Skip to main content

Wedding Cake FAQ

Mar 19, 2012 09:57PM, Published by Anonymous, Categories: Planning



How much do wedding cakes typically cost?

A traditional wedding cake is usually priced by the slice and can range anywhere from $1.50 to upwards of $10 per slice. The bakery will dictate the final price based on your location, the complexity of the design, and the materials chosen (e.g. fondant versus buttercream, as well as the types of fillings for the cake). Cupcakes are typically priced per-cake and run along the same price ranges as slices of cake.

 

How many servings do I need?

As much as you and I love wedding cake and other sweet treats, not all of your guests will indulge, particularly if alcohol is being served. If you want to play it safe, you should order one slice (or serving) per guest. However, you’ll likely have leftovers. A better option is to order enough cake for 90 percent of your guests, and then ask your venue if they’d be willing to box up leftovers for guests to take home as late-night snacks.

If you want a larger, more impressive cake without having to order double the number of servings, talk to your bakery about inserting faux tiers made of Styrofoam and decorated to look like the rest of your cake. While this might not actually save you any money—much of a cake’s price goes to things other than flour, sugar, and eggs—it will give you a more impressive cake without the waste of uneaten slices.



When are you supposed to cut the cake?

The cutting of the wedding cake signals the beginning of the end of a wedding reception. While you don’t want to make your elderly guests wait for too long to head home, you also don’t want people to leave too early. After dinner, the dancing will get started, and you should cut the cake approximately an hour later. It’s worth noting that any DJ or emcee worth his or her salt will be able to offer you a wedding reception timeline that marks when each milestone of a wedding reception should happen. However, make sure that the caterer or venue coordinator knows at least 15 minutes in advance so they can get each guest a glass ofChampagne, if necessary, and prep the cake table.

 

Why does my venue charge a cake-cutting fee?

Just like when a restaurant charges you a “corkage” fee for bringing your bottle of wine, some venues charge a cake-cutting fee to slice up and plate your wedding cake that can range anywhere from $1-$5 a slice. Most of the time, this is done when you bring in a wedding cake from an outside vendor and the venue is trying to make up for the lost revenue because you didn’t purchase the cake from them.

 You have three options here: One, negotiate the cake-cutting fee out of your contract. Many businesses would rather slash that $200 or so from your total bill than lose your business all together. Your argument will be strongest if the venue doesn’t offer an option to purchase a cake through them; therefore, they aren’t actually losing any revenue, but rather charging for the servers’ time relegated to cutting and cleaning up the cake. Your second option is to serve a dessert that doesn’t require being cut, such as cupcakes, or three, pay the fee.

 

Can I have more than one flavor of cake?

Of course! These days, most bakeries don’t even charge extra for having a different flavor for each tier of cake (or differently flavored cupcakes). This way, there’s no reason to argue vanilla versus chocolate—you can have them both, along with lemon, strawberry, or carrot cake flavors, too.

 

When should the cake be delivered to the venue?

Coordinate delivery for approximately one hour prior to the start of your reception. Talk to both the bakery and the venue to determine the logistics—whether the cake will be held inside or outside, if your florist needs to put fresh flowers on the top of the cake, and so on.

 

Any tips on decorations?

As fun as a hot-pink or royal blue wedding cake sounds, think about the possibility of stains. If your new husband goes to kiss you right after cutting the cake, and he has leftover frosting on his fingers, your beautiful white wedding gown will never be stain-free again. Colors such as blue, red, and purple will stain your guests’ tongues and lips, making for some interesting late-night photographs. If you want color on your cake, leave it to the removable ribbons and other décor.

 

Additionally, don’t forget about decorating the cake stand and table. Your cake might be the showstopper, but every show needs supporting characters. Fabric, flowers, and a beautiful cake stand can go a long way toward making your cake even more spectacular. 

-- Kelsey Casselbury



  • Raspberry and Strawberry seasons have begun! Come pick your own at Linvilla Orchards!  General H...


  • Mobile Dermatology Clinic

    08/28/2017
    08:00AM — 04:00PM

    Full-service dermatology care that comes to you! WellAve will be bringing their mobile dermatolog...


  • David Rogers' Big Bugs at Tyler Arboretum

    08/28/2017
    09:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit opening day: June 3, 9 am - 6 pm Exhibit continues until August 29 They’re BIG, they’...


  • Emily's Produce Farmer's Market

    08/28/2017
    09:00AM — 06:00PM

    Enjoy local farm fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, eggs & more! Enjoy a homemade lunch or b...


  • Log Canoe Racing: Photographs by Morris Ellison

    08/28/2017
    09:00AM — 05:00PM

    Opening in conjunction with the 30th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival, Log Canoe Racing: Ph...


  • ‘En Blanc et Noir’

    08/28/2017
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    As beautiful as a color-laden photo can be, there is something to be said about removing the dist...


  • Summer Group Show

    08/28/2017
    09:00AM — 05:00PM

    Our Summer Group Show includes a large variety of styles & media with work by new artists & Galle...


  • Backyard Birds & Birdhouses

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM

    Opening reception May 20 in conjunction with the Delmarvalous Festival The beauty of nature is j...


