(Closed) Cake centerpieces

posted 10 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You could do cupcakes instead 🙂

Post # 4
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Cupcakes are cute!

I went to a tea party once where the centerpieces were small cakes – everyone who wanted a piece cut their own. I bet that, if they are on the table, your guests will cut into them early anyway. 🙂

Post # 5
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I went to a wedding that did this, and honestly, no one at the table was a fan AT ALL. First, it really wasn’t all that attractive, but I guess that would vary depending on how the cake looks and the way it is used in/as the centerpiece. Beyond that, the biggest difficulty was that we were expected to cut and serve the cake ourselves using only the silverware left on the table, no additional help, no larger knife. Thankfully, our table had an empty place setting at it so I used the butterknife from that setting. Again, planning in advance could avoid this. But that still leaves your guests to cut and serve their own cake. And honestly, if I’m all dressed up at someone’s wedding, I don’t really feel like doing that work. I don’t mind buffet or going up and getting food, but I was stuck cutting our cake, and it was a mess. The top tier slid off the bottom while I was trying to cut it and it just was not the highlight of the reception experience.

No one at that wedding cut their centerpieces early. Everyone was kind of unsure and waiting for someone else to come around and cut it or offer a directive.

Also, I don’t understand how this would increase the cake variety available to your guests. I see you say that you like the idea of two cake flavors, but lots of regular wedding cakes do that without being on the table. I think the cupcake suggestion would definitely be easier for serving/eating and give you more flexibility for offering multiple flavors. Or do a mini cake buffet off to the side!

Hope I’m not a joy kill on this one, but as a guest, I was not impressed. Sorry.

Post # 6
49 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011 - A church in downtown Nashville

I think it’s a cute idea and can be done really well.  This was a huge consideration for us too!  The only reason why we didn’t do it is because we decided not to do cakes at all.  Otherwise it would have been perfect.  I’d suggest taking notes from the PP on how it went wrong.. make it a part of the centerpiece visually, and then make sure that there are servers to help take care of cutting and serving.  Maybe you can also have someone announce when the cake cutting will happen, and have a little note on there that says to wait for the announcement so people don’t do it earlier?  Cakes can be so beautiful and if you can make it work, go for it!!

Post # 7
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

One of my friends did it for her wedding and it was fabulous! There was a cake cutting knife and serving set on the table and then there was an announcement telling us what to do and when. It doesn’t increase the flavour choice, though, because everyone eats the cake that’s at their table.

I had another friend who had a cake table at the back with a lot of small cakes in several different flavours. They weren’t centrepieces, but there were multiple cakes and lots of different flavours.

We liked both of these ideas so much we decided to combine them by having cupcake centrepieces in multiple flavours. Then we found out that it’s a big wedding trend right now!

Post # 8
648 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

FI’s cousin did this at his wedding. It was a one tier carrot cake with white icing, at least on our table. I think there were other flavors, but we only had a slice of ours. They made an announcement right before they cut their cake that we could now cut ours and serving sets were given to each table. I will say that only a few people at our table had some, but that may be because of the flavor.

Post # 9
35 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am doing cupcakes as the centerpiece. I made cute cake stands out of silver candlesticks anc black plates and then hung clear gems all around it with a clear fishwire.

At my reception hall, there are 10 people at each table, so I am doing 5 different flavors of cupcakes (2 of each kind at each table).

Whether cakes or cupcakes, I think its a really cute idea as long as the cake stand is cute and there are serving utensils for the cake. The only thing I would be a little concerned about with doing different cake flavors at each table is that some people might not like the one that’s at their table and wish they were sitting elsewhere. That’s the main reason why I’m doing cupcakes instead.

Good luck!

Post # 10
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I love this idea and am seriously contemplating doing it….anyone have pics of cake centerpieces in action?

Also, what happens when the cake is done, does the table get left looking kinda empty?

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