With a lifelong, keen interest in food, design, colour, and art in many forms, Jenny Nicholls has steered a path that has led her to creating beautiful and unique cakes.
For Heaven's Cake Top Five Tips on ordering your wedding cake
• Do some online research as well as bridal magazines to see which styles of cake appeal to you the most, and also ask for referrals from other wedding suppliers you are using, as well as friends and family.
• Make an appointment to visit the cake provider so that you can sample flavours - it’s really important that the cakes taste delicious as well as looking great. If you have reference material available, or images of cake styles that you like, take all that with you when you meet the supplier. Discuss what matters most to you, and if you are lacking in inspiration, that’s where your cake expert comes in to guide you, suggest options and provide you with sketches so that you can visualise any finished creation.
• Allow 3-6 months lead time, particularly if your wedding falls during the busy summer months, when demand for cakes is usually at its peak.
• When thinking about your cake design, remember to also take into account, the setting of your wedding. For example, if your venue is a vineyard, and the style of the day is more relaxed, you may wish to reflect that in the cake. If the venue is large and grand, the cake may need to be higher and a bit more imposing, so that it doesn’t get lost in the space.
• If you are on a tight budget, you can still have yourself a beautiful cake. Sometimes less is more. A simple white design adorned with ribbon (or not) and fresh flowers can be a visual feast. “Nude” cakes are also popular. If you have a large guest list, you can cut costs by having a smaller cake as your centrepiece, and have your supplier provide cutting cakes - which usually remain with the caterers and are distributed with “the main event”.
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