Post # 1
I really want to have one layer cakes as centerpieces. I plan to make a cakestand for each table using a vintage china plate glued to a candlestick or overturned glass and have one 6 inch cake at each 8 person table. Each cake stand will cost me $1.50. awesome. I would do many different flavors of cakes all with simple buttercream icing in easy (I swear!) designs that could be churned out reasonably quickly
I have been to too many weddings where no one eats the cake because it is off in the corner.
Cue the problems.
I am being quoted $50-60 for EACH 6″ cake. To me that is astronomical. I do not want fondant. Just simple buttercream. Also, since we will need approximately 2 dozen cakes, who in the world will I find to deliver 24 wedding cakes to our small town venue without fear of destroying them?!
24 cakes = $1440. FOR BUTTERCREAM!
I could do it myself but I dont want to be schlepping away in the kitchen the day before or of my wedding.
Please bees! Help a girl out. What do I do?
Also – if I bought floral centerpieces instead and did a tiered cake I would have about $25 a centerpiece to spend on flowers. What could $25 buy me in terms of floral centerpieces? Probably not much
Post # 3
@Honey-Bee: you can have a tired caked and serve cake pieces to tables so that people will eat. Actually that’s what most of weddings I went to do. I’m planning to do so and I just went to a wedding did the same too and there were not many cakes left at all. Of course, you get to spend some cost for serving but it’s nice for many reasons.
Post # 4
That is a crazy price. Have you talked with your local grocerery stor? They always have those size cakes on display for a lot less than that. You could negotiate the delivery price.
Maybe a 2-tier stand with 8 cupcakes instead (as another suggestions)?
Post # 5
That seems like an insane price, especially since you still need some kind of cake stands or serving plates.
Post # 6
@wabanzi: No kidding those cakes are $9-15 at the grocery store. But they wont deliver. And we are an hour outside of any major town
Post # 7
Any local grocery store bakery could provide you with cakes.
Post # 8
Go to a grocery store for this little centerpiece cakes. It’s a great idea, but that quote is insanity.
Post # 9
@Mee: my venue (small town) does not offer and couldnt offer cake service. So I would be relying on friends and family to pass out cake. So I really would prefer to have a cake at each table.
Post # 10
seriously that is way too much. dont you have a wonderful friend out there who is somewhat baking savvy that could help you make some simple cakes? If not the grocery store suggestion seems reasonable.
Post # 11
What about cupcakes instead? It would be nice looking, and it would eliminate the need to cut the cake.
Post # 12
I also would shop around more for the cakes. I love this idea though and it could save you $$ in the long run since cake centerpieces double as dessert and replace flowers! Win.
Post # 13
@Honey-Bee: Can’t you have a close friend or family member pick them up and deliver to the venue? Someone with an SUV so all the boxes can lie flat? It would take an hour tops.
Post # 14
Where do you live? Here in the SE, I would have my local grocery chain store do it (Publix) for probably $10-12 apiece. But then, they are known for their wonderful bakery, particularly their cakes. If you can get it cheaper than the INSANE prices you were quoted, it’s a really cute idea!
Edit-Just saw your reply that you’re an hour away from the nearest town, so the grocery store idea won’t work. 🙁
Post # 15
@Honey-Bee: Is there a really helpful groomsman (or two) that would be willing to drive to the grocery store to pick up the cakes you ordered beforehand and deliver them to your venue?
Men never need as much time as the ladies to get ready adn why not put them to work to keep them busy?
Post # 16
@Honey-Bee: $50-$60 a cake is not that bad for centerpieces when compared to florals which can run upwards of $100. Especially when you would have to buy a cake anyway. My wedding cake was $1600 so your individual table cakes are still less than that to give you some numbers for comparison.
My only concern is that people would cut into them early and ruin your look.