Top Wedding Cake Tips You Need to Know

All the cake cutting know-how you need.

The Sweet Tradition of Cutting Your Wedding Cake

The wedding cake has long been a symbolic detail—the tradition of breaking the cake over the bride’s head dates back to the Ancient Romans. While many wedding traditions change overtime, the ceremonial cutting of the wedding cake has remained a popular and meaningful wedding reception moment.

It provides both a fabulous photography opportunity and symbolizes the couple’s first joint task as newlyweds. Find out all you need to know about this wedding tradition below.

bride and groom cutting wedding cake
cutting wedding cake

Designing Your Cake

Trying to determine which bakery with bring your wedding cake vision to life? Here are some questions you might ask:

  • What flavors of cake do you offer?
  • What fillings are available?
  • Do you offer a gluten free option?
  • What shapes do you offer?
  • Do you specialize in a particular flavor or design style?
  • How early should I order? Deposit requirements and final payment dates?
  • Is there a delivery charge? How much setup time is needed?
  • Do you offer tasting sessions?
  • Will you supply the cake stand? Cake knife and server?
  • Will you provide storage box for the top tier?
bride and groom cutting the wedding cake

Get the Best Shots

The cake cutting is often one of wedding photographers’ (and videographers) favorite moments to capture. Before the celebration, be clear and specific with them about how you want this moment documented.

  • Do you want the traditional posed shot of the two of you cutting the cake together, or do you prefer a more candid one?
  • Is a close-up of your hands on the knife important?

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gold and pink cake details

Wedding Cake And Your Budget

To maximize your budget, consider these budget savers.

  • Order a small one or two-tiered cake and then supplement cake with a larger sheet cake (hidden back in the kitchen).
  • Keep the add-ons simple.
  • Use fresh flowers, not sugar ones.
  • Reuse ceremony flowers for the cake table.
  • Skip exotic fillings like guava and mango.

How To Cut The Wedding Cake

When it comes to cutting the wedding cake, many newlyweds don’t know where to begin.Follow these tips to cut your cake like a pro. Remember SMASHING the cake is optional! 

  • Using her right hand, the bride will usually hold the handle of the knife and the groom will put his hand over hers. Begin cutting the bottom tier of the cake using the pointed part of the knife and make two cuts. Making a vertical slice at the junction of those points will allow you to cleanly remove the small slice and place on a plate. From there, the bride and groom will then feed each other as a sweet start to their new life.
  • If you will be serving the cake as dessert, cake cutting is usually performed after the grand entrance, before toasts begin. This will allow your serving staff to clear and cut the cake during dinner service. If you will give the cake to guests as they leave, cake can be cut at any time of the evening. You will likely need to order cake boxes if this is your plan.

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