Wedding Cake Traditions

The wedding cake is popular part of the wedding ceremony but where did this tradition begin? Why do we have a wedding cake? The wedding cake as we know it today has grown out of several different traditions.

One of the first know traditions is the ancient Greek custom of breaking loaves of bread over the couple’s heads to symbolise wealth, happiness and fertility.

In Medieval England cakes were stacked as high as possible for the bride and groom to kiss over. A successful kiss meant a prosperous life together.

The popularity of tiered wedding cakes came, legend has it, as a result of a baker’s apprentice in late 18th-century London. The story goes that William Rich set up as an apprentice in Ludgate hill and fell in love with his boss’s daughter. When he asked her to marry him he wanted to impress her with a large, beautiful cake and his inspiration came from the spire of St Bride’s church.

Today the couple cut the cake together, his hand over hers, symbolizing unity, their shared future, and their life together as one.

Sharing the first piece of wedding cake is a Roman wedding tradition based on the belief that eating the wedding cake together would create a special bond between the couple. The wheat used to bake the cake was symbolic of fertility, and sweetness of the cake was believed to bring sweetness to the couple’s new life.

Guests eat pieces of cake for good luck. And folklore says that if a single woman sleeps with a piece of wedding cake under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband.

Since the late 19th century, couples often save the top tier of their wedding cake to enjoy on their first wedding anniversary or the christening of the first child although as fruit cake declines in popularity, as does this tradition.

The cake is traditionally white, for purity, and the cake topper is often a bride and groom standing together as a symbol of togetherness but now a days anything goes!!  Couples  choose a cake that reflects their personalities and their wedding theme.

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