BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Experts say it is possible to recreate the look of a celebritywedding cake for a bride on a budget.
News 4's Melissa Holmes talked to the experts and got some greatsecrets to getting a beautiful wedding cake without breaking thebank.
Take a look at the cakes from Butterwood in Williamsville, thatare in the attached picture. They look similar and both feed about100 people, but one is a couple hundred dollars, and one is morethan a thousand. The difference? Beautiful but inexpensive freshflowers vs. delicate gumpaste flowers made by a sugar artist.
Owner of Butterwood, Claire Bacon said, "She creates each bypetal by hand and then paints them. Wires the flowers together intothese beautiful bouquets. It's a painstaking process and they trulyare a work of art."
Two other cakes also have a similar look, but one is more simpleand budget friendly and Claire Bacon says the detailed piping onone makes it much more expensive.
Bacon said, "The more intricate the designs, the more timeconsuming it is, that is what you're paying for. You're paying forpeople to really spend a lot of time to create an edible work ofart for you."
This is the cake Holmes wanted Butterwood to create for her andthis was my real cake created for a fraction of the cost. Thesavings came by going round instead of hexagon, using buttercreamfrosting rather than pricey fondant, and buying the sugarsnowflakes online rather than paying a lot to have them made byhand. Finally, rather than adding expensive layers to the cake, weused sheet cakes to feed our guests.
"That is the most popular way to save money on wedding cakes,"Bacon said.
One more piece of advice, dressing up the table, will dress upthe cake.
Bacon said, "We tell brides to treat the cake table like anwhole vignette. Especially because that's always going to be avertical shot of you and your new husband cutting the cake."
How much did Holmes spend on her cake would you believe $150?Her reception site, the Millennium, actually includes theButterwood wedding cake in the package. She knows Rich Renaissancedoes the same.
She just had to pay for the sugar snowflakes and a few otherminimal charges for the cake. So the deals are out there, you justneed to look for them.
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