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Historical Wedding Traditions – Wedding Cakes Part 2

Posted by Maggie Ferrara on Feb 8, 2018 9:00:00 AM

With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we wanted to take a look into many common wedding traditions still performed.

Have you ever wondered why the Bride wears a white dress? Or why we eat a tiered wedding cake? Or why the Bride tosses her bouquet? Or why we host a bridal shower?

Where did these traditions come from? Why do we do them?

Join us for a multi-part mini-series as we uncover the history behind many common Wedding Traditions!

There are many traditions and superstitions surrounding the wedding cake itself which we will explore in today’s blog post including:

  1. Saving the top layer of the cake
  2. Cutting the cake with the groom
  3. Smashing the cake in each other’s faces
  4. Having a groom’s cake
  5. Lucky charms In the cake


    1. The tradition now is that the top layer of the cake is frozen and saved for the couple’s first anniversary, where they will enjoy their cake and reflect upon their first year of marriage. Historically, however, the cake top was to be saved for the christening of their first child which would usually be born within a year of the marriage.Wedding Cake.jpg
    2. Traditionally, the bride would cut the cake alone as a symbol of her virginity. However, now as the cakes have gotten bigger and denser, it has become increasingly difficult to cut the cake alone and the groom now helps. It is now seen as the beginning the marriage by working together, as well as offers a beautiful photo opportunity for the couple.
    3.  After the bride and groom cut the cake together, they will often take a piece of cake or a finger full of frosting and smear it on their spouses’ face or feed their new spouse. The origins of this tradition are not exact, however, many couples traditionally would throw bread over their heads to symbolize good fortune or wealth, or the groom would break the bread of his bride’s head.Smashing the Cake-1.png
    4. A groom’s cake is a smaller, more colorful cake, often in the shape of a passion or hobby of the groom. This is on display along with the traditional tiered wedding cake. Traditionally, the grooms cake was a cake that was to be cut up and given to guests to take home as a party favor.Groom's Cake.jpg
    5. In current days, little charms are baked into a cake with a long string and pulled out by the attendees. Each charm has a different meaning nd is said to bring the person who receives or finds the charm luck in that area. This tradition was to bring fortune to the friends and family of the bride which is true today. This is a tradition that is now most commonly practiced at the bridal shower.

Regardless of the traditions throughout history or today, the wedding cake symbolizes the ending to a wedding, and a sweet beginning to a lifetime of happiness, prosperity, and fruitfulness.


Have a question about a Wedding or party tradition that you want answered? Are you interested in renting the many charming, rustic, unique and historic venues managed by the Osceola County Historical Society for weddings, meetings, parties or events?

E-mail Maggie Ferrara: maggie@osceolahistory.org or visit www.osceolahistory.org/event-venue-rentals for more information.


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Photo Courtesy: Zane and Krystal Baize Wedding 2017 - Brian Pepper Photography and Keith and Kelly Trace Wedding 2012



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