The wedding cake is often the centerpiece of a couple's reception. Beautiful, delicious, true works of art, they typically have the price tags to match. The cost is understandable, considering the time and work that goes into creating an elaborate wedding cake. But no need to fret! Here are four ideas to help you get your dream cake without breaking your budget:
Choose Buttercream over Fondant
Fondant icing gives wedding cakes a smooth, beautiful texture but it will cost you. Buttercream frosting can be just as lovely if applied correctly and usually tastes a lot better too. Best of all, it’s cheaper since fondant is approximately three times more expensive than buttercream.
Less is more
When I was planning my wedding, I was surprised to hear from a wedding planner and baker that only 80% of wedding guests indulge in a piece of cake. Since cake is priced by the slice, consider ordering a size slightly less than your guest list especially if you are serving another type of dessert. We ended up ordering a cake with enough slices to feed every guest and still had more than 20% of it left at the end of the night. It’s just a little food (or cake) for thought!
This is a trick that is becoming very popular. You can find faux cakes online and some bakeries will even rent them out. Many come with a real bottom tier or area to slice for pictures. Have your caterers take the cake away to be ‘cut’ and simply serve your guests from sheet cakes you have stored in the venue kitchen.
Skip the Cake
The easiest way to cut the cost of a wedding cake is to pass on it entirely. You can choose instead to have a dessert bar or even have a wedding favor display cake like this one. Fill each slice with chocolates and you'll have favors and dessert in one!
Hopefully these cost savings tips will let you have your cake and it too! Share with us below any other ways you saved on your wedding cake.