I love Chase and I love cake but I also love not spending more money than my budget allowed when it came to specifics that weren't our top financial priorities while wedding planning. This was the main reason we decided on having Chase's groom cake on Friday night instead of Saturday...
Chase and I recently got married on May 6, 2017 in Norcross, Ga. The evening before the big day we rehearsed at our venue and later celebrated with some of the most important people in our lives. Our rehearsal dinner was at a fun restaurant, Portico Global Cuisine in Atlanta, hosted by Chase's mom, Patty. It was one of the best nights we've had with our families and friends all together.
I learned so much while wedding planning and feel like I have a fresh perspective on them as a wedding photographer. I'm able to understand the needs of my brides and grooms better than I could before our wedding, and that's an exciting thing!
I am eager to share my experiences with you, starting with this blog post about Chase's groom's cake and why we decided on Friday and not Saturday. Keep reading to find out why it could be the right choice for you, too!
On my quest to figure out ways to save extra cash while wedding planning, I came to the realization that adding on a groom's cake to the wedding menu would cost us $500.- $1,000., depending on the design we picked. (By the way, I had no clue what wedding cakes costed until going through this process. Holy cow!!!) Being fully transparent, our actual wedding cake was $840. serving about 100 people. Adding a grooms cake on top of an $840. wedding cake would have been cray cray! (for us)
I'm happy to share this info with you because before I got engaged, I had no idea the specific costs that are involved with weddings which made planning a more stressful process for me. Of course, not every cake is going to cost the same. Some will be much more affordable and some will likely be much more expensive than ours.
We weren't required to have our wedding cakes made by the venue we got married at but if we were to bring in a cake from outside the venue, there would be a set up fee of $125. and an additional $1.25 per slice to be hand passed to our guests. That fee would be on top of the cost of the cake. As you can see, these things really start to add up.
In the midst of researching and phone calls with our venue and outside cake makers, I read an article about extra ways to save money on your wedding. One suggestion in the article was to have the wedding cake at the rehearsal dinner. Well, we weren't interested in doing the wedding cake on Friday but it sparked the idea of doing the grooms cake on Friday. We talked about it, ran the numbers, slept on it and decided that doing it this way would be an awesome and easy way to save a few hundred dollars.
On top of avoiding the additional fees we'd have to pay our venue for the grooms cake, we'd also be paying for it to serve about 3/4 of our guest list. Well, the bigger the cake, the more it costs of course. Serving it at our rehearsal dinner would only need to serve about 30 people. The way wedding cake creators tend to lay out their pricing is per slice. Therefore, if Kelly charged a base price of $3. per slice, our starting point would be $90. for the cake to serve our 30 rehearsal dinner guests. However, if the cake needed to serve our wedding guests, then our base price for the grooms cake would be $300.
Once we made our choice, Chase asked me if I would want to design his cake and keep it a secret until the weekend of the wedding. I can't turn down a good secret so I happily took on the responsibility of designing his cake!
Going with this option gave us something extra to look forward to on Friday evening. Because I had been working with Kelly on the design for months, it was exciting to finally see the end result. I appreciated having his surprise cake in a more intimate setting where I could absorb his excitement he walked into the restaurant and saw it. This decision kept us inside of our budget for the grooms cake and if we could go back and do it all again, we would not change a thing.
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