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Renting Your Wedding Cake: Brilliant or Baffling?

Between a struggling economy and inflated prices on anything wedding-related, it's almost essential to channel creativity in saving money while planning for the big day. One company has formed their entire business based on the idea that most couples are unwilling to sacrifice the wedding cake but are adhering to a budget that may not allow for an elaborate concoction.

Cake Rental claims its services are elegant and economical — a three tier cake can be rented for $150. The rental cake is not for eating, rather it is simply on display when the couple feeds each other and then is taken to the kitchen. Guests are handed slices from a regular sheet cake kept out of view. Most of you said that cakes aren't a disposable wedding expense, but do you think this is a good alternative for those looking to spend less on their wedding day?


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angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 8 years
I read that they use a real top layer so you can cut and feed the cake to each other.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
I personally think that its a pretty dumb idea. :? My sister had a nice sheet cake at her wedding. Having a huge cake that nobody can eat is more awkward than any other cake that you can actually eat.
couture-yourself couture-yourself 9 years
While I understand the concept, I feel like if you're trying to save $$, why spend an extra $150 on something that's basically useless. Like countless other commenters have said before me, if you can't afford the extravagant 5-tier cake, don't get it. I've seen great looking cakes at friends' & family members' weddings that were simple and affordable.
emsmiley emsmiley 9 years
I think this is a brilliant 2nd option or plan B. Sometimes what we want can be more than expected and if you still want a beautiful cake, but can;t afford the pricetag, why not rent it and have the caterer serve sheet cake? I checked out the site and you can use this cake for the traditional cake cutting ceremony and then take it away to have the sheet cake served.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
It looks so good you could eat it...Oh, wait, no, that's just the rental. I understand renting the dress, but a CAKE. Um, no.
Calimie Calimie 9 years
This is silly. If you can't afford a fantastic-looking cake, settle for a more simple one. The taste is more important, anyway. Besides, if you can't cut it, it's pointless.
JEJJessica JEJJessica 9 years
I had read this in a book, calling it the "old cake switcheroo". Other tips included not saving the top tier to freeze for the first anniversary, skipping the groom's cake, and looking into the sides of the cake. If you do rolled nuts or a more rustic look on the sides that don't require the super-smooth sides that most tiered cakes have, you can go down drastically in price because of the labor intensive process that goes into make the sides smoother.
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 9 years
bleached- the cake is never cut i think you just take a pic with it like you're about to cut it then use a piece of sheet cake for everything else...if i'm not mistaken? i think it's kinda silly... you don't have to stay within the confines of tradition just for a piece of fattening cake!
bleached bleached 9 years
150$ just to rent a cake? No thanks. And what do they do with the cake once it has a piece cut out of it?
Fleurie Fleurie 9 years
In my country, this renting stuff is common. I had a 10-tier wedding cake, a fake one, and got three cakes that I share between close relatives.
LusciousDiva LusciousDiva 9 years
interesting...I wonder who many people will be doing this.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
I guess this could be considered as a good idea. I mean most guest don't eat all of their cake anyway. You find cake, just like most of the food, laying around half eaten on the table ready to throw away. I would never have a rental cake but to each his own :)
estella241 estella241 9 years
Considering that my wedding cake cost less than what it would be to rent, I'd say this was a pretty dumb idea.
aylee aylee 9 years
It's good to know that the option exists. However, I don't think it's worth the $150+ (pre-designed) or $250+ (custom-designed). One may find it cheaper to go to a local bakery, have them create a real bottom and top tier and the other tiers fake. So this defeats the purpose of renting a cake which is to save money.
jessie jessie 9 years
renting? okay..i decorate cakes....and sometimes styrofoam layers are used....but if the whole cake but a small section is styrofoam...its def NOT worth the 150.00...i'd rent a dress before renting a cake
thelorax thelorax 9 years
Sure, why not? I've heard of couples using styrofoam layers in their cake so that maybe only one layer is real for the cake cutting, and supplementing that with sheet cake to be served. No one knows the difference, the cake looks exactly the same.
Jyramiah Jyramiah 9 years
It isn't brilliant and it isn't baffling. It is just plain stupid and cheap. It's your wedding for goodness sake. And don't you like the guests would figure something out? Maybe it's just me. But I would not rent a wedding cake. Gross. No. No no no.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Hell no! I want to be eating my actual cake if I'm going to have one, thanks. Plus, bait-and-switch annoys me.
suziryder suziryder 9 years
Wow, what a waste of money! You don't have to get a huge, elaborate cake. Skip the fondant and sugar paste flowers, go with buttercream (tastes better anyway!) and a couple real flowers to gussy it up. A "simple" wedding cake can be cost-effective and elegant, too!
erinridgeway erinridgeway 9 years
I think brides who did this would be...discussed. Forever. I'm not a huge cake fan (if I had my druthers I'd have wedding ice cream), but if you don't want to spend money on a cake, just don't spend money on a cake. It's not required. Use that money elsewhere and pass out an assortment of Little Debbies or something. That, at least, would be interesting and memorable and unique. A rented cake just comes off as cheap.
baybug baybug 9 years
This makes no sense. If can't afford the cake don't have one. No one really likes eating wedding cake anyway.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that's a GREAT idea - and i'm into it. chances are i'll get my own cake for my wedding in April but i think that this is a FABULOUS alternative and it's definitely more economical.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I don't like cake so I will not have one at my wedding instead I am doing what a friend did for their black tie wedding ice cream Sundae's. They were great and no one even missed the cake.
gemsera gemsera 9 years
I couldnt do this, itd be like lying at the altar. Just seems so tacky and wrong :(
javsmav javsmav 9 years
what a waste of $150. I mean, sure a gorgeous cake is nice to look at, but I'd rather give up that pretty cake than waste $150 on a cake I have to return at the end of the night.
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