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Tips and Ideas for the Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake

Your wedding cake will be a masterpiece on display, and deserves a talented artist and some careful planning. You will need to plan the size, shape, flavors and designs to make the cake cutting ceremony perfect. These tips and ideas should help you create a wedding cake from fantasy.

Cutting the Cake

The cake cutting ceremony is an important part of the wedding reception. This event occurs on a wedding day timeline at a special moment in the spotlight. The bride and groom grip a decorative knife and cut the bottom tier together. Traditionally, the bride and groom share the first piece, and capture it on camera to remember forever. The top tier is usually stored in a freezer to enjoy on the first wedding anniversary.

The Groom’s Cake

The groom’s cake can be a little mystery. Do we need a groom’s cake? What purpose does it serve? How did it ever become part of wedding traditions? The groom’s cake is believed to have originated in Victorian England and became popular in the American south. This special cake is usually a small and rich accent to the wedding cake that is displayed on a separate table. In history, this delicious gift was everything from fruitcake to cheesecake. As traditions evolved, the groom’s cake became a masculine chocolate cake that is decorated to match the interests of the groom. It is not always chocolate and does not always make a table at the reception. It is common to serve the groom’s cake during the rehearsal dinner.

Designing the Wedding Cake

Designing the wedding cake might be the sweetest part of planning. A consultation and tasting with your wedding cake designer is an opportunity to sample flavors and fillings, and shape the masterpiece. The theme, colors, invitations and décor of your wedding day should influence the design of your wedding cake. You will need to determine the dimensions and the design, which includes the shape and height. A professional cake artist can build the number of tiers you desire and sculpt your wedding cake to match your unique vision.

Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake Themes

The wedding cake can easily convey any theme. If you are considering a rustic garden or earthy theme, thin the icing to let the layers show through, add fondant wild flowers, candy berries and lots of greenery. The wedding cake can represent the season with the palette of color. Spring and summer mix pale blue, fuchsia, pink, white and a variation of hues. Colorful roses and white hydrangeas add the perfect touch of summer to wedding cakes. Fall evokes the imagery of golden leaves and earthy themes. Change up the colors and the flowers, and marble the icing or go boldly bare without any icing at all. Rough textures and rich colors can be achieved with red velvet cake, fall flowers, apples, cranberries, pears, pomegranates, fruit, figs and a drizzle of caramel. Think beyond the season, and get inspired by fun wedding themes, like Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast or Harry Potter.

Crystal Ballroom Charlotte

Crystal Ballroom Charlotte

Plan your fairy tale at Crystal Ballroom Charlotte. Meet with professional wedding designers and planners inside of the design studio, where you will have access to exclusive designs and planning services. Crystal Ballroom is an all-inclusive wedding venue with professional designers, planners, décor, furnishings, chinaware and staff services. Walk the red carpet to a ballroom designed just for you.



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Crystal Ballroom difference found in the unparalleled elegance and uniqueness written into the design of each of our venues. The themes are as limitless as your imagination.

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