My Wedding - - FOOD & DRINK - By Thea Poole

Your wed­ding cake will be a fo­cal point at your re­cep­tion, and the cut­ting of your cake will be the first task you will un­der­take as a newly mar­ried cou­ple. Tra­di­tion­ally, it is the brides­maids who serve the cake to all the guests, en­sur­ing that ev­ery­one can wish the bri­dal cou­ple good health by eat­ing a piece of the wed­ding cake.

You may have dreamed of a spec­tac­u­lar show­piece tow­er­ing high to­wards the ceil­ing with many tiers, or per­haps a sim­ple cake that blends into the over­all dec­o­ra­tions at your venue. Each cou­ple has their own ideas of what is per­fect for them.

For many cou­ples, the size of the wed­ding cake is a bal­ance of what you need and what you want, and some­where in be­tween will be your bud­get!

So how do you de­cide on the size of your de­signer wed­ding cake? On a prac­ti­cal front, the size of your cake should match the num­ber of guests at­tend­ing your re­cep­tion, plus any ad­di­tional tier(s) that you want kept for a fu­ture event.

The first de­ci­sion to make is how you plan to serve your wed­ding cake. Will it be served with cof­fee, as an ad­di­tion to other desserts, or as a plated dessert?

How does this re­late to your wed­ding cake? Let’s look at an av­er­age three-tiered round cake mea­sur­ing 15cm, 20cm and 25cm. De­pend­ing on how it is cut, the same cake can be served in dif­fer­ent ways: 200 fin­ger serves, 150 small cof­fee serves, 100 stan­dard cof­fee or small dessert serves, or 50 full size dessert serves.

Your wed­ding cake spe­cial­ist will be able to guide you to the most suit­able size for your re­cep­tion. There are many op­tions avail­able when cater­ing for larger wed­dings, in­clud­ing hav­ing kitchen cut­ting cakes that are iced but not dec­o­rated and that are not dis­played. This low­ers the cost over­all.

The grooms at our con­sul­ta­tions of­ten think that th­ese serv­ing sug­ges­tions are much too small! Do re­mem­ber that your wed­ding cake will be served af­ter a full wed­ding meal, of­ten in­clud­ing sev­eral cour­ses, and your guests will likely be very well fed! Un­less you are happy to have cake left over, there is no need to over-cater when it comes to your wed­ding cake.

For small wed­dings, a sin­gle tiered wed­ding cake placed on a cake stand is just as beau­ti­ful.


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