I love birthdays. Who doesn’t? The lights (+ gifts!). The cameras (+ gifts!). The action (+ gifts!). The cake — yeah, cake can stand alone :) And what birthday cake wouldn’t be complete without candles? None!
But what about moving the traditional birthday candle cake toppers to your wedding day celebration? That’s right. I saw this done this past summer during a girlfriend’s 4th of July wedding. Of course, they used sparklers in lieu of candles due to the occasion, but after coming across this notion on burnettboards.com, I couldn’t help but take a second (and third and fourth, etc.) look.
Sara, the Honolulu based bloggess behind burnettsboards.com says, “Traditional cake toppers, flowers, monograms – move over and make room on your sugary sweet pedestal for candles. Tall and tapered or short and plentiful, candles have made the jump from birthday cakes to wedding cakes. Blowing them out and making a wish together is a sweet way to start your married life.”
And after all the ganders I’ve made over the course of the past couple weeks, I couldn’t agree more. Add the ganders with the Wikipedian history I learned about why candles were even originally added to cakes in the first place, and I’d say that brides and grooms couldn’t find a better cake topper.
Some say that candles were placed on the cake because people believed that the smoke of the candle carried their prayers to gods. Others believe that the custom originated in Germany where people used to place a large candle in the centre of the cake to symbolize ‘the light of life’.
In present times too, people place candles on birthday cakes and a silent wish is made before blowing out the candle. It is believed that blowing out all candles in one breath means the wish will come true and the person will enjoy good luck in the coming year. – Wikipedia.org
So, we have prayers lifted to God, symbolism to the light of life, good luck and wish fulfillment. Um, hello?? What more could a newlywed couple ask for?
Check out below and see what I mean :)
Oh, and if by chance candles still won’t do it for you, try taking a peak at some of these aptly awesome and Custom Designed Cake Toppers!