Guide to Dessert Table Décor

Updated: Apr 28

A wedding dessert table starts with beautiful desserts, but why stop there? One of the top questions I am asked by my couples is, "What should we provide for the dessert table?" The sweet treats will be the star of course, but your stands, platters, and décor items can enhance the presentation to help your wedding sweets table feel like an anticipated part of the event, instead of a afterthought. Read on for inspiring ideas and guidelines to consider when designing your dessert table!

Stands and Platters

When choosing stands and platters, there are a few details to consider:

Texture + Color

Wood, marble, metal glass, porcelain, slate. Each material creates a different vibe. Wood can bring a rustic feel, while marble and metal are very modern. Glass and porcelain can bring elegance to the table, while slate can exude an edgy moodiness.

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Height + Shape

Elevate your sweets with a couple extra stands of differing heights to place on either side of the cake, or use tiered cupcake stands and shelving to pile desserts high! Playful oval platters or sleek angular trays? This is where deciding on a material comes in handy. If you choose to go with all matching porcelain, you can choose all different shapes of platters and stands. If you want to mix materials, for example, go for a nice selection of wood and marble platters, consider going with all circular marble and all rectangular wood too keep it looking sharp. If you choose platters of a singular shape, multiple heights can help add dimension to really show off those sweets!

INTHE KNOW: The only rule I give couples is to always make sure your cake stand is level, able to hold weight, and has a flat surface area 2" to 4" larger than the bottom tier of your cake. That will ensure your cake is well supported. With that being the only boundary, the style options are endless!

Table Décor

My eyes light up when I see that, not only are the dessert platters by the table waiting for me to fill with delectable sweets, but that there are decorations to finish the table too! I have collected some of my favorite dessert décor to inspire:

A Table Runner + Fresh Flowers or Greenery

These are great to add pops of color and life to your table! Satin, chiffon, or gauze runners are a beautiful addition to tie into any colors that you have occurring in your table settings, like colorful napkins or chargers, and floral arrangements at the dinner tables.

Lights or Candles

Light a few candles to enkindle romance,, illuminate the table with twinkly fairy lights, or hang lights behind the dessert table (TIP: lights behind the dessert table makes a great bokeh effect in photos). Some ways to display candles are tall candlesticks, small candles floating in large pillar vases of water, votive holders with cutouts so the light glows through, and metallic holders.


Tempt your guests with the flavors of your desserts or charm them with a sweet message.

Unique décor

Sentimental items, like a collection of cute photos of you and your partner, license plates from your home states, or antlers from a hunting trip you took together, can bring a personal touch to the table.

Your dessert table should be as pretty as your dinner tables, but gives you an extra opportunity to bring a touch of you as the couple. I hope this blog helps you get creative!

Here are some more of my favorite stands, platters, and décor items:

Glass box with gold edge

Slate cheeseboard set

Black cake stand set

Wood Tray with handles

Elegant gold cake riser

Geometric platforms

Rectangular Porcelain Platter Set

Cute dessert table signs

Cylinder vase set

Candlestick holders

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