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post #16 of 26
The very cheapest way to make a cake is using plain cake mix and a simple buttercream. Even doing that can add up when you're baking for so many.
If you've never done any decorating I'd suggest the cupcake idea, they are easy to bake and swirls aren't as hard to get right as smoothing icing is.
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post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by suzycakes

Also - if you are looking to purchase real flowers be sure to check you local Sams -- they definitely have the best prices on real flowers - some have to be special ordered - but they are very reasonable.



Very true. one of my brides told me she ordered 200 roses from Sam's and she made her bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, bouts, corsages, centerpieces, flower girl basket, hair flowers, cake flowers ..... for less than she would have spent on just her bouquet at a florist.
post #18 of 26
If it were me, and trying to bake my very first wedding cakes on an extreme budget, I would probably do a cupcake tower. Dress each cupcake with a rose from some costco spray roses and voila.
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post #19 of 26
I' with txkat... do a cupcake tower or 2 and call it a day. No need to fuss with leveling and doweling and stacking and smoothing your cake(s). Use a #12 tip and swirl on some buttercream (or even store bought icing) and put a swirl of a colored buttercream on the top with a star tip and call it a very simple but pretty occasion.

With all the things you have to worry about doing your wedding, if you have never done stacked cakes before it's not worth the stress.. you can look in the gallery at some of the very pretty cc towers that can be made. Good luck with everything!! icon_biggrin.gif
post #20 of 26
My brother and SIL had family members bring their favorite foods for the buffet. If grandma makes great spinach dip, ask her to bring it, etc. It worked out wonderful. They asked them each to bring their dish in or on a clear glass dish. The family was excited that they got to have a part in the wedding too.
post #21 of 26
Good on you for doing it on a budget... we did but we did have a bit more than you to spend and i didnt do cakes then either so my folks paid for my wedding cake. We did our wedding in two. we had our family and dearest friends at the ceremony and wedding breakfast and then had our other friends come later on that night and had a bbq in which we asked them to bring their own meat and booze and we supplied the salad stuff. in this day and age it is quite acceptable to ask guests to bring their own alcohol and even a plate You will have no probs havin a wonderful wedding on a budget. Sorry cant beat the suggestions on cakes there are plenty of wonderful ideas already... good luck and best wishes.
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post #22 of 26
Get a bulk mix from Costco or Sams. It should be cheaper. Do your extender recipe. (Butter, powdered sugar and eggs are MUCH cheaper here at Costco than in a regular grocery store.) You can bake ahead of time, wrap and freeze.

Look for cupcake wrappers at your local Party City-type store in the markdown section, if you'll be doing those.

A friend of my daughter did a simple lovely wedding for about the same amount of money. All she said she wanted was white and hydrangia flowers.

She had one woman who could get wholesale flowers and made them up as her gift. I made matching artificial flower sprays to hang on chairs, posts, etc, as my gift to her. Vines were twined around the arch they were married under, white twinkle lights and white lace 'doodads' were everywhere (people raided their Christmas decoration boxes.)
The meal was a potluck, and the area was decorated with simple white tablecloths.

It was ab-so-lutely beautiful.
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post #23 of 26
Ask everyone to bring disposable cameras, take pictures and leave them for you to enjoy from their viewpoint! I agree with everyone else- if this is your first wedding cake, make it round or cupcakes. Shaped tiers are really hard to smooth.
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post #24 of 26
buy a decorated sheet cake without any top decoration and make a smaller cake to put on top. That way you can feed everyone and not be worried about too much decoration. The sheet cake can have the sides and border piped and you make a simple cake for the top with your cake topper as the decoration.

The easier most inexpensive way I found to have a wedding is to do it in the afternoon as a tea or dessert buffet... very simple and little fuss. Good luck
post #25 of 26
I have had Brides that were cutting cost and a lot of 2nd intimate gatherings - the dessert/pie bar is GREAT. You and Your mom could still do a 8" & 6" wedding cake (1-2 rose peddels look nice and low $$) and have other family members do desserts or even bite size servings of stuff.
Saves you time and money and lets everyone else be a part of your big day.
Ribbon & Flowers are an easy decoration for 1st timers.
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