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Looking for fun wedding traditions to include in your reception? A wedding cake charm pull is the Southern-inspired wedding trend you're looking for. Learn the history of and see how to personalize your own ribbon cake pulling.
|History: What IS Ribbon Pulling?
Originating in Victorian England, ribbon pulling included the single ladies in attendance at a wedding. There were traditionally six sterling silver charms strung on ribbon and placed under the cake or between layers (after baking of course, but before icing). After the married couple cut their first piece, the designated women would take turns pulling a ribbon to reveal their charm. Each charm predicts the future for that woman, such as a ring meant she was the next to be wed. The tradition of cake charms is still fairly popular in American weddings of the South, but that doesn't mean you can't join in wherever you live.
The first thing to do when making your own wedding cake pull charms is to find out what each charm means. Use this handy chart to review some of the more popular charms and their corresponding "fortunes."
|Wedding Cake Pull Charms and Meanings|
|Ring||Next to be wed|
|Key||Keys to happiness|
|Moon||Exciting night life or opportunity is on the horizon|
|Heart||Your love is true|
|Music Note||A life of harmony|
|Cross||Life of faith|
|Fleur de Lis||Prosperity|
|Peace Sign||Peaceful future|
|Flower||A blossoming relationship|
|Starfish||Life filled with friendship|
|Airplane||Life of travel and adventure|
|Baby shoes||Next to have a baby|
|Wreath||Happy home life|
|Alligator||Long and enjoyable life|
|Eiffel Tower||Life of travel|
|Rose||Blossoming love life|
|Shovel/trowel||You are nurturing and caring|
|Sailboat||Life of adventure|
|Claddagh||Friendship, love and loyalty|
|Lotus||Peace and tranquility|
Step 2: Choose Your Charms
While the first ribbon pull ceremonies only used six charms, feel free to have as many or as few as you want. Just remember to keep in mind how many ladies you want to have join in the ribbon pulling so you have the right amount added to the cake. Lastly, while cake charms were traditionally made from sterling silver, you can pick from a myriad of metal materials and finishes to suite your tastes--it is YOUR wedding after all.
Step 3: The Ribbon Part of Ribbon Pulling
A ribbon may have been the preferred method of pulling the cake charms out, but you are certainly not limited to this material nowadays. Brides have used all manner of ribbon as well as beaded strands in custom wedding colors on Accu-Flex® beading wire. We've also seen the charms attached to pearl bracelets or on a petite necklace (like Gossamer™ chain) via jumpring so the women can immediately wear their charm and keep it as a memento. Be sure to give the finished cake pulls to your baker so they can place the charms under the cake layers or in the frosting during assembly (and AFTER baking) for a seamless appearance.
Other Ribbon Pull Ideas
Cake charm pulls are a great way to get more of your wedding attendees involved and create lasting memories.
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