55 Beautiful Wedding Cakes for Every Venue

Because finding the perfect one is not a piece of cake

Updated 10/19/18

Photo by Jose Villa; Planning by Firefly Events

Oftentimes, choosing a wedding cake feels like checking off yet another box on your wedding to-do list. (Bouquet? Check! Dress? Check! Cake? Check!) But, today, it doesn't have to be that way. Rather than ordering some traditional cake for ceremonial purposes, you now have the option to treat it as both a design element and a delicious menu item. So, basically, it's time to get creative!

In terms of the cake's design, it's often smart to start by thinking about your venue. The venue sets the scene for the rest of your wedding and also affects what material the cake can be made of (fondant can be hard in direct sunlight, et cetera). Plus, we think it's fun to have the wedding cake match the venue's aesthetic and the rest of the day's design details. So, if you're into that idea as well, we suggest you start by imagining what exactly you're looking for (five tiers, a single tier, etc.) and thinking about design elements you like ("drip" elements, fresh flowers, geometric designs).

As you'll see below, we're especially into recreating textiles in buttercream, using local flora as accent pieces, and even adding fruit toppings. So, to show you exactly what creative ideas we're talking about, we compiled a list of 55 wedding cakes (yes, 55!) that will perfectly fit in at a farm, beach, garden, and more.

Keep scrolling to gather inspo for your own celebration, and remember: You can customize all of the cakes below to your wedding, venue, and taste—quite literally!

Garden

three tier wedding cake

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Clusters of Chamomile

This chamomile-accented cake was as pretty on the inside as it was on the out. It featured three different flavors (lemon, chocolate, and strawberry) paired with Swiss meringue.

Pretty in Pink

Photo by Jose Villa; Cake by Fleur Bake Shop; Styling & Florals by Arden Greenwood

When designer Arden Greenwood described this cake, she said, "It's delicate, and oh-so-pretty!" We couldn't agree more.

Major Floral Moment

Photo by Artiese; Cake by Lele Patisserie; Styling by Joy Proctor Design

Talk about an Insta-worthy moment! With a cake like this, you can skip the flower wall, and the photo booth, and the sparkler exit...

Pink Jasmine

Photo by Christina McNeill; Cake by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering

Jasmine vines make this simple, two-tiered cake garden-ready.

Pretty Peonies

Photo by Gianluca Adovasio; Cake by Alexandra’s Cakes

This pretty pink cake features pastel brushstrokes on its base and peony blooms for an additional pop of pink.

Crowning Jewel

cake

Photo by Logan Cole; Cake by Over the Rainbow Desserts; Planning by Hello Gem Events

Muted florals and greenery accents made his three-tiered cake a standout, but the real star of the show was its crème brûlée and funfetti flavoring.

Bed of Roses

Wedding Cake

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography; Cake by Magnolia Bakery; Planning by Twine Events

This photo is proof that you shouldn't feel limited to the cake itself when adding accent florals!

Pop of Color

Photo by Lacie Hansen Photography; Cake by Enjoy Cupcakes; Planning & Design by Bluebird Productions

We love a little color play! And we're especially into this pink cake paired with a bright poppy flower.

Tasty Treats

Donut wedding cake

Photo by Kate Headley; Planning by Arney Walker Studio; Florals by White Magnolia Designs

If you're more into doughnuts than cakes, this idea is for you. This way, you can enjoy your favorite sweet on the big day and still have the top tier (to save for your anniversary!).

Romantic Vines

wedding cake

Photo by Laura Gordon; Cake by Favorite Cakes; Planning by Easton Events; Florals by Beehive Events

We love this textured cake decorated with vines, white booms, and a little bit of lavender up top.

Tiered Blooms

Photo by Katie Harmsworth; Cake by Miss Ladybird Cakes; Flowers by Raven And the Rose

Go for a literal garden theme by covering the cake with the prettiest bright blooms around.

Mountain

wedding cake

Photo by Cameron Clark Photography; Cake by Amangiri; Florals by Sarah Winward

Winning in White

Go for simple chic vibes with a small cutting cake decorated with dried grasses.

Seasonal Leaves

Photo by Bright Bird Photography; Cake by Susie Cakes Bakery; Design by Bash Please

Fall brides, this one is for you. We love how the leaves pops against the buttercream icing!

Woodland Delight

Photo by Jon Schusteritsch; Cake by Sugar Lane Cake Shop

Make the cake the crown jewel of the cerebration by adding actual floral crowns around each tier.

