Who doesn’t look forward to dessert? The cake is like the social butterfly of the dessert world, the pinnacle of an event, a moment you and your fiancé will remember forever when cutting the first slice. You want it to be absolutely perfect!

While choosing your cake may seem simple—it’s pretty, it tastes like heaven? Check!—little details make all the difference. Your cake designerwould love to help! We spoke to Jenny Leisure, owner of A Couple of Sweet Things, a local cake studio specializing in creating unique cakes, cupcakes and cookies for a variety of special events. Simplify the design process and make sure everyone’s on the same page with these three simple tips from a cake design pro:

•    Spill the Beans Cake planners want to know anything and everything about your big day! Arrive with a design package of all the materials for your wedding theme and event venue: from fabrics to stationary to flowers to bridesmaids’ dresses, all planning elements can play into the design of the perfect cake. And fess up, brides! Don’t be afraid to dish on any grand visions you have, no matter how vague or outlandish they seem. Flip through wedding magazines, clip out pictures, unearth that long hidden sketch from your middle school diary. Our job is to make your dreams a reality!

•    Know Your Relationship With Cake You can admit it. Cake has been there for you through thick and thin—so dependable in its sugary goodness after the break-ups, always there to make the neighborhood block party a little more tolerable—but that doesn’t necessarily put it at the top of your wedding planning agenda. Be sure you enter a consultation knowing just how important the cake is to your overall event. Initial ideas of how elaborate the design and how much you’re willing to spend are vital details. White cake, white icing, and nothing more than little plastic bride and groom figurines on the top? Designers won’t judge you. Don’t want a cake at all? No guilt in saving that slice of your budget for something you’ll truly treasure.

•    The Big Bad Money Talk Honesty is always the best policy with your cake planner—as mentioned, be up front about your budget constraints. This works to your advantage as they can help you get the most bang for your buck! Be completely open with your cake designer to get a dream cake without breaking the bank.

After these initial conversations, the design process can take shape. Your ideal cake—one that lies within your wedding fantasy and your financial means—will morph from a sketch on paper to a masterpiece on a platter. So go ahead…become your cake designer’s favorite customer. Share these intimate details and you’re well on your way to having your cake and eating it too!

For more information on cake design, check out A Couple of Sweet Things. Share your wedding cake experiences and photos with us on Facebook or Twitter!