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You have put so much thought and effort into your wedding cake design and flavours. The last thing you want is a boring or unattractive cake stand.

Some wedding cake designers offer wedding cake stands for hire with their packages. But, if you don’t have that option or like their offering what are your alternatives? In this article, I am going to share some ingenuous, unique and totally attainable wedding cake stand ideas.

Whether you have a budget for an extravagant stand or are looking for a free stand for your cake. I have you covered!

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Joshua Rhys Photography Photo: Joshua Rhys Photography via Old Barn Wedding

 

Cake Stand Must-Haves

Before we dive in, let’s get practical. What qualities do you actually need from a cake stand before you make your choice?

There is no point in having the prettiest stand in the world, only for it to collapse and mean your cake is destroyed. You will also want it at the correct height so everyone can see it beautifully against any surroundings.

Plus, this is a top must-have. A cake stand must be hygienic! It could be that you have a simple cake board beneath your cake, before placing it on your dream cake stand for example.

 

Cake Stand Essentials

  • Height
  • Stability
  • Hygienic


 

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Gorgeous Wedding Cake Stand Ideas

1. Log Slice

A cult classic, the log slice has been a go-to for rustic weddings globally. Whether you pick up a free log slice from a tree surgeon or buy one, there is a lot of choice.

Wedding Cake Stands Ideas Log Slice Photography34 Photo: Photography34 via North Yorkshire Barn Wedding

 

2. Raised Log Slice

Elevate your log slice stand to add more height with sweet legs.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Raised Log Slice Grace Elizabeth Photography Photo: Grace Elizabeth Photography via Iridescent Sequin Wedding Dress

 

3. Wire Stand

Wire stands are great as you can see through them to give the effect of more space. Plus you can get one in an array of colours and heights.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Wire Kerry Diamond Photography Photo: Kerry Diamond Photography via Boho Greenery Barn Wedding

 

4. Plate

Go simple and chic with a plate cake stand. You may have a special plate you can use or your venue could lend, alternatively source your own to keep post-wedding too.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Plate Gem Hicks Photography Photo: Gem Hicks Photography via Apricot Wedding Ideas

 

5. Bowl Stand

For smaller cakes consider a dipped bowl-like cake stand.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Bowl Gem Hicks Photography Photo: Gem Hicks Photography via Apricot Wedding Ideas

 

6. Flower Installation

OK, perhaps not technically a cake stand, but these epic flowers create an illusion of a special stand.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Flowers Gem Hicks Photography Photo: Gem Hicks Photography via Apricot Wedding Ideas

 

7. Wooden Box

Make or buy a specially crafted wooden box stand. The great thing about a box stand is it has a multitude of uses after the big day too.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Wooden Box Natalie Coultas Photography Photo: Natalie Coultas Photography via Love Shack Wedding

 

8. Metal Hoop

Hoop cake backdrops with integrated stands have become very popular. They add the wow-factor to simple cake creations to become a real centrepiece.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Metal Hoop EKR Pictures Photo: EKR Pictures via Bohemian Luxe Wedding Ideas

 

9. Flower Moongate

One for flower lovers is the magnificent flower moon gate cake backdrop. If you are green-fingered you may just be able to recreate yourself or ask your wedding florist to put one together for you.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Moon Gate Flowers Captured by Katrina Photography Photo: Captured by Katrina via Ultra Violet Wedding Ideas

 

10. Doughnut Wall

If you are having a doughnut wedding cake rather than a traditional tiered cake, a donut wall is for you!

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Donut Wall Rebecca Carpenter Photography Photo: Rebecca Carpenter Photography via Hoop Decor Wedding Ideas

 

11. Log Slice Stand Tier

For a log slice stand on another level, quite literally, make or buy a tiered number!

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Log Slice katmervynphotography Photo: Kat Mervyn via Whimsical Boho Woodland Wedding

 

12. Wire Cupcake

For cupcakes, what better way to display them than with a wire cupcake holder?

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Wire Cupcake Patrick Partridge Photography Photo: Patrick Partridge Photography via Fairoaks Wedding

 

13. Cake Board

Cake boards are cheap and readily available. Perfect for simple and chic cake tables.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Cardboard Louise Barry Photographer Photo: Louise Barry Photographer via Pumping House Ollerton Wedding

 

14. Pampas Grass Hoop

Rather than using flowers, hop on the pampas grass trend for a stylish way to amp up your cake stand.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Pampas Grass Hoop Daniel Ackerley Photography Photo: Daniel Ackerley Photography via Chippenham Park Wedding

 

15. Tree Stump

Use what you already have! Scout your venue for a tree stump which may just make the perfect spot for your cake.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Tree Stump Vicky Plum Photography Photo: Vicky Plum Photography via Pet Wedding Ideas

 

16. Stool or Side Table

Furniture can be a great option to use for a cake stand, stools or side tables are ideal. Look in charity shops or at car boot sales for bargains.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Stool Side Table Lola Rose Photography Photo: Lola Rose Photography via Beach Boho Wedding

 

17. Hamper Basket

Buy yourself a hamper basket to use for a natural boho cake setting. Imagine those newlywed picnics too!

