Would You Buy Your Wedding Cake at a Supermarket?


Why spend $1,000 on a custom wedding cake when most guests don’t even eat it?

Cake is a storied wedding tradition, but by the time it gets cut up and passed around, other dessert has been served and the cake usually goes untouched.

The New York Times recently reported that many more couples are skipping the cake, and its hefty price tag, as they make their wedding arrangements. Brides and grooms are opting for more creative desserts like sundae bars, candy stations and cupcake towers that appeal more to their tastes and budgets.

For couples that still want the traditional tiered confection, there seems to be a new alternative: supermarket cakes. Chains across the country, like Farm Fresh grocery store or Publix, have begun offering cakes at a fraction of the custom-cake price. The total cost? Somewhere around $300. That’s definitely a bargain.

But if cake is important to you and one of the centerpieces of your occasion, you don’t necessarily have to compromise. It’s essential to make and stick to a wedding budget, and understand that everything is a trade-off. If you spend more on your cake, you may not be able to afford something like flower arrangements for every table. Ask yourself and your partner what is most important to you on your big day.

You can also get inspired to be thrifty in other areas of your wedding preparation by reading Abigail Dalton’s story about how she threw a 100-person wedding for under $4,000. Also sign up for our free Getting Hitched Bootcamp.

We want to know: Would you consider buying your wedding cake at a supermarket?

  • MariaV

    I would have a dessert bar and compensate with a smaller cake. This is a lot cheaper and allows guest to choose their own dessert. 

  • Joani_c

    We did cupcakes, ordered from a supermarket, and they were fantastic!  Several of our guests asked where we ordered them.  They were only about 0.70 each too! 

  • Jenna

    A good friend of mine that got married last year got a cake from Publix, which has a great bakery. It was pretty and tasted amazing! However, I wouldn’t have guessed it was from a supermarket had I not known before-hand where she bought it.

  • moose

    Got mine from Kroger’s 27 years ago and it is hard to get over a “grocery store” cake. It was very tasty but, your wedding is such a big deal for a woman it should be perfect. (IMHO)

  • http://twitter.com/budgetbird7777 Diane Owens

    P.S. Publix delivered the cake, too, for $50, and set it up at the reception hall. All we had to do was add the figurine of the wedding couple to the top. (They wouldn’t do that for liability reasons.) It was a great deal. (I’m thrifty, but the idea of driving a delicate, tiered wedding cake from Publix to the reception hall in a personal vehicle was anxiety-producing; the $50 was money well spent.)

  • lidiakuzman

    For my recent wedding we served 3 different cakes (only $25 each!) from whole foods. Everybody raved about them!

  • Schmidt Katrina

    I got my wedding cake at Giant Grocery store.  It looked beautiful, and better yet- it even tasted better than a lot of the cakes I had tried from more posh bakeries.  Best part- it only cost $150 all told, which is about $1 per slice.  Hard to beat!