19 Things To Know Before You Pick Your Wedding Cake

    Your *actual* one true love.

    Friends, fam, we are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the creation of my favorite food group: wedding cake.

    While there are approximately (*checks the Knot*) one bajillion things you're going to have to account for in wedding planning, this is inarguably the most fun task. But that doesn't mean it's going to be a...piece of cake.

    1. It's best to have these three things squared away before you even start making cake-tasting appointments: your wedding date, your venue, and your estimated number of guests.

    2. Most wedding cakes are priced by the slice, not by the number of tiers.

    3. Do you have a small number of guests but still have your heart set on getting a wedding cake the size of a small toddler? You've got options!

    4. If you're budget-conscious, most bakeries will give you price estimates on designs before you go, or at least ballpark them for you.

    5. When it comes to wedding cake design, Pinterest and Instagram are your two new BFFs.

    6. There's a difference between "layers" and "tiers." The number of tiers in a wedding cake is how many levels the cake itself has. The "layers" refer to the cake and filling within each tier.

    7. You can get pretty creative about the fillings that go into the layers — the bakery will likely have some combos in mind, but if you're looking for something even *more* specific, it never hurts to ask!

    8. You don’t have to be ~married~ to a certain flavor combo.

    9. Ignore the "flavor" of the frosting on the outside of the cake.

    10. You can learn about frosting's (love) language from a few different resources, but don't sweat the details too much.

    11. You can get creative with your tiers.

    12. There are approximately infinite ways to texture frosting and decorate cakes, and enough terms to fill an encyclopedia.

    13. Don't be afraid to think outside the pastry box.

    14. You can significantly cut the cost of your cake by applying flowers yourself or having the florist apply them at the venue for a fee.

    15. Ask how many weddings the bakery already has scheduled for your wedding weekend and how many they're planning to take.

    16. If you're worried about your wedding cake being dry, you can ask for simple syrup to be drizzled in it.

    17. Make sure you love whatever flavor you decide on for your top tier.

    18. Fall in love with too many flavors? That's what rehearsal dinner cakes are for.

    19. Remember that cake is supposed to be fun!!

    Thanks, y'all, for going on this cake journey with me. I hope it was helpful to your legally binding marital dessert needs.