When choosing the right location to place your wedding cake consider the following:
- Indoor/Outdoor - I always recommend placing a cake inside a controlled temperature environment. Mother Nature is too unpredictable. If it is too hot or if the cake is in direct sunlight it could make the icing soft, or worse, melt the cake entirely. While the wind itself would have to be pretty strong to topple over a tiered cake, it doesn't have to be strong at all to blow a light object into the cake, causing marks and dings in the icing. It could also blow adornments off of the cake and onto the ground. Rain, this is Texas. Sometimes it comes out of nowhere. And bugs, gross. Gnats are year round little creatures that love sugar. Need I say more?
- In front of windows - Cakes sure do look gorgeous with the sun shining through the large window behind them. However, if the sun is beating right through the cake, it could cause the cake to sweat. If you would like to place the cake in front of a window choose a window that won't be in direct sunlight during your ceremony or shortly prior to your ceremony. If that's not possible, confirm with the venue that the blinds remained closed until shortly before your reception.
- Stages - Stages are a great location for a wedding cake. They are elevated, making a bold statement. Additionally, most of your guests, especially your smaller ones, won't venture off onto the stage, keeping your cake protected from fingers and other mishaps. If you choose a stage, I recommend a permanent structure. Sometimes, the movable stages are flimsy and if the stage has too much traffic it could cause damage or cracks to the cake.
- Mirrors - I love mirrored backgrounds! The elegance and charm of the cakes reflection in photos is breathtaking! You won't regret this choice!
- Along a wall/Middle of the room - Some brides prefer their cake to be in the center of a room, making it a centerpiece for the reception. While this can be a beautiful statement, it can also be a catastrophe. Most people are busy walking to and from in the center of a room and if there is a large cake in the middle they may not stop or pay enough attention and could bump the cake. I'm also going to let you in on a little secret...every baker has a front and back to a cake! The front is the gorgeous side they want displayed to the couple. The back, is the side where there might be a slight mess up or a scroll that didn't quite come off the wrist the right way. Additionally, if there is ribbon, the back of the cake is where the ribbon will meet and is visible. All that to say, I recommend placing the cake along the wall of the venue or a nice corner. There will be less traffic near the cake only the prettiest most perfect aspects of the cake will be displayed!