The cake cutting ceremony during the reception is not a moment that should be rushed and should be carefully planned to capture the moment on film and video. I personally like my couples to cut their wedding cake after they have been announced into the reception, especially if the cake will be dessert. Of course your guests are going to want to capture the ceremony with their cameras, but it's pivotal that the coordinator or photographer's assistant keep them out of the direct line of the photo.
Now what is the proper way to cut into this beautiful creation? The cake knife and server should be placed on the cake table along with a saucer, 2 forks and a nicely folded napkin. This is a perfect photo op before the actual ceremony begins. Once the bride and groom are in position, with the groom's hand over the bride's, they use the knife to cut into the bottom layer of the cake. Then with the hands positioned the same, they should use the server to remove the slice of cake and place on the saucer. Of course the fun part becomes feeding each other with the groom feeding the first piece to his new wife. The entire ceremony symbolizes the couple caring for each other and all the sweetness that is to come in their marriage.
But that infamous smashing cake in each other's face is a no-no in my book. I'll save that for another blog post.
Until next time...WEDologize!
(photo credit - www.chicagoillinoisweddingphotography.com; http://www.bridalelements.com/)