DIY Wedding Cake Floral Ideas

Today we are going to feature 3 easy ways to decorate a wedding cake with silk flowers, to cash in on big savings.

“The wedding cake is one of the focal points of the wedding reception.  Used wisely, flowers can make a plain cake look spectacular”, from wedding-flower-guide.com.  While your cake can be the belle of the reception don’t let your wedding cake be the focal point of your budget.  You can get a truly beautiful cake without having to skimp on your look with a few DIY decorating ideas and silk wedding flowers.

flower petal wedding cake, francoiseweeks.com

Showered in Petals

One of the simplest, easiest and most inexpensive ways to decorate a wedding cake is with silk flower petals.  They come in a variety of colors from traditional reds, pinks, peaches to lime green, blue and eggplant.  Afloral.com offers 100 petal bags or containers of silk petals for around $3 each.  Can you picture decorating your entire cake for around $3-$6?

Silk petals can be sprinkled down a tiered cake, as seen in the example from francoiseweeks.com.  Strategically placing a cluster on top, around each layer and then letting them scatter down.  Silk petals also work to decorate individual cupcakes, sheet cakes and the surrounding cake table.  They provide a soft, beautiful pop of color to a white iced cake.

 

 

 

 

square tiered cake with flowers, dexknows.com

Beauty in Each Layer

Wow guests with a modern, squared tiered cake, showcasing beautiful, lush silk flower blooms in between each layer.  This is another easy DIY wedding cake option, that uses large flower blooms like roses, gerbera daisies, tiger lilies, calla lilies or even bold dahlias. A couple dozen stems at $2-$4 a piece will create a gorgeous look; save even more by purchasing sprays with more then one bloom on a stem.

The wedding cake shown here, is a square tiered cake with each tier on a cake stand.  You could simply trim your silk flower blooms about 3-4 inches on the stem and insert them in between the space provided by each layer.  If your cake is a traditional layered cake insert the silk flower stems right into the cake along the base of each layer.  The great thing about using silks is you can pre-trim all your stems and set them aside without worrying if they’ll wilt.  And they can go right into the cake without worrying about inedible pieces of real flowers getting on the cake.  Visit dexknows.com the source of this gorgeous tiered cake to find out just the right way to cut a square tiered cake, insuring all your guests get the right size piece.

wedding cake with floral topper, jamaallison.wordpress.com

It Takes the Cake

Our final DIY wedding cake project gets a bit more involved but surely will leave you with a showstopping look that will take the cake at your reception.  Creating your own floral cake topper is similar to arranging a bouquet.  You will need a piece of dome floral foam to fit on the top of the cake, use a half ball piece or sphere foam cut in half, wire cutters and your choice of silk flowers. Trim your silk flowers to  about 2 inches on the stems and begin arranging them in the floral foam, don’t forget to add greenery or baby’s breath to complete the arrangement.

With the right floral choices your DIY wedding cake topper will have all eyes on your delicious dessert.  Finish off the look with ribbon to wrap around the base of each layer on a tiered cake and, or trimmed flower blooms to scatter at the base of the cake.  Purchase all your DIY materials, silk flowers, foam, ribbon ect. for around $20-$30, with a little bit of your time you’ll have a custom arrangement at a great budget cost!

A Great Look, at Affordable Price

These great DIY decorating ideas will equal into big savings for your wedding day budget.  Get the right look with afloral.com silk flowers and a little bit of your time.  Something to keep in mind cake floral choices should pull from your bridal bouquets to carry your wedding theme throughout the day.  Get working on your silk bridal bouquet and while you’re at it order extra silk flowers to set aside for the cake.  Two things to do combined into one!

Not sure where to start on your wedding floral choices?  With a few color ideas in mind email mindy@afloral.com and she’ll make you a custom wedding inspiration board, a great place to start when planning your memorable day.

3 comments

  1. Hi! This is a great post, but I have one concern. I spoke with my cake baker and she expressed concerns with putting silk flowers on a buttercream cake. She said that the buttercream could soak into the fabric, making the flowers soggy, and the color of the fabric might bleed into the frosting. That was a big let down to me because I was hoping to use all silk flowers and then it seemed like I would have to go through a florist to get flowers for the cake. In addition, she said I needed to make sure to get real flowers that were specifically OK to touch food, because some flowers might have pesticides on them etc. So I was also thinking who knows what the silk flowers have come in contact with also… (And note, there’s no benefit to her what I put on the cake).
    Do you have any information on this that would be helpful?
    Thank you!

    1. Susan,
      There shouldn’t be an issue with putting silk flowers on a frosted cake, whether buttercream, whipped frosting or fondant. I would suggest waiting until the day of your wedding before applying the flowers. But I have not heard of this being a problem with silks. Also the great thing about silk flowers you can gently wipe or clean them with a damp cloth to ensure clean cake decorations. If it is still a concern I would suggest doing a test run, place a silk flower ontop of a buttercream frosted cupcake and leave it for awhile to make sure it doesn’t absorb anything from the frosting. Hope this was of help, by the way buttercream is my favorite!

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