Wedding Cake Mondays: Wedding Cake Smooshing Controversy
While perusing the web, you’ll find that the topic of wedding cake smooshing sparks a lot of controversy! Some brides find it to be completely disrespectful, other brides think the first set of brides need to loosen up, and a third contingent are simply concerned about the stains that could be left on a very expensive dress…
While I personally lean towards the “omg no” side of the debate, I do agree that, at very least, brides and grooms should discuss this option well in advance and be very clear in confirming that you both want to take part in smooshing wedding cake into the others face.
According to MentalFloss, the granddaddy predecessor to wedding cake smooshing was the breaking of baked goods over the bride’s head. In the olden days, the groom would gnaw off a bite of barley bread and break the remainder of the loaf over his newlywed bride’s head, showering her with crumbs. Guests would then scramble to pick up any wayward crumbs off the floor as they were said to bring good luck!
This tradition evolved as cake emerged as the preferred confection for wedding celebrations, and, fortunately for the bride, a whole cake doesn’t break in two quite as dramatically as a loaf of bread! Rather than scrounge for lucky crumbs on the floor, guests would stand in line while the bride passed tiny, fortune-blessed morsels of cake through her own wedding ring into the hands of the waiting masses. As this act fell by the wayside, the tradition of giving out whole slices of cake to each guest, not to be eaten, but to be placed under their pillow at night for good luck began.
It is possible for wedding cake smooshing to be done in a fun and lighthearted way, but there is, I believe, a greater chance for it could go horribly wrong. I leave it to you, my soon-to-be Mrs…to smoosh or not to smoosh?
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