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Wedding Budget Tip #45: Grocery Store Wedding Cake

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Looking for a way to reduce the cost of your wedding reception dessert? Choose a Grocery Store Wedding Cake to save money on your cake!

Wedding Budget Tip #45: Choose a grocery store wedding cake.
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This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB where we share money-saving wedding tips to help you cut costs! You can access all the wedding budget tips on a single page for your convenience and future reference. This post shares a savvy secret to saving money on your reception dessert by choosing a grocery store wedding cake! Your local Publix and Costco are the real MVPs of affordable wedding cakes.


Wedding Budget Tip #45: Choose a grocery store wedding cake.

Wedding Budget Tip #45:

On a really tight budget? Consider a grocery store wedding cake!


The keys to planning a debt-free wedding are to prioritize, budget accordingly, and find alternatives for the items that are of lower priority. If you’re looking for a way to cut back on costs across the board, seeking alternatives to traditional wedding vendors is a great place to start.

We have nothing but respect for all wedding professionals and the work and artistry they provide to the couples they work with. But unfortunately, it’s unrealistic for many low-budget couples to be able to afford professional services for every aspect of their day. If you find yourself in a tight spot with your wedding budget and are looking for a way to slash your spend, consider a grocery store cake!

Grocery Store Wedding Cakes are a Savvy Option

The wedding cake is a storied wedding tradition, but wedding goers and professionals alike often share how the cake usually goes untouched.

The New York Times reported that many more couples are skipping the cake (and its hefty price tag) as they make their wedding arrangements. Brides and grooms are opting for more creative desserts like sundae bars, candy stations, and cupcake towers that appeal more to their tastes and budgets.

For couples that still want the traditional tiered confection, there seems to be a new alternative: supermarket cakes! Chains across the country, like Kroger or Publix or even Costco, have begun offering cakes at a fraction of the custom-cake price. The total cost? Somewhere around $300. That’s definitely a bargain!

But if the cake is important to you and one of the centerpieces of your occasion, you don’t necessarily have to compromise. It’s essential to make and stick to a wedding budget and understand that everything is a trade-off.

If you spend more on your cake, you may not be able to afford something like flower arrangements for every table. Ask yourself and your partner what is most important to you on your big day.

Where to Buy a Grocery Store Wedding Cake

Publix and Costco are both well-known for their awesomely delicious cakes. You can get a beautiful, simple wedding cake for a fraction of the cost of a boutique wedding baker. Another cost-saving option would be to order sheet cakes to serve your guests, as the amount of labor and time involved in creating them is much lower than a traditional tiered and decorated wedding cake.

Grocery store bakeries can often accommodate different flavors for a much lower cost, so what’s the harm? You still get a delicious cake and you’ll spend far less. If you’re unable to afford a traditional wedding cake, a grocery store cake is a great option for your big day!

Grocery Store Wedding Cake Examples

Check out these grocery store wedding cakes from previous BSB features:

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This Publix Wedding Cake was simple and chic! Photo by Evoke Photography – see the full wedding here.
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Another Publix Wedding Cake! Photo by Andie Freeman Photography – see the full wedding here.
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Another simple and chic wedding cake from Publix! Photo by Emily Katharine Photography – see the full wedding here.
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This three-tiered wedding cake came from Publix! Photo by Rudy + Marta Photography – see the full wedding here.

This Costco Wedding Cake with Trader Joe’s Flowers Went Viral!

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See the original from @cottagefarmhouse on instagram

This Costco Wedding Cake, shared on Instagram by blogger @CottageFarmHouse, totally went viral for its budget-savviness! It was featured on Today, GMA, Fox News, and more!

The couple purchased two sheet cakes from Costco for $40, cut and stacked them, then re-iced with some buttercream frosting, before finally embellishing with a bundle of Trader Joe’s flowers they paid $10 for!

And the final result is quite lovely! If, for whatever reason, you’re unable to afford a professional cake designer for your big day, just know that there *are* options for you to still have a nice looking wedding cake without breaking the bank.

We want to know: Would you consider buying a cheap wedding cake at a supermarket Join us in our community to chat more about wedding budget tips.


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