Traditionally, wedding cakes were made to bring good luck to all guests and the couple. Wedding cake was originally a luxury item, and a sign of celebration and social status. The bigger the cake, the higher the social standing. White icing was also a symbol of money and social importance in Victorian times, so a white cake was highly desired. The guests who also attended the wedding would take part by taking a piece of the broken wedding cake in hopes that they would also get good luck and fortune.
In today’s wedding world, we still have cake but now it’s a £300+ extravagant lump of sugar. I’m not saying the bakers aren’t skilled, they sure are and they deserve to charge that kind of money for the amazing creations they build. I’m just not in the market for one – like some fine wine or a Porsche.
I tried to think of what my friends had for their wedding and I cant recall a single cake. I read online that if you don’t recall the details of something at another persons wedding then you probably shouldn’t spend a lot of money on it. I’ve tried to use this approach throughout the planning stage.
So why have a cake? Personally I’m not convinced we even need a cake but I do want to give guests something sweet to enjoy after food, so if we can save spending money on a desert and have the cake double up as pudding then that works for us!
There are lots of ways to make your wedding cake cheap (chosing buttercream over frosting, having less sugar flowers, skipping the crazy decor etc) however what I’m really interested in is making a ‘normal’ cake look fit for a wedding.
Here are some expensive mistakes I will not be making:
- Getting it custom made
- Having multiple cake tasting
- Requesting an obscure flavour
These three combined scream expense to me and to me and my guests, a cake is a cake is a cake. So to make it cheap as can be, below are some ideas to keep your cake cheap:
- Make it yourself – if you have the time and you enjoy / are skilled at baking
- Have someone make you it as a wedding present – same as above
- Order less tiers – the difference between 3 and 2 tiers can be £200
- Chose sponge – sponge works out £20 cheaper than fruit per tier
- Have a dummy – Decorate a dummy cake, don’t do the cutting, then have cutting bars to serve
- Order a ‘white’ birthday cake – The word wedding makes anything x10 more expensive in my opinion
- Have cupcakes – you’ve seen the pictures. Really un-messy for giving out too
- Order from a supermarket – Shop around for some budget-friendly deals