So, your wedding theme is decided and the colour scheme is set but then comes yet another choice; the wedding cake design. If your wedding cake budget is tight, why not try high street wedding cakes? Here we’ve selected our favourite cake designs from Waitrose to suit five popular wedding themes, from a relaxed festival feel to a contemporary city style…

Country Garden

Wedding cakes for country garden ceremonies should be chic, simple cakes with pretty pastel colour schemes. Think about switching traditional fruit cake for vanilla sponge, which will be lighter to eat on a hot summer’s day…


We love this Rose & Butterfly Wedding Cake design, perfect for a country garden wedding theme. For ease, this ready-made three-tier fruit cake option is covered in a soft white icing with sugar roses, trailing leaves and sugar butterflies. Serving 85 to 110 guests, this cake costs £259.


Another idea is to buy a relatively plain tiered cake on risers and decorate the gaps using real flowers picked freshly from the venue’s garden, or from your florist. This cake has a tier to suit all palettes; a fruit cake top tier and two vanilla sponge tiers filled with raspberry jam and buttercream – light and fresh for the summer. To finish, each tier is wrapped with sheer organza ribbon and ‘pearl’ beading. This cake serves 75 to 100 guests and costs £155.

Summer Festival

Bright, bold colours or fabulous florals? Whatever says ‘festival’ to you, Waitrose have a design to match! The first design would be better for a traditional country house venue, while the second cake would work well at a more contemporary celebration…


Festival-themed weddings have a more laid-back approach so what could be better than this Fiona Cairns carousel cake which includes 42 vanilla cup-cakes for guests to help themselves to? For a larger party you can also order extra fairy cakes – or why not treat your evening guests? This cake is £249 and serves between 60 and 65 guests.


Planning a brighter colour scheme for your festival wedding? Make a colourful statement with this Rose Petal three-tier design. If festivals make you think of patchwork bunting, colourful tents and face paint then this is the wedding cake for you! Decorated with flame coloured, shimmering sugar paste roses and petals, this design is a combination of rich, moist fruit cake, a vanilla sponge and a moist chocolate sponge filled with chocolate buttercream all for just £299.

Vintage Elegance

Cool, classic shades that will never date in your pictures… That’s what you should be aiming for with a vintage-style wedding cake. We love ivory, sage and pastel peach…


Nothing says vintage more than dusky pink roses, sage green leaves and pearls. This beautiful Vintage Fairytale vanilla sponge cake is handmade by cake designer Fiona Cairns and decorated with edible pink roses, rose buds and ivory butterflies. For £445 this cake will serve 80 to 100 wedding guests.


Like your vintage ideas a little more shabby chic? The cute polkadot and rose décor on this moist fruit cake also gives it vintage charm. This four-tier design is £349 and serves up to 160 people.

City Chic

Cool and contemporary, a chic city wedding cake can be different to the traditional tiered designs. Think outside the box and have fun with decoration…

how-to-choose-high-street-wedding-cakes-to-suit-your-theme-white-choc-cakeA contemporary twist on a chocolate wedding cake, this stunning three-tier vanilla sponge is finished with white chocolate curls and a large chocolate rose on top. A chic option for a city wedding or a winter celebration, it’s just £259 and serves up to 95 guests.

how-to-choose-high-street-wedding-cakes-to-suit-your-theme-single-choc-cakeAlternatively for a smaller wedding party, we love this smaller, single tier chocolate wedding cake. The smaller size will also make it easier to transport to your venue. Filled with dark chocolate ganache and orange liqueur, this chocolate sponge is coated with apricot kernel paste and chocolate fudge icing. Serves 50 guests and it comes in at a very budget-friendly £109.

Glamorous Art Deco

Black and white, sharp lines and elegant decorative details – 20s-inspired wedding cakes should be pale, but oh so interesting…


If you’re planning an Art Deco-inspired wedding theme, this Fiona Cairns Ribboned wedding cake is the perfect finishing touch for your reception. The square and circular architecture of this wedding cake give it a real 1920s feel. Finished with satin ribbons and bows why not add some feathers or pearls for some extra showgirl glamour? At £230 this cake will serve up to 110 guests.

how-to-choose-high-street-wedding-cakes-to-suit-your-theme-lily-cakeIvory lilies are perhaps the most classic wedding flower so why not stick with vintage tradition with this fruit cake? Each tier is piped with delicate scrolls set between ribbons to give it the kind of patterned detailing that the 1920s was all about. Serving between 55 and 70 guests this design costs just £195.

Still searching for the perfect wedding cake? Waitrose have a large selection, which can be ordered online up to 35 days before the wedding. If you want to slash your wedding cake budget even further, check out our top tips here!


  1. Have used a local lady cupcake angel, 5 tiers, each tier a different flavour, chocolate, Bailey’s, carrot cake, red velvet & white choc. Sticking with our turquoise & pink colours & gerbera theme. All for £350, bargain!

  2. Once again, bad advice. Would you want to just plonk flowers on your cake that have, in all probability, been sprayed with pesticides? And as for saving money with a dummy cake, MOST of the expense with a wedding cake is down to the decoration… so in reality, you’re not saving a vast amount.

    • Surely you can’t be serious about picking flowers at the venue and decorating the cake with them? I know everyone is keen to save money where they can but this is taking penny pinching too far for the following reasons,

      a) I don’t think the venue would be too happy about their herbaceous
      borders being raided

      b) Unless you’re a gardening expert how do you know what you’re placing on the cake isn’t going to poison your guests either because the flowers are toxic or else have been sprayed with pesticides?

      c) How well do you think your guests would react to greenfly and other bugs crawling on their slice of cake?

      • Hi Karen,
        many thanks for your comments. We have known some venues allow bride to take a cutting from their rose gardens to include in their bouquets or in their decorations in some way, but you make a good point about toxins. We wouldn’t want any upset tummies at a wedding!

        I’ve heard that you should put real ivy on a wedding cake – is this true?


  3. 3 tiers and 3 flavours for £150. We went for a taster with her first and then made an order for enough cake of 120 people. It all got eaten and it was delicious. Just a simple design as it was a classic wedding. Not a sugar flower in sight x

  4. Ours was a 4 tier wonky cake with figures of me my son and Hubby and hubby was in basketball kit with top had lol. The cake was burnt orange and ivory. Chocolate, fruit, lemon and plain sponge, would have cost £450, but Made by my amazing mum.xx

  5. We have been extremely blessed. When we announced our date a very good old friend of my fiancé and his wife offered to make our cake as our wedding present! They have made some pretty awesome wedding cakes and cake generally but for the style of cake we want it has saved us a considerable amount of money so we were very grateful when they offered x


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