Cake table secrets
- Wrap picture wire (as if tying a package) around the tabletop, after the tables are covered, you can attach swags, garlands, and sprays with safety pins to the wires in the appropriate places.
- Layer sheets and/or tulle to give the tablecloth fullness and make it look more elegant.
- A nice touch is to make use of those expensive bridesmaid bouquets after the ceremony -- have the maitre d' or wedding consultant discreetly take the bridesmaid's bouquets and arrange them around the cake.
- Have the cake placed on a gorgeous cake stand (like the one to the right.) Again, a beautiful addition to the cake and reusable for parties you may have in the future
- Add a small picture framed picture to the table of the grooms parents and bride's parents.
When you create your wedding day schedule, put in bold type: "Entire band should be ready to play immediately after cake cutting." Many bands seem to think this is the perfect time for a break. Just the opposite — if the music ebbs now, your party is over.
The headwaiter should show you where to make the first cut, particularly if the cake has a dummy layer (a fake bottom layer that serves as support for the cake). To symbolize the couples' shared life together, the groom places his right hand over the bride's, which holds the knife. Together they cut a small piece from the back of the bottom tier. Traditionally, the groom feeds the bride first, a small mouthful easily washed down by a sip of champagne. Then the bride feeds the groom.
After the photos, the banquet directors should have the cake taken into the kitchen to be cut quickly and efficiently. They should also put cake bags out on the table for the guests to take home with them.
Some places charge a cake-cutting fee — usually $1 a slice — to cover the cost of the "setup" (plates and forks). If you strongly feel that this charge is inappropriate, then you should attempt to expunge this clause from your contract.
Tips for Saving the Top Tier
Traditionally, a couple saves the top tier of the wedding cake to share on their first anniversary. Unfortunately, the cake often ends up somewhere in the back of the freezer, squished beyond recognition!
Therefore, make sure you have everything in order before you freeze the cake. To freeze the top tier for your first anniversary bring a properly sized box, saran wrap and foil. Leave instructions for airtight wrapping (freeze the cake first for a few hours before it's wrapped). Wrap the cake in saran wrap tightly and then wrap again in foil. Place cake in box and rewrap again with saran wrap and foil. This, to make sure there is no freezer burn. Then make arrangements to have someone either store it in their freezer (usually one of the moms and dads) or placed in yours. An easier option, put in an order for a small cake of the same flavor to be scheduled for baking and pickup on your first-year anniversary.
You can buy the Silver Keepsake Cake Box. This box is made specifically for storing your cake, so it's as perfect and tasty in a year as it is now. Printed with a beautiful silver filigree design, the box is made of sturdy cardboard with a slick coat surface for durable storage and easy clean up. Includes a removable silver board for easy cake transfer, and a freezer-proof plastic liner.
My opinion. You've spent alot of money on the wedding, why not buy a nice box to ensure that your cake is safe until your anniversary. Under $25.00; it's a great idea : )