You’ll have noticed that we are becoming more focused on weddings, and why not? They provide an excuse for the most exquisitely designed cake which will be photographed like a catwalk model, and the burgeoning fashion for dessert tables gets our kitchen very excited!
Long-term debt or happiness?
Many people spend thousands of pounds on their wedding, possibly becoming tied into a loan that will take them years to pay back. Sometimes, it seems that as soon as you say ‘we’re arranging a wedding’, suppliers add several zeros on to the price they would normally ask.
Obviously, this is a special – and (we hope) once in a lifetime – day but we also take the view that whilst you want something memorable for you and your guests, you don’t want to break the bank providing it. So we make our cakes the best possible value for money and you’ll see from our new ‘price guide’ page that, on top of a base price, you can add or deduct decorative features to suit your budget.
Affordable stylish wedding
We threw a few ideas around the Mama Cakes office and thought about how you can save money but still have a stunning wedding. One of the major costs is the venue: how about booking a rural village hall rather than a luxury hotel, and asking some friends to decorate it for you? The advantage of this is that you then have free rein to bring in outside caterers rather than being tied into the hotel’s menu and price per head. You could ask Mama Cakes not only to create your cake but also to provide a dessert table. Consider having a hog roast (as long as there’s a vegetarian option) followed by our dessert table and there shouldn’t even be too much clearing up to do.
Have you been to a wedding where it’s clear that a fortune has been spent on wedding favours and often it’s something which just gets thrown away? How about providing something edible – Mama Cakes can supply cake pops, biscuits or other mini sweet treats, all co-ordinated to go with the main cake and desserts if required.
Other money-saving ideas
Not only are prices likely to be cheaper (less demand, more supply) but also you’ll probably find you have to provide less notice in order to get the cake you want!
You could have a very small, select, ceremony and meal just for family and close friends, followed by a larger party for a wider selection of guests. Mama Cakes could provide a gorgeous wedding cake for the first and a gourmet dessert table for the second…
There are plenty of budding semi-professional photographers out there who will be able to produce beautiful, artistic photos for far less than the established names. Know a band who would be delighted to play at the reception or party? An artist who is itching to design you some lovely invitations? Getting people you know involved in your day will make it all the more special, both for you and for them – and it could be a boost to their career as well.