Cake woes

We're working on our budget and trying to have the wedding we want without  breaking the bank. We are having about 150 guest and we're trying to decide the best way to go. We are deciding between a regular wedding cake, doing a two tier cake and then cupcakes for the guest or the two tier cake and then mini cakes for the guest. Does anyone have any suggestions or even ideas that maybe I hadn't considered?

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 9:44 am
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LauraSweet
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Cake is my favorite subject! :)

Mini cakes are usually the most expensive option because they are so labor-intensive. Depending on the bakeries in your area, I would guess that the 2-tier cake with cupcakes would be the least expensive option, but a traditional wedding cake may actually be cheaper.

One budget-friendly option that some bakeries offer is to have a small regular wedding cake, and have the remaining servings come from kitchen cakes that are undecorated and are cut up in the kitchen and served without being displayed. Some people even go with sheet cakes for the additional servings, but personally, I like the kitchen cakes because they look the same when sliced as the main cake (layers with filling).

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 10:45 am
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 I am doing a round cake for us to cut and then individual cakes for our guests. Our baker is charging 3.50 per serving because it's fondant. Our design is very simple. I know with more extensive decoration it would be more. 

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 11:05 am
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 I never thought about the kitchen cakes Laura, that's a really good suggestion. I'll have to bring that up the next time we talk wedding. Kim when you say individual cakes, like what size are you using just so I have a better mental image?

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 11:11 am
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Laura's suggestion is great! In our area, cupcakes are the most expensive so we went with sheet cakes for the guests. I wanted a three layer cake, and my baker actually suggested that the bottom two layers be fake, with only the top real as our anniversary portion. That was really inexpenisive, about $150 for 200 guests.

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 11:37 am
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I think that doing mini cakes for all of your guests would be the most expensive option just because of the amount of time that it would take to actually make them and decorate them. Cupcakes seem to be the cheapest option but they can add up really fast. I would get the prices for the cupcakes and then compare that with how much a tiered cake would cost you. Surprisingly it might be cheaper to get a big cake.
Posted on November 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm
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This is just a thought but have you considered just getting a cake from the grocery store? I think that would have to be a ton cheaper than ordering a tiered cake. 

 

 

http://apracticalwedding.com/2013/06/grocery-store-wedding-cakes/

 

You could buy a cake from the grocery store and add a few flowers to it for not a lot of money and then do cupcakes with that.

 

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm
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 Thank you ladies! I think my biggest fear with getting the big cake is that not everyone will like the cake we choose and now we're stuck with all of this cake. I can't even begin to count the number of times I've been to a wedding and hated the cake. I'm not a huge icing/jelly like texture filling person so I want to make sure that everyone including me and my fiance'e are happy. I know I can't please everyone, but I really don't want to deal with extra cake. We did like the sheet cake idea a lot so that is definitely in the running. 

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm
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What about doing something other than cake? You could do cheesecakes, pies, an assorted dessert buffet?

 

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm
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I'm not a huge cake person so I'm all for the different desserts, but he has his heart set on doing the whole cake cutting thing, so I compromised there. He did give in to my sweet tooth and said I could have a dessert table as well for some variety.  I think the cupcake or the sheet cake might actually work out, I'll have to talk to him about the store cakes and see what he thinks, maybe get a few round cakes with our color scheme and have those there. That would be a really neat alternative.

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm
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I love the idea of a dessert table with a variety of desserts. We sort of did that, but ours was just a variety of cakes. We had a 2-tier wedding cake and a variety of dessert cakes. You can see them here: http://www.projectwedding.com/blog_entries/30916

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm
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@LauraSweet- LOVE your cake table from your wedding!! :)
Posted on November 9, 2013 at 9:52 am
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We are doing our mini cakes a 4" and 3" stacked like a mini two tier for our guest. I cant post pics from my phone but will when i get on my computer. We are doing a dessert buffet with our candy buffet
Posted on November 9, 2013 at 1:14 pm
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 Oh ok @KimandByron. I think I know what you're talking about. I agree @LauraSweet! It looked really good!!

Posted on November 9, 2013 at 1:41 pm
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 wow really nice if you want these kinds of information about wedding cakes just click here http://www.iwedplanner.com/wedding-cakes-and-desserts/

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 5:41 am

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