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Wedding Cake

1. Symbolism
The wedding cake is a significant element in many wedding traditions. It symbolizes the couple’s union and is often cut together during the reception, symbolizing the first activity the couple does jointly as a married pair.


2. Cutting of the Cake

The cutting of the cake is a tradition in many cultures. The bride and groom cut the first slice together, symbolizing their shared future. Sometimes, they may feed each other a small piece of the cake as a symbol of their commitment.

3. Tiered Cakes
Tiered cakes are a common choice for weddings. The tiers often represent different aspects of the couple’s life, such as their past, present, and future together. The top tier is usually saved for the first anniversary.

4. Cake Topper
The cake topper, traditionally a miniature bride and groom, is placed on the top tier of the cake. This symbolizes the newlyweds and is often kept as a memento.

5. Flavors and Styles
Wedding cakes come in various flavors and styles. Couples often choose flavors that hold significance for them, and the design may coordinate with the wedding theme or colors.

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Bridal Showers and Cake

1. Bridal Shower Cake
Bridal showers often include a special cake to celebrate the upcoming wedding. The cake may be themed to match the bride’s interests or the wedding theme.

2. Cake Pull
In some Southern U.S. traditions, a cake pull ceremony is done with small charms placed in the cake. Each bridesmaid pulls a ribbon with a charm attached, and the charm is believed to predict her future or fortune.

3. Bride and Groom Cake Toppers
Cake toppers are not limited to the wedding day. They are also popular for bridal shower cakes, and there are various options available to suit different themes and styles.

4. Cupcakes and Dessert Tables
Some couples opt for cupcakes or dessert tables instead of a traditional tiered cake. This allows for a variety of flavors and desserts for guests to enjoy.

Remember that customs and traditions can vary widely based on cultural and regional differences, so the specific customs may differ based on your background and location. The important thing is to choose elements that are meaningful to you and reflect your personal style and preferences.  Also of importance, if you are planning a destination wedding, why not have a ‘local’ wedding cake.  The flavors and design can only add to the memory of this lifetime event.

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Bridal Cakes & Customs