Average Costs & Saving Tips
The website, Perfect Wedding Day is one of the numerous places I found that offers real information on the average cost of a wedding cake. Many specialty bakeries that deal only in cakes can cost you a lot if you’re not careful. According to Perfect Wedding Day, the average cost of that cake for the reception is based on a two-tiered cake, choice of fruit, finger size portions, buttercream frosting, simple yet tasteful decorations and fresh flowers. The cost is $5.50 per slice, and if you decide you want to go really big and add a tier or two add $0.50 to each tier per slice, or $6.00 and up depending on how many tiers you want.
Based on my daughter’s desired cake, according to this price at $5.50 per slice for two tiers, the base price would be $1,100, plus $75 for the waterfall elements, or $1,175. So, why in the world was my daughter’s cake priced at a whopping $1,500?
We were able to bring the price of my daughter’s cake down to the average cost of a wedding cake by using some innovative ideas:
- Buy your own decorations. In our case, my daughter wanted butterflies. There are numerous websites that offer products like these to both wholesale and retail customers. This cost us $50.
- Buy your own flowers. Even if you want real flowers, you can find a wholesale place or even a local supermarket that has fresh flowers. Total price was $50.
- Buy your own waterfall elements. Again, we found an online website that offered plastic waterfalls but cost me only $25.
- Find a local baker. This really surprised me; those out of the way bakery shops are full of talented people who will build the same two-tiered caked with your purchased elements for only $1,000.
So in all, I paid $1,000 for the cake, $50 for the butterflies, $50 on the fresh flowers and $25 on the waterfall bringing the total to $1,125, actually $50 cheaper than the average cost of a two-tiered wedding cake. If you click on the image to the above right this is my daughter's actual wedding cake!
Keep your budget in mind when deciding upon the type of cake you want. Although it’s an essential and beautiful part of your day, it will be eaten and most of decorations (and waterfall) will be discarded. Often simple, yet elegant is your best bet.
Image Credit: Daughter's wedding cake courtesy Jean Scheid