It takes Megan Nelson three days to create a wedding cake, and only half an hour for guests to eat it.

But Nelson, who owns Cakes By Meg and will be at Vancouver’s 30th annual Wedding Fair this weekend, said the cake is more than just dessert — it should be a piece of art.

“The cake should stand out and reflect the couple,” Nelson said, adding that this year bold colours, sparkle and graphic textures are all the rage.

She said many couples are also opting for cupcakes — stacked to look like a tiered cake — which can be mixed and matched with different flavours and icing colours.

“They’re a little less expensive, you can make them fun, and people can just come up and grab one.”

Another trend, Nelson said, is to use small wedding cakes as centrepieces.

Fruit butter creams, like passionfruit, strawberry and raspberry, are also a popular alternative to vanilla or chocolate.

The 30th annual Wedding Fair, which runs Saturday and Sunday at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, is expected to attract 7,000 to 10,000 visitors.

More than 150 vendors will be showcasing the latest trends in makeup, honeymoon destinations, décor, and health and beauty products.

There will also be representatives from fitness boot camps, cosmetic dentistry offices and portable toilet companies.

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