How to choose your wedding cake style

When it comes to wedding cakes, there is no right or wrong decision to choosing your style.  Gone are the days where a white wedding cake with fancy piping and buttercream flowers, and those crazy cake risers are the expected.  Today’s couple shouldn’t be afraid to embrace their own style and showcase that in their wedding cake.  So, how do you know what your style is, and how do you translate that into a cake? 

In the wedding planning process, choosing your cake should be done after you choose a venue, your dress/attire, and your flowers. All those things can help you define your design for your wedding cake.

You may not even realize it, but one of the very first wedding planning decisions you make, choosing your wedding date, can be the spring board to the design and feel of your whole wedding.  If you love the pastel colors of spring blooms, you probably shouldn’t get married in November.  Whereas, if you love rich rustic, earthy tones, a fall wedding would probably be ideal.   The season you get married in will impact a great deal of your wedding style.

 Moody Semi-Naked Cake with fresh florals and fruit

Moody Semi-Naked Cake with fresh florals and fruit

Your venue, whether it’s a country club, ball room, Vineyard, Distillery, a Barn, or anywhere in between is the next biggest influence on your cake style.   If you have always dreamed of a rustic semi-naked wedding cake, chances are you won’t be having your reception in a grand ballroom.   If you are a more traditional couple a country club or hotel wedding is probably your best fit. 

Tall cakes work best in a more traditional setting like a ballroom because you are usually dealing with a large room with tall ceilings and you don’t want the cake to feel dwarfed by the size of the room.

For a barn wedding, B&B wedding, or an outdoor garden wedding, in the spring or early summer a rustic cake is a great choice.   It’s a great way to take advantage of seasonal blooms that you can use to embellish your cake.

If a vineyard is your venue of choice, adding come rich color tones can really compliment the setting.  Going for warmer tones like reds, orange, purples will help make the cake stand out.

 Industrial style cake in whiskey distillery

Industrial style cake in whiskey distillery

If you are more of a non-traditionalist, and decided to use a distillery or any kind of more industrial type space, square cake, cakes with texture, geometric lines, and metallics, can really compliment the space.  

When it comes down to the details of the cake, inspiration can come from anywhere, and pulling inspiration from other design elements of your wedding can help keep everything looking cohesive.   A few examples are using design details from your dress, a pattern from your linens, design elements from your invitations, the flowers from your bouquet, architectural details of your venue, a family heirloom, cultural designs, the possibilities are endless.   When setting up cake consultations, I encourage my clients to share with me images of cakes that they like, and other design elements of their wedding so I can get a better sense of their personalities and style and create a custom design just for them. .   I know that all this sounds like a lot, but as a cake designer, I am here to help put your ideas and inspiration together and create a beautiful work of art that becomes the centerpiece of your reception and a reflection of your style

 South Asian wedding cake design inspired by embrodery 

South Asian wedding cake design inspired by embrodery