How to Place the Cake at Your Wedding Reception
Give your cake a starring role
By Glyn Sheridan
The wedding cake is the guest of honor at the reception, and it deserves a place of prominence that will allow the wedding guests to view it in all its delicious glory. Traditionally, the wedding cake sits on a table all by itself with only complementary design elements, used sparingly, to enhance the display. When placing your wedding cake, table arrangement, table covering and cake height all add to the visual impact.
- What You Need to Know
- Check in with your reception venue in advance for recommendations on cake table placement. They host events all the time and can let you know what has worked best (and not so well) for previous brides.
- Reserve a low-traffic area, away from the dance floor, for your wedding cake.
Lay the foundation for your cake by choosing a solid table. Check the legs to make sure they are sturdy. Professional cake decorators may provide their own cake table, since a large stacked or tiered wedding cake is very heavy. A table not much larger than the cake will draw attention to the wedding cake.
Place the cake table where it is highly visible but away from traffic. This is usually at one side of the reception area where no one is likely to bump it. A table on wheels can sit safely at the edge of the room until the bride and groom are ready for the ceremonial cutting of the cake.
Cover the cake table with a cloth that complements the cake. A plain tablecloth will not detract from the wedding cake design. The fabric should be long enough to reach the floor on all sides, and if there is excess fabric, tuck it gracefully beneath the table for safety.
Decorate the wedding cake table with floral arrangements that match the bride's bouquet or sprinkle individual flower petals over the tablecloth. The idea is to complement the cake and not draw attention away from it, so keep the decorations subtle.
Create an elevated display on the cake table by placing a sturdy form on the tabletop and covering it with a cloth that matches the tablecloth. This adds height and visual impact to a small wedding cake. Tall cake stands in polished silver or a cake fountain serve the same purpose and add elegance to the cake display.
Illuminate the cake, if desired, by placing small battery-operated accent lights on the outer edge of the table, facing the cake. Camouflage the lights in small floral displays. Position them far enough away from the cake to cast only gentle light and to prevent melting the icing.
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Glyn Sheridan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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