Updated: May 11, 2020
Why I do what I do:
My love of baking was inspired by my beloved late Granny, she always made the yummiest of cakes, especially her fruit cakes which she made for every family member on their Birthday. Once I had my Son, I started making his Birthday cakes and found it was something I enjoyed and have gone on to develop my skills from there. Friends and family started asking me to make cakes for them and from there Mel’s Cakes and Bakes was born. I love designing and creating cakes for my customers and find baking helps me to relax and explore my creative side. Before the cakes I worked as a Primary School teacher but after 20 years decided it was time for a change in direction and I haven’t looked back. I feel very lucky that I get to do something I love as my job.
What I love most about the wedding industry:
One of the things I love the most is being a part of making each couples vision for their special day a reality. Weddings are a happy occasion, all about sharing and celebrating the love between the Bride and Groom. It is lovely getting to know the couple at the cake tasting and consultation sessions I hold, getting to know special snippets of information from them, then incorporating that into their chosen cake ideas to help their day reflect them and their story.
The industry is also such a friendly place to work in and I have been lucky enough to meet and work with some very talented suppliers along the way. Creating a special day requires lots of suppliers to come together with their different elements and I love the feeling of collaboration and team work involved.
My favourite cake creation:
This is a tough one as every cake I create is bespoke and therefore has a special place in my heart. I particularly enjoy creating cakes with a rustic or vintage theme, I especially love the pastel colours of pale blues, pinks and nude tones and the soft romantic look these create on a cake. I also love making cakes which have a unique element to them, making them personal to each couple.
I have chosen two cakes to share here that I think encapsulate my style perfectly.
The first is this stunning blush pink 3 tier cake. The flowers are felt roses and I love the added sparkle the butterflies and gold embellishments give, along with the delicate lace trim round the bottom. It looks beautiful against this rustic set up. (photography credit: Nikki’s Moments; balloons by Creative Decorations and styling by Miss Carlysle and Co)
The second is this neutral rustic burlap cake. I love the simple elegance of this cake and how the cream sugar roses compliment the neutral tones. It fits perfectly with any rustic theme and placing it on the wooden cake stand really sets if off. (Photography credit: Amilouisa Photography)
Choosing the theme for your special day:
The first consideration when deciding your theme is choosing your venue – there are so many amazing choices out there from marquees, barns, stately homes, hotels, village halls and many more. Once you have chosen your venue, then you need to think carefully at the details and style of that venue, thinking about the colours / styles that will fit. Ask the venue to look at photos from previous weddings or check out their social media to see what you think fits with or compliments your own ideas.
Another great place to look for inspiration is Pinterest – you can use this to put together a mood board or inspiration board. This provides a great starting point for your discussions with suppliers about your ideas. When looking for your suppliers be sure to check out their websites and social media to ensure their work fits with the style and theme you have in mind.
Above all, make sure your colours and themes reflect you as a couple so that your wedding day is as special and unique as you want it to be.
My 5 steps to the perfect wedding cake:
Step 1: Arrange to meet your cake maker and taste their cakes.
Step 2: Put together an inspiration board of cakes you both like. Will this fit with your venue and theme?
Step 3: Think about the following before your consultation session: Date and time; venue; flavours; type of icing; number of guests plus any allergy information.
Step 4: Book your cake at least 12 months in advance. Good cake makers get booked up and you don't want to miss out.
Step 5: Think about when in the day your cake is being served. How many servings do you need?
Some other tips to help you enjoy your big day:
My biggest tip would be make sure your choices are based on you as a couple. Lots of people around you will have opinions and ideas, but at the end of the day this is all about YOU. You want to look back on your wedding day knowing it was exactly as you both wanted it to be. No-one knows your story better than you so go ahead and plan your day your way.
My next tip is to make sure you spend time with each other during the day itself. It goes by so fast so plan to check in with each other. At my wedding, our venue arranged a 15 minute ‘slot’ for just the two of us after the photos and before the meal which allowed us to catch up and share what had happened during the morning preparations. It was a really special time during the day and I’m so glad they did that for us.
My final tip would be to have fun. Wedding planning can be stressful and seem overwhelming at times. Choose suppliers that you trust, believe in and let them take some of the pressure off you. Make time for you to still do the things you enjoy as a couple alongside the planning. (My Husband and I spent the weekend before our wedding day just enjoying a bit of rest and relaxation away from anything wedding related!) So, have fun, enjoy the planning and go and have the best day of your life.
If you would like to discuss your wedding cake with me, please feel free to contact me:
Thank you so much to Mel for sharing this blog with me, Mel and myself worked on a recent Rustic and Blush styled blog, Mel's worked is beautiful and I'm so excited for us to be able to share the blog so watch this space for more!!
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