Wedding FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve been making wedding cakes for over 30 years. Over that time, many people have had similar questions about wedding cakes. We thought this handy FAQ would help sort things out and alleviate any questions or concerns you may have. If your question isn’t addressed here, please call us at 708-614-9755 and ask!

Do I need to book an appointment for a wedding cake consultation?

Yes, you should definitely book an appointment. We are doing virtual appointments by Phone or Zoom video! These appointments are free-of-charge and the best way to start the process for ordering your wedding cake or desserts. Booking an appointment is easy. Please note, our Wedding Consultants have limited availability. If you require an in-person consultation, there will be a $50 fee to secure your reservation. In-person consultations cannot exceed 45 minutes and no children are allowed. Should you require additional time, you will need to book a follow-up consultation. If you decide to book your wedding cake with us, your reservation fee will be credited to your order! Please call the bakery to request an in-person consultation.

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Do you charge for wedding cake consultations?

We offer wedding cake consultations by Phone or Zoom video! These appointments are free-of-charge and the best way to start the process for ordering your wedding cake or desserts. Book Yours Now!

We also offer complimentary wedding cake samples. Please call the bakery to schedule pick up of your samples. 708-614-9755

Please note, our Wedding Consultants have limited availability. If you require an in-person consultation, there will be a $50 fee to secure your reservation. In-person consultations cannot exceed 45 minutes and no children are allowed. Should you require additional time, you will need to book a follow-up consultation. If you decide to book your wedding cake with us, your reservation fee will be credited to your order! Please call the bakery to request an in-person consultation.

What happens at the wedding cake consultation?

We will guide you through our online wedding cake catalog that includes pictures and wedding cake information. Your consultant will provide you with an estimate of a wedding cake you are interested in or offer you a range of prices based on your guest count and design selections. If you are ready, you can book your cake at the end of your consultation or we can keep an estimate on file for you.

May I bring children to the consultation?

We are doing virtual custom cake consultations by phone or via Zoom Meeting. We do not recommend including children under the age of 10 in the consultation. Picking out a wedding cake can be more involved than you might anticipate. If you can make other arrangements for small children, it’s probably best.

How many people may I include in the consultation?

Four or less (total) is usually a good number. More than four people might draw out the decision making process.

What if I am running late to the consultation?

Please call if you are running late and we will let you know how tightly we are scheduled that particular day. If you are within a few minutes of your appointment time, it shouldn’t be a problem. If you are going to be more than 15 minutes late, we will most likely need to reschedule for a later date. If you need to cancel, please give 24 hours notice.

Are we under any obligation to book the cake during our consultation?

No. You are under no obligation to book with us during your initial consultation. You may book if you want to, but we want you to feel comfortable with your decision. We will be happy to provide you with a written estimate should you decide that you would like some time to think about it. When you are ready to write up your contract, we ask that you book an appointment with us. Only a wedding cake consultant is allowed to fill out wedding cake contracts. We’d like to have the staff member that did your original consultation available to assist you, and that time needs to be scheduled.

When should I book my wedding cake?

Our peak wedding season is April through October. Dates in 2024 are filling up quickly. We encourage you to book as soon as you have secured a venue for your wedding reception.

May I hold the date?

Yes, it is a great idea to hold the date as dates in 2024 are filling up fast! A $250 deposit is required. This gets directly applied to your cake order. When you have decided on a design and structure, you can finalize your contract with a consultant by phone or Zoom video. All contract details will need to be finalized and the balance paid in full one month prior to your wedding date.

How much cake should I order?

The question you need to answer first is, are you serving your wedding cake as dessert, or are you wrapping the cake for guests to take home?

If you are serving cake as dessert, you will need a piece of cake for every guest, whether they eat cake or not. This is due to the fact that most banquet halls do not ask your guests if they want cake. They simply cut up the cake and put a piece at every place setting.

If you are wrapping the cake, you do not need to have a piece for every person. It is up to you to decide how much cake to order. We suggest you order cake for one-half to two-thirds of your guests.

