Rich bride, poor bride
With the economy in the toilet, only the megarich have the cash for a decadent wedding. Here's how to mimic an over-the-top, $55,000 Saturday-night nuptial with 150 guests for a cool $5,500.
The glamorous cake
A tiered cake from the Cakegirls can be bedecked with sugar roses and hydrangeas in colors to match your flowers. With flavors like vanilla butter cake with mango cream and chocolate fudge cake with praline crunch buttercream, these cakes taste as wonderful as they look. From $975 plus $40 delivery charge; 2207 W Belmont Ave (773-404-3147).
No need to chuck the idea of planting fetching foliage on your dessert. Buy edible crystallized flowers from Sur La Table (755 W North Ave, 312-787-5111; $39.99 for a packet of 25) and recruit friends to sprinkle them on plain iced cupcakes from Creative Cakes, which are just $1.25 each. (16649 Oak Park Ave, unit F, Tinley Park, 708-614-9755).