It's pretty hard to smear your groom's face with wedding cake if there isn't any. Amy Page of Atlanta barely sidestepped this dilemma on her 2006 wedding day.
"My wedding cake didn't arrive until moments before it had to be cut, and when it did, it looked nothing like what it was supposed to," Amy remembers. "The bakery had lost the order and didn't start making it until about three hours before the reception started!"
Fortunately for Amy and her hubby, the cake skated in just under the wire. Amy's no organizational slouch, so I'm willing to bet that she confirmed the order in advance and simply fell victim to some seriously irresponsible bakers on her big day. Still, it pays to double-check any of your vendors to be sure that you're all on the same page. A phone call on the day of the ceremony might even be warranted if you have a suspicion that a particular vendor is confused about your order.
If the worst-case cake scenario happens and your confection can't be produced in time, send a carload of bridesmaids to the local bakery to purchase a selection of delicious treats. And then demand a full refund from your vendor.