I've come to the realisation that I cannot afford what I would ideally like for my table centre pieces for the reception. I have also been stressing about the cake. What would you think if I were to put a cake on every table in the centre, decorated with ribbon and wired ribbon flowers and iced the top with the table number? Surrounding the cake I was thinking of just tea lights in votives. Possibly I could put a circle of organza on the table underneath in my colour (lilac - I know, very original...). If I did this I would probably just order the plain iced sponge from M&S for the purpose and forgo having a tiered cake as everyone would have a cake to share on the table.
If you are hiring a venue, make sure you consider the logistics:
1. How to transport all the cakes to the venue without damaging the icing 2. How many extra knives you will need to cut the cakes 3. Whether the venue allows open candles / tea lights 4. Who will do the table decorations (on the day / night before?) 5. Whether the cakes come with bases and if not, whether the venue would freak out at people cutting cakes straight onto the cloth.
Really do love the idea. Friend of mine had Victoria sponges for each table at an afternoon tea at her wedding and people loved it, although they felt very full afterwards as they were huge cakes!
Thanks everyone. Good idea about the logistics violetbean, I've got an appointment at the end of the week to talk to the lady at the venue about all such details, menu and decorations and such (decoration is also testing me sorely!). I was thinking I might provide vintage plates or leave them on the silver cake board they come with. I will ask if they have enough cake slices and if not consider purchasing some specially. I did want glass cake stands but then it pushes the price up towards the beautiful candelabras with fresh flowers that I wanted. I have a note scribbled somewhere about asking about candles, but you have reminded me thank you - I need to collect up my various scraps and put them together.
Smartiepants79 I like that cake, and I see what you are saying about fresh flowers, I was steering away on the basis that I could then do the cakes myself in advance but I suppose it would really only take minutes to stick a fresh flower cake topper on. I will ask the florist about this when I speak to them this week. Maybe I can run to some flowers which tie in with my bouquet. I am determined to go with flowers which will be in season, no imported blooms as that will cause the price to rocket.
Thanks Crawling, but even those are out of my price range. I've had to bin the professional photographer as well. Mind you, I do think that is a good value package if your budget is a bit bigger than mine.
It's a great idea, really unusual. But I would get the cakes from Tesco, rather than M&S. They do lovely plain wedding style cakes, you could decorate yourself. Maybe with a flower or bit of ribbon. Much better value than M&S.
for cake stands one idea I've seen is to glue a upside down glass to the bottom of a plate as a cake stand. looks really nice and you could get cheap glasses and plates from charity shops. no idea what sort of glue though...