Post # 1
Hi bees! I am trying to think of a way to cut my dessert budget. Right now my venue has an option of 3 mini desserts for 6 dollars per person. But it sounds like a lot because I don’t think half the people will eat it and with 225+ people, it adds up quick. They allow outside bakers but the venue charges $3 per person for a cake cutting/plating fee. I have several family friends that have catering licenses that I think would help me. Should I explore this option or suck it up, save the hassle and the go with the venue’s option? I’m really trying to save 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Are you serving cake and dessert or just cake or just dessert? I would only serve one or the other to save money. $6 is a little high for mini desserts but your cake will probably equal that once you pay the cutting fee to the facility and the cake fee to the baker. So then it depends on what you want; do you want to just serve dessert? Or cut a cake and serve slices to your guests?
Post # 4
I’m fully in the “I’m at a wedding, give me CAKE” boat. And it can work out in your favor – even with a $3 cutting and plating fee, if you find a cheap baker, you could come out a few hundred ahead.
Post # 6
If I go with my venue’s option it is mini desserts only. If I go with outside baker I can do whatever I want probably including a cake. Definitely not doing both.
Post # 9
Do you guys think it’s possible to get the cake somewhere for 2 dollars at slice? Thats the only way it would be worth it. I don’t know what normal cakes cost 🙂
Post # 10
Why not serve cake? If you’re looking for something unique, maybe choose some fun or different flavors?
Post # 11
I’d actually go with the mini dessert and maybe have a small cake to cut and not serve.
It seems like it would be much easier this way.
Post # 12
We’re having about a dozen friends and family make various kinds of desserts. Would it be possible to use an outside vendor to make desserts that don’t need cutting. Would they still serve the stupid cake cutting fee? Like if you had cupcakes or mini pies or truffles.
Post # 13
I love the idea of family bringing desserts but they need to be a lisenced caterer. I need to ask about the truffles, mini pie idea because I love that! yum!
Post # 15
How about if you order just a small cake(mostly for the cutting and for show)and have them make a sheet cake to cut for the guests.
Also, a kind of fun thing I’ve done for brides is bake several cakes(like 1 per table) and she and her bridesmaids get together and decorate them. Every table gets their own cake.
Post # 16
Depends on location, style, type of frosting, and how picky you are. In Ohio, getting a buttercream cake, you can definetly get one for $2 a slice, or less. There are brides who have had wonderful cakes from WalMart and Publix, but the selection is smaller – you are limited to what they have in the books, at least at WalMart, and only a few flavors. But a cake there is about $1 a slice. Best cost savings is buttercream only, no sugar flowers, no fondant, minimal hand piping, and keep it to one or two standard flavors and standard fillings (no coconut creme cake with mango filling).