We don't want a gigantic 5-tier fancy-pants wedding cake. I have tasted some delicious wedding cake in my day, but it always seems like so much of it goes to waste. At this point it's just a little bit hard for me to rationalize spending hundreds and hundreds on something that will either be eaten or thrown away.
So. We are thinking that we will have a small 2-tier cake. (bottom layer to ceremoniously cut, top to stash away in our freezer.) For our guests, we would like to have a delicious, summery, strawberry shortcake. This will probably be a sheet cake that will be cut and plated behind the scenes. We're imagining this will be a less expensive approach, but who knows what kind of surprise we'll be in for when we meet with a baker! While we both enjoy strawberry shortcake, this is also kind of a nod to my wonderful Papa, my grandfather, who has always adored this dessert above all others. I think he'll enjoy it.
As an alternative, this also looks amazing: