Wedding Cake Supplier Red Flags You Should Avoid

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One of the most exciting parts of wedding planning is the preparation for your wedding cake. However, hiring vendors and suppliers that you actually get along with can be difficult, especially when it comes to a specialty you have zero knowledge of. Here are some things that you should avoid before signing a contract with any cake supplier.


A bad attitude

Many say that unless you are good enough to earn a Michelin star, you don’t have a right to be snappy and rude to your customers. We beg to disagree. A decent baker must be respectful to his or her customers, regardless of how skillful he or she is. A baker with an attitude will be a nightmare to work with. There are plenty of cake makers in the market who will be more skilled and a lot nicer. Skip all the negativity and look for a baker who genuinely enjoys making all things wedding dessert.


No tasting offered

Any cake maker who know their worth are more than willing to give their customers a taste test. A cake tasting session should be a part of your first meeting with you cake supplier, and may be incorporated again later in the process. Don’t be afraid to try out different cakes from different suppliers before signing a contract.


No portfolio

Related to the absence of a taste test, a baker that has no portfolio of his/her previous work is a no-no. Regardless if they are referred to you by a friend, make sure that the baker will be able to show you pictures of his/her work before  you to let them decorate the most important piece of pastry on your big day.


Lack of means for transporting cakes

One of the biggest challengers pastry chefs meet is transporting their creations from the kitchen, to secluded wedding venues such as those in Tagaytay. Hiring a baker with little to no experience transporting cakes can lead to a disaster. Ask your potential baker for a plan on how they will transport your cake, considering the weather and location. If your baker doesn’t have a plan in place, stop negotiating immediately. It can translate to a cake that looks worse for wear–you don’t want that for your big day.


Additional Tip


When meeting with a cake supplier, print out or save a picture of your dream wedding cake. This will give them an idea of your expectations and an estimate of how long it will take for them to create it and how much the cake will cost. Professional wedding cake makers know that you have your own cake fantasies in mind, so don’t hesitate to tell them what you hope your cake will look like.


Hiring a wedding cake maker is a fun process. You get to meet different people, and taste cakes of different flavors and designs. But you have to make sure to hire a vendor that will make the process pleasant and enjoyable. A bad wedding cake vendor can leave a bitter taste in your mouth, both literally and figuratively, and a lasting impression on your guests. Don’t be afraid to search high and low for the right cake vendor. Because in the end, you and your partner will be the ones who will remember the process as long as you see your wedding cake, either personally or in pictures.

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