While choosing a flavor for your wedding cake is important, it's also essential to select a cake design that fits effortlessly with your theme. Whether you're having a rustic wedding, an opulent wedding soirée, or a modern wedding celebration, your confection will essentially become a part of your décor. Wedding cakes can be left bare of frosting – dubbed "naked" cakes, decorated with buttercream or fondant, covered with hundreds of sugar flowers, or adorned with fresh roses, peonies, greenery, or other blooms used throughout the wedding. No matter which type of style you choose, it's important to note that the latter is becoming more and more popular for couples who desire a garden-like atmosphere on their big day.
When it comes to selecting décor for both the ceremony and reception, it's no secret that brides absolutely love flowers. Fresh blooms set the tone for the celebration, offering fragrant embellishments to as many areas of the wedding as possible. Adding these same florals to your wedding cake is an excellent way to tie elements of your wedding together with a common theme. Incorporate fresh flowers into your cake topper, arrange blooms to elegantly cascade down the confection, or add height to the design by incorporating floral tiers – the options are endless!
Take a look at 20 cakes from real weddings below to find inspiration for your own event. Click on the link below each image to see more from these events!
Photo by Milanés Photography; From Real Wedding: Opulent Ballroom Wedding with Coral & Gold Color Palette in Atlanta
Photo by Joe Laurin Photography; From Real Wedding: Simple & Chic Seaside Wedding with White Palette in Rhode Island
Photo by Valorie Darling Photography; From Real Wedding: Santa Monica Wedding with Tropical Touches & East Coast Inspiration
Photo by Carasco Photography; From Event: Inspiration Wedding Shoot with Light & Fresh Color Palette
Photo by Cassi Claire Photography; From Real Wedding: Casually Chic Country Club Wedding in New York with Pastel Details
Photo by Meg Perotti; From Real Wedding: Colorful Outdoor Wedding at Northern California Ranch & Winery
Photo by Luke & Katherine Griffin for Max & Friends; From Real Wedding: Tent Wedding with Chic Nautical Theme on La Playa Bay in San Diego
Photo by Troy Grover Photographers; From Real Wedding: A Romantic, Alfresco Destination Wedding with a Soft Color Palette
Photo by Katelyn James Photography; From Real Wedding: Pink & Cream Wedding in Richmond, Virginia with DIY Elements
Photo by Catherine Hall Studios; From Real Wedding: Rustic & Classic Summer Wedding in Lake Tahoe, California
Photo by Yvette Roman Photography; From Real Wedding: A Classic Wedding with Rustic Touches at a Villa in Santa Barbara
Photo by Vanessa Joy Photography; From Real Wedding: A Garden-Inspired Summer Wedding at a Golf Club in New Jersey
Photo by Elizabeth Messina; From Real Wedding: Saved By the Bell Star Mark-Paul Gosselaar's California Wedding
Photo by Marisa Holmes; Floral Design by White Lilac Inc.; From Real Wedding: Seafoam & Ivory Hued Oceanfront Wedding in Laguna Beach, California
Photo by Marianne Lozano Photography; From Real Wedding: Pink & White Wedding with Ombré Details at Montage Laguna Beach
Photo by Aaron Delesie Photographer; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants; From Real Wedding: Elegant All-White Country Club Wedding with Natural Greenery
Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography; From Real Wedding: Vibrant Fall Wedding with Lush Flowers in Chicago, Illinois
Photo by Handeland Tesoro Photography; From Real Wedding: Romantic Ocean-View Wedding in Santa Barbara, California
Photo by Chris Bailey Photography; From Real Wedding: Southern At-Home Wedding Inspired by Father of the Bride in Texas
Photo by Jerry Hayes Photography; From Real Wedding: Alfresco Ceremony and Reception at Central California Vineyard
Find more wedding cake inspiration by viewing hundreds of photos from real weddings in our photo galleries! Be sure to check out how to pick what type of wedding cake to have (maybe it will be a nontraditional wedding cake!), learn how to save the top tier of your wedding cake for your first anniversary, and view cake styles for the most popular wedding themes.