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Tight Budget Wedding

Updated on August 31, 2013

Tips and Ideas for Saving Money for a Wedding When It Comes to Your Cake

When planning a tight budget wedding,

a little creativity and being willing to think

"out of the box" can help the budget go a

bit further.

One of the biggest focal points of a

wedding reception is the beautiful

wedding cake.

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Wedding Cupcakes
Wedding Cupcakes

Cupcakes Can Provide a Whimsical Touch When Planning a Tight Budget Wedding Cake

One new option that is gaining popularity is to use cupcakes to fashion a wedding cake. This is usually more affordable than a traditional cake and it can be a lot of fun.

The cupcakes are decorated to coordinate with the wedding theme, just as a cake would be, but they are arranged on tiered cake plates and displayed on a cake table until it's time to

eat them.

Since many reception halls and caterers charge a per slice fee

to cut and serve the wedding cake, that will help save you

some money.

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Floral Wedding Cake
Floral Wedding Cake

Keeping It Simpler Can Be Still Be Beautiful for a Tight Budget Wedding

Traditionally, the wedding cake was actually bread -- it was a symbol of fertility. The bread was broken over the bride's head to make her more likely to bear children. Eventually it evolved into cake that was shared with the groom to symbolize his shared happiness.

In more recent tradition, the wedding cake has evolved into a multi-tiered tower of confection, beautifully decorated with frosting and flowers or other embellishments. Some cakes are positively dripping with cascades of colorful flowers, while some are simpler and more elegant in their lines and with a monochromatic color scheme.

The cake is often decorated with bride and groom figurines standing on top. Sometimes the bride and groom are traditional looking, and sometimes they are more whimsical, depending

on the personalities of the couple and their combined sense

of humor.

Other times, the tight budget wedding cake may be simply topped with silk or fresh or flowers to match the rest of the reception decorations, or other creative decorations that may have special symbolism for the couple.

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Cutting the Cake
Cutting the Cake

Even With a Tight Budget Wedding, Old Traditions Are Meaningful And Fun

Upon arrival at the wedding reception, the guests usually head for the cake table so they can admire the cake. Later on, the wedding couple comes along for a photo opportunity and then the grand cutting of the cake together.

Watching the bride and groom push cake into each others' mouths is a time-honored tradition. Then everyone enjoys eating their cake and, except for the groom's cake, it's gone.

A lot of people feel that once the cake is cut, they are free to leave the reception if they wish. Since cake cutting usually comes after the meal and after dancing and other traditional celebration activities, many people take the opportunity to leave the party after the cake is cut and enjoyed.

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Funny Wedding Cake
Funny Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake Ideas for a Tight Budget Wedding

A tight budget wedding cake doesn't have to be expensive to be delicious, and you can find plenty of money saving ideas when shopping for your wedding cake. Although a lot of wedding cakes are purchased in a traditional bakery, there are also many supermarkets that make delicious cakes that aren't as expensive.

If you are planning a tight budget wedding, shop around for prices on wedding cakes and be sure to sample them before making your final decision. You may be surprised at what supermarkets can do.

If you know someone who has taken a cake decorating class and makes great cakes, you may find that they will make your cake for you as a wedding present, and that will save you

some money.

Even though many brides and grooms go with the traditional pound cake taste for their wedding cake, it doesn't have to be that way. If you don't go that route, just keep in mind that not everyone is going to like lemon or raspberry, or any other exotic flavors you might personally enjoy.

One popular alternative is chocolate chip cake. Another idea is to go with alternating chocolate and vanilla. Since the top of the cake (or, the groom's cake) is traditionally saved and eaten on the couple's first wedding anniversary, it's wise to choose a flavor that both will enjoy.

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Tight Budget Wedding Planning Advice

Start planning your wedding as early as possible in order to evaluate your options and get the

best deals....

One of the best ways of saving money for a wedding is actually to INVEST a small amount up front in a good wedding planning guide for even more money-saving ideas!


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Please Leave Your Own Tips to Help with Planning a Tight Budget Wedding... Thanks!

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    • mihgasper profile image

      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      My tip? Think twice, marry once:-)

    • UKGhostwriter profile image

      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      very informative