The history of wedding cakes dates back beyond the Romans. Wedding cakes symbolized happiness, wealth and fertility for the new couple. Originally, couples were given multiple cakes at the wedding. This eventually led to the three-tier wedding cake we see today. Although wedding cake traditions have changed over the years, they still play a significant role in modern weddings and anniversary celebrations.
The First Anniversary
Throughout history, the first wedding anniversary was when couples celebrated the birth of their first child. The top tier of the wedding cake, which was preserved, was used as part of the child's christening celebration. With the passage of time, many couples delayed having children beyond the first wedding anniversary, causing the the tradition to become obsolete. Subsequently, couples began using the top tier of the wedding cake on the first anniversary as a reminder of their wedding day and to honor their first year of a happy marriage union.
Dr. Aleathea Wiggins is a writer specializing in health, parenting and family issues. She is a former university professor, curriculum facilitator, and teacher. Dr. Wiggins holds advanced degrees and credentials in journalism, education, health and childcare administration. She has worked as a professional writer since 2009.