Ahh, the epic wedding cake debate. Sugar flowers or real flowers as the decor…which one takes the cake? Well, it all comes down to pref…and budget. For those of you who still aren’t sure how to top off your wedding cake, I thought it would be helpful to have some pros and cons for each beautiful option.
Real vs Sugar Flowers
Pro: Um, hello! Sugar flowers are a total attention grabber! Guests love seeing these intricate and delicate creations done up with sugar (have you seen Sweet Genius with Ron Ben-Israel?!). Plus, it’s definitely nifty having a cake where everything on it is totally edible.
Con: Sugar flowers are big on wow-factor, but unfortunately they can also be big on cost. Much of the cost of your wedding cake comes in the amount of labor, and sugar flowers take up quite a bit of time. So, if you’re planning on having an abundance of sugar flowers on your wedding cake, also plan to give your cake budget a bigger slice of the wedding pie.
Pro: Real flowers are beautiful (why else would cake designers want to recreate them so precisely out of sugar?!), and they make a less expensive decor option for your wedding cake, as they require much less labor on the part of your cake designer. In fact, sometimes the blooms aren’t even added until the florist shows up with them on the wedding day!
Con: Because real flowers are, well, real, they have to be in season for you to have them on your wedding cake, or you risk running up a pretty high invoice for getting them imported, whereas you can get any type of flower done up in sugar anytime of year. Also, real flowers do wilt, so you need to make sure they’re fresh and can hold up in the cold or heat.