Weird wedding cake factsThe tallest, priciest and most bizarre historic beginnings -- wedding cake oddities you probably didn't need to know, but won't forget after reading!
The most expensive wedding cake ever commissioned cost $30 million. The confection was made by Buddy Valastro (better known as Cake Boss from the famed TLC cake show) at the request of NYC socialite Devorah Rose for her diamond gala event. According to reports, $30 million worth of jewels -- including sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds -- adorned the cake.
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Queen Victoria was one of the first to have pure white icing on her wedding cake. That's why it's called "royal icing."
In the 17th century, there were two confections: the bride's and the groom's cake. The groom's cake was usually a fruitcake and symbolized fertility.
The "bride's pie" (not cake) was served at most weddings up until the early 19th century.
One of the largest wedding cakes ever made in the US was built for the Mohegan Sun casino at 17 feet tall and 15,032 pounds. The bakers used 10,000 pounds of cake batter and 4,810 pounds of frosting to create the towering confection.
The bride's cake was usually a white pound cake covered with white frosting. Why? To symbolize purity and virginity.
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In some parts of the US, it was tradition for single women to pull ribbons out from the bottom layer of the wedding cake. One of the ribbons would be attached to a charm, and whoever pulled out the charm would be the next to marry.
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Similarly, in some parts of the US, single bridesmaids would take a piece of wedding cake home. It was said that if they placed it under their pillow, they'd dream of their future husband.
One of the first wedding cakes wasn't actually cake at all -- it was bread. In ancient Rome, bread was broken over the bride's head to symbolize good fortune and fertility to the couple.
The tallest cake ever made (on record) was 25.65 feet tall. The towering confection consisted of 850 sponge cakes, shaped like cake bricks, glued together with caramel. Unfortunately for its creators, the cake didn't last long, as it started to lean and eventually fell.
Breads and rolls were commonly broken at weddings up until about 1655, when the earliest-known sweet wedding cake became popular: Banbury cake. The flat pastry is a spiced, currant-filled oval-shaped cake traditionally paired with tea.
Cake toppers didn't become popular until the 1950s, when couples in the US started using them on their wedding cakes.
-- Anja Winikka
inspiration for your memorable day and more
By now you've probably heard the phrase "it's tradition!" like a hundred times. While some wedding traditions are arguably on their way to being out of fashion (it seems like every year fewer brides make time for a garter toss), there's good reason why some of these tried-and-true wedding staples are still around: They're steeped in history. And while your version of the tradition might look different than the original, the sentiment and meaning is still the same.
Guests will undoubtedly gush over your gown, be amazed by your centerpieces and snap photos of the wedding cake. But give them a charging station for when their phones hit 3 percent battery power or blister Band-Aids in the bathroom for when their heels start hurting, and your wedding will go down in history with the greats. So our advice: Think about the small things that will really allow them to enjoy and celebrate the day with you. Use the 13 ideas below to impress your guests with that extra little something-something. (Warning: they may not want to leave the party!)
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