Post # 1
Do we have to have anough cake for everyone if our venue offers desert? I’m trying to cut costs as much as possible. A friend is making our cake and I only want a small cake for cutting pics basically. The venue offers a wide variety of gourmet desserts, which can be included in our package at $5 pp. I asked about bring in a sheet cake and having them serve it, perhaps for a ‘cutting fee’. The owner said that they would not serve a cake as they dont want their name on someone else’s cake, but they would set it up on a table and our guests could go up and get their own slices, but they’d still be charging us to cut it. We’re having a sit-down served dinner so I dont really want to do the dessert buffet-style. So this makes me lean towards just using their desserts… but would that be ok?
We will also be having a candy/sweets table, and food available after the dinner, during the dance.
What do you guys think??
Post # 3
I would just use their desserts… no one will think anything of it especially if the dessert is yummy!!
Post # 4
many people are using cupcakes instead of cake lately, is this an option for you?
Post # 5
I think the only people that will have an “issue” are older people, because they will really want cake.
What about if you did cupcakes? would there still be a cutting fee?
Post # 6
@capergrrl: You should add a poll to get some more feedback from people who don’t feel like posting 🙂
Post # 7
I love cake and if there are desserts offered and you cut a cake, I would assume cake would be one of the options (and would probably choose cake over any other dessert.) So if cake wasn’t an option I might be a bit disappointed, but it wouldn’t ruin the night.
Post # 8
Honestly, I might in the minority, but I’d be pretty disappointed. I’d assume if there was a cake for cutting, that there was cake for the guests too. I agree with a PP, can you do cupcakes instead which might eliminate the cutting fee?
Post # 9
I attended a wedding that did this — the bride and groom cut a small cake and then guests got to choose from other desserts. It was fine with me!
Post # 10
We chose to do a Viennese pastry table for our guests — basically lots of different small pieces of pastries, cakelets, fruits with chocolate, etc. Our wedding cake was a small replica of Fenway Park, which we used for the cake-cutting but did not serve at the reception. It would not have fed all of our guests, we didn’t want a huuuge one, and we did the pastry table instead.
We cut and served the Fenway cake at our after-party, which 40 people out of around 90 attended, so plenty of people got to enjoy its yumminess. We did it more for the look than the taste anyway, so it worked out pretty well!
Post # 11
I don’t like the idea of not having cake. As a guest I would be disappointed and I think it would be talked about among your other guests, everyone asking “where’s the cake”, some people commenting on the fact they saw a small one etc. Plus cake is one of the first things you think of when someone talks about a wedding reception. I think you should cut costs in a less obvious way.
Post # 12
@Gemstone: Same experience. The bride and groom had a small cake and then we had a choice between Creme Brulee and another dessert. It was YUM and I was happy!
Post # 13
I would happily accept anything I was served for dessert and wouldn’t worry about whether or not I got some of the cake you cut 🙂
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
I’ve been to a couple of weddings where they didn’t serve the wedding cake they cut and they had other desserts. It was totally fine with me and I don’t think anyone really noticed/cared because the desserts were so yummy! (:
Post # 15
Thanks for your opinions Bee’s! I suppose cupcakes could be an option, I’m not really into cupcakes at weddings (I love cupcakes, but for some reason I dont like them as a wedding cake, for myself anyways). I’m known amongst our family and friends for making wicked cheesecakes from scratch.. I thought about making enough for all our guests and then Fiance and I could serve them to our guests… It would save us a bit.. it would be about $300 for the materials to make the cheesecakes and it would be about $500 to serve our guests the house desserts.. but now i’m making a lot of work for myself 😛
Post # 16
Can you have a “fancy” small cake to cut, and then a sheet cake that is really basic (kept in the back, not out on display), but tastes just as good as your fancy cake for the guests? I have heard of brides doing this before.