Cut the Wedding Cake: Dessert Alternatives for Your Big Day

Your wedding is about you, so if you aren’t the biggest fan of cake, there’s several alternatives to serve instead (or just skip the sweet treats altogether!).

Don’t sweat the sweet stuff. There’s numerous dessert offerings to make your day fit your tastes. You could go the new norm and choose cupcakes. Or, serve pies, doughnuts, croquembouche, brownies... you name it, you can eat it.

If you’re not a fan of sugar, you could always opt for a cheese “cake.” That’s a tiered “cake” created out of cheese, not the delicious concoction found at the Cheesecake Factory.

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Breakfast of (Wedding) Champions

Plan your wedding around what you love.

Karlie Magee of Denver, Colorado loves breakfast. That’s why her and her husband, Joey, decided to have a brunch wedding with a unique cake: pancakes. “Instead of guests watching us cut a traditional cake,” she said, “we had everyone watch as we cut our pancake cake and that was the start of brunch!”

While the “cake” was only enjoyed by the bride and groom, the guests had plenty of other options to satisfy their sweet tooth, including cookies, fruit, and mini muffins. My favorite personal touch of this art gallery wedding was that guests got to choose from an eclectic mix of coffee mugs to use and take home. (P.S. check out Karlie’s cooking blog for fun recipes!).

Karlie + Joey Magee // Location: Artwork Network in Denver, CO // Date: July 11, 2015 // Photographer: Cliff Workman

Karlie + Joey Magee // Location: Artwork Network in Denver, CO // Date: July 11, 2015 // Photographer: Cliff Workman

Piece of the Pie

Pie is a great idea, especially if your wedding is in the pie lovin’ South.

Outdoor enthusiasts Erica Raml and her husband Dennis knew that they wanted a rustic, outdoor venue. Pie was the optimal choice for this fall-themed wedding that included pumpkins grown by the couple serving as decor. Guests were sure to find a pie to their taste, including pumpkin and pecan. The whimsical bicycle “cake” topper was created by the bike mechanic groom.

Erica + Dennis Rami  // Location: Montgomery Bell State Park // Date: October 2014  // Photographer: Whitney Raquel Photography // Planner: Megan Scurlock, Locklane Events and Weddings // Pies: Papa C Pies

Erica + Dennis Rami  // Location: Montgomery Bell State Park // Date: October 2014  // Photographer: Whitney Raquel Photography // Planner: Megan Scurlock, Locklane Events and Weddings // Pies: Papa C Pies

Guests at the Griff's Texas farm wedding could choose between a variety of fruit and cream pies. The bride and groom had a small red velvet cake for the traditional cake cutting ceremony, but still made sure to sample the assorted pies available. 

“I’ve always been a huge fan of pies, so it was a natural choice for our big day,” the bride, Brianna Griff, said. “We also felt that pies fit our circus theme much better than an elaborate cake.” The couple purchased the fruit pies at Trader Joe’s, while the bride’s mother selected a variety of cream pies from Angela’s at the Crosswalk in Plano, Texas.

Brianna + Brad Griff  // Location: Heritage Farmstead Museum // Date: May 25, 2014 // Photographer: Evan Godwin Photography // Planner: Megan Scurlock, Locklane Events and Weddings // Pies: Angela’s at the Crosswalk & Trader Joe’s

Brianna + Brad Griff  // Location: Heritage Farmstead Museum // Date: May 25, 2014 // Photographer: Evan Godwin Photography // Planner: Megan Scurlock, Locklane Events and Weddings // Pies: Angela’s at the Crosswalk & Trader Joe’s

Macaroons for Matrimony

Instead of one large cake, how about hundreds of tiny cakes to celebrate your nuptials? This tower of delicate macaroons that Carly Rae and Jay Coady used for their reception was the perfect complement for the romantic Masquerade wedding. The couple prefer the pastry over traditional cake, making it an ideal alternative for their wedding. The pastel shades of the macaroons contrast beautifully with the black and white striped decor used for the Masquerade theme.

Bride: Carly Rae Coady // Location: Events on 3rd  // Date: October 31, 2015 // Photographer: Coleman Shots // Planner: Megan Scurlock, Locklane Events and Weddings // Macaroons: Sweet Darling Patisserie

Bride: Carly Rae Coady // Location: Events on 3rd  // Date: October 31, 2015 // Photographer: Coleman Shots // Planner: Megan Scurlock, Locklane Events and Weddings // Macaroons: Sweet Darling Patisserie

Dessert or no dessert, traditional cake cutting or no cake cutting, whatever decision you make for your wedding is the best decision. Your wedding day is about you and your future spouse, so make sure it’s a day filled with your favorite people and your favorite things.