Saving a Little on the Wedding Cake

The wedding cake is obviously an extremely iconic and essential component to dazzle and delight the guests at your wedding reception. While you want it to be spectacular as it should be, it doesn’t necessarily need to cost a fortune to make it truly amazing to look at and equally as amazing to taste. Ingenuity is the key and going beyond the confines of conventional and mundane wedding cake thinking is one way to truly impress your guests while saving some money in the process.

One way you can go about it that is a more modern trend of wedding cake design is to have a cake that isn’t actually a cake at all. An elegantly ornate and elaborate multi-tiered pastry sculpture can be an amazing centerpiece and is one modern approach to overcoming any boredom associated with the standard norm. If done properly it will be sure to go beyond your guests expectations and impress them with your sense of innovative style.

Simplicity is another truly elegant approach to wedding cake design which can save a lot on production costs. Chic cakes don’t need to have dozens of gaudy flowers all over them and usually don’t. Spartan style and design is truly elegant and using it throughout your entire wedding design can be a very effective way to maintain the budget while doing something truly stylish. The key is a minimal and white with occasional strong splashes of one or two colors. This keeps it formal while having a dazzling accent to delight the senses. It also makes it very easy to draw the eye where you would most like your guests to look.

One more way you can, perhaps surprisingly, get more out of a wedding cake is to make it square instead of round. While it may sound illogical, you can get a higher quantity of slices from a square cake than from a round cake of the same size and cost. A multi-tiered square cake is arguably just as beautiful as a multi-tiered round cake and some may even prefer its overall design. So why not go for the extra slices while maintaining the same cake budget?

Another thing to definitely look into is inquiring with your catering service to see if they can do the cake in addition to the dinner and so on. You will likely save a lot on the cake this way as it will be a package deal and something your caterer is probably well equipped to handle already. Another perk to this is that you don’t have to worry about transporting the cake from the bakery. 

As a last resort, you may consider shaving down the guest list just a little, as it is an easy way to lower costs in general. While this is not generally advisable, it is better to have a high impact and spectacular wedding with those close to you rather than inviting those who are only acquaintances to a wedding that is stretching the budget.

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Filed under: Cakes — vicky at 9:21 am on Sunday, June 7, 2009