The whole purpose of your wedding planning budget is so that you don’t fall into the trap of overindulgence in the areas that are completely unnecessary. This is your big day, so of course you want it to be as special as possible, but the point of your budget is to spend on the important parts and cut back on those which you can do without (while still creating a beautiful wedding and reception).
There are two common expenses that often dig into the wedding budget much deeper than it had to. Those two things are wedding favors and the wedding cake.
When your guests arrive to witness your special day, they show up to celebrate your love with you and congratulate you. It’s ok if they don’t leave with high priced bottle of wine or some other type of gift that they actually don’t even want. While it’s a thoughtful gesture, it is really necessary and can take a big bite out of the wedding planning budget.
If you insist on having 3 or 4 tiers, then why not save money by having false centers or even filling it with flowers that match your wedding decor. It would still look beautiful, you wouldn’t waste food, and you still can fit a big cake into the budget.