No, it's not normal for your cake maker to have no contract and no portfolio.
frosting wedding cake
Credit: Kat Braman

Hiring great vendors isn't always as sweet and simple as it seems, especially when it comes to a specialty you may not know a whole lot about. Here are a few things to look for as red flags when you're hiring a baker to make your wedding cake.

Lack of organization.

The biggest red flag for any vendor in the wedding business is showing a lack of organization. You don't want to be stuck with calling your baker on your wedding day asking why the cake hasn't shown up yet, so it's crucial that the person you hire for this important job is methodical and plans ahead.

Anyone who says it's too early to order your cake should automatically be taken off your vendor list.

Sure, your preferred design and wedding cake flavors may change over the amount of time you have to plan a wedding, but it's always good to get your vendors reserved early in the game so you know your event will be a priority.

Poor online reviews.

Do your due diligence when researching bakers and be sure to read through bad reviews. If there are multiple reviews saying that a cake showed up late, melted, dry, or entirely different from what a customer asked for, this baker shouldn't make the cut.

No contracts or order forms.

If your baker isn't taking notes, that's a bad sign. He or she should have order forms and plenty of specific questions to ask about your wedding cake and there's no excuse for this order not to be put in writing for you to approve.

A bad attitude.

This should go without saying, but a cake maker with a 'tude won't be any fun to work with. Skip negative Nancy and head to a baker who genuinely enjoys talking all things wedding dessert.

No tasting offered.

Any cake maker worth their weight in icing knows that the way to get a client to order with you is through a tasting. A cake tasting should be part of your first meeting and may be incorporated again later in the process.

No portfolio.

If your cake maker can't provide photos of cakes they've delivered to weddings, don't take the risk of working with them.

Bad-talking other cake makers.

You'll likely arrive at your first cake meeting with photos of cakes you're inspired by. While some of those ideas could be out of your price range or possibly even fake cakes, your baker should see your excitement and share it rather than talking those ideas down. You should be able to rely on them to tell you what's realistic within your budget, but that should be a fairly straightforward conversation.


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