The Look for Less Archive

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Your Wedding Photography Budget - Ways to Save

Stylish Wedding Flowers for the Budget Conscious Bride - How to Blossom Modestly

Boogie on a Budget - The Frugal Bride's Guide to Wedding Entertainment

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Invite on a Dime -
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Your Reception Site -
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Ceremony Savings -
Vows that Wow on a Budget

Wedding Dress Savings -
Dress to Impress - For Less!

Bridal Accessories -
How to Get Your Bling on a Budget

7 Ways to Save on Wedding Favors

Destination Weddings -
5 Ways to Save

How to Honeymoon for Less
6 Money Saving Ideas

5 Frivolous Wedding Details
That Can Rack Up your Wedding Budget

8 Budget-Friendly Wedding Ideas
That Pack the Biggest Punch

Top 5 Budgeting Mistakes
Brides Make

Top 10 Ways to Save
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Your wedding cake…the ultimate wedding reception centerpiece. It should be eye-catching and fabulous. (tasty too!) And just like every other aspect of your wedding day – costs can creep skyward. But don’t let a tight budget stand between you and the ultimate wedding cake. Size and design are the two main determinants in wedding cake cost. Creative brides can play with these elements to create a confection that is super-fab….and kind to your catering tab. Have your cake (and eat it too) with these budget saving tips:

Cut that Guest List
As with all cost-per-person aspects of your wedding, narrowing down your guest list will result in significant wedding cake savings. Less mouths to feed = less slices; you get the idea. And any cake cutting fee, typically charged on a per slice bases as well, will also be reduced.

Hip to be Square
A cake square in shape yields more slices than one that is round with the same dimensions. So go square – and make a deliciously modern statement!

Go Natural
Hand-constructed gum paste or sugar paste flowers can quickly rack up your wedding cake cost. Substitute these costly adornments with fresh fruits and flowers – an inexpensive option that is equally stunning.

Keep It Simple
While intricate, over-the-top cakes evoke the ultimate in wedding day opulence, today’s shift towards modern minimalism can foray into the world of cake design. The result is always chic - never a budget breaker. Lose the ornate adornments and infinite skyward-stretching tiers, and opt for a clean design with an impeccably smooth surface. Add simple details such as a Swiss dot pattern or wide ribbon around the base. Stick to one flavor, as multiple flavors will increase the bottom line.

One Stop Shopping
If your wedding reception facility offers an onsite caterer, employ their services for your confection as well, and save on delivery and service fees. You will also ward off chances for a transportation mishap – a headache you surely want to avoid on the big day! Many reception sites offer a wedding cake as part of their package deal, so be sure to inquire when scouting reception sites.

"Dummy Cakes"
Fancy a towering and dramatic wedding cake but don’t want to shell out the extra cash? Instead of paying for extra layers, ask your baker to create faux layers consisting of iced Styrofoam. Trust us – your guests will never be the wiser; it will be our little secret.

Outside the Proverbial Cake Pan
Of-the-moment brides are breaking with tradition and forgoing the cake all together - presenting instead pies or pastries on tiered platters as the centerpieces of their wedding receptions. Depending on your selection, this can be an uber-chic way to save. Dare we say it, even doughnuts are in vogue – having been spotted at some of the poshest black tie events!

For more inpiration on planning your wedding cake, visit our complete Wedding Cake Planning Guide

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