Here is your comprehensive guide of pros and cons.
Choose a cake designer who is experienced in making sugar flowers, they will be able to replicate any flower you love, in any size and style you want.
Go through their portfolio and start noticing their sugar flowers and how polished they are, that’s usually a good indicator of their abilities and techniques. Do you have gold or silver or a metallic shade as part of your wedding theme? Having painted sugar leaves and berries is a brilliant way of putting them together with your flowers on the cake.
Sugar Flowers Pros:
- SUGAR FLOWERS ARE NEVER OUT OF SEASON.
You don’t have to worry about what season it is, as these beauties can be made anytime throughout the year. You can get any flower of your choice even when the fresh flowers of your choice are out of season.
- SUGAR FLOWERS ARE COMPLETELY CUSTOMISABLE.
The amazing thing about sugar flowers is that they are handmade and made from scratch, hence they can be personalized to your liking. Each petal and leaf is painted to match the flowers’ natural colors of your wedding color palette.
- SUGAR FLOWERS ON YOUR CAKE CAN BE FOR KEEPSAKE.
Despite being made of sugar when stored at room temperatures, they last for many years, you can display them in a vase or on a shelf in your home as a souvenir from one of the most special days of your life.
- THEY ARE FOOD SAFE.
Sugar flowers are made with edible materials with the exception of the wires that hold the petals, so there’s no type of cross-contamination and are always food safe.
- WORK OF ART
Sugar flowers are a work of art, taking days of skills and love to make them by hand, this will hence turn your wedding cake into a piece of art that will be appreciated and admired by your guests.
Sugar Flowers Cons:
Sugar flowers are technical, they take hours and more often days to make, as each petal is made individually, cut, wired, shaped, let to dry for many hours before they are assembled and brought to life through dust colors. Choosing sugar flowers is time-intensive, and the labor adds a significant cost to your wedding cake.
- THEY ARE VERY DELICATE.
Sugar flowers are very fragile and they break easily if knocked or fall down. You should worry about this if you’re collecting the cake and transporting it by yourself. Otherwise, your wedding cake designer should be experienced in handling and setting up sugar flowers on your wedding cake safely and securely.
- A SKILLED CAKE DESIGNER IS A MUST
Ensure you book a cake designer who can produce the beautiful flowers you like and that they can safely and beautifully arrange them on the cake. Understand the barrier they are using to protect the cake.
Fresh Flowers Pros:
- THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE.
They are cheaper and not time-consuming to make, this is the best alternative when on a tight budget, you can still order a cake from a luxury wedding cake designer as you enjoy their delicious flavors and then have fresh flowers.
- CONTINUATION THROUGH YOUR FLORAL AND WEDDING CAKE.
Fresh flowers foliage flows in a very random way that will match the floral of your deco effortlessly and that no two cakes are the same.
- NATURAL BEAUTY AND AROMAS.
Fresh flowers are naturally beautiful with a fresh scent, always.
Fresh Flowers Cons:
- FOOD SAFETY.
Some popular flowers and foliage are not deemed food safe and cannot be inserted or placed onto your cake. You can of course opt for edible fresh flowers grown in special firms. But that would equally be expensive.
- PRONE TO WILTING
Fresh flowers can wilt as long as they are not in water.
- SEASONAL FLOWERS.
Fresh flowers are mostly seasonal hence your favorite flower may not be in season when you need it.
I hope you found this post helpful. As each situation is different if you have any specific questions feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to help.
So what is The Best Advice on Which Flowers to Choose for My Wedding Cake?
If your wedding cake budget is limited I would suggest fresh flowers for your wedding cake BUT your cake designer should ensure that they do not come into contact with the cake.
Alternatively, consider choosing an unadorned cake and creating a dramatic table arrangement or backdrop with fresh flowers from the décor vendor.
If budget allows, going for large arrangements of sugar flowers will really create an incredibly beautiful centerpiece, and give you something that you can keep forever afterward! And leave your guests is aaaaw!