Your Wedding Cake
Your wedding cake is a combination of producing just the right flavor, shape and size with splendid decorations and a beautiful topper. All these elements in the wedding cake must synchronize with each other in order to produce a one of a kind masterpiece.
Where to start? First, calculate the following: How many guests
What's your budget for a cake
How many tiers or what design
What colors and decorations should be
What will you be using as a cake top
Will the cake be the main dessert or will it be part of a sweet table
Will a groom’s cake share the spotlight
Will mini-cakes or cupcakes be needed for favors
What do you need to do? Simple steps:
Your cake should be ordered at least 6-8 weeks in advance. Some days are more popular and fill up quickly. If you are planning a June or Valentines wedding, you should order several months in advance.
Bring sketches, ideas, pictures pulled from magazines
Bring samples of your colors to leave with the designer
What else can we do to make your day more memorable?
Groom’s cake Dessert Buffet
Anniversary Cake– A 6” layer cake matching the original to celebrate your 1st anniversary
Wedding cake etiquette starts with the correct setting of the wedding cake. The wedding cake should be displayed on a beautifully decorated table, which goes in front of the main table (or brides table). It should be set in such a manner so as not to block the guests' view of the head table. An engraved and decorated knife is usually placed at the table (although this is not mandatory).
Etiquette demands that the cake be cut at the right time during the reception. This will depend on the kind of reception that you have. If it is an informal kind of gathering, such as a tea party or cocktail reception, then you should cut the wedding cake after the guests have been received and the toasts made. For more formal affairs, the cake should be cut after the main reception lunch or dinner has been served.
The wedding cake cutting should be announced prior to the cutting. Enlist your DJ or band leader to make a friendly, casual announcement between songs at a designated time, or have a family member alert the masses. Guests will certainly clear the dance floor to gawk at you -- they won't want to miss this sweet ritual. Sometimes guests take this moment as a cue to say good-bye by giving their "thank you for coming to our wedding" speech. To make sure guests keep on partying, confirm that the band will crank out more dance tunes immediately after the event.
Cutting the Cake
Cutting the cake as a couple is a part of many traditional wedding ceremonies, but what do you do after that first slice is cut and shared by the bride and groom? Here’s what you need to know about the proper etiquette for cutting the wedding cake at a traditional wedding:
1. Serve the cake before desserts. You will need to undertake the cake cutting ceremony before desserts are served during the reception. Make sure everyone has enough time to get over to the cake table after the reception brunch, lunch or dinner for the event.
2. The cake must be cut with the bride’s right hand. The right hand of the groom goes over the right hand of the bride and they cut the wedding cake together. The first slice is fed by the groom to his bride, after which the bride serves her new husband.
3. Serve the couples’ parents first. The bride must serve the groom’s parents a piece of the cake after the first slice has been cut, and the groom can then serve the bride’s parents a piece of cake. Make sure the wedding photographer is nearby to capture this moment!
4. Remove the cake from the guest’s view for cutting. The cake should never be cut in front of the reception party at the wedding. Remove the cake from the dessert table before serving.
5. Use a silver cake knife and serving set to continue the cutting process. Use only these tools to cut the remainder of the cake and serve it to guests. Avoid using additional spoons, knives and forks.
6. For round tiers, move in two inches from the outer edge and cut a circle before slicing the tier into one inch pieces. For square tiers, move in about two inches from the other edge and cut straight across to create one inch slices. For oval tiers, move in about two inches from the outer edge and cut straight across, then slice the cake into one inch pieces.
7. Serve the cake with coffee and other desserts. The cake becomes part of the dessert buffet service, and can be presented on the same table as any desserts and pastries you plan to serve at the wedding.