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  1. The Marriage Makers - Cakes by Helen

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     Meet the Marriage Makers | Cakes by Helen
    proudly part of 'The Recommended Collection'

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    Tell us a little about you and your lovely business!

    It’s just me, Helen Jalim! I am based in Christchurch, Dorset where I have lived all my life and where I now live with my husband and three sons. Whilst I’m busy baking, my husband supports me and does all my accounts.  

    I started my business in October 2009, so very soon, I will have been trading for 10 years. Without doubt I am fulfilling my dream – creating beautiful bespoke wedding and celebration cakes for the wonderful people of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

    Over the years I’m proud to have been awarded 7 distinctions in intermediate and advanced Royal Icing and Sugar paste and most recently I was awarded gold and silver, as well as ‘1st in category’ at Cake International London Excel.

    What is your favourite thing about working in the wedding industry?

    I love creating perfect cakes for my couples that makes their day extra special.

    Are you spotting any trends for 2019/2020?

    Marble effect and semi naked cakes are very popular at the moment and everybody loves a ruffle!

    What do you offer that others can’t? What makes you unique/special?

    The quality of my work and the taste of my cakes at competitive prices is the feedback I always get from my customers.

    What five words would you use to describe your business?

    Beautiful, bespoke wedding cake service.

    What top tips would you like to share with our lovely couples planning their big day?

    Book early to avoid disappointment and secure your preferred suppliers. It's never too early to order your cake!

    Anything else you would like to tell us?

    I'm thrilled to be exhibiting with Love That Wedding! at all their Salisbury and Poole wedding shows, so make a date to come along and sample my yummy cakes. I look forward to meeting you.

    Let's get sociable, sociable!

    Like me on facebook and follow me on instagram.

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  2. The Marriage Makers : The Sweet Suite Artisan Cakery

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    Meet the Marriage Makers | The Sweet Suite Artisan Cakery
    proudly part of 'The Recommended Collection'

    CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE SWEET SUITE'S FAB DIRECTORY PAGE

    Tell us a little about you and your lovely business!

    My team consists of just little old me!  I make all my jams and caramels, bake and decorate every cake and create every sugar flower all on my own (I like to know it’s all done properly)!

    My kitchen is based in Poole, the perfect location to provide my cakes across both Dorset and Hampshire. I’ll happily go further afield though, I’ve delivered cakes to Wigan and had a cake flown to Canada!

    I offer my clients the ability to truly have a cake that suits them and their day. And if you’re after sugar flowers … I’m your girl! I’m happy to create realistic or stylised flowers that match your bouquet, I love to work with your florist to bring everything together. 

    I use British ingredients where I am able to, such as butter, milk, cream, eggs, flour and fruit when available.  I will only ever use free range eggs and Belgian chocolate. And, if there is a fair-trade option, I’ll go for it! 

    Most importantly, my business holds a 5* food hygiene rating (please always check your food supplier has been inspected by the council).

    I have been lucky enough to be shortlisted as a finalist at the Dorset wedding supplier awards. I have also won four international awards for the quality of my work, both sugar flowers and wedding cakes, for which I am incredibly proud!

    What is your favourite thing about working with Brides and Grooms?

    My favourite part of working with my couples is getting to know them and their day. I love holding consultations and designing a cake that truly reflects a couple's day.  The cake can bring together all parts of your day; your flowers, dress, colours, venue, or you can really go to town! I’ve made a Harry Potter themed cake, a grand piano and a boston terrier before. 

    Are you spotting any trends for 2019/2020?

    This year I am finding that geometrics, clean lines and succulents or statement flowers are a trend for my clients.  My couples are also starting to be more adventurous with cake flavour choices; cookies and cream, Black Forest and millionaire’s are the popular flavours this year.

    What do you offer that others can’t? What makes you unique?

    What makes my business unique is that I tailor make every cake I make to an individual customer's needs, I’m not a one trick pony! Five tier cake with a floral cascade or a dessert table made up of lots of little goodies, it’s YOUR day, not mine.

    What five words would you use to describe your business?

    Personal, Bespoke, Quality, British and Trusted.

    What top tips would you like to share with our lovely couples planning their big day?

    Please don’t leave booking your cake until 3 months before your date, especially if you are between the months of May – September. I hate turning people away, but I only have so many hours in the day! I always recommend that you get your cake maker booked in around 6-9 months before, if not more. We all get booked very quickly!

    How do I order my wedding cake?

    The first step is to pop me over an email with the date of your wedding, your venue, rough idea of guests and as much info as you can give me. This means I can check if I am free for you and get a rough idea of what size cake etc you may require. I can also give you an average price range for your needs.  
     
    We can then arrange a meeting where we can talk about your day, your likes/dislikes, you can sample some delicious cakes and most importantly, start designing your cake!
     
    I will then send you over your initial design and quote with all details of your day included. We can then make changes from the design if needed to make sure you are 100% happy with your cake in every way.
     
    Fast forward to your big day and you have no need to worry about setting up the cake. I deliver and set up all wedding cakes to ensure safe transit and proper handover to your venue.  

    Anything else you would like to tell us?

    If you are looking for a cake maker, or just fancy a sweet treat, I will be starting to run bake up days on my social media platforms. I will be having baking days through the year where I will be making trays of my scrummy gluten-free Belgian Chocolate brownies, cupcakes, baked cheesecake slices and even more.  My cookie dough cheesecake goes down a treat, so be careful not to miss out!

    I am also in the process of developing my next international competition piece for later this year, so keep an eye out for my progress and results on instagram and facebook.


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