|Cutting the Wedding Cake –
Do’s and Don’ts
Weddings are heavy with tradition and symbolism and cutting the
wedding cake is
certainly among the most significant acts that the married couple
will do at the reception hall. It is a moment that symbolizes so
many things including the couple’s fertility, the first act
performed together and the beginning of their new life. It is a
sentimental moment that is also very festive and merry. In order
to make sure that the cutting of the wedding cake goes off without
a hitch, here are a few tips for you to follow:
- Make sure that the timing is appropriate. If you are hosting
a brunch or tea, cut the cake just after the guests have gone
through the receiving line. If you are throwing a lunch or supper
reception then cut the cake after supper and just before the
desserts are served.
- Make sure to get everyone’s attention by either having
your MC announce the event or by replaying the first dance song.
Then have someone from the bridal party – typically the
best man make a toast to the couple.
- Cut the cake with the groom’s right hand gently holding
the bride’s right hand – and make sure to slice
through the bottom layer!
- Feed one another from the slice you cut. Typically the groom
will first feed the bride and then the bride will feed the groom.
- Make sure that the bride serves the groom’s parents
a piece of cake and that the groom serves the bride’s
parents a piece of cake.
- Designate a friend or someone from the catering staff to cut
and serve the rest of the cake to your guests.
- Make sure that the photographer and videographer are aware
of the event before cutting the wedding cake.
- Try to use a special silver cake knife – either an heirloom
or one that you purchase especially for the occasion.
- Although some people like to smash cake into each other’s
faces, it is not a very elegant or dignified thing to do. Not
only will it ruin the bride’s makeup (which in many cases
was applied professionally) but as this is the first act that
the couple performs as husband and wife, it does not bode well
for a future of wedded bliss – besides, everything you
do will be captured on film and video for generations to come.
If there is a sweet table being served at a wedding, it is generally
opened with the cutting of the cake. After this tasty ceremony
it is time to hit the dance floor and truly enjoy this day on
which you begin your new lives together!
the Wedding Cake