Rental wedding cakes

Sal - posted on 05/01/2012 ( 29 moms have responded )

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I was looking at wedding cakes on google last night when I came across a site that Rented fake wedding cakes.....the idea is for a significantly lower cost than buying a cake, you can rent a fake cake.....really???so they have a big ott cake on display get some photos then off it goes to be "cut" then a sheet cake is cut and handed out and the cake goes to the next wedding...... Personally even though I make cakes as does my mum I didn't have a big decorated cake as hubby wanted cheese cake, but
Kind of think a fake cake seems tacky, why pretend you have a$1000 cake just be happy with what you can afford...I know people who have a single tear or small cake to cut but plain cakes then to make up enough for everyone to get some but a whole fake cake for showing off I'm not so sure
Has anyone done this

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Karla - posted on 05/02/2012

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I just thought about the pictures, every time you would look at the pictures you would KNOW that was a fake cake. I just don't think it would feel right.

Jodi - posted on 05/01/2012

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That's ridiculous. If you are that strapped for cash, why not do what I did and purchase a layered chocolate cake from the local patisserie. I think mine cost me about $50 and it fed 80 guests. Sure, it wasn't traditional, but when it comes down to it, no-one really cared.

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wow you're right, that even sounds tacky :\

idk, i'm not big on big decorated cakes anyway. the most decorated cake i've ever had was the one i made for our anniversary last year, it was beautiful and delicious. blueberry swirl spice cake, for the win. and guess how much it cost...$10. hellz yeah.

if i was going to make a big fake cake i'd want to keep it just for the hell of it anyway, not just rent the damn thing and then send it back and someone else ends up using it. why would you want a cake that has been passed around, plastic or not?? it wouldn't be unique, and isn't that the whole point of decorative cakes?

Stifler's - posted on 05/03/2012

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The last wedding I went to they didn't serve wedding cake just cut the cake and served dessert. Maybe that's what you'd do which would feel dumb with a huge fake cake sitting there and everyone eating something else. Cupcake towers are the rage now instead of cutting up a cake into pieces. My mum made our cake instead of making my dress.

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Sherri - posted on 05/05/2012

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I have to say I had fake flowers for my bouquet. I wanted the most ginormous bouquet and I wanted something I could have forever not something that would die after a day. I still have it to this day 15yrs later proudly displayed in my living room. .

Sal - posted on 05/04/2012

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I just know as a decorator to me the cost is my time decorating so not having actual cake in it wouldn't reduce the cost too much, if you only got a tier fake, I guess that is the rental idea is that you get the whole cake and return it, but it isnt my thing, i also have a small diamond not a big zirconia and real not fake flowers, but I can only imagine that it would get pretty dirty looking after the first few weddings,
Also all the weddings I have been too do serve the cake of even use it ad a bomderier for guest to take home in cute boxes

Sal - posted on 05/04/2012

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I just know as a decorator to me the cost is my time decorating so not having actual cake in it wouldn't reduce the cost too much, if you only got a tier fake, I guess that is the rental idea is that you get the whole cake and return it, but it isnt my thing, i also have a small diamond not a big zirconia and real not fake flowers, but I can only imagine that it would get pretty dirty looking after the first few weddings,
Also all the weddings I have been too do serve the cake of even use it ad a bomderier for guest to take home in cute boxes

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 05/04/2012

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Yeah, you know the more I think about it, the less I really give a crap. Well, I didn't really to start with but I can see some goodness behind this. I mean, it is true that very seldom is the actual wedding cake served anyhow. So, what the heck, why not, I guess.



I still wouldn't do it but then again, I have done my marrying. One marriage is all I am doing, so I had my cake and ate it too. ;)



I will say though, that if I seen a huge ass cake that was all decked out, my first reaction - from afar - would be WOW, that is one awesome cake. I would be a little disappointed to find it was not real, in the end. I would still get drunk though and dance like there was no tomorrow!

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I personally think it's a great idea. Wedding cakes are ridiculously expensive but pretty as all get out. So I think rental is fine and have a sheet cake to cut. The sheet cake will probably taste better.

Jenn - posted on 05/04/2012

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That is quite common, actually. Our cake's bottom layer was rolled fondant on cardboard, gave the cake height and much prettier (small wedding so not much cake needed!) many cake makers serve from sheet cake because the bride keeps the very top layer and there may not be enough cake to serve from the wedding cake, definitely saves money and who cares!

Aleks - posted on 05/03/2012

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I don't know.. tbh, just about every wedding I have been to (which aren't many... but still), the "displayed" wedding cake was NEVER served. Always some kind of desert (even if it is a cake, it was definitively NOT the wedding cake). And any cake I have had at a wedding was NEVER any good.....So I don't see this as a big deal.

I think it stems from the ceremony of "cutting the cake" thing... rather than anything else. But I am sure there is the aspect of competition in it (my cake is better than your cake).

Jodi - posted on 05/03/2012

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You're supposed to save it for the first anniversary. We hadn't planned on saving ours (we had a small 3 tier and served sheet cake to the guests) but my mom saved it for us and gave it to use on our first anniversary. It was kind of nice to have it as desert on our anniversary dinner.

