Cheap wedding cakes does not mean you have to forgo creativity or originality. You can have a beautiful, elegant, and personal wedding cake while being on a budget. It is a fact that we all can only afford what fits into our budget. But just because you may be quoted the average cost of a wedding cake (1) at $1.50 per slice and $543 for the whole wedding cake doesn’t mean you can afford it.
Cheap Wedding Cake Ideas
Sheet Wedding Cakes – A full-size sheet cake typically feeds about 108 people. The cost at your local grocery store or warehouse discount store of a full-size sheet cake will be about $50. A 100 tiered cake would be a combined 3-tier cake. Going by the formula above, you professional wedding cake would be a minimum of $150 for 100 people. But let’s be real. Depending on what you want most professional wedding cake bakers will charge more than $1.50 per slice just for the sheer time to bake and frost a 3-tier cake.
Cupcake wedding cake – You typically order cupcakes by the dozen. If you have 100 people at your wedding, you will need 9 dozen for those who will eat more than 1 cupcake. Let’s use $25 per dozen of wedding cupcakes. So, for 9 dozen would be a total cost of $225. This is double the cost of your sheet cake at Costco but still less than the picture perfect classic wedding cakes. In addiction, think about all the different flavors of cake, frosting and fillings you can have with 108 cupcakes.
Tone down what costs the most – In the wedding cake industry, think about what costs the most money. First and foremost it time. Do not have any extra flowers or decorative features on the cake. Keep it simple but just having a colored ribbon around the cake. Next, do not have any fillings and fillings are extra time and cost for the filling. Last, only plan a cake size for the exact number of planned attending guests and one piece for each.
Home-made pies – Just as in cupcakes, you can have a variety of home-made pie flavors like apple, cherry, rhubarb, pumpkin, and so many more. You can even save a bit more by planning ahead and buy fruit pies that are in season at the time of your wedding. Pies also fit into any country, holiday or rustic wedding theme.
No cake at all – Some of the most creative and personal wedding cake ideas don’t even include a wedding cake. Think about having your very own dessert bar that would cost less than $1.50 per serving. Outside of the ordinary with the following: doughnut spread, home-made cookies, root beer floats, vintage or new candy in vases, and popcorn buckets. Customize the dessert table to your own interests.
There are more than two-hundred thousand (yes 200,000) wedding industry vendors in the United States. Vendors are needed for you, family’s and friends’ weddings including bakers, photographers, venues, florists, officiants and so many more. Would you hire a vendor with a horrible wedding website? Let’s go through the process.
It is a known fact that most brides and grooms planning their weddings research their wedding vendors online. You will check common social sites:
Pinterest – great for wedding planners to see previous events, florists for available arrangements and bakers to see unique wedding cakes brought to life.
Facebook – great for any wedding vendor to see if they are interacting with their past clients. If vendors only show one wedding in the past year, you may think twice.
Twitter – Do wedding vendors communicate with their customers and answer questions through twitter?
Google Plus – Not used by many but a great place for such features as Hangouts.
YouTube – Check YouTube channels of your favorite vendors. However, be sure to check video channels from Videographers and DJs. Many will have performances uploaded onto their own channels.
Instagram – Same as pinterest, are wedding vendors sharing pictures from past weddings?
We are not saying all wedding vendors be great at all of the above social media platforms. We do recommend they be great at most three and at least one that showcases their wedding talents.
After checking social media sites, brides and grooms will check vendor websites. Before getting into website analysis, what exactly goes into a wedding website? A domain name is about $10 per year. In order to have a website, a wedding vendor must pay for website hosting at about $100 per year. Next, they must pay to have a website built. The fee to have a website built can be from $100 to $5,000.
Lets say the business owner is ambitious and wants to create the website themselves. WordPress is the number one website software builder with more than 20% of the market share (number two is about 6%). WordPress is free. A website template is under $100. Time to build a modern one-page website for a business, one weekend.
