{ history of } Cake Pulls
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12 September 2013
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New Orleans has become one of the top cities for destination weddings.  With equal parts revelry and elegance, it is easy to see why it has become a favorite among brides and grooms. We in the South take our weddings and our traditions seriously! When it comes to the tradition of cake pulls, I went to straight to the source for the historical scoop....


 Southern Weddings Magazine explains: "Most popular in the South, especially around New Orleans, the Cake Pull gets it’s roots from an old Victorian tradition of “ribbon pulling.” In those days, charms of luck and good fortune were placed into the wedding cake by the bride for her single friends. Now a days, bakers place sterling silver charms with specific means inside the bottom layer of the bride’s cake and all the single ladies are given the opportunity to pull a charm from the cake (a ceremony called the “ribbon pull”) just before the cake is cut.

Each charm has a specific and special meaning:

  • Hot Air Balloon or Eiffel Tower – A life full of adventure and travel
  • Claddagh (irish symbol) – Friendship, Love, & Loyalty
  • Butterfly – Eternal Beauty
  • Star – Your wish will come true!
  • Anchor – Adventure is around the corner.
  • Four Leaf Clover – Good luck!
  • Flower – Blossoming love.
  • Heart – New Love!
  • Fleur-de-Lis – Love and Prosperity.
  • Kite- Something fun is about to happen.
  • Wishbone – Success!
  • Ring (similar to catching the bouquet)- Next to get married!"



Photo by Arte De Vie


Emily Sullivan is the owner of Get Polished Events, a full service event planning company in New Orleans, offering coordination, design, and full planning services. Not only is Emily New Orleans' expert wedding planner, but her skills are widely sought after by destination brides. Get Polished Events also offers beauty services; from airbrush makeup to hair design, Emily's team of professionals make brides look perfect and polished on their big day. To learn how Get Polished Events can assist you with your event, destination wedding, or beauty needs, please contact us today. 

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