Post # 1
Our budget is so tight that we’ll be having our reception now in a K of C, we decided this today and have 2 appointments tomorrow.
To save money we can certainly “make” a wedding cake (though it would have to be someone we know, not us — we cannot do something like that, it would be a disaster :). If not, we could certainly buy one.
We don’t know how much wedding cakes are b/c the hall we originally contracted with (and we have yet to break the news to him) provided us with one.
I’ve heard they can be expensive and that I can’t do…what are the typical prices?
Post # 3
Here’s my suggestion:
Either look into buying a small two tier cake and a bunch of sheet cakes (it’ll probably run about $200) depends on where you’re located or consider doing a cupcake tree and additional cupcakes/sheet cakes or lastly look up tutorials.
I’m assuming you’re Catholic if you’re having your reception at a Knight of the Columbus hall (my Fiance is a Knight). You could always ask around to see if there is someone in your parish that is a baker who might be able to help with the small tier cake.
There are a lot of tutorials on the internet for diy wedding cakes.
Post # 4
I think prices are pretty regional. My mom has a cake business and she typically charges anywhere from $100-$400 depending on complexity.
You should be able to set up consultations with bakers in your area. Or you can even call and ask if they can work within your price range!
If you know someone who is talented at baking, that could work. Especially if you just want something simple!
Post # 5
One thing I’ve heard of brides doing is a cake/cupcake/dessert buffet, where they ask a bunch of friends/relatives to bake their specialty cake or dessert and then let guests pick.
I’m making our cake but it’s certainly a labor of love and not for the faint of heart. I wouldn’t ask one person to make your entire wedding cake unless they’re making a sheet cake or multiple layer cakes. Even then, it’s a lot of stress if they didn’t volunteer.
Post # 6
I just spoke to my friend and she said just go to a regular bakery and have it done, not a special place. Just a regular white cake for 100 people with a bride and groom on top, which I’m fine with, I don’t need one of these new spectacular cakes…
Well, that’s the plan as of NOW anyway…
Other suggestions would be great…
Post # 7
How about ordering plain white cakes of different sizes from a regular bakery and decorating them yourselves w/ ribbon or artificial flowers or fresh flowers from your yard (make sure they’re not toxic) Our daughter wanted her cake (my mother-n-law decorates cakes) on the buffet table in the center of all the food, so we’re just going to use a plastic milk crate (free from my brother-n-laws work) and drape the table cloth over it and sit the cake on it. That way it’s sorta showcased and everyone can see it as they get their dinner. Its just 3 plain white round cakes stacked on each other and we’re adding ribbon around each base and using artificial roses. You could either stack your cakes like we are or sit them seperately at staggering heights, on a steady base of course that has been draped w/ a table cloth or material. I like the cupcake idea and just have a small cake for the bridal party to eat, but our daughter didn’t want that. Good luck, and here’s a pic of the cake she wants (hers will have icing and not the vine)
Post # 8
Most big chain (and small chain) grocery stores can make very cheap cakes.
Post # 9
I hope people won’t feel put on the spot when I ask.
I’ll check out bakeries and groceries first and if we absolutely need to I’ll ask someone to do it.
Post # 10
Try this site. It looks pretty easy and you can purchase everything you need in one package.
Post # 11
If you really want a trendy and professionally decorated wedding cake, have you considered renting one? From what I have read they look real, and are around $100. They have a secret wedge that you can stick an actual slice of cake in for the cake cutting. Then you can get inexpensive sheet cakes. Some info about it here: http://www.wedding-cakes-and-toppers.com/rent-a-wedding-cake.html The cakes look pretty good to me!