You won’t have a final count of wedding guests until about one month to two weeks prior to your wedding date. However, there is a formula for estimating what your actual count is likely to be: take 20% off of the total amount of people you are inviting. For example, if you are inviting 200 people: 200 x .20 = 40 (declines), making 160 servings the amount most likely needed. We suggest that you only order what you think you will need. We will be happy to add “extra servings” to accommodate any guest overages, but we will not “change down” a cake structure once it has been booked.

Is the top tier of the cake included in my servings?

Yes, you may serve all of your cake. We will make you a complimentary 6 inch tier on your one-year anniversary. It will be the same cake flavor/filling as your wedding cake and it will be fresh! Please call us one week prior to your anniversary to order your cake.

Is there a minimum order for wedding cakes?

No, however, we do have limits that are based on delivery time and route scheduling. Deliveries are taken based on our availability on a given day. So, it’s always a good idea to book well in advance of your date if you need delivery. If you are late in planning your wedding, it may mean that your wedding cake will have to be picked up. There may be exceptions though, so be sure to ask!

What if I have more people coming to my wedding than I expected? Will I run out of cake?

Most people get their final guest count two weeks prior to their wedding date. At this time you should double check the number of servings your contracted wedding cake provides. If your guest count is more than your cake serves, then you will want to order “extra servings”. “Extra servings” cake is a separate cake that is brought to the kitchen at your reception facility when your cake is delivered. This cake will be constructed exactly as the tiers of your wedding cake with the same cake and filling flavors. The difference is that this cake is not decorated. Once cut and plated, your guests would not be able to distinguish between displayed cake and “extra servings” cake. Please be sure to order the “extra servings” two weeks prior to your reception date.

Do you do make “fake cakes”?

There is a lot of information out there on wedding planning websites and in bridal magazines on how to save money on your wedding. We understand. Weddings are expensive. Unfortunately, there is a misconception that Styrofoam cakes are less expensive to produce than real cakes. From our perspective, what makes a wedding cake cost what it does is the amount of labor (i.e. time) involved in decorating a wedding cake. What you are decorating (cake or Styrofoam) does not matter as much as the skill level of the person decorating the cake. A highly skilled decorator still has to be paid the same wage – no matter what their medium. Styrofoam is actually more difficult to work with. If you are looking to save money on a wedding cake, it’s best to choose a simple design or a smaller structure with “extra servings” cake. We do not recommend doing more than half as “extra servings” cake, or your displayed cake will look too small for the room. If your cake budget is a key issue, please know that we always try to work with you to find something that is both beautiful and reasonably priced.

May we get our extra servings cake from another bakery or grocery store?

No. It states in our wedding cake contract that all of the wedding cake is to be provided by Creative Cakes exclusively. Since our beginning back in 1989, we have worked very hard at building and maintaining our five-star reputation. We use only the highest quality ingredients, bake from scratch, and we feel that your guests will know the difference between great cake and not so great cake. When a guest asks where the cake came from and you say “Creative Cakes”, we need to make sure that there’s no confusion on that. We understand trying to save money but have to be protective of our reputation. We believe every guest deserves to eat great cake!


We do understand that you may want to include desserts made by a family member or friend! Please reach out to our staff for more clarification.

How far away do you deliver?

Our delivery area is considered to be within 45 minutes of our bakery in Tinley Park and generally covers the south suburbs of Chicago, the Chicago metropolitan area, as far west as Wheaton, southwest to Joliet, and east, to northwest Indiana.

Is there a delivery charge?

Yes. The delivery charge covers our time, fuel costs and set-up. Some cakes requiring elaborate set-ups may be subject to an increased set-up and delivery charge. Prices range from $30.00 for local deliveries to $200.00 or more for downtown Chicago and distant deliveries.

May I get different cake and filling flavors for each tier?

Yes, you may! Please note, banquet halls typically pass out the cake as guests are mingling and do not ask about their flavor preferences. If you are “wrapping” your cake it is not necessary to choose different flavors.

Are there different prices for any of the cake flavors or fillings?

