Having your cake and eating it too
Rings? Check. Wedding food – sorted. Photographer? Booked. Wedding cake? Hmmm…..
The cake can take up a huge chunk of your budget and the annoying thing is there’s usually a lot left over afterwards. Follow our nifty tips to ensure that it’s the cake – and not the guests – that are in tiers….
Tiers of cheese, grapes and crackers
Not only will it look unique, it is a universal fact that EVERYBODY LOVES CHEESE – especially after a big meal. It also goes very nicely with a glass of red (pretty handy as a lot of your guests will be drinking it). Grapes and crackers are an essential accompaniment and guests can then come and go as they please. It’s a good idea to choose a more traditional cheese (like cheddar) but you can experiment. It also means you can have fun trying lots of cheese – all in the name of research!
M and S finest
At £30 this is an absolute snip and it does exactly what it says on the tin! M and S do a huge array of cakes and with prices starting from £10 (for a single tier) you’ll come in way under budget which means you’ll have more money to spend on other essentials…. (SHOES!)
Traditional wedding cake used to be rich and stodgy like Christmas cake. Nowadays though, things are changing (thankfully). For a much lighter option do as the Italians do and offer your guests a lighter fruit cake: panettone. It’s tasty, won’t fill you up too much and you can serve with cream or fruit to refresh the palate.
3 tiers of cupcakes
Make three tiers of cupcakes. Depending on how stressed you are and how your purse strings are looking, you can either make 3 batches of different cupcakes yourselves or get the caterers to do it. Cupcakes are the perfect size and won’t fill guests up too much. This option also allows you variety and they’ll look really pretty and unique. You can still cut the cake – just buy or make a single tier so you can enjoy your ceremonial moment and the guests can take their snaps.
3 tiers of macaroons
Macaroons are perfect for summer weddings and can make a really good visual statement. Delicate, light and pretty, they are growing ever more popular with the wedding market as couples play around with the conventions.