Wedding Traditions: The Toasts and the Cake

The Toasts:
Did you know that in ancient years people had a fear of poisoning, therefore at weddings the host would pour glasses of wine from the same decanter and then take the first drink with a toast to show that the wine was suitable to drink? Even more interesting, the phrase “toast” derives from putting a piece of burnt toast in the wine to reduce the acidity making it suitable for drinking.

The Wedding Cake:
Have you also wondered why smashing a delicious treat in your bride or grooms face is a tradition? The wedding cake started out as a small bun, the bun was broken above the bride’s head and then the guest would eat the crumbs for good luck. Years later guests brought small cakes and piled them on a table and the bride and groom would attempt to kiss over the cakes symbolizing a successful long and happy marriage with lots of children. Eventually, a baker decided to put all the cakes together and cover them with frosting. Today cake cutting is a way the bride and groom pledge their unity and share their good luck with guests, and they sometimes even throw in some fun with the cake smashing. 

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