Choosing a design: Consider how you want your cake to reflect elements of your wedding. Is your wedding more traditional or is it laid-back? Do you want it all white or to complement your color scheme? With the myriad of possibilities these days, bakers can match the cake to anything, from the in- vites to the bouquet. Look at as many cakes as you can! Bridal magazines and bridal shows are a great place to start, but don’t forget to explore the thousands of ideas on Pinterest, too. We recommend creating a se- cret board to keep your guests from seeing your ideas before your special day! Once you’ve gathered a couple ideas, start comparing your favorites. Does a pattern emerge? You may notice that most of your favorite designs are covered in a simple butter- cream frosting rather than fondant, or that they each have a bold, geometric design. Chances are, you’ll be drawn to a particular look or design element. Schedule a design consultation after you’ve made your final decision. Make sure to bring swatches from your gown and your bridesmaids’ dresses, samples of the flowers, or colors used at the reception, as well as photos of the cake designs you love to inspire your cake decorator! Take your decorator’s advice to heart. Though bakers are constantly finding new ways to make cakes more elaborate, they’re also the experts and know whether or not your dream cake is realistic. If they say that a decadent, seven tiered cake will col- lapse, consider altering your design. Keep in mind that they have years of experience behind them and know what works and what doesn’t. Ultimately, you will have the final decision, but thoughtful planning in the beginning will ensure a beautiful and delicious cake in the end! ❤ 1. De La Creme Creative Studio & Heidi Holman Photography 2. Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography 3. Dollybird Bakes 4. A Cake Come True 5. Dollybird Bakes 6. A Cake Come True 7. Hey There, Cupcake! & Krista Mason Photography 8&9. Dollybird Bakes 10. Sarah Street Photography 6 7 8 10 9 102 | TODAY’S BRIDE READ MORE AT TODAYSBRIDE.COM