Getting married can add up!  According to our 2015 Wedding Finance Survey, the average U.S. wedding costs $29,000.  Since many couples are working with a limited budget, we decided to explore a range of ways to have a memorable dessert at your wedding without breaking the bank.  Here are 4 expert tips from wedding cake bakeries that will help you save:

1. Consider An A La Carte Menu: The cost of little details on your wedding cake can add up, so knowing the price of each item makes it easier to pick and choose.  For example, for those on a budget, Stacey León at Butterfly Bakeshop offers an a la carte menu where you can select a base cake, choose a trim and add design options, so you know exactly what you’re paying for and can more easily determine what matters. It’s a budget-friendly way to have a custom wedding cake at a price that fits your budget.

2. Design For What’s Needed: Jordan Slocum at Baked suggests having a smaller version of the wedding cake of your dreams during the reception and then ordering sheet cakes of the same flavor to be cut in the kitchen for your guests.  Another option, suggested by Anne Heap at Pink Cake Box, is to have a smaller designed cake and supplement the additional servings with a back-up cake.

3. Think Outside The (Cake) Box: Jordan also points out there is a new trend of having a dessert table in lieu of a traditional cake. This has two potential benefits – a greater selection of items for your guests and often a lower cost than a custom-designed, tiered wedding cake.

4. Portion Control: Karen Vazquez at Kakes by Karen recommends asking your baker to show you how big their slices are, because frequently you can feed more people than expected.  For example, for a 75-person wedding, she points out that “it’s okay if you go with a cake for 60 people because it would feed up to 76."

It’s these little cost-cutting tips that can make your wedding budget go a long way as you plan the celebration of your dreams.

Happy Planning,