Do I Have to Have a Wedding Cake? | For Couples

One of the biggest things that my husband and I agreed on when we were planning our wedding was that we DIDN’T want a wedding cake. Neither one of us are big sweets people and we both aren’t huge fans of cake – plus we didn’t feel like it was *us* to have a gigantic expensive cake that we needed to have people watch us cut. So instead, we opted to have apple crisp with fresh homemade vanilla ice cream served, and it was absolutely perfect.

You don’t HAVE to have cake at your wedding if you don’t want to – a lot of brides tell me that their parents insist on them having a cake because it’s traditional but they (the bride) don’t want one. Don’t worry, there are approximately 298347 other options for a wedding dessert!! I’ve seen them all – mini cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries, parfait shooters, brownies, donuts, pie – you name it!

White wedding cake with blue and white flowers

Cookie Monstah cookie truck at wedding

Most bakers now offer more than cake because they know that brides today are shying away from the large cakes – but if that’s what you want, it’s your choice!! Your wedding is about YOU and your fiancé, and what makes you two YOU. If that means you’re going to have ice cream sandwiches or an ice cream truck, YOU DO YOU. And honestly? I see so much wedding cake that goes uneaten that’s if you feel like you don’t want to have it – don’t. You’re going to be saving money and waste, I promise.

Chocolate covered strawberries for wedding dessert

Donut wall for wedding dessert

And if you DO want to have a cake, go crazy with it. I don’t think I’ve ever photographed a regular vanilla or chocolate cake – I’ve seen Funfetti (which honestly kinda sounds like the best wedding cake ever), layers with caramelized fruit, and homemade jam fillings. Most of the times I see couples picking a different flavor and filling for each layer (which is exactly what I would do if I liked cake!). At the end of the day, your wedding is about YOU and your fiancé and your preferences!! Scroll on to find a few more examples of wedding desserts :).

Wedding dessert set up with lemon bars

Bride and groom standing in front of ice cream truck

Vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with fresh lilacs on them

White wedding cake with pink flowers

Wedding dessert bar set up

Mini wedding dessert shooters with spoons

Three tiered wedding cake in front of hand painted backdrop

Wedding cupcakes laid out on table

Cookie and ice cream sandwiches at wedding

Three tiered white wedding cake with pink and purple flowers

Wedding cake with mini cupcakes and champagne

Wedding bundt cake set up

Vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with fresh lilacs on them

White wedding cake with chocolate ganache dripped all over it

Apple cider donuts at wedding

Wedding dessert bar set up with mini chocolate donuts

Cupcakes with floral decorations on them

Wedding cupcakes laid out on table

Four tiered white wedding cake with cascading pink and white flowers

Mini wedding cupcake setup with milk crates

Tiered set up of pies for wedding

White wedding cake with proteas and greens

Wedding dessert donut wall

Mini wedding dessert shooters with spoons

Purple and white ombre wedding cake

Mini wedding cupcake setup with milk crates

Wedding cupcakes laid out on table

Pink, gold and white macarons with sprinkles

White wedding cake with delicate sugar spun floral decorations

Vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with fresh lilacs on them

Mini wedding dessert shooters with spoons

Wedding cake with mini cupcakes

 

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