Horrible Wedding Website
So, we scoured the Internet and found many examples of horrible wedding vendor websites. The following example is of a wedding officiant. We do not understand the use of a cosmic space background to the business name (we did white out the business name). We also hate images that do not load on a website – particularly on the home page. Would the lack of a modern design and images not loading stop you from hiring a wedding vendor?
You have been reading about our article about websites and bad websites. However, what if there is no website? All you see is the GoDaddy placeholder or some placeholder that says coming soon. Would this stop you from hiring a wedding vendor?
A final thought on horrible wedding websites are the ones utilizing flash programming to display websites. Did you know that flash cannot be seen on any Apple devices including iPhones and iPads? So, forget all those cool flash website intros as you are loosing visitors! No matter how cool, skip the flash intros!
In conclusion, would a horrible wedding vendor website stop you from hiring that particular wedding vendor? Websites are thought to be an extension of any brick and mortar business. Those that are online businesses, websites MUST be kept just as attractive as a strip mall storefront.
A personalized wedding is every bride’s dream. No bride wants her wedding like any other wedding. Yes, you want it like it but not copy it – right?! Here are few suggestions for a personalized wedding while staying on budget.
A Personalized Wedding Budget!
Bringing in local flavored food is a great way to add pizzaz for out-of-town guests. If you are located in Baltimore, Maryland, having fried chicken and waffles is a great food staple. If the reception is in Butte, Montana, serving pasties with sides of gravy and ketchup would hit the spot for long-distance travelers. This would be less expensive than a three course plated meal.
Just because you you have a wedding cake doesn’t mean you must have a multi-tiered cake with one flavor. Not everyone will want your white cake with raspberry filling. A great alternative would be to have a single tiered wedding cake. Then, have accompany cakes and pies to fill everyone’s taste buds.
You can offer Boston cream pies, tres leches cake, cream pies and many other choices. The sky is the limit. In addition, the pies and cakes can be made by family members with decades old family recipes. You can also go to your local Whole Foods or Sprouts supermarket and pickup some freshly baked pies and cakes to save a few bucks and not the taste. Hey, Jill Duggar from the TV show 19 Kids and Counting had an Ice Cream Sundae Bar for one thousand guests instead of wedding cakes (multiple times).
Most Americans like stuff. Americans cannot own enough stuff. However, not many items are reused, repurchased or passed down. We would like to change that thinking a bit by purchasing wedding items at secondhand stores. This may include centerpieces, gifts for the wedding party, table china for the reception meal, articles of clothing to match your event such as flip flops for a beach themed wedding.
If you have a large selection of wedding party participants on both sides consisting of bridesmaids and groomsmen, cut back a bit on accessories. Having just the best man and the maid of honor with a bouquet and boutonniere will save significantly on the flower budget.
Most people will remember two things from your wedding reception. Guests will remember the food and the music. What you have left after the wedding are the photographs and/or video. Spend extra time selecting these three vendors and meet with them in person. They will determine how much fun guests will have and how you and future generations remember your day. Other reception expenses can be made with your budget in mind.
This may sound crazy and traditional but takes the bride’s beauty over the top. No, it is not the pearl necklace, not the diamond earrings, not the silver plated tiara. If you add a veil, you add an element of purity and allure to the bride. You also have the advantage of an extra dimension in photographs. So, save on your jewelry accessories and purchase a veil.
Not sure how to dance? Having three dance lessons from a professional dance instructor can be the difference in looking like if you have two left feet or not. You can also spend a little bit extra and have a choreographed dance. The groom being stubborn and doesn’t want to learn to dance? Maybe Dad will want to learn a choreographed Father and Daughter dance?
As the old saying goes, time is money in a personalized wedding budget. Well, not necessarily at a wedding but it will keep everyone happier. Don’t plan fifty pictures right after the wedding and keep guests waiting and hungry to eat. Stick to an established photo schedule with your photographer. Want to keep the wedding reception party going without breaking up the night going table to table thanking guests for attending? Have a receiving line either after the wedding or entering the reception venue.
