Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wedding Tradition: Charm Cake

This tradition is predominately used in southern weddings, but since I used to live in the south, I may use this in my own wedding; it's called a bridesmaids cake pull. Various charms are attached to ribbon and baked into a cake. Some couples choose to have them baked into the wedding cake, or the bride can opt to have a separate bridesmaids cake that is served at the rehearsal dinner with the grooms' cake. There should be enough charms so that each bridesmaid gets one. 

The belief is that the charm that the bridesmaid pulls will foretell her future. You can choose any kind of charm to put in, but traditionally, a ring charm is included in the mix. Whoever pulls the ring charm is believed to be the next one to get married.

I love this idea because it's a great way to incorporate your bridesmaids into the reception and to show them that you appreciate everything they've done for you.

These charms are from Gold Chest Jewelry on Etsy
1. Best Friends Forever Ring: May you always be surrounded by friends
2. Super Hero: May there always be someone who sweeps you off your feet
3. Knight: May your knight in shining armor find you
4. Star: May all of your wishes come true
5. Wine Bottle: May your glass always be half full
6. Witch: May you never become old and bitter
7. Pistol: May you never need more shots than you have bullets

These charms are from Bohemian Findings on Etsy
1. Four Leaf Clover: Good luck
2. Heart: New love
3. Thimble: To protect you from the "pricks" out there
4. Chili Pepper: There's a hot romance in your near future
5. Anchor: You will live a life of stability and hope.
6. Saxophone: You will live with a song in your heart.
7. Fleur De Lis: Laissez les bon temps rouler - Let the good times roll!
8. Pelican: You will have a life of plenty
9. Camera: You will have a picture perfect life
10. Steamboat: Your life will be full of nostalgic memories
11. Alligator: You will live a long and enjoyable life
12. Eiffel Tower: Your life will be filled with travel and leisure
13. Mardi Gras Mask: Your life will be a party
14. A ring: You will be the next to be married.

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