Some cake flavors and mousse fillings may incur an additional charge. Premium fillings, like fresh strawberries, or cheesecake will add an extra charge. Please ask your consultant for pricing at the consultation.

May I get cheesecake as a wedding cake?

If you are thinking of a traditional stacked wedding cake, it is probably not a good idea to get cheesecake. Cheesecake shouldn’t be displayed for as long as a standard wedding cake (typically, up to 6 hours), because of spoilage concerns. Cakes with perishable fillings should only be displayed for up to 2 hours. It is also very difficult for your hall to cut and present cheesecake properly. If you really like cheesecake, you might want to think about cheesecake filling layers, or doing some of your servings as cheesecake “behind the scenes”, so that your hall can refrigerate the cheesecake and alleviate any spoilage concerns.

May I get fresh fruit in my wedding cake?

Yes, you may get fresh fruit in your cake in certain situations. Fresh fruit should not be displayed for more than 2-3 hours and should be cut up and served immediately. You should not “wrap” cake with fresh fruit in it. Fresh fruit like strawberries and bananas are added to our mousses. We do not offer fruits in glazes as a filling. With over 30 years of experience, we can tell you that FRESH strawberries and glaze as a filling in a stacked wedding cake is not structurally sound.

What is fondant?

Fondant is a special type of icing that provides a smooth, matte finish to a wedding cake. It’s a pliable sugar dough that is rolled out in a large, thin sheet and then smoothed over a pre-iced cake. Before we put the fondant icing on, the cake is iced in our real buttercream. So, you will get the taste of our famous buttercream, even if you order a cake with fondant icing! Because of the labor involved, fondant prices add $1.00 per serving to the base cost of the cake.

May I display my cake outside?

Displaying a cake outside is not recommended. Besides the danger of the buttercream melting (temperatures above 80 degrees), outdoor cakes stand the chance of drawing insects. Bees and flies like our buttercream, too. If you must display your cake outside, we strongly recommend fondant icing. Keep in mind, a tent outside in the summer is considered “outside” even if it is air-conditioned.

May I bring in a picture of a cake I have seen elsewhere?

Absolutely. We will incorporate elements from an online or magazine picture that you bring in to us, and use it as inspiration to create a custom-designed cake especially for you.

Do you provide fresh flowers for the cake?

Florists will have the widest selection if you want a variety of flowers, or if you want to exactly match the flowers you are already getting from them. You will need to bring us the flowers the day before your wedding or have the flowers waiting at the hall before our scheduled delivery time. We may charge a nominal arranging fee to arrange fresh or silk flowers on your cake.

Who puts the flowers on my cake?

If you are using a florist for the flowers on your cake, you should ask them what they prefer to do, or if their schedule will allow them to arrange the flowers on the cake. We will put a florist’s pre-arranged flowers on your cake at no charge. However, if loose flowers are ordered through your florist, you need to communicate very clearly to the florist and to Creative Cakes which party is responsible for arranging your loose flowers. Arranging fees must be discussed and paid for prior to delivery. We will charge a nominal arranging fee. You will have to bring the flowers to the bakery 24 hours before the reception date or have the flowers waiting at the hall before we arrive with the cake.

Do I bring my cake topper to the bakery?

In most cases, cake toppers should be brought directly to your hall. You will most likely be bringing other things to your reception hall the week of your wedding, such as place cards, serving sets, etc. Just bring your topper with those items. Your hall will have it waiting at the cake table for us to put on when we arrive with the cake. If we are custom creating your topper here, we will bring it with us. Please let us know if your cake topper is heavy and needs support. If you have any doubts about your topper’s suitability, please ask your consultant.

How do I make my payment(s)?

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking (within 2 weeks of receipt of the contract). We accept cash or personal check in-person or credit card or debit card over the phone. Final payment is due 30 days before your wedding date (personal checks will not be accepted less than 30 days in advance of your event).

Do you supply cake bags?

Yes. We supply cake bags (with our logo) free of charge. If you are “wrapping” your cake, we will provide cake bags. If you are serving all of your cake, you shouldn’t need them.


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16649 Oak Park Ave, STE F
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