Our couples generally ask if they should be saving their top tier from their wedding cake. This is a Western wedding custom that started out in England. Few follow that tradition now.
The top tier of the wedding cake was always saved for serving either on the couple’s first anniversary or at the christening of their first child – whichever came first. In the past the wedding cake was a brandy-soaked fruit cake that was easily preserved for long periods of time. Back then, couples also had children almost immediately after marriage so keeping the cake was sensible. Today, wedding cakes are made from delicious but hard to preserve flavors and fillings. Most couples also wait at least a year before even thinking about having children so saving the top tier of the wedding cake becomes a harder custom to maintain.