Post # 1
Fellow brides, what do you all think about using small (8″) cakes as centerpieces? I’m considering this option, as it combines cost of cake and cost of centerpieces, which would be really helpful as we are in a huge financial crunch.
Does anyone have any pictures of this or experience to share?
If this is a bad idea, what other centerpieces can be arranged on the cheap? I’m okay with DIY, I just don’t know what to DIY.
Post # 3
I’ve seen it. It was fun and cute. The couple announced some guideline like oldest person at the table gets to cut it, and they still did the cake cutting with a small cake at their table.
Post # 4
My planner had pictures of a wedding where they did this. Here is a picture of one of the cakes. I thought it was really cute!!
Post # 5
My friend and his wife did this at their wedding and loved it! Unfortunately for us, the cost of getting a small cake for each table was more than getting the ‘big’ cake (and sheet cakes) + centerpieces. So I’d just be sure to check into the bakery prices before foregoing looking at other centerpiece options. Our venue offers a lot of free, low-key centerpiece options so you can just spend a little to spruce them up.
Post # 6
Other ideas – Framed pictures, framed classic love quotes, lanterns (if the venue allows), mason jar candles, books. If you keep a similar look, mismatched items can look very cool.
I really like the look of mismatched vases with a few flowers of one type in each. It’s much cheaper than full on arrangements, and you can find different vases in thrift stores.
Post # 7
cakes also served as table numbers
wedding in Hawaii
cake stands made with vintage plates and milk glass vases
of note, the cake shown by Topolino would be very expensive as centerpieces as they have a lot of detail
books and a tin can for flowers
river rock and a single flower
a slice of tree trunk, candles and something dried
Post # 8
Are you artistic at all? I’m a potter, and I’m considering making some sort of big porcelain vase for each table.
Post # 9
I’ve heard of people doing this and I’ve even considered doing the same thing 🙂 I think its a fun idea – it also gets guests to mingle if they travel from table to table to taste-test all the different cakes!
Post # 10
I’ve never seen this before, but I really love the idea. It sounds really fun. Honestly, I think a beautifully frosted cake is one of the prettiest things ever. 😉
Post # 11
I dont think it is a bad idea I think it could be really nice but….. I think that depending on what you want though it could be pricer than you think. There is alot to factor in. I think most bakeries base prices start at around $1.50 per serving (that on the low range) Also how many tables are you having? An 8 inch 2 layer round cake typically serves 12-15 people. Depending on the number of guests and tables this could add up to alot of cake that could go to waste. Also will the guests serve their own cake? What will they use to cut it and serve it? what will you display it on?
If the price of a big cake is what is overwhelming you could always cut back a little and have a small cake to display and cut and then just a simple sheet cake in the back to serve… As long as it was delicious no one will care or know
If your looking for Diferent cheaper options though maybe giving us some more details would help on the kind of look you want to achieve.
Post # 12
This idea was just in Brides Magazine and I LOVED it. I think i’m going to be doing it! I don’t have pictures but I think i’m just going to do white cakes with sugar crystals around the outside like the one below (my aunt is making them for me – she made my moms wedding cake too) and then put a few flowers on top of each (that part will be a DIY project – i’m just getting the flowers in bulk).