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Everything You Need to Know About Ordering a Wedding Cake

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When it comes to your wedding, choosing the perfect wedding cake for your special day is a hefty task in itself. The options are truly endless. From buttercream to ganache, sugar flowers and piping, it can feel a bit overwhelming! Rest assured, we have you covered. Before committing to the wedding cake of your dreams, we want to make sure you cover all your bases. We have gathered together everything that a bride should know when it comes to cake. Read on!

Everything You Need to Know About Ordering a Wedding Cake

Cake: Cakes Couture // Photo: Love Sparks Photo Co.

How to Book a Cake Vendor

Just like any other part of the wedding process, finding your dream cake is so important! Picking the perfect cake starts with picking the perfect vendor. Determining your vendor should start with research. Research, research and more research! Search for vendors whose style, design and pricing align with your wedding checklist. Once you find the wedding cake vendor of your dreams, it’s time to book! You can schedule a tasting via on the phone or send an inquiry through their website! Do what works for you! Don’t forget, before your cake tasting, bring a list of questions. Here are the questions we feel our brides should have ready at any tasting they enjoy! Now let your taste buds get to work!

  1. What flavors and fillings do you offer?
  2. Is a tasting included in the fee?
  3. How big should our cake be to feed our guests?
  4. Do you have a portfolio of past designs?
  5. How do you price your cakes?
  6. How far in advance do we need to order the cake?
  7. How many cakes do you deliver on the same day?

What Does a Cake Tasting Look Like

Once you have diligently sifted through every wedding blog and Pinterest board, you have settled on your vendor! Yay! Now it’s time for the best day ever – cake tasting day! What couple doesn’t get excited about eating endless amounts of cake? Aside from all the fun, we want you to be prepared for what really happens in a traditional cake tasting appointment. Typically, the couple will discuss with the baker flavor combos and what the overall cake design will look like. It’s basically like a brainstorming session but with yummy samples. Finally, the couple can select their wedding cake topper. Choose from a bouquet of fresh flowers, a family heirloom or a classic bride and groom statuette. Let your imagination run wild! Just remember to keep your budget in mind to avoid mishaps down the road!

Cake Size Per Guest Count

Have you ever heard of a wedding catastrophe where there isn’t enough cake? We sure hope not, but we want to make sure every bride knows the perfect amount of cake depending on her guest list. Wilton, a tried and true cake guru, shares that a small 3 tier cake (6x8x10 round) will feed 74 guests. Other cake enthusiasts say traditionally three tiers will serve between 50 to 100 guests. With that in mind, depending on the size of your guest list, you can add tiers to your cake to accommodate. Keep in mind that every guest won’t have a slice of cake and some guests may RSVP “no” so we recommend ordering your cake after you solidify your guest list. We know the cake is the best part, but too much cake may be a bit of a problem! Also, a great tip to know is wedding cake is often priced by the slice ($1.50 to $15) so keep this in mind when ordering a cake for your guests that also works with your budget!

Flavor Options

When it comes to picking the flavor for your wedding cake, the flavor combos are truly endless. Your cake is going to be something you remember, so we want to ensure you pick the perfect flavor for your special day! We recommend choosing your cake flavor after you have decided on your wedding theme. Different flavors are more appropriate for different seasons. For example, lemon would be a delicious option for a spring wedding! But all-in-all, you choose whatever you and the groom prefer most! With your baker’s help, play around with flavor combos and frosting types – and don’t think you have to pick just one flavor. Get creative and have fun! We put together a list of the most popular wedding cake flavors to help spark some inspiration! Enjoy!

