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Do you want to be a lovely, happy relaxed smiling bride? With dress, hair & make up perfect, greeting guests with grace, actually enjoying your special day? Then maybe you shouldn't make your own cake...and here's why.

 

Don't get me wrong, making wedding & special occasion cakes is AWESOME, but unless you're really comfy making cakes, and have every other detail of your wedding totally dialed in, you just might want to sub that out...and start your cake making career when you don't have 10 million other details to attend to. Just making / delivering / setting up / serving someone elses wedding cake when you don't have tons of other things to do can be stressful enough.

 

I REALLY LOVE MAKING CAKES! And all kinds of cooking & baking; so much so that I catered my own wedding.  In part because I wanted it to be really good, and in part because my 3 evil step sisters had been married on average 5 times each (swear to God, long story), & my very controlling step father wouldn't let my Mother give me more than $1,000 for my wedding, as he said "these relationships never last." FYI, I've been married 19 years.  I had originally hoped for 200 guests, but cut my guest list to 125, & did everything myself, and DID NOT have a good time at all.  I did use fresh flowers from my greenhouse, orchids, and the cake looked & tasted fine, but between that and the entrees, the drinks, the music, and set up, etcetcetc, I was totally spent by the time guests began arriving. My hair had gone limp, my make up was bleah, I had a bernaise spot on my white dress. My mood, well, let's just say I was really resenting that step dad & those fickle stepsisters (And they were there, looking for dates), their many marriages, and my measley budget (yes, I had $$ of my own, but weddings are very expensive!)  So I hardly remember the night at all & was so completely exhausted that I spent much of my honeymoon in a near coma, recovering from days of hard work, and the cake was a big part of it. I'd attach a picture of it, but that was just another one of the details that was somewhat under attended to....tho I have one somewhere.  For our 20th anniversary, I'm thinking I might want a do-over. Smaller. Just un-inviting the step-sisters & their ex's cuts the guest list in half....

 

Do you have a friend who you might switch off cakes with? Like, if you make hers now, she makes yours then sort of thing? That way you can hopefully get a cake you'll enjoy, without being burned out on it, and still have all the time and attention a wedding cake deserves without toomuch stressing.  And trust me, you will have more than enough to keep you busy then.  And there will be other cakes to love.

 

Good luck, best wishes, and send pictures!

post #107 of 114
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Originally Posted by Shasha2727 View Post
 

Do you want to be a lovely, happy relaxed smiling bride? With dress, hair & make up perfect, greeting guests with grace, actually enjoying your special day? Then maybe you shouldn't make your own cake...and here's why.

 

Don't get me wrong, making wedding & special occasion cakes is AWESOME, but unless you're really comfy making cakes, and have every other detail of your wedding totally dialed in, you just might want to sub that out...and start your cake making career when you don't have 10 million other details to attend to. Just making / delivering / setting up / serving someone elses wedding cake when you don't have tons of other things to do can be stressful enough.

 

I REALLY LOVE MAKING CAKES! And all kinds of cooking & baking; so much so that I catered my own wedding.  In part because I wanted it to be really good, and in part because my 3 evil step sisters had been married on average 5 times each (swear to God, long story), & my very controlling step father wouldn't let my Mother give me more than $1,000 for my wedding, as he said "these relationships never last." FYI, I've been married 19 years.  I had originally hoped for 200 guests, but cut my guest list to 125, & did everything myself, and DID NOT have a good time at all.  I did use fresh flowers from my greenhouse, orchids, and the cake looked & tasted fine, but between that and the entrees, the drinks, the music, and set up, etcetcetc, I was totally spent by the time guests began arriving. My hair had gone limp, my make up was bleah, I had a bernaise spot on my white dress. My mood, well, let's just say I was really resenting that step dad & those fickle stepsisters (And they were there, looking for dates), their many marriages, and my measley budget (yes, I had $$ of my own, but weddings are very expensive!)  So I hardly remember the night at all & was so completely exhausted that I spent much of my honeymoon in a near coma, recovering from days of hard work, and the cake was a big part of it. I'd attach a picture of it, but that was just another one of the details that was somewhat under attended to....tho I have one somewhere.  For our 20th anniversary, I'm thinking I might want a do-over. Smaller. Just un-inviting the step-sisters & their ex's cuts the guest list in half....

