Cheaper alternatives to a wedding cake

Are wedding cake prices for you? Are you looking for a unique wedding dessert? Have you never liked cake? Here are some cheaper wedding cake alternatives.

Cake pops are a tasty choice, and taste just like a wedding cake. In smaller, tasteful bite-size portions, cake pops are gaining in popularity in the wedding industry. They can be covered in fontant, sprinkles added, and pack a bigger punch when it comes to flavor. They are dressy, formal and easy to transport. They are also very portable, so guests can dance and eat their cake too!

Cupcakes are also a popular option in the wedding industry. Like cakes, they can have fancy frosting, fondant, even hidden flavors in the middle of the cupcake. You can stack them on a cupcake tower, they are lighter to carry, and they are also much cheaper.

Pies are common for people who dislike cakes and cake-like items. They can be flavored anything from blueberry, strawberry, apple, raspberry, lemon, peach, lime, and banana cream.They also have chocolate, even rhubarb, pumpkin and sweet potatoes for those who dislike fruit. You can stack 3 pies on a 3 tier wedding cake tower and cut a piece for yourselves as well, which makes a great photo-op.

Doughnuts on a cupcake or cake tower are rarer, but also a good option for those who love them. They can also be a joke factor for a couple who works at a doughnut shop, are in the police force, or work at a bakery. They come in assorted flavors, so they can be offered in many flavors ir just a bulk of the same flavor.

Pancake tower is what is used for morning or brunch weddings. They can be any kind of pancakes, even plain. You can add syrup, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, even strawberries on top.

Waffle towers are an alternative to pancake towers for those who dislike pancakes. Often covered in maple syrup, these can also be flavored such as blueberry or chocolate chip. You can make your own or buy in bulk at your grocery store in the frozen section.

Cookies are popular either with or without wedding cakes in french culture. They are often pastel colored sandwich cookies that go with the wedding colors and theme. American weddings more often have cookies with frosting on top to decorate.

Jello or gelatin can be served in individual portions or be made large and cake-shaped. You an choose the flavors you ant and the colors you want. If you have cake or jello molds, you could even DIY!

Do you have a wedding cake alternative you would like to share? Comment below!

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Unique Wedding Themes

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Sure, everyone has heard of the traditional wedding themes. You’ve been to your sister’s rustic wedding, your cousin’s barnyard country wedding, and your friend’s beach wedding. Since you’ve been there, you know that these aren’t for you. They don’t fit your style. You want a unique wedding theme, something out of the ordinary, something that is non-traditional. Here are some ideas to get you started!

  • Sci-Fi Theme (Star Wars/Star Trek/Space Balls)
  • Superhero Theme (Marvel Comics/DC Comics)
  • Movie-Themed (Jurassic Park, Nightmare Before Christmas, etc)
  • Alternative Theme (Goth/Punk/Emo)
  • Music Band Theme (Kiss, Slipknot, Metallica, ACDC, etc)
  • Gamer Theme (World of Warcraft, Skyrim, Mario Bros, etc)
  • Fantasy Theme (Harry Potter/Wizard of Oz/Once Upon a Time)

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Superhero Theme

Go subtle:

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Or go all out!

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Movie Theme

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Alternative Theme

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Music Band Theme

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Gamer Theme

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Fantasy Theme

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Pew Decorations

DIY Pew Decorations is a great way to save money on a church wedding. Here are some simple steps you can take to make beautiful pew bows.

  • Buy sheer white fabric at your local fabric store. You can request chair sashes to get them at the proper size.
  • Fold the sash in half so that you can pinpoint the center.
  • Tie into a bow like you would tie your shoes
  • Fluff out the loops to look like a bow
  • Tie to the pews with string
  • Voila!

Make these beautiful pew decorations on the cheap! Just gather tulle, silk ribbons, and your flowers of choice.

