Wednesday, June 16, 2010

DIY vs Professional

I thought I'd step out of my normal blog posts to address something that has been discussed frequently when planning a wedding: DIY or do-it-yourself items.

First, let me say that I am all for saving money. The problem is, so many DIY projects don't actually save you money, but rather cost you extra money and time (and let's face, your time is valuable!)

While there are many DIY projects out there, I'd like to address the DIY cake. I have outlined below a few things to think about when considering making your own cake :
  • Have you decorated cakes before? (and been happy with the results) -- If not, I'd strongly suggest sticking with a professional. If you have, check out the next few items.
  • Do you have recipes that will work?
  • Do you have room in your home to mix, bake and store the cakes while cooling? Some homes do, most do not. Think about how many cooling racks you will need as well as where you can put them.
  • Do you have pets or kids that will get into the cakes while they are cooling?
  • Do you have the proper tools? Most kitchens don't have bowls big enough for all of the icing needed to fill/cover a cake for 150 people. Also, how much will you spend on new cake tools to roll/cut/pipe decorative pieces?
  • Do you know how to stack a cake? If not, do you have the pillars/stand needed?
  • Who will help you deliver the cake?
  • Will the venue allow a cake that doesn't come from a licensed kitchen?
  • When will you deliver the cake? Keep in mind, many venues have specific times for deliveries and may not be willing to accommodate you dropping off the cake before your hair appointment. Also, you'll need to plan for at least 2 hours for delivery. You will be driving slowly, taking a while getting the cake into the venue and getting set up.
  • Will you be able to enjoy your wedding without worrying if you did a good enough job on the cake to ensure it stays upright during the day?

The bottom line is that there are some brides (or groom's) who can handle a DIY cake, but for most people, it is best to let someone (like me!) who has done hundreds of cakes do what they do best, make your day special.

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