At very traditional weddings, a fruit cake covered in almond-flavoured icing is served. Newlyweds used to freeze the top tier of this old-school wedding cake for a year then eat it on their first anniversary. Yep, it does last that long, but we haven't exactly done a taste test... The historic tradition is said to bring good fortune to the couple and represent their commitment to being together forever.
The same goes for the cutting of the cake during your reception, which is figuratively the couple's 'first joint task', as well as being a symbol of their promise to always provide for each other. (In the past, this related more to the groom's commitment to 'provide', but we're over that.) This wedding-cake ritual can be performed with any kind of cake and makes for a really fun photo opportunity. Particularly if there are sparklers involved (see below).
If you're not keen on days of yore vibes and want something alternative and/or just plain fabulous, scroll down to witness some of the most magical, wacky and glamourous wedding cakes we've seen in our real weddings!