While more and more brides are electing “versions” of the traditional wedding cake like tiers of cupcakes, ice cream centers, desert tables with a wide variety of choices, there is a core group who elect to have the centerpiece cake – either by itself or as an additional choice for guests. The cake is rarely the white cake with white frosting with a ceramic bridal pair standing serenely on top of 3-5 layers.
There is a variety of cake flavors available as well as frosting options. Cake shapes have changed from the standard round to squares and frosting is creatively more decorative than in the past. If you are choosing to include a traditional wedding cake in your reception, consider these points.
- Time it. Decide whether you want to cut the cake at the beginning of the reception just before dinner or just after dinner before the dancing starts. Communicate that decision to the catering staff, the D.J. and your photographer.
- Decide how you want the cake cutting to be announced. You may wish to do it quietly and include just close family and the photographer, but most brides have the DJ make an announcement. It is a traditional part of most wedding celebrations. Some brides choose special music to signal the cake cutting ceremony is about to begin.
- Plan that first cut. You can do whatever you wish, but the traditional cut of two diagonal slices for a thin triangular piece is usually the easiest. You’ll make the cut together – hand over hand – and feed each other a small piece indicating that you will henceforth share all that life has to offer. Please don’t pull any “cake-in-the-face” stunts. That is so not cool.
- Be prepared. Let your caterer know what your plans are and have a cake knife, two plates and napkins at the ready. Alert the photographer, the caterer and the DJ when the event is planned.
- Remember the tradition of the wedding cake and what it symbolizes in your life together.
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