Wedding PIE v. Cake – Advice!!

posted 6 days ago in Food
Post # 2
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Helper bee

I think pie is a great idea! You can do a pie station with a bunch of full sized pies to choose from or do it cupcake style and put individual pies on a cake stand if you want a cake effect for cutting and pictures. 

Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2021

My partner and I are also forgoing the cake for an alternative -wedding cheesecake!

Mini pies could be very cute, but if you still want the aesthetic of a tiered wedding cake why not try something like this:

Post # 4
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Honey bee

crh1729 :  I don’t know what your budget’s like or how much pies it would be for a wedding. But if I have to do it your way, I would do a 3 tiered pie just like pictured above then do individual ones for the guests if you want it to look good. Again, I don’t know the price difference between individual pies VS whole pies and which one would be cheaper. I think individual pies look cute if you want pictures of your food. And with the three tier pie, you can have the picture of the cutting part taken care of. 

Post # 5
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Newbee

I’m not one for guessing numbers but that tiered pie stand is brilliant!  My best friend doesn’t care for cake but loves pie so she served pie at the wedding and everyone loved it.  It was true to the couple and the area.  

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I went to a wedding with pies and everyone seemed to love them.  My vote is for mini individual pies or hand pies.

Post # 7
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Honey bee

I think full pies display beautifully, but we did a bunch of mini pies mixed with brownies, cookies, bars, etc. It was just a lot easier for people to grab a few goodies and wasted less. Bonus, the leftovers were easy to take home. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

I went to a wedding a few years ago at the Bronx Zoo (so cool!) and they had mini pies from a local bakery. SO. GOOD! They offered little baggies for people to take home if they wanted. IMO mini pies will look nicer and be easier for guest than buffet style pies, unless everything is precut. 

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper

We did mini pies! My wedding was in fruit country so we did local fruits. One apple crumble style, and one peach/mixed berry. I preferred doing mini ones because while the pie display looks nice before it’s cut, it looks like absolute shit once one person hacks into it LOL. I think we did 2 pp (1 of each flavour). There was like 2 left at the end. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee

frenchtoastvegan :   jellybellynelly : yeah, many times when you leave it up to the guests to cut it’s a disaster. I went to a wedding one time when the guests ended up slicing the wedding cake for themselves (don’t ask me why the staff didn’t do it). It was a four tiered cake so each layer was different and everyone wanted a different flavor so the cake became imbalanced at some point. The cake eventually fell on the table because it wasn’t the “proper way” to cut it (whatever that means LOL).

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We did pie instead of cake. We did 12 full size pies for 100 guests arranged on pretty cake stands. 2-3 wait staff served it up with ice cream. We had 3 flavors they could choose from (or combine). 

 

People loved it!

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Mmm yes.  If pie, I’d like an ice cream side option.  Or, I’d also enjoy fruit torte which isn’t exactly “pie” but is like pie and doesn’t need ice cream.  I love a good fruit torte.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

I’m not a pie fan, but I think doing mini pies makes more sense.  So many types of pie get soooo messy when cut – especially fruit pies and cream pies.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I did like 18 pies for 150 people and it was great!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2025 - City, State

Mini pies are cute and neater but also likely cost more due to being labor intensive.

Here are a couple”wedding cake”  style pies, if that’s something you’re interested in.

Cake pie or cookie pie would be a fun option for guests who don’t like pie.

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