Is it really necessary to have a wedding cake at your wedding? Who said it was right or wrong?
The cake cutting ceremony is easily one of the most popular traditions, and perhaps the most anticipated event at any wedding reception. As one of the last activities leading up to the send-off, the cutting of cake is a tradition that embodies matrimonial commitment and allows the bride groom to share a final treat with their guests.
The presence of a cake at the reception, let alone the symbolic cake cutting ceremony, originates from a Roman tradition in which the groom would break bread over his bride’s head and share the crumbs with their guests as a sign of sustenance and good fortune. Over time, breaking bread evolved into cutting cake although the symbolism remains. As the bride and groom stand together, they begin one of their firsts acts as a married couple. The bride holds the knife and the groom places his hand gently over hers as a symbol of support and guidance. They then move together to cut and remove the cake slices. Next, the couple take turns feeding each other. The groom goes first to show his commitment to provide for his bride who feeds her new husband as a symbol of her commitment to nourish him. Once the bride and groom have fed each other, they then share their wedding cake with their guests as a gesture of good luck and affection.
If you don’t want to serve cake at your wedding — whether it’s to keep costs down or because you don’t have a sweet tooth, would rather serve up doughnuts instead or any other reason. It’s your wedding, so there’s no reason to designate a good chunk of your budget toward something you don’t see as a crucial part of your wedding day.You should have a dessert that represents you and your partner.
You don’t have to miss out on the photo opp just because you aren’t serving wedding cake. Slice into a pie or share bites of your favorite cupcake, or instead swap it out for a celebratory toast with linked arms.