In the last issue we talked about how to feed all your guests in style without going into debt. In this issue we are going to talk about finding the perfect cake for your special day! Your wedding cake. There is no doubt that it is the centerpiece of the reception. Not only is it a part of a tradition, it is a scrumptious dessert for you and your guests to enjoy! The prices of a wedding cake can run from the hundreds well into the thousands of dollars. When it comes to picking out the perfect wedding cake for your special day it is important to look at a lot of different ideas before you decide on the one you want. To begin your search for the perfect cake you can start by visiting bakeries, looking at bridal magazines and browsing online. Keep in mind that the more tiers and the fancier the cake is the more expensive it will be. Another important thing to keep in mind is that the actual one you have on display doesn't have to feed your entire guest list. With that in mind you are open to having a smaller, but more elegant cake for you and your intended to cut in to at your reception. Then have an equally as tasty sheet cake in the kitchen to serve to guests. You should also consider the time of year and location of your wedding is important when choosing a cake. If you're having and outside wedding in the summer, things like mousse, cream filling or ice cream cake will not work well. Here are some other quick tips that you can use to keep the cost of your wedding cake as low as possible without sacrificing what you want. - Try to stick with basic flavors and fillings for your cake, exotic flavorings will add to the cost of the cake. If your heart is set on fruit filling you can always offer guests various toppings like; fresh strawberries, chocolate syrup, raspberries, sprinkles and whipped cream for their slice of cake. - Order from a grocery store rather than a bakery. Many grocers have onsite bakeries, just like they have onsite florist departments. They often produce cakes just as good as a specialty bakery. - Why not try cupcakes as an alternative to the traditional tiered cake. These can be made in a variety of flavors and arranged on a tiered rack or in a creative design on the cake table. Of course, the best way to save on your wedding is to make it yourself or have a talented friend or relative bake it. Consider the cost of some cake mixes and frosting, and you can see how baking your own cake can save money. If you have plenty of time before the big day you can sign up for a cake decorating class so that you can be sure to create a cake you will be proud to share. Remember wedding cakes don’t have to be elaborate, just tasty. When decorating, consider using fresh flowers. This will add some real class to the cake and bring in the colors of your wedding too. The cake topper is another place where you can show your uniqueness as a couple and save money by having a less traditional and less expensive topper. Instead look for something original and less costly. Consider some of the things that you and your intended share or like to do together. Maybe you are Nascar fans, football fanatics, enjoy scuba diving or music. Then begin to look around for, statues, figurines, bobbles or toys that will work for your cake. Did you know that there are places that will take photo's of the bride and groom and turn them into bobble heads for your cake? It may not be the inexpensive topper that we have been talking about, but it is a fun and festive way to top a cake! Be sure to shop around before you decided on the perfect cake, style and decorations, Remember your wedding cake should be as individual as you, but it doesn't have to bust your budget! Make sure you look for your next issue soon. We will be talking about choosing the right music for your reception, no matter what your budget. Cindy Lieber Accredited Event Designer OC Brides Event Coordination www.weddingplanneroc.com Cindy@ocbrides.com (714) 970-6380 P.S. Need more cake ideas to fit your personality or theme? Shoot me an email. I can help!