Because life is full of sweet little surprises. 

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Cake—the sweetest of endings for any monumental occasion, particularly for wedding celebrations. With wedding season in full swing, we thought it'd be fun to highlight an increasingly popular wedding tradition in the South that involves our favorite dessert: the cake pull.

If you've ever attended a ceremony down South, specifically in Louisiana, you've heard of this term. One of the Creole State's many claims to fame is a reverence for customary confections baked with a pound of sugar and nice surprises inside. Take the signature King Cake, for example, where you might just find a baby figurine in the colorful, circular pastry—if you’re lucky. But, in this instance of the cake pull, good-luck charms—as opposed to a plastic baby—are attached to dainty ribbons and placed on the bottom layer of the cake after it's been baked and cooled, right before it gets iced. 

If you’re planning to incorporate a cake pull into your wedding festivities, whether it be the actual ceremony, bridal shower, or the bridesmaids' luncheon, here's how you can get your entire bridal party and guests in on the action of this old-fashioned, Victorian-era tradition. Just before the cake is cut and served, have each of your single friends and bridesmaids take turns pulling a charm from the cake for a glimpse of what’s to come in their future.

Not only is the cake pull a festive way to celebrate your impending nuptials, but the charms can also serve as jewelry keepsakes for the bridal party. However, we love the idea of it being used as the 'something borrowed' for you to cherish forever. Allow your bridesmaids to give you their individual charms to make a beautiful bracelet. Although the cake pull ritual has caught on in many states across the South, many still don't know the significance of each charm.

Before the pullers start tugging, you should understand the meaning behind some of the most commonly used charms. We'd wish you good luck, but you won't need it with these. 

  • Boot - You'll travel soon.
  • Horseshoe or Clover - Good luck.
  • Chili pepper - Red hot romance is on the horizon.
  • Rocking chair - Long life ahead.
  • Telephone - Good news is coming.
  • Money Bag - Financial security.
  • Wishing Well - Your wish will be granted.
  • Boat - An adventure awaits.
  • Captain's Wheel - Confidence.
  • Guardian Angel - Someone special is looking after you.
  • Flower - A blossoming relationship is to come.
  • Tiger - Wisdom.
  • Oyster - Wealth and prosperity.
  • Ring - You're next to marry.
  • Thimble - Old maid.
  • Lighthouse or lamp - You'll have a bright future.
  • Bells - Soon to be wed.
  • Heart - Your love is a true love.
  • Fleur de Lis - New beginning or rebirth, as well as a life of prosperity and happiness.
  • Seashell - Timeless, eternal beauty.
  • Mask - Something fun and unexpected will happen.
  • Pig - Abundance.
  • High chair - You're next to have a baby.
  • Cinderella's carriage - Happily ever after.
  • Anchor - Hope and life of stability.
  • Wreath - Happy home.
  • Moon - Opportunity.
  • Tree - Life of financial security.
  • Book - Life full of knowledge.

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We love a sweet wedding tradition with a bit of Southern flair, and we're sure your guests will get a kick out of the cake pull, too! Recipients are sure to be fascinated by the charms pulled and their special meanings.