Okay so I'm 10 months out an obviously do not have to figure out what to do about my cake quite yet but here's the background (sorry, I'm long-winded even when I type):
We're having a small destination wedding in Coronado, CA (we live in Kansas). The restaurant we booked for our reception is walking distance from our beach ceremony location, has adjusted their fixed menu to make more vegetarian options for my fiancé (it's a seafood restaurant) and is honestly a great fit. However, they do have a $3.50/person fee for outside desserts (somewhere between $120 and $140 that can't be counted towards our food & beverage minimum). Dessert is included with each meal (key lime pie - my fave! - or mud pie), so the bakery I am talking to recommended a single tier 6" or 8" cake (we're talking $80 max before taxes and tip). We ditched a lot of traditions that didn't fit us and our wedding, but the cake cutting was one of the things I wanted to keep (and wow FH loves cake), but I'm not sure how to make it work. It makes next to zero sense financially to pay the restaurant more than the cost of the cake to get a few cake cutting pictures, and because of the nature of our reception and the lack of a "grand exit" our photographer is not staying the entire evening (she'd get bored, let's be honest).
My mom's suggestion was to just cut the cake back at the hotel afterwards and that "we can take pictures for you" but an iPhone picture is just not what I had in mind, ya know? The only other thing I can really think of is getting our cake cutting pictures in right after our first look at the hotel before we walk over to the beach, but I'd love for it to be after we're married. Asking the photographer to add two hours on would end up costing more than the outside dessert fee, so that's out.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this or has anyone had this weirdly specific issue before?
I think I'm going to reach out to the restaurant and clarify that it's $3.50/person not $3.50/serving, but honestly I think I might just bite the bullet and pay the fee for the sake of a schedule that makes sense and getting to have pictures of us cutting our cake.
(okay, as I type this I feel like I sound silly and like the normal response would be to skip the cake or cut the key lime pie at the restaurant or something, but..)