Yes – You and your future partner can have a Personalized Wedding Budget
The dream wedding has lots of flowers, glitz and glamour and a glass slipper. This doesn’t mean that your wedding has to be the same. Your wedding location don’t have to look like a wedding. The most important thing on your wedding day is the love that your share for each other and the commitment you make before God.
When planning a reception, you can follow a few simple steps and you can stress a little less. The ceremony is the “pomp and circumstance” of a wedding day. The reception is the party of the wedding day. Here is an easy guide to follow while planning a wedding reception.
Wedding Reception Made Easy
When selecting a room for your wedding reception, take a look at the decor of the room. You will not be able to change wall colors or chandeliers. However, this is also a good thing if the decor matches your wedding style as less decorations will be needed. In addition, most rented rooms include a day-of-the-wedding coordinator do verify all vendors and you stay on schedule. You may not be the only wedding at the facility the day of your wedding so you will be forced to stick to your schedule or face the consequences. Be sure to discuss the selected tables, chairs, linens, chair covers, location of dance floor, and location of needed vendor tables and required tables.
If you are looking for an outdoor wedding but want to keep all guests to a designated area, then an outdoor tent is your remedy. Outdoor tents offer you the advantage of selecting your own vendors, if not in the back lawn of a hotel or other business that may require you to use their vendors with the rented space. The best part of an outdoor tent is that you are outdoors without the worry of weather. You can always add heater lamps if a bit chilly or air conditioners if too hot. However, you must consider the location of the restrooms. How far will guests have to walk or will you have to rent port-a-potties? Outdoor tents are best when weather is not temperamental.
If you are looking for a blank slate to make your own, then renting a loft is the way to go. If you want to have a location be its own ambiance, then a wine vineyard or brewery is the right choice. Keep you options open and most location are available with any budget.
Get a map of the reception room as to where every table is located with seating arrangements and vendors’ stations. This way you will know if any close family could be upset as to their location in relation to the wedding party’s table or sweetheart table. In addition, you will know that the music entertainment will be close to the electricity and you will know where the head table is so you can be sure to say hello to all of your guests. The best locations for eating tables is to surround the dance floor with the music entertainment on one end. It is also suggested to keep the eldest in attendance furthest from the music.
When it comes to food, you must decide the desired style of the reception. Food can be buffet, potluck, family style, and plated with designated number of courses. Potluck is the least formal but offers the most homemade family recipes. Family style offers a chance for both sides to get to know each other better in a more casual affair. Buffets also offer a variety of foods and can be catered to you and your guests’ eating favorites. Plated food is the least customizable with typical limits to three different main course choices for guests.
When selecting flowers for your reception, we recommend to stick with flowers that are in season at the time of your reception. In addition, keeping money in the local economy with local growers is a great option too! Keep in mind that make may not necessarily mean less money. Flowers are also a way of keeping the reception unique to you by making each table with its own flower settings. A great suggestion is to use flowers where you want guests to focus, like the entrance, rather than trying to cover the window to a brick wall.
Many music entertainers offer the service of uplighting. Why? Because lighting more than any other reception venue feature will set the desired mood more than lighting. Do you want to have a more romantic setting with lit candles? Do you want to use colored accent lighting of your wedding colors like purple uplighting onto white sheer or ice blue colored flood lamps for the winter wedding? Outdoor weddings can be beautifully decorated with white string lights (can be purchased on after Christmas sales). Walkways can be accented with lanterns. Don’t forget to light the dance floor during party time!
Music entertainment is one of the most important selections made in the planning process. Do you want to have a band or DJ. Will you require a master of ceremonies? What kind of music style will be played during cocktails, dinner and dancing? Choose wisely and be sure they have your desired and dislikes in styles of music with a bit a freedom to read the crowd.
When choosing the drinks offered during the reception, you first must consider your budget. If you have a small budget designated for drinks, an open bar would not be a choice. However, you could have an open bar with two drink tickets given to each guest. If you have a wedding in which no alcohol will be servers, you can consider an all non-alcoholic bar with virgin Pina Coladas or Margaritas and O’Doul’s. You can also choose to have a beer and wine only bar. Another trend to think about is to offer signature cocktails. If you or your spouse has a specific alcoholic drink you like best, why not just have it brought to the wedding reception in a secret cooler?
