DIY Wedding Cake Stand

Cake stands are great if you want to add some height and presence for your wedding cake without adding an extra tier, and we thought our DIY cake stand is just a bit more unique than your standard silver-plated cake stand. It also allows you to easily incorporate your wedding theme and designs into this element too. 

DIY wedding cake stand idea

And trust me, we were so glad we didn’t add an extra tier to our wedding cake when we only had 130 guests. We had too much wedding cake to take home at the end of the night as it was.

our how-to on a DIY wedding cake stand

What you need:

  • A standard glass or ceramic cake stand, found at your standard home good stores (Home Outfitters, Pier1, The Bay, etc.). Our 3-tier wedding cake had a 10″ base, mounted on a 14″ cake board (verify your cake board size with your cake vendor), so we got a 12″ cake stand. Cost: $30
  • A strong cake board from Bulk Barn, we got a 14″ board to match the cake board that the baker will put the cake on. The board should be larger than the cake stand so it would drape over the edge. Cost: $2.00
  • Decorations of your choice, ours were pearl strands that were also used in our centerpieces
  • Glue gun or strong tape
  • Thin wires
  • Tape measure
  • Marker/pen
  • Ribbon & double sided tape (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Flip the cake board so it’s resting on top of the cake stand upside down and the white “underside” is showing.
  2. underside of the cake stand

  3. Using a tape measure, measure equal distance around the radius (outer edge) of the cake board, mark these points lightly down.
  4. Drape a section of pearl beading over 2 marked points along the edges of the cake board to figure out how long you want to make your decorations. You don’t want it to touch the table but hover above it. I counted the number of beads that would look good. 15. Wrap a wire on the very top end of the bead strand, then every X number of beads, I wrapped another wire.
  5. Once you have all the wiring done, you can simply tape or glue gun down this wiring to the board along the marked points you made earlier.
  6. close up of cake stand beading

  7. Flip the board back the right side up, your beads should be dangling down perfectly. Voila!  A beautiful and unique cake stand. Rotate your cake stand around and find the most uniformed side, mark down “front” on the back so that you know this side is the side that should face the guests.
  8. beading from the top side

    marking the prettiest/neatest side to face the guests

  9. On the day of the wedding, our cake vendor mounted her same-size cake board on top, and wrapped the 2 board edges together with a white satin ribbon and some double sided tape. If your cake vendor won’t help you out, ask your decorating team or bridal party to help finish this last detail.

Other cool DIY cake stand ideas:
A budget-savvy groom on Rich Bride Poor Bride used a wooden wine crate as his cake stand for his winery wedding.

Don’t forget to check out our DIY Cupcake Stand post and other cool DIY inspirations as well!

DIY Invites from Staples. Who Knew?

Over the weekend, we discovered these chic wedding invitation templates at Staples from Gartner. Who knew?

Photo: wedding invitations from Staples


Pink and blue DIY wedding invite templates

Chic floral print DIY wedding invites

$43.93 for a set of 50, from Staples

Wedding Invites, Menu Cards, etc.

$15.99 (right)& $12.99 (left) for a set of 20. Also available in red and brown, plus silver and black.

Damask DIY wedding invite

$43.93 for a pack of 30

Not to say these are your only options! Micheals also has a fantastic selection of chic DIY invitations you can print right on your home printer as well, including invites from the BRIDES collection of BRIDES magazine.

DIY Wedding Backdrop Tutorial

Earlier on I had put together a  how-to guide on DIY wedding decor, where you’ll find useful tips on how to put together your own backdrop frame and set up lighting. This week, I’m going to show you how to drape a simple but elegant wedding backdrop, using 2 different colour fabrics (you can of course, use the same colour if you prefer).

In general, because the fabric gets scrunched up, you will need 3x the width in fabric to cover a backdrop frame. For example, if you have a 10 feet wide frame, you should have 30 feet wide in fabric. The frames come in 10 feet sections. If you have 6 people at the front (including bride and groom), your backdrop will probably need to be 20 feet wide. Rent or purchase your fabric accordingly.

Here’s what we will be putting together:

Basic wedding backdrop style DIY

Of course, if you have a 20 feet section, you can do 2 of the above designs, repeating the draping to create the 20 feet backdrop.

To start off with, you’ll need to drape your base fabric evenly across the pole (here our base fabric is a sheer white fabric). If you are renting your backdrop fabric, you may find that it’s a bit too long for your frame (since they are made to work for both 10 feet high frames and higher extensions). The fabric will spool together at the bottom. That’s fine. Given that it’s hidden behind a headtable, nobody will see it anyways, and I personally think it looks nice to have a bit of spooling at the bottom.

DIY draping fabric on backdrop frame

This is what it should look like after you have draped your base fabric.

