Here is a selection of Q&As from An Essex Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Have your cake
Q. My partner and I are looking for a cake maker for our wedding – but don't know what to do to ensure we make the right choice. Are there any questions to consider?
A. Mary Houlihan says: Once you've found a few cake makers that interest you, be sure to view their social media platforms and read their reviews. Why? Positive reviews will comment on the look and taste of their bakes, as well as the good customer experience their clients have received. Then there's their hygiene rating to check, which should give you confidence that you're buying from a professional who works to their council's standards. And don't forget to find out whether they have public liability insurance, which protects their own business as well as showing they've set themselves up as a reputable company. Meeting with your potential cake maker also gives you the opportunity to ask a whole host of questions, from how long they've been trading to whether they've previously made a cake in the style you like. Generally speaking, if you see that a cake maker is passionate about their bakes, it's a strong sign that they will put their heart into make you a beautiful wedding cake!
Mary Houlihan, Mary Bakes Yummy Cakes
Q. Following the last 18 months, how has the wedding industry changed? Our local suppliers, experts in their field, give us the lowdown...
A. Stephanie Hawes says: I think the pandemic has changed people's views on wedding receptions in general; everyone really wants that good party-vibe with plenty of entertainment, food and fun for their guests!
It's been so long for everyone to be able to truly enjoy themselves that now, what better excuse to really go for it, than a wedding?!
Couples should consider catering options that offer the food, fun and entertainment factor like we do here at Dessert Club Essex. Our live cooking stations offer crêpes, doughnuts and waffles – your guests are well-fed and entertained at the same time!
What better way to please you guests than through their stomachs? And with that in mind, I expect to see more weddings have showstopping cakes, dessert tables and cooking stations with the wow factor, giving guests plenty of indulgent catering options.
Stephanie Hawes, Dessert Club Essex
Q. How can we reflect our boho theme in our wedding cake?
A. Sarah Campbell says: The great thing about a free-spirited bohemian look is that there are almost no rules when it comes to your cake – anything goes! You can demonstrate the relaxed feel by having a naked or semi-naked creation adorned with fresh or sugar flowers (which also make a great keepsake). Alternatively, you can have a fully iced cake with a sophisticated finish but dress it with a rustic floral topper and simple decorations throughout the tiers to reflect your theme.
Whether you have a complete vision of what you'd like or you're happy for your cake designer to start with a blank canvas, the finishing masterpiece will be spectacular with this trendy theme in mind.
Sarah Campbell, Squidger & Watson Cakes