Wedding Cake Cut:


The wedding cake is a symbolism of future prosperity and wealth. The first accounts were of bread cakes in ancient Rome and it was broken over the bride’s and groom’s heads. The earliest known sweet wedding cake is known as a Banbury Cake, which became popular in 1655. In the UK the cake used to be cut and distributed among the guests by only the bride, because consuming the cake would ensure fertility for the bride and groom.

Wedding cakes and even cup cake towers can be very expensive, so it’s well worth making your cake cut an event that you and your guests will remember. It also adds an extra traditional formality to the day and a great photo opportunity, so its well worth considering the following: 
  • Place your cake in a prominent area so that guests can see it, but make sure that it will not be bumped into and knocked over or have exposure to sunlight or heat. 
  • Make sure the area in which it will be cut has plenty of space around it so that guests can gather and take photos. You can always display it and cut it in separate locations assuming that it is transportable. Tiered cakes (on pillars) and cupcake towers are usually remarkable feats of engineering, as well as baking, and are best left in one place! 
  • Make sure your cake is in a bright area, or light it using spot lighting. We provide this service with LED uplighting and spots. The last thing you want is to spend several hundred pounds on a cake and have it displayed in a dim corner of the room. 
  • Before you initiate the cake cut make sure there is a cake knife present. It’s common (especially in barns, marquees) for guests to gather round the cake only to realise there is no knife!
  • Make sure your photographer has their shot and then pose for your guests. Your photographer will set it up but usually you use your left hand as it is the hand that has your wedding rings. Usually it’s the female hand first and the grooms hand guides her, but it often looks better in photos to have the brides hand on top or both on the side.
  • Count the number of guests you have and get the venue to cut up half as many pieces of cake. Often the venue/caterer will cut up far too much cake leaving a lot wasted. If your guests eat it all then you can always supply some more. Bring some decent sealable plastic containers with you to keep it fresh after your wedding. 
  • Make sure you have some background music to play as it can be quite an awkward 4-5 minutes in silence. Get one of your guests or photographer to count to three and cut the cake together. Then pose for your guests either side of the cake, so that everyone gets a photo. 
  • The best times to cut the cake are straight after the meal as this is a good time to get everyone on their feet, after the wedding breakfast and also speeches, so a perfect transition to another location while the room is turned around. Another good time to cut the cake is prior to the first dance. It also gives your evening guests a chance to indulge in a traditional wedding formality. Placing the cake in the middle of the dance floor with your guests surrounding you makes a fantastic photo. Make sure that you have two staff/ushers ready to carefully remove the cake, leading seamlessly to your first dance. 
  • One way to make the cake cut extra memorable, is for the bride or groom to make a short speech thanking your guests for coming or perhaps certain people for their contribution to your wedding. You may also want to combine this with giving out your gifts or bouquet, especially if one of them made the cake or provided the floristry – see video below:



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