This may alarm some people, but there will be no cake at our wedding.
I repeat, no cake at our wedding.
If you want cake, stop at a bakery on your way down and enjoy. We won’t judge you!
I stress this issue because, of all the decisions we’ve made so far, this one has received the strongest reaction from friends and family. The conversation usually goes something like this:
Them: So where are you ordering your cake from?
Us: We’re actually not having a wedding cake.
Them: Ooooh, you’re doing cupcakes! That’s so cute! I was at [insert random name here]’s wedding and they did cupcakes and they were sooooo delicious.
Us: No, we’re not doing cupcakes either…we’re having pie!
Them: Pie? What? I don’t understand…
Us: You know…round…delicious fruit fillings…pie…
Them: But what will you cut?! How will that work?!
I totally understand that this is not the most conventional decision (it’s also not the strangest…I’ve definitely heard stranger things…it’s not like releasing doves or butterflies is a particularly normal practice, but people do it!), but it was a really easy one for us. Mr. O and I just aren’t big cake people. I feel like I can always taste when a cake has been frozen or refrigerated, and I know that there’s no way to do a giant wedding cake without that happening. I also just cannot get over the price. My Aunt Diane makes outstanding and legendary cakes for events, but she doesn’t feel compelled to charge hundreds of dollars and I have yet to taste cake anywhere near as good as hers around here.
Plus, pie displays are SO adorable. I’ve made plenty of cake plates in the past, so now I can make them and use them for pies instead. After, we can give them away to guests and family members who have gone above and beyond for us. I like the idea that our friends and family can take pieces of our wedding day home with them to be re-purposed in their own day-to-day lives.
Could this pie table be any sweeter?? / Image via Jared Wilson Photography
I love bunting! / Image via Events to a T
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Pie cutting is just as adorable as cake cutting! Image via The Knot / Photo by Quincy Banks
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Another lovely display! / Image via Events to a T
You better believe we’re going to have fun flags/labels for our pie table! / Photo by Jane Hardy Photography
What a pretty fall setup! / Image via Pieceful Weddings
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Image via Pieceful Weddings
Aren’t they to die for? I love them! If only I could figure out a classy way to serve the pies a la mode! I’m open to ideas!
Besides simply serving yummy pies, Mr. O and I are very excited for the dessert part of the evening because it will allow us to visit with our guests. You see, we decided long ago that we weren’t going to take any chances about getting to say thank you personally to all of our guests for coming out on our special day, so we’re going to serve the pie to each and every of our 150 friends and family members in attendance ourselves. We think it’ll be a really nice and fun way to mingle and say hi. Mr. Orchard’s wonderful family was even kind enough to help us with the aprons we’re planning on wearing for the pie-distributing portion of our evening. My beautiful apron is going to be especially meaningful because it is being made from a pinafore that belonged to Mr. Orchard’s late grandmother. I was so touched when Mama E offered it up to me that I could barely speak. His Aunt M will be putting her capable and crafty touch on it, and I can’t wait to see and share the final product!
Anyone else doing a “nontraditional” dessert? Are you doing anything unique to connect with your guests? And what’s your favorite type of pie? Inquiring minds want to know—but speak now or forever hold you peace. (Or should I say piece?! I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist!)