Sweet Decisions

How much cake is enough? Do you even need or want a cake? Whether the guest list is 25 or 200, picking the right dessert for your special day can be stressful. Katy Hurtig of Coastal Coordinating and Carol Krupinski of Classic Cakes say worry not.

Cake: Consider the size. “Brides should order a cake for about 10-15 percent less than their guest count,” Hurtig says. “If they have 100 guests, they should order cake for 85.” After a full meal and a few drinks, your guests likely won’t want a big piece anyway. Tradition reigns in the cake category, where couples might freeze the top tier to eat on the one-year anniversary. “I’d say about 75 percent [of brides] save the top tier to eat at a later date,” says Krupinski. However, the new trend involves couples going back to the baker to ask for a small cake to celebrate.

Dessert Table: Hurtig shares that in half of the weddings she’s coordinated in the last year, brides chose to have a dessert table. Tables can include cake pops, cookies, macarons, doughnuts, fudge, chocolate covered goodies and more. “I’ve seen many versions of a dessert table,” says Krupinski. “Most will do a single cake also, for the cake-cutting ceremony or to save.” Dessert tables are also a good way to incorporate wedding elements such as special linens and small decorations for visual appeal. With all the appeal, there is one negative: on average, dessert tables tend to be pricier than cakes. Ultimately it’s your decision. Regardless of tradition or trend, guests will be pleased with anything sweet!

By Mary Hamel • Photo by Agnes Lopez

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