Wedding Cake Stand Idea Basket Hamper Holly Rose Stones Photo: Holly Rose Stones via Naked Tipi Wedding Ideas

 

18. Acrylic Pillars

Acrylic cake stands can make for a really modern and cool style.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Acrylic Pillars Sam Sparks Photography Photo: Sam Sparks Photography via Industrial Wedding Ideas

 

19. Wooden Pillars

Put together some tall wooden pillars for a spectacular reception room centrepiece.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Wooden Pillars Oilvejoy Photography Photo: Oilvejoy Photography via Elopement Wedding Ideas

 

20. Cake Swing

Cake swings can look amazing! Be sure to find a safe, stable spot for yours. Some stands you can buy have a base attached, or you could hang to a tree for a nature-inspired cake stand.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Swing Liz Baker Fine Art Photography Photo: Liz Baker Fine Art Photography via Brympton House Wedding Ideas

 

21. Macrame

Macrame is the go-to for bohemian weddings. Add macrame hangings from your cake stand or embellish your cake with one.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Macrame Tom Jeavons Photography Photo: Tom Jeavons Photography via Woods Wedding

 

22. Silverware

Silver cake stands are going to be expensive. So it’s best to hire, buy or borrow from your venue!

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Silverware Kerry Ann Duffy Photo: Kerry Ann Duffy via Greatest Showman Wedding

 

23. Glass

Glass is a classic cake stand idea, simple and elegant.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Glass Thyme Lane Photography Photo: Thyme Lane Photography via Northamptonshire Barn Wedding

 

24. Wardrobe

Create a Narnia-inspired cake stand by hiding your cake in a cupboard or wardrobe.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Wardrobe Laura Coughlan Photo: Laura Coughlan via Silver and Blue Wedding

 

25. Velvet Chair

If you have an attractive velvet chair at home, why not bring it along to use as your stand?

Wedding Cake Stand Chair Idea Steph Kiely Photography Photo: Steph Kiely Photography via Purple Winter Wedding Ideas

 

26. Suitcases

Vintage suitcases stacked up can look really beautiful, especially when surrounded by flowers.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Suitcases Nicola Dawson Photography Photo: Nicola Dawson Photography via Great Comp Garden Wedding

 

27. Garden Wall

Scout your venue for a rustic garden wall to use to display your cake.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Wall Andrea Federica Photo: Andrea & Federica via Italian Villa Wedding

 

28. Metal-Topped Table

Find a cute metal or ornated table top for a stand-out cake display.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Metal Table Top Gina Fernandes Photography Photo: Gina Fernandes Photography via Navy Gold Wedding Ideas

 

29. Tall Metal

Tall metal cake pillars really allow a cake design to shine.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Tall Metal Sugarbird Photography Photo: Sugarbird Photography via Cherry Blossom Wedding Ideas

 

30. Chest Of Drawers

Upcycle an old chest of drawers to use as a stand. Keep drawers open to allow for additional decor too.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Chest Drawers Stephanie Dreams Photography Photo: Stephanie Dreams Photography via Woodland Wedding Inspiration

 

31. Wooden Hexagon

Hexagon cake stands can add an extra modern element to a cake display.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Wooden Hexagon Indigo and Violet Photography Photo: Indigo and Violet Photography via Autumn Festival Wedding Ideas

 

32. Books

Pile up your favourite books for a literature look. If you are looking for more stability, you could source old books and glue them together.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Books Sanshine Photography Photo: Sanshine Photography via Tortworth Court Wedding

 

33. Dressing Table

Perhaps you have a beautiful dressing table? Use it to full effect with the mirror reflecting light and creating a sense of space.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Dressing Table Katherine Ashdown Photography Photo: Katherine Ashdown Photography via Barnston Lodge Wedding

 

34. Metal Tray

Metal trays as cake stands are not only pretty but may just make a cake easier to transport.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Metal Tray Honey and The Moon Photography Photo: Honey and the Moon Photography via Titchwell Manor Wedding

 

35. Marble

Marble effect worktops have been huge in kitchen designs, so marble-style cake stands are sure to look the part.

