Cakes Ideas for 10 of the Most Popular Wedding Styles

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.

1. Alternative
Alternative wedding cake idea dark colors metallic ruffle fondant details
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
Bohemian chic wedding cake idea naked cake with fresh berries
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

3. Classic
Classic wedding cake ideas white cake with fresh flowers
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

4. Modern
White and gold modern wedding cake ideas different shape tiers layers
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

5. Opulent
Opulent white wedding cake ideas with hundreds of sugar flowers
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

6. Preppy
wedding cake design preppy flower print with peony sugar flowers
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

7. Rustic
Rustic wedding cake ideas semi naked cake with fresh flowers
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
Shabby chic wedding cake ideas light blue ruffle flowers
Play into your shabby-chic theme with a darling confection featuring pastel hues, dainty details, and ruffles or fresh flowers. Photo by Meg Perotti

9. Tropical
Tropical wedding cake idea beach theme sand starfish seashell
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

10. Vintage
Classic vintage wedding cake with filigree detail and classic cake topper
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.

Authored by: Kelcy Christy