A wedding cake stand is a literal foundation that your cake stands on—so you want to make sure that you pick something solid and sturdy. Don’t worry, you can also choose one that looks beautiful. Of course, aesthetics and what type of cake you’re having on your big day factor in, too, so you want to choose a wedding cake stand that matches your overall theme and wedding vision.
Your wedding planner and baker are your best resources to help you choose the right stand for your cake. If you’re DIY-ing your wedding cake or cupcakes, you can order a cake stand online or look for a vintage stand at antique stores near you. Here’s a look at the different types of wedding cake stands and how to decide what’s right for your wedding.
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The size and type of wedding cake you’re getting will influence which cake stands you can use. Common types of wedding cakes include:
There are different styles of cake stands. You can choose which one will work for your wedding cake based on the height of your cake and how much it weighs. You should also think about how you want the cake to be displayed (tiered, separate layers on different stands, or floating.)
A cake plate—a display plate or platter generally for one or two-tiered cakes—may be flat or slightly elevated. Cake plates may come in different shapes such as square or round.
A pedestal cake stand is a raised cake stand that can be used for one or multi-tiered cakes. This is a popular choice for wedding cakes as it elevates your cake and creates a beautiful display for your cake/dessert table.
A tiered stand that allows you to display a multi-layer cake with “pillars” in-between the layers. (Think of them like columns holding up a structure such as the Pantheon.) If you like this look, work with an experienced baker, as it’s more involved to “balance” than some of the other stands.
Example of a pillared stand: On Etsy.com
If you want to create a stunning display for your cake/dessert table, consider a floating cake stand. A floating cake stand, which utilizes a cake spacer placed between two tiers of cake, gives the impression that layers of your cake are “floating.”
Example of a floating stand: On TheCakeDecoratingCompany.co.uk
Cake stands are available in a variety of materials. Pick a cake stand that aligns well with your wedding theme and aesthetic.
A reputable banker who has experience with wedding cakes should be able to advise you on which type of cake stand you’ll need. Some points you may want to discuss with them include the following:
The wedding cake baker is the best resource for what size cake stand plate or base, you’ll need. Follow these general guidelines to give you a better idea of what to expect.
Pro tip: The plate of your cake stand should always be larger than the size of your cake’s base layer.