Your wedding cake is a symbol of your new happy life together and so should be a fun, joyful reflection of who you are as a couple. As lovely and as elegant as the standard white three-tiered design is, there’s no need for it to be a part of your big day if you don’t want it to be.

Take a look at the five delicious options we’ve collected together and let your imagination run wild to create something that’s both unique and personal to you.

Illustrated Cake

There’s no better way to really make a wedding cake your own than to have it lovingly decorated with a beautiful hand-painted design.

A delightfully smooth and sweet coat of fondant makes for a very versatile canvas that’s easily able to accommodate an absolutely huge range of designs, whether you’d like a favorite romantic quote, a treasured photograph of you both or a clever geometric pattern styled on your cake.

It’s possible to make the fondant or design any colour you want so there’s no need to worry about keeping everything bright and vibrant!

Sugar Flower Bouquet Cake

It’s the relative inexpensiveness and ability for almost endless customization that’s made the sugar flower such an endearingly popular choice of wedding cake decoration.

Bunching them together to create a bouquet is the newest spin on this longstanding trend and can really help to accentuate the effect your sugar flowers have been designed to create. You can combine lighter and softer colors for a fresher, more natural look or go for a more elegant style with something darker and a delicate white lace trim.

Depending on your preference, sugar flowers can be made from either fondant, sugar paste or buttercream so you can be sure that they’ll taste as good as they look!

Naked Cake

Also known as a deconstructed cake, a naked wedding cake is one with none or very little icing (those which are iced tend to just be decorated with a thin layer of buttercream instead of the usual rich spread of fondant) so you’re able to see right through to the layers’ underneath.

Deciding on such a simple form for your cake will award your wedding with a real rustic, homely feel making it perfect for a smaller, more intimate wedding or one that’s being hosted out in the country.

Incorporating a seasonal fruit (either as a flavour or a delicious decoration) is a great way to give the cake a fresh spin and you could even colour the dough to help coordinate it with your theme or vary the size of each tier for an impressive visual effect.

Drip Cake

To create the desired drip effect, your choice of topping will be artfully drizzled all around the side of your wedding cake.

Although it might sound as though it’d look quite messy and unappealing, the fact that the drips are a different colour to the rest of your cake and will by nature each vary in length, will create an interesting visual contrast that’s sure to leave everyone’s mouth watering.

For a rich, decadent look you could choose either silky chocolate ganache (in either milk or dark) or gooey salted caramel and incorporate a fruit like lovely sweet strawberries.

White chocolate on the other hand, is great for those who’ve decided on some kind of effect for the rest of their cake like a bright fondant or a sugar flower bouquet that they don’t want the drip effect to override. White chocolate is light enough to let everything else shine whilst still being an incredibly delicious presence.

Cake Bar

Why just stop at one type of cake? Having a whole different sweet selection is an excellent alternative to a traditional wedding cake.

A variety of single tiered cakes, cupcakes, cake pops and macaroons are all very popular choices but you and your partner are free to mix it up anyway you like with the size, type and flavors of the cakes so everything is best suited to your individual tastes.

It’s also an excellent option for larger weddings or those with a lot of children in attendance as every guest is bound to find something they’ll enjoy.