As explained (and shown) by the talented photographer over at Mark Eric Weddings, Cake Pulls are a Southern tradition dating back to Victorian times. Sterling silver charms attached to ribbons are baked inside the wedding or bridal shower cake, and all the single ladies get a chance to pull one out before the cake is cut.
Each charm has a different meaning and foretells the future of the woman who pulls it. A fortune-telling AND a piece of jewelry?—we think it’s time for this Southern tradition to make it’s way up North! For affordable charms online, check out Wedding Cake Charms and Charm Country. Both websites offer a variety of charms and includes the meaning behind each.
The lucky lady who pulls THIS hot air balloon charm is destined for a life of adventure and travel.
THIS tree charm predicts a life of stability.
And I certainly wouldn’t complain if I drew THIS crown charm that carries the meaning “queen for a lifetime!”
There are many ways to orchestrate the pulling of the charms, with this idea from Weddingbee a perfect option for giving each woman’s charm and corresponding fortune the spotlight:
After each bridesmaid pulled her charm (and licked off the chocolate, of course!) the bride handed her a printed corresponding fortune to be read out loud in front of the wedding reception.
While the charms may not be the tastiest part of dessert, cake pulls are a fun tradition you can add to your wedding or bridal shower, and make for a great keepsake that can be added to any bracelet or necklace. Have you ever participated in a cake pull? Tell us which fortune you pulled!