By: Awuradjoa Quansema Sam (Mz Raj) – Professional MC/Voice Talent
At wedding receptions, guests are always excited to see that delectable tiered wedding cake being cut and tasted as well as the popping and toasting of the sparkling fizzy champagne or wine. They are wedding rituals greatly anticipated by guests, but do we know what they symbolize?
It is mostly believed that a wedding is not a wedding without the wedding cake. The cake cutting is symbolically, the first task that the bride and groom perform jointly as husband and wife and it reflects the life they will share as a couple.
Together, the couple cut through the cake after which the groom will feed his bride with a piece of the cake and the bride does same before distributing it to the guests. For weddings I have emceed and possibly, almost all wedding receptions held in Ghana and some other parts of the continent, the couple is assisted by their mothers or some other women who are of high repute and have been married for so many years, so they can serve as example to them.The cake cutting by the couple symbolizes their union, their care for each other and their commitment to provide for each other. It also signifies good luck and fortune for the guests.
At wedding receptions, the champagne toast is done to wish the newlywed the best of health and good luck. It is usually done before or after the cutting of the cake. After the bottles are popped, the glasses of the couple are filled, followed by the wedding party, the couple’s parents and all guests present. Then the Bestman, standing before the audience, holds up his wine glass in his right hand to signify friendship and peace. He gives a short speech of hopeful wishes, inspiration or advise to the couple. The Groom responds to the toast with a few words to his Bride and a word of appreciation to their parents, the wedding party and all present, following which the first sip of the wine is taken by All to express a collective feeling of joy.Sometimes, the parents of the couple and other guests take turns to express their felicitations after the Bestman.
So, next time you attend a wedding or if you are planning your own wedding, you won’t just participate in these two popular wedding traditions but you would do so with meaning.
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