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
Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

2. Bohemian Chic
Bohemian chic wedding cake idea naked cake with fresh berries
Photo by Sarah & Ben

3. Classic
Classic wedding cake ideas white cake with fresh flowers
Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography; Planning & Design by Ilana Ashley Events

4. Modern
White and gold modern wedding cake ideas different shape tiers layers
Photo by Kristin Anderson; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events

5. Opulent
Opulent white wedding cake ideas with hundreds of sugar flowers
Photo by Jennefer Wilson Photography; Floral Design by Bella Flora of Dallas

6. Preppy
Preppy wedding cake with different tiers stripes and flower pattern designs
Photo by Todd Pelowe Photography; Planning & Design by Viva Bella Events

7. Rustic
Rustic wedding cake ideas semi naked cake with fresh flowers
Photo by Christine Bentley Photography

8. Shabby Chic
Shabby chic wedding cake ideas light blue ruffle flowers
Photo by Meg Perotti

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