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Wedding Cakes – How Much Should You Spend?

How much should you spend for a wedding cake

A wedding is incomplete without a wedding cake. No matter how much money you want to spend or save, a wedding should have at least one cake that the newlyweds can cut to celebrate their union. Unfortunately, the traditional multi-tiered cake that’s pictured above can burn a nasty hole in your pocket and cost well over a couple of thousand dollars. Now, if your wedding budget doesn’t permit this, you don’t need to worry. There are cakes out there that would fit every budget and taste. All you need to do is look and plan. At Ganache Patisserie, we’ve put together this brief guide.

Inexpensive Wedding Cakes

If you want to have a cake for the ceremony and not spend a ridiculous amount of money on it, you needn’t worry. This is simple enough to pull off. You need to think of where you want to spend. Do you want a large cake, but with a simple design, or a small, beautifully made cake?

For the first option, you can choose a simple double tiered or triple tiered cake. That would come in at below $1,000 and won’t stretch your budget. However, if you want something pretty, you can choose a small, but beautifully decorated cake. This cake won’t be able to feed all of your guests and is specifically made for the cake-cutting ceremony.

For the guests, the caterers can prepare sheet cakes that are significantly more affordable. This can cut down on your cake costs by nearly 50%. You won’t have to stretch your budget or compromise on taste and quality. And yet, you’ll easily get a great cake for your wedding.

Normal Wedding Cakes

If you can afford something a little more elaborate and still reasonably priced, you can choose a wedding cake that’s not too out there. A simple, clean, elegant wedding cake can be beautiful and affordable. You can have a multi-layered cake that’s not too elaborate, but still looks very much like a wedding cake.

One of the best ways to make this cake affordable is to cut down on the decoration. Things like sugar flowers, or rolled fondant, etc can be difficult to prepare and therefore, expensive. Instead of trying to get a cake with all of these expensive decorations, choose something simple to make. You can consult with the caterer or the baker about it. Just give them a budget to work with and be honest. They’ll be able to ensure that that it’s within your budget and looks great as well.

For a normal wedding cake, you can choose something of a good size that would feed all of your guests. Rectangle and square cakes might be easier to manage and decorate, so you might choose that. The idea is to exercise restraint and choose something simple yet fitting at the same time.


If you don’t really have a limit on how much you can spend on the cake, you won’t have any dearth of choice. You can choose any combination of flavours, different sizes, different designs and decorations as well. You can have rolled fondant or marzipan in your cake, add golf leaf, sugar flowers, a number of tiers, and other such expensive additions. Your only limit is the baker’s imagination and skill.

However, don’t set the baker up for failure by choosing a very difficult or complex design. Expensive cakes can cost anywhere upwards of $2,000 but some brides and grooms consider the expense worth it.

There’s a wedding cake out there for every budget and need, you just need to find it.

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Ganache Patisserie
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