Why spend $1,000 on a custom wedding cake when most guests don't even eat it?
Cake is a storied wedding tradition, but by the time it gets cut up and passed around, other dessert has been served and the cake usually goes untouched.
The New York Times recently reported that many more couples are skipping the cake, and its hefty price tag, as they make their wedding arrangements. Brides and grooms are opting for more creative desserts like sundae bars, candy stations, and cupcake towers that appeal more to their tastes and budgets.
For couples that still want the traditional tiered confection, there seems to be a new alternative: supermarket cakes. Chains across the country, like Farm Fresh grocery store or Publix, have begun offering cakes at a fraction of the custom-cake price. The total cost? Somewhere around $300. That's definitely a bargain.
But if cake is important to you and one of the centerpieces of your occasion, then you don't necessarily have to compromise. It's essential to make and stick to a wedding budget and understand that everything is a trade-off. If you spend more on your cake, then you may not be able to afford something like flower arrangements for every table. Ask yourself and your partner what is most important to you on your big day.
You can also get inspired to be thrifty in other areas of your wedding preparation by reading Abigail Dalton's story about how she threw a 100-person wedding for under $4,000. Also check out LearnVest CEO and founder Alexa von Tobel's three best wedding tips, and sign up for our free Getting Hitched Bootcamp.
We want to know: would you consider buying your wedding cake at a supermarket?
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