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The Groom’s Cake: A Wedding Essential

Chris Easter The Groom's Cake: A Wedding Essential

One of the more popular wedding trends has become adding a groom’s cake to the festivities. That’s right, grooms — a cake just for you. The groom and his family usually provide this cake. While it isn’t a necessity, a groom’s cake can often be a nice complement to the wedding cake or even serve as a dessert at the rehearsal dinner.

The groom’s cake usually represents an integral part of the groom’s life. If you’re a pilot, your groom’s cake might be an airplane. If you’re into fishing, a cake with your favorite type of fish might be nice. The great thing about the groom’s cake is that it’s all about the groom.

Popular Themes for the Groom’s Cake

  • Sports teams logos or mascots
  • Hobbies (golf, fishing, hunting, boating)
  • Line of work (police, firefighter, military)
  • College alma mater
  • Hometown
  • Need to see some ideas in visual form? We collect all of our favorite groom’s cake finds on this Pinterest board. Check it out!

When is the Groom’s Cake Served?

The groom’s cake is commonly placed at a table near the wedding cake at the reception. However, you want to be careful not to steal the spotlight from the actual wedding cake. Even though you’re getting your own cake, guys, don’t forget that this is a secondary cake.

If the groom is planning the rehearsal dinner, another option is to have the groom’s cake served as dessert at this event. This often makes sense to the groom and his family because they’re often already paying for this event. It could even turn out to be a less expensive alternative to your caterer’s dessert options.

TMR Recommendation: If it’s in the budget, go for the groom’s cake. If you’re serving it at the wedding reception, use a different flavor than the wedding cake to give your guests another option. And don’t forget to get creative. Give your guests something to remember!

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