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White Favors: Boxed Groom's Cake

Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer/Fall 1998

The wedding favor can be traced to ancient Rome, to the tradition of breaking a large piece of bread over the heads of the bride and groom. When family and guests picked up the pieces and ate them, they recognized and pledged to uphold the marriage. Today, the wedding cake symbolizes this recognition when it is sliced and shared with the guests.

Like the wedding cake, favors are significant because they are shared. Yet favors are more adaptable than most other elements of the wedding: While they are influenced by tradition, they are not bound to it. It used to be, for example, that each unmarried woman at the wedding took a piece of the groom's cake home and slept with it under her pillow, in theory prompting dreams of the man she would one day marry. In recent years, though, the groom's cake has become a favor for all guests, and one constructed of individually boxed pieces is the perfect way to let everyone take a piece of the wedding home.

Boxed Groom's Cake
Assembled in the shape of a three-tier layer cake, store-bought boxes hold individual slices of the groom's cake, ready for the guests to take home; tucked between the white boxes are ranunculuses, sweet peas, hyancinths, and lilies of the valley.

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