When it comes to speeches at a wedding reception, it's important to thank each person for their contribution and introduce the next speakers. Cutting the cake is an important part of the reception, as it used to be the last moment of the night to indicate to guests that they could return home. Nowadays, it usually happens at the end of dinner, just before the dance begins. A wedding cake is a symbol of a couple's commitment to caring for each other throughout their lives.
The modern wedding cake originated from Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany's 1882 wedding cake, which was the first to be fully edible. In New Orleans, wedding cakes usually contain white or almond candies, with a sweetened pineapple filling and buttercream frosting. When selecting a design for your cake, consider the color combinations you've chosen for your wedding dress, floral arrangements and venue. You can opt for a composite pie plate, with a scoop of ice cream or a splash of sauce to enhance that portion.
To cut the cake, the bride and groom place their hands on the knife and make two soft cuts to form a single slice. After cutting the cake, it's customary to give a short speech thanking guests for coming and asking them to stay for the dance party. You can also ask your DJ to play a song related to food or one that everyone knows. It's also traditional for newlyweds to save the wedding cake for their first anniversary as a symbol of good luck and prosperity.
Making a wedding cake highly visible and enjoyable is an important part of presenting it. If you have several cakes or a groom's cake in addition to the main wedding cake, talk to your caterer about plates that can be served after the main courses or organize a dessert bar where guests can choose what they like best with sweets. You can also skip the photo of cutting a cake entirely.