Life Events

Life events pose a unique challenge because each is a new or infrequent occurrence for which many people have little or no prior experience.

A wedding is no exception to this rule.

When planning your wedding, a little dose of commonsense advice can help

Here is our advice on this topic.
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Wedding Cake
Cutting a beautiful cake is the highlight of the wedding reception. The bride cuts the first slice and offers it to the groom to signify their newly shared life together. Unless the number of guests is small, buying a cake that has been especially made for the occasion is the most practical choice. Some caterers will include a cake in their menus, but large receptions most often require a professional baker.

You should select a cake by looking at and tasting samples. Wedding cakes can be any shape or flavor, although traditionally the bride's cake is a light color with white or pastel icing. Decorations can include flowers or romantic symbols such as hearts, cupids, or bells. Fresh flowers can be used. Figures of a bride and groom on top of the cake are not as popular as they once were.

Wedding cakes are often constructed by layering tiers of cake. A 16 inch tier will serve about 100 slices, a 10 inch tier about 40 slices, and a 6 inch tier about 15. The baker can tell you how many guests the fully assembled cake will serve. If you are having a very large reception and don't want an enormous cake, the baker can simply make more cake that can be sliced behind the scenes and served on plates to your guests.

At some weddings a groom's cake is also served. This cake is usually a dark chocolate. Occasionally, it is served at the rehearsal dinner. It can also be sliced and packed in a small box for each guest to take home from the reception. These boxes are often printed with the name of the couple and the date of the wedding. They can be put at each guest's place at a table or stacked on a table near the door.

Make sure that any contract you sign with a baker includes a complete description of the cake and its price, delivery date, delivery time, and the address where it should be delivered. Someone at the reception site should be responsible for receiving the cake and making sure it is placed on the proper table with no damage. The baker will probably require a deposit, but the balance of the bill should only be paid when the cake is safely delivered.

Traditionally, the wedding cake was cut as the dessert course after a meal. Increasingly the cake is cut when all the guests have arrived, whether the reception is a tea, cocktail, buffet, or seated dinner. The bride cuts the first few pieces, but it is wise to have someone else slice the rest of the cake so that she can mingle with her guests.

Most wedding cakes will not keep in the freezer for more than several months. Rather than celebrating your first anniversary by eating a disappointingly dry piece of cake, eat the saved portion of your cake on the one month anniversary of your wedding.
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