Post # 1
I know there must be a Dr. or Future Mrs. Doctor out there that can help me with this. . .
My fiance and I want to cut our wedding cake with a scalpel as he will be a newly graduated doctor at the time of our wedding. He was going to take care of this detail, but he’s so busy, I want to get it off his plate. Even with lots of time before the wedding, I’m trying to accumulate all the “little” things so they don’t stack up at the end.
My question for you ladies is has anyone else done this? What size or type of scalpel should we buy and where would we get it from?
Thank you ladies so much for your help with this!
Post # 3
Just a thought: Are you sure that doing this is not going to gross people out? I mean, most people have fairly bad associations with scalpels.
Post # 4
@rachel_leigh: That’s an interesting point. I think since most of our guests are doctors, nurses, or relatives who know us well, we’re pretty safe. And from a distance, I don’t think people will really be able to tell what it is. But that’s a good point. lol
Post # 5
omg! as a future doc, i have to say i LOVE this idea!
i know at my school you can pick up scalpels in in the med school book stores (they sell them for anatomy lab, but don’t worry, they are sterile and clean). unfortunately i don’t think you are going to be able to find a blade big enough to cut a cake, most scalpels are kinda tiny, so the handle of the scalpel might go into the cake a bit too…
if the med school book store isn’t an option, i google and found tons of places that sell the handles and blades (be careful putting on a blade is a little tricky and if you don’t do it right, ouch, those suckers are sharp!).
good luck, i hope you are able to find what you want!
Post # 6
OMG, @DUCK!! Are you at Tulane?!?!?!?
Bookstore is a great idea, except yes, the size thing is what we ran into. I’ve seen his old ones from anatomy, but those are almost like xacto blades. LOL I guess if all else fails we make an “incision” and use a knife to cut the rest. haha
You should totally steal the idea =) It could be the new trend. Haha
Thanks and good luck to you too! Medical student AND planning a wedding, mad props to you!
Post # 7
I think it’s a neat idea, but scalpel blades are about 1 to 1.5 inches long- I am not sure *how* you would cut a cake with that?
Post # 8
I agree you should try it out on a cake before the wedding day. Cute idea, but I don’t know if it is going to work or if anyone will be able to tell what you are doing.
Is there something else medicine related you could use?
Post # 9
lol, yes, i am at a Louisiana med school… 😉
i love the incision idea! how cute would that be!–i may just have to steal you idea! eeep!
luckily, my fi is crazy into this wedding thing, so im mostly showing him what i like and he will be doing the rest! its a little non-traditional, but it works for us (and my med school work load!) i kind of enjoy the no-stress side of things, i say i like this picture and he says “ok ill make it happen” and i stop worrying! lol…
good luck with the planning!
random idea, have you thought out seeing if you could “make” a giant scalpel as a cake server? maybe etsy would have something or you could refashion another cake server to look like a scalpel?
Post # 10
@Jaqui: That’s a great idea to “test” it. We’re not doing big teared thing. We actually have these little cake stands, so we planned on cutting into a 6″ cake as opposed to the big bottom tear like most wedding cakes. One of the cakes is also a surprise birthday cake for my Uncle, so there are a lot of cake things going on, haha.
@duck: My fiance is also in medical school in Louisiana. . .small world. Interesting idea about making one. . .I think I’m not too worried about anyone else “knowing” what we’re using to cut it. This was an idea my fiance had and since he’s made so few requests, I’m happy to oblige him when I can. You’re lucky you man is so involved! I’m sure you know with as taxing as medical school is, I’m impressed me fi can put a full sentence together some days. . .you fi must NOT be in medical school. . .
You ladies are the BEST now I see why weddingbee.com is soooo popular! It’s great to have somewhere to talk this out with people going through the same process! Thanks for all the comments!!
Post # 11
I’m no help but I think that’s such a cute idea!
Post # 12
#1. Is your Fiance actually going into a surgical residency? This would make more sense to use a scalpel to cut the cake rather than say he is going into anesthesia or peds. You don’t usually associate a scalpel with those disciplines.
#2. I have never seen nor used a scalpel long enough to cut a cake. I think checking out etsy would be a great idea to get one custom made.
You could definately use his graduation from medical school in other areas of the wedding if the cake cutting thing doesn’t pan out……. place card holders, table numbers, favors, groom’s cake, etc.
Post # 13
@gvsusara: Good point about the specialty and I did bring that up with my Fiance, but he liked the idea anyway, lol. He’s actually going into Peds, with a masters in tropical medicine (so he uses scalpels more like a lance, which since it seems you’re a doctor, you know exactly what i mean;-) ). Are you using medical things in your wedding?
Post # 14
check out some party stores and find the Dr costumes – maybe there is a large novelty scalpel that you could slice a little stunt cake with. it’d probably be too dull to use on a nice cake.
Post # 15
@MJorgan My hubby does cardiothoracic anesthesia and I am a ICU nurse. He really didn’t even want the “Dr” title anywhere in our wedding. However, I insisted that it be on the invites since he just finished fellowship and passed the last of his written boards.
The only medical thing at our wedding was assisting our sick photographer. Luckily we had several medical specialties represented at the reception and our friend, Oliver, diagnosed her with an external ear infection.
Post # 16
This is an awesome way to personalize your day! The scalpels I work with in the lab are really small – you’d only be able to cut about a centimeter of cake at a time ;). If I were you, i’d just buy the biggest scalpel I could find!