As Kate Middleton and Prince William got married during my wedding planning process, I had to keep telling myself our weddings were not comparable and we would never need a cake that grand! Their’s was the most fantastic wedding cake I have ever seen, and Fiona Cairns makes the most beautiful creations.
Tip 1: If your guest list is for example 100 people, don’t go for a cake that feeds any less hoping that not everyone will eat it. They will. Wedding cake portions are normally classed as a 1×1 inch piece and people might want to take some home.
After setting my heart on an iced tiered creation, we settled for cupcakes. Due to allocating budget elsewhere we just couldn’t afford a big cake, and cupcakes are much better value for money. We picked out five different flavours, and our cake makers also made us a fantastic chocolate marshmallow top tier for us to cut. This leads me on to cake stands.
To display all the cake, I found an amazing carpenter who crafted a bespoke 6 tiered ivory and gold wedding cake stand. It was statuesque to say the least, and lucky we couldn’t reach the top tier to cut the cake as it had become unscrewed! Had we put any pressure on it, the whole stand would have fallen apart and ended in a cake mess all over the floor. Oops!
Tip 2: If you have multiple flavoured cupcakes, make a cake menu. This will help guests decide what to pick and looks really cute.
There’s not too much to say about cars. This is one decision you can leave in your groom’s hands (but emphasise no mini buses or fire engines!). We picked a beautiful black and white Beauford and the driver was so helpful and courteous.
Tip 3: To cut costs. ask your wedding car company if they will do multiple trips. Mine took my bridesmaids first, then came back for me and Dad.
As we went low key on the favours, we decided to hire a Victorian candy cart so that our guests could indulge in treats throughout the day. I was really conscious not to make it look tacky so purchased beautiful glass apothecary jars that I filled with red, pink and white sweets to match our colour theme. I collected jam jars which I tied with ivory satin ribbon to hold swirly lollipops which was a pretty touch.
Tip 4: Leave personalised paper bags so your guests can take sweets home. A couple of our guests even ate some for breakfast the next day!
Cupcakes: Madame Fromage
Beauford car: Brecon Wedding Cars