The groom's cake is a smaller cake that is served at the wedding reception.
Young women (unmarried) will want to take a piece of the groom's
cake home to place under their pillows and the old wive's tale says
"they will marry whomever they dream of that night."
African tribal ritual had couples placing sticks on the ground to
symbolize their home together. This may be the origin of broom
jumping, which was popular among African-American slaves; it may
also symbolize the sweepinng away of evil spirits.
Rice was also seen
as a symbol of fertility, and people would throw it at the couple
as they left the wedding site as a blessing to be fruitful and prosper.
1st Century Rome, cake was thrown or broken over the bride's head
as a symbol of fertitility. It was originally part of the
Crushing a wineglass under
the groom's foot at the end of the ceremony is a Jewish traition
with many meanings. It's a symbol of the destruction of the First
Temple in Jerusalem; a representation of the fragility of realtionships;
and a reminder that marriage changes the lives of individuals forever.
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