Everything looks prettier with flowers, even cakes. That's why, when my sister volunteered to make the wedding cake for a dear friend, we collaborated on the process--her with the yummy part of it and me on the fancy part of it. Here's how it went down...
For the cake, Jordan had Publix bake 3 tiers of yellow cake and bought a bunch of their buttercream icing. She eyeballed the tiers and iced them with a butter-knife to give the cake a simple, rustic charm. To keep the tiers in place, she inserted a wooden kebob skewer through all three layers. Oh! And she also created the cake topper from a couple plastic deer toys bought at Michaels that she spray painted white. How adorable are they?!
For the flower crowns, I found the peach carnations and yellow flowers (what are these called? I'm blanking...) at Kroger for $12, total. The green, dainty leaves are from a shrub at my house. I wanted to choose smaller, resilient florals since I was making the crowns a day before the wedding and needed them to survive in the fridge overnight. Then, to keep the flowers together, I followed this tutorial on Once Wed, staggering the flowers and wrapping them in floral wire.
When my sister arranged the flowers around the cake on the day of the wedding, the bottom crown wouldn't stay around the cake (our cake stand was too small) so she bobby-pinned it into the side of the cake. She's a hairstylist; of course she bobby-pinned it into the cake!
So if you're in the mood to save a chunk of change on your wedding day, you might want to try your hand at a DIY cake! After all was said and done, from the cake to the decorations to the stand, I think all of this cost less than $100. Not bad for a couple of girls who had no idea what they were doing!
Top image, taken with Instagram / Bottom image, courtesy of She + Him Weddings