When so much of the wedding day seems to center around the bride, the groom’s personality rarely gets an opportunity to shine through. One way Southern U.S. brides celebrate their new husbands is by decorating a groom’s table that includes a few of his favorite things, ranging from beer nuts and cigars to aged whiskey and dessert bars.
Often set up near the main wedding cake, the center feature of the table is typically a playful or decadent groom’s cake to inject a bit of fun and extra flavor into the reception. This present, given from the bride to the groom, is usually infused with chocolate and alcohol and must reflect the groom’s personality, interests or favorite treats. Many couples are also opting to make the groom’s cake a traditional cultural treat, such as a Jamaican fruit and rum wedding cake or the French Croquembouche.
A big tradition in the Cajun culture, I presented Jamie, my fishing-loving husband, with a bass-stamped groom’s cake that read, “Hook, Line and Sinker,” which some reception jokester turned into “Sucker” at some point during the night.
Since it is relatively cheaper than the main wedding cake, the groom’s cake is also a great way to cut reception expenses. According to WeddingStats.org, in 2013, the typical wedding cake costs couples an average of nearly $600 compared to the average $200 for the groom’s cake. Even themed fondant designs and sculpted cakes come in around $5 to $8 per slice, almost half of what an elaborate bridal cake costs. Make sure your baker uses the groom’s cake to account for the number of guest servings that are needed.
While the groom’s cake is most often served at the reception, some couples opt to share it at the rehearsal dinner. Old traditions sent guests home with a boxed piece of cake, which serves as the perfect wedding favor. Etsy vendors PoshBoxCouture and Print Your Party have teamed up to create these enchanting monogrammed mini cake boxes.
For inspiration, browse the Traditions Wedding Blog Pinterest board on Groom’s Cakes.
- The Groom’s Cake on Sugarloafwedding.wordpress.com
- Four Unique Wedding Dessert Ideas for Your Big Day on RedEnvelope.com