  • Vanilla with a buttercream frosting and raspberry jam 
  • Red velvet with a cream cheese frosting
  • Carrot with a cream cheese frosting topped with candied pecans
  • Chocolate with a chocolate or white-chocolate buttercream frosting
  • Lemon with a vanilla buttercream frosting with a lemon curd filling topped with raspberry jam
  • Pink champagne with a Bavarian cream frosting topped with strawberries
  • White chocolate raspberry with a white-chocolate buttercream and a raspberry jam filling

Cake Design

When designed right, your wedding cake will be a statement piece at your reception for all your guests to see! Your cake should communicate your wedding style and accent your decor. There are so many style options and trends so research design ideas or work with your baker to pick a style that speaks to you. With that being said, we have some great tips to design a gorgeous wedding cake that will make your special day one to remember. First off, the inside of your cake should mimic the outside in terms of flavor in design. If you choose a lemon cake, play with lemon accents to decorate. And have you ever heard the term “opposites attract”? Play with design elements like lace, appliqués, textures and florals. Mix metallics and clean lines. Contrast colors. Finally, if you are wanting to use fresh blooms on your cake, choose flowers that are in season for when you are getting married. This way they will be available and blooming at their best. Flowers you are wanting not in season? No worries, instead opt for sugar flowers. They look just as real and they add a gorgeous design element to your cake. As we have mentioned time and time again, the options are endless so choose a cake design that fits your style and makes you smile!

What do you Need for Serving

Oh, what fun to cut the cake! Cutting the wedding cake has been a long time tradition to honor the bride and groom. It is such a sweet moment when the bride and groom exchange cake and eat it for the first time in front of their guests. Cutting cake sounds easy, right? Well, it can be if you use the right serving utensils. When cutting the cake, start by cutting the cake from the bottom tier with a knife, not the server. Then with the knife, slide the cake onto the server to place on a plate! Viola! Also, remember to pick a wedding cake knife and server set that you will love for years to come!

Who is in Charge of Cutting the Cake?

With any wedding task, there comes an assumed etiquette, and cutting the cake is not different. In traditional wedding ceremonies, the cake is usually cut between dinner in dancing. This provides a silent cue for those with young children or older couples freedom to leave if they’re not planning to stay for the “party.” When it comes to actually cutting the cake, the tradition dates back decades of the bride and groom cutting the first piece to smash into each other’s faces. Some couples prefer the maid of honor to do the cake cutting or a trusted friend or family member. Another option is to have staff at the venue do the honors. Just know some venues or catering companies charge a cake cutting fee per slice. Whoever cuts the cake is truly up to the bride and groom’s preference. You seriously can’t go wrong!

What Else Does a Couple Need for the Cake Cutting?

As we mentioned earlier, when it comes to cutting the cake, the most important essential is a cake knife and serving set! Serving sets come in all colors, shapes and styles to fit any bride to be! Along with that, couples often have serveware to accompany. This can include champagne flutes, personalized napkins, and serving plates and forks that match the wedding aesthetic. Shop our faves in our Amazon shop!

Saving the Top Tier

Dating back to the 19th century, so a long time ago, couples have been saving the top tier of their wedding cake. Couples save their cake to enjoy a slice on their first wedding anniversary – so sweet! The proper way to save the cake is to wrap it really well in plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container in the freezer. Before covering the cake, remember to remove all fresh flowers, leaves, sugar accents or garnishes to avoid the nasty freezer burn. If you forgot to save some cake from your big day or don’t feel comfortable eating year-old cake, don’t panic. Contact your original cake bakery and request a small cake in the same flavor combo to commemorate your anniversary! If you are wanting the real deal though, make sure to coordinate with a trusted family member or your maid of honor to collect the top tier of the cake to preserve during the reception and to transport to a freezer post-celebration. With all these tips, enjoy your cake and know this long-standing tradition will bless you and your husband with luck and prosperity for years to come! Cheers!


Now that you have learned everything you need, it’s time to pick your cake! Check out some of Austin’s best cake vendors here!

Be Dazzled by a Stunning Custom Ring from Form to Feeling

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Most jewelry stores define a ‘custom ring’ as choosing a diamond and a mounting. Some even allow you to alter prefabricated pieces slightly. At Form to Feeling, their philosophy is simple; they believe each client should have the experience and options that are the best for them individually.

