Cutting the cake
One of the most integral parts of the wedding reception is the cutting of the cake by the bride and groom. Oftentimes they feed each other some of the confection while others choose to shove it in each other’s faces. Whichever way you choose to go, the ceremonial cutting of the first slice of cake is symbolic as the first task the newlyweds execute together. According to the Wedding Channel, this practice developed because as cakes transformed into elaborate, multi-tiered confections, it became difficult for the bride to cut it on her own. She needed her husband’s muscle to cut through the stiff layers. I’m not exactly convinced that cutting a cake would be a challenge. I think I have faith in my future wife, but I still find it sweet to do this together.
After the cakes is cut, many couples feed each other a bit of the sweet treat. Cakes by Graham noted that this gesture dates back to when primarily men worked and women stayed at home. The cake represents the groom’s ability to provide for his wife as well as the bride’s ability to stay home, cook and care for the children. Thank goodness many couples today only exchange cake bites because it’s tradition and, well, it’s pretty darn delicious.
Throwing of rice
Honestly, who decided to start throwing rice at newlyweds upon their exit? According to Our Wedding Day, this traditional ceremony stemmed from an ancient pagan tradition of throwing rice or other grains on a couple to wish them a prosperous union. The grain signified that a small seed has the potential to grow into a large crop and many also believed this seed represented fertility. Many follow through with this tradition today, although couples are opting for things like bubbles and sparklers instead.
Engagement rings on the left hand
Wearing engagement rings on the fourth finger of the left hand is traditional. But, why the left hand and why that finger? The Knot said that both engagement rings and wedding rings are worn on the left hand of the fourth finger because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart (awwwww).
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