When it comes to your wedding cuisine, most brides and grooms rightfully focus on the preferences and restrictions of their guests. Typically, this is the reason there are stereotypical food selections for a reception: a red-meat dish, a poultry or fish dish, and a vegetarian option.
While there are definitely ways to get creative with your wedding menu while still satisfying – and wowing! – your friends and family, the culinary zone in which you can really show some personality is with your wedding cake and desserts. Traditional white wedding cakes can sometimes be deemed as “unexciting,” which is why some couples elect to include a "naked" or "semi-naked" confection in their celebration to change things up a bit.
Naked cake designs are adored with very little frosting, leaving the tiers exposed. It gives the dessert an “unpolished” look that so many desire for their rustic or boho-chic events. Semi-naked cakes are slightly more covered with icing, leaving very small windows of uncovered layers throughout the confection. These are the perfect choice for brides and grooms who are designing their wedding around an eclectic or shabby-chic motif – or even, simply, if they aren’t big fans of an overload of frosting.
See examples from real weddings below, and be sure to click on the links below each photo of the couple's naked wedding cake for further wedding inspiration!
Photo by Tine Hoffman for TM Photography; From Real Wedding: An Intimate California Wedding with Natural Elements and Modern Trends
Photo by Vue Photography; From Real Wedding: A Baroque, Autumn Wedding with Deep Wine Tones in North Carolina
Photo by Katie Shuler Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events; From Real Wedding: Rustic-Chic Outdoor Wedding at a Winery in Northern California
Photo by Joe Laurin Photography; From Real Wedding: Simple, Chic Seaside Wedding with a White Palette in Rhode Island
Photo by Maya Myers Photography; Planning & Design by Sterling Engagements; From Real Wedding: A Malibu Wedding with Gorgeous Views of the Santa Monica Mountains
Photo by Christine Bentley Photography; From Real Wedding: A Rustic-Elegant Barn Wedding in Santa Barbara, California
Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios; From Real Wedding: A Rustic, Camp-Themed Outdoor Wedding
Photo by Heather Kincaid; From Real Wedding: Jewish Ceremony + Romantic Fall Reception Décor in Ojai, California
Photo by Vicki Grafton Photography; From Real Wedding: An Australian Couple's Rooftop Destination Wedding in New York City
Photo by Michelle Kyle Photography; From Real Wedding: Contemporary Wedding with Unique Vintage Elements in Long Beach
Photo by M. Hart Photography; Planning & Design by Natalie Sofer Weddings and Events; From Real Wedding: A Magical Wedding Inspired by Old Hollywood in Los Angeles
Photo by Jodee Debes Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events; From Real Wedding: Outdoor Ceremony + Reception with Bright Color Palette at LA Ranch
Photo by Susie & Will Photography; From Real Wedding: A Dreamy Outdoor Wedding with Luxe Décor in Las Vegas