Post # 1
We are having a pretty big wedding (roughly 300 guests) and recently have been looking into cake prices. I definitely do not want to spend over $500 for a cake. I recently had a delicious cake from a local grocery store that is three layers (white cake), one filled with pineapple filling, the other with banana custard and real bananas, and the last filled with fresh strawberries. The frosting is real whipped cream so it must be refrigerated. So I was thinking about getting a smaller sized wedding cake (about 100 servings) and get the rest in sheet cakes from the local grocery store. I don’t think I can get the actual Wedding cake made in this flavor because it’s 3 layers and it’s a pretty tall cake so the biggest size they make is a 1/4 sheet and they can’t make it in rounds because Something about it getting lopsided cause of the height, plus it’s whipped cream frosting which I’m afraid will melt if it’s outside in warm weather. I just feel like it’s a bit tacky to not serve the cake we cut, or to bring out cake already cut that’s a different flavor than the one we cut into. Thoughts?
Post # 2
I think “tacky” is very subjective… is it budget friendly– yes! For us, cake was not our top priority (photography was way more important) so we are having a smaller cake that we’ll display and cut into and we’ll supplement with sheet cake. You have to make compromise in some areas, and cake could be one of those areas, depending on your budget and where it falls on your list of priorities.
Post # 3
A lot of people do this to save $$$. I see nothing wrong with it. Do you think your guest will care if they are eating sheet cake? If they do are those the people you want at your wedding?
Post # 4
I don’t think it’s tacky so long as it’s not what is presented. Find a bakery that will do a 3-tier-cake. The bottom tier will be for the cake cutting ceremony, the top two will be “dummy tiers”. Then have your catering company serve the sheet cake from the kitchen or an enclosed area. The guests don’t have to know unless they ask, lol.
Post # 5
As long as everyone gets the same cake (so everyone gets sheet cake) then I don’t see a problem. If you serve some people fancy cake and others sheet cake then that might seem a bit off.
Post # 6
I thought this was a pretty typical practice at some wedding venues?
Post # 8
You could do the presentation cake, and then the sheet cakes in the back to get cut — when the whole cake is displayed at a wedding, they still wheel it in the back to get dished out anyways. Or, do several small cakes and make a dessert display.
Post # 9
I dont think it’s tacky at all. As long as everyone is getting the same thing. A lot of people will to that to save money, and a lot of people do more nontraditional things.
I went to a wedding where the couple had the cake and then served everyone dessert from a cookie bar, that was disappointing lol.
Post # 10
If it tastes yummy it’s all good by me!
Post # 11
We had a sheet cake to supplement our regular cake. No one even knew. We cut our regular cake, and the sheet cake was in the back. They were cut into the same shape so no one would even know if it was a cheap cake versus a regular cake.
It’s not tacky, it’s pretty brilliant, actually. I almost hugged my cake baker when she told me it would literally save my hundreds and not a soul would notice (and no one did!).
Post # 12
Dummy tiered cakes for presentation and pictures are super common. I wouldn’t serve some the sheet cake and some tiered. That would be off-putting.
Post # 13
A lot of bakeries suggest having a side cake in the back that nobody sees that is a full sheet rather than pay for an extra layer. Not tacky at all! Have fake tiers and then voila – nobody knows the difference once it’s taken away to be cut!
Post # 14
If I was a guest at your wedding, all I would care about in that sentence is the word “cake”.
Post # 15
This is super common in my area. I wouldn’t think twice about it!!