Another offering for guests that reflect your personality is the dessert table. Is the desert table only going to contain the wedding cake? What will be the style of the wedding cake? Will you offer other sweet offerings like chocolate fountain, individual candies, dessert shots, and/or peti fours? You are only limited by your imagination.
It’s the end of the evening after a night of dancing and drinking the night away. Now what? Will you offer a late night snack? Are there other locations for your partygoers to go to to continue to celebrate like a private room at a restaurant or nightclub? Is there an offering for guests to get back to their sleeping headquarters safely?
When planning a wedding reception, one of the best ways to have wedding cost savings is to rent instead of buying outright. This way, bridal couples do not have an excess stock of inventory on items they “hope” they’ll use again. Many companies offer a variety of items for rent including linens, chair covers, tables and chairs, tents, dance floors, tableware, lighting, props, greenery, theme decor and much, much more.
Wedding Cost Savings Ideas
Before placing any rental orders, a few details must be decided including the location of the wedding and reception – is the location outdoors or indoors? Another big factor is if you are hiring a caterer who offers many decor items or if you are handling all of the food and beverages yourself. Everyone will need drink-ware and flatware no matter who is catering.
Another factor is knowing the exact number of expected guests. This will determine the number of tables and chairs (what style – round or rectangle?), china and other items as each guest will need one of each. You will also need to know what the facility is providing as part of the rental package and which items are a la carte.
While you are concentrating on the I Do’s, there are many rentals for the ceremony. One big opportunity for rentals at the wedding ceremony is decor. Popular rentals include arbors, chuppahs, candelabras, vases, and up-lighting. Don’t forget the chairs too!
Wedding Cost Savings – Linens
Linens are not to be forgotten and make great accents to any wedding. They can complement any wedding color or make a desired accent mood. When selecting linens, pay close attention to the texture and that it matches the theme of the wedding. Linens include table coverings, napkins, chair coverings and the like. For a more elegant look, have the table linens drop to the floor. Also, don’t have the linens match bridesmaids dresses as it will create a big palette clash on the eyes. The same goes for the chair coverings. Keep in mind that chairs coverings should also include a sash around the back for elegance or a bow.
Wedding Cost Savings – Tales & Chairs
When renting chairs, if chair coverings will not be used, be sure the style of the chair will match the theme of the wedding. When planning tables and chairs, be sure to plan extra chairs for vendors that need to sit and the extra “dates” brought to the festivities. Plan extra tables for the DJ, cake table, gifts, guestbook table, and bar area. Lastly, many companies that offer chair and table rental will also offer pickup and delivery of the items.
A little known secret to add some greenery to a wedding is by renting plants for the wedding and reception. This will save big bucks when not having to purchase real plants and flowers to bring the outdoors into the location. What a better way to transform a room than to bring in palm trees, Bird of Paradise, and topiaries?
Wedding Cost Savings – Outdoor Tips
Finally, if your wedding is outdoors, don’t forget the generators when needed. Generators will be needed for lighting and DJ at the minimum. Also, think about the weather. Weather is a big factor in needing shade from the sun, umbrellas for the rain or heaters for the cold. Be sure to coordinate with the facility coordinator as to times for set-up and tear down and doing it all yourself will take extra time. These tips help in in the overall wedding cost savings.
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If brides and grooms want to stay within a specified budget, the best way is to utilize our wedding budget calculator below. The average wedding in America is just under thirty thousand dollars. However, this is accounting for the outlandish weddings that account for less than ten percent of all weddings. That leaves ninety percent of weddings that maintain a low to moderate budget. The best way to stay on budget is to write down and stick to a wedding budget – no matter who is paying for the expenses. As expenses are paid, be sure to return to your budget often and update values. Plan for a minimum of ten percent additional total cost for overages. If we misses an expense, be sure to comment it in at the bottom of the page.
