Tradition Overview – Cutting the Cake

Cutting wedding cake
Who doesn’t love cake (well, truth be told, not a sweets fan myself). And the cutting of the cake is one of the highlights at the wedding reception. Traditionally, after dinner, the bride holds the cake knife and the groom places his hand over the bride’s. Together, they slice a piece of cake and then feed a bit to each other, symbolizing how they will always provide for one another. The cutting of the cake also signifies when guests can begin to leave if they don’t want to enjoy the full party.

Options? Wedding cakes aren’t cheap (they take days of labour and many are architectural feats) and many couples are opting for something different, such as tiers of cupcakes, a dessert bar or even a croquenbouche the traditional French wedding cake. 

If you are opting for a different dessert, it’s still nice to feed each other a morsel (please refrain from smashing it into your partner’s face as it’s just so…nasty). And don’t worry about getting a bit of icing on each other’s face – some believe that some wayward frosting signifies how sweet your lives together will be.

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Comments

  1. This is a long lasting tradition and definitely one that is not going away anytime soon.
    The wedding cake (in most cases) is the highlight of any wedding reception. It’s the one thing wedding guests gravitate towards to the spectacular cake.
    -Timothy

  2. Our best MCs love to share some history and lend meaning to the cake cutting by including an informative narration about what each segment of the cake cutting process symbolizes. (We also DON’T like smashing cake during this part of the wedding celebration. Maybe it hails from the olden days of yore when the groom would throw food at the bride as part of a fertility ritual?)

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