These are the thoughts that are running through your head while the guests circle you with bated breath. Some are even chanting, “Do it! Do it!” as you delicately hold that piece of wedding cake in your hand.
Do you take that piece of cake and shove it into your new spouse’s face or do you gently dab a small amount of frosting onto the nose?
Whether you’re having a formal wedding or a casual one, the cutting of the wedding cake is only a moment out of your and your spouse’s life together; however, it is a traditional and important one. You’ve planned, stressed, and rehearsed this moment in your mind for months, and it all boils down to this one playful moment.
The knife used will be a cherished keepsake for the rest of your life.
The History of Cake Cutting
The cake cutting is a symbolic moment and dates all the way back to Ancient Rome. It was meant to bring good luck to the bride, groom, and all the guests. At that time, sweet cakes were not around, so bread was broken over the bride’s head to bring good luck and fertility to the newly married couple.
In Medieval times, the cakes were stacked as high as they could get them for the bride and groom to share their first marital kiss over. If they could kiss successfully, they were promised a successful and wealthy life ahead of them.
Over the years, weddings have grown larger, and the number of guests these days can be quite large. Layered cakes, constructed with icing to support the weight of the cake, became very difficult for just one person to cut, so the groom began assisting the bride in the cake cutting process.
Once this tradition began, the bride and groom would share the first slice of cake to symbolize their union before distributing the rest to the guests. Hand in hand, they would make the first cut into the wedding cake. This event has evolved to add some playful traditions that can get a little messy.
These days, the cake has become the centerpiece of the wedding, and after the wedding ceremony, it is a true highlight of the happy day.
Remembering the Day
Fortunately, the perfect cake knife can become a keepsake to help remember that special day and the cake cutting ceremony. An engraved sterling silver cake knife and server is the perfect wedding keepsake for years to come. Often, couples will personalize their keepsakes with initials, names, the date of the big day, poems, or even a romantic quote.
All too often, the importance of a keepsake is overlooked, especially since people tend to stash after the big event, but a personalized wedding cake knife and server can be used for a lifetime!
The Groom’s Cake
Are you planning on having a groom’s cake?
If you and your spouse-to-be have different ideas about the wedding cake, or you are just looking for a good reason to have more sweets at your reception, a groom’s cake can add an even more personal touch to the wedding.
The tradition of the groom’s cake came into play during the Victorian period, and it was much heavier and richer than the bride’s delicate, white-iced cake. Consisting of much stronger flavors, the cake was often made with alcohol, chocolate, and fruitcake, signifying the groom as the “stronger sex.”
Groom’s cakes are usually served at the wedding reception as a second choice for the guests. Some, however, prefer to serve the groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner because the rehearsal dinner is hosted by the groom’s family and usually involves a smaller group.
Today, the cake is meant to reflect the interests of the groom, such as hobbies or sports. They can be fun, such as a beer keg, football helmet, favorite movie character (Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, or Superman), a manly tuxedo, or a favorite car or motorcycle.
If you’re the outdoorsy type, you can get a cake decorated for the fisherman, hunter, camper, or golfer. Make it more whimsical by giving the groom his personalized pocket knife. Depending on the size and density of the cake, a personalized wood-grain multi-tool knife can be used to cut the cake or lay it alongside the cake for aesthetics.
Remember, a wedding day only happens once. However, that does not mean you and your spouse will ever have to forget it after it is over. Keeping a memento for the memories associated with your wedding day is a must. Some couples choose to have their cake knife and server engraved, others have them embellished with gems or ribbons, while others, especially servicemen and women, use a sword.
Whatever style of cake knife you choose, a personalized keepsake is nice to have and can be used again after the wedding.