5 Tips for Buying Wedding Cakes on a Budget
When the time comes to commission your confection, nibble on these sweet ways to save money.
Fake a Big One
We get it. You've envisioned that elaborate work of art since you first learned the word fondant. But that doesn't mean you have to pony up a scary price to get the sugar rush. "For budget-minded clients, we'll build faux tiers, with only two of them being actual cake so there's something to cut," says contributing editor Wendy Kromer of Wendy Kromer Confections in Sandusky, Ohio. "Once decorated, all the tiers look the same. The kitchen then serves from a sheet cake behind the scenes."
If you do want each layer to be the real thing, cut costs by keeping your cake to three tiers. Building a tall cake is more work, says Kromer, and the more height, the more moola.
Dress Up Dessert
Sugar-paste flowers may look amazing, but creating them is laborious, and thus expensive. Instead, you can take a slice out of your wedding cake budget by using real blooms (or ribbons) as decorations. Or find a fabulous, affordable cake topper, and let that become the wow factor.
Just because you don't present a towering confection doesn't mean what you do serve has to be anything less than stunning (and mouthwatering). To wit, serving pie at your wedding is a delicious, and low-cost, dessert option. "They're eye-catching when displayed on pretty stands with meringue piled high or decorative crusts," says Kromer.
Set Up a Dessert Bar
Think outside the tier by offering up favorite treats such as brownies, cookies, and donuts. Arrange them in a tantalizing display and make just as much of an impact as a traditional cake would.