Shannon
Expert April 2016

How Much Did You Pay for Your Wedding Cake?

Shannon, on November 13, 2015 at 2:49 PM Posted in Planning 0 50
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Hi Ladies and happy Friday!

I'm curious to know how much everyone has paid/budgeted for their wedding cake? As I've mentioned on here before, I have a slight cake obsession (literally, it was one of my first words) so I do want a beautiful wedding cake. However, I've gotten the quote back & she is asking for $700.00 (4 tiers). This includes delivery, but is this normal? Things are adding up & I'd love to hear some feedback before I sign her quote! ? Smiley smile

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  • Rebecca
    Master November 2015
    Rebecca ·
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    That sounds pretty normal. I'm in an inexpensive area and with a fairly simple, 3 tier cake, it's $2.50/serving. Definitely read reviews and gather some quotes before you make a decision.

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  • Christine
    Master October 2015
    Christine ·
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    My cake was...pricey.. $1250 for 3 tiers, including delivery etc. But it was stunning (that's all buttercream, no fondant) and it tasted fantastic. It really depends one what you want, and where you wanna spend.


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  • Jessica
    Dedicated January 2016
    Jessica ·
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    Mine is costing $120 for three 9" cakes. But, my baker is a friend with a home business, and she's not charging for delivery or time. I had checked with other bakeries, and in my area it averages about $450 for a three tiered cake.

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  • bappybride
    Expert August 2016
    bappybride ·
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    Sounds like a steal compared to my area! It's $1150 for a three-tiered cake with delivery, not including flowers or topper. On top of that the venue charges $2/person for cake cutting fee.

    If your venue has a cake cutting fee, consider that in the price as well.

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  • Shannon
    Expert April 2016
    Shannon ·
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    Thanks ladies! @Christine... That is GORGE! Yay I'm not the only one who loves pretty cakes. Smiley smile Just a little bummed bc things are starting to add up quickly!

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  • SummerS
    Master January 2016
    SummerS ·
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    Alot of the price will depend on how intricately you want the cake decorated and if they'll use fondant or buttercream. The size of the tiers will make a difference too because it will normally be priced per slice or how many the cake will feed, not solely on # of tiers. We're doing a 5 tier cake to feed about 200, I think a tad more, with 2 of the tiers having moderately intricate details and the other 3 tiers a little more simple. The entire cake will be the same flavor and filling (note that some will charge extra for multiple flavors) and all icing and piping is buttercream...no fondant. We're paying around $1200 for it. This does not include any cake stand rental, topper or delivery...we are renting the stand somewhere else, purchased a custom topper separately and they said there was no delivery charge, though I assume it's built into their per slice charge somewhere Smiley smile

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  • Ostrichka
    VIP February 2016
    Ostrichka ·
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    OMG @Christine I LOOOOOVE your cake! That is beautiful, and so impressive that they did that will all buttercream! I'm obsessed with fancy wedding cakes. OBSESSED. Ours is estimated around $1,600 for four tiers, fondant covered with custom design (top secret for now!), and includes a certain number of slices supplemented through kitchen cakes. Our venue will charge $2/person for cake cutting since we're not using their preferred vendor. But I had done my research beforehand so I knew that for what I wanted I could end up spending $2,000 for a cake, and budgeted accordingly. Because CAKE!

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  • Lauren17
    Master July 2017
    Lauren17 ·
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    Luckily my venue includes the cake so I have no idea what the pricing would be but I know they are very expensive!

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  • MzRosaLu
    Master July 2016
    MzRosaLu ·
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    I haven't ordered our cake yet, but I was quoted between $550-$650 for a three tier cake for about 100 guests. That does not include the delivery fee, which is waived because we are using our venue's recommended bakery. ETA: I totally understand the cake obsession. I'm almost as excited for cake tasting as I was to go dress shopping. Lol!

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  • Shannon
    Expert April 2016
    Shannon ·
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    The main problem, aside from the cost, is that I can only choose ONE. (but I love so many). I had the BEST idea for a groom's cake, but she wanted an additional $330 for it, so it's been nixed. Smiley sad

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  • MrsMem<3
    Expert May 2016
    MrsMem<3 ·
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    We haven't been to the bakery yet but we are going after the 1st of the year! According to their website it will be 375 for about 200 people! before tax! delivery is included because we are using our venues preferred vendor

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  • OriginalKD
    Master December 2015
    OriginalKD ·
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    One milllllllioon dollars.

    JK - it will be $1200.

    Rosemary - I love the lobster reference :-)

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  • Alison & Brandon
    Dedicated October 2015
    Alison & Brandon ·
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    We bought ours from a local bakery that was ran by a mother / daughter duo and it was not only extremly affordable ($150) but it was the best cake we had ever had!! It was enough to feed 50 people. See if you can find a local mom and pop shop bakery. They may not have the money to advertise like the bigger bakeries but boy, the quality that I have seen at most mom and pop shops/restaurants are AMAZING!! The cake was so light and fresh and beautiful!!


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  • Shannon
    Expert April 2016
    Shannon ·
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    @Summer that's true thanks for pointing out, maybe I can scale down the size of the tiers...

    Luckily my venue provides cake cutting. I just have commitment phobia to picking 1 design & hoping she'll let me change it & make my final decision when we come in for a tasting! LOL @minnemiska "Because CAKE" exactly!!

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  • beautyofdreams
    VIP August 2016
    beautyofdreams ·
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    We paid $300, which is a steal. The baker runs an annual wedding cake sale so I was able to reserve the cake during the deal and also grooms cake!

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  • OG Kristen
    Master October 2015
    OG Kristen ·
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    Ours was $650 including delivery and italian cookies.


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  • Shannon
    Expert April 2016
    Shannon ·
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    Wow ladies some of these sound AMAZING! I would love if I had a big cake budget! Seriously I await pics.........

    LOL @OriginalKD Only a 1 million dollar cake huh? Lol hope your baker threw in a big house on the beach & a private jet!

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  • OriginalKD
    Master December 2015
    OriginalKD ·
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    LOL - all of these posts about how much things cost. It has become my default answer ;-)

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  • Kaydee076
    Devoted June 2016
    Kaydee076 ·
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    Our wedding cake is 4 tiers for about 110 guests. Since we were the first to sign a contract for our date, the gold cake stand rental was free and free delivery to our venue. All 4 tiers are currently different flavors but I think I'm going to change it to only 1 or 2 flavors and each tier is decorated differently in buttercream. All for $540. Our guest count has since gone up so that number will go up a little bit as well. She also quoted me $150 for my groomscake idea.

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  • Christine
    Master October 2015
    Christine ·
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    Haha, thanks Shannon and minnemiska. Shannon, the cost sucks, but if the style matters it'll be worth it.

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