Couples save money on wedding cakes by ordering a small cake in a basic flavor with buttercream frosting and simple decorations. Intricate designs and decorations, such as sugar paste flowers, add a significant amount to the cake price.
Call around to several different cake shops to compare prices before choosing. Bakeries in grocery stores are often cheaper than specialty cake stores. Ask about price differences for flavors, designs and delivery to get a true comparison.
Standard flavors and fillings often cost less than premium flavors and fillings. Expect to pay more for multiple flavor types. Sticking to one basic flavor combination saves money.
A smaller display cake is less expensive than a tall cake. One option is to supplement the smaller display cake with sheet cakes that are much cheaper. Leave the sheet cakes in the back, and bring out the cut pieces to guests. Only order as much as you need. Many guests eat no cake at all, so you don't need to order lots of extra servings.
Another way to save money is to add the finishing touches yourself. Decorative ribbon around the base of each layer is a simple and inexpensive option. Another idea is to use real or silk flowers as decorations.