WedSmith is a wedding conference being held in Salt Lake City on September 28th at the Grand America Hotal. It's a pretty big deal with big-deal speakers like Silvia Weinstock (the best known cake designer out there, hailing from New York City), Lara Casey (the editor of Southern Weddings Magazine), Jen Campbell (of Green Wedding Shoes blog fame), Anne Barge (couture wedding gown designer), and Utah's very own Tessa Woolf (Utah Bride and Groom Magazine editor), among others. At the WedSmith conference, wedding professionals can learn stuff--really cool stuff, about how to take their businesses to the next level. I really wanted to go and when I saw a contest giveaway for a ticket to the WedSmith conference, I jumped right on it. Local wedding vendors were asked to submit their best wedding tip, and the top two wedding tips would be chosen. Guess who they chose?!? Well, I was one of them. Hurray for me! I got a ticket!
My wedding tip? How to cut your wedding cake. Seems simple, right? Not so fast. Read below to see what I said, or click HERE for the entire blog post about it on Utah Bride and Groom's blog. AND, stay tuned for more great wedding tips to follow. I've been making a list of all the little things you don't think of until you're in the thick of your wedding day.
The winning tip:
How to cut your wedding cake—never thought about that, did you? Seems pretty simple, but unless you have a wedding coordinator guiding you through your day (which is a fabulous idea, by the way), you probably won’t quite know what to do with that big, beautiful cake.
The DJ will announce that it’s time for the cake cutting and you’ll make your way to the cake and say, “What do we do?” As a wedding photographer who always captures this moment, I cannot count how many times I have heard these words from the bride and groom as they stand in front of the cake, looking overwhelmed and confused, while all of their wedding guests crowd around them to watch this fun wedding tradition.
I often step in and assist at this point if there isn’t a wedding coordinator on hand, but it’s good to be prepared with these tips before you step up to the cake and wield that big, shiny knife.
1. Which tier do I cut? Cut the bottom tier. If you try for the top, you might send the entire cake toppling over. If there is a ribbon around the tier, you or a helper can simply remove it by finding the back of the cake where the ribbon will be attached by a straight pin or frosting.
2. Don’t be afraid of the cake, just go for it! Bride and groom, holding the knife together, one hand placed over another (you can fight for whose hand is on top), should cut a 3 inch wide triangle of cake. Hopefully, the cake designer, point person, or wedding coordinator has placed small dessert plates, napkins, and forks on the cake cutting table for you. Once you cut your slice, place it on one of the plates. Then, cut it in half and place one half on the other plate. Then, you can each feed each other.
3. You can choose to use your hands, if you like, to feed each other a piece of cake. It’s nice to use the forks because it looks great in photos, but if you’re going for the smash-in-the-face approach, hands work best. You can feed each other one at a time or feed each other at the same time. Want the ultimate photo op? Use forks and feed each other at the same time, or smash it in each others face. Once one person smashes the cake in the face, it usually results in an immediate pay-back. Depending on your personalities and relationship, you may want to talk about whether you want cake-in-the-face smashing or not. However, many couples decide on the spot. Many couples end with a kiss, which makes for a nice ending and a great photo.
4. You’ve cut your cake, fed it to each other, and sealed it with a kiss. Now what? Many couples, including me and my husband, had that same question. The guests love watching the happy couple any chance they get, so they’ll linger and look, but you might feel stuck in the spotlight and wonder what to do next. You and they are looking for a signal to the end of the cake cutting. Look out to the crowd, smile, and clap your hands. The crowd will likely follow with clapping and cheers. You can throw up your hands, and shout “ta da!” or “voila!” and they’ll get the point. Grab your new spouse’s hand and head off to dance or mingle.
Whether your cake cutting is sweet or messy, it will be a memorable moment for you and your wedding guests.
Image by Melissa Kelsey Photography