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$9.50 per slice

These fondant ribbons dyed in a gradient pattern achieve the same effect with a lot less effort, Goncalves says. Plus, the emerald shade is Pantone's color of the year!

Total savings: $900

Green ombré wedding cake with fondant ribbons, $9.50 per slice (serves 200), BMQ Desserts

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