Post # 1
I have started looking at bakers for our cake. One thing that is listed on the price list for one of the bakers I’m interested in is a fee for rental of the cake stand. The prices start at $25 to rent the stand.
The question is, do I have to have a rented stand? Do I provide one myself? I’m thinking if I buy one, then I could re-sell it and re-coop some of my money. Or, there are plenty out there that are loads cheaper than $25. But, lot of them that I’ve looked at are the kind with a pedestal, and all of the pics of cakes that I’ve seen (2 – 3 layers round cakes) are not on a pedestal stand, they’re on a lower one, more like a platform, so would a pedestal stand even work? And, I’ve seen some cakes that are just on a thin board, kind of like a little platform, and then set on the cake table.
What is everyone else doing?
Post # 3
You can do either. Rent one or provide it. Our bakery had several that you can choose from and rent from her. I choose to supply ours because I wanted glass cake stands. She did have one that I could have used but it wasn’t the right size and height for what we needed. Also, the stand type is going to depend on the cake you have made. The size of the largest tier and shape. So if you like the look of a particular stand be sure to show a picture to the bakery so they can help you find a cake that works.
Post # 4
I’m thinking about a cake sort of like this:
But, I want a bit wider ribbon around each layer, and no draping fondant. Also, I have a monogram cake topper. May scale it down, since we only have 30 people.
Post # 5
I’d check when looking at caterers. They may not allow you to use a similar cake stand to one they rent just so you can save money. Ours is because it’s not something they have (tree stump). Also you have to think about who’ll bring it before set up – bring it home at the end of the night if the caterer isn’t responsible for it.
Post # 6
If we decide to have a cake instead of cupcakes I’m going to buy a stand as our cake place doesn’t rent one and our venue doesn’t offer one. I’m sure I’ll use it another time.
Post # 7
Ugh, I was so frustrated when I was dealing with this very same issue. I think I was just in *that* stage of planning. Anyway, I learned that you can either rent from the caterer or provide one. I have read that pedestal stands are not great for the large, multi-layer cakes because they are less stable. In fact, some bakers won’t even agree to use that sort of cake stand with some cakes. So check with them if you decide to provide one.
I decided to rent from the baker just to make it easier. Also, in my experience, the cake stands I liked were pretty expensive and I didn’t have space in my budget to buy one. It ended up being $30 to rent the cake stand, and it’s a super nice one, so it was worth it to me.
As for the cakes that are just on the little cardboard round — I think it’s always ok to just skip the cake stand. That is what the bakers put the cakes on, even when they are set on the cake stand. So you can just set it on the table if you wish, the cake stand is all aesthetics. Good luck, hope this helps!
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Post # 9
My baker just offered her’s free of charge. Also, my day of planner had one we could use as well. I know you can get them online for cheaper than 25, just depends on how detailed you want it to be.
Post # 10
Why are they “renting” the cake stand? If they bake the cake and it’s a multi-tier… how are they to set it up WITHOUT a cake stand?
Either incorporate it in the price of the cake or it’s free. Same with cupcakes. Are they just to bring the cupcakes to the reception and put them directly on the table without a stand to put them on?
Post # 11
Our venue provided one with our cake. They did give me option to provide my own, but I saw no reason to purchase one.