(Closed) How does it work … the cake part of the wedding … I lack experience =)

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If you wedding cake is being layerd at the site then they will hopeully be putting it together for you. During the reception you will actually cut your wedding cake.  Just a small slice for the bride and groom to share.  the rest will be served out to the guests and the sheet cakes will be cut and served as well.

Post # 4
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - The 19th Century Club

More than likely, your tiered cake will be set up and looking fabulous when you get there. You and your hubby will do the cake cutting, then the catering staff will whisk it away to be sliced. Since you have the sheet cakes – I’m assuming because your tiered cake won’t feed all of your guests – they’ll slice that up as well and plate everything. Your guests won’t even notice…I was at a wedding last year where they did that and no one was the wiser!

Post # 5
4485 posts
Honey bee

Most people say that the cake is cut for the photo op in front of the guests and then whisked away to the kitchen where the sheet cakes are hiding and then sliced and plated there. A majority of people actually believe with every fiber of their being (as does the wedding industry itself) that guests will permanently scarred for life if they see the cake being cut and plated in front of them. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Every wedding I have been to, the couple cuts the cake and then someone else takes over and cuts it for the guests. The cake itself never leaves the display table. The slices are then put on plates and guests grab a plate and a fork and go sit down to eat.

I have attended a couple weddings where there was a fake display cake for the photo op and then on another table, in clear view of everyone, there were 3 different flavors of sheetcakes that were not cut into until guests came up to request a slice and they could choose any combination of flavors they wanted. There was also enough that even with birthday cake slices (which are considered taboo at weddings for some unknown reason) and a huge guest list all of whom went up for seconds, if not thirds, they still had a ton leftover that they sent home with those who wanted it and saved the rest for their day-after gift opening party where it was then finished. Contrary to popular belief, no one was scandalized at all by having the sheet cakes cut in front of them or the slices cut as they requested them, so they didn’t have time to dry out. Nearly every guest in attendance said they liked how it was set up that way. An anniversary party I recently attended had a tiered cake and 2 sheet cakes on the same table and nothing was taken to the kitchen. Everything was sliced and placed on plates for people to pick up and no one was offended by that either, nor was there any reason to be. As an aside, it was also public knowledge that it came from a local grocery bakery that everyone who was local thought their cakes were the absolute best in town, so they didn’t spend that much money actually and no one was offended by that either.

Another bad thing about the cake being whisked away to the kitchen after it’s cut, is that it is cut before dinner is even served because supposedly it gives those folks enough time to cut it for all the guests. There is no cake that takes over an hour to cut and put on plates becasue it will be dried out by the time guests get their slices. Another thing about the anniversary party I attended, all the cakes, including the tiered cake were cut and plated in a matter of mere minutes so there was no waiting for anything.

Every sheet cake I have ever seen anywhere had 2 layers of cake with filling in the middle and icing on top.  That’s standard unless you request otherwise. They don’t usually decorate them unless you ask for it to be decorated but you can request it to be plain on top just to be safe.


Post # 7
2144 posts
Buzzing bee

Maybe practice the cake cutting before hand :p Hubby and I failed MISERABLY at it lol. We had like this tiny little piece that I wouldn’t even consider a slice lol I guess we did get a piece big enough to feed to each other though, just took us some work and it wasn’t such a pretty picture :p


Mine was also covered in sugar flowers on top

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