Wedding Cake Trends + Traditions

Cutting the cake seems like a small, brief moment on your wedding day. After all, you’ve already said the vows, and isn’t the best part of dessert eating it? But if cutting the cake is important to you, there are ways to make the occasion more memorable and snag some snapshots that you’ll treasure long after the last crumb of cake is gone.



Judy Pak

Cake Cutting Traditions

To smash or not to smash? Whether or not you decide to smash the cake in each other’s faces, just agree upon it beforehand. Remember that some dyes in frosting can stain your dress, and cake dripping from your eyelashes may not make for a pretty photo. But if you’re both lighthearted folks who enjoy a good cake smash, go for it–it guarantees a laugh.



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Does the groom get a cake? Some couples opt for a groom’s cake, a decorative one-layer dessert adorned with his favorite sports teams colors or a silly saying. They’re meant to be lighthearted and festive and don’t need to be cut alongside your main wedding cake. For a more modern take, you could make alternating layers for the bride and groom with fillings and frosting flavors you both enjoy.

Take a brief pause. For your photographer to get a sweet shot, take a moment to pause when cutting–don’t just whip the knife through and be done with it.



Elias Kordelakos

Trendy Cake Cutters

When it comes to cutting the cake, you could just use a knife from the caterer–or you could go the extra mile and find a cake cutter that’s both fitting for your wedding aesthetic and something you can use again! Here are a few options:

Cake cutter for rustic weddings

Monogram cake serving set for upscale weddings

Winter wedding cake server



Trent Bailey Studio

10 Trending Cake Cutting Songs:

When you’re cutting the cake, which song do you want playing in the background? If you’ve already had your first dance, you could easily just reuse that song, but if you’re cutting the cake pre-dance floor, consider using an upbeat jam to get everyone in the mood for some chocolate before the Cupid shuffle. Bonus points if you can tie in a dessert pun!

“Love on Top” by Beyonce

“Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith

“How Sweet it is to be Loved By You” by James Taylor

“Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Calais

“Ordinary Love” by Ben Rector

“I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles

“Love You Madly” by Cake

“Marry You” by Bruno Mars

“The Sweet Escape” by Gwen Stefani

“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong



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Style Me Pretty Contributor – Claire Swinarski is a writer and podcaster based in Wisconsin. When she isn’t writing, she can be found obsessing over football, eating a burrito bowl, or hanging out with her husband and son.