Weddings are all about love, and they're all about details, too! Just ask a bride-to-be about wedding plans, and you'll hear about the dress, venue, guest list, seating plan, wedding favors... and surely: the cake (ooh, forever photos, slicing the cake, feeding each other, the cake), and the caterer, or other trusted food experts who'll add flavor to the wedding.
So, where to go for the best tasting, most creative wedding cake? Who to trust for dependable and delicious catering? Look to our Real Bride's Guide to Great Lakes Bay "I Dos" -Wedding Cakes & Caters - for choice information on unique vendors who "bake up" and "cater to" unforgettable weddings!
Give Gourmet a Go?
Gourmet-on-the-Go, that is: a premier catering company servicing small, intimate weddings to large, 1,500-person, plated dinner receptions. (Banquet options are available for both.) Choosing this team as your caterer will include a face-to-face consultation, package options or custom creations, and unique, cutting-edge cuisine and presentations.
#ThisTipCatersToYou: Be sure to look at your caterer's past work, get a few references and make sure their offerings match your vision. - Chef Scot Harwood, owner of Gourmet-on-the-Go
Award-winning cakes, cupcakes and more are what you'll find inside this full service bakery, The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe. You'll also find your wedding cake (or cupcakes?) made with both locally- and globally-sourced ingredients, including Michigan eggs and Madagascar bourbon. With award-winning tastes to choose from - voted Most Creative Cakes (2012) and Wow! Wedding Cakes (2013) by regional Great Lakes Bay magazine readers - sample The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe's trusted service from consultation to delivery.
#ThisTipTakesTheCake: Consider cupcakes if the idea of offering multiple flavor options appeals to you, along with a fun, interactive experience where your guests can choose their own tastes. Also, cupcakes are often a less expensive option for brides on a budget. - Erika Stein, cake decorator at The Gourmet Cup Cake Shoppe, Midland
The Creek Grille says, "You've got a lot on your plate. Leave the food to us!" Bringing their locally-loved restaurant menu selections to smaller and large wedding receptions, for prices that budget-crunchers doubly enjoy sinking their teeth into, contact the Creek Grille for catering if buffet-style chicken or a Pulled Pork Platter might make you and your guests smile.
#ThisTipCatersToYou: Talk it over a bit before reaching out to caterers. Being able to give specifics toward what you have in mind, how many people, and your budget will result in you receiving a more accurate quote, and help you stay within budget. -- David Dean, owner of The Creek Grille
Specializing in designer cakes and gourmet jumbo cupcakes, SugarHigh Bakery in Frankenmuth is the sweet spot for brides craving over-the-top creativity! Winner of the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" (2012), and also voted Most Creative Cakes and Best Wedding Cake by regional Great Lakes Bay magazine readers, SugarHigh Bakery offers vegan and gluten free options, a "Tasting to Go" & Consultation and the sweet perk of a free 1st Anniversary cake!
#ThisTipTakesTheCake: Remember to dress up your cake table with tea lights, flower petals, gems - something more than white linen to accent your cake. Also, consider the background behind your cake. No one wants wall outlets, trash cans, or giant "bathrooms" signs in their wedding pictures! - Heather Rousseau, owner of SugarHigh Bakery
Who's That Guy?
That Guy's BBQ and Custom Catering, LLC is a family owned business that won Grand Champion at the Michigan Renaissance Festival and was voted Best Caterer (2015) by readers of Great Lakes Bay magazine. Catering weddings of 50 - 2,000 people, and serving buffet-style, family-style and/or semi-plated, That Guy's BBQ specializes in customizing menu options. Ribs, brisket, homemade brats or sausages (and homemade just about everything else), you choose your menu and your budget when That Guy's BBQ is your caterer.
#ThisTipCatersToYou: Talk directly with your caterer, make sure they are willing to deliver exactly what you dream of enjoying. - Greg Buzzard, owner and pitmaster at That Guy's BBQ
Sample Your Options
In truth, we could never mention all the cake creators and caterers in this region! You might want to consider pairing with your reception venue of choice for on-site catering options. Horizon's award-winning culinary team and delectable dishes, for example, are as notorious as the decadent wedding venue itself, as are upscale and sophisticate catering options within The H Hotel.
Be sure to check out even more of our Great Lakes Bay Wedding Vendors for a listing of 100+ options that'll have your mouth watering and your mind at ease on the big day: your wedding day!