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$10 per slice

Metallic luster dust, seen here, is cheaper than metallic paint, Bacher says. As for the ribbons, an asymmetrical cake requires sashes on only one side—so flush those tiers right! Design-wise, a single (but pricey) orchid can look more modern than five, she adds.

Total savings: $1,600

Gold wedding cake with pink ribbons and a white orchid, $10 per slice (serves 200), Mali B Sweets

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