Fabulous Friday: 8 Alternative Wedding "Cakes"

While wedding cakes are a timeless feature, personalizing your wedding with a cake alternative is an opportunity to incorporate details into your big day that reflect you and your husband-to-be. If you worked together at a donut shop, why not have a donut cake? If you stayed late at an ice-cream shop on your first date until they closed, opt for an ice cream cart. If you bonded over not loving desserts, what about having a “cheese” cake? 

Just like picking your dress, décor, and writing your vows, picking your wedding “cake” is an opportunity to give tradition a creative twist and have your personality come through. Here are 8 wedding cake alternatives we love to get your stomach grumbling! 

1. Macaroons

They're small and dainty, and come in endless flavors, what's not to love? 

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2. Cookies

Imagine a cookie cake tower, with each tier being a different flavor of your favorite cookies: oatmeal, chocolate chip, red velvet, lemon, double chocolate...

3. Cupcakes

They're like a miniature cake, only a lot easier to pass around. 

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4. Ice-cream 

If you prefer the creaminess of ice-cream over the iciness of a pop, but want something equally as fresh on a hot day! 

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5. Ice Pops

Also the perfect refresher for a summer wedding! 

6. Donuts

Fried, filled, frosted, or unfrosted, you will drive your guests glazy! 

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7. Waffle, Crepe, or Pancakes 

Frosted with syrup and fresh berries.  

8. Cheese Cake 

Who says cake can't be cheesy? This one's a Gouda alternative if sweet isn't your thing! 

Fabulous Friday: Cakes We Adore

What's better than digging into your favorite slice of cake after dancing off a few calories? Especially when the cake looks as good as it tastes! We love the unique designs that our brides + PLB have come up with! Whether it's a small cutting cake or 3 tiers, each cake brings a special design element to the reception. We absolutely love the gold foil trend that has taken off! However, we can't discriminate against cake... Naked cakes, or even traditional simple buttercream cakes adorned with fresh flowers are sometimes too pretty too eat. We are blessed with some amazingly talented bakers who make cakes that not only look good, but taste amazing too! Check out some of our favorites!

Fabulous Friday: Cakespiration

At Pure Luxe Bride, we get the pleasure of seeing (and even sampling!) some of the most beautiful wedding cakes. If you love sweets, this may be one of the most exciting decisions you make during the wedding planning process!

Do your research on the baker's you have in mind and be thorough. Before you go in for a tasting and especially before you book them, check out their previous work: price, size, style, and reviews. It's important to see how this baker or bakery works with their customers.

Ideally, you should order your cake six to eight months before your special day. This will leave ample time for the cake's design to fully compliment the wedding's style. Make sure you give yourself enough time; the worst thing could happen is that you choose a bakery and a style only they can do, and they get booked for your wedding day.

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Cakes by Declare Cakes

Make sure to include your budget when choosing your baker, cake size and style. Don't set your sights on someone or something too extravagant that doesn't fit with your budget. When sticking with your budget, remember that you will get what you pay for. If you have your sights set on that elaborate cake instead of what works with your budget, sometimes it's worth reorganizing the budget to fit your wants! It's even possible to have a mini-version of your favorite flavors made for you and your groom, with the same-flavored sheet cakes in the kitchen to be cut and distributed to guests for dessert.

Portions dictate size. Portion your cake size according to how many people will be at your wedding, how many pieces you want to be cut and the amount of leftovers you want to bring home!

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Cake by Twenty Six Divine

White, yellow or chocolate; lemon, carrot and hazelnut; champagne, red velvet and coconut, just to name a few.... How can you even choose?! Not to mention choosing the flavor of the filling... If you're having a hard time deciding, just remember that it's very possible to do multiple flavors on your cake! Make it multi-tiered. Choose your flavors based on your meal, bring more flavor to the cake or just pick three... just because! Frostings are also an important part of the decision: buttercream, jam, fruit pureés, and chocolate fudge are all possible cake icings! Make sure you taste all of the possible options before deciding; this seems obvious but not everyone does it! If a bakery is known for their delicious red velvet flavor, don't assume that their yellow cake is just as good.

After the most important decisions about flavor and design have been made, ensure that all these details are established in a contract with the bakery. Also, be sure to establish a set price and a payment schedule or agreement. Lastly, get excited about your wedding cake! Between the time you go to your tasting and your actual wedding day, you'll forget how deliciously sweet your cake is until it melts in your mouth!

Take a look below to see some favorite cakes from past PLB weddings!

Allison Rasko and Alejandro Chechilnitzky's wedding at the Magnolia Plantation Carriage House in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

Cake by Jim Smeal

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Cake by Ashley Bakery

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Cake by Jim Smeal

Cassady Clayton and Joe Hild's wedding at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

Cake by Wild Flour

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Cake by Declare Cakes

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Cake by Twenty Six Divine

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Cake by Mother of The Bride

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Cake by Patrick Properties

Kellianne Boyle and Peter Tang's wedding at St. Luke's Chapel and Marion's in Charleston, SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

Cake by Twenty Six Divine

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Cake by D'Lish

Gillian Armour and Stuart Nugent's wedding at the Island House on John's Island SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

Cake by Wild Flour