Berry Fresh

Photo by David and Kathrin; Cake by Kuisine; Event Styling & Floral Design by Tabea Maria-Lisa

The fresh fruit on this little pretty looks almost as tasty as the cake itself.

Single-Tier Perfection

Photo by O'Malley Photographers; Planning & Styling by Callista & Company; Florals by Bleedfoot Florals

Two words: Simply chic.

A Solid Base

Photo by Jeremiah & Rachel Photography; Planning by Greenwood Events; Cake by Miss Patticakes

Take this as additional proof that we love fall foliage and natural elements on a white cake—especially in the mountains. Why not when you're surrounded by all that beauty, right?!

A Beautiful Mess

Photo by KT Merry; Styling & Design by The Nouveau Romantics; Florals by Jenya Flowers

Yes, yes, yes! Seriously, we could look at this masterpiece all day.

Hello, Honey!

Photo by Rustic White Photography; Cake by Sweet Peeps Bakery; Florals by Amy Osaba Design

You can add florals for an unexpectedly rustic touch. Here, Amy Osaba used honeysuckle and dried hydrangea petals.

Plum Perfect

Photo by Lacie Hansen Photography; Cake by Paper Cake Events; Planning & Design by Bash Please

We love the look of a naked cake in a natural setting, and especially so when it's decorated with dark figs and natural grasses.

Desert

Photo by Koman Photography

Cute Cacti

Now this is what you call trendy. This little beauty combines some of our favorite wedding trends, namely: drip cakes, semi-naked cakes, and cacti!

Special Succulents

Wedding cake

Photo by Luna de Mare; Cake by d’Elissious; Planning by Gold Leaf Event Design; Florals by Aspen Branch

Succulent cakes are taking over our IG account as some of the most-liked photos, ever. Take this pic as evidence why!

Simple Beauty

small naked cake topped with flowers

Photo by Anna Roussos; Cake by Pavlov’s Lab; Planning by White Ribbon Boutique Events; Florals by Red Box Days

We heart this petite semi-naked cake, topped with a soft gray drizzle and fresh flowers.

Go Green

succulent wedding cake

Photo by Amy Caroline Photography

Again, proof that succulent cakes rule.

Raising the Bar

Wedding cake cart

Photo by Clark Brewer Photography

This retro bar cart would feel right at home at, say, a Palm Springs wedding. Just saying!

Beach

Photo by L and B Photography; Cake by Enjoy Cupcakes; Flamingo by Ann Wood

The Perfect Pair

If you're throwing a beach bash, don't be afraid to embrace the setting in a fun yet elegant way. We think this cake is just that.

Leafy Greens

cake

Photo by Jenny Fu; Cake by Montage Palmetto Bluff; Florals by SYG Designs

We know we gave similar inspo for mountain weddings, but you can just as easily use local flora (think palms!) in a tropical setting.

Less is More

Photo by Ashley Caroline; Florals & Cake Design by Nectar and Root; Planning & Styling by Allison Koehler

In fact, think about using tropical leaves that are nearly as large as the cake itself.

Totally Tile

Photo by Josh and Dana Fernandez; Cake by Buttercup; Florals by Bramble and Bee; Planning & Design by Belle of the Ball

If you're marrying in a locale with unique architectural details like tiled floors and artisan touches, consider recreating that look on the cake. Just be careful to not, well, over do it.

Touch of Purple

Photo by Jon Schusteritsch; Cake by Sugar Lane Cake Shop

We're super into the sexy feel of this cake (thanks to dark cherries and blackberries), but we're really into how the little blooms add a touch of the tropics as well.

All About Otomi

Photo by Brogen Jessup; Cake by Milly’s Fine Cakes; Coordinating & Design by Laurel Street Events

Getting married in Mexico? Go ahead and pin this Otomi masterpiece.

Farm

Photo by Eric Kelley

A Cherry-Picked Creation

Embrace the setting with fresh produce for an elevated farmer's market vibe.

Swinging Beauty

Photo by Heledd Roberts; Planning & Styling by Jade Leung

Hanging cakes are a new trend this year—and it's no surprise why! We say go ahead and hang one from a sturdy tree or structure near the reception site for a seriously statement display.

