What to Read Next

Would You Buy a Supermarket Wedding Cake?

Bridal Guide
Love + Sex
June 25, 2012

Clockwise from top left (price estimates for 100 guests): Love Lines, $408; Santa Fe, $174; Devotion, $315; Starry Night, $162; Golden Harvest, $215; Epiphany, $385.
Clockwise from top left (price estimates for 100 guests): Love Lines, $408; Santa Fe, $174; Devotion, $315; Starry Night, $162; Golden Harvest, $215; Epiphany, $385.

Wedding season has arrived, and brides across the country are preparing for that special walk down the aisle - the bakery aisle, that is, at their local grocery stores.

From Publix - a supermarket chain with over 40 wedding cake options - to Walmart, bakery departments have had a customer base among engaged couples for years. And now more than ever, betrothed couples have welcomed supermarket cakes as a practical, budget-friendly option for the big day.

Related: 40+ Amazing Groom's Cakes

"I think it's a great idea," said newlywed Lindsay Armstrong, who purchased a $45 cake from a local, NYC bakery for her April wedding. "I know it's a lot of work and it's complicated [to bake a wedding cake], but I'd rather spend the money on something else."

Armstrong's mother-in-law purchased a sheet cake from Costco for the couple's smaller celebration in Cleveland, and other supermarkets offer similar options. At Giant Food Stores, customers can choose up to three tiers and from four different cake flavors, two types of icing, a variety of toppers and also have the option to match the cake's color to the wedding décor. Ranging in price from $120 to $280, the cakes are priced at a fraction of the cost of their traditional bakery alternatives.

Safeway supermarkets have been catering to brides for over 15 years, with cakes priced between $160 to $1,030. Steve Gallgher, a baker at Safeway in Mount Airy, M.D., expects to have four or five wedding cake customers this summer. He works with three decorators who work to customize the experience for each couple.

"We had a customer last week, but they didn't make a decision yet," said Gallgher. But he insists it's not a case of supermarket-cake skepticism.

"The bride wants cupcakes and the groom wants a wedding cake - they can't seem to agree!" he said.

Other supermarket chains, like Alberstons, have similar services in their bakery department. Some supermarkets even offer fondant icing. You might have to opt for buttercream and ditch the fondant icing, but we love the idea of stashing that extra cash!

Tell us: Would you buy your wedding cake from a supermarket?

- Paulette Safdieh

More from Bridal Guide:

“It works. Officers were at my home in minutes."

Built by the leading engineers in the country with revolutionary wireless technology... Engineered to make your home feel like a fortress...

Get vitamins here. Change lives everywhere.

Help kids in Honduras and all over the world get life changing vitamins just by buying yours at Walgreens.

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

Looking to date someone over 50

Browse profiles and pics for free!

Heartburn During Pregnancy

Dealing With Pregnancy is Hard Enough. Getting Heartburn While Pregnant is a Pain. Learn What Causes Heartburn During Pregnancy.

Get vitamins here. Change lives everywhere.

For kids like Rosemary, proper nutrition makes a big difference. See how you can help kids everywhere just by buying your vitamins at Walgreens.

Business Circle brought to you by AT&T

Where Business Owners Share Tech Answers that Matter. Visit Today and Gain Access to Tools and Advice that Help Solve Small Business Challenges.

Read This Before You Buy Medigap Plan F

Plan F is the most popular Medicare Supplement plan, but there's another Medigap option you should consider.

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Military Mortgage Rates In 2016

Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Insane Navy Seal Flashlight, should it be banned?

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!

Register Now for Free

Are you paying yourself what you’re worth? Learn how to take control and build wealth.

Get a second chance to enroll in Medicare

Didn't enroll in Medicare when you were first eligible? Do it now during the General Enrollment Period.