Who Cuts the Groom's Cake and When Is It Served?

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When planning a wedding, you're sure to have plenty of questions about how to choose a cake. Our experts help you avoid pastry-related snafus—and choose the cake that's right for you.

I want to surprise my new husband with a groom's cake. Does he cut the first slice? When is it served?

Traditionally, slices of the groom's cake were boxed and given to guests as favors, so there aren't any established rules for serving it at a wedding. It makes the most sense, though, if both of you cut the first slice together right after you've cut the wedding cake. Then leave it up to the caterer to slice and serve the rest.

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