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DIY Cake Pulls: A Lucky Wedding Tradition

Cake: It's always the sweetest part of the evening. But to make it even more enchanting, we've reworked the southern tradition of "cake pulls"—fortune-telling charms on ribbons that each bridesmaid tugs out of the confection—to give guests a peek at the future. 

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Photography by: Aaron Dyer

Here's an auspicious idea: Have a cake with trinkets hidden within brought to every table, along with a key explaining the prediction each bauble makes: Refer to ours (key below), or conjure up some yourself.

 

Fortune cookie: Sweet surprise
Bells: Wedding bells
Key: New home
Eiffel Tower: Bon voyage
Horseshoe: Luck awaits
Crystal drop: Marriage proposal
Globe: Adventure ahead
Fleur de lis: Prosperous future
Star: Well wishes
Pacifier: Baby on the way

 

Wedding Traditions and Superstitions

THE TOOLS

  • Silk ribbon
  • Jump rings
  • Charms
  • Tassels
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue


Note: You'll need one charm, one tassel, and two jump rings per person that is pulling. Each length of ribbon should be the radius of your cake plus four inches. 

HOW TO

  1. Open a jump ring and thread the loop of the tassel onto it. Close the jump ring. Repeat for each tassel.
  2. Open a jump ring and add a charm. Close the jump ring. Repeat for each remaining charm. 
  3. Slip one end of the ribbon through a jump ring with a charm on it. Fold the last 1/4" over the jump ring and use fabric glue to attach it to itself and secure the jump ring. Add a tassel to the other end of the ribbon in the same way.  
  4. Repeat so that each ribbon has a charm on one end and tassel on the other end. 
  5. Have your baker place the charms between a layer of the cake or under the cake before it's served. 

THE DETAILS


5/8" Hand Dyed Silk Satin Ribbon in Bougainvillea ($3 per yard, mjtrim.com); 1.5" Fine Metallic Tassels ($6 for pack of 4, mjtrim.com); 8mm Jump Ring ($3.50/100-pack, firemountaingems.com); Aleene's No-Sew Fabric Glue ($3.49, michaels.com).

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