The right way to cut the cake

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is “How do we cut the wedding cake?”. It can be a little daunting since it’s something you have never done, but hopefully the following suggestions will put you at ease and help you feel confident and comfortable.

photo by Ericson-Wolfe Photography

As a rule, the cake cutting ceremony takes place near the end of dinner, while the guests are still seated. It’s helpful if your band leader or disc jockey announces the event. This is an opportunity for the best man to offer a toast if you would like.

The cake table will have plates, napkins, forks, a knife and a server for the cake. If you stand together to the side and back of the wedding cake, the photographer can take a photo that features your faces and the front of the cake.The bride places her hand on the knife handle and the bridegroom places his hand on hers. Together they cut into the bottom tier of the cake and remove two slices, placing each slice on a plate. Using a fork, first the bridegroom serves the bride a bite of cake and the bride serves him second. Some couples extend this by offering slices of cake to their new in-laws as a sign of love and respect. If you plan to do this, be sure to request enough plates for the cake table in advance. Now you are experts at cutting the cake! The cake will then be moved to the kitchen to be cut for the guests.

The cake cutting ceremony is a highly anticipated part of the wedding reception because it is a festive and sentimental moment. Serving each other the first slice of cake symbolizes your mutual commitment to love, honor and provide for each other, two people facing life’s journey together.

photo by Natasha Velickovic Photography

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May 12, 2013 - 11:14 am

Laurence H. Johnston - The cake cutting ceremony is more than just a standard, expected part of a wedding reception … Its symbolic meaning is very crucial to the newlyweds because they are not just eating together, it is the first marked point that they actually perform a task jointly and share food as a married union, sustaining and providing mutually.

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