Backdrop DIY tutorial basic fabric draping

Next, take your highlight colour, shown here in pink, and drape it horizontally across the top. Create a curved hanging by securing at each end with some wire ties to the frame. You’ll see some fabric hanging down at each end, don’t worry about these, you’ll be covering them up later with another fabric.

DIY wedding backdrop tutorial


Finally, drape a panel of the pink fabric at each end to hide the ends, and voila, you’ve completed your backdrop!

wedding backdrop how to


And your finished result should look like our original drawing:

Basic wedding backdrop style DIY


I’ve also included some pictures to illustrate this idea in real life (done here in pink and black fabric).


real wedding backdrop

Corner of our finished tutorial wedding backdrop

wedding backdrop revealed

Pulling back the front pink panel to show you the horizontail pink draping underneath.

For a fun backdrop idea, try using a row of stringed cottonballs or streamers. Check out how great this streamer backdrop looks with just a few up-lights.
DIY streamer wedding backdrop

Purple Berry Wedding

A lovely purple and plum inspired wedding, many elements were hand crafted by the ultra creative bride.

Letterpress wedding invite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Beautiful letterpress invites designed by the bride.

 

 

DIY centrepieces

DIY coasters and wedding favours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: handcrafted lantern centrepieces, and letterpress coasters and fudge favours. Hmmm.

 

 

The wedding cake

The cake followed the patterns of the invite, and the bride incorporated the purple beading in the lantern centrepieces on the cake.

DIY Wedding Hall Decorations

A lot of brides have questions about how to decorate your own hall and save some money with DIY. There are a lot of insider tips and tricks.

DIY Decorating wooden fixtures (e.g. Podiums) with draping & fabric

Bobby pin & duct tape magicPodium decorating 

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To fix fabric on wooden pieces, put a length of duct tape on the podium, then fix the fabric with bobby pins to the duct tape.

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DIY Stage Decorating

Don’t forget to add fabric to cover up the stage. This can be done with the sides of the stage in a contrasting colour fabric to the top of the stage. Here this is done in white and blue.

Decorating the stage

 

 

 

DIY Head table & Sign In Registry table Decorations

Head table draping can be done in many ways. For a basic design, you should rent or purchase a table skirt (can be ordered off ebay in various colours), some tulle, and some glitzy large fabric pins and bobby pins.

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 Table skirt

 

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To cover the top edges of the table, gather your tulle fabric in the colour of your choice (shown here in yellow) at even sections across the table, and place the bunched up fabric inside a large fabric pin. Fix this fabric pin to the table with an additional bobby pin at the top so that it does not slide down!

 

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spacerTo speed up this process, choose a pretty fabric pin with some jewelled details. You don’t even have to hide these pins when you’re doing your decorations, saving you time.

For more details and to see a step-by-step guide to a different design, please check out our headtable decoration tutorial.

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DIY Reception Backdrop

a typical wedding backdropThe trickiest piece to DIY, your biggest concern is to create a stable frame. Anchor the bottom with weights if you intend to have lots of fabric and it’s going up over a high ceiling. Fitness weights made of fabric are great for these. Tie one to each side for balance. Cover the base back up by wrapping fabric  around the base piece.

wedding backdrop frame

Backdrop frame with weights

For the nitty gritty of how to build the backdrop frame, I found this great article from Instructables on how to build a backdrop using some PVC piping. Genius! And a great way to save a couple of hundred, since  a backdrop rental cost you from $500-$1000.

DIY Wedding Backdrop Draping Tutorial

In general, because the fabric gets scrunched up, you will need 3x the width in fabric to cover a backdrop frame. For example, if you have a 10 feet wide frame, you should have 30 feet wide in fabric. The smallest frame is usually 10 feet wide, but this size goes up if you have a bigger bridal party. For example, if you have 6 people at the front (including bride and groom), your backdrop will probably need to be 20 feet wide. 

Basic wedding backdrop style DIY

We’ll show you how to put together this basic but elegant backdrop using 2 colour fabric draping in our DIY Backdrop Drape Tutorial.

DIY Lighting

Lighting is a great way to add atmosphere. For this I have a few places to get ideas:

Basic lighting – This video from Craftzine shows you some basic lighting tricks, if Christmas lights in tulle is your kind of style.

Up-lights are available for rentals at several vendors. If not, hearty construction type lights (available at Home Depot, Rona, etc) can also do the trick – just make sure you hide these behind a head table or fabric. These lights do tend to get hot so be careful. They can be placed behind the backdrop, or in front of for a more modern look. Keep in mind though that if placed in front of the backdrop, you may need a little more room on the stage for waiters to walk across to serve the party.

construction light = uplight!