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Cake Charms: What They Are and Why You’ll Want Them

  |   By Lisa Perri

Cake charms are a cute custom poised to make a major comeback. Looking for a unique and entertaining way to get your guests involved in the cake-cutting? Read on!

Cake charms (or "cake pulls", as they're sometimes called) are, traditionally, sterling silver charms attached to ribbons and placed in or underneath the wedding cake, which are pulled out by the bridesmaids or single guests before the cake-cutting. Typically each charm represents a different fortune or meaning.

History: The cake charm custom stems from Victoria-era England and traditionally, the charms were baked right into the cake, but today the charms are placed underneath the bottom tier or between tiers.

Meaning: There are many types of charm options available for a cake-pulling ceremony, as well as different interpretations of what each charm means. Some traditional charms and meanings include:

Heart - Love is coming Ring - The next to be married Four leaf clover - Good luck Star - A wish will be granted Anchor - Adventure is on the way

This custom is a simple and inexpensive way to infuse a little fun into your cake-cutting ceremony or bridal shower. Check out these different ways to incorporate this custom into your day.

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This article was originally published on Apr 10, 2013
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