If you’ve decided to serve a cake at your wedding, one of those tiny-yet-crucial details is deciding what type of display it will sit on. After all, your wedding cake has the potential to be one of your reception’s most eye-catching features!
Setting up your cake display table requires a bit of thought, as you consider the type of table or structure that will serve as the base. Also, research ahead and consider the style of cake stand or plate your wedding day treat will sit on.
We spoke with two wedding cake experts to learn more about selecting the ideal stand for your wedding cake. Below, find helpful tips and tricks to find the best cake stand to hold your wedding cake and match your overall aesthetic.
Select the Right Size
The most critical step in selecting the correct cake stand is to first assess the size of your wedding cake. Ashley Lattier, owner of Ashley Cakes, emphasizes the importance of never using a stand with a too-small diameter. Always choose a cake stand that is bigger in diameter than your cake. For example, if the cake drum or board at the base of your wedding cake is 10 inches in diameter, you’ll need a cake stand that is 10 inches or 12 inches in diameter to ensure there is enough area. The last thing you want to do is choose a cake stand that is too tiny for the occasion. Your cake will be wobbly if it has an overhang on the stand.
Nicole Redd-McIntosh, proprietor of Nicole Bakes Cakes, believes that the weight of the cake stand should also be considered. “Be certain that your cake stand has some weight to it. Wedding cakes are heavy, so you want to make sure the stand will hold the weight of the cake and is not flimsy,” she says.
Consider Shape and Material
When you’ve determined the ideal cake stand size with your baker, consider form and aesthetics. What would the cake stand look like with your cake? And how will it appear at your venue and how will it complement your overall wedding design? The most popular cake stand form, according to Redd-McIntosh, is a pedestal cake stand. “They will elevate your cake while still being clean and traditional in appearance,” she explains. Solid hues like black, white, transparent, metallic, or wood are all excellent choices.
If you don’t wish to add even more height to your display, especially if you have a four-tier or five-tiered cake, consider a cake plate instead. “Classic silver and gold plateaus are very elegant and timeless,” Lattier explains.
Consider other cake table design aspects when selecting a cake stand form and material. If you’re planning to deck out the table in florals or include textiles or candles, you may want a simpler cake stand.
Think Outside the Box
If you want to go with a more distinctive alternative, don’t be hesitant to look into it! Redd-McIntosh says using a clear floating pillar or even hanging your cake from the ceiling are all achievable options. Just verify with your cake maker to ensure that the idea will work while keeping your cake safe. “You want your stand to draw attention to your cake or to act as a ‘frame’ for your cake. “Make sure the stand complements the theme of your wedding,” she advises.
Where to Find Wedding Cake Stands
After you’ve settled on the appropriate style, size, material, and color for your cake stand, it’s time to find it! Fortunately, there are several places to search. “Most bakeries will have a selection of stands to rent, but you can also find some unique things on places like Etsy,” says Lattier. “We have also had clients use heirloom cake stands that have been passed down in their family for years, so don’t forget to check with grandma to see if she has something special to use!”
When buying a cake stand, double-check with your baker. They may have a specific type of stand they always use for their custom cakes.
Redd-McIntosh recommends shopping at Home Goods and Crate & Barrel. She says Home Goods may require a bit more hunting, but you’re likely to find great options there. She also recommends the internet site Prop Choices for one-of-a-kind stands. “They ship very quickly, and I am infatuated with all of their stands,” she says.
Finally, it’s all about collaborating with your baker to discover the finest solution for safely and elegantly displaying a lovely cake on your wedding day.
Wedding Cake Stands to Consider
Black Pedestal Cake Stand
This sleek and contemporary black melamine cake stand is ideal for a range of wedding themes. It’s 11.5-inches, giving plenty of room for a wedding cake with a 10-inch tier as the base.
Gold Geometric Cake Stand
Do you want to go for a glam or bohemian look? Choose a unique look with this attractive gold geometric design. It’s incredibly strong and sturdy, and you can choose from three different sizes for the best fit.
Walnut Cake Stand
This cake stand is a great fit for a rustic or garden-style wedding, and it would be even more beautiful surrounded by fresh flowers. It is made of walnut and comes in four distinct sizes.
Clear Glass Cake Stand
Use clear glass for a classic look. The ridged edge detailing dresses up the design of this 12 1/4-inch cake stand to make it entirely wedding-worthy.
White Ceramic Pedestal Cake Stand
A traditional white pedestal stand will keep things simple. This porcelain option is 11.5-inches, making it the perfect fit for many wedding cakes.
Marble Cake Stand
Marble will enhance the appearance of your cake table. This stunning stone cake stand is 12 1/2-inches, or you can opt for a smaller version if you’re planning to serve a mini single-tiered cake.