s links to both of mine if you’d like to save images of cakes that catch your eye and fit your wedding style. Rachel’s instagram and pinterest.

custom art inspired wedding cake with orange and blue highlights

Cake above by Buttercream Bakeshop, Tiffany MacIsaac

Consult with Your Baker

Schedule a consultation with your baker to discuss your vision, preferences, and wedding details. Bring along any inspiration images and discuss your wedding style, colors, and theme with them. Experienced bakers can provide valuable insights and suggestions based on your preferences.

simple, white rose, wedding cake at Army Navy Club in Washington, DC

Cake above by Simply Desserts in Chantilly, VA

Consider Cake Size and Shape

Think about the size and shape of the cake that will best suit your wedding style and guest count. Multi-tiered cakes are classic and elegant, while single-tier cakes can be more modern and minimalist. Consider whether you want round, square, or other shapes that align with your aesthetic.

bride and groom kissing after eating their custom wedding cake

Pay Attention to Colors and Decorations

Choose colors and decorations that complement your wedding palette and style. Whether you prefer fresh flowers, sugar flowers, intricate piping, or metallic accents, ensure they enhance the overall look of the cake and coordinate with your wedding decor.

wedding cake with delicate petals

Cake above by Buttercream Bakeshop

Focus on Texture and Details

Texture can add visual interest and dimension to your cake, especially in photographs. Consider incorporating different textures such as smooth fondant, buttercream swirls, or textured icing to create depth and contrast.

glass wedding cake topper

Lighting Considerations

Keep in mind how the cake will be lit during your wedding reception. Opt for lighting that highlights the cake’s details and enhances its appearance in photographs. You can also discuss lighting options with your photographer and venue coordinator to ensure the cake is showcased beautifully.

wedding cake with monogram detail

Personalize Your Cake

Incorporate personal touches into your cake design that reflect your personalities and story as a couple. Whether it’s a monogram, a meaningful inscription, or a unique topper, adding personalization can make your cake more memorable and meaningful.

couple pouring Champagne near their simply wedding cake

Cake above by Blush Baking Co

Taste Matters Too

While aesthetics are important, don’t forget about the taste! Schedule a tasting with your baker to sample different flavors and fillings to ensure your cake not only looks good but tastes delicious too. This makes for such a fun date with your groom-to-be or girlfriends if he can’t make it!

funfetti wedding cake with white frosting

By considering these factors and working closely with your baker, you can select a wedding cake that not only photographs beautifully but also complements your wedding style and delights your guests.

Would you like to check out a few of my favorite cake artists? Here’s a few links for you!

Ballerina Baker

Buttercream Bakeshop, Tiffany MacIsaac

Blush Baking Co

Ready to chat about your wedding photography? Let’s schedule a video call!

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