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From a photographers perspective: 10 things to know about wedding cakes

1. Lattice is not to be placed any where near a wedding cake.  Not even the Groom’s cake.

2. Save the candles for the birthday cakes.  (Candles around the cake are great!  Candles on the cake- not so great.)

3. Fire extinguishers are important, but put them next to the  drunk guests with sparklers (not behind the wedding cake).  Unless the cake has candles- in which case, refer to number 2 above.

4. Place the cake a few feet from the wall (before putting the cake on it) so that people can get behind it for the cake cutting.  Those people on the Food Network Challenges make it look easy,  but moving a 7-tier cake is no cake walk.

5. Heaters + Cakes = Fondue Fountain.

6. That private room to the side may look like  a great location-  perhaps the kids will hang around the cake instead of the D.J.’s equipment.

7. Silverware, Champagne, and Glasses should always be around the table before the cake cutting.  But if not,  it’s always fun to watch the planner, caterer, and venue try to pin the blame on each other.

8.  If your best man and maid of honor or giving toasts before the cake cutting-  make sure they know about it.  Also, make sure they give the toast, not Captain Morgan.

9.  Even if Aunt Jane or the venue tells you that you have to do the cross arm toast-  you really don’t.

10.  The cake cutting is the unofficial segue from reception to party.  Most elderly and families with kids wait until the cake before they leave.  If you don’t want to see Aunt Jane do the Stanky Leg-  serve the cake sooner, so she can catch the nightly news.

  1. Catherine Guidry: Nice write December 13, 2010 at 9:52 am
  2. Maree Rolfe: Great tips, its a shame that people actually need you to point out the obvious though! Thanks Mark, and thanks Kara for sharing! December 13, 2010 at 8:37 am
  3. Kara Buntin: Hahaha! I'm a baker in RIchmond VA, and I'm going to link to this article. Unfortunately, your points are all very true... December 8, 2010 at 10:59 am
    • Mark Eric: Thanks Kara! December 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm
  4. Amanda Crooks: WOW! Whose cake is that in the last picture??? It's seriously the most gorgeous cake I've ever laid my eyes on! December 7, 2010 at 8:50 pm
    • Mark Eric: Thanks Amanda- that cake was from Terrica and Tony's wedding in Lafayette (you can use the search bar up top to find the blog post- beautiful wedding) :) December 8, 2010 at 10:40 am
  5. Sarah Upshaw: Another good one for Southern Brides: Don't forget to do the Charm Pulls BEFORE you cut the cake. We don't wont anyone swallowing a bean charm or something! December 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm
  6. Lucky Red Hen: BEAUTIFUL cake photos, Mark! I second the lattice objection ;) December 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm
  7. Sarah Backstrom: Haha!! Great post, Mark!! December 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm
  8. Courtney Dellafiora: Hahahaha, I love you Mark. 'Nuff said. December 7, 2010 at 10:38 am
  9. Sabrina Bowen: #11 - Do not place directly in front of an exit sign so that just about every shot of the happy couple (and those of just the cakes) includes the exit sign. December 7, 2010 at 10:30 am