Wedding Planning Guide

cake cutting

bride and groom cutting wedding cake

Photo: Jose Villa

The wedding cake is usually cut during the last hour of the wedding reception, signaling to guests that it’s time for dessert and coffee as the party begins to wind down. The cake cutting, in general, is also a cue to guests that it’s okay to leave soon, so don’t schedule dessert too early or the reception could start wrapping up before you’re ready. Also, since you’ll already have guests’ attention, dessert is also a good time to grab the mic and thank your guests for coming to the wedding.

Whether you decide to neatly cut into a slice of cake together or get messy with buttercream, the cake cutting is a guaranteed charming wedding photo op. Need some help choosing a song to set a sweet scene to cut the cake? We’ve cooked up this list of favorite cake-cutting songs with clever lyrics (some of the most popular cake-cutting songs are, naturally, about sugar!); just be sure to let your DJ or bandleader know which portion of the song you’d like played for your big wedding cake-cutting moment.


  • “Better Together” by Jack Johnson
  • “Crash Into Me” by Dave Matthews Band
  • “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by James Taylor


  • “Sundress” by Ben Kweller
  • “My Favourite Book” by Stars


  • “Love and Marriage” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Ain't That a Kick In the Head” by Dean Martin
  • “Let's Never Stop Falling In Love” by Pink Martini


  • “Sugar” by Maroon 5
  • “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal
  • “I Got You Babe” by Sonny & Cher
  • “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE
  • “Lips Like Sugar” by Echo and the Bunnymen
  • “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship


  • “All My Life” by K-Ci and JoJo
  • “The Sweetest Thing” by Lauryn Hill


  • “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith
  • “The Sweetest Thing” by U2
  • “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” by The Police
  • “Love You Madly” by Cake
  • “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard
  • “When I’m 64” by The Beatles
  • “I’ve Just Seen a Face” by The Beatles
  • “Where Is my Mind?” by The Pixies
  • “Hard to Concentrate” by Red Hot Chili Peppers


  • “I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” by Four Tops
  • “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations
  • “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups
  • “I Only Have Eyes for You” by The Flamingos
  • “This Magic Moment” by The Drifters