Post # 1
We just had our cake tasting (wow, sooo fun, right?) and now it’s dawned on me that we need a cake stand. WHY are these SO expensive?? It’s not like I’m unwilling to spend money on things, but wow, it just feels so frustrating how every time I turn around there’s another item to buy that will cost upwards of $100. It seriously ADDS UP!! “Cake stand” was not part of my budget, ya know?
Anyway, what did you all do for cake stands? Did you bite the bullet and buy an expensive one (seems like they’re all expensive)? Any tips on where/how to find a cheap one that will be suitable for a wedding?
Post # 3
We are doing cupcakes so we only have a 6in cake to cut into. I bought a fabulous porcelein cake stand @ the Christmas Tree Shops for $5. If you like DIY projects, check out diybride.com (or google it – I think thats the correct website).
Post # 4
Our bakery actually included it into the price (it was the lovely, round silver one that’s so popular) – I guess we got lucky!
Others I looked at also rented the stands out for an extra (very reasonable) fee. Have you checked to see if your bakery offers a cake stand, either provided or rented?
Post # 5
We are doing a vintage silver stand and ours is actually included in our baker’s package and it’s also provided by our florist at no additional charge. Check with your florist, I had no idea that they would provide that but it goes along with the decor so they’re providing it for us. Are they expensive through your baker?
Post # 6
We ended up having to make ours since we needed an unusual size apparently. Our baker was impressed with how they turned out.
Post # 7
Hmmm well we’re doing our own flowers, so florist is out. Baker does not provide one — I didn’t think so because none of her cakes were pictured on a stand, and I just called to ask and this was confirmed. Sad 🙁 I guess I could try to rent one from our equipment rental people, but I’m thinking that this will be a really boring/standard one. I want something pretty & special for the lovely cake, but they are SO expensive!! So I’m looking for cheapie tips 🙂
Post # 8
I’m helping my friend with her wedding and she’s gonna make a cake stand with an upside-down planter and a large, wooden circle as a base. It’s inspired by this cakestand. Here’s the base with a large platter on top (to give you an idea, though she’s not using that platter):
She’ll use epoxy glue to glue both pieces together. We’re also making 2 smaller cakestands with a thrift-store plate and a candleholder, as per this tutorial on design*sponge. I’ve made a few of these myself and *love* them and use them all the time! 🙂
Post # 9
I bought a cake stand @ Home goods! Only like $15 =)
Post # 10
Our bakery provides them.
Post # 11
Since we have a rustic love birds theme I am doing the DIY cake stand featured on oncewed. Its a really cute stand that is on a tree stop with a wood platter glued on top! 🙂
Post # 12
I’m planning on scouring sales, Ebay, Craigslist, etc for them. I’ll need quite a few! I have one gorgeous cake stand right now from Pottery Barn, but a) it was a total of $80 for cover and bottom, way too expensive for something that might get broken and b) it only comfortably fits a 10″ cake, our bottom layer of our biggest cake will be 12″.
Post # 13
BORROW!!!! That’s what I’m doing. Cost = $0
Surely your grandmother, aunt, Future Mother-In-Law has one?
And if the table is decorated, 99% of your guests aren’t going to remember what it looked like anyway, so I wouldn’t worry about that.
Mine is a plain white milk glass stand, borrowing from Future Mother-In-Law. And, gasp, it has engraved Christmas holly leaves on it! By the time the cake’s on it, no one will ever see it 🙂
Post # 14
Our bakery provides it for a damage deposit of like $20 that we get back after she gets her stand back in good condition.
Post # 15
FYI My cake baker would not let us use any type of raised cake stand. It had to be one of the flat ones bc she says there is too much chance of the cake toppling with the slightest bump of the table.
We ended up renting one and it was fine. It was a nice silver one for about $35.
Post # 16
Wow, thanks for all the tips! Unfortunately borrowing isn’t an option — the only ones I have access to are 10″ which won’t do. My next steps are checking out DIY projects and scouring antique stores for some hidden treasure, but both of those seem like long shots to me (I’m not so crafty with making things). Keep the tips coming, bees!!! 🙂