 

Do you have a friend who you might switch off cakes with? Like, if you make hers now, she makes yours then sort of thing? That way you can hopefully get a cake you'll enjoy, without being burned out on it, and still have all the time and attention a wedding cake deserves without toomuch stressing.  And trust me, you will have more than enough to keep you busy then.  And there will be other cakes to love.

 

Good luck, best wishes, and send pictures!

 

 

I'll have to agree. I made my sister's wedding cake last year. She also wanted me to be her bridesmaid. There was no way I could have done both. I was limp and sweaty by the time I finished setting up the cake (an hour late because the photog was using the room). While I was sponging and changing, the bridesmaids were having photos done. I wanted to do the cake more than wear a pink dress, (my royal blue dress was fabulous) so that was my choice, but I would have been miserable if I had been in the bridal party too.

 

FYI, I also took a Xanax before the delivery and started drinking right after the ceremony! :D

 

10 years ago I made the cake and catered my father's wedding. Same thing. I was super busy up til the minute of the ceremony AND it was at their house so no transporting and I was still rushed off my feet. 

 

The thing about food is that it all has to be done at the end, and thats when you want to be calm and collected.

 

Just food for thought.

post #108 of 114
I diy'ed a lot of my wedding (not the cake) and I was exhausted by the time it started.
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post #109 of 114

Congratulations on your up coming wedding. I made my wedding cake. We wanted a 5 tier cake stacked cake and there was no way we would have been able to afford the cost of it. So I made a 6 inch fruit cake for the top, and the rest were Styrofoam, with a cut out on the bottom tier for cutting. We bought slabs. I covered them in fondant with piping and fresh flower accents. We loved it. here is a picture of it: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=195325003962085&set=a.195325057295413.1073741829.195321170629135&type=3&theater

 

good luck.

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I think I must've been lucky in a way.   In the end I didn't give two toots about the a perfect cake -it was not ready for its close up, but looked good otherwise- so I wasn't overly stressed about it.   I did ask everyone who was free for some help along the way.   I had people juicing lemons, kneading fondant, it wasn't entirely a one-woman show.   When it is just me, even my "simple" cakes can be really stressful especially ones for parties I'm hosting.  I finished the cake a full 24 hours before the wedding, and thankfully it was fine by the next night.   I don't even think I checked it the day of the wedding, haha.   I've been a baker for a looooooooong time though.  It was just the damn MMF that I couldn't get to corporate.   The cakes were no problem for me at all.   I made enough cake to serve about 75 people for $60 grand total.    Vegan cake is pretty cheap to make..   It'd cost me a lot more if it was regular cake.


Oh, and always be prepared for the worst.   I ordered enough sheet cake for everyone (that was really good, and I did end up serving as well) and bought some vegan candy.    I think that took a lot of stress off too, and if I didn't serve the extra cake I was going to donate it to the soup kitchen.    The sheet cake cost me another $75-90, I can't remember.    The only place I could order the same size of a plain wedding cake cost at least a few hundred, $350 ish, and didn't have a vegan cake option.

post #111 of 114

We all realise that the OP started this thread in 2008?

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We all realise that the OP started this thread in 2008?

 

I did, but its being referenced and commented on in the past month- including by brides wanting to do their own cakes.  

post #113 of 114
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I did, but its being referenced and commented on in the past month- including by brides wanting to do their own cakes.

 

Yeah - I was more referring to people giving specific advice to the OP, and congratulating her on the upcoming wedding. Just to save anyone else wasting time doing the same.

post #114 of 114
Well, I've practiced all my tiers individually, made a few alterations and 1 complete recipe change. My taste testers are loving it had some amazing comments I didn't think I'd get,( they're also putting the weight on so I get look slimmer, BONUS lol)! I just have to try stacking now. I had some advice on using the sps but it costs a fortune to get it shipped, so I've gone with Wilson hidden pillars and locking plates, must have watched the man using them 5 times, they're arriving Monday. Has anyone got any bad experience or tips in using them? Feeling so at ease with it all at the moment, waiting for something go wrong, lol My cake folder is bigger than wedding folder my partner says I'm mote excited about doing the cake than getting married... Bless. It's nice have something focus on for a few days other than getting jittery about doing vows, I'll be worried my tiers will be jittery on the day hehe. There's some amazing people on here who are so kind and helpful. Also, been asked to make cakes for people now which is nice but I don't like the tax man, can't see me doing accounts haha plus with a new baby and wedding I think I've got enough. For now anyway
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