Going overboard when planning your wedding and reception is very easy to do nowadays. With all the hype about how lavish weddings are becoming and the wedding industry encouraging you to spend every last penny so your day is “perfect”, it is no wonder that the average cost of a wedding and reception is more than $20,000. Here are a few mistakes that may cost you money in the long run.
Save Money On Your Wedding
Not using the Internet to plan your big day. This includes using a “wedding website” to announce your wedding. In today’s times, the Internet is used for anything and everything. One in five couples use the Internet to send invitations, send save the date announcements, RSVP to the wedding and/or reception, and even for their registry. Even if you prefer old-fashioned paper invitations and save the date reminders, using the Internet to compare prices on other items is sure to save on your wedding budget
Assuming you have to stick with tradition, you are the bride and groom and you get to decide just how you want your wedding day to be. Just because mom and dad had a traditional wedding with a formal dinner and 5-tiered wedding cake doesn’t mean that is what is right for you. Many couples are opting for a less formal dinner. Maybe a buffet, or just a cocktail hour is what you had in mind. Another option besides a huge wedding cake is cupcakes. Traditional wedding cakes can start at about $5.00 per slice whereas cupcakes are about $2.50 – $3.00 each. In addition, ever consider a doughnut wedding cake?
Another area to think about in saving money is an open bar. Wedding guests love it, pocketbooks cringe with it. How about splitting the difference and opt for an open bar to a certain time of the night, or with a limit on how many free drinks each guest is allotted? If you are adamant about having an open bar so everyone is happy (except maybe you), then limit the amount of different varieties of liqours to choose from. For example, you do not have to have 4 different premium Vodka’s. Instead, have one premium and one shelf variety. Survey your guests to get an idea what you need to have available. If no one drinks Crown Royal, then do not have it as an option. Another cost saver is to have a signature cocktail for the evening. This can be one or two different drinks that are inexpensive (but wonderful tasting) to make. Another thing to ask about is if your venue (or whomever you purchase your bar items from) will credit you back for any bottle that is not opened at the end of the evening.
Last but not least, do not be afraid to negotiate for better pricing. When asking for a discount, don’t say “how much is this, this and this”. Rather, say “this is my budget, what can you do for me”, and go from there. Pretty much everything in the wedding industry can be negotiated. It never hurts to ask for a discount. The worse thing they can say is NO.
Think about these tips when planning your wedding.
Gone are the times, when getting married used to mean breaking the bank and spending lavishly to make the event grand. People are far more practical these days, and they are particular about on what they want to spend and on what things they want to save. If you are on tight budget for your wedding, and are worried that you will not be able to make a memorable wedding event, then you are wrong. With lots of creativity and ingenious ways to curb down the expenses, you can have a beautiful wedding, even on a shoestring budget.
Wedding on a Shoestring Budget
Skip booking a hotel or venue and organize the wedding in your backyard
To begin with, the first money-saving idea would be to do away with the idea of booking a hotel or club and organizing your wedding in your backyard or that of your future spouse. In case neither of you have a backyard that you can bank on, then borrow the backyard of someone close to you. You can transform a dull backyard into a lavish wedding venue with a little creativity, just take care that it is big enough to accommodate your guests comfortably.
Cut down the guest list to suit your budget
To further curtail the wedding expenses, you should stick to inviting just the closest family members and friends; without whom your wedding is not possible. Trimming down the guest list will help you to not only save in terms of wedding venue, but also on wedding favors, invitations, catering and much more.
Opt for DIY wedding favors
If you are good with crafts, then there is nothing better than do it yourself wedding favors. But, if you are not among the talented ones, then simply browse through several DIY online websites to find some simple DIY wedding favors that you can do. They will not only be inexpensive, but will also allow you to add a personal touch to the favors, making them unique and memorable.
