Wedding Cake Basics: Cutting the Wedding Cake

Bride and Groom Slicing Wedding Cake Decorated with DaisiesOne of the featured traditions of every modern wedding reception is the cutting of the wedding cake by the bride and the groom. Traditionally, the groom places his hand over the bride’s, and together they cut the first two pieces of cake. This is a symbol of the couple’s very first task taken on together as a couple.

The couple then feeds the wedding cake to one another as a symbol of their first meal together. These traditions both are emblems of the newlywed couple’s commitment to their marriage and the support which they will provide to each other throughout their lives together.

According to the website of Wilton Industries, a popular company specializing in cakes and candies, wedding cakes are generally cut into slices of around 1 inch by 2 inches that are 2 layers thick. It is important to cut the wedding cake properly to ensure there are plenty of slices to feed every guest.

There are also several other aspects to consider when determining the best way to divvy up your wedding cake. For example, small portions may be desirable if there will be another dessert served in addition to the wedding cake. However, if the wedding cake is the only sweet you will be offering after the wedding dinner, it is essential to order a large enough wedding cake to offer generous portions to all.

Additional Tips
– The groom’s hand should be over the bride’s as the first slice of cake is cut.
– Make sure your wedding photographer is set and ready when the cake cutting begins.
– Take the time to practice your cake cutting skills at home before the wedding.
– Traditionally, the groom feeds the bride first, then the bride feeds the groom.
(Tips courtesy of Wilton)
Check it Out

  • Wilton Industries supplies cake cutting templates for cutting the most popular cake shapes.
  • Check out this list of cake cutting songs recommended by Project Wedding.
  • More info on cutting the wedding cake at the Austin Wedding Blog


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