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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Cutting Cake Costs

One of the most ubiquitous wedding traditions, a wedding cake is a cultural mainstay. However, if you’ve looked at cake prices during your planning process, you also know that the cake of your dreams can often come at a pretty steep cost.

Does that mean you have to sacrifice the cake entirely to stay on budget? Of course not! Below are a few quick ways to have your cake and eat it, too.

  1. Flavors. If you’re trying to pare down your budget, try to stick to standard flavors, which often come with a much lower cost than your more imaginative confections. If you have your heart set on an orange crème cake, consider restricting this flavor to a single tier or a groom’s cake—enough for you and your fiancé to enjoy rather than all 200 of your wedding guests. Alternately, you could reserve the gourmet cake for your rehearsal dinner and offer the traditional wedding cake at the wedding itself.
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  2. Order in line with your guest count. While for many people the wedding cake is the chief attraction of the reception, this isn’t going to be the case for everyone. If you have a bar at your wedding—and especially if you have an open bar—your guests may be more inclined to indulge in your savory dinner options rather than a sweet cake due to the alcohol. More often than not, you only need to order enough cake to feed seventy-five percent of your wedding guests (and even with this ratio, you will almost certainly still have cake left over).
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  3. Consider choosing wedding-cake alternatives. The best way to cut down on the cost of a wedding cake is by not having a cake at all. While this may not jive with the decidedly traditional bride, eliminating a true wedding cake is an easy way to save money. However, you don’t have to cut out the dessert element entirely! Cupcakes, which are often far less expensive, offer all the appeal of a cake while also being bite-sized and hand-held. If you’re looking to branch out even further, you could also consider having pies, cookies, doughnuts, or cheesecake instead of a wedding cake.
    Photo by: Tracy Shoopman

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