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This Tradition Tuesday is about the ceremonial cake pull that occurs at southern weddings (most commonly New Orleans weddings). Traditionally called the "Ribbon Pull" and originating in Victorian times has made its home in the south as "The Cake Pull." The cake pull takes place before the bride, and groom cut their wedding cake (sometimes right after). The bride chooses a few of her single friends, and on the count of three the participants will put their ribbon from the bottom of the cake. On the other end of the ribbon is a unique charm, and that charm is a symbol of their future. It has become so popular in New Orleans that many local jewelers have curated New Orleans specific charms.
What is the meaning behind each charm?
The Traditional Six:
Ring: Symbolizing Next to be Married
Telephone: Good News is Coming
Heart: Love will Come
Thimble or button: Old Maid!
Horseshoe or Four-Leaf Clover: Good Luck
However, modern brides like to incorporate cousins, sisters, and close friends - so the list of charms has grown to be able to have more of their loved ones participate:
Wreath: A Happy Home
High Chair: Blessed with Children
The Rocking Chair: Longevity
Air-Plane, Hot Air Balloon, Eiffel Tower: Travel + Adventure
Satchel: Good Fortune
Mirror: Happy Life
Butterfly: Eternal Beauty
Streetcar: A life filled with Fun and Leisure
Kite: Something Fun is about to Happen
Star: Your wish will come True
Stork: Next to have a Baby
Fleur-de-Lis: Love and Prosperity
New Orleans Charms:
Jester: You will a colorful life
Mardi Gras Mask: Your Life will be a Party
Oyster + Pearl: You will achieve anything You Want
Pelican: You will have a Life of Plenty
Ship Wheel: Life of Stability and Hope
Steamboat: Life Traveling the Seas
Water Meter Cover: Happy Home
Crown: Great Success or live like a Queen
Gas Lamp: A Bright Future
As you can see, there are many options for charms, but that does mean you need to use all of the possibilities. In my opinion, having eight single friends participate is ideal for a cake pull.
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