Cutting the wedding cake is one of the oldest traditions associated with the wedding reception. It began with the Romans almost 2000 years ago…yes, they baked cakes back then, just not the kind we’re accustomed to eating at weddings these days. Around 100 A.D., small wheat and salt cakes were prepared (which don’t sound like they would taste good) for the wedding ceremony. During the ceremony, the groom would eat part of it before breaking the rest over his bride’s head. Guests would then attempt to catch a portion of this cake to take home for good luck.
Through the years, the cake grew larger until it was not only impractical to break it over the bride’s head, it became nearly impossible. Over time, this tradition disappeared and the idea of a sweeter, tastier cake emerged. Yay! Most people believe this transition began in the 1600s with a French chef who came to visit King Charles II. The chef was appalled as he watched wedding guests pile sweet buns higher and higher while the bride and groom attempted to kiss over them (which would bring them prosperity). The chef decided to create his own tiered system, which used cut broom sticks to separate the layers.
To create such an elaborate large cake, days of preparation were needed and the wedding cake was often frosted in lard (which sounds really gross) to prevent it from drying out. The lard was then scraped off before the cake was served. Eventually, someone had the idea that it would be much easier to add sugar to the lard rather than scraping the lard off. The concept of cutting the cake is supposed to be symbolic of the bride and groom’s new life together, as it is the first task they perform together after the ceremony.
When it comes to this special time in your reception, you’ll want a song specifically for this memorable moment. Awkward silence is not what you want to hear as you cut into your new life together, but instead some joyful love song that makes everyone smile for the inevitable pictures! Whether the bride and groom choose to be playful or formal as they feed each other for the first time in public, be sure to choose a song with a happy flow. If you have a sense of humor, you could even create a reaction from the crowd. For instance, “Anticipation” would be a fun song as the bride teases the groom with the cake, making him reach for it as the song lyrics linger. Some couples choose a romantic selection like those found on the First Dance Songs and Unity Candle Songs pages. Whether you want whimsical or meaningful, choose a song that creates a moment you and your guests will remember forever!
We have some of the best cake cutting songs listed below. For your convenience, we have compiled the songs in a playlist, making it easy for you to listen to a sample or purchase a song. A detailed listing of the songs is provided below the playlist.