Wedding Cake Traditions

The Wedding Cake is the one menu item your guests can’t wait to taste!

Classic Elegant White Wedding Cake with Red Roses at Bella Sera

Besides the tradition and symbolism of the bride and groom cutting the wedding cake, there’s also the important details to decide such as the design and shape of the cake, the flavors, and which of the Top 20 Songs to play for the cake cutting ceremony. Hopefully you’ll gather some good tips from this post.

At Bella Sera our design team believes the wedding cake is the main focal point and centerpiece of the reception. The wedding cake is said to be only outclassed by the beauty of the bride. So true! It is always prominently and beautifully displayed in our ballroom with gorgeous linens, candles and embellishments, and unique backdrops that compliment the design of each custom designed wedding cake.

Just look at these beautiful wedding cakes and how each one is an expression of the personalities and design style of our brides and grooms; from the colors, design, cake tiers, frosting, flavors, cake toppers, and of course, the cake bases and table décor. It’s no wonder why everyone waits anxiously to indulge in this decadent dessert.

A Gorgeous Wedding Cake Backdrop at Bella Sera

Gone Fishing Wedding Cake Topper at Bella Sera


Ball and Chain Cake Topper at Bella Sera


Shabby Chic wedding cake at Bella Sera

So what does the cake cutting tradition represent?

The cake cutting tradition dates back many, many years. However, the modern cake-cutting ceremony signifies the first joint task that the bride and groom perform together as husband and wife. This tradition is very special and is one that is practiced at nearly every wedding you will attend. The bride with the “help” of the groom cuts the first piece of cake. The Groom feeds the bride first and she feeds him second. The tradition of feeding the cake to each other signifies a commitment to take care of one’s partner and provide the sustenance the other person needs in the marriage. Neither partner touches the other during the feeding. By not touching each other during the feeding, each person pledges to perform their tasks unaided.

Cakes, as well as bread have always been part of the celebration of a marriage. The ancient Romans considered bread to be a symbol of fertility. Some believe that a couple was not considered married until they had broke the bread and eaten it together.

The cake is also the last thing that guests eat, which leaves a definite lasting impression. Since it is the last formal ceremony of the wedding, etiquette states that guests may leave after the cake cutting. This is why you will see many grandparents or elderly guests leave a reception after they have had cake and coffee.

Wedding cake designs can be elegant and extravagant, artistic, or just downright fun.

Gorgeous Asian Fusion Wedding Cake at Bella Sera

Elegant Red Roses on Wedding Cake at Bella Sera


Ice Cake Stand with Denver Bronco Grooms Cake at Bella Sera


Doctor Who Tardis Police Box Wedding Cake at Bella Sera


A Stunning Wedding Cake Backdrop at Bella Sera


Artistic Black, White and Fuschia Wedding Cake at Bella Sera

What’s your favorite flavor?

  • Café Latte Cake
  • Classic Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Decadent Chocolate
  • Hazelnut Praline 
  • Italian Rum 
  • Lemon Cake with Lemon Butter Cream Frosting
  • Old Fashioned Carrot Cake
  • Pink Champagne Cake with Raspberry Mousse Filling
  • Pink Strawberry Swirl Cake
  • Spice Cake with Caramel Buttercream Frosting
  • Tres Leches Cake

From decadent fillings to extraordinary design and cake table décor, your wedding cake can easily become something that guests will brag about for a very long time.

Winter Wonderland Themed Wedding Cakes 

Winter Wedding Cake 6 Tier at Bella Sera


Winter Wedding Cake at Bella Sera


Winter Wedding Cake with adorable Polar Bear Topper at Bella Sera


Winter 4 Tier Wedding Cake at Bella Sera


To create the perfect mood for the cake cutting ceremony, you’ll want to be sure to pick the perfect song to top it all off. You’re sure to find one from this list of  “The Top 20 Wedding Cake Cutting Songs”: 

  1. Ain’t That A Kick In The Head – Dean Martin

  2. Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast

  3. Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations

  4. Chapel Of Love – The Dixie Cups
  5. Candy Man – Christina Aguilera
  6. Cut The Cake
 – Average White Band
  7. Eat it – Weird Al Yankovic
  8. Happy Together – The Turtles

  9. Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
  10. How Sweet It Is
- James Taylor
  11. I Do (Cherish You) – 98 Degrees

  12. I Got You Babe – Sonny and Cher

  13. It’s Your Love  – Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
  14. Love And Marriage
 – Frank Sinatra
  15. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
  16. Recipe For Love
 – Harry Connick Jr.
  17. Sugar, Sugar – The Archies
  18. That’s Amore
- Dean Martin
  19. The Sweetest Thing – U2

  20. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole

So now that you know the reason for the cake cutting ceremony, don’t forget to share it with your fiancé. Your guests will also enjoy learning about the reason behind the cake cutting, so ask your DJ to make a short introduction before you cut the cake explaining the symbolism behind the tradition. When shopping for inspirations on design, colors, tiers, flavors and decor embellishments, it’s best to choose a baker who has been in the wedding business for several years to ensure the design is perfect, the flavor is amazing, and that there is plenty of cake for all of your guests. Have fun with the whole experience, and don’t make your cake an after thought or last minute decision.

