You've addressed the last invitation, you know exactly what your bouquets and centerpieces are going to look like (down to the flower color and variation!), you've got your photographer and DJ and venue all squared away—you've pretty much got everything figured out! But don't overlook one of the most important parts of decor: the cake! And ok, maybe you're having pies, or cupcakes, or some other iteration of desserts because you're not a cake fan (we're totally into that, too) but any way you slice it (yes, we went there), you have to have a pretty display for your sweets. Ok, we know you don't have to, but we think it makes a big difference, especially if you're showcasing different kinds!
For a rustic wedding, consider wooden cake stands in modern silhouettes of varying heights and finishes. Gone are the days of raw wooden slabs being trendy (in our opinion) and we're now loving a more architectural wooden stand that feels cleaner and more streamlined (read: not clunky). If you're having an urban loft wedding, go for stands that have geometric touches and are made out of seemingly industrial materials—like marble or concrete—and don't forget to add in bits of metallics. For the boho bride, we're really into cake stands that have a hand painted, folksy touch to them (while still feeling high-end).
Need a little help finding the right pieces for your dessert bar or display? Don't worry! We've got you covered, with some of our favorite handmade wedding cake stands from Etsy.
Handmade Sgraffito Mandala Cake Stand
Calling all boho brides! We love this beautiful hand-painted stand, and the colors are so classic it's sure to stand the test of time in the years to come in your home.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $72.93
Four Inch Mini Stand
We love the clean lines and modern shape of this wooden stand—and it's the perfect size for displaying cupcakes or other small desserts!
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $10
Rose Quartz Stand
Want something part glam, part modern organic? We love this pretty pink and gold quartz cake stand—we can see a very geometric and minimalist all white cake working perfectly on it.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $315
Ceramic Carved Cake Stand
This stand has a sweetness to it with it's hand-carved border, but isn't too precious thanks to the unglazed, natural finish of the clay. We see this working perfectly for a chic brunch reception!
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $60.78
Gold and Marble Platter
This isn't quite a stand (it's flat) but is so show-stopping that it doesn't need the added height. Perfect for the couple that's having that modern minimalist wedding.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $165
Tall White Cake Stand
It's classic and elegant; you can't really go wrong here! Perfect for the traditional bride who doesn't want anything too flashy.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $61.22
Concrete Cake Stand
Maybe one of our favorite stands we've seen in a while, this is simple but the twist of it being made of concrete makes us happy—we're all for unconventional materials! Sure concrete isn't unconventional in the broader sense, but when was the last time you saw a cake stand made out of it?
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $36.50+
Dark Wood Cake Stand
For the aforementioned woodsy wedding, use this modern wooden stand in place of rough and heavy wooden slabs.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $29+