With my brother’s wedding just six days away, I can’t help but turn to thoughts of my own wedding more than 22 years ago. When I was discussing wedding cakes with my brother, I thought about our own beautiful cake covered with real flowers. We cut into the cake at the end of our reception and did the traditional exchange of feeding each other a bite of cake. We were nice about it and didn’t smear it all over each other. It might have been the only bite of food that we ate at our reception. We had a very nice buffet of food, but we were so busy with pictures and guests that we never got to sit down and eat properly. I do think we grabbed a few little bites at the end, but it’s sort of a blur.
I was taught that it was traditional to save the top layer of your wedding cake in your freezer and then eat it together on your first anniversary. I’m sort of surprised we actually did that because we only had a small freezer in our first apartment. We kept it for an entire year and tried to eat it on our anniversary, but it really was disgusting. When I asked my brother if he was going to do the same, he said “no, we will just make a new cake for our anniversary” – which totally makes sense since they are both culinary students. In retrospect, I wish we had just gone out for cake on our first anniversary.
Think about the weddings you’ve attended (your own or someone else’s) and jot down your memories of the wedding cake. What type was it? Did you get to eat any? What traditions have you observed when it comes to wedding cakes? What would you do differently if you could do it all again? Fun things to think about on a Memory Monday!