Since wedding season is quickly approaching, we thought it would be fun to tell you about a true Southern Wedding Tradition: The Cake Pull! Although the tradition is strong, many do not know the significance behind pulling that charm.
The Cake Pull is a ceremony between the brides and her maids during the Bridesmaids’ Brunch, which traditionally occurs the Friday before the wedding. What I love so much about this Cake Pull picture from my wedding weekend is that it is not styled or staged – Rachel was able to capture with her lens the moment just before the charms were pulled by my bridesmaids.
Quick History – Victorian Era Ribbon Pull Tradition:
The Cake Pull gets it’s roots from an old Victorian tradition of “ribbon pulling” in England. Traditionally, charms of luck and good fortune were placed into the wedding cake by the bride specifically for her single friends and were pulled during the wedding just before the cake was cut.
The sterling silver charms for this tradition were attached to dainty ribbons – each charm having a special meaning.
Modern and Southern Application to the Cake Pull:
The bridesmaids and bride surround the cake, each grabbing the end of a ribbon with anticipation. Sterling silver charms are attached to each ribbon; set into the cake after it is baked but before it is iced. After a quick countdown, each bridesmaid pulls a different ribbon and whichever charm they receive indicates a different type of luck (see what each charm represents at the end of the post!) and may even predict their future.
During my wedding weekend, the Bridesmaid’s Brunch was held at my Aunt Linda Israel’s beautiful gulf-front home in Seagrove and was hosted by family and close friends. My aunt has fabulous taste, so I knew everything would be absolutely gorgeous and her beach home would provide the perfect backdrop to celebrate. A very fun time was had by all! I could not have asked for anything more – the brunch was a major factor in making our wedding weekend feel so magical.
The photos from the event, shot by Rachel, look like they are out of a magazine. My aunt and the other hostesses did an incredible job setting up for the event and making every last detail perfect – you can check out the photos further down in the post.
The Cake Pull Charms Tells All at my Bridesmaid’s Brunch:
One of my bridesmaids pulled the baby from the cake – meaning she would be the next to have a child. She was secretly pregnant during my wedding. It was too early to tell anyone so the two of us were the only ones at the wedding that knew this exciting secret, along with her husband. When she pulled the baby and showed it to me, neither one of us could stop laughing once we got over the initial shock. We spent a lot of time making sure no one knew that she was pregnant at that point, so the irony of her pulling the baby out of the cake was priceless! She and her husband now have a beautiful, healthy baby. Perhaps there is more to this tradition than just, well, tradition…
The caterer was Townsend Catering. They handled the bar, all food, and came to serve too; my Aunt Linda prefers to work with Townsend Catering for her events and now I know why. It was absolutely delicious and the employees could not have been nicer.
The beautiful charm cake was made by Kim of Kim’s Cakes –
“Kim’s Cakes, formerly Southern Style Desserts, has moved to Santa Rosa Beach. We are located in The Wedding House and have been servicing the Destin area for over 14 years. We provide the best wedding cakes along the Emerald Coast. “By Appointment Only” allows Kim’s Cakes design team to sit down and customize a cake or dessert perfect for you… there is no occasion too big or small for. Not only do we have amazing designs, the taste is what you will remember us by!” -Kim’s Cakes
All the rest of our lovely pictures below the fold! Read more too see them all by clicking “continue reading.”
What Charms Represent
- Hot Air Balloon or Eiffel Tower: A Life Full of Adventure and Travel
- Baby: You Will Have the Next Child
- Butterfly: Eternal Beauty
- Star: Your Wish Will Come True
- Anchor: Adventure is Around the Corner
- Four Leaf Clover: Good luck!
- Flower: Blossoming love
- Heart: New Love!
- Fleur-de-Lis: Love and Prosperity
- Kite: Fun and Leisurely Life
- Star: Your Wishes Will Come True
- Wishbone: Success is in your Future
- Ring: Upcoming Marriage; You are Next!