With its roots as far back as Roman times, the wedding cake has earned its place at a modern wedding. In medieval Britain, cakes were baked for good fortune with the rich fruit intended to promote fertility – pieces were thrown at the bride! The many-tiered, white iced cake was made popular by Queen Victoria but as a modern bride, you can choose almost any kind of cake you can imagine. Whatever style of cake you choose, this is a wedding tradition you want to get right and these tips will help you.

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The cake should be a centrepiece set on its own table, and if you’re looking at wedding venues in Essex, ask staff where they usually display the cake.

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Cutting the cake

Husband and wife usually hold the knife together – expect to spend a lot of time in this pose for photographs! The blade itself is usually silver plated and can be engraved as a keepsake for you. When you cut the cake, it is entirely up to you, there are no set rules, but it is often done before or after the speeches.

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Serving the cake

After photographs, the cake is cut into portions and served either as dessert or with coffee after the meal. Some couples also choose to send a slice home in a gift box or to do this instead of serving it at the wedding. Whatever you want, a flexible wedding venue like http://www.whitehartweddingvenue.co.uk/ will be happy to help. For guests who were unable to join you, it is possible to get presentation boxes to send a slice through the post.

Keeping the top layer

It is usually the bottom layer that is cut and served to guests, and any middle layers are taken home by the bride and groom. The top layer has another role to play, as traditionally, that layer is kept by the happy couple, and served at a Christening, or other celebration of a first child.

Don’t feel tied down by wedding cake tradition. As long as you keep the tips above in mind, you will keep up the wedding cake tradition and make it your own.