The First Cut is the
The Wedding Cake
The wedding cake is always one of the star features of a wedding
reception and people have been known to spend thousands of dollars
on the 'perfect' cake. While a tasty and beautiful cake is something
every couple would love, the tips and tricks are available for
getting a great one at the best possible price.
- Never buy your cake as part of an 'all inclusive' package
without getting it price itemized first. Some packages I've
seen worked out to nearly $500 for a standard three tier cake!
- Cakes are an item where the variation you find by calling
around and doing a price comparison will amaze you! Call different
size bakeries in different parts of town and be clear about
what you want – you can then go and visit and taste test
at the ones that give you the best price.
- Stacked cake layers are almost always less expensive than
the old tiered style due to the difficulties in balancing them.
Ask your baker what the price reduction would be to have your
cake in a stacked style like the one pictured below.
- Have a natural or silk flower topper rather than sugar icing
sculptures or an old fashioned figurine. You can arrange your
own silk flower topper in the weeks before the wedding and give
it to the baker to attach or have the florist prepare a natural
flower to match your bouquet. Keep in mind not all flowers are
safe on food products!
- Always check to see that the bakery includes delivery in
their charges. If not, how much extra will it cost? Try to get
them to include it for free anyway!
- Even for a baker, time is money. The more ornate the style,
the more it costs. Try to choose a more classic and less 'fussy'
- My number one tip – be on the look-out for someone
who does cake decorating or wedding cakes as a sideline. My
wedding cake was made by an award winning cake decorator who
was a teacher by trade. She made my four tier stacked style
cake covered in hand-made sugar roses and orchids for $100 –
a $210 saving on the nearest quote from a baker!
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