Save Your Dough & Skip the Wedding Cake!

by Becca on March 12, 2011


Despite the fact that they’re made with relatively inexpensive, grocery store ingredients, wedding cakes can be outrageously expensive.  In today’s wedding world, many couples are looking for alternative solutions to satisfy their guests’ sweet tooth.  Here are a few budget-friendly ideas aside from the traditional tiered wedding cake:

1. Old Family Recipes: Does your family have a famous cookie, cake or other dessert recipe?  Why not share that special treat with your wedding guests?  Ask your grandmother, aunts or even your soon-to-be mother-in-law to help you bake the dessert for the rest of your family and friends.  If you’re not too keen on the kitchen, perhaps a family member will bake your dessert for you as a wedding gift.


2. Pies: Pies are typically much less expensivethan cakes from bakeries.  If you’re having a fall or winter wedding, what could be more perfect than apple or pecan pie for your guests?  You might even be able to bake these sweet treats yourself and really save some money!  To tie into our first idea, why not ask a few special ladies in your family to bake their favorite pie for your wedding.  You can even create custom pie stands by placing some cute plates on candle holders like this:


3. Grocery Store Bakeries: Grocery store bakeries can be an excellent source for tasty treats, especially the bulk stores like Costco.  In fact, Costco sells desserts like cheesecake pre-sliced (no cake-cutting fee from your venue or caterer!).  You can purchase a few cakes in various flavors (strawberry, chocolate, even butterscotch) and make sauces for each one.  Try a mixed berry sauce for the strawberry cheesecake or a salted caramel drizzle for the chocolate!


4. Ice Cream Sundae Bar: Ice cream sundae ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery store and pretty inexpensive as well.  Your guests will love being able to customize their own desserts – you can purchase designer flavors in quart sizes at ice cream shops like Cold Stone Creamery or you can buy bigger containers of traditional tastes like chocolate and vanilla at grocery or bulk stores.  Either way you go, make sure to ‘invest’ in lots of yummy toppings like sprinkles, chocolate chips and cookie dough bites.  You can also buy waffle cones or bowls to go along with the ice cream or just skip the cones all together, use paper bowls and custom wooden spoons like these from Paper + Cup!


5. Cupcakes: Offering cupcakes instead of wedding cake is growing in popularity.  Cupcake shops are springing up in cities across the country, selling dozens of cupcakes for usually quite a bit cheaper than a wedding cake (around $30 for a dozen cupcakes).  ‘Cupcakeries’ can bake tons of different cake flavor and frosting combinations and are able to top the cupcakes off with all kinds of creative decorations.


6. Candy Bar: Not a fan of cake in general?  Hosting a candy bar with childhood favorites like jelly beans, salt water taffy, and lolly pops is sure to please your guests.  There are many online bulk candy stores like Candy Warehouse who can help make this dessert plan an affordable idea for most couples.


If you just have to have that traditional cake-cutting ceremony and feel your wedding wouldn’t be complete without shoving dessert in your new spouse’s face, order a small, single-tier wedding cake instead of or in addition to any of the options above.  Your wedding cake topper can adorn your “couple’s cake” and your family will have the chance to snap those priceless pictures as you cut your cake and begin your lives together!


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One Response to “Save Your Dough & Skip the Wedding Cake!”
  1. Nicole Onofrio says:

    Yummy! Just reading this made me hungry! These wedding tips can not only save you money but it’s a fun way to personalize your wedding a bit more, as well.

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