Budget Bride Tip for June 9: Feed your guests wedding cake from Costco

Bride and groom with pink piggy bank

We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams.

When Allie Gruner and Quinn Keogh planned their April 7 wedding and reception at The Foundry in Lake Oswego, Ore., they realized that last on their list of priorities was a “huge, expensive” wedding cake.

“People don’t really care about eating a bunch of cake,” says Allie, 26, a recent medical school graduate.

Instead, they ordered a small wedding cake with layers of rum apple and carrot for the traditional cake cutting.

“It was a really simple cake,” Allie says. “They decorated it to look really nice.”

Her mother added fresh flowers left over from the centerpieces and a cake topper bought at a garage sale.

At $75, that wedding cake fed only 45 people. The other 115 guests served themselves from two sheet cakes, which Allie and Quinn, 27, a professional cyclist and student, bought at Costco for $17 a piece.

The average wedding cake cost $423 in 2011, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company.

Allie and Quinn obviously came in way below that, which helped hold the total cost of their wedding to $21,000 — almost $5,000 less than the 2011 average of $25,631.

Before discovering the Costco sheet cakes, which she ordered in chocolate and vanilla, Allie had looked into cupcakes. But at $3 each, they were hardly a savings over a traditional wedding cake.

In all of the wedding day craziness, Allie never even saw the Costco cakes. But she only heard good things.

“Cake is cake,” Allie says.

Here she is in her wedding gown with Quinn after the ceremony ...

This is the small tiered wedding cake they bought to cut for photos ...

Here are the other "Budget Bride" tips we've published so far this month:

Budget Bride Tip for June 1: Throw a potluck dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 2: Say 'yes' to an affordable dress

Budget Bride Tip for June 3: Bake your own wedding cake

Budget Bride Tip for June 4: Put dad to work

Budget Bride Tip for June 5: Turn your reception into a barbecue

Budget Bride Tip for June 6: Take the ceremony to the beach

Budget Bride Tip for June 7: Cupcakes make tasty wedding favors

Budget Bride Tip for June 8: Hold down the guest list

Thanks to Allie and Quinn for sharing these personal photos from their wedding album.

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