Does it matter when we cut the cake at our wedding reception? Cutting the cake does provide an unspoken signal to guests: namely, that it's okay to leave without being thought of as rude. In days past, the cake was cut at the very end of the reception. Today, as a courtesy (especially to elderly guests), the cake is cut early on during the reception so that guests are free to leave when they are ready. The cake is typically cut after dinner is over and before the dancing gets in full swing.

Does it matter when we cut the cake at our wedding reception? Cutting the cake does provide an unspoken signal to guests: namely, that it's okay to leave without being thought of as rude. In days past, the cake was cut at the very end of the reception. Today, as a courtesy (especially to elderly guests), the cake is cut early on during the reception so that guests are free to leave when they are ready. The cake is typically cut after dinner is over and before the dancing gets in full swing.

Vintage wedding by Frosting Cake & Event Design. Ruffles and Romance with buttercream.

Vintage wedding by Frosting Cake & Event Design. Ruffles and Romance with buttercream.

white fondant cake, layered with raspberry filling, was encircled by orchids and tea light candles

An Enchanted Wedding at the Eau Palm Beach

white fondant cake, layered with raspberry filling, was encircled by orchids and tea light candles

Design W 0341 | Butter Cream Wedding Cake | 10"+8"+6" | Serves 75 | 2 Tone Satin Ribbon, Fresh Flowers | Standard Price

Design W 0341 | Butter Cream Wedding Cake | 10"+8"+6" | Serves 75 | 2 Tone Satin Ribbon, Fresh Flowers | Standard Price

Fondant cake layered with swingy sugar-paste fringe.  From Charm City Cakes, $15/slice.

Dramatic Wedding Cakes Inspired by the Runway

Fondant cake layered with swingy sugar-paste fringe. From Charm City Cakes, $15/slice.

From the doves to the florals to the white beads, everything about this cake says timeless.  Photo by Brett Heidebrecht via Wedding Chicks

25 Classic Wedding Cakes That Stand the Test of Time

From the doves to the florals to the white beads, everything about this cake says timeless. Photo by Brett Heidebrecht via Wedding Chicks

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