I know! All the elaborate glamour and intricate detailed design that each bride desires without the $7 (or more!) per slice cost! For the couples who do want some real cake to cut into, you can always have the bottom layer be real cake and the rest be faux cake. This article goes more into depth of the faux cake options, pro's, and con's. My advice would be to look at your budget and determine as a couple what aspects of the wedding are most important to both of you. If displaying a huge, real cake is not one of the priorities, faux cakes are a great option both financially and style-wise. I've found a few pictures of faux cakes to display the awesomeness. Enjoy!
The beginnings of a DIY faux cake. Source
The finished product! Source