Cutting the wedding cake is one of the most anticipated parts of your reception. Sure it may not be the biggest moment for the two of you – that was probably when you said “I do” – your guests will want to see this special moment. Plus, it’s definitely one of the events you’ll want photographed for posterity.
Because the moment is important, you want to do it the right way so let’s discuss some pointers that will make that possible.
First of all, you’ll want to know exactly where to cut the cake. Many of the larger wedding cakes have a fake layer at the bottom which is used to provide stable support for the upper layers. Without that fake layer, the cake simply wouldn’t be able to support its weight and would fall over. However, you don’t want to be standing in front of your friends and family cutting a piece out of styrofoam or whatever your dummy layer is made from.
No matter which layer you are meant to cut into first, you should slice into the back of the cake first. This is most convenient because that’s where you’ll be standing but it’s also nice because the guests won’t see the mess left behind after the piece is cut and removed. That ruins the aesthetic effect of your beautiful wedding cake.
When you cut the cake, the bride is supposed to grip the handle of the cake cutter first and the groom grips the cutter by placing his hands over hers. Traditionally, a bride who didn’t cut the first piece of cake would never have children but few people believe this anymore.
After the piece is cut and laid on a plate, the groom feeds a bite to his bride and she returns the favor. At some wedding receptions, the bride and groom actually smash the cake into one another’s faces. Usually, this is not a good idea. For one, it’s messy and can ruin an expensive dress and rented tuxedo – or, at the very least, require expensive cleaning. Plus, the practice just seems a bit mean-spirited. If you both want to smash cake into each other’s faces that’s fine, but you should be in agreement on the issue. Otherwise, your wedding night might start off on the wrong foot.
Once you’ve shared your cake and sipped some champagne, the rest of the cake will be cut by one of the servers or by someone from the bakery. Usually, the bride and groom take a piece of cake to their parents, then the rest of the cake is taken to the guests by the servers. If you are on a tight budget, you might choose to purchase a smaller “fancy” cake for show and have a plain sheet cake in the back which is cut then served to the guests. You can literally save hundreds of dollars this way.
Don’t forget to save the top tier of your cake. Newlyweds are supposed to share that tier on their first anniversary. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you preserve the cake so it won’t taste dreadful in 365 days. You’ll want to have it sealed in an air tight container and frozen immediately if you want to preserve the cake’s quality and prevent freezer burn.