Meaning Behind Cutting the Cake
In Roman times a cake made of wheat was crumbled over the bride’s head to ensure her fertility. Cake cutting symbolizes the bride and groom’s first official act as a couple. The original tradition says that the bride and groom cut the cake together to symbolize their lives together.
The groom places his hand over the brides and helps her cut the 1st cut into the cake. The couple must cut through the bottom layer to symbolize the endurance of the couple’s relationship. This symbolizes the groom supporting the bride and the bride’s ability to take care of her new husband and family.
The meaning of the cake cutting ceremony has somewhat changed from the old symbolism of the couple’s great first act to more of a photo op with the centerpiece of the reception; it is none the less a great moment.
Now it’s time to eat! The groom will first feed the bride and then the bride will feed the groom. Keep it classy folks! There is nothing elegant about smashing cake in each other’s faces. Do you really want your first act as husband and wife to be cleaning cake off your face?
Make sure that the bride serves the groom’s parents a piece of cake and that the groom serves the bride’s parents a piece of cake. This tradition is a sign of respect and acknowledgement to one another’s families.