The wedding cake originally was not as we see it today. It was lots of little wheat cakes that were broken over the Bride’s head to bestow good luck and fertility.
The three tier cake as we see it today is based on the unusual shape of the spire of Saint Bride’s Church in London. Traditionally the newly-weds should make the first cut to signify sharing their life. Every guest than eats a crumb to ensure good luck.
They say that sleeping with a piece under her pillow is said to make a single woman dream of her future husband.