Piece of Cake: Tips to Help You Create the Ultimate Wedding Cake Display
Your wedding cake will be one of the highlights of the occasion. After all, who doesn’t get excited about a piece of cake? So, after months of planning, browsing Pinterest, tasting recipes and fantasizing, you’ve finally settled for the perfect cake for your wedding. You’ve made sure that your cake looks perfect for photos and is mouthwateringly delicious. But this is only half of the work around a wedding cake.
To impress your guests, not only do you have to make sure that your cake tastes good, but you also need to display it in a way that sticks with them. Don’t pay a lot of money for a gorgeous cake only to have it sink into the back of the room. This will be the most expensive and important cake you’ll buy in your life so make sure you show it off with a stunning display. Here are some tips that can help you design a cake display that will wow guests and beautifully dominate your wedding photos.
Place the Cake Front and Centre
You want to share the cake with your guests not make them hunt for it, right? Ideally, you should place the cake table at a spot in the venue where every guest can easily access. A good location for your cake display would be near the entrance of the venue where guests can appreciate it the minute they walk in. You can also place it close to the dance floor, but not too close so that some overly enthusiastic dancing guest accidentally shoves it over. Both the entrance and near the dance floor are great locations but don’t forget to make sure to accentuate the cake display with some great lighting. This way, you won’t have to move the table to a more central position when it’s time to do the cake cutting.
Make It Stand Out
Of course, you can’t just drop the cake in the middle of the table. You will need to raise it so that it can stand out better. To do so, you need to find a beautiful cake holder. There are many cake holders to choose from, which means you can easily find something that complements your cake and wedding theme. For instance, if you have a vintage style wedding, you can go for a cake holder lined with delicate and romantic lace. On the other hand, if you want something minimal and elegant that won’t draw the eyes away from the gorgeous cake, you can always opt for a sleek glass stand.
Besides picking a suitable design, you also need to consider the size of the cake display stand. Make sure that it can fit the entire cake and support its weight. Ideally, it’s recommended to first choose your cake stand and give it to your cake maker so that they can create a suitable-sized cake. You can also opt for a holder with multiple tiers if that’s what you desire. The height of the cake stand is also important. A tall pedestal cake stand will add height and drama to the whole display.
Add Some Lovely Table Decor
You can’t just let your cake sit like that on the table with nothing surrounding it. It will look lonely. Adding some décor around it can make it look more alive. A great idea for cake table décor is adding other, smaller types of desserts. Cupcakes, muffins, fruit, candies and cookies with colours and designs that complement the cake will give the table some interesting variety. Plus, your guests can serve themselves with something sweet even before it’s time for the cake cutting.
If you love to have lots of floral arrangements as décor in the venue, you can place some on the cake table as well. Just make sure that they don’t overshadow your cake – you still want it to be the focal point. If you have a rustic wedding theme, you can surround your wedding cake with bits of foliage, branches, or a small tree log for that “outdoorsy” feel.
As part of your table design, you should also consider the linen that your cake is placed on. Your venue may provide table cloths for the table, but if it’s not something that can fit into the specific look that you want to achieve you can bring your own. Maybe buying custom linens for all the reception tables is out of your budget, but most likely you can afford to buy a specially designed tablecloth for the wedding cake table as it’s only one.
When choosing the right tablecloth make sure to put some thought into the proper contrast. For instance, coloured linens will make your white cake pop as will lighter linens for a dark-coloured cake. Also, the tablecloth should be long enough to reach the floor all around the table.