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Why One-Tier Wedding Cakes are the Best Option for Your Small Wedding

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Weddings are beautiful and momentous occasions. However, there are a few things to consider for those planning their big day on a smaller scale. Holding a small wedding means decreasing the guestlist, possibly downplaying the décor, and maybe simplifying the wedding dress. Yet, have you ever thought about downsizing the wedding cake? We’ll let you know why One-Tier Wedding Cakes are the Best Option for Your Small Wedding that you can make!

First, let’s discuss some ongoing traditions around the wedding cake.

Cutting the Cake

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For every wedding that has a cake, there is an opportunity for a cake cutting. Making it a great photo for future wedding albums. Although it used to be that only the bride would cut the cake to symbolize the loss of her virginity, today, many couples cut the cake together, highlighting their first activity as a married couple.

I Feed You, and You Feed Me

Once the cake is cut, couples will then feed one another a slice or fork full of cake. Which often turns into a type of food-meet-face art if you catch our drift – lovingly, of course. The act of feeding one another is a tradition that symbolizes one’s commitment to providing for the other. On the other hand, ‘cake smashing’ is a tradition all on its own that some couples choose to omit from their festivities (rightfully so).

Save a Tier

Some couples follow the tradition where they save the top tier of their cake. Typically, the top level is put kept in the freezer until the first anniversary. At some point they will relive their special wedding day, celebrate one year of marriage and while they’re at it, enjoy some wedding cake.

By the looks of it, a smaller cake might mean you’d have to forego the anniversary tier, but that’s a small price to pay, and here’s why:

Opting for a smaller cake means you will save big bucks in the food and beverage budget! Moreover, wedding cakes can cost a lot, and the bigger they are, the pricier they get. If you have a small group of people, 20 guests or less, a small cake makes it less likely to waste your delicious dessert.

Effortless transportation

Consider this, were you thinking of getting married in an unusual location? Lucky for you, there is no need for concerns over whether this masterpiece will topple over on your hike up the mountains! Because a simple 1-tiered cake makes for the most effortless transportation.

Now, we understand that the wedding cake is a work of art, and at many weddings acts as a centerpiece during the reception party… But who says one-tiered cakes can’t do the same? A smaller cake can easily still be an elegant work of art for everyone to feast their eyes and tastebuds upon. Its smaller size allows for a classic appearance to match the small wedding atmosphere! However, if you want your one-tiered cake to be lavish and extravagant, nobody is going to stop you!


Small weddings are all about customization, from the wedding dress to the cake. For more information on making your small wedding special and unique for you and your partner, read The Ultimate Guide to Small Weddings.


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