TIERS OF JOY
Anyone planning a wedding knows how expensive it can be. The national average cost is more than $30,000, according to the latest annual survey by The Knot. And the cake -- would you believe? -- adds a thick $575 slice to the bottom line. In a large city, what passes as a moderately priced custom creation can easily reach four figures. What's the frugal alternative for the happy couple? A DIY wedding cake.