Ideas for Decorating a Wedding Cake Table

Written by vera leigh
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As its name implies, the wedding cake table displays your wedding cake. So, keep it that way. The focal point is the wedding cake. Anything else on the table should complement the cake, not distract from it. To make sure your cake stays front and centre at your reception cake table, adorn the table with elegant, beautiful additions such as flowers, artwork and vintage plates. Focus on the subtle and the simple.

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Group wide glass vases of simple flowers, such as roses or daises, and scatter them on the table. Do not be afraid to place your cake off-centre and to use the remaining space to decorate with flowers and plates. Forever Wed also offers this flower tip: "To dress up the table itself, you can scatter rose petals around it."


Vintage china is an elegant and charming way to bring a subtle decoration to your cake table. Dessert plates are never out of place on a cake table, and vintage china simply adds an understated elegance. Stack dishes in small piles, and place vintage silver forks on silver platters lined with vintage linens.


A wedding can never have enough candles. They add a romantic glow and will make your cake sparkle if it has any kind of jewels on it. Place votives in groups around the cake stand. Consider silver candelabra. Experiment with candles of varying heights.


Add romance to your cake table with a few simple pieces of artwork. Oil reproductions of classic lovers, angels and impressionist landscapes are great examples. Make sure the reproductions are miniature versions, and set them on wooden plate stands surrounding the cake.

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The cake table is a great space to display photos. Use a variety of silver or vintage frames. Collect old photos of the bride's parents, the groom's parents, any siblings and their spouses---and, of course, the bride and groom. Experiment with coloured photos and black and white. One artsy way to try this is to reprint all of the photos except the one of the bride and groom in black and white. The bride and groom's photo can be slightly larger and in full colour. Another idea is to sprinkle custom photo confetti on the table.

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