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While wedding cakes have changed
immensely over the past 50 years, cutting the cake,
and feeding a small amount to one another, remains a
significant ritual moment in a wedding reception. I
don't know about you, but I've always looked forward
to that, and to being able to share in eating the
I confess. I love fruit cake, which is what wedding
cakes always were way back when. I even loved the
hard-as-a-rock royal icing they were encased in. You
needed a very sharp knife for the cake cutting.
And I can't get over how
old-fashioned and fuddy duddy those cakes now look
compared to the wide variety of styles (and
flavours) of cakes couples getting married in 2020
have to choose from.
In 2020 everything changes
- even cake
Enter a nasty little virus. COVID-19 restrictions on
wedding venues in Queensland, outlined in the
Wedding Industry COVIDSafe Plan July 2020, now
include: Celebration cakes must be prepared
in-house or via supplier. Cake used for ceremonial
cutting of cake should not be served to
You could go back to the old idea of each guest
being given a slice of cake to take home. When it
was fruit cake it was to take home and put under
your pillow, because that was supposed to make you
dream of the person you were going to marry. I don't
know whether the fact that the cake always reeked of
brandy had anything to do with it!
Current restrictions would mean that the cake boxes
would have had to been prepared earlier. And that
means that a small cake for cutting, surrounded by
individual cupcakes won't be allowed either. To get
the look of a full size cake without wastage the
only way to go would be to have a small real cake on
top of iced dummies (usually styrofoam). You'd need
to talk to your cake maker about this.
Time for some lateral thinking
Include cake cutting in
your wedding ceremony
Unity rituals involving sharing something to drink,
such as a Wine ritual, work very well in a wedding
ceremony. Cutting a cake (sharing a task) followed
by feeding one another (both sharing and nurturing)
can be equally as powerfully symbolic, particularly
when accompanied by a well-crafted narrative spoken
by your celebrant.
If you are having a theme wedding, reflect that in
the way the cake is presented.
When cutting your cake is part of your ceremony, the
symbolism is easily understood. It makes for a great
photo. And guests won't feel cheated if you don't
share the cake with them.
- Organise something for the cake to stand on
and consult with your celebrant as to where it
should be placed. Make sure that there is enough
room for the cake, a plate, and a spoon. You
don't want to have to cope with sticky fingers
for the rest of the ceremony.
- Be sure to tell you cake maker that the cake
will be cut during the ceremony and whether the
ceremony will be held indoors or out, so that no
decorations that have to be taken off before
cutting are used and the icing will stand up to
the temperature at the time.
Thanks for reading!