For me, when planning our wedding, cake was a big factor. I love cake. In most forms (apart from that thick royal icing on kids birthday cakes…oh no, gimme allll the cream cheese frosting). My super talented friend made us the most fantastic rustic Victoria sponge wedding cake, covered in delicious aqua icing with a sprinkling of gold leaf – dreamy. But then we had to think about what to have for our actual pudding, what to choose? With our wedding being a thoroughly DIY affair we decided to do just that – DIY it, or should I say BYO it?! We decided to ask our lovely friends and family to add a bit of their own personality to our day by making and bringing their own homemade favourite cakey goodness.
Why is this a good idea for a wedding? Well, for starters, this idea simply just gives and gives. For those people who don’t fancy the idea of the classic gift list, you can ask guests to bring their favourite cake as a gift instead. Stuck on a which pudding choice dilemma? Problem solved with plenty of homemade cake. Trying to cater for dietry requirements? Let guests bring cake they can trust not to cause any inconvenient tummy troubles.
It’s such a simple idea, one less thing to plan, and it brings such a quirky, personal, homemade element to your wedding. Add a simple message to your wedding invite, a little request for a little cake. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
- Let everyone know your plans – add your request to your invitations, something like “your presence at our wedding is all we could wish for, but if you would like to give a gift we would LOVE it if you could make a cake for our cake table!”
- Be prepared to answer questions about this unusual request!
- On the day you will need to provide a large table or a few tables for the cakes to be left.
- Leave out a pretty sign with instructions so your guests understand your plans! A photo frame or a chalk board can be very handy.
- It’s a great idea to leave out a large selection of cake stands or pretty plates for your guests to leave their cakes on, rather than in unsightly Tupperware boxes!
- Leave baskets or nice boxes under the cake table for guests to leave their cake tins and Tupperware in.
- Provide little blank cards, flags, paper bunting and nice pens for your guests to write their name and the cakes name on – remember to have cocktail sticks so they can go in the cakes!
- It might be a good idea to have flags for vegan, gluten free, dairy free etc.
- If your wedding is a DIY affair then you will need a large selection of nice side plates and dessert spoons or forks. If you have caterers then remember to ask them to provide crockery and cutlery for the cake table.
- Encourage guests to help themselves – this idea is perfect for an informal, laid back wedding – no need for silver service!
Not into cake? Make it all about the cheese. And let us know how you get on! If you are after cake suppliers have a look in our directory here!
All photographs by Rachel Hudson