I wake up feeling good. But still nervous, the venue for the reception is 50 minutes away. Anything can happen.
I look over the cake and think it looks pretty good.
Time to get things ready for the delivery. I put together the shipping boxes. Put a clean sheet in the back of the SUV and start gathering my last minute materials.
Bows and a piping bag already filled with icing for attaching the bows. Hopefully this is all I will need, but just in case.....extra fondant and icing, decorating comb, spatula, extra bow, shortening, gum glue, and fondant roller and cutter.
This cake is heavy! I cannot carry it alone. Thankfully Doug is helping. We load the cakes in the SUV at about 11:30am. Don't forget the camera. And off we go!
The ride is all highway, but oh my goodness, it is BUMPY! All I can do is watch my cake jiggle and hope that nothing happens. I know the support system is stable but it is possible that a crack happens and part of a tier collapses. There is a little settling of the cake but there really isn't anything I can do about it.
We arrive at the venue at about 12:30pm and I scope out the room and how we are going to get the cake to the room. I walk into the reception room and it looks beautiful! All white, very elegant. I find someone and ask which table is mine. She points to this very small table right in front of the wedding party table almost in the center of the room. I say "I don't think that is going to work, I have three cakes" She looks confused but proceeds to find a larger table for me.
We have two choices for bringing the cake to the room, a long sloping ramp or a large set of stairs. Doug feels he can carry the cake up the stairs, so stairs it is. We grab a cart and head outside to get the cake.
I don't know if you noticed what I wrote above...the cake table was almost in the center of the room! Of the four wedding cakes I have done I have never had a cake in the center of the room. I feel a little nervous because the cakes definitely have a back side. And this is the side that is facing the bride and the groom! Had I know this was going to be the layout, I would have placed bows on both sides of the cakes. But I don't have enough fondant available or extra bows to do this at this time. Note to self: ask where the cake will be displayed, even for party cakes.
We set up the three cakes on the larger table and I attach the bows. I step back and think the overall presentation is beautiful. I am happy. Here it is....
My part is done. We stay in the area for lunch and some shopping. I keep checking my phone for messages until the 4pm reception time just in case something happened. No calls, all I can do now is wait for feedback from the bride and groom.
Best Wishes Tony and Lindsay!