Modern-day weddings have come a long way from the traditional celebrations of the early 21st century, and even from events that took place in the past few decades. Couples are doing their best to make sure every aspect of their big day is true to their personalities – regardless of whether or not they stick to tradition. Besides the wedding décor, one of the biggest components of the wedding day that can be personalized is the wedding cake design!
Though many brides and grooms choose to style their confections with the traditional decorations of the past – think all-white tiers with elegant piping – other couples select a nontraditional design that complements their wedding theme or their personality as a couple. Artistic pairs may choose to include watercolor designs atop fondant or paint brush strokes embellishing the top of each tier, while brides- and grooms-to-be with a flair for the dramatic might select a confection decorated with thousands of sugar flowers in a range of shades or fresh blooms that offer a fragrant dessert.
Take a look at the images below from real weddings to inspire your own wedding cake! Some of the designs add embellishements to a more traditional cake with all-white tiers, while others are completely innovative and feature fresh color palettes and modern details! Click on each photo to see more from these extraordinary events.
This cake features three white tiers, which would be entirely traditional save for the modern watercolor designs painted on each layer in ocean-inspired shades of blue and silver. Photo by Lucas Rossi
This towering confection featured layers of white round tiers embellished with gold sugar flowers and geometric designs, giving the cake a modern, luxe look. Photo by Thisbe Grace Photography; Floral & Event Design by Jordan Payne Events
Though this cake would be quite traditional without the alternating floral layers, the fresh ivory peony and green hydrangea tiers add a dose of personality to the classic confection. Photo by Luke & Katherine Griffin for Max & Friends; Consulting by EverAfter Events
Though this cake has five round tiers in classic wedding white, the cascading sugar flowers with elegant silver centers provide a festive design element. Photo by Trevor Dayley; Consulting by Amy Mancuso Events
This modern black-and-white wedding cake was the perfect finishing touch for the contemporary celebration. Photo by Kortnee Kate Photography; Consulting by Viva Bella Events
The traditional base of this cake was modernized with the addition of silver leaf details, vibrant purple sugar flowers, and a festive cake topper in laser-cut modern calligraphy. Photo by Katie Stoops Photography; Linens by Luxe Linen
This colorful wedding confection featured two purple tiers decorated with sugar flowers and a gold-brushed floral design while the top white layer showcased a watercolor motif. Photo by Jenny Quicksall Photography
Though the size of this confection sets it apart from the wedding cakes of past decades, the design is fairly traditional: white with elegant piping and monograms; however, the vibrant fresh flowers set this design apart! Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography; Consulting by Birch Design Studio
This semi-naked cake showcased fresh rosemary, sage, berry, and fig toppings to give it a twist on the traditional white confection – the perfect design for a fall wedding. Photo by Vue Photography
Though this cake might look fairly traditional on a typical cake stand, the chandelier-inspired swing on which it rests takes this confection to the next level. Photo by Handeland Tesoro Photography; Consulting by Alex Events
Take a classic cake with round tiers and make it something special by adding ruffled details, sugar flowers, and gilt accents. Photo by Michael Bambino & Co.; Consulting by Viva Bella Events
In a huge departure from the traditional wedding cake, this stylish design features a watercolor floral motif and black butterflies. Photo by Thisbe Grace Photography; Consulting by Jordan Payne Events; Linens by Nüage Designs; Plateware by Consilium Lifestyle Collections
This couple certainly infused their personality into the confection by adding sugar flower tiers in shades of purple as well as dinosaur figurines at the base. Photo by Ira Lippke Studios
When Tracy Morgan and Megan Wollover chose their wedding cake, they desired a towering confection with plenty of opulent sugar flowers, lace details, and their monogram. Photo by Jeff Tisman Photography; Linens by Nüage Designs
Discover these beautiful cake designs featuring fresh flowers, see seven cute cake topper ideas, and be inspired to have another wedding dessert with these 12 non-cake wedding desserts. Browse through thousands of images from real weddings in our photo galleries to see the delectable confections chosen by real couples. For more wedding ideas, be sure to follow Inside Weddings on Instagram and Pinterest!