From classic to bohemian, be inspired by these confections from real weddings.
The theme or style of your wedding will dictate many of your planning choices, such as the color scheme, types of flowers used, tablescape designs, and even your wedding cake. While it's not a requirement that your confection showcase the same look as the rest of your celebration, many couples select a cake design that complements the feel of their overall fête to keep everything cohesive.
For example, if you're having a tropical destination wedding, you may want your wedding cake to feature colors inspired by the ocean – if not be decorated with seashell adornments. And if you're hosting a classic ballroom wedding with a neutral color palette, you'll likely want to go with an all-white wedding cake accented with some fresh blooms that match your centerpieces, as opposed to a bold style with deep shades of maroon frosting and metallic accents that would better suit an alternative soirée. Just like bohemian chic or modern weddings will differ from couple to couple, there are many cakes that will work well with each wedding theme.
To get you started, be inspired by the 10 wedding cakes below, all of which complement the most popular wedding styles! To see more from each of these real weddings, click your favorite photos.
Consider going with a dark and moody color palette for your confection, instead of the more popular white cake decorations. This confection featured oxblood fondant, a silver rose motif, and unique textures. Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography; Invitations & Calligraphy by Elizabeth Grace
2. Bohemian Chic
Since boho-chic weddings often feature natural design elements, think about choosing a "naked" or "semi-naked" cake that doesn't use much outer frosting for a less-sweet and minimalist confection your guests will still love. Photo by Sarah & Ben
You can't go wrong with a classic wedding cake on your big day! An elegant ivory confection is always in style whether you choose fondant or buttercream and fresh flowers or sugar flowers. Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography
Square tiers have been popular for awhile, but going outside the norm can add a dramatic element to your wedding day. Incorporate bold design details, such as geometric prints, for a modern twist. Photo by Kristin Anderson; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events
A luxurious celebration deserves an equally opulent cake! Whether you have a towering confection or a three-tier style, embellish your cake with sugar flowers, adornments, and more to really wow your guests. Photo by Jennefer Wilson Photography; Floral Design by Bella Flora of Dallas
Have fun with your cake! Decorate each layer with a different pattern – such as stripes, floral print, and more. The options are truly endless! Photo by Vitor Lindo Photo + Video; Planning & Design by Kelli Corn Weddings & Special Events
Similar to boho-chic weddings, we love when rustic celebrations incorporate semi-naked cakes that are decorated with fresh flowers and greenery for a rustic-chic look. Photo by Christine Bentley Photography
8. Shabby Chic
Play into your shabby-chic theme with a darling confection featuring pastel hues, dainty details, and ruffles or fresh flowers. Photo by Meg Perotti
If you're having a tropical wedding, why not decorate your cake with ocean-inspired design details, such as seashells, starfish, or sand dollars? Photo by Michael Svoboda Wedding Photography; Planning & Design by Thomas Bui Lifestyle
While many modern-day couples veer from tradition, a wonderful way to honor the weddings that came before you is with a traditional, vintage-inspired wedding cake with filigree detailing and even a classic cake topper. Photo by Jana Williams Photography
For more wedding cake inspiration, view the Cakes & Desserts category of our photo galleries. Discover more cake ideas here, find out everything you need to know about serving cake at your wedding, and view inspiration for the "naked" and "semi-naked" cake trend.