Everything you need to know about when, why and how to cut your wedding cake...
The wedding cake, whether you believe yourselves to be a traditional couple or a ‘we’ll do it our own way’ couple, the ceremonious act of cutting a cake is a delicious tradition that more than 70% of couples still enjoy today. It symbolises the newlyweds first joint task accomplished together, provides the sweetest photo op AND let’s be honest, who doesn’t love cake?!
The wedding cake should be the most amazing cake you’ve had in your life...ever...so who can blame them?! Traditionally wedding cakes were made to bring good luck to the happy couple and their guests. Nowadays they are more of a centrepiece and aren’t even always served to guests... crazy. Who wouldn’t want to have their cake and eat it too. Take a look at these tips to make sure your wedding cake slicing goes smoothly.
When Should Your Cut Your Cake?
If you are having a sit down meal, it’s important to decide whether or not to serve your cake as dessert. An option that is becoming more and more popular. It’ll help with costs but also ensure your cake is enjoyed. Talk to your caterers about this option.
Most will be happy to take it away after the ‘ceremonial’ slice to prepare it for serving after the main course. If you do decide to go with this option, call guests to dinner slightly earlier and cut the cake then. It can be taken away while you sit down to enjoy your meal and then brought back for dessert.
How To Cut Your Cake Properly?
It may sound like a simple task and you may feel silly asking but ask your baker or caterer for advice on how and where to slice. Where you make your first cut as a newlywed couple could matter, particularly if you are serving to guests as part of their meal. You don't want to slice in the wrong place making it hard for the caterers to slice up and get all the servings out that they need for your guests.
Think about getting a wedding cake knife set. This will help you to make a nice clean cut and will make a wonderful keepsake that can maybe even be passed on to younger generations. Otherwise your caterer or venue will have a suitable knife. It's a good idea to have someone on standby to take the knife away especially if there are children present at your wedding. Ask them to also, while there have some napkins or a warm cloth handy just incase of any rogue crumbs.
The Etiquette Behind Cutting The Cake
Talk with your fiancé beforehand and agree how or what you'd like to do. Traditionally the newlywed couple would take out a slice and feed to each other symbolising their future commitment to providing for one another. This isn't always done now particularly if you are cutting the cake right before sitting down to eat. You may just want to have a few photos papped while together and making the first slice.
Some playful couples like to take out a piece and smush it into each others faces. Whatever your game plan, agree it together. Even if you are usually the most playful couple you don't want to be on different pages where this is concerned. Having your newlywed spouse smush cake into your face may not be the one and it is perfectly fine to find other ways on your special day to be playful and have all the fun together.
Remember this is your special day and the planning of it should be just as enjoyable and exciting as the day itself. Planning even the smallest of things like cutting your cake will help to give you peace of mind and make sure the day goes smoothly. Have fun and enjoy it all!