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Elisabeth Montoya

Designer and co-owner of The Bella Sera Event Center




A Fairytale Wedding Celebration

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A Fairytale Wedding Celebration………

When you picture a bubbly, adorable, fun and incredibly sweet bride who exudes pure excitement and joy about her wedding and marrying her best friend, you might just see Lauren.  Their entire wedding celebration was full of laughter, pranks, touching moments, romance, family, friends, and true love toward one another.  They wanted everyone to see that they could be themselves and truly enjoy every moment of their day in their own style, and this is what they did.  Their wedding was not only beautiful, but it was original and so much fun, and there was never a dull moment. One memory sums it all up…Lauren said “When my Dad walked me down the aisle, and I saw Chris for the first time, I felt like we were the only three people in the room. I was bawling and didn’t even notice anyone else.”

Lauren is very close to her parents, and on the morning of her wedding, her Dad made her favorite breakfast of Mickey Mouse shaped waffles from their waffle iron he had used since she was a little girl. Her Mom was involved in every step of the planning, and her Aunts and Uncles helped in so many ways. It was truly a family celebration. Chris being the oldest sibling of 7, also had lots of family and friends involved.

Lauren and Chris were married at The Bella Sera in an elegant ceremony that was personalized in every way to express their love for each other, as well as their incredible story and personalities. The wedding day started off with a prayer, as they held hands around a wall, so as to not see each other before the ceremony.  They made promises of being by each other’s side and never giving up, snuggling on the sad days and always being there for each other.  When Chris said he would see her soon, Lauren responded with “I will be the one in white dress.” How cute is that?

Lauren is quiet, sweet and quirky and Chris is the party guy on campus who is known as “the Rock” because of his similarity in appearance.  This combination of personalities has kept Lauren and Chris together for 5 years and made for a beautiful fairytale relationship full of fun and laughter. The theme of their wedding was an enchanted fairytale.  Even though, like most couples, they will admit their relationship was not always perfect it had a fairytale ending.

The bride entered to “Still the One” by Shania Twain in a magnificent ballroom gown, just like a princess.  On her bouquet were charms for the loved ones that she or Chris had lost.  One for Chris’s father who passed away when Chris was a child and another for her friend Jenny who passed away in college; Jenny’s mother wore a matching charm on her corsage.  While Lauren and Chris had a traditional ceremony it wouldn’t be like them not to throw some personality into the mix.  They read love letters to each other with a promise to never be bored, which could never be said better than by reading a few quotes from the movie “The Hangover.”  For the exit the couple choreographed a fun dance to “You’re Still The One” as they danced back down the aisle, much to the delight of their guests.

The reception was a surprise to everyone with the beautiful enchanted forest ambiance and fairytale theme.  It took several décor meetings to get everything perfect.  Fairy berry lights were hung from the ceiling to give a starry night look, complete with green lighting to look like a forest.  Black linens with purple accents and a combination of tall forest like centerpieces and shorter romantic centerpieces filled with candles gave the reception an enchanted feel.  Even the cake looked like something out of a fairy tale, complete with a tiny Tinkerbelle hidden on the backside of the cake that only the bride and groom saw upon cutting their cake.  The cake topper was custom designed by Lauren. It was two bobble head dolls that were exact images of both Lauren and Chris. They then had their cake put on the state of Texas to signify Texas, since they had met at Texas Roadhouse Restaurant.

Lauren changed into a second stunning gown and surprised Chris on the winding Grand Staircase at Bella Sera. He was in awe.  Chris and his groomsmen had spent hours practicing a song and dance routine to New Kids on the Block “Summertime,” for Lauren. They blindfolded her, and then all of them came down the stairs with bear chests and vests as they serenaded her. The crowd went wild, and Lauren could not stop laughing. It was so much fun. Then Lauren got Chris back with her bag of tricks for the garter removal. She had everything but the kitchen sink under her dress. Chris’s favorite surprise was when he found a Denver Broncos flag under her dress and his buddies went crazy.

A wedding shows everyone who you are as a couple and this wedding was full of love, laughter, pranks and surprises.  It was the kind of celebration every couple dreams about.


From the Bride…

We found the Bella Sera when attending another event there previously, and we fell in love with the venue and the staff beginning with Kaylene, then Sari, and then Elisabeth and John. We had three design sessions with Elisabeth and Chris was a trooper the whole time.; she never made us feel that it was a problem when we kept changing our minds on décor. Elisabeth was so compassionate and thoughtful, and she was able to take what I wasn’t able to express, and make my dreams into reality. I loved how we were able to make the décor and ambiance different in the ceremony room from the décor in the reception room. The reception was everything I imagined with the enchanted forest feel, twinkly lights everywhere, candles, fairy berries and green lighting. It was magical. It was so much more than we ever thought we could afford on our salaries. We wanted our wedding to be something that other people compared theirs against, and we felt we accomplished that and more. This was the one day we got to be special, and the center of attention,  and I got to wear the “white dress”, and experience everyone being happy for us. Every bride and groom should feel this way on their wedding day.



Venue: The Bella Sera Event Center

Photography: Mark Alison Photography

Cake: King Soopers

Flowers: Vickie’s Flowers

Décor: Bella Sera Designer Elisabeth Montoya

Catering: Bella Sera Catering

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