Wedding cakes have gone far past their humble white buttercream beginnings into works of art. Tradition has given way to lavish cake decorations such as fondant flowers, 24 karat gold dusting, and sugar bling along with exotic new flavors being added all of the time. However, these cakes can cost thousands of dollars! So, what’s a bride to do if she wants the same impact for less change.

Brides Magazine teamed up with five noted wedding cake designers to conceptualize five wedding cakes that pull inspiration from their pricier counterparts without breaking the bank. With a few slight changes, the savings can be quite sweet.

Click here to see the cakes.

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