Weddings are exciting milestones for a lot of people, and truth be told, some go all out when they’re preparing for their wedding. You get married only once so you might as well have the wedding of your dreams. But let’s face it: having your dream wedding can be expensive.
The good news is, your wedding does not have to be a financial burden. There are ways to cut costs without feeling deprived on your big day. If you look at all the details – from the ceremony and reception up to the flowers and invites – you’ll find great opportunities to save some cash. For instance, you reduce your expenses on one of the important components of a wedding – the cake. Here are some tips for saving money on a wedding cake:
Set a budget.
As with all other aspects of a wedding, setting a budget should be your starting point when cake shopping. Determine how much you can spend on a wedding cake, but keep in mind that it should also be of good quality.
Look for options.
Try several cakes from different vendors and compare in terms of look, taste, and price. It’s a matter of striking the right balance – visually appealing, tastes good, and is reasonably priced
Design vs. Height.
A 3-4 tier wedding cake complete with intricate piping, sugar flowers, figurines, and other accessories can be expensive. Decorating materials are costly, and can dramatically add up to the cost of the cake. Save some cash by deciding which you prefer: a smaller cake with detailed decorations or a taller one with simpler, minimal details.
Know what types of cake can help you save some cash.
Pound cakes, foam and sponge cakes, flourless, tortes – there are so many types to choose from. Do your homework and determine the type of cake that costs less but has great flavour. Another tip on how to save on a wedding cake is to skip the outer frosting and have a naked cake. It requires less buttercream as well so you can cut your expenses. Not only are naked cakes easy on the wallet, they’re also very trendy and easier to make.
Enlist the help of a baker friend.
Thank the wedding gods if you have one. If he or she is interested, you can help him/her in making the wedding cake. It can save you some cash and at the same time, it’s a rewarding experience, knowing that you and your friend pour your time, effort, and personal touch in making the wedding cake. Just keep your expectations realistic with simple design requests.
These are just some tips on how to save on a wedding cake. While it’s an important element in any wedding, you don’t have to break the bank to have your dream wedding cake. With some help and research, you can have a wedding cake that allows you to save money.
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