If you are on a budget do your best to stick to it. You don’t want to spend the first few years of married life paying off huge wedding debts, so let that guide your thinking when choosing a cake. Be open when making your cake enquiries and state from the beginning what your budget is and what you could possibly stretch to for the right design.
No. Of Guests
Will all of your guests want to eat cake? This is something worth considering as the cake size will inevitably increase with the number of guests you have, which will in turn increase the cake cost. More cake means more money. Why not consider lowering the cake servings, so if you have invited 120 guests, why not have a cake to feed 100 people. If you are not too keen on that idea you can also make the cake servings smaller. The typical serving size for a wedding cake is 2”x1”. You can change this by asking the caterers to cut the cake to finger sized portions which are 1”x1”. Reducing the cake serving size means there will be more cake to go around. This may be beneficial if your guests have already had dessert as part of the reception dinner.
Keep It Simple
Simple cakes do not have to look boring. There are decorations that your cake maker can add to bring your cake to life that won’t break the bank. These include simple sugar flowers such as blossoms, hydrangea, daisies etc; inexpensive embellishments or cake lace around one or all of the tiers. Instead of sticking to a traditional white iced cake, you can opt for different coloured tiers that match your colour scheme.
Naked cakes are cakes that have no icing covering them, so that the sponge is exposed and just the filling is visible. These types of cake are both visually pleasing and delicious. The best part is that you can save more money with a naked cake than with a fully iced one.
There are many things you can do to your cake to take it from ordinary to extraordinary. Fresh flowers that mirror your bouquet or other wedding flowers add instant beauty to a simply styled cake. Ribbon trims around one or all of your cake tiers compliments and ties your wedding theme together, whilst personalised cake toppers make a unique statement about you and your spouse-to-be that make it even more special.
To sum it up, set your budget and stick to it. Understand that you can still make your cake look beautiful without all of the expensive additions. Making the cake portions smaller will mean there is more cake for everyone and accessories are your friends! These can make all the difference, so make the most of them.