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Not sure if this has already been posted, but I found this article in the Grand Rapids Press.  It's slightly annoying because you need to keep clicking "next," but it's an interesting topic:

Entire article behind cut - sorry to those who clicked the link!

Business offers chance to rent fake wedding cake

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

By Cami Reister

The Grand Rapids Press

 

GRANDVILLE -- Wedding to-do list:

Rent the hall -- check.

Rent the tuxes -- check.

Rent the cake -- check?

That's right, a new Grandville business allows couples to rent decorated Styrofoam wedding cakes for less than half the cost of the same cake made from scratch.

"They're covered in exactly what a real cake would be covered in -- fondant and gum paste," said Kimberly Aya, owner of Fun Cakes, 2880 Remico St. SW. "The only difference is the inside. Nobody can tell."

Aya, 50, fully intended to bake and decorate beautiful cakes for her Fun Cakes customers, and she still offers that service. But brides kept looking for ways to save money.

"They kept asking for the fake cakes," Aya said. "I had never heard of the idea."

Fake cakes are not new, but renting them out is fairly novel.

Susan Lobsinger and her partner opened Rent the Cake of Your Dreams in East Aurora, N.Y., last year. She said she knows of only one other cake rental business -- in Canada.

But the trend is emerging.

"We're growing all the time, and people are recommending us," Lobsinger said.

Mary Brown, manager of Cakes Plus on Plainfield Avenue NE, said they have rented out their window displays a few times when brides were desperate and needed something at the last minute.

"It was happenstance. It's not something that we do," she said. "But I don't see why not. It probably would be good business.

"I'll be interested to see how it goes."

Aya did her research and launched cakerental.com in March. Working in fondant and gum paste as opposed to traditional frosting makes the cakes durable and reusable, she said.

"That frosting will last forever," she said. "I keep them all covered up in plastic bags to keep them all dust free."

For Grand Rapids bride-to-be Nicole Kreuger, 26, it was the perfect solution.

She ran into Aya at a bridal show. "I had told her we had wanted to do a small cake, inexpensive but creative, with sheet cakes in the back," said Kreuger, a graphic designer who will wed Rudy Fleminger in September.

"She told me about this idea to do fake cakes, and I thought it was brilliant. ... I could have the cake of my dreams and still stay in my price range."

Kreuger said using a cake from Aya, paired with inexpensive sheet cakes,, she will spend about half what she would have spent on a full-sized real cake.

"That's saving us a ton of money," she said.

Mary Brown of Cakes Plus says an a typical three-tier cake serving around 100 guests costs an average $200 to $250. Sheet cakes cost far less.  

Another bride getting married this fall also was pleased with the price.

Aya charges $100 to rent a fake cake in stock, or $150 for a custom design.

"I was going to do something really simple and small until I found this," said another bride-to-be Erin, who asked her last name not be used to guard her secret.

"I'm going to try to go a little incognito on the fake cake until afterward."

So, what about the cake-cutting ceremony?

Aya has a secret spot on the cake reserved for one real slice of cake for the bride and groom. It is slipped into place, at the base layer and under the fondant sugar paste frosting.

"So they can cut that at the ceremony and feed each other wedding cake," she said.

And normally, the cake then is wheeled to the kitchen to have it cut and served. So guests don't need to know the rest of the cake was fake.

Jennifer Lee, a wedding consultant in Rockford, said it is a great option for some brides.

"A lot of times people do not need a huge cake, but they want the impact of a large cake, so this is a nice way of doing that," she said.

"Once the guests all figure it out, I'm sure it will lose its appeal a little bit. But I hope it doesn't."



I am actually considering this option!  Has anyone else done this?

