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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

With the changing times, where being untraditional is completely acceptable, there are couples that opt out of having a traditional wedding cake for their wedding.  Some couples are choosing to do dessert bars or even a pie station. However, in the past couple of years, there has been a transition back to a traditional romantic wedding.  With that, the importance of the wedding cake comes back into focus.

Couples do not just want a simple wedding cake, but they want to take the design of the cake to a whole new level. Even for smaller weddings, couples are requesting faux cake layers so that they can have the appearance of a very tall multi layered cake. So, how much does a wedding cake cost?

What Influences the Cost of Wedding Cakes?

There are several factors that go into play. Wedding cakes are not created equal, and there are even bakeries that will use boxed mixes. The couple needs to determine what is important to them. First, consider the ingredients. Bakeries that bake from scratch and uses local organic ingredients will be more expensive. Just factoring the ingredients alone, the prices will range from $12-$15 per person for a cake that has organic ingredients. For cakes that are not organic, prices can range as low as $4 to $8 a person. Usually, that pricing is for buttercream frosting and a more basic style cake that has piping.

New Trends in Wedding Cakes

The complexity of design also affects prices. With the popularity of shows like Cake Boss, couples are pushing for more, but couples that opt for a more elaborate cake can expect to pay more. There is no such thing as being off limits as far as cake designs go; some have watercolor designs, elaborate sugar flowers, and extensive amount of décor.

In the past, a lot of the designs were being done with fondant, which is a thick paste made of sugar and water and does not taste very good. Now, dessertiers are opting to be more creative using chocolate molds and buttercream. For a more decorated cake, couples can expect to pay $18 per person and up, depending on what has to go into the design.

Wynn Austin Bio:Wynn Austin Events is an award-winning, highly sought after Southern California’s full-service wedding & events consulting & design firm. Professionally trained through the prestigious Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants, owner Wynn Austin has been recognized as an industry leader and expert in the wedding planning industry. Wynn and her staff realize that their clients regard their wedding day is the most important day of their lives, Wynn Austin Events carefully plans and designs every event to incorporate the unique and unexpected details that will create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for their clients. You can see more of their work here: or on Instagram.

Photo credit for top photo: Cake by Michele Coulon Dessertier; Photo by Wynn Austin Events

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

A wedding toast is a little speech about the bride and groom, given by certain people in the wedding party, parents, or other special persons chosen by the wedding couple. If you are asked to make a toast, here are a few tips for making your toast memorable.

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Best man gives the first toast to start the party. F Santos Photo

Observe the proper order. Typically, the best man will deliver the first toast, then followed by the maid or matron of honor. The bride and groom will typically speak last, side by side and taking turns thanking guests for sharing their special day with them. If the bride’s parents are hosting the wedding they will speak first, welcoming guests and thanking them for coming.

Introduce yourself! Remember most of the people at the wedding will not know who you are. Starting the toast with how you know the bride and groom is a great way to break the ice.

Guest join in the toast. Joey Allen Photo

Guest join in the toast by clicking their glasses. Joey Allen Photo

Keep it short and sweet, a few minutes max. This will ensure everyone can quickly move on to sipping and celebrating.

Respect the other person. This isn’t the time to talk about how you’re so happy he finally found the one after the many girls you both dated in college. Although you may think everyone will get a kick out of the story about how you used to get drunk and in trouble together, that story may be better left unsaid. Save those stories for the bachelor/bachelorette parties!

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Guests  toast the happy couple with champagne. J-anne Photography

Don’t get drunk beforehand. You may think you need to throw a few back to calm your nerves,but alcohol fueled speeches can get incredibly awkward. Fast. Save the shots until after your speech.

Don’t talk about yourself! Remember this day is about the couple getting married, not you!

Prepare something ahead of time.  Although winging it may seem like the easiest thing to do, writing something up before hand will ensure you don’t get tongue-tied when standing in front of 100 guests. (Psst, it’s okay to peek at those notes on your cell phone!)

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Happy bride & groom  finish off the toasts. Joey Allen Photo

Hold the microphone close to your mouth.  I can’t tell you how many toasts I see where the person speaking nervously takes the mic away from their mouth and puts it by their side. Ahem, we can’t hear you!

Respect your audience. Including a joke is okay, but only if you think it will be well received by the audience. Always take into consideration the demographics of the guests at the wedding. Older guests will not find your dirty jokes humorous.

Close the toast with confidence. A toast should always end with well wishes for a happy future together. Now raise your glass and take a sip. Cheers!

Extra: Don’t give a toast unless you are asked prior to by the guest of honor. It’s not proper etiquette to grab the microphone and start giving an unannounced toast. If you have something special to say, pull the couple aside and tell them privately.

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