Wedding Cake Stands Marble Gold Aurora Grey Photography Photo: Aurora Grey Photography via Modern Pink Wedding Ideas

 

36. Clear Box With Flowers

Using a clear box as a cake stand is ingenuous as you can display decor underneath your cake too!

Wedding Cake Stand Clear Box Flowers HBA Photography Photo: HBA Photography via Dunchurch Park Hotel Wedding

 

37. Wooden Barrel

Perfect to hire, a rustic wooden barrel ideal to use as a cake stand.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Wooden Barrel Wyldbee Photo: Wyldbee Photography via Elford Hall Garden Wedding

 

38. Wooden Chopping Board

A wooden board can be a perfect cake stand, especially a bespoke customised board.

Wedding Cake Stand Idesa Chopping Board Sasha Lee Photography Photo: Sasha Lee Photography via Hide Sheffield Wedding

 

39. Black

Black cake stands look chic, especially with dark and moody colour schemes.

Black Cake Stand Wedding Ideas Becky Wright Photo: Becky Wright Wedding Photography via Non-Traditional Wedding Ideas

 

40. Custom Crate

Commission a custom crate wedding cake stand, or find a free crate and personalise yourself.

Wedding Cake Stand Custom Crate Gemma Giorgio Photography Photo: Gemma Giorgio via Cream & Blush Wedding

 

41. Metallic

Metallic cake stands will work well with most colour schemes and add a touch of glam.

Wedding Cake Stand Metallic Idea Photography By Petrina Photo: Photography By Petrina via Moon Wedding Ideas

 

42. Rattan Place Mats

Use rattan place mats or buy a rattan cake stand for a boho beautiful style.

Rattan Mat Cake Stand Wedding Ideas Helen Rose Photography Photo: Helen Rose Photography via Dusky Pink Taupe Wedding

 

43. Branches

For something a little different, a branch cake stand may be just perfect for you!

Cake Stand Branches Wedding Inspiration Joasis Photography Photo: Joasis Photography via Snow White Wedding Inspiration

 

44. Mirror

A mirrored cake stand is a classically beautiful way to hold a cake, plus it will reflect evening lighting wonderfully.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideas Mirror Elena Popa Photography Photo: Elena Popa via Greece Destination Wedding

 

45. Bell Jar or Dome

Glass bell or dome cake stands look stunning and will protect a cake too.

Wedding Cake Stand Ideal Bell Jar Margherita Calati Photography Photo: Margherita Calati Photography via Greenery Lake Como Wedding

 

46. Peacock Chair

Peacock chairs have been really popular at weddings of late and make for a striking stand idea.

Wedding Cake Stand Idea Peacock Chair Storyteller Photography Photo: Storyteller Photography via Garden Greenery Wedding Ideas

 

47. Lego

Lego fan? Why not build your own cake stand from Lego?

Wedding Cake Stand Idea Lego Honey and The Moon Photography Photo: Honey and the Moon Photography via Alternative Lego Wedding

 

48. Slate

Slate is a beautiful keep-sake wedding cake stand option. Plus you can write on them with chalk which is ideal for cake labels.

Wedding Cake Stand Idea Chantal Lachance Gibson Photography Photo: Chantal Lachance Gibson Photography via Scottish Wilderness Wedding Ideas

 

49. Milk Churn

Milk churns are a fun way to display a cake creation.

Wedding Cake Stand Idea Milk Churn Tora Baker Photography Photo: Tora Baker Photography via Celestial Cowshed Wedding

 

50. Wooden Ladder

Get yourself a wooden ladder or two to create a bespoke shelf cake stand.

Wooden Ladder Cake Stand Idea Lorena Erre Photo: Lorena Erre via Mountain Wedding Spain

 

51. Cable Reel

A cable reel can make for a really special wedding cake stand with all the rustic vibes.

Wedding Cake Stand Cable Reel Kazooieloki Photography Photo: Kazooieloki Photography via Rustic Farm Barn DIY Wedding

 

What Can I Use As A Wedding Cake Stand?

There are so many ways to display and hold a wedding cake. Here are some unique and fun ideas:

Is A Wedding Cake Stand Necessary?

A wedding cake will need to be placed on at least a cake board for hygiene reasons. But beyond a cake board, a cake stand is not necessary.

You could simply pop your cake on a table. However, if you’d like to create a centrepiece to your reception room and add height, a cake stand is a great idea.

Should A Wedding Cake Stand Be Bigger Than The Cake?

Yes, a wedding cake base or stand needs to be bigger than the cake itself. It doesn’t need to be vastly bigger, but it should never be smaller as the cake could get damaged.

 

So there we have it, you now know what attributes your cake stand needs to have. Plus you have tons of cake stand ideas and answers to your burning cake display questions! Yay.


 

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