The First Look at the Royal Wedding Cake - Lemon and ElderFlower Royal Wedding Cake on an Ornate Golden Cake Stand |

Wedding Cake Stands That Are Pure Wedding Goals

Wedding cake stands are a must-have wedding accessory for cakes big or small—not only do they look beautiful, but they can also elevate your wedding cake into a centerpiece of its own. You’ll probably want to have one as a permanent fixture in your home!

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Vintage Blue Wedding Theme - White and Blue Wedding Cake with Iced Flowers - Ornate Antique Style Silver Wedding Cake Stand - Vintage Silver Cake Stand | above: “Swept Up In His Arms” Wedding Couple FigurineFrosted Sea Blue BottleVintage Inspired Taper Candle Holder, and Silver Plated Stacked Hearts Cake Serving Set

13 of our Favourite Wedding Cake Stands

From floating wedding cakes and upside-down wedding cakes to Beauty and the Beast style bell jars and hanging dessert tables—you don’t want to miss these wedding cake stands.

1) Simple Wedding Cake Stands

A plain, simple, and unadorned cake stand (perhaps made of glass, like these gorgeous glass centrepiece ideas) is far from boring! They’re especially effective if you have a beautiful wedding cake you want to show off without it getting lost beside a more ornate cake stand.

Solavia Personalised Glass Cake Stand Ideas - Wedding Cake with Pink Roses - Simple Cake Stands | above: Glass Cake Stands from Solavia

2) Decorative Wedding Cake Stands

Add some pure wow factor to your wedding with a decorative cake stand. This can be a cake stand decorated with strings of beads or florals or an ornate, shaped cake stand like the one shown below with our lovely pressed glass mason jar favours.

Floral Pressed Glass Mason Jar Favour With Stopper - Autumn Wedding Favour Ideas - Aged Effect Cake Stand | above: Floral Pressed Glass Mason Jar Favour with Stopper 

On the other hand, you can go go all-out and make your wedding cake table itself into a cake stand, like how Sweet Hollywood covered every inch of this table with stunning flowers as well as using two pearl-strung cake stands.

Custom Floral Wedding Cake Table Display by Sweet Hollywood - Luxury Asian Wedding Cakes and Bespoke Wedding Cakes - Floral Wedding Table | above: Sweet Hollywood Bespoke Cake Company

3) Themed Wedding Cake Stands

Themed cake stands cover an enormous variety of ideas, but one of our particular favourites is to use large wood slices for a rustic, country, or woodland themed wedding.

Snowshill Cheese Wedding Cake by Cotswold Cheese Company | above: Snowshill Cheese Wedding Cake by Cotswold Cheese Company 

4) Floating Wedding Cake Stands

This is definitely one of the cleverest wedding cake stand ideas—create the illusion of floating tiers of wedding cake with clear or decorative cake stands or by arranging the tiers just enough that they cover the stand completely. It’s very effective!

Floating Wedding Cakes - Wedding Cake Stand Ideas - Floating Wedding Cake Stands Chandelier Wedding Cake by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium | above: Chandelier Cake by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

5) A Cake Platter

We love this golden platter as a fantastic wedding cake stand alternative!

Rectangular Gold Platter - Ornate Gold Serving Tray with Handles - Unique Centrepiece Idea - Vintage Gold Tray - Cake Stand Alternative | above: Rectangular Serving Tray via WantItAll

6) A Cake Plate

A cake plate or flat board is one of the best wedding cake stands if your wedding cake is particularly heavy or cumbersome (the last thing you want to do is risk it falling over when moving it). They’re also great for cakes that are displayed on a table of their own—you don’t necessarily need to add any height to some cakes in order for it to draw the eye, as they’re big enough and stunning enough on their own.

Green and White Tall Tiered Wedding Cake with Gold Script and Monogram Acrylic Cake Topper - Fairytale Wedding Cakes - Wedding Cake Table Ideas | above: Modern Fairy Tale Monogram Acrylic Cake Toppers in Metallic Gold

7) A Bell Jar

Not only are bell jars very pretty (and reminiscent of a Beauty and the Beast themed wedding), but they also help to keep your cake or other sweet treats fresh throughout the wedding reception and keep pesky flies and wasps away if you’re having an outdoor wedding. You can get bell jars for most cake sizes, including miniature bell jars that are perfect for cupcakes, and they look wonderful when arranged together into a display.

Small Glass Bell Jar With White Base Wedding Favour - Wedding Cake Stand Ideas | above: Small Glass Bell Jar with White Base with Geo Marble Diecut Sticker and “Yay!” White Acrylic Sign

8) An Entire Alternative Dessert Table

Some couples choose to simply use their wedding cake table as their cake stand, and Sweet Hollywood have already shown us just how stunning that can be with their floral cake table. You could step even further off the beaten track with a suspended dessert table!

Hanging Wedding Table - Hanging Dessert Table - Wedding Dessert Table Ideas - Sweet Summer Picnic Wedding Ideas by Blair Schluter Photography | above: Blair Schluter Photography

9) Hanging Wedding Cake Stands

If you really want to make a statement with your wedding cake then you’ll love a hanging cake stand like this “Skyfall” wedding cake by Sweet Hollywood.

Skyfall Wedding Cake Hanging Wedding Cake by Sweet Hollyood Bespoke Cake Company - Luxury Wedding Cakes | above: Sweet Hollywood Bespoke Cake Company

10) Upside Down Cake Displays

Opulent weddings often have an extravagant cake—or cakes—to match. For a very quirky, creative twist, why not hang your wedding cake upside down on a decorative hook like this “Vertigo” upside down cake? Just look at this stunning design!

Vertigo Upside Down Chandelier Hanging Wedding Cake by Sweet Hollyood Bespoke Cake Company | above: Sweet Hollywood Bespoke Cake Company

11) Tiered, Afternoon-Tea Style Wedding Cake Stands

An afternoon-tea-style cake stand is most popular when used to display individual cakes for wedding guests to take home or when creating a lovely cupcake tower.

Cupcake Wedding Cake Alternative | above: Katie and Ian’s Superhero Themed Real Wedding

12) A Favour Table

Similarly to the tiered cake display above, we love the idea of arranging mini cakes, cupcakes, or slices of wedding cake on paper plates on a cake table in something like a dessert table or wedding favour table. Make a display out of it, like we did with the below white pumpkin favours on an aged wooden crate.

White Pumpkins and Bell Jars DIY - Autumn Wedding DIY Wedding Favours - White Autumn Decor - Pumpkin Wedding Favours | above: DIY Autumn Pumpkin Favours

13) A Royal Cake Stand

And we can’t not include the magnificent, ornate golden royal wedding cake display for the lemon-and-elderflower wedding cake at the recent royal wedding.

The First Look at the Royal Wedding Cake - Lemon and ElderFlower Royal Wedding Cake on an Ornate Golden Cake Stand | Image by Kensington Palace’s Official Twitter Account

Add Some Finishing Touches to Your Wedding Cake Stands

To finish off your wedding cake display, a lovely cake serving set and other wedding cake accessories (like cake forks and paper plates for your guests) wouldn’t go amiss.

Pink and Gold Floral Rose Cupcakes and Ornate Gold Cake or Pie Server | below: “Fancy Another?” rectangular “Modern Floral” tray and Ornate Gold Cake or Pie Server

Miniature White and Pink Roses Cakes with Vintage Floral Plates and Gold Forks | above: Pink Rose Floral Paper Plates and Classic Gold Cake Forks

Of course, cake stands are very versatile piece of wedding decor and can be used to beautifully display all manner of alternative wedding desserts too!

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