I knew my little sister Christine was onto something when she told me that she was going to talk to some grocery stores (Hy-Vee and Russ’s) about having them do her wedding flowers and wedding cake. Turns out she was REALLY onto something.
She’s being super resourceful about how she’s been spending on her wedding, and since her wedding budget is no where close to the national average wedding cost of $25,631.00 she has been coming up with some very clever ideas to cut down on the costs. Here are just two of the frugal solutions she’s come up with.
For my sister and her fiance, they decided that a wedding cake just wasn’t at the top of their priority list and since the average wedding cake comes in at $540 (as reported by MSN Money) they started considering some other options. They asked themselves, “Can a friend make the cake?”. Answer, “No baker friends.” Then they asked, “Can we have the cake made at a place that doesn’t specialize in wedding cakes but could still pull it off?” This question immediately prompted them to look into the option of having a grocery store make their wedding cake.
Turns out this is a killer option for saving some money!
Let’s take a look at the wedding cake cost break-down:
– For a 3-tiered (The tiers will be: 6″, 9″, and 12″. Each tier will also be a double layer that is filled with butter cream frosting. Yummmmmm, butter cream…) wedding cake that will feed 105 people, and an additional full sheet cake that will feed 48-96 people the cost is: $312.50. Oh, and the grocery store will also be giving them an additional 10% off since they’re spending over $100 on their cake = bonus!
That means for enough wedding cake to feed between 153-201 people their price for the wedding cake will come in at $281.25. Jaw just dropped. That’s a savings of $258.75!
Plus, they will deliver the cake for a whopping $10 (outside of town it jumps to $20). Nutty good deal.
They will be borrowing a cake stand and they will also be supplying their own cake topper (they found theirs on Etsy but this would be a great DIY project too). They are also considering using real flowers on their cake to spruce it up a bit more. If you’re okay with a simpler cake then a grocery store wedding cake is a great option.
This brings us to the next amazing wedding budget idea…
Grocery Store Wedding Flowers
Flowers weren’t something that fell super high on my sister’s priority list either so she considered her less expensive options.
Her first thought was to get local flowers from a wholesaler or farmer’s market but after doing some research that idea fell through since there were no suppliers in her area. So back to the grocery store she went! She talked to the grocery store about her budget and they offered suggestions on how to work within that budget. They told her about the in-season flowers that would be available and then together they chose the least expensive options from that list.
To purchase 4 bouquets (bride, bridesmaids, flower girl), 6 boutonnieres, and 10 corsages it will come to $346. Again, they will give her a 10% discount for spending over $100 which brings the total to: $311.40.
They’ll even deliver the flowers for $20.
She’ll also be going with bulk flowers from the grocery store for centerpieces on the reception tables but she hasn’t had those costs calculated yet (I’ll report back on that when those numbers come in).
Planning a wedding is definitely a situation where you have to consider what your priorities are. If you’ve always dreamed of having a Cake Challenge winner worthy cake at your reception then a grocery store cake might not be the best choice for you. And if you’ve always dreamed of having a reception overflowing with expertly arranged flowers, saving money in that area might not be the best fit for you either.
Weigh all of your choices and options and you just might find yourself saving some money in the grocery store aisles before you walk down the wedding aisle.
Interested in reading more about saving money at weddings? Check out this post: The High Cost of Being a Bridesmaid (and what to do about it).
Have you heard of any other clever ways to save money on wedding costs? Do you think you would consider a grocery store wedding cake or flowers?