Swap in: Multiple smaller cakes
"In place of a traditional stacked wedding cake, choose a pastry chef that will make three or four individual cakes of graduated sizes and place them on a tiered stand that may be found in any home décor shop. Place the stand on a four-foot table for beauty and drama without the big price tag," says Paula Ramirez.
"A one-tiered cake can be far less expensive than a two or three-tiered cake but just as beautiful. Consider multiple one-tiered cakes or just one token small cake that can be served alongside the desserts already factored into your caterer's package costs. That way, you can still ceremoniously perform the cutting of the cake but will not have spent extra money on more dessert that might not get eaten," Samuels advises.
"A fun way for brides to stretch their wedding cake budget is to choose a smaller wedding cake and supplement with cupcakes and cake pops. To create a cohesive dessert station, ask your cake designer to match the frosting of the cupcakes or the color of the cake pops to the wedding colors or accents that are on their cake," Hobbs says.
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