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Chow Down or Chuck It? What to do with the Top Layer of Your Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake TraditionsHave you been told by your mother, wedding planner, and friends that you simply must save the top layer of your wedding cake, store it in your freezer, and eat it one year later on your anniversary? This tradition has been around for decades-but how did it begin? And, what are modern brides really doing with their decadent dessert a year from their “I do” day? Read on to help you decide if you should chow down on the cake, or chuck it!

Saving the top layer of your wedding cake originated back in the 19th century. Long ago, the bottom layer of a three tier cake was for the reception, the middle layer was to give out to guests, and the top layer was used one year later at the christening of the couple’s first baby (“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage!” Ring a bell?). These two traditions have long since parted ways and a modern wedding ceremony tradition has emerged. Couples now choose to share the cake with each other or with the ones they love to remind them of their first happy day as husband and wife. And, it doesn’t hurt to hope, wish or believe that this tradition will also bring you prosperity and a long future! The modern take on the old tradition is worth considering.

blog-cake-tradition2If you believe in the fate of the cake, you will also have a beautiful reminiscence on your first anniversary. There is something ultra-romantic about savoring a slice of something that was cut for you on that most significant day in your life. Ask your caterer or reception venue to properly wrap it up (they do it on a weekly basis) the right way to ensure your dessert tastes nothing less than a little slice of heaven.

Some couples don’t think twice about saving the top layer at all! They will chuck the wedding cake leftovers after the ceremony, stating it’s unimportant, they’re not superstitious or they just aren’t keen on the idea of snacking on a bite of freezer burn. If you aren’t superstitious or don’t like to conform to tradition, pass on saving the cake and don’t think twice. If the idea of eating a thawed piece of cake which may no longer resemble the stunning centerpiece it once was leaves you feeling a bit nauseous, there is another option. Many top quality bakeries will offer to take a picture of your completed wedding cake in all its original glory and will then recreate it exactly – one year later at no charge. Ask your bakery if they offer this service. Your last piece of wedding cake should taste as fresh and fabulous as you remembered it.

Whether you decide to chow down or chuck it, you probably won’t cast good luck or bad luck! But, one thing is for certain – your first year of marriage is certainly something to celebrate… so, eat your heart out!

Choosing the Best Honeymoon Destination

blog-honeymoon-destinationYour honeymoon is the icing on your wedding planning cake! Dig in! You have spent months (and maybe even years) planning for your big day. Be sure to pamper yourself for all of your money saving attempts and planning efforts. Kick back, relax, and let reality set in – you are now someone’s spouse! Choosing the best honeymoon destination to celebrate your new union is easy and can be totally affordable. Read on to learn about three things you can do to ensure you pick the best spot to celebrate your honeymoon.

Tip 1: Watch the Weather

Hurricane season can really put a halt on your honeymoon plans. If there is a tropical island you have always wanted to visit, you may have to plan your vacation around its climate. Generally, hurricane season starts June 1st and ends around November 30th in the Caribbean. Despite popular belief, no island is “safe” in this area at that time and on average, 10-12 hurricanes hit each year. If you need to take your honeymoon immediately after your wedding in summer and early fall months, consider visiting Mexico or Southern California where you will be free from ultra-rainy weather. If you want to take a chance in the tropics, be sure to purchase traveler’s insurance so you can get fully refunded and visit the islands another time.

Tip 2: Know Your Vacation Personality

blog-honeymoon-veniceDo you love to lounge on the beach with a cold drink in hand? Or, are you more of an adventure junkie or sight-seeing fanatic? It’s essential to know your vacation personality (as a couple) before booking your honeymoon. If the beach is all you desire, hit up Turks and Caicos; which are known for their beautiful and desolate beaches and unforgettable sunsets. If you are a history buff and love to be on the go, Europe will satisfy your sightseeing urges. If you love to get down and dirty, consider visiting Costa Rica and zip line and kayak your day away!

Tip 3: Take a Chance

If you are on a tight budget, you can still go away on a honeymoon. Simply, take a chance! Sign up with top travel sights and get on their email list so you can view their last minute deals and steals. You can book a last minute trip days after your wedding and save a fortune! Plus, it’s exciting not to know where you’ll end up and will make for a great story to tell for years to come.

Consider these three important tips when thinking about planning your post-wedding trip to ensure you pick the best vacation spot for your personality and budget!