I do know that it's been an option for years and years now to get a few tiers of a cake that are fake (styrofoam that is iced and decoarted) and only the top tier or two are real cake for cake cutting and what not. I really don't think this (or a whole fake cake) is tacky at all. People have fake flowers all the time, fake nails, DJ's vs a real band and so on and so forth all the time. It's the bride's special day, and what she does to make that day as special as she wants...who am I judge? Fake cake away! The more I think about it, the more I kind of like the idea! lol

Jenn - posted on 05/03/2012

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Isn't one of the things you're supposed to do with wedding cake is save the top layer for the Bride & Groom to take & freeze for whatever the reason it is.

Karen - posted on 05/03/2012

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Lookit my fancy awesome cake that is sooo much better than every other cake in the world!! Forget the dress! It's all about the cake!! That's what everyone's eyes will be on! Maybe we should skip the whole ceremony and just roll the cake down the isle!!

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I think it's a good idea obviously there are people who would use the service, people who want the big fancy cake but can't afford it, I mean cakes here can cost around £500 and that's not overly extravagant.

I was lucky, my SIL is a professional cake maker/ decorator so she took my ideas and made a beautiful cake for us. We had three tiers a fruit cake, a lemon sponge and a chocolate cake which we had cut up to serve as dessert on the evening buffet so we didn't have to purchase another dessert.. No wasted cake, it was all eaten :-) I would never use a fake cake but I know people who would.

Stifler's - posted on 05/03/2012

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As in the bride and groom did the cake and pics and then they left the cake there and served dessert.

Audra - posted on 05/02/2012

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It's a unique idea for a 'centerpiece' of sorts, but I don't know how I'd respond to those guests who were brave enough to ask why we weren't cutting into the cake.

Sherri - posted on 05/02/2012

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I have never heard of this, but I think it is such an awesome concept. Honestly the cake is such a huge wasted expense when really all you want is the awe factor.

Tracey - posted on 05/02/2012

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Yeah, seems tacky. We found a lady making cakes out of her home, and had her make a sort of "cascade" cake with 10 parts--the big part was white cake, the next part, separated with pillars, was chocolate, the next-smallest was lemon and the small "keeper" part on top, was blueberry. The other six parts were each a different flavor (all all-natural), radiating out in little double-stacked arrangements from the main cake and connected by bridges. It was actually very inexpensive compared to a bakery cake, and we knew we were getting a really unique cake. We had so many people excited about that cake, asking "What's that orangey one? Apricot? Oh, cool!"



Seems like people could get creative this way before laying out slews of money for a ritzy one, or getting people excited thinking they're eating something special and then serving them plain sheet cake.

Lady Heather - posted on 05/02/2012

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And don't knock hair dyeing. I'm like a transgendered person only I'm transhaircoloured. I'm a redhead on the inside. Hehe.

Lady Heather - posted on 05/02/2012

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Hahaha! Wtf???

We had wedding pie. I prefer pie and it was Thanksgiving.

Jodi - posted on 05/02/2012

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I really don't see a problem with it. I mean, I kind of think highlighting your hair or dying it is cheesy and fake and phony...but I don't judge anyone for it. If it makes YOU feel beautiful, go for it! If this is what it takes for a bride to feel special on her special day...go for it! Would *I* do it? Nope. I had a HUGE ceremony, 300 people, but we had baked beans, barbeque chicken, rootbeer on tap and horseshoes. It was what *I* wanted, and people STILL talk about my wedding and how much fun it was. To each their own, I don't think it's cheesy or tacky, I think a drunk bride is tacky...the cake is the least of my concerns.

Kelly - posted on 05/02/2012

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Yes seems phoney and wrong. We don't like friends who aren't "real". We prefer honesty and genuine people. If cost was an issue just make a real one or two tiered tiny cake for the Bride and Groom to cut into and then serve sheet cakes. Society is like that. Look at magazines and they airbrush everything to make it perfect but the reality is different. Sad! Why not be real?!!

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man box cake is the best. and so cheap. the most expensive things out of the whole process of making your own cake are the pans you may have to buy, but then you have them for later! and i guess the decorating process can take a while and is pretty tedious at times. but for reals, you can do wonders with two large cake pans and two 9" round pans.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 05/02/2012

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Yeah, I don't think I would be trying to pass off a glamorous fake cake, then giving some cheap cake out to eat. I would prefer to present the cheap cake and then pass it out. It's cake for crying out loud. Honestly, I think the cheaper cake tastes better. ;)

An expensive cake has a lot of crap on it. I do not like icing or any other sweet decorative things (and there is a lot on the expensive cakes). Yuck.

We did pay about $250 for our cake but my in-laws bought it. I was all set and ready to go to the grocery store bakery (which makes awesome, yummy cakes) and get a $50 one. My husband is the one that said he didn't want a cheesy cake. I told him it wasn't cheesy, it was pound cake with butter cream icing! YUM!

After we got our $250 cake, it was carrot with cream cheese icing. Yeah, it wasn't that great. It definitely was NOT worth the cost.

Stifler's - posted on 05/02/2012

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I agree with Jaime too 2wouldn't you want to keep it if it was fake?

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NO hahaha. Cake is really one of the least expensive parts of the wedding. No one I know had a huge cake just a normal square or round 3 tier I think rhia and aaron only had one tier cheesecake shop cake with their names on it. Who cares. And if you can't afford a big cake it will look dumb with the rest of the wedding being not as grandiose.

Karla - posted on 05/02/2012

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First question is how much does the rental cake cost?
Second, can't I make my own Papier-mâché cake? lol... that actually sounds fun.
Third point, I agree with you Sal, just get what you can afford and keep it real!

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