Let’s admit it: a wedding isn’t really complete without a wedding cake. If you would like your own wedding to be memorable, you’ll probably have a lot of elements to think about, including your wedding dress, your groom’s suit, your venue, your entertainment, the wedding menu, and so much more. But along with all of these considerations, your wedding cake is an essential element as well.

Assuming you have already made a booking for your venue, your minister or registrar, and the other main elements of your wedding day, you are now free to focus on the perfect wedding cake for your needs. But if you haven’t even found a venue yet, now is the time to look for one with all the energy you have. The venue will make a difference in all your planning, after all. And if you haven’t found a venue yet, you can check wedding venues in Oxfordshire such as Heythrop Park, set in its own beautiful grounds and with its own elegant Mansion House (find out more at www.heythroppark.co.uk).

If you have already found the venue and made other primary arrangements, the next question is how to choose the best wedding cake for your big day. Below are a few major factors to think about so you can make the right decision for this all-too-important sweet treat:

When to order

First of all, you need to keep in mind that ordering your wedding cake can take some time. So with this in mind, you would need to order it at least six months in advance. This is because some wedding cake suppliers, especially the popular ones, can get booked up to a year in advance or more, so it’s always better to plan this as early as possible.

Consulting with your chosen wedding cake supplier

When looking for the right wedding cake, make sure to meet your prospective supplier personally. By doing this, you will have a better idea of their level of experience and if they really are what you are looking for. During the consultation, the supplier should show you a portfolio of work they have done, along with samples. If you can’t find anything you like, then make a note of certain elements you do like so these can be incorporated into a custom-made cake for you. For those who are on a budget, you can save a bit more on your wedding cake by keeping it simple and just adding ribbons or fresh flowers in the final design.

What design should you choose?

Wedding cakes come in all shapes and sizes, but round ones have always been popular. If you want a more modern twist, you can opt for square tiers, which can also feed more of your guests. When deciding on a design for your cake, you have to think of practicality and logistics as well. You wouldn’t want to have a 2-metre cake, for instance, without checking first if this can easily fit into your venue.

Your other options in design include stands made of metal that display each cake tier, cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake, and oval or heart-shaped tiers.

Your flavour options

Apart from the design, the flavour of your cake counts for a lot as well. Fortunately, there are a good many flavours to choose from, ranging from vanilla and chocolate to more exotic options. To make your cake more interesting, you can opt for a singular flavour for each cake tier. A traditional (and still popular) flavour is vanilla with butter-cream and jam, plus another fruit cake tier.