Your wedding cake may just be the most important confection you ever purchase, so it's crucial to make sure you get exactly what you want. Here are the top five wedding cake do's to ensure that you do.

  1. Do Hire a Professional – Unless you moonlight as a pastry chef (and even then), hiring a professional is definitely the way to go. Many couples opt to make their own cake (or have a friend do it) as a way to cut costs. Trying to do it yourself will not only elevate wedding stress, chances are you won't get exactly what you want.
  2. Do Book Early – Like most wedding vendors, cake bakers (especially good ones) are booked well in advance, so the earlier you can book, the better. In addition, many reputable bakers will only take on a limited number of clients at a given time especially during the busy wedding season.
  3. Do Your Homework – Before you meet with prospective bakers or caterers for your cake, it's helpful if you already kind of know what you want. Do you want buttercream frosting or fondant? A round or square cake? Three tiers or four? Browse online wedding galleries or wedding magazines to get ideas and get inspired. When you do meet with your baker, make sure you bring along your favorite photos and fabric swatches of your colors.
  4. Do be Conservative – The wedding cake should be an extension of your wedding theme and style. However, don't go overboard! Whether you want stripes, polka dots, or flowers, remember to use them all in moderation; you don't want the cake to look cluttered or overwhelmed. For example, if you want to use an intricate design on the cake, you may want to limit your use of flowers or other accessories.
  5. Do Eat Your Cake – In the hustle and bustle of the wedding day, many brides and grooms forget to eat, let alone try some of their own wedding cake. Considering the amount of planning, work and likely money that went into your cake, make sure you eat some! Take a break during the reception or (as one renowned Salt Lake City catering company does for their clients) have the caterer wrap up some for you and your new spouse to share as a late-night honeymoon snack