I Do! Traditional Wedding Foods You Shouldn't Pass Up
The wedding cake we recognize is less than 100 years old, the result of refrigeration and electric beaters, but it has traditional symbolism. White icing represents the bride’s purity; decorative fresh flowers symbolize springtime, the season of new life; and multiple layers—usually three—stand for two large families and now a small one. Saving that little top layer to celebrate the new family’s first anniversary or first child’s christening started in Medieval England. Guests would bring something sweet to newlyweds and as the cakes piled up, the couple would reserve the top one for themselves to sweeten their next milestone. Of course the only sweet that could last a year or more without a freezer was dense fruitcake, so the rum and brandy soaked confection was the wedding cake. The nuts, honey-dried fruits and marzipan in the batter symbolized fertility and prosperity. (Some brides took to counting the raisins in their piece to foretell how many children they would have.) Wedding fruitcake is still so traditional in England, Prince William and Katherine had one, encased in sugary white icing.