Post # 1
I have no idea where to put the cake table. Is there a place it is meant to go?
Here is a rough floorplan of our venue. Obviously it’s not exactly to scale, but it shows the general placement of things.
Black areas indicate a wall or support beam. The white rectagles are tables. Everything else is labeled.
My FH and I are going to say our thank yous and cut the cake right after the main course and serve it as dessert. This means everyone will still be sitting down in their chairs, so preferably I’d like to put the cake table somewhere where at least most of the people can see it (or does this matter?)
We can’t put it on the stage because that is where the band is going to be playing from during dinner.
The only place I can think of to potentially put it on the dance floor, towards the end with the fireplace and have the staff just move it right after the cake is cut? Does that make sense?
Post # 3
I’ve seen the cake table all over the place – near the head table, near the buffet table, near the dance floor – pretty much anywhere. Once you’ve cut the cake, they will most likely take it to the back to cut into pieces and then bring it back out to serve (at least that’s how I usually see it done), so you could pretty much put it anywhere.
Post # 3
Your set up is “somewhat” similar to mine. We didn’t have a head table but we did have a beautiful fireplace/mantle with the dance floor in the middle. We put our cake table in front of the fire place but didn’t move it. There was plenty of room for dancing.
Post # 4
I would put it near the fireplace and just move the table after it is served.
Post # 5
Since the stage is out, I’d put it at the lower end of the hall, towards the left edge of the fireplace, that way it’s on display but, hopefully, far enough from the actual tables and dancefloor to avoid being knocked over (I used to do wedding cakes and always worried about what could happen to them after I delivered and assembled them!).
Unless, of course, you’re going to be actually using the fireplace, then I wouldn’t put the cake anywhere near it unless you want to see the decorations sliding down the side. In that case I’d scootch the head table towards the dance floor a touch and put the cake behind the head table, in front of the stage. Will make for great pictures early on, too, with the pretty cake just behind you.
Post # 6
I forgot to say, we’re actually having sugar pie, not a cake! We’re setting up one pie as our “cake” to cut, and then the staff will be serving the guests from pies in the back.
The big fireplace will be on during the reception (It’s in February, so it would be a shame not to have a roaring fire going!) 🙂
I’m worried about putting it behind us because people will be going up to the stage to do speeches, so I think there is going to be too much traffic in that area.
Post # 7
I just found this 360 degree view of our venue and I think upon looking at it I’ve decided the pie table would look nice infront of the fireplace (Some distance away from it, but generally on that side of the room. 🙂
Thanks for everyone’s help! 🙂
Post # 8
Typically the cake should be near the headtable. Often times it can be more more towards the center when its times to cut it.