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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
A 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.
Alternatively 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.
Ivory 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!