The icing on the cake

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Courtesy of Designer Stencils

Who says DIY cakes have to be dull? These cake and confectionary stencils from Designer Stencils are just the thing to add pizzazz to a homemade wedding cake. Just place the stencil on the sides or top of an iced cake and spread icing or chocolate over the opening (the site offers detailed video instructions that explain how to create the designs). And if you like the idea but are not quite up to creating your own wedding cake, consider using their cookie stencils to adorn a bridal shower treat. —Kathryn Papanek

Wedding Wisdom: If you're trying to cut cake costs, skip the sugar-icing and spun sugar decorations— they can get expensive. To save money without sacrificing style, top off your cake with flowers or fruit instead. For inspiration, take a look at our Cakes Gallery.

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