Wedding Budget Tips: The Wedding Cake Skip to main content

When sitting down with their wedding budget, most couples are surprised to find how much a wedding cake can actually cost. Depending on the amount of guests that will attend the event, the cost can skyrocket pretty quickly. But don’t fret! There are ways to save with a little creativity and know-how so you can keep that budget under control.

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Small Presentation Cake & Sheet Cake

If you have your heart set on a specific cake design but don’t have the funds to drop hundreds (or even thousands), consider having your baker make a small presentation cake and a sheet cake. The presentation cake will be cut in front of guests, while the sheet cake is what is served to guests to eat. This can sometimes save up to 50% of the cost of a standard wedding cake! You’ll get the best of both worlds…a beautiful cake for everyone to see and a delicious cake that keeps you on budget.



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Skip The Baker, Hit The Grocery Store

Did you know that places like your local grocery store or big box store offers baking services? You can save tons of cash by opting to have your cake baked and decorated there instead of at a fancy bakery. If your wedding cake plans are fairly simple, stop into your local store to ask if they’re able to make it. The employees who work in these departments are always trained bakers, so don’t let the store name scare you! You’re guaranteed to save big time with this little switch.



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Keep it Simple

The bigger and more extravagant the cake is, the more it will cost you. By keeping the flavors, patterns, and topper simple, your costs will be kept down. Think of it this way – time is money. Choosing a simple flavor like chocolate, vanilla, or lemon will also result in a more affordable cake, because your baker won’t need to purchase additional ingredients. You can also DIY your cake topper and give it to your baker instead of having them create something edible!




If you liked these tips and want to share how you used them, we’d love to hear from you!

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