The cutting of the wedding cake is a time-honoured tradition that dates back centuries. It has quickly become an integral part of the wedding reception and is often one of the most memorable moments of the day. Why do we put so much emphasis on the wedding cake? Where did the tradition originate? Why does a wedding cake have tiers? Let’s discuss and reveal the hidden symbolism of cutting the cake.
As you may have predicted, the cutting of the cake is a symbol of the couple’s love and commitment to one another. It’s a public display that they are willing to share everything, including their food and drink, for the rest of their lives. Additionally, pressing down on the knife together symbolises the couple working together as a cohesive unit to complete the first task as newlyweds. It’s such a wonderful way to commence their journey together.
Traditionally, the act of the husband placing his hand over that of the bride shows his support and promise to take care of her. The couple are encouraged to cut from the bottom tier, as a reminder of the relationship’s longevity.
The cake is not just a delicious dessert; it also has a significant meaning. In ancient Rome, cakes were made with wheat, a symbol of fertility and prosperity. This is thought to be the reason they were introduced, as an act to represent good luck.
The tradition of wedding cakes themselves originated in medieval England. At the time, guests would typically bring smaller cakes to the wedding reception. The couple would stack these on top of each other and attempt to kiss over the tower. If they were successful in kissing without knocking the tower over, then it was a symbol of good luck for the newlyweds. This good luck usually equated to them being blessed with many children. Wanting to take the goal of the bride’s fertility one step further, it was decided that child-bearing would be best increased by throwing the cake at the bride!! Can you imagin that nowadays!!
As the tradition evolved, bakers began to create larger and more elaborate cakes for weddings. These cakes were often decorated with intricate designs and icing, and they became a status symbol for the wealthy.
Today wedding cakes are a key part of many wedding ceremonies and receptions. It serves as a beautiful centrepiece and a reminder of the couple’s commitment to each other. Whether you choose a traditional tiered cake or a more modern dessert, the wedding cake is a cherished symbol of love and happiness.
You need to find the balance between a wedding cake that looks good and tastes fantastic! There really is nothing better than a cake that blows people away twice; once when it’s revealed and again when they take their first bite! Use this moment to impress your guests with a visually stunning and delicious creation.
Don’t forget the right tools for the job! Many venues or caterers will provide you with a knife and server. However, you may want to make the most of the occasion and add a special touch with some personalised equipment. Cutting your wedding cake is an incredibly special moment that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Take the time to savour the moment with your partner, and enjoy this beautiful symbol of your love and commitment to each other.
Many couples choose to save the top layer of the wedding cake as a sentimental tradition for various reasons. Whether it’s for the first-anniversary celebration or to carry on a family tradition, the cake acts as a reminder of the commitment made on the wedding day. We always recommend couples save a part of their wedding cake as it can be a meaningful way to celebrate their marriage.
The cutting of the wedding cake is a beautiful tradition that is rich in meaning and symbolism. More than anything it’s an opportunity to share a delicous and beautiful creation with the people you love most. So, make sure you choose the right cake, and most importantly, take the time to savour the moment with your partner.
If you’re interested in cutting your cake in our Granary Barn on your wedding day feel free to get in touch. Please call on 01323 848 006 or fill out our contact form. A member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible, we look forward to hearing from you xx
Note – our thanks to all the photographers who took the images above from the weddings we have had at Blackstock Estate.