The tradition dates back thousands of years, but picture this. What sounds like a scene from the Flintstones used to happen commonly during the days of the Roman empire. Wedding cakes were traditionally broken over the head of the new Bride by her Groom!
And you thought tossing cake at one another was distasteful – pun intended!
Maidens (bridesmaids) would then scramble for pieces of cake, and take them home for good luck. Thank goodness times have changed, but wedding cakes do occasionally get smashed by newlyweds into each others faces during the cake cutting ceremony.
Before you go smashing away, remember how much that Wedding Gown cost! Wedding cakes are now available in a variety of flavors (cheesecake, carrot, chocolate, etc.), and may have the personalities of the newlyweds represented as a theme on the cake top.
Even though simple three-tiered cakes are quite popular, more elaborate wedding cakes that are a true work of art with a price tag to match are sometimes preferred. Prices vary from about $200 to $4,000 (gulp!). That cake had better be gold plated!
Some couples choose to forgo the traditional cake. A Maine wedding that I was a part of a couple of years ago featured a “cake” made of 144 Krispy Kreme doughnuts smothered in honey. BTW, there are NO Krispy Kreme locations in Maine, so they needed to be flown in. Talk about going to the extreme!
One more thought…are you really going to take the cake and literally smash it into your new spouse’s face?
Might be more expensive fun (again…how much did that dress cost?) and isn’t the best way to start of a brand new marriage. But I digress.