Post # 1
I have a cake dilemma and would love any help/advice you could give.
In my mind, I have always envisioned a 3 tiered square cake with simple ribbon trim and fresh flowers. In my area there are two kinds of bakeries, the ones in the valley where we live and the ones in the mountains where we are getting married. The bakers in the valley charge $200 to deliver to our site. The bakers in the mountains charge less for delivery BUT more for their cakes as they are in a smaller area.
The dilemma is I have found one baker here in the valley who not only makes a beautiful cake, but a ridiculously good one too. No dry wedding cake here. Delicious, moist and perfect. However, with the $200 delivery charge, her cost would be right at our cake budget. This would be for the ideal three tiered square cake with fondant.
For about $250 less I can get a three tiered round cake, with fondant in the mountains. The cake is good, but not phenomenal. It’s typical wedding cake and not anything mind-blowing.
So the dilemma is…get exactly what I want and spend the $$ OR save some cash and comprimise on taste and looks?
Thanks All!! I appreciate any advice given.
Post # 3
If you’re being charged per slice/per person take a look at your guest list. Do some research and be sure you don’t order a cake that’s enough for 1 serving per person. A lot of people will not eat the wedding cake and if you order for 80% (my boss ordered for 50% and still had a lot leftover) it will save you some money. Also, on the same note, since a lot of your guests won’t even be eating it you have to decide if it’s worth it to you to spend the extra cash. Everyone will see the flowers, everyone will see your dress, everyone will hear the music. There might be a place where you were hoping to splurge a bit and if that’s the case weigh the cake against that splurge.
Post # 3
@sassy_pants: This is a tough decision, but I think that it is just what you want to do. Better cake vs. better price?? If you get the one in the Valley (better tasting cake) could someone pick it up so you wouldnt have to have it delivered?? That would save you 200!
Post # 4
Have you considered not having fondant? I think this would make it quite a bit cheaper, and then you could have the cake that is more what you want and tastes better, just minus the fondant. I am having something similar to what you want- square, three layers, ribbon trim, fresh flowers on top- but mine is just iced in buttercream. They actually can make it look pretty smooth with buttercream, and a lot of people don’t eat the fondant anyway because they don’t like how it tastes.
Post # 5
If you know someone who knows how to put tiered wedding cakes together you can always pick up the cake and take it to your venue and have that person put your cake together.
This is what we are doing for ours. FI’s aunt makes wedding cakes but since she is coming from out of state we went with a bakery where we live. The wedding is an hour and half away from the bakery and they charge almost 200 for delivery. We are just going to pick up the cake and have her put the tiers together on wedding day.
Post # 6
@sit1010–Thanks! We really sat down and figured that 1 per guest was too much and are trying to get the smallest possible to keep costs (and leftovers) down. It’s good to know though that your boss ordered 50% and had lots leftover! We may have to re-think our count!
@Miss Lace–We don’t have any friends or family in the area so we would have to do it ourselves on our wedding day 🙁 If we were to do it early, we have nowhere to refrigerate it as our site is pretty stickler about it. We are still putting feelers out for a solution of that nature though. Great suggestion!
@AllieRae–I definitely have. My only issue is we want a blue cake and the dyed buttercream I’ve seen looks awful. Most bakers just can’t get the color to be uniform like fondant. Plus the baker in the valley doesn’t charge extra for fondant…can you believe that?!
Post # 7
To me it depends on your priorities. Mine is not the cake, so I would go cheaper and spend more on the photos.
BUT if it is worth it, in the grand over all amount you are probably going to spend on a wedding, I would pay for it if it were a priority. Also, is there a really reliable strong friend (like a grooms man??) who has a delivery truck or van they can deliver for you? I have a friend that has a rav 4, and is willing to deliver it. Usually I would be really weary of letting someone do it, but our other friend is being very… illegal, and sitting in back holding it.. lol… we are about 40 min away from our cake person, and delivery would be 1/2 the price of the cake, so I was freaking, and its a pretty staight forward road and no one is on it normally.
Post # 8
If the cake is really important to you, get the better cake & pay more. If not and you have somewhere else in the budget you’d like to put the extra $$ towards, go with the cheaper one Me, I want to LOVE our cake, so we upgraded our wedding package to include exactly what I wanted (and I luckliy don’t have to worry about the delivery), but I know alot of brides could care less about the cake and would much rather put the money elsewhere…
Post # 9
For me, cake is not that important. I mean who really remembers what a cake looks and tastes like? You will, but no one else will. I would save the money and use it towards something else!
Post # 10
Out of all the weddings I’ve been, I can’t remember what a single one of their cakes looked or tasted like. Mostly because, in general, wedding cakes don’t really stand out in taste. But if you got a *phenomenal* tasting cake, you betcha that I’ll remember it! I always love good food 🙂 But like others have said, it just depends on what your priorities are – cake for me isn’t that high on the list, so I would probably use the money elsewhere.
Post # 11
i’ve never actually remembered any of the cakes either. but mostly, that’s cuz i’m the one over at the bar grabbing drinks instead of sitting at the table waiting for cake. lol. personally, i’d rather save the money and spend it on something else. but…if you really think it’s important and if it will bug you if you don’t splurge a little, then go for it!
Post # 12
I’m a cake freak so for me, I don’t trust fondant brides lol:) IF you are into cake, get what you want and try to negotiate by paying cash. Then try to cut corners in a different area of your budget. No one but you will ever remember what shape your cake was but they’ll remember that you were happy on your wedding day :)Good luck with your decsion.
Post # 13
I’d go for the wonderful cake! But I’m a girl that LOVES cake.