Post # 1
We booked our reception at a restaurant and our package includes a dessert option of the most delicious chocolate mousse cake. Since we’re already serving cake, we don’t really see the need to order a large wedding cake. But we want to cut into a cake for the photos, so we ordered a single tiered, 10-inch round wedding cake that we’ll prop onto onto a tall cake stand. It’ll be decorated with ribbon and fresh flowers. The money we save will help us out a lot since we’re on a really tight budget. But my in-laws are horrified by that idea. They insist that we need a cake with tiers to the ceiling, even if no one will eat it! They think that it’ll be so embarrassing to have a small wedding cake. They offered to pay for a large wedding cake, but I just think it will be such a huge waste of money and cake. Has anyone had just a one-tier wedding cake before? Will it be too tacky? What do you think?
Post # 3
Love,i don’t think it’s tacky at all! Maybe ur in-laws wld not want to appear stingy (elders hv this idea)? I’m fine with a single layered cake so long as it is tasty!
Bt if they insist & want to pay for a taller,bigger cake…let them. 😉
Post # 4
I was going to have a sheet cake until my FFIL said he would take care of the cake amongst lots of other things. He gave me a $500 cake budget, but I think that is far too much. I think $300 is more than enough. If the in-laws offer to pay, GO FOR IT! And if you decide not too, it will be just fine! And if the inlaws do pay for a cake, see if the restaurant has cookies or something to go with.
Post # 5
Um I never knew that the amount of tiers of a cake said anything about the couple or the wedding. I always just thought it should correspond to how many people need to be served. If you want the single layer, and there will be enough dessert for all your guests, than go for it. We are having a dessert buffet so we are also having a small single tier cake because we know most people will want the other varius desserts being offered. You’re in laws are crazy!
Post # 6
If your inlaws just want to have the look of a tiered cake and don’t care if anyone eats it, why don’t you get a styrofoam cake (and have it decorated) with one real layer to cut? Then you can serve people the mousse cake, but still make your inlaws happy.
Post # 7
I agree with AutomneMariee- you can do a fake cake with 1 real layer for cutting (just don’t forget which layer is real and accidentally cut into Styrofoam!).There are a few tutorials here on WB, and also elsewhere on the web. Way cheaper this way then buying a cake no one will eat!
But I also think a single layer cake is fine! We’re having 1 single layer cake, a bunch of pies, cupcakes, and cookies. As long as everyone gets dessert, it doesn’t matter how tall the cake is! And the problem with bringing in a tall cake no one will eat- Most venues will Not let you take it home afterward! I have heard horror stories of brides watching the caterers dump an almost whole cake into the trash! Yikes! What a waste of time, money, and delicious cake!
Post # 8
Thank you, Everyone! Your ideas and support have been really helpful! I did entertain the thought of letting them pay for the cake, but I really would rather serve the restaurant’s chocolate mousse cake (it’s delish). Getting a styrofoam cake would work if we were going with fondant, but I can’t stand how fondant tastes! Having another large cake just for show will be such a huge waste of money and cake. Even if they did let us take the larger cake home, I get a stomach ache thinking about packing it all home and having to eat a week’s worth of cake. I don’t think our proposed smaller cake will even be finished by the end of the day I guess I don’t really want to let them pay for a huge cake out of principle, too. We honestly don’t care about having a fancy huge cake. Letting them buy a bigger, more expensive cake just for show is so wasteful to me. Meowkers, you’re right. The cake and how big it is has nothing to do with the value of our wedding. Getting a big cake just to please their strange ideas of what makes a good wedding is crazy to me. I’m not worried — everyone will go home stuffed. The restaurant serves really large portions and their slices of cake are pretty big, too. I’m sure most people won’t even remember that we had a small cake!
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
Don’t listent to them! Your idea is great. They seem to just have certain ideas about weddings and have never heard of not having a giant wedding cake at a wedding before. Having a small, single-tier cake to cut from is a great way to save money, and I’m sure everyone will love the choco mousse cake.
Post # 10
What if you have youe 10″ cake be a 3-layer cake so that it’s just a bit taller than a “normal” tier and then it will appear to everyone else as though you did it on purpose for looks rather than price?! Having one tall tier is so super chic!!
Post # 11
Hey you can do all you want if it is done nicely it will look good no matter what….here is a good example of a 1 tier wedding cake
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2007 - Organic farm an hour from San Francisco
I had only one tier wedding cakes! I’m all for one tier!
Post # 13
You don’t have to use fondant to have fake layers on your cake (I’m with you, I am anti-fondant!). You can put any frosting you want over the styrofoam and the layers will all look the same.