The concept is simple behind a cake pull. Usually done at the bridal shower, your bridesmaids gather around the cake and they pull out ribbons that are attached with different charms - each having their own unique meaning. It's history is said to have originated during the Victorian Times, but there are also other stories that indicate it being popular in the South especially in states like New Orleans.
Charms range anywhere from 6 to as many as 18. The most popular ones include a weddng ring, heart, 4 leaf clover, wishing well, flower, and an anchor. Judging from what I've seen, the choices of charms are pretty much endless. But, if you are going to get cake charms, the sterling silver charms made by the artisans at Flowering Pineapple are worth a look. Each of their lovely charms is attached not only with a ribbon, but with an embellishment at the end of the ribbons. Cute and elegant - it can be kept as a lovely bookmark. Prices range from $34.95 and $54.95.
Be sure to try JMcKinley.com, they also sell sterling silver charms in a wide variety of choices - a lot of choices ranging from hearts to airplanes. Also, check out the picture on their website that shows a typical cake pull at a bridal shower party. Prices range from $30 to $75.
Depending on how traditional you want to plan your wedding, the cake pull may or may not be your cup of tea, but it's a sure fun way to do something a bridal shower. What do you think? Is it too old fashioned?