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SoCalVal:
About 2.5 years ago, I started a thread that is now on the wedding site, http://www.weddinghellsbells.com/smf/index.php?topic=76767.msg1806372#msg1806372 (thank God because I thought it had been deleted).  I just wanted to say (and will also post to the original thread) that my idea (to have multiple cakes of different flavors double as centerpieces rather than one big wedding cake) surpassed my hopes for success.  We ended up with nine tables, plus the wedding cake.  Rather than have any of the tables end up with no cake, we ordered an additional two 8" cakes -- all the while I was thinking I was insane for suggesting it and doing it because all I could think was we'd end up with a ton of cake left over.  Nope!  Our guests, even after stuffing themselves with appetizers and a huge dinner buffet, loved the cake idea and freely went from table to table getting slices of each cake.  We ended up with no leftover cake (other than the top layer of our wedding cake, which I saved immediately); we had encouraged our guests to take home cake (we bought small bakery boxes for this purpose).  Even then, most of the cake was eaten at the reception.  We had enough cake for 72-90 normal-sized slices from the table cakes (not the slivers one usually gets at weddings) plus another 15-20 normal slices from the wedding cake, and most of it was eaten before anyone packed up cake to take home.

The only glitch was that, despite telling guests that the table cake cutting would not occur until after the wedding cake cutting (and holding back the cake servers from the tables until right before the wedding cake cutting), there was one table that decided to do it anyway (and it was a table full of four middle-aged to senior adults -- no children poked the cakes; the CHILDREN were perfectly behaved).  Fortunately, I was too busy to care that much and moved on quickly (there was nothing I could do at that point, but I will admit that the behavior left me with a not-so-good first impression since I knew none of these guests).

CakeEater:
I'm glad it went so well!

I'm on a cake forum where it's widely recognised that if you have different flavours of cake, you'll need more servings because people will often want to try the different flavours available.

If it was me, I wouldn't have cut the cake early, but I think once you put cake in front of people, on their table, you lose a fair bit of control over when it's eaten.

SoCalVal:

--- Quote from: CakeEater on January 28, 2013, 02:34:20 AM ---I'm glad it went so well!

I'm on a cake forum where it's widely recognised that if you have different flavours of cake, you'll need more servings because people will often want to try the different flavours available.

If it was me, I wouldn't have cut the cake early, but I think once you put cake in front of people, on their table, you lose a fair bit of control over when it's eaten.

--- End quote ---

Thanks!  I didn't really think people would still have room for cake after all the food, but they did (which I'm so glad because I dreaded having to head home with tons of cake).

About the premature cake-cutting -- sorry, I wasn't clear.  The guests at that table didn't serve themselves the cake; one of the guests at that table cut a chunk out of the cake from the bottom then tried to downplay what she did after they got caught with their cake cut into prematurely (it was announced both on our FB page and on our wedding website that no table cake-cutting was taking place until after the wedding cake-cutting).  I really don't fault the other five guests at that table, just the one (I described the age range because I wouldn't have expected such behavior from adults, much less older adults; sadly, apparently, one of these adults is a bit of a boor, which I didn't know before DH invited her and is the person DH strongly suspects cut into the cake and is also the person who tried to make light of what happened when I encountered the prematurely cut cake).

Fortunately, I believe our photographer got pictures of all the cakes before this occurred (I hope so, anyway; we'll see when he sends us the pictures).

cicero:
what a lovely idea and i'm glad it worked out so well.

it sounds like one of those "why didn't anyone think of this sooner?" concepts! i mean, what could be wrong with lotsa cake, right?

CluelessBride:

--- Quote from: SoCalVal on January 28, 2013, 03:36:38 AM ---
--- Quote from: CakeEater on January 28, 2013, 02:34:20 AM ---I'm glad it went so well!

I'm on a cake forum where it's widely recognised that if you have different flavours of cake, you'll need more servings because people will often want to try the different flavours available.

If it was me, I wouldn't have cut the cake early, but I think once you put cake in front of people, on their table, you lose a fair bit of control over when it's eaten.

--- End quote ---

Thanks!  I didn't really think people would still have room for cake after all the food, but they did (which I'm so glad because I dreaded having to head home with tons of cake).

About the premature cake-cutting -- sorry, I wasn't clear.  The guests at that table didn't serve themselves the cake; one of the guests at that table cut a chunk out of the cake from the bottom then tried to downplay what she did after they got caught with their cake cut into prematurely (it was announced both on our FB page and on our wedding website that no table cake-cutting was taking place until after the wedding cake-cutting).  I really don't fault the other five guests at that table, just the one (I described the age range because I wouldn't have expected such behavior from adults, much less older adults; sadly, apparently, one of these adults is a bit of a boor, which I didn't know before DH invited her and is the person DH strongly suspects cut into the cake and is also the person who tried to make light of what happened when I encountered the prematurely cut cake).

Fortunately, I believe our photographer got pictures of all the cakes before this occurred (I hope so, anyway; we'll see when he sends us the pictures).

--- End quote ---

I wonder if the bolded is why it was older people. Well-behaved younger children generally err on the side of waiting until offered or asking if they can have something. But adults typically make that decision themselves. Most weddings I've been to, food/drinks on the table is considered to already have been served - i.e. it is fair game once the reception starts. Although it's true that I've never been to a wedding with cakes on the tables. But I wouldn't expect a guest to have to read a wedding website/face book page for wedding dos and do nots, especially since visiting a website is hardly a requirement.

I put a lot of useful information on my wedding website, and I got several calls from some of my older relatives asking questions that were easily answered on the website. I think it is very likely that your "boor" really just didn't read the website, saw the cake already served on the table, and thought it would be nice to have desert first.

I'm glad your cake plan went well overall though - all sorts of cake flavors to try sounds like a lot of fun!

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