A wedding cake doesn't need multiple tiers to make a statement! Just check out these pretty single-tier confections.

Budget-conscious brides, we're here to let you in on a little secret: Your wedding cake doesn't have to be sky-high to be absolutely gorgeous! A single-tier confection, a trend gaining tons of popularity among modern couples, is the perfect way to save big without scarifying style.

So how does it work? First, it's important to determine why you want to go with a smaller dessert. If you're hosting a more intimate celebration, than a single tier will serve you well. But if it's a matter of looking to cut back on costs, you still need to make sure you have enough dessert to feed all of your guests. So that means you may need to offer a sundae bar, candy bar or smaller sweets as well. Another option is to cut a single-tier wedding cake and have your servers bring out slices of sheet cake to feed your friends and family — you still get those beautiful cake-cutting photos, but you won't have to pay for a multi-tiered confection.

Also remember: Opting for a single-tier wedding cake doesn't mean you have to give up on decorations, either. Whether you love the look of fresh and sugar flowers, fondant designs, naked cakes or hand-painted accents, your smaller cake can have all of the elements of its towering tiered counterparts.

Ready to be inspired by all of the creative options for your one-tier wedding cake? Click through to see 24 styles we love.

At left: A one-tier naked cake topped with a lush pink peony, created by Ganache Truffles.

Photo: Whitney Furst Photography

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