Because your wedding cake will be the center of attention in the reception room, you should exercise great care to prepare a gorgeous looking wedding-cake table–and then protect it and all of its contents. First, decide where to place the table. Consider the walls around the table. It can destroy the visual impact if you have the cake in front of a tackily-decorated wall; even the most beautiful cake won’t stand a chance! If there’s no choice but to put the table in front of an awful wall, try draping the walls to block the tacky elements.
The table should be placed in a well-lit area, and it should be a good distance away from the doors, windows and high-traffic areas. Too much traffic, and you risk having an unforeseen mishap with a person who’s not paying attention. The best spot is against a wall, out of the center of traffic. If your reception hall is too dark, without a well-lit area for the table, consider hanging directional lights pointing the way to the table.
If you’re using a folding table, it’s very important to check the legs before you place the cake on it. Hopefully you’ve seen enough episodes of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ to know how many cakes are destroyed by collapsing legs.