My fiance and I are planning a small July wedding (about 30 guests) at our home. The ceremony will be followed by a cake and champagne reception in our backyard in Chicago, which will then be followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
Because most of this is going to take place at home, adding an extra layer of stress, I'm trying to minimize the number of vendors that I'd have to coordinate with. So instead of renting chairs, dinnerware, etc. from a rental company, we're buying stuff. I'm doing my own flowers. And instead of hiring a baker to make the wedding cake, I'd like to try my hand at making it myself.
The cake linked to below got rave reviews at Epicurious and seems like it would go well with the champagne. My question is whether I am insane for thinking I can make my own cake. I've baked a lot at home, almost always successfully, but I've never made anything like this before. That being said, I'll be taking a few days off from work before the wedding, so I should have time to do this. And we're very laid-back about the whole wedding thing; if the cake is a disaster, I wouldn't mind buying a few small cakes from a local bakery.
I'm also worried about the buttercream melting in the July late afternoon/early evening heat, but I'm hoping it would be okay--it shouldn't be outside for very long.