These different cake stands can actually be used for any type of event when decorated accordingly, but you need to take three things into consideration: 1) the kind of event you're planning, 2) the kind of cake you're having for the event, and; 3) the 'look' you wish to achieve with your display. Once you figure these out, you will then get a clearer picture of what cake stand you need, and what you can do with it to achieve the look you are aiming for.
The Standard Pedestal Type_ The pedestal type is probably the most common type of cake stand in use today. Whether it's in the home, at a bakery, or on a coffee shop counter top, the pedestal cake stand is normally what you see. The diameters of these typically range between 6" to 12" and stand somewhere between 6" and 9" tall. Additionally, the pedestal types are topped with a glass cover in some instances as well making them ideal for displaying a single or double_layer cake, doughnuts, or muffins.