We know a lady who does gourmet cupcakes as a side gig, and she is really cheap. Our cake baker is definitely not cheap. I was thinking about having like a cupcake bar with different cupcakes and then somewhere else have a smaller cake. I think this will be much cheaper.
We were going to have macaroons with the cake but after we looked at our budget we couldn’t justify it and the venue is throwing in s’mores kits at no charge so we are hoping that should be more then enough.
Every wedding I've ever been to that had a huge dessert table always had a TON of leftovers at the end and it just ended up getting thrown out. Just do a cake, people can either have a slice or not. By that point, people are usually dancing anyway and aren't looking to continue eating a ton of sugar, one slice of cake is fine.
We are only doing a traditional cake. We will have different flavors per layer for variety in our likes.
If there was something special like we really liked a certain pie recipe or had some affinity for macaroons we would do that; but wedding cake is unique in that it's the one occasion where you get to eat it. So, I want the specialness of that occasion to be the focus vs. having a bunch of other options.