Comments

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oooitsashes
Jun. 6th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
it wouldn't let me read past page 1 and i didn't feel like filling anything out.
So what would you do for cake for everyone?
piphigirl
Jun. 6th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
Ahh! I fixed it by pasting the entire article in the entry. What you do is buy large sheet cakes and serve those to your guest. Sheet cakes I've looked at are about $1.00 per guest while wedding cakes I've looked at are $3-4 per guest.
oooitsashes
Jun. 7th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
now thats a seriously good idea. thanks for posting!!
mujer
Jun. 6th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
i know this is off topic but you live in holland, mi!!!!
i love holland!!!! :)
piphigirl
Jun. 7th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
I do, too! :o) It's a fabulous place.
zeeplanner
Jun. 6th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
That doesn't surprise me at all. If I had a big cake I might consider that.
michellyaqua12
Jun. 6th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
That is interesting, and I think it's a good alternative for people who want the look of a nice cake but can't afford it.

I wonder how it'll hold up though, if people (guests) start to learn the cake is fake and just for display. I think the cake would seem sort of pointless then, but I dunno.
crashfancy
Jun. 6th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
haha this made me laugh. I especially love the real cake getting slipped into the fake cake.

Definitely cool though, if you had a particular design in mind that would just be wayyyy too expensive otherwise.
xxstumbelinexx
Jun. 6th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
I don't know if that's funny or just trashy.

It's simply...strange. o.O
xxstumbelinexx
Jun. 6th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
Er, just as an addendum that's my personal opinion. I'm not saying people who use that option are trashy or anything!
michellyaqua12
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, I have a feeling if the guests found out, it would seem sort of cheap... It's something I'd rather my guests didn't know about.

Thankfully, all the venues I'm interested in include the cake in the catering, so I don't have to worry about this.
newtribal
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
I think this is the route we're going for ours. I'd way rather spend money on more important things, and our dinner comes with a ton of desserts anyway. My cousin got married last summer and did this as well, and no one missed the cake at all. It's expensive and time-consuming.
I'm in Canada... maybe it's more common here?
melly_issa
Jun. 7th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)
do you mean doing sheet cakes and styrofoam tiers, or renting cakes? Cause I'm Canadian too and have never heard of renting a cake before.
lotuslion
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
In my opinion, it kinda seems like a waste of money. You're sort of just paying to show something for a couple hours...I dunno. I think it would be better to skip the fake cake and just do a sheet cake or a cake from a grocery store (which are cheaper and still awesome) if you want to save money. Or cupcakes - we're having a small cake for the wedding party and cupcakes for the guests, and the cupcakes were like, $0.65 per cupcake.

This could also be because the cake wasn't all that imporant to me, just so it tastes good - ours is very simple. :)
secretlifeof_em
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
it doesn't seem like that big a savings in the article the mentioned but our cake is freaking 700 dollars, so i'd be stoked to rent one for 100 or 150 bucks!
mouseears2007
Jun. 7th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
Just seems like a huge waste of money to me, but I'm only paying 400 dollars for a grooms cake and wedding cake for 250 guests... so it might make more sense depending on where you live.
_hindsightbias
Jun. 7th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
Ha, if I wasn't doing cupcake towers, I would sooooo rock a rented cake.
nonsensically
Jun. 7th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
We're renting a cake from www.rentthecakeofyourdreams.com. It's going to be half the price of every "real" cake we looked at.
kawaii_marie
Jun. 7th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
im making my own cake for my wedding

ok everyone can call me crazy

I am doing that idea with a fake cake and the peice that you can cut out in normal wedding style and the slads are going to be the grooms cake and it will be star wars ^___^
tiajuanabible
Jun. 7th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
the cake is really important to me, because i went to culinary school. i think i would be too scared if anyone found out i had a fake cake :/
moober
Jun. 7th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
It just seems odd. You could get a small round cake with some simple decorations, cut it for pictures, and then box it up and take it home. Your guests could be served sheet cake. Honestly, as long as it tastes good, who cares what it looks like?
kwokj
Jun. 7th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
At my friend's shower last year, one of her BMs said that at her church, passes around the *same* fake cake!
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