To Form to Feeling, custom means the product and experience should be both explicitly tailored to you. With a high level of education and expertise in the industry at your fingertips, you will decide together on the best way to create your perfect piece of jewelry – even if that means creating something that currently only exists in your imagination. If you’re seeking something one of a kind, Form to Feeling has the resources to bring your ideas to life. Create your custom ring locally or with artisans in leading jewelry houses nationwide.

“We engage the world’s best designers, jewelers and purveyors of gems, bringing fine jewelry together in a way nobody else has before,” says Cub Root, owner, designer and certified gemologist with FTF. “The goal is for the custom piece to stay in families for generations, ideally 100 or more years.”

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Form to Feeling are truly custom, in every sense of the word. They celebrate the natural beauty of gems and what they represent for the wearer. Their master craftsmen are committed to creating jewelry that captures the spirit of life’s most significant moments. With an unconstrained inventory and unparalleled devotion to quality, Form to Feeling stocks pieces from everyday wear to rare collectors’ articles.

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For a truly luxury and custom experience, the Form to Feeling team prioritizes their private setting, working one on one with clients so you never feel rushed, pressured or confused. After all, it’s your ring! And they want you to be happy with it for a lifetime.


Want to set up an appointment with a gemologist who can help you create something unique in a truly luxury environment? Reach out to Form to Feeling through their Brides of Austin vendor profile!

Give THIS to Your Wedding Photographer Instead of a Shot List

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“Shot list” is a buzzword you’ll likely hear at some point during the wedding planning process and refers to a list of photos you want your photographer to capture on the big day. Not sure what to include on your list? If you’re thinking about a shot list in the traditional sense, let us shift your perspective and show you how to give your photographer something *truly* helpful to them and beneficial for everyone involved in your wedding. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t actually include specific shots! Keep reading for all the deets.

couple standing close together | tips on preparing a shot list for your photographer

Photo // Caitlin Rose Photography

How to Create a Shot List for Your Wedding Photographer: The Do’s and Don’ts

Simply put, when you hire a professional wedding photographer to capture your special day, you’re paying them (and trusting them) to do a professional job. However, there are some details you can and should send your photographer that will help them capture your day in a way that most accurately tells your story and reflects who YOU are as a couple.

DON’T:

  • Don’t instruct your photographer to capture standard wedding events (getting ready, walking down the aisle, the kiss, first dance, cutting the cake). They’re there to capture the day as it unfolds and these events are a given.
  • Don’t give your photographer descriptions or screenshots of specific poses or shot setups to emulate. What you see on Pinterest and Instagram is meant to serve as inspiration, not something for your photographer to try and recreate or copy.
  • Don’t expect your wedding photos to look exactly like any others you’ve seen. Lighting, location, weather, and endless other factors play into how your photos will turn out. It’s your unique day, after all!

DO:

  • Make sure your photographer knows both who and what are most important to you to capture, outside of you, your fiancé and your wedding party.
  • Make sure you have a photography timeline (typically created by the photographer with input from you and your main vendors) and that your vendors are on the same page, schedule-wise.
  • Work with your photographer to create a list of the family groupings you’d like photos of.
  • Do let your photographer know if you have a desire to have your wedding photos published. There are certain types of photos many publications look for, so your photographer will need to approach certain things with a keen eye.

Let your photographer know if there are any special moments you’d like to happen, like a first look with your bridesmaids or your dad, a letter or gift exchange, touching or talking to your S.O. prior to the ceremony without seeing them – it’s totally okay for you to tell your photographer about things like this you’d like included in your day. They’ll make sure these events get captured beautifully!

Your wedding photographer does need to be made aware of special personal details to which they may not otherwise pay special attention. Are you wearing any special jewelry? Including any family heirlooms in your ceremony? Highlighting something borrowed or blue? Let them know about these items so they can be sure to capture them!

