You’ve heard of cash bar at wedding receptions. But cash . . . cake slices?
Apparently, it’s a thing now. At least for some people.
One wedding guest recently shared a story on the r/weddingshaming subreddit in which the newlyweds charged their reception guests £3.66 per slice of cake. And, unlike with a cash bar, this wasn’t something guests were notified of prior to the big day… or even prior to the reception itself.
Well, apparently this particular guest had two slices of wedding cake, but only paid for one. Not to worry: the newlyweds sent him a clip of CCTV footage. They then followed it up with an explicit text message explaining that the footage revealed the guest in question eating an extra slice that s/he didn’t pay for. They demanded their friend send them remunerations, pronto.
Now, it’s true that £3 or £4 per slice of wedding cake isn’t completely unheard of, in terms of cost. The wedding industry on this side of the pond raises prices exorbitantly, often doubling or tripling the cost of services and products for anything matrimony-related. It stands to reason that this might very well be the case in the UK, too. However, an expensive wedding cake isn’t the only option a couple has if they’re on a tight budget.
Some couples have caterers prepare a fixed-price menu with a couple dessert options and let guests select their choice, as with entrees. Some couples have cupcakes, some get a “sweetheart” wedding cake for themselves, and provide sheet cake for their guests. Some folks bake their own, or ask family members or friends to help with that aspect of the reception. Any way you look at it, it’s pretty much unheard of to whip out a card reader and make several announcements at the start of your wedding reception that if your guests want cake, they have to pay for it on the spot.