5 Reasons You Don’t Need a Wedding Cake

5 reasons you don't need a wedding cake | Cartems Donuts on a stand at a wedding reception in Vancouver

I have been shooting a lot of weddings with Cartems Donuts lately, and every time it gets me thinking about 5 reasons you don’t need a wedding cake. I didn’t have one when I got married and find myself more and more intrigued by less traditional alternatives.

5 reasons you don’t need a wedding cake:

1. Wedding cake is expensive.

First, your wedding cake is probably going to cost you $8 per slice. In addition to this per slice fee, you may also be faced with a delivery fee, and many venues charge a serving fee for bringing in an outside cake. Consequently, you’re likely looking at around $11 per slice, which is hugely more expensive than other dessert alternatives.

2. Wedding cake is often forgotten.

I have been to a lot of weddings where things run behind schedule or the couple gets caught up in their reception and opt to forgo a formal cake cutting. Sometimes the cake gets cut and wedding guests simply don’t eat the cake. Whether guests are full from dinner or visits to the bar, or too busy mingling or on the dance floor, wedding cakes are often forgotten.

3. Wedding cake is traditional.

If you are planning an unconventional, nontraditional wedding, why do you need a wedding cake? If you are actually planning on saving the top tier to eat on your first anniversary, by all means, but don’t get caught up in the idea that you can’t have a wedding without a wedding cake. You should fully embrace the nontraditional-ness of your big day and opt for a less conventional alternative.

4. Wedding cake = cake face.

Do you really want to mess up the hair and make-up you likely spent hundreds of dollars on in the spirit of having cake smashed in your face? In my experience, even couples who call a truce prior to cake cutting, wedding cake inevitably lands up on your face and in your hair. This may be a nonissue to you if your wedding photographer is leaving immediately following the cake cutting, but it’s something to think about if you have full day coverage.

5. Wedding cake is not for everyone.

Finally, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that your big day is ultimately YOUR wedding. Are you and your partner huge cake fans? Do you prefer cupcakes? Or pie? Are you not fans of sweets in general? Above everything else, your wedding should be representative of you as a couple.

What do you think of these 5 reasons you don’t need a wedding cake?

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