Wedding Traditions: Wedding Cake Cutting and Garter Toss
When do you cut the cake and perform the garter toss at a wedding?
Despite the informality that many bridal couples prefer today, there still are some who want to do everything by the book, the book of etiquette that is.
Dear Wedding Guru: “Traditionally, when are the cake-cutting and garter toss done?”
(Our answer on next page)
The Wedding Guru says: The cake cutting (and serving) should be done at the very end of the wedding, after dinner. Some bridal couples like to end their special day with a reprise of their first dance; if they wish, they may ask their guests to join in. Here’s the traditional order of events, including the garter toss.
- Garter removal
- Garter toss
- Bouquet toss
- Garter placing
- Cake cutting
(I need to add that you and your guests having a good time supersede any set order of events!)
For more information, read my article on hosting a wedding reception here.