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Photo: Patrick Nied Photography

It is entirely possible to have an absolutely gorgeous wedding cake without totally blowing your budget.

Here are some easy ways to save money on your wedding cake.

Choose a Simple Design
Consider a simple, clean and streamlined design – avoid crazy shapes and intricate designs. The more labor-intensive your cake design is, the better for your budget. Be upfront and honest with your cake baker about your budget, and let him or her create a design that will work both your price point and your style.

Go Small
Even if you’re having a lot of guests, your cake doesn’t have to be an eight-tier tower. Regardless of your guest count, keep your wedding cake small and ask your baker to create sheet cake to serve, rather than display.

Fresh Flowers vs. Sugar Flowers
Decorate your wedding cake with fresh flowers rather than intricate sugar blossoms. Again, creating sugar flowers can be quite labor-intensive – and fresh flowers can be just as pretty.

Buttercream vs. Fondant
Ice your wedding cake with buttercream rather than fondant – buttercream is much easier to work with and is a good deal less expensive than fondant.

Simple Flavors
Instead of asking your cake baker to create a custom flavor combination just for your wedding, go with more basic flavors.