Costly Wedding Cake Budgeting Mistakes You Should Avoid in Nigeria

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Wrong decisions that led to wasting money on wedding cakes was always mentioned when I hear newlywed Nigerian brides reflect on mistakes they made and what they wish they could have done differently.  What I hear them say the decisions they made during their cake shopping caused them to overspend unnecessarily and it turned out to be a total waste of money.  To help you avoid making the same mistakes, I want to reveal to you the top wedding cake budgeting mistakes made at some Nigerian weddings.  If you are about to book a wedding cake vendor, stop and read this article because it can save you money-wasting mistakes from the type of wedding cake you choose. Read on.

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MISTAKE #1: Ordering a Very Big Wedding Cake

In my “top Nigerian wedding mistakes to avoid” eBook, wedding cake regrets is the first I touched on. In this Cakes edition post, we’ll elaborate on things to do to avoid mistakes and regrets. Here’s what a bride told us: “I regret spending so much money to have a very tall wedding cake and our guests did not even care about it. They peeled off the expensive top icing and left them on the table. I wish we ordered a moderate size wedding cake and spent the extra money on a better DJ, live band or even on video coverage (all of which we ignored)”.  Read on to find out cool things to do to have a big, tall and fancy wedding cake without spending plenty of money. It’s the secret used at many big Nigerian weddings, and all over the World. It’s better to cut costs on a wedding cake and spend the money saved on a good photographer because photos that capture your big day will last a lifetime, while the cake will soon be forgotten.

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Many brides make the mistake of putting so much money on their wedding cakes, in order to show off on social media and also impress guests.  They order a very big, tall wedding cake with expensive assorted flavour per layer and complex-design icing.  Then manage on their remaining budget to get a not-good-enough DJ whose music selection bores their guests and leaves their reception cold and dry.  They spend minimally on food with the left-over wedding budget.  Imagine, a huge cake,  average quality every-other-thing!  On top of that, they only serve guests a small portion of that expensive cake and take the rest home to preserve for their wedding anniversary.  What a waste of money!  And the guests leave the wedding feeling used (because they bought the bride’s aso-ebi and brought gifts for the couple).

That’s the kind of wedding that looks cheap, no matter how much was spent in organizing it. In some of those to-impress and out-do type of weddings, you may find that food and/ or drinks are not enough to serve all the guests. Being stingy to guests you expect gifts from makes you appear cheap and cheesy!  Don’t do that – instead, spread and balance your budget across your wedding expenses, cut down your guest list to match your catering budget and take good care of your guests (they don’t care much about the cake, but they do care about entertainment – good music/ DJ and good food).

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MISTAKE #2: Wedding Cake with Buttercream Icing

Buttercream icing tastes amazing, but it does not withstand the usual hot weather and humidity in Nigeria.

I remember a wedding we attended several years ago where the bride ordered a very expensive cake with buttercream icing.  The cake vendor was a newish Chinese pastry shop with amazing cake artistry and tasty desserts – all pricey. So, they delivered the cake right from the fridge to her cute outdoor reception venue, and it looked so beautiful. Imagine the disappointment on her face when the damn thing had partly melted right before her eyes, even before it was time for the cake cutting. Also, she was super embarrassed when slices of the melted cake were being distributed to guests.  What a way to waste money and not get the desired effect.

My Advice:

  • By all means stay away from the wrong type of cake icing for Nigerian weather, such as buttercream, whipped cream, and the likes – because they melt under our hot weather.
  • Ensure to only hire a wedding cake baker that not only knows how to make a sweet and pretty cake but also has knows the types of locations suitable for each type of cake.  If the bride (in the story I shared above) was adviced against buttercream icing, she would not have made that mistake.
  • If you’re bent on having buttercream icing or other types of cake icing that do not hold well in hot climates like Nigeria, be sure to get it from a pastry company that knows how to fortify buttercream with certain starch agents that are able to prevent them from melting.  That’s a risk only you can decide if it’s worth betting your wedding cake money on. How much you trust the word of a Nigerian cake baker that their buttercream wedding cake will not melt is up to you.

Action Items: Avoiding Wedding Cake Spending Mistakes

One of the biggest regrets many newlyweds have is that they lavished more money on things they now think they could spend less on (such as cakes), and also regret that they spent less on wedding things they could have spent more on (such as a quality photographer or DJ).  Hopefully, the tips and advice above will help you avoid costly wedding cake budgeting decisions.

Do you have any personal stories of wedding planning mistakes you made already or saw at a wedding you attended? I’d love to hear it in the comment area below.

This post is part of our wedding mistakes awareness series. You can read Part 2 here (more costly wedding planning mistakes to avoid) – for more insights of costly wedding blunders, brides commonly make (and you can avoid).   You can also read the other articles in this series here (top wedding regrets brides say they made).


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