When looking ahead to the next year (we can't believe it's almost December!) there are lots of trend forecasts we're interested in. From wedding dress trends we saw during New York Bridal Fashion Week to the latest in interiors (to help beef up those registry lists!) to the prettiest new flower ideas , there's so much to look forward to in 2019.
And one trend we're always excited about is all the newest creative options for wedding cakes! Long gone are the days that the ubiquitous all-white cake reigned supreme; these days, cake designers are having fun reinventing the wheel and incorporating all kinds of new shapes, colors, patterns, and materials that would have never been dreamt of in wedding cake trends past.
Ready to get inspired with our favorite wedding cake trends for 2019? Read on!
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Oftentimes, choosing a wedding cake feels like checking off yet another box on your wedding to-do list. (Bouquet? Check! Dress? Check! Cake? Check!) But, today, it doesn't have to be that way. Rather than ordering some traditional cake for ceremonial purposes, you now have the option to treat it as both a design element and a delicious menu item. So, basically, it's time to get creative!
In terms of the cake's design, it's often smart to start by thinking about your venue. The venue sets the scene for the rest of your wedding and also affects what material the cake can be made of (fondant can be hard in direct sunlight, et cetera). Plus, we think it's fun to have the wedding cake match the venue's aesthetic and the rest of the day's design details. So, if you're into that idea as well, we suggest you start by imagining what exactly you're looking for (five tiers, a single tier, etc.) and thinking about design elements you like ("drip" elements, fresh flowers, geometric designs).
As you'll see below, we're especially into recreating textiles in buttercream, using local flora as accent pieces, and even adding fruit toppings. So, to show you exactly what creative ideas we're talking about, we compiled a list of 55 wedding cakes (yes, 55!) that will perfectly fit in at a farm, beach, garden, and more.
Keep scrolling to gather inspo for your own celebration, and remember: You can customize all of the cakes below to your wedding, venue, and taste—quite literally!
You've addressed the last invitation, you know exactly what your bouquets and centerpieces are going to look like (down to the flower color and variation!), you've got your photographer and DJ and venue all squared away—you've pretty much got everything figured out! But don't overlook one of the most important parts of decor: the cake! And ok, maybe you're having pies, or cupcakes, or some other iteration of desserts because you're not a cake fan (we're totally into that, too) but any way you slice it (yes, we went there), you have to have a pretty display for your sweets. Ok, we know you don't have to, but we think it makes a big difference, especially if you're showcasing different kinds!
For a rustic wedding, consider wooden cake stands in modern silhouettes of varying heights and finishes. Gone are the days of raw wooden slabs being trendy (in our opinion) and we're now loving a more architectural wooden stand that feels cleaner and more streamlined (read: not clunky). If you're having an urban loft wedding, go for stands that have geometric touches and are made out of seemingly industrial materials—like marble or concrete—and don't forget to add in bits of metallics. For the boho bride, we're really into cake stands that have a hand painted, folksy touch to them (while still feeling high-end).
Need a little help finding the right pieces for your dessert bar or display? Don't worry! We've got you covered, with some of our favorite handmade wedding cake stands from Etsy.
Ahh, cake—the one component (if not the best) of the tiresome wedding planning process that gives you an excuse to indulge your inner sweet tooth. After you've made your final flavor decisions and left your pink champagne dessert or buttercream confection (or something of that nature...) in the hands of the baking pros, the challenge then falls on you and your partner to find the perfect cake topper for the ultimate photo-worthy finishing touch. Although hunting for this decorative detail is nowhere near as sweet (sadly no tasting this time around), a wedding cake topper will make your wedding cake feel all the more personalized and glamorous. And, not to worry, a cake accessory certainly won't detract from the dessert's design, whether it be ombré icing or a naked number.
We rounded up 9 wedding-worthy cake toppers fit to match any reception style. For the minimal couple, it's easy to keep it simple with a copper wire topper in the shape of your initials. Not to mention, there's no shortage of customizable cake accessories to cater to you and your S.O. If you prefer a dash of whimsy, you'll love the multicolored "Love" additive. Or, add just the right amount of glamour to an otherwise simple cake with a gold metallic peony configuration. Forget the cherry on top—these gorgeous cake additives will take your confection to the next level, minus the "pretty please."