The Art of Pairing: Wine and Cheese Wedding Cake Combinations
Guest Blog by Lily Meyers
Imagine a wedding where the clinking of glasses isn't just to toast the happy couple, but also to savour the delightful union of two cherished foodie delights: wine and cheese. This is the new face of wedding celebrations - where the traditional cake is replaced with a towering masterpiece of carefully curated artisanal cheeses, each one paired with a wine that enhances its unique flavour profile.
Let's dive into this cheesy (in a good way) world and discover how to create a memorable experience that's bound to have your guests talking for years to come.
Forget everything you know about wedding cakes. A cheese wedding cake
is all about showcasing the couple's unique tastes. What could be more personal than sharing your favourite flavours with your beloved friends and family on your special day?
Now, you can’t just pile up some cheddar and call it a wedding cake. You need a mix of soft, hard, creamy, and crumbly cheeses, each with its distinct taste and texture. As a tip, try starting with a creamy brie on top, moving onto a tangy cheddar, and ending with a robust blue cheese.
Now, let’s talk wine because what's cheese without wine, right?
Pairing wine with cheese is like matchmaking - you're looking for two individuals (or in this case, flavours) that complement each other.
For your soft cheeses, think bubbles. A sparkling wine will cut through the creaminess of the cheese, creating a beautiful balance. When it comes to your strong, aged cheeses, a glass of full-bodied red wine will stand up to them, creating a match made in heaven. If you plan on having a spring/summer wedding, a good rosé will pair perfectly for a lighter twist.
Daring to include a pungent blue cheese? Sweet dessert wines are your best friend here. They'll balance out the saltiness of the cheese, creating a sweet and savoury treat that's absolutely divine. A good strong red would also be complimentary to this cheese choice, depending on your palette.
The Finishing Touches
Presentation is key. We eat with our eyes first, after all. Arrange your cheese wedding cake with an artist's eye. Add fresh fruits, delicate flowers, and a selection of bread and crackers. This isn't just a cake; it's a centrepiece. Make it as visually delectable as it is delicious. In terms of tiering, we recommend you start with a harder cheese like a cheddar and build your way up from there with softs coming closer to the top.
Is It in The Budget?
In the UK, the average cost of a wedding has seen a major rise, increasing by almost £1000 from approximately £15,171 in 2020 to £16,001 in 2021. Couples are now looking for innovative ways to make their big day special but want to avoid spending more than necessary. This is where a cheese wedding cake shines. Not only does it offer a memorable alternative to traditional cakes, but it also proves to be cost-effective, especially considering the escalating prices of custom cake designs.
The Final Word
This cheese and wine wedding cake trend is for couples who dare to be different, who value personalisation, and who want their wedding to be a sensory journey rather than just a ceremony. With thoughtful cheese selection, strategic wine pairing, and stunning presentation, your wedding 'cake' will be a conversation starter, a memory maker, and a reflection of your unique love story. Now, who's ready for a slice?
Feeling a bit overwhelmed? No worries! We're here to guide you every step of the way – check our our wedding page!