I am getting married in October of 2008. I found a great location, but it's costing us a lot more that we expacted so we're forced to go cheap on everything else...without it looking cheap.
Does anyone know where I can find a good florist and baker who'll work with a tight budget? Ideally, I'd like to spend ~$5 per slice on the cake... I have no idea how much a florist would charge, but I'm happy using seasonal plants and flowers.
Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. Thanks!
PS - I'm getting married in Manhattan, so the further away I go, the higher the higher the delivery cost will be...
I just got married in Brooklyn, and used Angel's Bakery II in Sunset Park.
We got the tres leches cake and it was amazing.
I think it wouind up costing $1.67 per slice, with plenty left over (and most people had more than one slice). It was so good that the catering staff was begging me for a referral.
The only caveat is that you have to go when they have an english speaker there or be brave and speak spanish. Free delivery.
This was better wedding cake than I'd had at any other wedding.
If you want a fondant covered cake, this probably isn't your place, but it didn't look cheap, and the line for seconds was 10 deep at one point.
somebody reviewed it a couple years ago.
you'll probably want some flowers, but i always thought doing individual cakes for each table would make for cool centerpieces. or even a nice platter with cupcakes on it, so each table can help themselves!
also, if you can handle doing the flowers yourself, you can save some money. i always loved the idea of using potted herbs as centerpieces, and then they can be favors as well.
I got my wedding cake at Two Little Red Hens (now Ladybird) in Park Slope which came out to $7 per slice. I know it's a bit higher than your budget, but we still thought it was a good deal. The cake was a big hit, and I loved that it was 100% buttercream -- I don't like the taste of fondant. You may be able to get the price lowered by only having the first tier with the other tiers frosted with styrofoam and ordering a sheet cake (which feeds 100 - 120 and costs anywhere from $291 to $426). I know there's a location in Manhattan, but I would not go to that one -- the guys there did not know what they were talking about.
Here is a pic of the cake:
Then there's always the Chinatown wedding cakes which I think will fit your budget. Personally, it's not my thing. But some people tend to like them because they tend to be lighter and less sweet than traditional wedding cakes.