How big and tall should your wedding cake be, in order to have

the right WOW factor…

Actually, it can be as big and tall as you want it to be. But again it doesn’t have to. What???

I know.  You probably came here looking for help on that matter. So far, I haven’t been tremendously helpful, have I? help is coming, I just wanted to state first that there are

no rules about making your wedding cake wishes come true

That’s all.That said, there are actually a number of

influencing factors to help you decide how big your cake should be.

How do I know? Because those are the questions I ask my soon-to-be-married couples, to design the perfect cake for their wedding, both from a dreamy vision point of view….and …from a wallet consideration too. So let’s start with


I (like most professional wedding cake makers) can make your cake as big and tall as you dream it to be. But….the taller, the bigger, the more expensive it’s going to be. Sometimes it might just add a little to your budget: For example, “propping” your actual cake on fake tiers can be done (at Fairy HQ- I can’t vouche for other people of course) from around £60 per extra tier. The cake I designed for Gemma and Tom last year, the one at the top of this post, was in fact just 3 tiers…propped on 2 “fake” ones to give it more… va voom! because the fake tiers were relatively simple to finish with wavy buttercream, the extra cost for those was roughly 20% of the overall price. Hope that gives you a little useful guideline. For more insight on cost, you can also read this post on how much your wedding cake is going to cost. (It’s my most visited blog post by far, so I guess it’s a ueful one if you are planning your wedding).

Number of guests

If you are having an intimate wedding with 60 people, in an intimate venue like Little Thakeham for example, the WOW factor might be more about the intricacy of the finish than the size of the cake.

and talking about size, here’s a quick reference size guide I have drawn. I hope it will give you an idea of how big your cake needs to be, so each of your guest can have a slice. You are more than welcome to email me, tweet me or pop the question about what ideal size your cake should be on my Facebook page (whether or not I am making your cake by the way!).

Venue (size of the room and height of ceiling)

This is especially important if you are having your reception in a large room, or one with high ceilings. When I design cakes for venues like Cowdray House or Wiston House, both immensely grand and tall, I always discuss this at length with my couples. I even meet them at the venue if they’d like, armed with dummy cake tiers of polysterene, so we can stack them up. That way you can trully visualise how tall your cake will look in the room. The last thing you want is for it to look a little lost. Ah ah, but there are ways to make a regular cake, or even a small cake, look MUCH bigger. (and that post is coming up later this week, so stay tuned).

Nadine Van Biljon wedding photography Cowdray House

image credit – Cowdray website – by Nadine Van Biljon wedding photography


The star of the show factor

Now that very much depends on you and the kind of wedding you want to have. If you are having a barn wedding, you might actually want quite a simple cake with a rustic look. Adding fresh fruits to a naked cake and around the base will dress up your cake no end and give it more presence. You can check how this happens from start to finish(or rather, from finish rolled back to the start) on this Facebook post I shared recently, whilst setting up a beautiful semi naked cake at Upwaltham Barn.

If you are having your wedding reception in a more formal venue, or even if you want a totally whimsical woodland wedding, you might want to look at might cakes made extraordinary with flower separators, or even…a enchanted floating cake….(oh yes that’s a thing!)

Ultimately, the best person to advise you is your wedding cake maker. So just share your vision with them and let them work their magic for you.


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