How Much Does A Wedding Cake Cost?
This is a question I am frequently asked by couples, other wedding providers, and magazines.
Planning your wedding can feel overwhelming but having a budget in place is a surefire way of making sure your finances don’t spiral out of control. Having not planned a wedding before, how would you possibly know how much a wedding cake costs? It’s not always easy to know how much everything will cost. Most of the time, couples have to guess or ask google, but this isn’t always accurate.
Don’t worry; I’m here to help shed light on how much wedding cakes really cost, whether you want a simple, elegant work of art or a showstopper masterpiece. I am here to help you make informed decisions, so you feel really comfortable in the choices you are making as one size doesn’t fit all.
Here are 6 helpful tips that affect the cost of your wedding cake.
Wedding Cake Size
How much wedding cake do I need? I always recommend that your wedding cake caters to 75% of your total number of guests or slightly less if you have lots of children attending. This will help prevent wastage and spending money on something that could end up in the bin; believe me, I have over catered twice. If you want your wedding cake to have a presence, you could have a false tier instead of a real cake.
Design of Cake
This is where a large proportion of your cake cost goes, so here are some things to think about. The more complex the design, the more money it is going to cost. Your wedding cake maker can make suggestions of how you can save money especially if your perfect wedding cake is just out of your reach; for example Fresh or sugar flowers? Fresh flowers are a lot more cost-effective, but not all flowers can be placed onto your cake as they are toxic. Sugar flowers are more labour intensive but can be coloured to complement your wedding colour scheme. If your favourite flower isn’t in season, it doesn’t matter they can be made out of sugar but this is YOUR decision, not your cake makers. For inspirations on designs check out our Instagram page
Don’t worry too much about your wedding cake design, as I will be doing a complete blog to help with this; watch this space.
Experience of your Cake Maker
Let’s compare two tradespeople. You ask them to quote you to build a three-bedroomed house, you show them a picture. The first builder quotes 120k. He’s new to building houses, doesn’t have much of a portfolio yet, the second builder quotes 220k. But when you dig deeper, the first house will be made with poorer quality materials as this is the only material he has worked with; and the bedrooms are smaller. But do you know what? It’s fit for purpose? The second builder has a meeting with you in person, talks through all of your needs; you can really see the quality of his work, he then comes up with a sketch and the attention to detail is exceptional. He has said that the design can be altered to save some money, there is no right or wrong answer here. This is about personal choice and your budget.
Insurance / Certificates
Is your wedding cake maker registered? Do they have insurance for public and product liability? Do they have a basic food hygiene certificate? Ask the question as you want to make sure your special day goes without a hitch, and this person is still going to be around in a year’s time as normally your wedding will be booked well in advance. If they have nothing to hide, they won’t mind answering your questions. If your thinking, how does this affect the cost of my wedding cake? Your cake maker will need to cover his/her costs, and therefore the cost of your wedding cake may be higher.
I know what you’re thinking, yes, please. Make sure you have one, even if it costs you a little extra. You don’t want to cut your cake, and it tastes like cardboard. Some cake makers bake your wedding cake in advance and freeze them to save time. For me, this is a big no-no as you are paying a lot of money for your wedding cake, and it needs to be fresh with only the finest ingredients; you will be able to tell by tasting the cake samples the difference between the quality and ingredients of a lesser standard. Are the jams and conserves homemade or of excellent quality? Are they using butter rather than margarine? Again quality products can come at a cost. Book a Cake Tasting Today with Mama Cakes
Delivery and Setup
Is delivery included in your quote? As you really don’t want to be picking up your cake on the day of your wedding. Believe me; this does take an awful lot of experience and needs careful consideration.
Ok, so now for the nitty-gritty. How much can I expect to pay?
This will depend on the area you are getting married but for a wedding cake in Cumbria.
- Two-Tiered Cakes £275 – £400
- Three-Tiered Cakes £450 – £650
- Four-Tiered Cakes £550 – £750
- Five- Tiered Cakes £700 – £900
- Larger £1000+
Enjoy your planning journey.
If you have any questions at all I am always here to help or if you would like more information my website has a wealth of information.