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$9 per slice

The fondant flowers on this cherry blossom cake are far more affordable than the gum-paste ones, says Parzych. Skip extras like the gold bands on the other cake and yours can be decorated in a day!

Total savings: $1,200

Cream-colored wedding cake with fondant flowers, $9 per slice, (serves 200), Ana Parzych Cakes

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