Happy wedding Wednesday! I hope these posts have been helpful to all you future brides! Let’s talk wedding cake. As I’ve said before, figure out what matters to you and what you want to spend money on—if cake is a big deal to you and your groom – set aside a few hundred dollars for the cake. Double it if you’re fancy.
Traditionally, you need two cakes: A groom’s cake and a regular wedding cake, plus dessert. We decided to only do two cakes and I think it worked out well. No extra cupcakes were needed.
Initially, our wedding cake was pretty elaborate, with hand made sugar flowers and a gorgeous gold design. But when we went over budget this was the first thing to get cut. I enjoy cake, but not that much.
We went with a buttercream chocolate and vanilla cake with swiss dots. Simple, classic and elegant, but nothing really to write home about. The groom’s cake was where we had some fun! I did love the cake topper – which was gold and said “love.” That was from Etsy and it was about $20!
To go with our theme, District to Dixie, we decided to bring some of DC to our special day. After all, it’s where we fell in love! Our cake was a replica of the Capitol Dome!
Now for some insider knowledge… If you are having a big wedding like I did – here’s where you can save some serious cash. Instead of having your incredible talented (and incredibly expensive) cake baker create a massive cake to feed 250 people, have her make one that looks like it will feed 250 people. Our main wedding cake had 5 layers and looked like it was all cake, but the truth is only the first few were real cake! The bottom half was fake, which meant big savings. We cut the top of the cake for pictures, then the wait staff took the cake to the back to cut it into slices. What our guests didn’t know was there was a full sheet cake in the back already cut into slices. It was the exact cake that we had, just without the fancy icing decor on the outside that’s so pricey.
Bonus idea: Want a pretty set up? Go to TJ Maxx or Home Goods to find pretty cake stands. I found ours (swiss dots to match the cake!) for $12.