Displaying your Wedding Cake

Bride and Groom cutting the cake

Bride and Groom cutting the cake

The decoration of your wedding cake table is a personal choice. Lots of couples choose a traditional white cloth and cutting knife, but you can be as elaborate as you wish as lots of guests will want to take a photo of the cake, as well as the moment when it is cut. Co-ordinate the cake table to your colour theme by having iced or floral decoration on the cake itself, choosing a coloured cloth instead of white, scattering petals or confetti, or adding floral details to the cake table. A cake stand will elevate it, which may be a better option for a smaller cake as a tall multi-layered one could be a little unstable, but your wedding cake should be professionally stacked so don’t worry about this too much; your cake maker will have done this lots of times.

Ask at your venue if there is a choice of stand available, usually gold or silver, and more importantly ask them to ensure that it is clean and sparkling on the day. If you want to have the wedding cake raised up, but don’t want to see the metal stand, it can be covered with a serving cloth which drapes down onto the table, giving a lovely ruffle effect. Floral arrangements are popular for the wedding cake table, so speak to your florist or look online for some ideas, but make sure that the arrangements do not detract too much from the cake itself. You could also tie the floral theme in to the decorations on your gift table, which is set up for guests to leave their cards and gifts all in one place. If you don’t want to have the traditional cake knife, ask at your venue as some will be able to provide a decorative sword for the ‘cutting of the cake’ moment. Whatever you decide, remember that the wedding cake table can be an important and memorable feature of the reception and your guests will be taking photos of it so you will want it to look fabulous.

see also our post on preserving your wedding cake

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