A Pretty "Pear-ing"

Photo by Maria Mack Photography; Cake by Whipped Bakeshop

This simple white cake is lined with dried pears, and we're simply obsessed. The result is modern, organic, and totally chic. (Not to mention: sweet!)

Natural Elegance

Photo by Brandon Kidd Photography; Cake by Solvang Bakery; Florals by Stella Bloom Designs

With this cake, the naked tiers embrace the rustic setting, while the blooms add a touch of elegance.

Mini Bites

mini cakes

Photo by Jennifer Boomer

If you're having a farm wedding, your guests are going to want to explore their surroundings. Which is what makes these mini travel cakes perfect—they can grab them and go!

Vineyard

three-tier wedding cake

Photo by Sarah Falugo; Cake by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering; Planning by LVL Weddings and Events; Florals by Revel Floral

A Classic Beauty

This cake alone sets the tone for one classy affair.

Modern Marble

Photo by Megan Wallach Photography; Cake by Cake Envy; Floral Design by Mary Wynn for Amy Osaba Events; Event Styling by Talie Shove

For a modern take on vineyard elegance, start with a marble-painted cake, then add fig accents for an organic touch.

A Cheese Cake

Photo by Lacie Hansen Photography; Cake by Root Catering; Planning & Design by Simply Beautiful Events

Cheese lovers, why not serve an actual cheese cake?!

A Dark Delight

Photo by Gabrielle Desmarchais Photography; Planning & Styling by Le Cœur Bohème; Florals by Hellébore Créations Florales

We can't decide what we love more: The cake's unexpected shape or sexy hue.

Touch of Ivy

Photo by Jen Huang; Cake by Perfect Endings; Planning & Design by Shannon Leahy Events

Blend in with the estate's environment with a gray cake wrapped in ivy.

All Tied Up

Photo by Michelle Beller; Cake by Frost It Cakery; Florals by Rockrose Floral

There's just something about a subtle marble cake, especially when the undertones are repeated in a bundle of silk ribbons at its base.

Personalized Perfection

Photo by We Laugh We Love;Cake by Amy's Sweet Bake Shop; Planning by Confetti & Company; Florals by Matt Muskrat

Mini drip cakes for the win!

A Fresh Treat

Wedding cake with fruit

Photo by 822 Weddings

Top a simple buttercream cake with blackberries, figs, and edible flowers to match the rest of your palette.

Chocolate All Over

Cake Cutting

Photo by Jenny Fu

There's nothing wrong with a one-tiered chocolate cake topped with pretty flowers.

Into the Blue

Photo by Taralynn Lawton; Planning by Spreading Lovely; Florals by Hawthorn Flower Studio

We love the color combo of this ice blue cake and burgundy blooms. Also, note the mini tarts surrounding it!

Mixing Flavors

Photo by Jon Schusteritsch; Cake by Sugar Lane Cake Shop

If you're into vanilla and your partner totally loves chocolate, here's the answer to all your cake queries.

A Real Treat

Photo by Oliver Fly Photography; Cake by Made in Cake

Olive leaves and fig accents look beautiful—every single time.

City

Photo by Greg Fink; Styling & Design by Joy Proctor

Beautiful Botanicals

If you're a design lover, consider recreating an interior fabric or painting on your cake. This can be especially fun if you look to your venue (say, an iconic restaurant, club, or landmark) for inspo.

A Morning Favorite

Photo by Blair Schluter; Cake by Laurannae Baking Co.

Embrace your city locale with a quintessentially city activity: brunch! That's why this pancake "cake" is perfect.

Work of Art

mini marble cake

Photo by Ari Simphukham

We realize a black cake isn't right for everyone, but this one feels especially artsy and fun.

An Unexpected Shape

Photo by Courtney Hanson Photography; Design by Forevermore Events; Florals by Bloomers; Cake by Cupcake Julie; Workshop by Tyler Rye

If you're not willing to go as dark as black, consider a matte gray look. It's still the opposite of the expected white!

In Full Bloom

Photo by Jenny Haas; Florals by Siloh Floral

This little masterpiece deserves an exhibit of its own. Don't you think?!

Shining Stars

Photo by Orange Photographie; Cake by Whipped

You can still do a celestial theme, even if you're technically marrying under city lights and not the stars.

A Fresh Confection

Photo by Kathryn Frugé Photography; Cake by The Cookie Social; Florals by Roots Floral Design; Planning & Styling by The Gifford Collective

Case in point: A simple white cake can feel modern, cool, and unexpected.

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