  • Revival

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    In celebration of NMWA’s 30th anniversary in 2017, Revival presents contemporary sculptors and ph...


  • Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces tells the remarkable history of th...


  • Ken Karlic Exhibit

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    Meet the Artist: Ken Karlic Enjoy a live Painting Demonstration! Live guitar music by Tim ...


  • In the Tower: Theaster Gates

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Over the past decade, American artist Theaster Gates (b. 1973) has explored the built environment...


  • President John F. Kennedy’s administration coincided with a golden age of photojournalism in Amer...


  • Weekly Fine Art Classes

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM

    Chesapeake Fine Art Studio offers top-quality art classes in a variety of media every week. Study...


  • Plein Air Judges, Unite Exhibit

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    Troika Gallery will exhibit the paintings of two Plein Air Judges, West Fraser and Kenn Backhaus,...


  • Under One Sky

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    In this joint exhibit, Carol Donahue and Gail Higginbotham, reveal their artistic similarities an...


  • Matthais Mansen: Configurations

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Matthias Mansen is a contemporary Berlin-based artist (b. 1958) whose work advances the long trad...


  • Nicolas Party: Sunrise, Sunset

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    Sunrises and sunsets are among the only moments in the day when we are reminded, as the sun appea...


  • Representational Ambiguity

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Ken Karlic's watercolors can best be described as sophisticated chaos, as an accurate drawing giv...


  • Maryland State Fair

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM — 10:00PM

    Celebrating its 136th year, the unFAIRgettable Maryland State Fair returns Thursday, August 24th ...


  • Equilibrium: Fanny Sanin

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    This exhibition explores her methodical process through a selection of some the artist’s earliest...


  • River Arts Photo Club Show

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Recent works of the local photographers.


  • Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    One of China’s most provocative living artists, Ai Weiwei has spent nearly four decades exploring...


  • The Academy Art Museum is pleased to present its Annual Members’ Exhibition. This exceptional tra...


  • Retrievers: The Hunter’s Best Friend

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    The Retriever in its many breeds–Golden, Labrador, Chesapeake, Flat Coated, and more–have been th...


  • Parallax Gap

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    Parallax Gap transforms the Renwick Gallery’s Bettie Rubenstein Grand Salon into a visual puzzle....


  • "Ken Karlic: Watercolor Expressions" Show

    08/28/2017
    10:00AM — 05:30PM

    In honor of the 27th Annual Art Walk McBride Gallery is hosting a watercolor painting exhibition,...


  • Four Centuries Walking Tour

    08/28/2017
    10:30AM — 12:45PM

    A period dressed guide in colonial attire will lead you through Annapolis’ historic district and ...


  • Harbor Queen Cruises

    08/28/2017
    11:00AM — 04:00PM

    Watermark immerses people in the history, culture and fun of the Chesapeake Bay region and Harbor...


  • Open Portrait Studio

    08/28/2017
    01:00PM — 03:30PM

    Mondays, 9:30 a.m. - noon The group meets weekly with a live model. Model fee collected weekly....


  • Four Centuries Walking Tour

    08/28/2017
    01:30PM — 03:45PM

    A period dressed guide in colonial attire will lead you through Annapolis’ historic district and ...


  • Spa Creek Tour on Miss Anne

    08/28/2017
    03:30PM — 08:30PM

    This 40 minute Annapolis boat tour is for those who want to get close to the water on a smaller, ...


  • Join certified EFT practitioner Christine Hunt and in this presentation on EFT or tapping. This t...


  • Phillips Early Bird Special

    08/28/2017
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Catch the early bird each day at Phillips for special savings on our buffet and menu dining at Ph...


  • Chicken & Rib Night

    08/28/2017
    05:00PM — 10:00PM

    Get a free draft beer and special sauces only available Monday nights! Smoked Fried Chicken: ...


  • Yoga en Español

    08/28/2017
    05:45PM — 06:30PM

    Yoga en Español Práctica Suave . Mujeres Sólo Todos los Lunes 5:45pm - 6:30pm Precio: $10 9...


  • Tai Chi Workshop with GrandMaster Zhu TianCai

    08/28/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Have you always been interested in tai chi but never got around to trying a class? Are you a more...


  • August Wine Dinner

    08/28/2017
    07:00PM

    Summer dishes paired with prophecy wine! Welcoming wine: Pinot Grigio First Course: Mexican shr...


  • Come out to Camden Yards to cheer on your favorite Baltimore Orioles as they play the Seattle Mar...


  • Come out to Nationals Park to cheer on your favorite Washington Nationals as they play the Miami ...


  • Come to Prince George's Stadium to cheer on the Bowie Baysox as they play the Trenton Thunder!


  • Join host Norm Amorose every Monday at the Market Street Public House at 7:30 p.m. for a fun-fill...


  • Federal House Bar & Grille Acoustic Shows!

    08/28/2017
    08:00PM — 12:00AM

    Tuesday, August 1st - Jordan Sokel - Acoustic Solo Wednesday, August 2nd - Kajun Kelley - Acoust...