When it comes to choosing your wedding cake, there are so many options to choose. But if you want to save some money, you can do this:
1. Go Easy on the Sugar Flowers
Most bakeries and cake decorators will charge by the amount of labor required for the cake design. Elaborate designs will definitely provide the drama you’re after, but will also drive up the cost. If you’re looking to save money on your wedding cake, get a similar effect by simplifying the design. If there’s a ornate or difficult wedding cake design you’re lusting after, consider asking your baker to modify it to help reduce the price. For example, choosing one large statement flower as a focal point can really make an impact. Or, ask for a few larger flowers such as calla lilies or hydrangeas, which will be a less expensive alternative to smaller, time-consuming blooms. These require less work, and therefore less money!
2. Fewer Tiers
If your guest count is in the hundreds, you may have thought you need to go all out and display a six-tier cake at the reception. However, remember that each tier requires more time and will add to the price per person. If you’re looking to cut back on costs, reducing the amount of tiers will definitely help your budget. You can display a smaller version of your favorite design, and use that for the cake cutting. In the back, your caterers will have secret sheet cakes with all the same flavors, which can then be served to supplement the main cake.
3. Fondant vs. Buttercream
If you’re looking for a perfectly smooth wedding cake, the answer is most commonly fondant. Most bakeries prefer to use fondant as it’s pliable, easy to design with and produces an elegant finish. You can achieve a similar look for a little less money by choosing to ice your cake in buttercream. Most skilled bakers can work the buttercream so you still have that perfectly refined look. Though it may be a little more rough around the edges, your cake will for sure have it’s own character. Plus, in our opinion buttercream actually tastes better than fondant, so you’ll not only save money, but your guests will enjoy a more delicious cake as well. A win-win!
4. Go Naked!
Naked cakes are a recent trend within the wedding industry that are becoming more common, particularly at rustic weddings. Not only are they something new and a point of conversation for guests, but they are just as tasty! If you’re open to all options, consider stripping your cake of its frosting. Doing so will save your baker time and money, and the savings will be passed on to you. If you are choosing a naked cake, you can still have traditional tiers with layers of buttercream or filling in between. And guess what? Your guests won’t be left feeling like they missed out on the frosting. It’ll just be neatly tucked away inside instead!