Saving Money on a Wedding Cake

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Wedding cakes are an expensive but important part of your wedding. You don't need to sacrifice taste and appearance to save money. This is a page about saving money on a wedding cake.
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July 19, 2005

We saved money on the wedding cake because we ordered a very plain cake. It was only frosted with pearl frosting edging. Then we took left over live flowers that were not used in the wedding and decorated the cake. Her cake was absolutely magnificent and so simple to do as well as money saving!

By Robin

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I made my daughter's wedding cake. It was a three-tier cake with sugar paste flowers that took three days of standing, baking, and decorating. When my son got married, I got smart. A grocery store bakery made three round cakes iced in white icing for $40.00. I took artificial flowers and cascaded them down the cake with a circle of small blossoms around the Bride and Groom topper. Cheap and beautiful!

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By Susan from Collierville, TN

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August 10, 2005

I made a cake for a good friend at work for her wedding. I wanted to make a nice cake, simple, cute and most important fast. I bought a wedding cake topper. I then made a 10 inch round white cake and made almond icing to frost the cake. Then with tip 2D, I made the flowers and the bottom border. Finally I added the dove cake topper. This cake was delicious and beautiful.

By Maria

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March 4, 2005

All parents with daughters know just how expensive planning a wedding can be. There seems to be an endless list of expenses. One of the best tips I can share is to order your cake as early as possible. My daughter is getting married in June and we ordered her cake in January.

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This allowed us to pay the small deposit and then make small payments until the cake was paid for! Much easier than paying the lump sum all at once! By Amy

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January 1, 2007

I am interested in finding a supplier for wedding cake topper plastic bases (the thing the bride and groom stand on) and background plastic hearts at a cheap price. Can anyone here recommend a site that I could visit for these items, or even a retail store close-by that carries them?

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Sharon from Trussville, AL

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January 2, 20070 found this helpful

Any party supply place has them inexpensively and also Walmart has a section with all wedding items. Good luck!

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By Doggy (Guest Post)
January 2, 20070 found this helpful

What about styrofoam rounds and spackle, thinned with water (to frosting consistency)and tinted (?)

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January 2, 20070 found this helpful

Price is pretty subjective--what is cheap to one can be expensive to another. I used to do cakes, and often people were shocked at the extra "charge" for the toppers or specific material they wanted on their cakes. I let them price some items they wanted, and then they realized that I did not mark that stuff up. Things like fountains and bridges could be really expensive to buy and often came back broken, so I had them pay deposits and sign leases that if they broke them, there would be additional charges.

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I always bought my supplies from the Wilton Cake Company, since they had the best and most diversified items. Usually people who want a traditional cake topper, want to keep it and don't complain about the price too much.

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By Lil (Guest Post)
January 2, 20070 found this helpful

Michael's Craft store and A C Moore have great deals.

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September 9, 2010

Grocery store bakeries are a good buy on wedding cakes. A sheet cake with 1/2 sheet cake on top, with decorative flowers in my wedding color, cost $60.00. I purchased a cake topper from a local craft store.

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By Victoria from Channahon, IL

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Wedding Cakes for Less at Grocery Bakeries

I agree, definitely check out grocery stores and Wal-Mart for your wedding cake. Wal-Mart offers a 3-tier cake at a low price, and both types of stores could make cupcakes for a cupcake tower in your wedding colors to save you money! They can also make sheet cakes to serve guests and great groom's cakes, too. Take a few pictures of cakes you like with you to give a good idea of your preferences, and be open to DIY cake topper options like clusters of silk flowers (matching your bouquets, perhaps?) or ribbon to circle your cake layers. Have fun and be thrifty! (07/19/2008)

By Melody T.

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