Wedding Tip : Let them eat cake!
I have yet to attend a wedding that didn’t have cake. It’s a staple for most events, and as universal as the white dress and tuxedos. Here are a couple of tips about the wedding cake.
Did you know that most photographers feel it’s preferable to keep the cake table away from a corner and not too close to a wall? Sounds crazy huh? The reason for this is purely photographic. It will likely be indoors and or dark at the time of the cake cutting, which will necessitate flash photography. If the cake table and bride and groom are close to a wall, the flash will cast a big shadow behind them making this type of shot unflattering. If the cake table is away from the wall, then this shadow won’t be so apparent. I realize that most brides put the cake in the corner for safe keeping. After all, we have seen the movies where someone bumps into the cake table and the whole thing goes flying… God Forbid! If you need to put the cake in a corner or by a wall, I would like to suggest putting it on a table with wheels so it can easily be moved for a better shot while cutting.
More and more I have been seeing cupcakes used to supplement the wedding cake. This is nice if your reception is more of a “come and go” type of event where some guests might not be staying long enough to be there for the cutting of the cake but would still like to have some baked sugary goodness. Plus, who does not love a cupcake?
More often than not I have seen a small degree of panic on the faces of the bride and groom when it’s time to cut the cake….
“HOW DO WE DO THIS?!?!?”
Don’t stress about it. Nobody can see what you’re doing on your side of the cake table anyways. It doesn’t have to be pretty, just cut out a couple of small bite sized pieces that you can feed to each other. Try your best to refrain from asking for help from your coordinator or caterer. Chances are, they will end up in your shot and honestly neither of us really want that person to be in your cake shots, do we?
To smear or not to smear:
How “nice” you are to each other when you feed each other is totally up to you. I used to believe that you can tell how long the relationship will last by the cake ceremony alone. After viewing wedding after wedding AND being married myself, I do not believe that anymore. If you have a playful relationship let it show! Always be careful not to get any on the expensive gown or suit but a LITTLE frosting on the face is always fun and makes for some adorable images!