Congratulations! The big day is around the corner, and you’re waiting with bated breath to finally walk down the aisle with the love of your life. Weddings are a magical time filled with happiness and love, but they are also a money suck. The average wedding cake costs a whopping $582 and the cost can exceed $1000 depending on your taste and who makes it. You want the best for your wedding, but you also need to stick to a budget. Before you go into panic mode, here are some nifty tips for inexpensive wedding cake ideas. There’s so good, your guests won’t even notice you didn’t blow a fortune on it.
1. Order a Small Display Cake
Instruct your baker to make a one-tier or two-tier cake for cutting and display. Supplement this with sheet cake to serve the rest of the guests. Doing this will save you about 20% per slice of cake. You can also have a one-tier cake surrounded by macarons, cupcakes, doughnuts, souped-up candy bars, or cookies.
2. Keep It Simple
Intricate designs, sugar flowers, and tall tiers will cost you more than having a simple cake. Most bakers price their cakes based on how much time they spend preparing it. The more complicated the design, the longer it will take to design it, and the more expensive it will be. When choosing a cake, pick a simple design that you love and avoid intricate add-ons.
3. Pare Down Your Flowers
If you must have flowers at your wedding, go with fresh blooms or painted flower motifs rather than ornate sugar flowers. It can take up to two hours to make just one sugar flower replica. And it will be very expensive. To bring down the cost, go for a simple one-tire cake with spray on flowers or with a single large stem. You could also go for sugar flowers without too much detail. They’re a more cost-friendly option to intricate sugar flowers. Another alternative is fresh flowers. You will have to make sure they’re pesticide free before putting them anywhere close to your cake. Your florist can help with this.
4. Get Creative with the Display
You don’t have to buy or rent elaborate cake stands. While they are pretty, they’re not really necessary and will cost you a lot of money. Most bakers provide a decorated base for placing your cake on the table so you don’t really need the fancy stands. You can actually spice up the display by placing fun linen, old family wedding photos, flowers, and candles around the cake. If you must use cake stands, head over to Party Rentals GTA for some amazing deals.
5. Server Smaller Cake Slices
You can make a little cake go a long way by cutting smaller slices. Add sweets, cookies, or truffles to supplement the cake. This way, you can go for a more expensive cake and still serve all your guests without breaking the bank. Ask your caterer to serve the bite-sized pieces to your guests on the dance floor so they can enjoy the cake as they dance.