Start with your research on various cake shops to find out how much wedding cakes cost generally. To find out prices, you do not have to enter into the entire process of consultations and tasting sessions, you would just need to enquire on prices of a bakery’s past cakes. Another way to find out cake prices would be to ask the people you already know; friends and family. Find out where they got their wedding cake from, how many people the cake fed, and how much it cost. Also, get pictures and as many details as you can! That would be enough to start on the next step.
A more well-known and sizeable cake shop does not necessarily need to be more pricey and vice versa
Cake prices vary with country; try not to base your budgeting on quotations you have gotten from different countries.
Purpose & Options
Now that you know how much a cake costs on average, it is important to discuss how vital a cake is to your wedding! Why are you getting the cake? This will help you understand how much you would be required to spend on the cake. Below, for example are two purposes the cakes can serve, and your options:
For showcase cakes, it is important for them to have a good height. How high it would be, depends on the number of guests you would be having. There are a few options for showcase cakes. First, if you are not planning on feeding your wedding cake to your guests, then you could consider dummy cakes, which can be made according to your theme or rented if you can find one that is suitable. This would be the least costly option obviously. Buy cakes online london
If your cake is going to feed your guests, you would need a real cake! But it does not necessarily have to be the entire wedding cake. You could get a dummy and have the real cake served separately to your guests. This option might require less financial commitment depending on the bakery you choose. Also, you could do a real/dummy wedding cake. This would mean that some tiers on your cake are real and some are dummies. You would definitely save with this option.
Budget & pricing
Once you have decided the purpose of the cake. It would be easier to decide how much to allocate for your wedding cake. If you are looking for rentals, find out the average price of wedding cakes that are being rented and use it as an estimate. However, do look through your options first to confirm if you can even find a cake that suits your wedding theme. If you are looking for full sugar cakes to be made, and you are unsure of the size you would require, you could equate 50 guests to 1 tier as a simple estimate. Therefore, 150 guests would require 3 tiers. However, anything above 5 tiers might be an “overkill”. Generally, for cakes that are going to be served to your guests as dessert, you could take the price of a wedding cake with the design that you liked previously, (from your research) and divide it with the number of guests at that wedding. Now you would need to multiply this average with the number of guests you are feeding. Here’s a formula.