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We struggled a bit with Pew Decorations! Too big, too little, too tall, too expensive – but bingo! We kept on looking and finally we came up with a look we liked.
We started with organza chair sashes. We tried ribbon only, tulle by itself…we considered draping tulle from pew to pew (but because of the style of church, it made it awkward to seat people). Finally we came upon the idea of using chair sashes to make the original bows. The benefit of organza is it’s “stiffness” – it makes the bow stand up nice and full. We used the simple method of bowmaking where you loop the sash back and forth and then wired it with white floral wire (from Save on Crafts) in the middle. The white wire then was able to be used to attach the bow to the pew holder (we found them very inexpensive…

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DIY Extremely Easy, Simple & Elegant Centerpiece

DIY Extremely Easy, Simple & Elegant Centerpiece

Place a clear bowl on top of a plate. Fill with water. Add a couple of roses inside the bowl to float, or a rose and another flower. Add smaller flowers, or flower petals, around the bowl onto the plate. If you want to add another little spruce of detail, tie a ribbon of silk or lace around the bowl. Very easy centerpiece for a wedding reception, an engagement party or a bridal shower!

How to have a simple honeymoon for under $500

Disclaimer: This article contains pricing for a honeymoon in and around Montreal, Quebec, Canada. If you plan to honeymoon elsewhere, prices may vary. Does not include travel costs and/or gas or transportation. A few of these options only are availible during the summertime. These prices are for a one-day honeymoon, or for two days, one night.

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How to have a cheap, simple yet fun honeymoon for under $500? Is it possible? Of course it is! This may not be the most lavish honeymoon on the planet, but it is simple, fun and memorable, and that’s what matters! Here are some low-cost places to go and activities to do, which if you pick 3 or 4 of these activities, should cost you under $500.

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Go to a camping ground. Not just any camping ground. Go to one that has a beach, and maybe even a fire pit! You can just drive on over, no reservation required! Enjoy the beach waters with the community, tan on the sand, have a picnic, even camp out if you want! Prices per night for 2 adults and up to 3 children start at $26 at Champlain Beach Camping

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Go on a historical cruise. That’s right, a CRUISE! In small towns on canals, cruises that include a public historical tour can be quite cheap. You can choose from several cruise packages varying in prices per person to customize your experience and adapt it according to your budget. Starting at $34.99 per person, Croisieres Richelieu offers this! Richlieu Cruises

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Stay at a Bed & Breakfast. Some offer couples packages that include special assets at a great price! I recommend Auberge de la Fontaine in Montreal, Quebec. They offer a Casino Package starting at $142 a night for two, with special things thrown in! They also offer a Romance Package starting at $209 per night. If these don’t suit your needs, check out their other package deals.

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Enjoy a Horse-Drawn Carriage. The city of old Montreal is beautiful, scenic, has an old European feel to it. You can’t help but be drawn to it’s mysterious buildings and landscaped parks. Starting at $48 for up to 5 people for a 30 minute guided tour ride, this can be a magical experience with your new spouse. Check out #2: Guided Tours, second bubble on this website.

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Actual photo of horse-drawn carriage in Montreal

Treat yourself to a Swedish Massage. Usually places charge you at least $50 per person for a 30 minute massage. Starting at $39 per person for a 30 minute massage, this can be a relaxing end to an adventurous day. Unwind side-by-side and let your troubles melt away! Pure bliss at a great price! Aqua Spa is the way to go!

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Free or cost-efficient options:

  • Have a picnic in a local park, on the grass with a blanket. Short on cash for food? Prepare sandwiches, fruits and veggies and dip to bring outdoors.
  • Swap houses with someone out of town! It’s cheap, and all you do is pay for your food and travel!
  • Volunteer. Bond together by giving back to your community.
  • Go to a public pool. Sunbathe on the lounge chairs and have a swim with your beloved!
  • Attend a parade. These are often sponsored and free!
  • Run a marathon or do a trialathon together. Build up hype by training hard beforehand and feel accomplished afterwards!
  • Take a class together. It can be dance, music, or yoga; whatever fits!
  • Visit a Buddhist Temple. They often have free meditating sessions. You may even be able to stay in one for free!
  • Go on a road trip. See where it takes you and learn new routes and see the world!
  • Visit a farm. Pet the animals, taste the crops, enjoy country life.
  • Go fruit-picking. This can be strawberries, apples, raspberries or blueberries. It’s lots of fun!
  • Visit a vineyard to sample some wine for a tasting.
  • Go to a bakery and taste home-made and hand-crafted chocolates and candies.

There are other options you can check out: Top 10 Romantic things to do in Montreal.

Unlike a wedding, there is no professional photographer with you while you’re on your honeymoon. The point isn’t to play it up to show off a luxurious honeymoon to everyone. This is time for an intimate quality time mini-vacation to enjoy married life together. Pick and choose what is right for you, and have a great time!