How to Cut Your Wedding Cake Tastefully

How to Cut Your Wedding Cake Tastefully

Cutting your wedding cake may seem self explanatory but it isn’t as easy as it seems. For instance, most people instinctively start at the top tier which can cause problems and make things messy when crumbs fall on the layers below. Plus the actual cutting is just one of the things you’ll want to prepare for to make the most of the moment. 

Here’s how to cut your wedding cake tastefully.

DO: Decorate your cake table with linens, flowers, or other desserts and place it where your guests can see it well. Or literally put it on a pedestal to make it a dramatic centerpiece.

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Photographed by Amy and Stuart Photography - Los Angeles, California photographers
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Photographed by Greg Finck Photography - France photographers


DO: Light it up for gorgeous photography. Use a spotlight, candlelight, or other lighting to draw attention and give your photographer wonderful light to work.

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Photographed by Berit Bizjak Photography - New York photographers
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Photographed by MIKI Studios - London, UK photographers

DO: Arrange yourselves so you are both looking out at your guests. One of you will hold the knife and the other will put their hand on top to help guide it. Cut two small pieces from the bottom layer for your cake and let the caterers come in to disassemble it and serve your family, the bridal party, and your friends in that order.

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Photographed by Amy and Stuart Photography - Los Angeles, California photographers

DO: Feed each other a small bite, emphasis on small. Getting cake smashed in your face after spending hours on your look can be at best distracting and at worst an intrusion on your celebration. Do discuss this beforehand and if you both want to, then of course you should go for it!

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Photographed by Kirth Bobb - Washington, DC photographer

DO: Finish off with champagne or a non-alcoholic bubbly drink. Take a sip, clink your glasses together, and then raise them to the crowd. Next step? Move on to the dance floor!

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Photographed by Timmester Photography - North Carolina photographers

Need tips on dancing? Check out our blog posts on How to Make Your First Dance Memorable, and How to Do the Dip at Your Wedding!.