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Is the Wedding Cake a Disposable Expense?

Your Two Cents: Is the Wedding Cake a Disposable Expense?

All of you Hills fans may recall Heidi's obsession with her wedding cake on the show's season finale featuring the Montag-Pratt nuptials. The bedazzled bride went so far as calling the cake the most important detail.

There was no cake in sight at my own wedding; my dessert of choice was something nontraditional. The elimination of a cake allowed me to designate those funds to other expenses that were more important in my book. But for some, like the new Mrs. Pratt, getting rid of the wedding cake is sacrilege.

What's your take on the cake — is it a disposable expense?


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azh azh 7 years
i loove so much cakes,, that i prefer the cake than the ring.. hihi.. :oP
javsmav javsmav 8 years
I love this one vegan bakery that I used to live by (sticky fingers in DC--I'll advertise for them!!). I wouldn't care about a cake from any other place & could do without one, but this bakery is so good so I'm really excited about our cake.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
I want to have a cake at my wedding, but it will be a very small cake (to save on money) and then I will have a sheet cake with the same flavors to serve to all of my guests. No one will know the difference, everyone gets cake, and I will get the pretty wedding cake that I have always wanted (just scaled down) so, everyone will be happy.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
I think the traditional wedding cake is on its way out. For our wedding, the plated dinner came with a choice of dessert, so no need for another. Also, they wanted to charge us $3 a person for cake-cutting cost. As someone who is really opposed to the hidden costs in wedding, we figured we'd save the 300 and use it on something we really want, like a hula dancer. Ditto on the $5 per extra chair-it's a twenty minute beach ceremony, people can stand or sit on the sand.
dootsie dootsie 8 years
Over Memorial Day weekend, I went to a wedding where THREE piece of cake were eaten. I was by the cake table, so I know--THREE. Now, mind you, the couple didn't plan the cake serving very well at all (the couple did their first dances/parent dances, then cut the cake, then the lights dimmed and the dance floor was opened up while the servers cut the cake and left the cut pieces on the cake table for people to pick up at their leisure. An announcement was never made, so the cake just sat on the table, uneaten.) But still... Clearly, it's not the most important thing. I think that if you have the budget to go all out, do so, but don't sacrifice the reception experience for the sake of $5 a serving cake.
ladybirda ladybirda 8 years
Dessert is the last thing I would cut from any party budget, better to cut corners on decoration, favors, whatever. Our cake is included with our caterer, but even if it wasn't I would provide some kind of dessert.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I love the idea of desserts different than wedding cake... the wedding I went to last weekend had a teeny cake for the bride + groom to cut for photos, and then they served the guests plates and plates of Italian cookies and pastries, and berries with cream. delicious!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I think it is. I believe providing some sort of sweet is necessary if you are going to be serving a meal, but it could be cake, cupcakes, pies, ice cream, etc. I also believe a lot of this is dictated by the style of the wedding reception.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
We had an awesome tasting cake, and was the really inexpensive ($200 for 150) We had a small 3 tier cake and then 2 more sheet cakes, all different flavors. it wasn't the fanciest but that wasn't so important to me. I would have liked to have an ice cream bar instead, but our wedding was in the fall and didn't want something so cold.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
We are not having fondant (spelling) that is the nastiest taste. I only chose a cake to cut for pictures other than that I would have been good without one.
green-socks green-socks 8 years
I think anything at a wedding is technically a "disposable" expense. Nothing says you have to have cake, flowers, a fancy dress, or any of the "standard" wedding purchases. After all, it doesn't make the wedding any less valid to have pies or a sheetcake!
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
i think its necessary, but it doesnt need to be crazy i think
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
We served guests off a sheet cake as well (which tastes so much better since it doesnt require the the thick fondant usually necessary for fancy decorations) and then had two small tiered cakes (2 tiers each) in matching colors. It ended up being a third of the price had we done one big cake that would have been big enough to serve all the guests plus extra for anniversary. Cake decorator also gave us the option of using cardboard (aka fake) cakes that are decorated (and much cheaper) and then serving off of sheet cakes. The top layer would have been real for cutting, and storing. An added benefit of serving from sheet cakes is that people get to eat cake right away after the cake cutting, instead of waiting an hour for it to get cut and plated.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I didn't spend a ton on our cake. We have a family friend who's a baker and he baked my aunt's wedding cake 20 years ago, my sister's wedding cake, all of our graduation cakes for high school and college, and countless birthday cakes for our family. I already knew it would be a good cake and since we didn't get some stupid elaborate fondant-covered thing, it was extremely reasonable and gorgeous at the same time. He even did the icing details to match my wedding was so cool!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I wouldn't blow the bank on a cake. I'd be happy to go to a local baker that could do a pretty, simple cake and use the leftover funds for something way more important. Like the band!
jelibeann jelibeann 8 years
our cake was really important to me...i wanted something different; classy, yet fun...and luckily, when i finally decided on a design, the baker associated with our reception location was willing to create it for no additional top it all off, we had our one year anniversary just this past weekend - we ate the top tier and it was still amazing!
kristyy kristyy 8 years
I wish there was an "Other" option because that's what I would have chosen. Some people may not like cake, but they still want a dessert. I've heard of cupcakes, pies, etc., in lieu of cakes, which I think is a great idea if it's what you want. Plus, it's usually a lot cheaper! Cakes needn't cost that much. I like the tiers and would certainly like to have photos of me cutting the cake, but I'd get something small to keep the cost down. Then serve your guests sheet cakes! It's not like they'd know the difference once the restaurant brings your wedding cake to the back and cut it up. But hey, if you must get the $1k cake and you're happy spending money for it, then so be it as long as you're happy!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i wish there was other. I want to have a cake at my wedding (which hopefully will be semi-soon) but it doesn't need to be some crazy fancy expensive one. just a regular cake is fine by me.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
I hate cake, but seems very traditional. My future MIL and one of my future SIL are making our cake it is to be this huge 5 tier cake. Plus the grooms cake. They make beautiful cakes I just have never been to much of a sweets person.
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