If you’re looking for easy ways to maximise your wedding cake budget, these top tips from Debbie Gillespie Cake Design are perfect…
“A bespoke wedding cake is not going to be a cheap option. You are not only paying for a delicious, individual cake but also for the experience and expertise of a skilled craftsperson. But there are ways in which you can make your wedding cake budget stretch a little further, without necessarily compromising on style and quality.
Don’t feed everyone
If serving with your evening buffet, cater for just 80% of your guest list. Only consider feeding everyone if your cake is to be the only dessert served during the day.
Keep the design simple
The biggest cost factor in a wedding cake is the amount of decoration and the time taken to make that decoration. Perhaps choose a simple design but get creative with how you display it. Current trends are for hoops displayed with flowers, neon signs or even cake swings to make a whole feature display.
Keep the size down
What do you do if you need a lot of portions? Obviously the more tiers you add, the more costly the decoration will be. You may therefore wish to consider a cutting or kitchen cake – a square cake that is iced only on the top. When it is cut up, no one will ever know the difference.
Consider a naked, semi-naked or buttercream
Fondant is my covering of choice as it provides a clean and crisp base for my hand painted designs. However, it is more time-consuming to apply correctly. You might therefore wish to consider a semi-naked cake, which is covered in a thin layer of buttercream for protection and is perfect for rustic-style events. However, please be wary of the season – buttercream and a hot marquee do not mix well.
Mix sugar flowers with artificial
Sugar flowers are undoubtedly very beautiful but they are very time-consuming and therefore quite costly. So to get the look but without the hefty price tag, consider mixing sugar flowers with artificial alternatives. Silk flowers are particularly good for large blooms or go for a different look with paper flowers.”
Our thanks to Debbie for these fab tips. See more of her gorgeous designs at debbiegillespiecakedesign.co.uk/.