So having worked at a bakery for 2 1/2 years in college, I have a great respect for people who create cakes, the time and effort that goes into an edible piece of art is ridiculous!
I knew a while ago (probably while working at the bakery) that I had to have a pumpkin chocolate chip cake... one of our specialties! And since I want to get married in the fall... I figured how perfect!
Let me define my definition of Traditional and Non-Traditional cakes.... Traditional- multi tier, lots of elaborate decor, flowers.... Non-traditional- Maybe a small "traditional" cake for Jeremy and I. A small 2 tier cake made just for him and I. Then serving multi flavored cupcakes, or homemade pies, ice cream.....
Traditional Cake Pros: 1. it's pretty :-) 2. It's what people expect when they arrive at the reception 3. It's "tradition"
Traditional Cake Cons: 1. Freakin' expensive!!! 2. Their can be a lot left over... especially with an odd flavor like pumpkin 3. Most have fondant... I HATE fondant, it taste nasty
Non-Traditional Cake Pros: 1. Less expensive 2. our family and friends will feel special if they get to contribute a goodie! 3. I always like going to potluck meals and getting a plate of different desserts... 4. People have options, if they don't like pumpkin they can have something else
Non-Traditional Cake Cons: 1. People won't have a giant cake to oooh and aahh over 2. Some stress of the people that will contribute a special goodie