When I found out a friend of mine paid $1,200 for her wedding cake, I was in shock. I knew right then that there was no way we were going to hire someone to make our cake. I love going to weddings, but I couldn’t tell you what any of the dozens of cakes I’ve eaten looked like. I might be able to remember if they were good or not, but even that’s a stretch. Based on our past experiences and our very budgeted/DIY wedding, we were definitely okay saving money in this department.
We got lucky and had someone offer to make our wedding cake. We paid for all the ingredients and supplies of course, but her time to practice and then make the cake on the big day was her gift to us. It ended up looking amazing and ohmygod it was delicious.
My favorite dessert is actually cookies, so I wanted to make sure those were represented at the wedding as well. It was also in combination with the fact that we weren’t sure if the cake would feed all 200 guests or not (it turns out there was plenty of cake), so it was also a fun back up plan to make sure everyone got something sweet to eat. I asked my aunts and Steve’s aunts if they would bake their favorite cookies to have on the dessert table. They of course were happy to participate. I got the jars at Marshall’s (the least expensive ones I could find) to save the most money possible. We also used vintage books as decor (more to come on that later), so that’s why the jars below were set on different books.
There were actually 4 jars total, but I can’t seem to find a photo of the cookies made by my Aunt Gerry. The cookies were all so, so delicious though. And it was such a special touch to have something they had made to share with everyone on our special day.
To make the interior label, I used the paper left over from the wedding envelopes I made (see that post here) and used double stick tape to adhere them to the inside of the jar. I printed the description onto ivory card stock and cut them out to be slightly more narrow than the width of the decorative label. To make those lace corners, I used a corner punch like this Fiskars one (it came in handy a lot actually – more on that later).
The reason the photos above look so professional…is because they are. Our photographer was Char Beck and he is the best. It looks like he teams up with his wife to shoot weddings now, which is adorable. If you’re in the Seattle area, or just want a great photographer, check out his work here.