Timing For Cutting The Wedding Cake:
By: Charish Pyatt Awad - California Weddings
You may be surprised, but something as simple as cutting the wedding cake, isn't always the easiest thing for newly weds to figure out at their reception.
Through the years, I've aided many couples in this simple task, and happily so. Come to think of it, when all eyes are on you, you're tired from the stress of the busy day's events, , , the last thing you need is the pressure of cutting the cake, and doing it "properly".
Enjoy the video I've posted above to learn more about how to cut the wedding cake. Basically, Less is more. You don't need to cut a large piece of cake to get the task done.
What Time Is The Best Time To Do The Cake Cutting?
There is no proper etiquette for when to cut the cake, however there are some things to consider:
1. For an outdoor wedding reception, is it possible that the cake icing could be melting? If so, talk to your event planner, and/or Event MC/DJ about getting the cake cutting done soon after you are announced into the reception.
2. For a cake and punch only reception, the sooner you cut the cake, the better, as your guests are likely anxious to have a bite. READ MORE BELOW PICTURE:
What Do I Typically Recommend (If number's 1, and 2 above do not apply)?
Here's My Preferred Wedding Reception Schedule:
(I'm a bit of a type A personality by the way ;-) ~ ~ while others will have their own preferences, I prefer to keep things rolling, and the guests NOT waiting so as to not get bored.
1. Bride and Groom are announced into the reception (after the bridal party) by their professional DJ, or MC.
2. Immediately After Being Announced (You - The Bride & Groom), rather than go directly to your head table and sit down, do your first dance together as man and wife.
3. After the first dance, (Bride & Groom) go and sit at their head table, while the DJ/MC plays some pleasant background music for all the guests to enjoy. Meanwhile the catering staff, should be ready, and serve the bride and groom their dinner first, then the the bridal party, and then start serving the guests. NOTE: For a buffet style dinner, the bride and groom usually have their plates prepared for and served to them by the catering staff. The bridal party and all guests are then released to go to the buffet table by group, and by the MC/DJ. READ MORE BELOW PHOTO
4. Immediately after the bride and groom have enjoyed their meal (not the guests, they may still be eating), , the bride and groom have their wedding DJ/MC announce that while the guests remain seated, the bride and groom head over to the cake to cut it and feed each other. Be sure to let your wedding photographer, wedding videographer, and wedding planner know this ahead of time as well. This will allow for perfect timing of the photography, and video taping of the cake cutting, while at the same time allow your wedding planner to aid you should you need assistance (ie. napkins, an extra plate, etc.)
5. After the cake has been cut - You (the bride and groom) head back to your head table to be seated.
Note: Before this time, (sometime mid-dinner) the champagne should have already been placed on the head table, and each guest table in preparation of the upcoming toasts.
6. Now is the perfect time for speeches, and toasts (and they will go on in most cases ;-) especially if there has already been some alcohol ingestion) While these things are happening the catering staff will have ample time to cut the cake in pieces and serve the guests, as well as the entire bridal party.
7. Once toasts, and speeches are out of the way, the wedding DJ can begin playing some fun dance toons, and if he/she is good, they'll be able to get your guests out on the floor for some fun!
8. Approx. 30 minutes into the dancing (enough time for all to get a good workout ;-) - the DJ should announce the bridal bouquet toss, and garter toss will be done (if applicable). Tip: The bridal toss bouquet is usually placed on the wedding cake table as a decorative ornament to the cake. Be sure to speak to your wedding florist about this ahead of time to make sure you will be having a toss bouquet.
9. After the garter/bouquet toss has been done, it's usually nothing but dancing and fun!!!