How to….. Pick a Baker

Hello all! Every Monday I want to start a “How to” series to help brides, or planners, learn how to pick vendors from a floral perspective.

Now you might be thinking, why a floral perspective? Well, let me tell you. If flowers are your top priority (which I recognize is not everyone), then you should be thinking about how all of your different vendors can compliment each other. Today I want to start recognizing bakers.

Bakers are fantastic. They bring us the yumminess for our desserts on wedding day. Well, surprisingly enough – florists and bakers can get together to create beauty too! There are many times where a baker and a florist will collaborate to make something gorgeous.

Of course you want to find someone who is cost effective, makes great things, and is a genuine person, but here are the things to think about when picking someone from a floral perspective:

  1. Do they allow flowers on cakes?
  2. Will they work with your florist?
  3. Do they have any references/ proof of either of those two options?

Okay let’s start with do they allow flowers on cakes. Every baker that I have worked with in the Cedar Rapids area does allow flowers on cakes, but I have heard of stories where they will not. Maybe it has to do with they have had a bad experience in the past with a florist messing up their cake? Maybe the flowers ended up looking ugly on a beautiful cake. Who knows, but since you do not. Please ask

Second, will they work with a florist? It is so easy to pick up the phone and call a baker to ask what type of cake a bride is ordering, what the baker envisions with flowers, what flowers would look the best on the cake, etc etc. If a bakers is too busy to accept the outreach from a florist – maybe they are not the right ones to work with.

Last but not least, do they have any references/ proof of either of the first two options. You will want to look through their social medias and websites to see if these are in fact true. Someone can talk the talk, but can they walk the walk? See if they have proof AND if they tag a florists’ flowers that was on their proof. You want to see that collaboration.

Okay! The moment of truth. Kathryn, do you have any recommendations? Well yes, yes I do. I have worked with Anne several times and think her creations are wonderful from Classic Cakes by Design. I have also only had positive experiences from Hy-Vee.

There are a couple of bakers that I have been dying to work with. One in particular would be Little Blackbird Bakery. Alas, maybe one day.

Cakes, cupcakes, desserts. Are they your thing? Would you want flowers on them or do you love their simplicity? Let me know below!

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Floral Designer and Flower Gardener

It’s about more than hiring someone to hold a create a bouquet and a few centerpieces. Wedding floral design is about carefully crafting and capturing the beauty of you and your significant other in a way that beautifully tells the story of your love.

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