Do you have any extra-special family members or friends you’d like to make sure to get a photo with? Definitely tell your photographer! Think about your VIPs and give your photographer a heads up so they’re sure not to miss those people.

How to Make a Family Shot List for Your Wedding

The one actual checklist your wedding photographer WILL need is a list of family groupings with first names listed out for each set. Your photographer should have a template or suggestions of groupings to help you get started, but if you’re stuck, we have a few pro tips!

The family groupings usually include three segments: your family, your fiancé’s family and both families combined. Depending on the timeline of your day and whether or not you choose to do a first look, some of these groups may be captured before the ceremony and some after. To make it easier to think about who should be included, start with the biggest group (i.e. extended family with aunts, uncles and cousins) and have your groupings get smaller from there.

IMPORTANT TIP: Be sure to let your photographer know about any potentially awkward family dynamics. Divorced parents, estranged relatives, someone recently passed away – knowing any details like this ahead of time can help your photographer avoid having to ask uncomfortable questions or say the wrong thing in front of your family on the actual wedding day. Remember: your photographer knows you, but they’ve most likely never met your family!

What to Give Your Photographer Instead of a Traditional Shot List

In sum, your wedding photographer doesn’t need a checklist or collection of shots for “inspiration”. But DO let your photographer know about special items, personal details and special people they’ll want to highlight. Get specific with your family groupings list and include as much helpful information as possible.


Trust your wedding photographer to capture your day’s events as they unfold in a way that reflects their creativity and style as an artist (remember, you hired them because you liked their work) and that also reflects you, your family and your story. Your love is like no one else’s, so your wedding photo album shouldn’t be, either. Cheers to beautiful photos of the most special day!

Romantic Editorial Bridal Portrait Inspiration from The Crakes

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Whether you’re feeling a little camera shy or just looking for ways to break out of the box with your bridal portraits, this gallery chock full of bridal portrait inspiration from The Crakes is characterized by soft natural light, a warm, romantic backdrop and all the bridal basics needed for some seriously stunning shots! Bringing a bouquet along to your session can serve as a prop to help you loosen up, and Remi + Gold absolutely killed it with this one! Roses in shades of ivory, apricot and baby pink totally embody romance and make the chicest double exposure images for a super cool, editorial look! This faux-bride looks ready to be wed with a windswept updo secured with a romantic headpiece as well as soft, natural makeup, both by the artists at Think Brink Beauty. Her elegant RISH gown from Unbridaled features the sweetest chiffon straps fit to be tied – on the shoulder, or off! We love either look on this bridal beauty. Read on for a note from the talented photographer about this styled bridal portrait inspiration and scroll on to see all the pretty details for yourself. Cheers!

Photo // The Crakes

From the photographer, The Crakes: “I was feeling really inspired to put together a shoot to show how amazing it is when brides choose a studio to do their bridals in…so classic and clean. I absolutely loved putting this together and the vendors I was able to have work with me. Think Brink Beauty absolutely perfected the ‘romantic’ look of the hair and makeup. Remi + Gold ABSOLUTELY amazed me with the choice of flowers after I gave her a little bit of inspo. And Unbridaled was so great to work with…even during the pandemic!”


Still on the hunt for more inspiration? Check out some of our favorite Austin wedding vendors here or some seriously stunning local styled shoots here! Cheers!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Brides of Austin Team!

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Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Brides of Austin! As we power through production of the Spring/Summer 2021 issue, we truly have so much to be thankful for! We’ve been working with the most amazing brides to share their weddings in the upcoming issue. We’ve also had the opportunity to collaborate with the most talented wedding pros in ATX to share dozens of inspiring editorials (just you wait and see!). In just a few short weeks, the glossy pages that we’ve poured our hearts into will hit the newsstand, and we can’t wait to share it with you all! Wishing you a wonderful and safe holiday! XO