(Closed) Cake cutting and champagne toast question

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
7640 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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candg4ever:  At our wedding, and as far as I know is traditional here (Australia):

After we did the ceremonial cutting, the caterers took the cake away and cut it up so that every guest got at least one piece. But the top tier of the cake was left uncut, and we took it home.

Some people save this top tier to eat at their first anniversary, though whether you can do that depends on the type of cake.

Post # 3
8940 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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candg4ever:  It’s your cake, eat some! lol 

I would do the champagne toast but if you really don’t want to for some reason, you could still just have the champagne served. Usually, the idea is that everyone gets one glass. If that’s what you want, you can increase the chances of that by having it served at a certain point, like before or after the cake cutting, and have the DJ announce it — “everyone get a glass of champagne!” Otherwise, either put a bottle on each table, or just have it behind the bar for people to request if they want.

Post # 4
372 posts
Helper bee

We did a top tier with cupcakes for the guests, hubby and I cut the cake, fed each other and then the venue staff took the top tier for wrapping up and put the cupcakes in boxes and started handing them out. (We also had dessert so most people took their cupcakes home or left them on the table).

We ensured everyone had a top up of champagne before the speeches (we had 4x speeches so about 4 toasts, the staff quietly went about topping up everyone’s glasses during the speeches). Otherwise just let everyone drink it. Our champagne was part of our drinks package so they had 6 hours of it – is this what you mean or just a couple of bottles for yourself?

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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candg4ever:  eat as much cake as you want! We cut our cake and then shared two pieces (a slice of each flavor) and then the caterer cut the rest for our guests. We could have had more if we weren’t full, but they wrapped it up for us and we basically ate wedding cake for days (not including the top that we saved for our first anniversary). Seriously no one says no to a lady in a white dress – if you want more cake then ask for another piece. 

Post # 7
684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Nashville, TN

As soon as we were introduced into the reception we headed straight for the cake. Cut our piece and took pics then went to the head table when toasts and speeches happened. The cake gets taken away and cut up for the guests and is put out after dinner. Eat your dinner then eat all the cake you want!! Find out if your place cuts and serves or just puts the cake in individual wrappers on the dessert table for guests to take home. 

Post # 9
1321 posts
Bumble bee

You have the champagne during the toasts (usually Maid/Matron of Honor and best man, and wedding hosts).

You cut the cake in front of your guests, during which you put one slice on a plate and feed each other. The rest of the cake is taken back and cut to serve. 

These two events may happen at various times during your reception depending on your preferences. If you google “wedding reception timeline examples” you can get some ideas on how others do it.

When it is time for your cake to be served, you both will also be served a piece of cake at your seats (your sweetheart table, or wherever you choose to sit as there are multiple configurations for this). 

In short, you will eat the small bite, but also get your own slice of cake with everyone else.

Post # 10
26 posts
  • Wedding: April 2015

You’ll stand there for pictures and then you can sit, or go dance or….whatever you want! It’s your party!

Post # 12
8761 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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candg4ever:  we had a cocktail party so we ate it while walking around talking to people. I’ve seen couples take it back to their table at other weddings. I honestly wouldn’t worry too much about it – do whatever feels natural in the moment.

You can ask someone to do a short toast without a long drawn out speech, but if you want the toast something needs to be said before everyone clinks glasses. If you don’t have anyone that you trust/want to speak you and/or your new husband can do a short “thank you all for coming, we appreciate your love and support today – enjoy the party!” 

Post # 13
2076 posts
Buzzing bee

Well after you cut the cake the caterer usually takes it in the back and slices it up and puts it on plates.  Then they come around and place a slice at each table or have it buffet style on a table in the reception area.  So if you want more cake then grab a slice, sit down, and enjoy.

As for the champagne, I would just have it behind the bar and whoever asks for a glass can have one.

And you really can’t have a toast without someone saying something.  That is the whole point of toast.  Someone toasting you or you toasting your guests.  So if no one offers to say anything you and your Fiance could stand up and say “We just want to thank you all for being a part of our wedding. Thank you.  Cheers!”

Post # 14
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We are skipping a champagne toast and they will just have the champagne at the bar instead. Which is perfect for us.

I don’t think you can do a toast without a speech or someone saying something.

Post # 15
2120 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We did our cake cutting as soon as we entered. We didn’t “serve” the cake until after dinner and the special dances. We ate slices of cake (had our planners but one of each of our three flavors on our table!). You don’t just get the one tiny nibble!

Regarding the toast – a toast can’t happen without SOME sort of words. You or your groom (or a member of your families) can stand up and say “I propose a toast to X and X!” or something like that to keep it short and sweet.

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