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Fake Wedding Cakes
I've heard of renting wedding dresses, but I'd never heard of renting the wedding cake. But apparently renting fake wedding cakes is becoming increasingly popular. Here's how it works:
The idea is to have an elegant, multitiered pretend cake for show while serving guests slices from a real, tasty and inexpensive sheet cake. The inside of a faux wedding cake crafted by Fun Cakes in Grandville contains mostly plastic foam, with a secret spot reserved for a slice of real cake to be shared by the bride and groom. Everything is covered by gum paste and fondant, a frosting-like confection made from sugar and water often used in cakes and pastries. After a bride and groom take the traditional first slice of their real wedding cake, it's often wheeled away from guests, out of their sight, to be cut up and served on plates. Do the same thing using a fake cake and a sheet cake, and guests will be none the wiser.
It seems like a sensible idea to me. Though, of course, another option would be simply not to have such an expensive wedding if you can't afford it. I'm constantly amazed at the obscene amounts of money some people spend on their weddings. My wife and I had a very simple, low-key wedding, though we did splurge on an Elvis-shaped groom's cake (real, not fake).
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Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 13, 2007
I'm also amazed at how much some people spend on their wedding days. When we were planning our wedding, the average cost for the day in Australia was $26K, not including the honeymoon.
That's just crazy!
That's a bloody good deposit for a house wasted on just one day.
We had a pretty simple wedding day, I think all up, including the honeymoon it cost us just under $5K. Christian's cousin made us the most beautiful cake as her present which looked great and tasted even better!
Posted by Nettie  in  Perth, Western Australia  on  Wed Jun 13, 2007  at  07:24 AM
It's an interesting idea. Maybe even if you really desired an expensive wedding, but couldn't afford all the trappings...I had 10 people at my wedding, including the photographer. (And he got to eat w/ us b/c he was taking pictures for free!) It would have been silly to go all out for a huge cake that would have too many leftovers. We (er, my parents) spent $2k on the ceremony, reception, & honeymoon. It would have been pretty for picture to have a big huge elaborate cake. As it was...we DID have a sheet cake... smile Mom said she had tried to get the bakery people to create a mini "top" for the cake, so we could take it home & freeze it for the first anniversary. But they messed it up. Mom just cut off a hunk of it & stored it in the freezer. Later, when I had my wedding shower, mom got a cake w/ a mini-topper & put that in the freezer, too. This way we had a REAL 'top of the cake'. Both lasted the whole year...and were really good after thawing!!
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Wed Jun 13, 2007  at  11:33 AM
One of the biggest regrets my wife and I have about our wedding is that we didn't stick to our guns in having a Wedding Apple Pie instead of a vile cake. Instead, we gave in to her bitch of a mother.
Posted by Joe  on  Wed Jun 13, 2007  at  01:33 PM
Hippo Eats Dwarf, Alex Eats Elvis...
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Wed Jun 13, 2007  at  02:02 PM
My wedding didn't cost me anything. Instead, the taxpayers paid for it. cheese

Of course, there was no food, no fancy outfits, no musicians, no chapel rental, no hotel suite rental. . .
Posted by Accipiter  on  Wed Jun 13, 2007  at  09:03 PM
Accipiter, you got took! Usually when something is done at taxpayer expense, the person spending the money spends like a drunk sailor.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Wed Jun 13, 2007  at  10:30 PM
Hey, I got a guy of unknown religious affiliation to preside and free transport to the airfield. What more does a person need at a wedding? Well, aside from the soon-to-be-spouse, that is. . .
Posted by Accipiter  on  Thu Jun 14, 2007  at  01:31 AM
We were taught at school that this was the norm during WW2 (and after) rationing in the UK. There was no way that there was enough sugar etc for a full wedding cake, so cardboard tiers were used, with a part of the bottom of the cake 'real' for that symbolic first slice.
Posted by M  on  Thu Jun 14, 2007  at  07:21 AM
My partner and I invited two friends to lunch at a cafe, where our marriage celebrant joined us. We ordered lunch, exchanged vows and signed the papers before the food arrived. The cafe knocked 50% off the price of our lunch!
Posted by Wendy Collings  in  Wellington, NZ  on  Thu Jun 14, 2007  at  10:46 PM
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