Tips to reduce the cost of your wedding cake

Buckinghamshire Wedding Cake Maker

As I discussed in my previous post, pricing wedding cakes is not as straightforward as most people think, as there are many factors that affect the final price of your cake. In order to get an accurate quote from your wedding cake maker, it is best to be open and honest from the start and actually discuss your budget with them. Being a Buckinghamshire wedding cake maker, I endeavour to cater to different budgets wherever possible and discuss with my clients the different ways to reduce the price of their wedding cake. Every little helps and you might be surprised at how much you can save just by modifying the design of your cake.

3 Tips to Reduce the Cost of Your Wedding Cake

Here are my 3 top tips to reduce the cost of your wedding cake:

Simplifying the design

You may be thinking that a simple design would look boring and go unnoticed by your guests, but never underestimate the beauty of elegant simplicity!

The deep tiers used in contemporary wedding cake design are enough to make a cake with the minimum amount of decoration stand out. Also, when techniques such as marbling are used to give the icing an interesting effect the result can be truly stunning, as can be seen in the example of our Pink Marble design:

white and pink marble wedding cake

You can also add striking ‘pops’ of colour to make your wedding cake stand out even more. In the above example of Pink Marble, the black centre of the white anemone flower is in stark contrast to the white icing and pale pink roses, which gives this design even more depth and makes it perfect for a contemporary wedding.

Using faux or "dummy" tiers

The time it takes to bake, fill, coat and ice a cake in preparation for the final decorating stage makes up a large proportion of the cost of your wedding cake. Therefore, using a mixture of ‘real’ and faux tiers will reduce the overall cost of your wedding cake. Having said that, pricing faux tiers isn’t always straightforward; if your cake design incorporates intricate patterns that will still take up a lot of time and so having faux tiers in this case will not reduce the total cost of your cake by a huge amount.

Reducing the number of tiers

Many people assume that if they are having 300 guests at their wedding, then they need to order a cake to serve 300 people (or in some cases even more, just to be on the safe side).

The number of portions you need depends on a number of factors, including when you plan to serve the cake. If it is to be served after an evening buffet, it’s important to remember that not everyone will want cake after their meal. In this case it might be better to order a slightly smaller cake and let your guests help themselves in order to minimise wastage and reduce costs.

It might also be worth taking cultural factors into consideration: in Asian weddings, for example, traditional sweets are often served after the main meal in addition to the wedding cake. Here’s the question: how much sugar can your guests realistically consume after a rich meal?

If you would like further advice on your wedding cake, please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to help.

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