THE FIRST BITE

New Zealand Weddings - - PLANNING -

Three to six months out from your big day is the ideal time to be­gin think­ing about your wed­ding cake, but where to be­gin? Try these tips:

1 CON­SIDER YOUR MENU: Be­gin by de­cid­ing if you’ll be serv­ing cake along­side ad­di­tional desserts or whether your cake will be the sole sweet treat. In ad­di­tion to the num­ber of guests, this will help de­ter­mine what size of cake you’ll need, ad­vises Jackie King from Cake & Co (cake­andco.co.nz).

2 WHAT’S YOUR BUD­GET? Ap­proach cake de­sign­ers with an idea of your ap­prox­i­mate bud­get, says Re­becca Dick­son of Re­becca Jane Sugar Art (re­bec­ca­jane­sug­arart.co.nz). “With this in mind your cake de­signer can lay out op­tions for you and break down the costs for you to con­sider.”

3 WHAT KIND OF DE­SIGN DO YOU EN­VIS­AGE? “When search­ing for cake in­spi­ra­tion, don’t just look at cakes,” sug­gests Re­becca. De­tails from your wed­ding theme and things you love as a cou­ple can all be start­ing points for a unique de­sign. Gather these for your cake de­signer and let them cre­ate some­thing spe­cial. Of course, if there’s an ex­act cake that you have in mind, that’s ab­so­lutely fine too.

Pixie Party Sup­plies Peg Cre­ative Get cre­ative with your cake top­per and try some­thing more per­sonal – and in keep­ing with your theme – than the stan­dard fig­urines.

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