When my cousin was getting married, he asked me to make him a wedding cake. I agreed but after experimenting with fondant and trying to make wedding type cakes, I realized that it was not such a good idea. Since i've never made wedding cakes before, I was scared that something would go wrong. So my mom asked a family friend that happens to be a professional at cake decorating to help me. I learned so much and the cake we made together looked great.
Something that surprise me, is that she does not use fondant at all on most of her cakes. Fondant seems to be too much of a hassle. She uses this vanilla ready-to-whip icing that you can buy at Cash & Carry. The texture of the icing is similar to buttercream but a bit more fluffy. After covering the cake with this icing, she takes a long spatula, dips it in water and then uses it to straighten the frosting. It ends up looking great! That is the main tip i learned from her.
Another thing that I learned is that she almost always uses columns to make the tiered cakes. That is the most stable way to hold the cake. It does leave a space between the cakes, so you will need to fill it in. We put fresh pink roses there. It made the cake look even taller, and its more stable.
So as you can see the cake we made was a four tier cake with different flavors, including fruit, snickers, and others which i cannot remember (those were my favorites). We put a thick dark red ribbon and a thinner pink ribbon above it, and a classical bride and groom topper. I think the cake looked beautiful, and I was amazed at how simple it was to make. For me, the difficulty level of the cake was similar to the difficulty level of some of the birthday cakes I've made that were detailed and time consuming.