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Cutting the Wedding Cake Tradition


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The first shared piece of wedding cake symbolises the newlyweds' first meal together as husband and wife.  While the cake cutting ceremony once signalled the end of the wedding reception, today it usually indicates to guests that it's time to take to the dance floor. 

  • Cut to the (cake) chase.  When it's time to cut the cake, ask your MC to announce your intention, either verbally or with a reprise of the song that accompanied your first dance.
  • The kindest cut.  To signify your shared life together, the groom places his right hand over the bride's, which holds the knife. Slice through the bottom layer of the cake together. If you feel inclined, you can feed each other from the slice.
  • Serve your parents first.  Traditionally, the groom feeds the bride first, then the bride serves the groom. They then serve slices to their in-laws, with the bride serving the groom's parents, then the groom serving the bride's.
  • Then serve your guests. Cake slices can be cut and placed on guest tables by catering staff or the bridesmaids, on a silver platter near the exit door for guests to help themselves, or in small cake boxes for guests to take home. Remember, if you wish to give guests a slice of wedding cake to take home, you will need to supply cake boxes  or cake bags to the reception venue ahead of time.
  • Save some for your anniversary. If you'd like to keep the top tier for your one-year anniversary, then let your caterer know in advance. Ask her to wrap it in plastic wrap and then place it in an airtight bag. When you get home, place your cake into a plastic container and then into the freezer.
  • Cut it in style.  You may choose to cut your wedding cake with an elegant cake serving set or add your own personalised touch to the cake-cutting ceremony by using something other than a knife. For example, a butcher could use his butcher's knife, a doctor her scalpel and a painter his paint scraper.


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