It’s nice when people offer to contribute to your wedding…but here’s why you should think twice before accepting their offer on this important part of your wedding:

What The Bride Wanted:

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Photo courtesy of cakewrecks.com

What She Got:

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Photo courtesy of cakewrecks.com

You think great, we can cross that off our list and it’ll save us a few bucks. What could go wrong, right? Just ask the wedding co-ordinator at your venue and they’ll tell you.
As a professional cake company and preferred supplier for many local venues we hear the stories of “the friend cake”. All too often they are less than the bride expected. Lumpy icing, check. Improper construction, check. Cakes that look more like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, check. Cakes that fall in on themselves, check. Gaps, missing or broken borders, cake showing through the icing, made on the counter where their cat likes to walk… check, check, check… and check.

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Photo courtesy of cakewrecks.com

And we haven’t even discussed taste.

By the way, when were they delivering and setting up your cake? Was that fitting in between getting hair and makeup done, getting dressed and attending the ceremony? No problem, they’ve got a couple hours after the ceremony before the reception starts while you’re taking pictures. You didn’t really need them for that did you? And who wouldn’t be comfortable risking the icing getting on the rented tux or staining their dress? By the way, the florist has a busy week and hasn’t arrived yet with the flowers for the cake.

The cake will be a centerpiece of your reception and you want to ensure that it remains that way by having someone with the experience of setting up hundreds of cakes. Oh, and it’s not necessarily just the cake. The topper sometimes needs extra support so it doesn’t fall off the cake and smash the edges of each tier as it tumbles down.

While your friend means well you’ll be the ones who bear the cost of their lack of experience.

Photo courtesy of cakewrecks.com

Photo courtesy of cakewrecks.com

No problem you say. We’re doing cupcakes. Well, that should take care of most of the structural issues and cupcakes are easy to make, right? Won’t take long, just need 100. Oh wait, that’s about 4 times more than they’ve ever made at once.  How are they ensuring the cupcakes will be the same size? A small difference in the amount of batter makes a big difference in the size of the finished product.

There’s also the issue of taste. When were they going to bake and decorate all those cupcakes? The day of the wedding they’ll be busy doing hair and makeup, getting dressed, travelling to the ceremony and reception sites and attending the ceremony so they won’t have time that day.

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The night before they’ll either be at the rehearsal or getting ready for the next day so can’t bake then. OK, how about earlier that day? Oops, got to work. No problem, they can whip some up Thursday night. Ever had 2 day old cupcakes? They’re a tad dry to say the least.

When you look at the cost for the different elements of your wedding (venue, food, DJ, photographer, décor, florist, etc.) the cake is one of the least expensive. Yet it will be front and centre at your wedding. Hiring a professional is well worth it.

Take a look at our website and facebook page to see some of our designs and then contact us to schedule your consultation. We guarantee you won’t end up with a cake wreck.

But let’s leave you on a positive note from our collection:

And if you ever need a good hearty laugh head over to the Cakewrecks site: http://www.cakewrecks.com to see what some “professionals” have done to cakes…