#4398 – 2009 61c Wedding Series: Wedding Cake

Condition
Price
Qty
- Mint Stamp(s)
Ships in 1-2 business days.i$2.45FREE with 650 points!
$2.45
- Used Single Stamp(s)
Ships in 1-2 business days.i$0.50
$0.50
8 More - Click Here
Mounts - Click Here
Condition
Price
Qty
- MM216430x37mm 5 Vertical Black Split-Back Mounts
Ships in 1-2 business days.i
$0.95
$0.95

Wedding Cake

Issue Date: May 1, 2009
City: Washington, DC

The custom of serving cake after a wedding began in ancient Greece.  To finalize the wedding ceremony, the groom broke a loaf of bread over the bride’s head.  The couple then ate some of the crumbs in a custom known as confarreatio – eating together.  Wedding guests ate the remaining crumbs as a token of good luck.

Wedding guests brought small spiced buns to the ceremony during the Middle Ages.  The buns were stacked on top of each other, forming layers.  According to tradition, the marriage would be blessed with good luck if the bride and groom could kiss over the tower of stacked cakes.

In the seventeenth century the top tier was replaced with fruitcake, which could be stored longer and eaten at the christening of the couple’s first child.  It was thought that sharing the lower tiers with guests increased fertility and prosperity.

Today it is customary for the bride and groom to cut the first piece of wedding cake, symbolizing their first task together as husband and wife.  The bride and groom feed one another from the first slice, signifying their commitment to provide for each other.

Though the wedding cake has evolved from a loaf of bread to a mult-tiered work of art, it has kept its tradition of good fortune for the newlywed couple.

Read More - Click Here


  • 2020 Complete Commemorative Year Set (77 stamps), plus Heritage Supplement and black, split-back mounts 2020 Complete Commemorative Year Set Plus Supplement and Mounts

    Save the most time and money with this complete set!  You'll receive every commemorative stamp issued in 2020 (except for the non-se-tenant small panes) along with 2020 supplements and mounts – all in one convenient order.  It’s the best way to keep your collection up to date.

    $69.95- $93.95
    BUY NOW
  • 1950s First Day Covers, Collection of 100 100 First Day Covers Issued During the 1950s
    Some of the stamps I saw in my set of 100 covers honored the American flag, Alexander Hamilton, Religious Freedom, Overland Mail, NATO, and more.  Order your set today.
    $89.95
    BUY NOW
  • US Space Collection, 25 stamps, Mint US Space Collection, 25 stamps, Mint

    This is your chance to explore the wonders of space with 25 mint US stamps.  You'll see topics like the First Moon Landing, Robert H. Goddard, the Apollo-Soyuz Mission, and much more.  Lots of exciting history to add to your collection.  Order now!

    $15.95
    BUY NOW

Wedding Cake

Issue Date: May 1, 2009
City: Washington, DC

The custom of serving cake after a wedding began in ancient Greece.  To finalize the wedding ceremony, the groom broke a loaf of bread over the bride’s head.  The couple then ate some of the crumbs in a custom known as confarreatio – eating together.  Wedding guests ate the remaining crumbs as a token of good luck.

Wedding guests brought small spiced buns to the ceremony during the Middle Ages.  The buns were stacked on top of each other, forming layers.  According to tradition, the marriage would be blessed with good luck if the bride and groom could kiss over the tower of stacked cakes.

In the seventeenth century the top tier was replaced with fruitcake, which could be stored longer and eaten at the christening of the couple’s first child.  It was thought that sharing the lower tiers with guests increased fertility and prosperity.

Today it is customary for the bride and groom to cut the first piece of wedding cake, symbolizing their first task together as husband and wife.  The bride and groom feed one another from the first slice, signifying their commitment to provide for each other.

Though the wedding cake has evolved from a loaf of bread to a mult-tiered work of art, it has kept its tradition of good fortune for the newlywed couple.