In my constant search for all things wedding, I have stumbled upon the tradition of the charm cake. I had never heard of it before, but from what I gather, it dates back to the Victorian era. It is sometimes referred to as ribbon pulling, and often takes place at the bridesmaids’ luncheon (though some websites suggested it be done at the reception right after the cake cutting).
Basically a number of charms (equal to the number of bridesmaids) are placed in a cake with ribbons attached to them. The ribbon is visible and each bridesmaid is supposed to take a ribbon and pull out the charm. Each charm has special meaning–i.e. an airplane means travel/adventure, a four-leaf clover means good luck, a wedding ring means you’ll be the next to be engaged.
Today the charm cake tradition is most commonly seen in the South, but I’m thinking of bringing it to the West! Do you think this would be a nice touch to the bridesmaid lunch (the day before the wedding)? Are there any traditions you’ve discovered that you want to bring to your wedding?
- LA/Palm Springs
- Wedding Date:
- December 2007
- historic estate overlooking the heart of Palm Springs