How to Decorate Wedding Cake Tables

Your wedding cake is the focal point of your reception

By Suzie Faloon

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The wedding cake is the main centerpiece at a wedding reception and a feature of bridal couple portraits. The cake can be a display with tiers, hand-made decorations and flowers, and yards of hand-piped borders and trim. Your cake can cost hundreds of dollars, so make sure it occupies a table that is worthy of such a work of art. Carry the theme of the cake to the tablecloth and other decorations. A well-decorated table will highlight the artistry of the cake.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Purchase a new tablecloth or use an antique crocheted cloth made by a relative to add a sentimental touch.
  • Order fresh or silk flowers and tulle to match the colors on the cake.

Step 1:

Choose a tablecloth that will contrast with the cake color. A second smaller top cloth can be added to match one of the colors on the cake.

Step 2:

Incorporate flowers into the cake table design. Pin single blossoms or a garland of matching fresh or silk flowers to the skirt of the tablecloth around the outer edge of the table.

Step 3:

Drape swags of tulle fabric around the table for a soft effect. Flower blossoms can be set into the gentle folds of the draped cloth to add a romantic feel to the table setting. Attach ribbon bows at each peak in the draped cloth.

Step 4:

Tie small fresh or silk floral stems to the handles of the cake knife and server with 1/4-inch satin ribbon. Add a small, fluffy bow to secure the flower to the handle. Set a pair of champagne flutes or wine goblets at one side of the table.

Step 5:

Place a set of candlesticks on the table at either side of the wedding cake. The cake napkins can be artistically displayed in front or at the side of the cake.

Step 6:

Sprinkle silk or fresh flower petals on the wedding cake table around the base of the cake. You can lay pieces of leather leaf or ferns on the table and set the cake plate on them for a different look.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Set lit candles at a distance from the cake. Be aware of the position of the candles and flames if the bride wears her veil when cutting the cake.

About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a floral designer and a freelance writer.

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