Your wedding day is filled with incredibly beautiful, special moments. There’s the getting ready part, the First Look, the First Dance – so many things! There’s also the cake cutting time when everyone gathers for the climactic moment when you cut into that pastry sweet and offer up slices of celebration after smashing a little into each other’s nose or gently popping in a bite making your taste buds tingle with as much excitement as your heart over your Virginia weddings.
And one way to help make that moment extra special is by choosing the perfect cake cutting song for your special moment.
There are, of course, tons of potentials out there, so narrowing down the list might be a bit tricky. And that’s what I’m here for this week! I’ve been a musician my whole life, so listening to songs and thinking “Ooh, that would be perfect for…” is definitely my jam – and always has been.
So, here are some of the best songs I can suggest for this beautifully sweet moment (pun intended!) during your wedding day.
How to Choose the Right Song
Before we get at that playlist, let’s talk about how to choose the right song for your moment.
There’s no set rule or even strong suggestion on what kind of song to choose, though most folks will choose either a song that screams “wedding moment!” or a song that reflects their personalities for the moment.
My personal suggestion is if you’re a playful couple, go for something fun and upbeat. If you’re looking for a romantic vibe, pick a slow-dance style song. Or if you’re not sure what kind of mood exactly you want to set, pick a song that you love and doesn’t “hold” to any set expectations or rules.
Additionally, make sure you listen to all the lyrics (and look them up!) to make sure the message of the song suits your wedding feel. Sometimes songs can disguise themselves as romantic or sweet but might actually be about something altogether different.
At Last – Etta James
For a sweet, slow jazzy number, consider the gorgeous song sung by Etta James, one of jazz’s all time greatest woman artists. Her incredibly smooth, soulful voice and the longing-met lyrics make this a stunning option for a romantic vibe at your cake cutting.
“At last, my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
“Ooh yeah, yeah
At last, the skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clover
The night I looked at you…”
Today Was a Fairytale – Taylor Swift
Another sweet, romantic song you could opt for – especially great for high school sweethearts – is “Today Was a Fairytale” by Taylor Swift.
“Today was a fairytale
You were the prince
I used to be a damsel in distress
You took me by the hand, and you picked me up at six
Today was a fairytale.”
Sugar, Sugar – The Archies
For an oldie song, you might consider the 1960s classic, “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies. The syrupy lyrics and upbeat tune are fun to bop to while you use that cake knife, and then continue the fun with a cake smash, sugary kiss, and maybe even a little dance.
Oh, sugar, sugar
You are my candy girl
And you got me wanting you
“I just can’t believe
The loveliness of loving you
I just can’t believe it’s true
I just can’t believe
The wonder of this feeling, too
I just can’t believe it’s true.”
Eat It – Weird Al Yankovic
Now, if you’re more in the mood for a goofball time than a romantic moment, you might want to check out Weird Al’s parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” as the ever funny “Eat It.” The silly lyrics have fun at the sake of good food – and what clearer message could you give than to eat up when the cake is cut?
“Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
Get yourself an egg and beat it
Have some more chicken, have some more pie
It doesn’t matter if it’s broiled or fried
Just eat it, eat it, just eat it, eat it
Just eat it, eat it, just eat it, eat it, ooh
“Your table manners are a cryin’ shame
You’re playin’ with your food, this ain’t some kind of game
Now, if you starve to death, you’ll just have yourself to blame
So eat it, just eat it
“You better listen, better do what you’re told
You haven’t even touched your tuna casserole
You better chow down or it’s gonna get cold
So eat it
I don’t care if you’re full.”