The cake cutting ceremony is one of the most important events at the wedding reception because the cake represents the unity of the couple in their marriage. It is a highly photographed ceremony, and therefore, the cake table must be beautifully decorated and stand in front of an elegant backdrop. A DIY backdrop can add a simple but lovely background to the many pictures that will be taken of the couple before, during and after the cake cutting. The backdrop should be in contrast to the colour of the cake, and should not draw attention away from the couple or the cake.
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Things you need
- Satin fabric
- Curtain rod
- Double-sided tape
- String or icicle lights
Set up the cake table in the preferred location in the wedding reception venue. Ensure it is placed in front of a wall that does not have any important features, such as a set of doors or a fire extinguisher. The last thing needed is to be forced to move the beautiful cake for an emergency, as it could be ruined in the excitement. A plain wall behind the cake table allows for a simple surface to hang a backdrop.
Cover the cake table with a contrasting tablecloth in one of the wedding colours. Consider the colour of the actual cake when choosing the tablecloth. If the cake is white, which is extremely common for weddings, choose one of the darker wedding colours. For example, if the wedding colours are burgundy, silver and white, use a burgundy tablecloth to sit beneath the cake so it will stand out really well. All the guests must be able to see the ceremony from their seats, no matter how far away they are. The stark contrast between the cake and the tablecloth will provide the necessary visual impact.
Measure the wall directly behind the cake table. Hang a piece of satin on the wall, securing it with heavy duty double-sided tape. If the fabric is too heavy, use a curtain rod hung high up on the wall and thread the satin onto it as a curtain would be hung with grommets or a hem. Allow the fabric to gather evenly on the top of the wall so it hangs elegantly down behind the table. The rich satin fabric will complement the beauty of the cake, but not overpower it. It will also catch the light with all the photographs being taken at the ceremony.
Hang icicle or string lights along the wall, allowing them to drop evenly behind the cake table. Secure the lights with hooks or tape. Consider using a few strings of lights to brighten up the dark satin. The twinkle of the lights against the luxurious fabric will provide a beautiful backdrop for the cake table -- and the installation takes only a few minutes and an extra pair of hands!
Tips and warnings
- An alternative backdrop that is equally beautiful and elegant is the use of tulle. It is inexpensive and can be draped in a variety of ways behind the cake table. It is also light, so it can be hung easily. The lights will look lovely against this fabric as well. A cake with more colour and decoration would look great against a white backdrop, although tulle does come in other colours.
- Do not hang the backdrop over emergency features such as doors or fire extinguishers, as they must be easily accessible in the event of an emergency.
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