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Posted: Monday, Mar. 30, 2009

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When the time comes to select your incredible edibles, you’ll want to make sure you’re fully informed and prepared. The following guidelines will help you find the perfect cake:

• Ask your cake designer to show you a portfolio, or bring along pictures of colors, styles, embellishments or toppers that you’d like to incorporate.

• If your cake plans include florals, be sure to coordinate with the colors and types of flowers you’ll have in your wedding. A swatch of your colors – even your dress - can help your cake expert pull it all together.

• With so many wonderful flavors and combinations available today, your cake can be every bit as delicious as it looks. Some designers offer tasting consultations, which you should take advantage of if available. (Bring your fiancé along – it’s a tasty way to keep him involved in the planning!)

• Knowing where and when the wedding will be held is important to your cake designer. For instance, if your reception will be outside, certain ingredients will work better than others. Not only do you need to secure the date with your designer, but the time of year may also impact your choices.

• Prior to ordering, have a good estimate of the number of guests attending the reception. You will need this number to determine just how much cake you will need, plus extra to save for your first anniversary.

• Finally, consider your budget. Determining even a ballpark figure of what you can afford will help both you and your pastry professional come to a solution that will work for everyone. No idea how to budget? Many cake designers set prices based on the number of guests you anticipate, so knowing your guest count can give you a general idea of what to expect.

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