Why You Should Break It: “You should have a dessert that represents you and your partner,” says Heather Christo, a cook and entertaining expert based in Seattle, WA. “So while it could be a cake, it could also be cupcakes, pies, or a dessert buffet.” She’s done a wedding where she served ice cream cones in place of the cake. At Christo’s own wedding, she had a traditional Italian pastry with cream and strawberries. If you’re trying to save cash, a cupcake may cost half as much as a slice of wedding cake, eliminates cake cutting costs, and makes for beautiful table display. “If you’d like to follow the tradition of cutting the cake as a couple, you can opt for a smaller, two-tiered cake and order a variety of cupcake flavors for your guests to choose from,” says Kylie Visconti, a wedding cake decorator at Pascale’s Bakehouse and Café in Fayetteville, New York.