How to go about cutting the wedding cake
For some cutting the wedding cake can be a daunting part of the wedding day’s events and to help ease your fears, here are some cake cutting hints from a photographer’s point of view.
As wedding photographers, we have had the pleasure of being close to wedding couples as they prepared to cut their wedding cakes.
Being only a few steps from them, you hear them whispering to each other “so which one do we cut?” “How do we hold the knife?” Which way do we face?” I could go on and on and on, with the wedding cake wispers but I won’t.
The day belongs to you as the wedding couple and you may choose to cut your cake the way you see fit. If you wish to do things in a much more traditional way, here is a proper way to cut the wedding cake.
Time to cut the wedding cake
- Invite your guests to come and stand closer to the wedding cake table – this makes it more fun and intimate.
- Hold the knife together, the bride’s hand hold the knife and the groom place his hand on top of the bride’s hand – it may pay to have a practice run before the wedding day.
- If the cake is a tiered wedding cake, cut the bottom layer. It’s the most stable and will not topple over when you apply pressure on it during cutting.
Unless you intend to save the bottom layer for a later date, you may need to consult with your cake maker on the stability of the other layers.
- Cut the cake as you would normally do when cutting out a slice. Use the knife or spatula provided to pull the piece of cake out. Feed a small piece of the cake to each other.
- Unless cutting off a piece to feed each other. Cutting only once will be enough, the caterers will do the rest fot you.
- Give your guests a chance to take photos while you cut the cake – it makes them feel involved.
- Enjoy the moment and have fun.
The cutting of the wedding cake is one of the first things you get to do together as a married couple, so it is kind of a big deal.
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