There is a joke in the wedding industry that all wedding planners became planners for the cake. And we admit, it is one of the best parts of the day. That sweet ending to seal the night is one of the perks of the job.  We run around a lot- so the calories are totally worth it. Ha! That said, choosing what kind of dessert you want to serve for the wedding, and the right vendor to deliver it, is really important!

Here is our step by step guide to help you through the dessert selection process.

First, make a dessert choice.  

Here are a few of our favorite ideas to consider. Start by making all of the selection that you would serve, in a perfect world scenario. THEN we’ll help you with the real world possibilities:

  • Cake
  • Cupcakes
  • Cake Pops
  • Donuts – full size, mini, holes
  • Pies – handpie, pie pop, mini and full-size
  • Cookies
  • Ice Cream – traditional, nitrogen, floats
  • Popsicles
  • Macaroons
  • Tarts
  • S’mores
  • Fondue
  • Candy
  • Chocolate
  • Marshmallows
  • Cotton Candy

Alleycakes Bakery

Consider how you want your table to look.  Do you love the idea of a solo cake table? Do you want a smorgasbord of choices? Do you want something interactive? Would you like something that is multipurpose (dessert as centerpiece, anyone?).  Do you want a monochromatic display?  Do you want something really elaborate or more minimal? The look will be a huge factor for the final dessert selection and “functionality” of the display.

Consider which items you need a professional for vs. what you can do on your own (hint, having a pro is preferred, but there are a couple things you can DIY without too much stress!)

Start researching vendors.  We have a great network of vendors that we’ve vetted for professionalism & quality.

Ask questions. Can you provide multiple options vs. just one? Do you do the design/placement? Is there a cutting or set-up fee? Who provides the plates/silverware?

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Schedule a tasting!  Regardless of what you choose, you need to know what it’s going to taste like! This step is SO fun.  Tip: Keep your group small and be sure to let your baker know who will attend so they can have enough samples for everyone.

Make it official! Sign a contract and make a deposit.

Having a professional, versus, say your Aunt, ensures that they’re prepared for melted frosting, tumbled cake tiers and a slew of other cake disasters we’ve encountered in our wedding planning career!