Sampling cake flavors and choosing from a rainbow of frosting colors make working with a cake designer a truly delicious task. To be sure you're just as satisfied with the end result, follow these steps to sweet success.
1. Ask Around
Begin your search for a cake designer about three to six months before the wedding-even sooner if you want an in-demand pro . Some bakers' schedules start filling up about a year in advance. Where do you begin your search? "Word of mouth is the most powerful tool," says Jan Kish of La Petite Fleur, in Columbus, Ohio. Ask recently married friends and family members for their recommendations. Many wedding caterers , reception sites, photographers and florists have favorite bakers.
2. Narrow the Search
Many cake designers showcase confections they've created on their web sites; you can also get an idea of whether you'll like their work from a phone conversation. Ask how they would define their style. Is it traditional, simply elegant, modern, whimsical, intricate? Don't forget to ask for an estimated price range per guest. Then, "Interview two to three bakers," advises Ron Ben-Israel of Ron Ben-Israel Cakes, in New York, NY.
In your initial meeting, look through a portfolio of the wedding cake designer's work, and double-check that the details you know you want-say, intricate sugar flowers-are part of his or her body of work. If not, does he show versatility and an experimental spirit? Does she have the resources and backgroun...
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