Today’s Vendor Spotlight features Alliance Bakery in Chicago! Alliance specializes in the BEST fine European Desserts in Chicago. And you know me, I love a reason to talk about EuropeI was lucky enough to meet Jennifer at the winter Indie Wed Chicago Event. Since my Mom helped me during the event, I was able to venture out during the show and mingle with other wedding vendors.
I had previously seen the beautiful work that Alliance Bakery does when my past clients, Liz & Eric, had a gorgeous croquembouche made to commemorate her time spent studying in Paris. So when I saw the Alliance Bakery booth, I was super excited to meet the masterminds behind their beautiful creations! When I walked up to Alliance’s Booth and saw some more of their beautiful designs, I was super impressed. But even more impressive was how friendly Jennifer was! We clicked instantly and soon realized that Liz & Eric were mutual wedding clients.
I was SO excited when Jennifer agreed to do a “Favorite Vendors” feature for my blog! Her attention to, and eye for detail will be crucial in creating the perfect wedding day dessert for you and your partner!
Tell me about your business- what do you specialize in? Alliance Bakery is located in Wicker Park and has a new sister location called Alliance Patisserie in River North on State street. We feature fine European pastries and desserts, custom-designed cakes to suit any occasion, and a full espresso bar. We are known for our customized cakes – including wedding, groom’s cake, showers, birthdays, 3D and all kinds of celebration cakes!
How did you get started? I have a background in fine art, my last position found myself working at Whole Foods managing the bakery department. My love for small business, pastries and making people happy, led me to seek out a position at Alliance. I’m the Wedding Coordinator and I handle almost everything wedding from tastings to helping customers design their dream cake design.
What’s your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry? Honestly, the people! I have great colleagues and it’s so rewarding to be able to provide a service to someone on the biggest day of their lives! I love the creative planning process, and occasionally when I get a hug from a client I know it’s worth all the hard work!
How would you describe your business’ style? Alliance Bakery definitely caters to those looking for a unique cake for their wedding. We work with a few high-end and boutique hotels to provide their cakes, but most of our customers live in the neighborhood and have been coming here for years. We also can provide a wide variety of other sweets, such as macarons, croquembouche, favors and sweets tables for those who want something a little different.
How far in advance should clients book your services? Our tastings book fast, so my typically recommendation to get the process started for weddings is 3-6 months in advance. For retail orders at least a week is needed to provide a custom cake.
Where does your inspiration come from? I am constantly browsing the internet for new cake design ideas. Obviously Pinterest has been a great place to collect ideas! When we design custom cakes, the ideas are a collaborative effort with the customers and the decorating team combining ideas. Besides cakes, I have such a sweet tooth, you will probably find me in another bakery sampling their goodies as well!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? I love all that Chicago has to offer especially in the summer. I love getting drinks and dinner out with friends, and also seeing live music and street festivals. I also love cooking and now that it is getting warmer out, I can’t wait to get my garden started to grow fresh herbs again this year! Lastly, I am currently volunteering for a bicycle advocacy group that has community bike rides weekly so I will be busy with that all summer.
What is some advice you think all couples would benefit from knowing? I think budget is probably the most discussed topic when it comes to weddings. Set a realistic budget for all your wedding items and then splurge on the few big-ticket items you can’t do without! I may be biased, but to me the food (including sweets) is what I remember best at weddings I’ve attended! Unfortunately the cake comes later in the planning process, so people have typically already overspent. My other piece of advice is to hire a planner for at least the day-of so that you can enjoy your wedding as a guest and they can organize the details for you!
Is there anything else you’d like to share? If you are still on the hunt for vendors, ask for recommendations from other vendors! We love to refer our clients to our favorite people!
How can clients connect with you?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alliance_bakery @alliance_bakery
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