While many of the real weddings we feature online and in the magazine include extravagant wedding cakes with towering layers, intricate details, and hundreds of sugar flowers that envelop the entire confection, we also appreciate smaller cakes featuring elegant designs. Wedding cakes that are beautiful, yet also simple and stylish, are perfect for couples hosting more intimate gatherings, or those that just don't like cake.
Just because a wedding cake isn't six, seven, or even eight tiers tall, doesn't mean that it's any less exciting. Pretty piping, fresh florals, cute cake toppers, sugar flowers, and unique adornments can all be added to transform a petite one-to-three tier confection into a stylish design worthy of a spectacular wedding celebration.
We've put together a collection of wedding cakes from real weddings that may be small in stature but are huge when it comes to style. Take a look below to gather inspiration for your own event and be sure to click on each image to see more from these celebrations!
Who says your "something blue" can't be your wedding cake? This light blue confection featured playful ivory ruffle details and was topped with fresh roses in shades of vanilla and pink. Photo by Meg Perotti
Perfect for a tropical Hawaiian wedding, this neutral-toned wedding cake with elegant white piping let the rest of the colorful wedding décor – and the seaside scenery – take center stage. Photo by Steve Steinhardt; Planning & Design by Beth Helmstetter Events
This small wedding cake is anything but boring! Light pink layers decorated with ornamental gold details and fresh roses create the perfect blend of sweet romance and luxe details. Photo by Kesha Lambert Photography
Embellish a three-layer white wedding cake with rosettes on the bottom layer and gold brushstrokes on the top two layers! Add sugar flowers in the wedding color palette for an additional design element. Photo by Mandy Paige Photography
Though simple, this three-layer white wedding cake looked impeccable on a dessert table thanks to a colorful cake stand and the addition of fresh flowers in shades of apricot and peach. Photo by Sharayamauck Photography
Ideal for winter weddings, this small wedding cake featured three tiers decorated in various ways: the bottom layer was frosted in metallic silver, the middle tier featured intricate piping details, and the top smooth layer was surrounded by jewels. Photo by Eye Wander Photo
To complement the "seaside romance" theme of this inspirational wedding, a small light blue wedding cake was decorated with golden rope details and sugar anemones with navy blue centers. Photo by Krista Mason Photography; Planning & Design by Sterling Engagements; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers; Linens by Luxe Linen
Have your cake designer add edible lifelike adornments to your cake in order to wow guests. This three-tier wedding cake was decorated with peach ribbons and two impressive sugar peonies. Photo by Christian Oth Studio
This all-white wedding cake is a simple stunner. With three round tiers, the confection was perfect for the couple's lakeside wedding. A cascading ivory sugar flower added a unique style element. Photo by Carasco Photography
Though this couple's wedding cake featured only two simple tiers, the addition of fresh roses in bold hues added just enough personality to complement the bohemian décor of the reception. Photo by Amanda McKinnon Photography
When Saved by the Bell's Mark-Paul Gosselaar said "I do" in Santa Ynez, California, he and his bride Catriona McGinn chose a simple white wedding cake decorated with fresh flowers for their reception dessert. Photo by Elizabeth Messina
Love the "naked" cake trend? Adorn a confection sans outer frosting with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries to create a stylish and on-trend confection. For an additional touch, add some fresh florals that coordinate with your other wedding flowers! Photo by Sarah & Ben
Just because the cake was small at this DIY wedding doesn't mean it didn't have a ton of style. The pink pearl adornments, fresh flowers, and gold-dipped leaves made this petite cake – which was made by the mother of the bride – instantly part of the décor! Photo by Katelyn James Photography
Desire an all-white wedding cake? Add some color and personality with fresh flowers! For more style, consider adding a laser-cut cake topper denoting your new shared last name! Photo by John Schnack Photography; Linens by Luxe Linen
If your wedding has a classic, all-white theme, why should the cake be any different? Stack three round tiers decorated with a bit of texture and fresh ivory blooms for a confection that is both simple and sophisticated. Photo by Yvette Roman Photography; Floral design by The Hidden Garden
Wanting to have their first kiss as husband and wife at 11:11 a.m., this couple had a post-ceremony brunch before inviting guests to a festive reception once the sun set. Their pancake wedding cake isn't traditional in the slightest, but it's a unique option for couples who love breakfast! Photo by Elizabeth Messina; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers
For more wedding cake inspiration, discover beautiful confections decorated with fresh flowers, find out how to choose what type of wedding cake to have at your reception, and discover cake ideas for popular wedding themes. Also, be sure to check out our photo galleries to see some of the cakes enjoyed at real weddings!