It seems a lot of my friends are getting engaged and married lately. Darn, that makes me feel old lol 😆 One question you might ask if you’re planning a wedding is how much money to spend on a cake 😀 So here’s a budgeting guide for wedding cakes.
Some people over estimate how much cake they actually need. This often leads to a lot of it being left over. Proper planning can reduce wasted food and money 🙂 From what I’ve heard the general rule is each finger slice of cake can cost between $2 to $5. This is for a typical buttercream or fondant wedding cake with vanilla icing. However larger cakes with 3 more more tiers can cost up to $8 per slice because stacking becomes more difficult and more work goes into transportation. So make sure to budget accordingly to avoid walking on thin icing later 😀
To give a rough estimate using the numbers above, a wedding cake for a small reception of 25 people should cost around $150. A cake for 100 would be about $500. And for 200 people it would be $1,200. Simply extrapolate these numbers if you gateau-ver 200 guests 😀 These estimates will get you a pretty decent cake and should be enough for most couples.
However there is always a range of options you can choose from, so ask around and sponge off your friends for ideas 🙂 High end specialty cake makers that can add exotic ingredients or wedge in 😀 additional services can charge $10/slice or more. The cake at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011 was $80,000, and looked absolutely stunning!
Then there’s the other 8 tiered wedding cake made earlier this year by a bakery in Chester, England that was decorated with 4,000 diamonds and valued at £34 million ($54 million USD) Erm…Yeah, that’s a bit outside of my price range 😕 But I’m sure there are fruit cakes out there who would be happy to pay for it 😀
The average wedding cake in 2013 is around $400 to $500. No one should get a rise out of that figure because that’s actually a pretty good value considering the entire cost of getting married. This year the average cost of a wedding is about $32,000 according to a recent survey by Weddingbells magazine, and bakeries want a slice of that action 😀 For affordability comparison the median household income in Vancouver is around $67,000 🙂