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#SMPWedding101 – Let Them Eat Cake: Tips on Tiers

If I had it my way, we would’ve had endless flavors of cake at my wedding, enough varieties to cover a table with creative confections. But as that would have been a bit extreme and unnecessary, my sweet tooth settled for a smaller, yet still tasty, treat. One cake or 100, we still had to figure out just how much was needed for our guests, and for this simple yet super important question, we have Lisa of Delicious Desserts. From slicing to serving, tips on flavors to counting the tiers, we have all the essentials below!


Not everyone eats cake! I hear it all the time and it’s so true! So when figuring out your quantity, the first thing to consider is…


Most venues offer two options: by the slice, as they would serve any other course, or at a dessert table, usually served along with coffee, and guests are able to help themselves at their leisure.

If you are going the slice route, and “serving and plating” the cake, then yes, you need a piece of cake for each and every guest, whether they eat it or not. Just like any other course. If you are “stationing” your cake, great news! You do not need a slice for each guest, since not everyone will eat the cake.


Spend some time thinking about your guests – you know them best. Are they big dessert eaters? Generally speaking though, serving for 20% less of your actual count works well.


Every baker is a little different, but there are charts that help us determine how many slices per tier: 100 servings = 3 tiers, 150 servings = 4 tiers, 200 servings = a bigger 4-tiered cake!


Sheet cakes for larger guest amounts are a great option, for a few important reasons. You want your cake to at least look like it will serve the total amount of guests at your reception. If you need 200 servings, doing a 4-tiered cake with an extra “back up” cake works great! Your cake looks like it will serve 200 people, but the venue or caterer can get a jump start on cake cutting, AND it could save you money.

Depending upon the total number of servings you need, and of course, the cost of your cake, doing a smaller cake and a back up cake does not always save a huge amount of money. Your decorated cake will cost more than the “back up cakes.” Have your baker “run” the numbers, and in the scope of wedding cost, sometimes the extra money to do a larger cake is money well spent. Trust your baker!


If doing a cake station, it’s great to offer choices. Guests can pick, and couples will take one of each flavor and share most of the time. Keep in mind though, each tier of the cake serves a different amount of cake, so choosing a different flavor for each tier doesn’t always serve the purpose, since you’ll get 15 slices of one flavor from one of the smaller tiers, and potentially 50 slices of another flavor from the bottom tier. It’s best to choose two different flavors for the most part, since it’s easier for your baker to provide equal servings of each flavor.

If serving and plating the cake to each one of your guests, it’s best to keep the same flavor of cake throughout, so everyone gets the same piece of cake. My advice is to keep it simple.


You should! Make sure your baker knows you intend to save the top tier!


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Scene 1: An empty local Las Vegas bar on a Tuesday night. Four people enjoying happy hour: myself, a friend from work, Mark, and his friend from work. Not exactly fate, being that his options for conversation with other woman were completely non-existent. Regardless, the evening ended with me losing a trivial bet, for which my phone number was the gambling chip.

Scene 2: I decided Mark would be my forever after only three weeks of dating, when I was offered a new job on the east coast and turned it down to stay in Vegas with him. Everyone thought I was crazy, but it never occurred to me that I was; I just knew somehow that he was my person.

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Fast forward two years to our wedding day.

Scene 3: Mark and I settled on the idea of a destination elopement… or almost an elopement, because I insisted on having my parents there. He pretty much left the details up to me, and I pretty much left the details up to the wedding planner. I knew I wanted the day to feel glamorous and the evening to be filled with romantic light, but had little guidance to give beyond that. Marie Emilie of Mon Plus Beau Jour knocked it out of the park, from the elegant garden ceremony, to the candlelit dinner served under the glow of the Eiffel Tower. Every detail was exquisite, and the ambiance and emotion of each moment was captured perfectly thanks to the insanely talented Audrey of Le Secret D’Audrey.

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