McArthur's Bakery and Publix are two companies that offer relatively inexpensive wedding cakes. For example, as of 2015, McArthur's Bakery offers a basic, three-tiered wedding cake that costs less than $2 per serving, while many bakers charge at least $8 per serving, according to ColinCowie Weddings.
In addition to shopping for low-cost cakes, there are other ways a couple can minimize the amount they spend on a wedding cake. Sheet cakes tend to cost significantly less than tiered cakes, and it is still possible to achieve the tiered look with the help of a multi-tiered faux cake covered in icing. The fake cake is available for aesthetic purposes, while the cheaper sheet cake is cut out of the sight of guests before being served.