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14 Stunning Wedding Cake Ideas You Need For Your Celebration

Photographer: Byron Roe

by Lauren Mandel, Director of Marketing

Many of the most beautiful (and delicious) wedding cakes we’ve seen were imagined thanks to incredible themes and creative color choices. Whether you want a hand-painted wedding cake design or a floral-covered masterpiece, any of your wedding cake ideas can become a reality, thanks to incredibly talented pastry chefs, innovative bakeries, and the event planners who bring each couple’s ideas to life. We’ve picked a few of our favorite wedding cake ideas and designs that would make any celebration that much more beautiful. Eat your heart out!


red and gold wedding cake
Photo by Munoz Photography

The vintage elegance of The Addison made it to the perfect venue to host this romantic wedding, and the red and gold tiered wedding cake from Earth and Sugar tied the whole theme together. We especially love the beautiful red floral accents from Daniel Events.

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white and gold wedding cake
Photo by Katherine Ann Rose Photography

This wedding cake is chic, modern, and glamorous — all things we would expect from The Lynden Lane Company and the Parker Palm Springs. The cake topper adds a bit of personality, with the new couple proudly displaying “The Moores” on their wedding cake.

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Flower wedding cake idea
Photo by Tim Tab Studios

Hailing from Texas (bride Allison) and Nashville (groom Doug), these two Southerners incorporated their roots into every element of their wedding, as planned by It’s All Happening! Events. Their reception took place at the historic Cafe Brauer in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, which was the perfect backdrop for their soiree. The couple insisted that every aspect of the reception be about having fun and breaking a move on the dance floor, while still retaining the elegance that a wedding deserves. This gorgeous wedding cake, created by Cake Sweet Food, matched the reception’s tall centerpieces, as well as the bridesmaids’ bouquets.

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wedding cake floral swing
Photo by Cami Jane Photography

After seeing this photo, we think all wedding cakes should be presented on a floral-adorned swing. Sugar Branch Events planned and designed this perfect wedding cake moment for the bride and groom, with the wedding cake created by the venue, The Resort at Pelican Hill. Florals from Nisie’s Enchanted Florist completed the look.

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Great Gatsby Themed Wedding Cake
Photo by RAG Artistry

With more than 600 guests, this Great Gatsby-themed wedding reception was held at Chicago’s Union Station. Chicago’s Elegance Decor designed the venue with a navy blue and gold color palette. The over-the-top reception featured tables of various sizes topped with centerpieces featuring candelabras, florals, feathers and pearl accents. Even the cake, created by Jewell Events Catering, was designed with the Gatsby theme in mind; it was kept elegant and sophisticated with a white base, and the color was brought in through navy flowers to match the rest of the decor. There was also a splash of metallic gold in the top tiers to bring in that Gatsby glow!

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Colorful wedding cake
Photo by Ann Axon Photography

For this colorful and fun wedding, bride Angela told planner Yvonne Van that she wanted a theme of “Mexican, not cheesy, and more gold the better… and glitter anything!” Van went back to her design studio and produced a board that reflected anything and everything she thought Angela would love. The wedding cake shown here was actually a faux cake created to represent the fun, colors and theme of the wedding. Since the goal of the wedding was laughter, fun and “to dance all night,” the wedding couple didn’t want to stop for a traditional cake cutting, instead offering a staircase with churrio cupcakes on it.

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gold and white wedding cake
Photo by Sara Kauss Photography

This gold and white wedding cake is a true work of art — and absolutely perfect for this formal wedding celebration, planned by Carrie Zack Events. We love how the decorative detail matches the stunning, ornate interiors of host venue, The Breakers Palm Beach.

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Elegant wedding cake
Photo by JD Howell Photography

This gorgeous wedding cake, served during a wedding at the stunning Flint Golf Club in Michigan, was created by Tasty Layers bakery in Davison, Michigan. With a color theme coral, gray and gold, the bride’s wish was to have a simple and elegant reception — and she certainly succeeded.

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wedding cake pie
Photo by Byron Roe

We love wedding cake, but we especially love wedding cake when it’s on a table full of delicious pies. This wedding in Bend, Oregon, as planned by Events by Mint, was filled with gorgeous rustic elements, including this stunning three-tiered wedding cake from Foxtail Bakeshop.

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wedding cake travel
Photo by Gloria Mesa Photography

David Pressman Events is known for creating memorable celebrations with memorable elements, and this wedding cake is definitely one we won’t soon forget. Created by The Butter End Cakery, this wedding cake communicates the couple’s fun personality while still remaining simple and elegant.

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three cakes greenery
Photo by Matt Simpkins Photography

Simple greenery from IndyFaso enhanced these beautiful wedding cakes for a celebration hosted at Tarallucci e Vino Events. We love when couples break with tradition, and multiple wedding cakes is a fun way to add your own spin to this delicious tradition.

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watercolor wedding cake
Photo by Julia Franzosa Photography

This blue and green-painted wedding cake is all of our watercolor dreams come true. North Shore Weddings & Events carried the color palette throughout the wedding celebration at Chicago’s Millennium Park, including for this whimsical cake from Amy Beck Cake Design.

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Gold wedding cake idea
Photo by Rag Artistry

Jetal and Ankit’s wedding colors were royal blue, creme and gold, so Chicago’s Malenia Events decided to go with textured linen for the cake table and wanted to incorporate the last layer of the cake to “blend” in with the table. The Malenia team used fresh ivory roses as the cake topper to complement the ivory centerpieces. Since Malenia uplighted the entire ballroom in blue hues, the cake was gold and ivory to be the “pop” of color.

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Red, white and blue wedding cake
Photo by Maha Studios

For this Pakistani wedding at the Meadows Club in Schaumburg, Illinois, the client loved the color red — and also wanted blue as a complement color. Hence, the entire wedding — from the draping and lighting to floral and even the cake—followed this theme.

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