wedding cake stands.
This months who we love supplier is the fabulous Kate who own Bramble Sky. Kate creates the most amazing wedding cake stands, they are the perfect compliment to your wedding cake.
As you know we are huge advocate for styling up your wedding cake, especially into a whole area of its own! We’ve admired Kate’s cake stands for a while now, so we’re delighted to feature her on the blog
What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
Although I follow some key UK Cake makers, wedding suppliers & some international Wedding businesses, I actually take just as much inspiration from home decor trends & interior designers. I look for colour trends, mixed media trends and alternative elements that can be used at weddings.
Sometimes I have the making of a new stand for months before the finished idea, or a suitable wedding shoot pops up for me to showcase it.
Although these days I do around 50% of my own imagery and support many cake makers by lending out stands, or inviting them to my studio at my home. I have a local florist who supplies me with seasonal florals for images and a number of stylists who work with my props regularly. This helps me pump out a lot of visual content to inspire my clients.
How did you decide to make unique cake stands?
I’d been making wooden & copper pipe wedding props for a couple of years. My father also had the ability to make things with welded metal. I’d noticed a real gap in the market for industrial modern cake stands & props. So I started by making stationery stands & centre pieces.
But my first ever wedding cake stand was a Rustic Cake Hoop stand which was made in Sept 2018. I took this stand to a Christmas styled shoot with the lovely Gayle from Where the Ribbon ends. This is what started off everyone’s interest in my metal work and was the beginning of my Wedding business. This then shifted to 60% of my sales coming from cake stands.
I now sell approximately 1500 cake stands a year – even in a pandemic, mainly because I’m able to deliver world wide. But I do have a limit on our making capacity, so in the main Wedding season months I have a minimum of a 4-6 week process time.
Do couples hire or buy wedding cake stands from you?
I currently only sell my props as I’m too busy to also run a hire business. But I find that many of my brides are DIY brides who are happy to invest in the exact stand they want for their big day. Then they will just sell it on afterwards or use it as home decor. I’ve received many images of my hoops hanging up in their homes afterwards, which is lovely to see.
I also sell to a lot of cake makers and venue stylists, who use them as part of their wedding supply packages.
I’m often sent and tagged in lots of wedding cake pictures. Which is so helpful for both my sales and to promote the cake maker and any other suppliers.
So you create bespoke designs around the couple?
I do make bespoke props, everything I sell thru my website and Etsy are the standard sizes. But if someone wants a specific size or design it’s completely possible.
I also supply a number of high end Wedding planners based in London with bespoke props. These are usually specific to their clients needs which I love creating especially if it’s a celebrity.
Kate’s cake advice for brides-to-be
– Look for a venue that has considered where all your key prop elements will be going. Where is the cake table? Where will it be placed? I still come across venues that only offer the dark corner of a room for your cake to be displayed. This is normally next to a fire extinguisher or has a load of ugly plug sockets next to the table. Let’s be honest it’s not a great look!
– Less is definitely more, pick nice key props for your wedding. Don’t overload with florals or decorations to hide poor quality table centrepieces and stands. A cake stand is a great example of just adding a few little flowers, it will transform a simple buttercream cake.
– Choose a cake maker based on taste just as much as how it looks. There are too many pretty cakes that don’t taste as good as they look. I get to sample quite a bit of cake and the quality varies greatly.
– You don’t have to have one massive cake for it to look impressive. Having a duo, a trio of cakes or a dessert table full of treats & cupcakes is a really lovely way to offer a selection of flavours to your guests. I do over 75 cake and treat displays to cover all of these styles. This is becoming especially important as the demand for more dessert and cake options increases with the changes in dietary requirements.
What do you think?
Thanks so much to Kate for being on the blog. What do you think of her cake stands, just gorgeous aren’t they? They really do add that unconventional look, whilst giving your cake that stand it deserves!
If you need some more inspiration check out our blog on how to choose your cake designer. You can always check out our other blogs below, they will all help you on your wedding planning journey.
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