Flipping Family Traditions

One of the most difficult things I’m encountering in this whole wedding planning extravaganza is where to add personal touches. Stupid, right? I mean, I’m the one getting married; isn’t that personal enough?

There’s nothing wrong with having a traditional wedding. I mean, 99.999999999% of our wedding will be straight from the Wedding 101 textbook. But it would be nice to make the remaining 0.000000001% something that is relatively unique. You know, something that will stand out and be remembered. Is that too much to ask, hive?

Enter the coolest (in my humble opinion) family tradition of all time: the cake flip.

As long as I can remember—and further back, before I was even a twinkle in my parents’ eyes—no Filly family gathering has been complete without a cake flip. My cousin F (who is doubling as our ceremony officiant—what a champ) takes a cake, flips it in the air, and catches it. And yes, he always catches it. Well, almost always. In the manymanymany years he’s been flipping cakes, he’s only dropped them twice. Fortunately for you all, one of those times has been captured for posterity on YouTube.

He’s the one flipping the cake at the beginning. As you can see, the drop? NOT HIS FAULT.

We’ve already coordinated with our baker to have an extra sheet cake prepared for the wedding. We can either have it kept in the back until flipping time, or we can have it serve double duty as a groom’s cake. Either way, F will flip the cake, everyone will be entertained, and then it’s dessert time. I’m on the fence about having a bouquet or garter toss, but I am definitely having a cake flip!

Okay, so when I think of personal touches to include in a wedding, I don’t generally think of goofy things like this, but at the end of the day it is a family tradition, and most of our non-family guests won’t have seen anything like it. Silly or serious, it is personal, it’s important to Stallion and I, and I really think everyone will get a kick out of it.

Tell me—what personal touches and special family traditions did you incorporate into your wedding day?


Mrs. Filly

Boston, MA
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    laura, Guest @ 12:22 pm

    this is so weird and excellent. how on earth did that tradition start?

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    seabeeny 204 posts, Helper bee @ 12:27 pm

    Wow, I’ve never heard of this, and that video is nuts. Your cousin’s amazing! And I agree with the previous post, what made him think, “I bet I could flip that cake!” the first time? Haha

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    bridesmomma 427 posts, Helper bee @ 1:17 pm

    This sounds awesome!

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    daniellekira 548 posts, Busy bee @ 2:10 pm

    I have never heard of this, but I love it. Such a cool tradition.

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    Mrs. Weather Vane 148 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:32 pm

    Hahaha, this is awesome! And so cool that is has become a family tradition.

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    Mrs. Mink 3151 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:43 pm

    I love that your family has a big laugh over this. Talk about a fun group!

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    beemyname 927 posts, Busy bee @ 3:19 pm

    Unique tradition.

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    Miss Wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:32 pm

    I’ve never heard of this tradition but it’s hilarious! :)

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    Mrs. Bighorn Sheep 114 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:14 pm

    OMG this is awesome!

    I love that someone yelled out “ONE SECOND RULE” as the cake hit the ground. So awesome Miss Filly. So awesome. Can’t wait to see pictures/video of this! :)

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    vttp926 1086 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:16 pm

    pretty awesome! hope they video this for your wedding!

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    Mrs. Gondola 979 posts, Busy bee @ 7:00 pm

    Very cool tradition!

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    Mrs. Camera 282 posts, Helper bee @ 9:26 pm

    omg i want to flip cakes. just for fun. i might go to the grocery store and get one of those ones with the red, yellow and blue balloons on it just to practice.

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    Mrs. Wallaby 2002 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:22 am

    I’ve never heard of this but it sounds like an awesome tradition! Is he talented at flipping other things too, like pancakes and pizzas?

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:51 am

    What an awesome tradition! I love how everyone in the video sounds like they are having so much fun!

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    Miss_Mimosa 189 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:23 am

    This is such a cool tradition. I have never heard of it before. Fingers crossed he catches it at your wedding.

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    Mrs. Filly 654 posts, Busy bee @ 3:49 pm

    @laura: @seabeeny: I have NO IDEA. Knowing my family, it probably started with drinking a little too much, haha.

    @bridesmomma: @daniellekira: @Miss Weather Vane: @Mrs. Mink: @Mrs. Gondola: @Mrs. Pony: Thanks!

    @beemyname: Haha, that’s one way of putting it ;)

    @Miss Wellies: Thanks! We’re a crazy bunch, haha.

    @Miss Bighorn Sheep: @vttp926: You better believe I’m getting it on video!!

    @Mrs. Camera: DO ITTTT. And make sure you get pictures when you do :) My dad’s done it a couple of times, but his track record isn’t so good compared to my cousin, lol.

    @Mrs. Wallaby: I have nooo idea! As far as I can tell, his two major talents are holding his liquor and flipping cakes, and usually those two talents go hand in hand.

    @Miss_Mimosa: I hope so too!

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    msmeow 1941 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:36 am

    HAHAHA! I love this family tradition! I’ve never seen anything like it, so much fun! I really hope he catches your cake :)

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