Post # 1
I’m not sure the different options available for wedding cakes nowadays, especially if you’re on a budget.
My brother decided that he’s pushing his wedding date up significantly (with only eight weeks notice) with a very limited budget – probably less than 6,000 for EVERYTHING. And they aren’t cutting back on guests either, approx. 100. I’m engaged myself, and am planning for a Sept. 2015 wedding – so my mom has two engaged kids at this point.
My mom can’t help out too much (my brother is in his thirties anyway), but she offered to foot the bill for their wedding cake. Despite their limited budget, they picked out a four tier cake (feeds 100) that is white, black, and has red roses going down the center. It’s very dramatic, and is also $550 from a bakery.
I’m new to this myself, but I explained that there’s probably a better option of getting that style of cake for the two of them to share.. and perhaps having the guests eat a prepared pre-sliced sheet cake from the caterer. Is this price a lot? They haven’t looked around and seem to think I’m being stingy, but I think there are other options.
Post # 2
misss0901: I had my heart set on a stacked wedding cake, so we did that. But we were also on a budget. We had a simple, 3 layer cake that had piped detail – all buttercream. However, our middle layer was styrofoam and our top layer was ours to keep for our 1 year anniversary. The bottom layer we cut into for the cake cutting and it was a real cake. We then brought out a sheet cake after that which had a different flavor. It also had the piped details that the stacked cake did. No one knew the middle layer was styrofoam, and it looked amazing for less!
Post # 3
I was also going to suggest going the slab cake route. You can have a smaller tiered cake for cutting and for pictures, but have a similar (or different) slab cake in the back that will also be served. It should save quite a bit of money and serve more people.
Post # 4
misss0901: Our wedding is 100 or so people and we are right over $4500 total. Cake was not super important to me. We will not have servers or someone to cut the cake, so we decided on cupcakes instead and a cutting cake for us. We went with Walmart. We don’t have a Walmart in our city, but the cities on either side of us do. The first one I went to had very little options for weddings cakes. But the other had lots! I ordered an 8″ rosette cake and 150 cupcakes for $95, including tax. The cake will look like this:
I had asked about getting the tiered options and the prices weren’t bad at all! He could also check other grocery stores for options. There are plenty of ways to save $$ 🙂
Post # 5
Daughter #1 (2013), included in the venue pricing – 5 layers/225 people. Real fancy decorations were extra, but fondant included. They served a different, non-cake dessert, and had half the cake sliced for people to pick up at a table in the cocktail hour room, and 1/2 in boxes to take home. They refuse to serve it at the tables, because they insist no one eats it. By the time I left, there was none left. Bride and groom got the top layer to freeze.
Daughter #2 (2014). Venue requires a minimum per person cake choice of $8 per person, plus 20% gratutity and 6% sales tax, on top of that. Fondant adds another $2 (+20% + 6%) to that. Would like to buy a cake elsewhere, but then they have a cutting/serving fee of $3 (+20% + 6%) on top of that. Looking at 112 guests. Probably won’t bother with the top layer, to keep by the bride and groom. Would love to serve another dessert, but everyone they have is some kind of cake (cheese, regular, torte), and is even more expensive per person.
Major grocery stores make wedding cakes; there are some on display at my local Giant. They can be picked up yourself, to save on the delivery fee. Also, if you have tiered columns between the layers, I heard ther’s a big upcharge for that. .