Five top bakers show you how to cut costs and still get the look you love.

$14 per slice

A tier separator can make a small cake look bigger, but sometimes it's not worth the cost, says Mark Joseph of Mark Joseph Cakes. Elevated cakes need to be assembled on site and require more decorations. Joseph notes that he and his team added hanging teardrops and Swarovski crystals to this cake—surefire ways to raise the cost.

White wedding cake with gold teardrops and Swarovski crystals, $14 per slice (serves 200), Mark Joseph Cakes

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