Between the color, flavor, shape and size, details, overall style, cake stand, groom's cake, and cake topper it's safe to say A LOT goes into not only creating, but also planning your wedding cake. And what about when you don't even like cake? Do you still have to have a wedding cake? And what the heck is a "Groom's cake"? And what do you do when you want a cake topper that matches your wedding colors / theme, fits with your personalities, but is also unique and stands out?
No, you don't have to have a wedding cake. As a wedding photographer I love seeing unique twists on wedding traditions. If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding cake think about cupcakes, root beer floats, cookies, donuts, pie, cake pops, or just plain ole candy.
Candy tables are a great option for wedding favors, as well. If you're worried that it will be a kids-only part of your reception, fear not. I have yet to see a candy table at a wedding void of adults.
A lot of couples personalize their wedding cakes with their names or initials. Etsy has a huge variety of custom cake toppers made from a variety of materials. If you're looking for a different option, go with a meaningful phrase, flowers, or a stylized figurine of a couple, or a cake topper that matches the theme of your wedding, like this "hooked" cake topper from a beach wedding.
Groom's cakes might just be our favorite, as these tend to be a bit more creative and personalized. We've seen cakes that looked like fish, a bucket of beer, a box of new Nike sneakers, a football helmet, and of course more traditional cakes decorated with chocolate strawberries, or the groom's career. According to Wikipedia, the Groom's cake seems to be a tradition more in the southern states, but has roots in Victorian England.
So once you have your wedding cake, groom's cake, alternative to cake, and your cake topper, what else do you need? Time to finish off the decor. We frequently see flowers, candles, (great way to showcase your unity candle at the reception), personalized napkins, along with an engraved cake server and knife set.
If you're stressing out about the cake part of wedding planning break it down into small parts. First, choose your flavors, colors and shape. You'll do this twice if you have groom's cake as well. Second, your cake topper and cake stand. Third, decide on the decor and if you're going to personalize napkins or engrave your cake server. And don't forget, the best part of planning your wedding cake is taste-testing the different flavors!