Aisle Style . Food
Make a unique statement in chocolate at your table. Plus, groom cakes and the inexpensive rehearsal dinner.
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Surprise him with a groom’s cake.
With so much of the wedding day reflecting the bride’s tastes and style, many brides present their man with a groom’s cake, a treat custom made for him.
Groom’s cakes are part of a long tradition, believed to have originated in the South. The cakes are a special way for the bride to honor the groom. Though by no means a necessary part of the reception, groom’s cakes have gained in popularity in recent years.
The design is usually a masculine counterpoint to the elaborate wedding cake that often depicts the groom’s interests and hobbies. Popular ideas include sports logos or equipment, such as a football or golf clubs, or a musical instrument.
Most often, the cake is a surprise. Brides should get whatever the groom likes, or what she thinks he would like, “because it’s his cake,” says Debbie “Dee” Daisey, owner of Cakes By Dee in Millsboro. Sometimes the groom knows about the cake ahead of time, thus helps choose the design and flavors.
The groom’s cake can be served during the reception or rehearsal dinner. Keep in mind that, especially during the reception, the groom’s cake does not have to be big enough to serve all the guests. Also, don’t wait until the last minute to order, experts caution. Groom’s cakes can be quite elaborate, so be sure to order at least several months in advance.
A groom’s cake can be so eye-catching that Carla Guzzi, owner of Bing’s Bakery in Newark, advises putting the cake on its own table, separate from the wedding cake. Give each dessert its due. —Samantha Drake
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