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Doughnuts as a Wedding Cake Alternative

This Might Just Be the Most Fun Wedding Cake Alternative Out There

A towering layer cake might be the traditional wedding dessert, but cake's not for everyone or every wedding. Whether you're ambivalent about cake in general, looking for a more affordable dessert option, hosting a whimsical wedding, or going the DIY route, doughnuts are a great option. It's a growing trend to skip cake and instead offer up desserts like pies, cake pops, macarons, and doughnuts, so if you go this route, you'll be in good company!

A few things to consider:

  • If you don't have a go-to shop near your wedding's locale, search Yelp to find a solid spot. Sample your way through their menu to find your favorites!
  • Some shops are willing to coordinate sprinkle colors with your wedding color; it never hurts to ask.
  • Order two to three doughnuts per wedding guest. It might seem like a lot, but they'll go fast. Consider ordering a variety of flavors (or, stick to one for a cohesive look).
  • Prices vary from doughnut shop to doughnut shop but can be as affordable as $7 or $8 a dozen (high-end doughnut shops top out at around $30 per dozen). If you order three doughnuts per person, have 150 guests, and the doughnuts are $10 per dozen, that works out to be $375.
  • Place your order in advance (as you would any large order); some spots offer delivery, but many don't. Make sure to pick up (or have someone pick them up for you) the same day to ensure freshness.
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