Go without catering service and cook yourself
Yes, you read it right. You can opt to cook yourself and even seek assistance of family and friends to save on the catering expenses, especially if you guys are as good as any chef and cook. If you can’t cook the entire meal due to time constraints, then at least try baking the wedding cake yourself, as the cake itself comprises a huge part of your food budget in the wedding.
Shop online for bridal items and accessories for incredible discounts
With lots of competition, online marketplaces are the best place to get amazing discount deals on bridal accessories. Be sure to deal with a renowned online store with secure monetary transaction feature to avoid any scams, and you will be just fine.
Choose wedding items that serve multiple purposes
You can select edible centerpieces for tables or make the wedding favors double as centerpieces for the tables.
Borrow the wedding gown from your mom
Wearing your mom’s wedding gown not only saves you money, it also makes your walk down the aisle more meaningful. You may choose to have some alterations done on the dress to make it more updated in terms of fashion style.
Be wise when selecting the wedding ring
Opt for white or yellow gold wedding rings rather than going for platinum or titanium options, if you want to go light on the price tag. Although, platinum rings are durable, the gold rings look as elegant as platinum ones and are less costly.
Select your wedding date in off-season
Getting married in off-season is the best way to lower your wedding expenses, as you will get everything right from catering, venue, flowers, wedding gown to other wedding essentials, at must less prices as compared to peak season.
Last but not the least, is becoming your own wedding planner to save on the expenses of hiring one. You can also take help from your friends and family to lower your burden.
f your wedding is around the corner, the only thing that is spinning your mind will be your budget. Weddings are the only time when we all plan to spend money extravagantly to make the event special and memorable. Thus, during this time, sticking to the budget is often the most difficult part and highly stressful. However, with a proper planning and realistic budget, you can save lots of money in your wedding preparation. When planning a wedding, there are several ways to cut costs without compromising on style and theme. Read below to learn few useful tips on how to plan your wedding budget.
Cut Down Wedding Expenses
Before planning your wedding budget, make a list of things that you cannot do without and you can squeeze into your budget. For that, you should have plenty of time to shop around and buy things on sale, which can save lots of money.
The reception is an aspect that you should properly take care of when it comes to planning a budget. So, if you want to cut cost of your wedding reception, plan it out smartly. For instance, instead of serving three to four meals, arrange a buffet style feast for your guests, as it is an inexpensive way of dinning. While considering location, rather then going for hotel or restaurant, organize it in park or public halls. Try to keep your wedding guest list as minimum as possible.
Buying a wedding dress is an expensive affair and nobody would like to cut cost on this. However, if a wedding dress is available at a half price than the rate of designer or shopping mall, who would not like to go for it. Look for the sites that sell wedding gowns at discounted rates and some even sell dresses that are as good as new and are worn just once. Visit your favorite designer’s factory outlets rather than the main boutique, as you will find a vast difference in prices. Moreover, if you or your mother or friends know the craft of stitching, you can create your wedding dress at affordable prices. If you are tight on budget, then getting the wedding gown from your mother will be a good idea, only if she is willing to give it to you though.
Decoration is the factor that can cost immensely and can sometimes take a toll on the wedding budget. Your wedding expenses depend hugely on your wedding theme. You can always create creative effects in your wedding at low rates, but for that, you have to do little research to find decorators that offer decoration arrangements at competitive prices. You can also implement ideas that are cheap and attractive at the same time. For instance, if you are organizing wedding at the beach, use paper lanterns, tea-light candles, fairy lights, etc. These decorative pieces add romantic lighting effect in your wedding. You can get ribbons, place cards, tea light candles, centerpieces, etc from wholesaler at attractive discounts.
Wedding cakes are generally very expensive and can fall upon hugely on your budget, if you are ordering from the best bakery in the town. If you are serious about saving money on it, then bake a cake yourself. You can look for assistance and step by step guide on how to make cake.
Following these ideas will definitely cut your wedding expenses and you can save huge sum of money for post wedding plans like honeymoon.
This article has been written by an expert associated with My Wedding Songs, a company providing wedding planning tips for today’s brides and grooms.